Welsh City Hall - Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm,
Lobby & Drive Through Window 8:30am-4:30pm, Drop Box 24 hours
Payments will be accepted at:
Drive Thru Window (1st lane)
Drop Box (Outside lane)
Mailbox (South Street)
By Mail (PO Box 786)
To help our citizens get a better understanding on how utility “extensions” with the Town of Welsh work:
We would like to clarify that not every citizen has to fill out an extension. The Town of Welsh offers extensions to customers who are currently two months (60 days) behind on their utility payments. Signing the extension allows the customer to make a payment arrangement for the “BALANCE FORWARD” that would require them to pay it before the next billing cycle (In most cases – but not all – giving the customer an extra two weeks making their oldest past due bill 74 days delinquent). If the agreed upon extension date is not paid – the customers utilities would then be disconnected. To help our citizens during these difficult times, the Town of Welsh has agreed to waive all late charges (which typically occur on the 10th and the 20th for late payments) and also waive the delinquent charge of $100.00 when a customer is disconnected. Please call City Hall if you have any questions at 337-734-2231.
The Town of Welsh is working to minimize the impact to its citizens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the burden this crisis has caused to the citizens of Welsh, the Town will waive any “late fees” for a period of time beginning Friday, March 20, thru April 13, 2020. Any “delinquent fees” will also be waived if any past-due accounts are reconnected. These waivers of fees may be extended depending on the progression of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As such, The Town of Welsh will move forward with scheduled disconnections of electrical accounts for non-payment.
Welsh held an emergency Town council meeting, which authorized the mayor a degree of latitude and discretion in helping the elderly, and any other resident that might have been put in a position of needing assistance through “no fault of their own”. An important thing to remember is that it does not give the mayor any authority to pardon any payments. Eventually, all revenue owed to the Town for utility bills must be collected, but payment plans may be given on a case by case basis.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) informed “for profit” utility companies that they may not disconnect customers for non-payment. The Town of Welsh and many other municipalities that provide utilities to their citizens are not governed by the LPSC. With regards to utility payments, Welsh is its own utility provider. However, we do not produce a single KW of electricity. We purchase our electricity through a wholesale provider and we must pay our bill each month as a Town to keep power on for our citizens. The Town of Welsh, like many municipalities in Louisiana, is financially dependent on utility sales to provide for vital services to our citizens, especially public safety, electric, water, sewer and sanitation services. Because the sale of utilities to our citizens is such a major income to the municipality, the continued collection of utility payments is critical to continue funding essential Town services.
We are actively working with Town and State officials as well as other municipalities on a daily basis to make the best decisions possible in managing this unprecedented situation. Town utilities are purchased from a supplier, and we need to be able to continue providing utilities to Citizens thought this pandemic. We are actively looking for resources to aid those in need and we have no intention to further the economic burden on the members of our community whose circumstances have been altered due to COVID-19.
We are using social media as a tool to better connect with the community and to get out urgent information as quickly and efficiently as possible. We may not always get it right, but the goal is to keep you informed.
Town services are being performed as usual. Anything that you need to be done via the Town with regards to permits, setting up new accounts, or any other service, is being performed unless circumstances change. I want to thank each and every Town employee and council member for the job they are doing during these trying times.
UPDATE AS OF 03/17/2020: Good evening citizens of Welsh. This is a message from Mayor Carolyn Louviere. We wanted to let you know why we had an outage in the Town today. We needed to replace a substation switch. As soon as we received the part. We needed to repair it immediately. We are sorry for the inconvenience. But the town is working hard to keep everything running smoothly. Per Governor Edwards Executive Orders and health advice from state and National Centers for Disease Control. We want to let everyone know that city hall lobby will be locked as of March 18, 2020. The drive thru is open for business. You may also use the drop box we will be checking it regularly. All permits for occupational licenses and building permits will be seen by appointment only. Remember for further updates please go to www.townofwelsh.com Continuing prayers for all of you at this time.
*****Town of Welsh Public Announcement*****
A state of emergency is declared to exist statewide. Along with Jefferson Davis Parish the Town of Welsh will be under curfew Starting tomorrow March 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm--- 5:00 am. This curfew DOES NOT limit you to travel to and from work or medical emergencies. This curfew will be strictly enforced parish wide. This will last until further notice. Please make sure that all family’s abide by this so that law enforcement can limit our contact with the public.
***Welsh Municipal Court Scheduled for March 24, 2020 - Postponed until further notice!
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LEPA - Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
Most of us don't think about how power gets to our homes - we just realize how important it is in our daily lives when it goes out. So where does the Town of Welsh get it's electrical power?
Welsh is one of seventeen cities and towns in Louisiana that maintain it's own independent municipal electrical power system. Sixteen of these cities and towns, including Welsh, are members of the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority (LEPA)
LEPA is a non-profit, joint-action agency created by the State Legislature in 1979 to provide a reliable and economic supply of electrical power and energy to member municipalities. LEPA is authorized in joint ownership of large generating plants with other utilities.
Each member city is represented by an individual who serves on the LEPA Board of Directors. LEPA utilized the most efficient power sources out of a pool of resources to control the power costs of its members, and transports this electricity to participating member cities and towns through its computerized Energy Control Center located just outside Lafayette