DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- The mayor of Denham Springs remembers 2016 in a different way. Instead of calling it a catastrophe or a complete loss Gerard Landry calls it the light at the end of the tunnel.
“We set out a plan to collect information from our citizens. Is there something you want us to fine-tune? Give us information,” said Mayor Gerard Landry.
Rather than focusing on the damaged, Landry and the rest of the city have taken it as an opportunity to rebuild and rebrand, starting with what residents, like Tyler Herman would like to see.
“We don’t have sidewalks in Denham Springs and I like to go run around the city,” Hermann said.
Fortunately for Hermann, the city received a 50,000 thousand dollar grant and thousands of dollars in settlement money. And now, by popular demand, it’ll be used to build bike lanes, sidewalks… And electric car chargers.
“As technology changes it’s inevitable that electric cars are going to be more prevalent,” Landry said. “We want to be apart of it.”
So far the idea for electric car chargers has caught on in the city. Hermann says the changes are a step toward progress, especially after the flood.
“Once you’ve torn everything down, you might as well make it better.”
The mayor says that the locations and plans for the car chargers and sidewalks still need to be approved by residents, but he says the city is one step closer to construction.