Mayor Betty Alford-Olive received a phone call from Sen. Mike Walsworth Thursday, informing her the City had “received an okay from the State Bond Commission that will allow repairs to the City Hall and Central Fire Station.”
“We had submitted paperwork for a new driveway at the fire station and a new roof on the City Hall,” she said.
La. Rep. Mike Walsworth said the bond commission authorized an amount of $200,000 to be received by the City of Bastrop from the state. “Next they'll go through agreements.”
Alford-Olive said their request for the capital outlay had been submitted in 2010. She said the need for improvements was discussed often during her eight years on the board of aldermen.
“When I assumed office as mayor, I noticed the City Hall needed a roof,” she said. “The current roof holds water which causes it to rapidly deteriorate.”
Alford-Olive said the fire chief [Eric Montgomery] had also informed her the central station's driveway was in bad condition.
Alford-Olive predicts the improvements will begin in approximately two months. Other improvements to the City Hall have also been approved to begin soon. The building will get a new paint on the outside. Renovations planned for the courtroom include a new coat of paint, new carpet and new seats. The police department's squad room will also see improvements.
“Upgrades to these offices are long overdue,” Alford-Olive said. “My hopes are that all of the improvement will take place at the same time so the City of Bastrop will see the improvements to their City Hall all at once.”
Alford-Olive said she anticipates the improvement process will go smoothly.
“The next step now is to properly inform the City Council that we were approved,” she said. “Then we'll get with our engineers and get the word out that we're taking bids.”
Alford-Olive said the improvements were something the City “desperately” needed.
“I want to thank the legislature and the governor's office,” she said. “I especially want to thank Rep. Katrina Jackson and Rep. Mike Walsworth for all their concern and support. This is good news for the City of Bastrop.”