Police Jury learns of local economic project
Alex Strohman with TC Energy briefed the Evangeline Parish Police Jury on a compressor station to be built in the area between the north entrance of Chicot State Park and Cleco which will generate an estimated $24.5 million economic output for Evangeline Parish.
On top of the economic output, the project would employ 34 construction workers, one to two permanent workers, $7.3 million in labor income, and $23 million in state and local taxes.
Strohman also reported to the jury, “Once completed, we expect paying Evangeline Parish 1.5 million in parish ad valorem taxes during the first year of operation.”
As Strohman explained, the compressor station is part of the Louisiana Express Project which is designed to transport shale oil from the Appalachian region of the United States to the Gulf of Mexico region. Two other similar stations in Louisiana will be constructed in East Carroll and Catahoula Parishes.
Construction of the compression station here in Evangeline Parish, according to Strohman, is currently waiting final permits from state and local agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Once the final permits are received, work on the project is expected to be completed by November 2021 with an in-service date of February 1, 2022.
Secretary-Treasurer Donald Bergeron reported the jury collected $255,868.20 in 2-percent Sales Taxes in September for August which was about $10,000 less than what the parish needs to collect on a monthly basis. He expressed his hopes that the compressor station and other projects will “help pick up sales taxes.”
The jury also heard from Section 8 Director Anna Frank reported on her five year PHA Plan.
In other business, the jury set trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 8 p.m.