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Mayor wants to relocate Bastrop's sewer plant

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BASTROP, La (KNOE 8 News) - There's a smell lingering in the air over Bastrop few can deny. Henry Avenue and Bastrop Junior High are near the city's aging sewer plant, a location that right now, is a bit too close for people who live there. Bastrop's mayor wants to do something about the stench and he traveled all the way to Washington to air his cause.

The sewage treatment is a nasty business and nobody wants to live near a sewer treatment plant. But unfortunately, people do live near Bastrop's plant and the junior high school is within walking distance.

Mayor Arthur Jones said the aging plant can't contain the smell. Jones says the smell gets so bad during the summer, he can't understand how people could live, work or play near this plant.

"I know some can't afford to leave and a lot of people are old but it needs to be moved out," Jones said.  

Jones wants to move the plant to the outskirts of town to Eugene Ware Boulevard.

This week he traveled to Washington D.C. to talk with Louisiana's delegates and the Environmental Protection Agency. He said the city will have to apply for a grant and the EPA says Bastrop has a chance at the money.

Jones said the delegates promised to write a letter of support.  If the city doesn't get the grant, they could increase the sewer use fee. He said everyone pays a sewer use fee, which averages about $15 a month on water bills, but he doesn't want to increase it.

For now, the city will buy a piece of equipment to eliminate some of the smell. That equipment can move if a new plant is approved.

Jones said he will start working on the grant right away and the city will also look for the state to help with funding.

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