Thibodaux approves appraisal for wastewater treatment plant land

By Meredith Burns
Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.

The Thibodaux City Council approved an agreement at its Tuesday meeting for appraisal services for the land that will house the city’s new wastewater treatment plant.

The McEnery Company, a New Orleans based company, will complete the appraisal for $3,000, according to the agreement.

Land for the wastewater treatment facility is being donated by the J.B. Levert Land Company, and the appraisal is needed to proceed with the donation.

Council Chairman Chip Badeaux voted against the measure, arguing that the company should cover appraisal costs because it will benefit from the tax deduction on the donation.

“It’s going to benefit them as well as it will benefit the residents of the City of Thibodaux, and I just don’t feel we ought to pay for it,” he said.

The new 300-million gallon plant is expected to increase Thibodaux’s wastewater system capacity, clearing the way for future development on the north side of the city.

Bids for construction of the roughly $9.9 million wastewater treatment facility are expected to go out next spring.