The Caddo-Bossier Port Commission hopes to have pay off the over $600,000 it has shuttled over the years to Republican Bossier City Councilor David Montgomery as he literally carries water on a deal likely to be favorable for it but to turn sour on Bossier City residents.
This week, in its meeting the Council delayed a motion by Montgomery to begin approval of a cooperative endeavor agreement between the Port and city. Its complicated nature reflects the maze of interests involved.
The Port seeks to have an alternative source of water and its treatment to its present hookup with Shreveport. It pledges to issue $35 million in bonds to allow buildout of additional capacity for both. However, it wants Bossier City to run the facility and pay for its construction and maintenance in the city’s exchange for transmission and distribution of water and treatment of resulting wastewater to the Port and its users with those entities paying it for that service.