Tuesday, March 12, 2013
As rebuilding efforts take center stage with volunteers from Eight Days of Hope, Citi Impact and a host of other organizations, the task of administering parish services and projects remain in focus. Contracts for wastewater line rehabilitation, removal and replacement of concrete sidewalks, driveways, and street sections, and Project Management and Technical Support Services for assistance with disaster recovery efforts were approved by the Council at tonight’s meeting. A resolution in support of a professional service contract to combine selected voting precincts within the parish was also approved.
With a low bid of $249,250, HHP Construction Group, LLC of LaPlace was awarded the annual contract for removal and replacement of concrete sidewalks, driveways, and street sections. Last year over $278,785 in repairs were made throughout the parish.
The Project Management and Technical Support Services contract was awarded to Royal Engineers, LLC of New Orleans to assist with all phases of disaster management in response to and recovery from Hurricane Isaac as well as other previous disasters. The firm will provide management and administrative support of grant activities as needed for federal and state programs, i.e., Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Community Development (OCD), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), among other funding sources.
As a result of passage of Act 726, St. John the Baptist Parish authorized the South Central Planning & Development Commission (SCPDC) to perform professional services relative to merging various precincts within the Parish to minimize the cost and manpower needed to operate unnecessary precincts. With the merger of precincts deemed appropriate by the United States Department of Justice, a savings of between $4,000 and $6,000 per merged precinct per election is estimated. SCPDC will evaluate approximately 10 precincts throughout the parish for merger. All changes must be approved by ordinance and are anticipated to be completed within eight months.