Coushatta Gets Grant for Water System Rework

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The USDA has approved $4,174,000.00 in a grant to the Town of Coushatta for water system improvements. Congressman Mike Johnson announced the grant was in a package of $18+ million dollars for northwest Louisiana. The USDA said the money would be to help rebuild and improve rural waster infrastructure.

Congressman Johnson said, “Rebuilding, maintaining and improving water infrastructure across Louisiana’s Fourth District is critical for our communities and our local economies. This investment will help mitigate years of neglect in infrastructure updates and ensure Louisianians have access to clean water and reliable systems for many years to come.”

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy also commented on the grant to the Town of Coushatta. Kennedy said, ““These grants and loans are investments into communities across Louisiana.” He added, “Mostly aimed at water programs, these investments help revitalize and protect our small towns that contribute to our economy and the character of the state.”

On September 14th the Journal reported, “The Town Council approved a resolution at the meeting Tuesday night (September 11th) concerning a loan for water system improvements. It is a project that has taken many years so far and work has not yet begun. Mayor Johnny Cox thanked the council for sticking with it all these years.

“Cox said, “We have tried for almost 10 years. We have been funded $7,000,000 to redo the water system for the entire town of Coushatta.” He added, “We have had to submit and resubmit paperwork. We stuck with it and we got the funds.”

Money for the water system refurbish will come from the US Department of Agriculture. Work is expected to start within the next nine months. “It is a huge undertaking, awesome infrastructure repair,” said Cox.”

At the time the Town Council was told by the Mayor that the city would have to sell bonds to get the funds to make the repairs. The Mayor said the money from the bonds would be spent first, then the money from the grant could be spent. The Town Council passed a resolution to begin the process of selling the bonds.

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