How will you make available more funding to repair and improve roads and other infrastructure in our district?

John Guilbeau
John Guilbeau
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

*Regain the trust and confidence of the citizens to invest in our crumbling infrastructure so that potholes are only faint memories.
*Inform and educate the public with full disclosure. We cannot burden the quality of our assets to future generations.
*Must budget for the operation and maintenance of an asset when it is constructed, which may lead to lower spending on maintenance later.
*Maintenance problem is the lack of a stable stream of funding sufficient to keep the system in a state of good repair — identify adequate, predictable funding.
*Encourage greater private-sector participation in road building and maintenance. It is imperative for the public and private sectors to rethink the way they do business. These forces while they are incredibly diverse, they do share an underlying need for modern, efficient and reliable infrastructure.
*Streamline regulatory review and permitting at all levels. We can’t afford anymore to be restrained by unnecessary regulations in the UDC that do not recognize the immediacy of the infrastructure crisis we’re facing.
*Use of competitive bidding on projects.
*Prevention is cheaper than cure; therefore, we must be aggressively proactive — deferred maintenance is not an option.

Roddy Bergeron
Roddy Bergeron
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

One of the issues we have is that we are building roads that we can’t afford to fix in 10-15 years. We also have bridges that are in desperate need of repair. My plan is similar to my response for drainage. We need to find any surplus or projects that are not needed, evaluate our current millages, figure out what we don’t want to pay for, reach out to our state and federal reps to bring our tax dollars back home, and, as a last resort, go to the taxpayers for a dedicated tax for road and infrastructure development and maintenance. With regards to any new taxes, however, we need to ensure they meet the SMART requirements, meaning tax measures must have goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound. That is a measurable way to ensure we have done our due diligence and are managing project-specific tax dollars appropriately.