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10/07/05

D'Iberville Prepares For Bigger, Better Future

"If we don't get those people back out and get those homes and those businesses back up and operating, we're gonna be in serious trouble and we can't take that," said city manager Richard Rose.

That's why the D'Iberville City Council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the best ways to get the city back on track.

They say the first step was to accept various requests for proposals, in order to re-install basic necessities.

"We had put out RFPs late last week for fencing, electrical services, infrastructure improvements, road and bridge repair so that we can go ahead and begin developing contracts or have contracts with these crews so we can move forward and try to repair the infrastructure of the city. We don't want to be behind the curve in trying to get our city back up for the businesses and of course for the citizens. We need that tax base, we need that sales tax revenue, and we're really doing great in trying to move forward with this," said Rose.

And in moving forward, the council discussed how the elevation of homes and businesses may be affected in the future for the safety of D'Iberville residents.

By next Friday, FEMA should have its elevation recommendations, and the city hopes people will wait to build or rebuild after those recommendations are known.

But despite the destruction of D'Iberville, city leaders believe it will rise stronger than ever before.

"I'm very optimistic that we're gonna move forward and a year from now, we're gonna be better than we are today. There's no doubt in my mind we're gonna move forward and we're gonna have a better city," said Rose.

The overall damage assessment for the city including debris cleanup is an estimated $13 million.

By Karla Redditte

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