Feb 9, 2014 12:59 PM by KATC
Town officials hope to boost their emergency operating ability by purchasing a generator to provide auxiliary power for its water and sewer services.
The American Press reported the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury has taken bids on a 125-kilowatt generator to provide power for Lake Arthur's water well. Four bids, ranging from $94,000 to $98,000, were received and are being considered.
Parish engineer Steve Tate said police jurors are likely to award a purchase contract when they meet on Feb. 12.
The generator will be purchased using state funding provided to Jefferson Davis Parish to help communities that were affected by hurricanes Gustave and Ike.
The Police Jury will is expected to open bids this coming week for the second phase of a three-part renovation at the parish library in Jennings and a rail car cover project for the South Louisiana Rail Facility in Lacassine.
Lake Arthur Mayor Robbie Bertrand said the gas-powered generator will allow the town to continue to provide drinking water despite power outages.
The generator will also allow Lake Arthur to operate the water plant and related facilities when power fails.
The town now has an older generator at its water well.