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Leo Lucchesi - Director, Department of Public Works – Floodplain Administrator






Phone 985-335-3312 

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DPW UPDATE – 11/9/15


DOTD Road Transfer Program – All documents from the State have been signed and filed; DOTD will bid the road improvements for Choctaw Road (North) of Hwy 10 to Hwy 436 and Dummyline Road from John Jones to Hwy 1072; the bid date is set for Wednesday, 11/18/15 

   Animal Shelter @ Yacc Road – Today site clearance for yard fencing & site survey for drainage from existing building began today. Concrete block is stored at the site; the block will be used to construct interior and exterior animal confinement;  

   WPG Government Building Expansion – Site preparation work has been ongoing at the new building addition for the WPG administrative offices. Currently the work to clear the site and relocate a gas service is the responsibility of the DPW office and work crew; the contractor will move into the site when this phase is complete;

   Choctaw Landfill New Scale & Entry Widening – Photo below of the new scale installation and Main Gate Expansion; the new scale platform and signal system was installed to accommodate larger trucks.

Choctaw Landfill new cell # 6 Plans & Construction – Eagle Environmental has been contracted to prepare bids documents for the construction of Cell # 6.Design of the new cell has been coordinated with DEQ permit requirements; Eagle Environmental is the lead engineer for the design project.  


LCDBG Public Facility Application Packages – The application packages for Public Review & Comments are available this week ending Friday November 13 at the WPG offices at 909 Pearl Street, Franklinton -Administration Offices – second floor.The public review & comment process is for two proposed projects

  1. Street Improvements – Hackley Area
  2. New Water Well for the Bogue Lusa Water Works District         

   This notice is also posted on the WPG Website.

Any and all reviews and comments must be completed ASAP; Deadline is 11/13/15

   End of update


Proposed Animal Shelter

Washington Parish, Louisiana – November 9, 2015


This is a narrative of the proposed building / shelter to serve the small animal (cats and dogs) needs of Washington Parish, Louisiana, to be built on Washington Parish Government property in a rural section of Franklinton, known as Sheridan. The building is located on the grounds of a DPW facility on Yacc Road at the intersection of LA. State Hwy. 10, between Franklinton and Bogalusa. 

The building plus some planned expansion that will house the animals and administrative help is approximately 4,000 square feet.  

The scope of work will include but not limited to the following: 

Establish a ventilated general kennel area with 3’x6’ concrete runs*, sloped towards trench drains and piping leading to a waste water system approved by the SPCA and the State of Louisiana DH&H. The plan is to attain a capacity of 20 dogs that could be doubled up in case of temporary excessive animal inflow. Cats will be housed in individual cages placed atop the same approved waste water system. 

Construction: 4” minimum concrete, outdoor slab-on-grade w/portioned sloped waste drains throughout. 

Climate-controlled intake and exam room with services required for temporary housing of stray and/or abandoned small animals. 

Work room with food storage and preparation areas, general storage, bathing and grooming area, and janitor’s station. 

Construct a fenced-in yard adjacent to the existing DPW building; fencing and gating will be used to separate the animals as needed and /or recommended by the veterinarian overseeing the animal control program. 

Construct additional piping to add to the fresh water resources as needed for the animals consumption and for      cleaning the facility; an existing, functioning water well is at the DPW site. 

Currently, construction materials (concrete block & reinforcement steel) purchased for this facility are being stored at the proposed site on Yacc Road. 

The Washington Parish Planning Commission meets every Month, next meeting scheduled for Tuesday November 18 @ 6 PM at the Parish Courthouse – first floor meeting room. The Washington Parish Animal Control plan will be on the agenda. The Commission is tasked with writing the plan.

Our mission is much broader than building a block and mortar building. An animal control and care program needs to be written and established; funding will be necessary to establish a sustainable sheltering facility.

The Laws* of the State of Louisiana mandate that each Parish is responsible to establish and use all resources available to make the long term changes for animal care that local organizations simply cannot.


*LA R.S. 3:2773 requires that "the sheriff, constable, or other police officers of any parish, ward, or municipality shall seize any dog found unaccompanied by its owner or keeper and running at large on any road, street, or other public place, or trespassing on any premises other than the premises of the owner." 

*LA R.S. 3:2774 requires that "each parish shall provide suitable shelters or facilities for dogs seized under the provisions of this Part". 

Currently, the Washington Parish Government is working with limited dedicated resources to move this program forward. 

Materials that were purchased, concrete blocks, reinforcing steel bars and some used appliances are at the proposed animal shelter site, Yacc Rd. Sheridan. 

Site preparation work at the site is ongoing; utility (Sewer, Water, Electric, Etc.) services to the building will be surveyed and updated to serve the needs of the shelter.

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