MONROE, La. (KNOE) — Monroe is getting big help with infrastructure, which the mayor says could lead to more business.
The city of Monroe gets five million dollars from the state legislature. The money will help replace a major sewer line that any new business would expect. The funding could open the doors to more economic development in Monroe.
Mayor Friday Ellis said the sewer line between Standifer and Texas High Service Lift Stations is holding the city back when it comes to new economic prospects. Ellis said this sewer line needs repairs due to structural problems.
The city has already started work on the sewer line with $3.5 million from the COVID Relief Bill. After meeting with state senators, Ellis said they gave the city $5 million for the project.
In addition, Representative Julia Letlow submitted a $2 million warrant for the project, which is awaiting approval.
“As we begin to berate the funding for our ARPA funding that we have received through these earmarkings and these water sector projects, we are beginning to make a big dent in it. Now we can start putting our local dollars into things like broadband, which we all know is an access and equity issue in our city that we want to address,” Ellis said.
“We just don’t want an economic development perspective or a housing perspective or anything like that coming to the city, and we can’t serve it.”
The total cost of the sewer line project is $12 million. Ellis also said the city has submitted 12 investment proposals to lawmakers, all covering water, sewage, drainage and road improvements.
Ellis said Monroe needs to have a solid infrastructure to attract new businesses.
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