St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Gustav/Ike Projects Move Forward, While a Hold is Requested on NFIP Premium Increases

Gustav/Ike Projects Move Forward, While a Hold is Requested on NFIP Premium Increases

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Several resolutions supporting full applications for Gustav/Ike projects and Senator Landrieu's request that FEMA refrain from increasing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premiums were quickly approved by the Council.  In other business, a price reduction change order and substantial completion of a Water Tank Rehabilitation Project were also approved, as well as the annual fireworks contract.      

Resolutions certifying projects funded through the LA Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit are "urgently needed" and are a direct result of Hurricanes Gustav/Ike were approved to meet the May 1st application deadline.  These approvals moved the Foxwood Levee, canal clearing project, generators, and Peavine Boat Launch improvements closer to completion.  All of these projects will alleviate conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the parish and are a direct result of the damages sustained in Hurricanes Gustav/Ike. 

The final change order and certificate of substantial completion for the Water Tank Rehabilitation Project - Priority 2 were approved with Blastco Texas, Inc.  This project called for sand blasting, refurbishing and painting water tanks at the Lions Water Plant.  This project was completed at a small savings of $9,075, reducing the total project cost to $1,049,175.00. 

Resolution (R13-12) was also approved in support of Senators Landrieu, Baucus, Lautenbert and Menendez’s request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to delay increases in insurance premiums from the NFIP until the required study and report are completed and Congress and the public are given time to review the results.  This is significant to residents of St. John Parish especially in light of the recent flooding and possibility of increased insurance costs.

Finally, in preparation for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks on the River, President Robottom sought authorization to sign a contract with Pyrotecnico to supply and display fireworks for the Annual Independence Day Celebration.  This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday July 3, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.