Alexandria City Council discusses Winter Fete 2021, approves $10 million drainage project

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 5:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 11:12 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - For those ready for festivals to come back to Alexandria, Winter Fete 2021 is in its planning stages to return this December, according to the Alexandria City Council.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the council members were told that if approved, Winter Fete will take place December 9-12.

Currently, entertainment has not been booked and the festival is expected to cost between $250,000-$255,000. The council will be able to vote on if they want to host the festival at an upcoming council meeting.

Back in April, the council voted against entering contracts for the city to put on Alexandria RiverFete, WinterFete, the Downtown Rocks Series and Rock the Red. Several council members said the money for the festivals should be used to address other issues in the city.

The council also approved a $10 million drainage project at Tuesday’s meeting that will address major flooding concerns that many residents have recently experienced.

The project will create a new drainage system from the Chatlin Lake Canal and connect it to the Red River. Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall said the new system is a return to the way the water used to flow before the levee was built.

The drainage project will be funded by the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and will benefit those living in Rapides and Avoyelles Parish.

District 3 councilwoman Cynthia Perry said this is what she has fought for since joining the council last year and is excited it’s finally coming together for those living in her district.

“When this project is complete, they won’t have to worry about it, They can lay their heads and rest at night and not be concerned on if the Chatlin Lake is overflowing,” said Perry. “I will just be able to have peace knowing that this project is going to make everything better for them.”

The mayor said the entire process of getting permits and the construction phase could take anywhere from two to three years.

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