Splash pads open, parish council approves consolidation of fire sub-districts

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

The splash pads are officially open, according to Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot.

Last year the council approved the construction of four splash pads, or areas of recreational water play, in the parish -- one in Addis, one in Brusly, one in Erwinville and one in Port Allen, for a total of $750,000.

The splash pads are now complete and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on an automatic timer, Berthelot said. He said benches and signs are coming but that shade screens and picnic tables are already available.

Berthelot said for next year’s budget, he will ask the council to consider adding more bathrooms to the Erwinville and Addis splash pads, in order to satisfy recently handed down Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals requirements.

Berthelot said of the additional money needed for bathrooms, “I don’t look for it to be a huge number.”

The West Baton Rouge Parish Council also approved a resolution to consolidate the parish’s six fire sub-districts, the latest action following a Louisiana State Senate bill that was signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Volunteer firefighters of the Erwinville fire department were present to voice their concerns of protecting Erwinville’s Class 3 fire protection rating, their need for equipment and their desire to be involved in the consolidation process.

Council Chairman Gary Spillman, a former firefighter, said, “I would never do anything to hurt the fire service,” and assured the volunteers that they will be involved.

Berthelot mentioned the possibility of sectioning off the new fire district into individual fire protection ratings.

The parish now needs concurring resolutions from each of the three municipalities in order to move forward with the consolidation process.

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