Thursday, April 18, 2024

Town of Haughton moves forward with a shovel ready project

by BIZ Magazine

By Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune

State and Haughton officials announced earlier this week that funds have been secured for the town’s water system.

State Senator Robert Mills, (R – Bossier City), Haughton Alderman/Mayor Pro Tem Buck McGee, and CEO/President of MML&H Engineers and Lead Surveyors Glenn Turner made the announcement Monday, Aug. 14 at a press conference.

“Water is our most precious resource, no community can grow and prosper without having an adequate supply of clean water. Getting this project approved has been a key priority for the future of Haughton,” said McGee. “This is a great day for Haughton.”

“Haughton is the fastest growing municipality in north Louisiana and submitted this water project for capital outlay several years ago,” said Mills.

Mills and Haughton Mayor Kim Gaspard worked together to restore $2.7 million in funding for The Town of Haughton’s much-needed water system expansion.

“We have had the project come out of the Senate as ‘priority one,’ but the funding was cut by the House leadership when it was moved to the
House,” explained Mills.

McGee credited two leaders who never gave up on the project — Mills and Gaspard, who headed the Haughton team and tenaciously made the Town of Haughton’s case to the Water Sector Commission for the $2.69 million grant.

“Kim had much encouragement and support from Senator Robert Mills as the two of them worked with Water Sector Commission Co-Chair, District 30 State Senator Mike Reese (R – Leesville), and the other members of the Water Sector Commission,” said McGee. “On behalf of the Town of Haughton and Mayor Gaspard, a sincere thank you to Senator Mills for finding a way to overcome the obstacles and provide funding for this vital project. And, a special thanks to Senator Reese who never gave up on this project.”

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