MONROE, La. (KNOE) – A local business owner said poor road conditions and frequent flooding have affected his business.
“When we talked to them about adding new products here, they avoided this area because of the political situation here and the lack of development,” explained Ronnie Marsh, President of Pulpmill Services at Fontana Road in Monroe.
“If they’re here, we can get one of our rain showers in Louisiana,” Marsh explained. “We can’t get from one store to another because our drainage canals are blocked. Water has no place to grow. ”
Marsh says prospective customers will take their business elsewhere. Ouachita Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby says the problem is that while Fontana is a parish road, it also falls into the I-20 Economic Development District outside the city limits of Monroe.
“I think it’s good for all three because one could say, I think they did it, and then it wasn’t over,” Crosby told the Ouachita Parish Police Jury on May 16. “I think one was Fontana to those who fell into the crack. ”
Crosby added that the I-20 Board has a project to improve drainage that has already begun. However, the parish needs funding for an $ 8 million project to completely alleviate the problem.
Marsh says if the money comes soon, jobs could follow.
“We could have made another 40,” Marsh told KNOE. “We have other opportunities where we talk to people about coming here. The problem is that they get here. They see what’s going on here. They see the infrastructure problems. They’re from the infrastructure. places like New York, Atlanta, and Vancouver. They don’t have these issues. “
Police Jury President Shane Smiley said the drainage problem needs to be fixed before the road can be repaired.
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