St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Action Taken for Improvements to Parish Lift Stations and the Illinois Central Railroad System

Action Taken for Improvements to Parish Lift Stations and the Illinois Central Railroad System

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Contracts and agreements for improvements to fifty wastewater lift stations and the Illinois Central Railroad were top action items at tonight’s Council Meeting. 

Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc. was awarded a contract for Professional Engineering Services to plan and design specifications of a telemetry system for fifty Parish Wastewater Lift Stations.  The contract amount of $65,850 is based on the engineering curve for the estimated project cost of $500,000.00 and is funded through the 2010 bond issue. The project is a component of DEQ’s compliance requirements and DEQ granted the parish additional time to complete this project.

Plans and design specifications for the telemetry system will include intrusion monitoring, automatic controls, water level indicators, alarms, shut down features to minimize overflows, and other improvements.  Following design of the system, bids will be solicited for installation which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. 

Administration also entered into an agreement with Illinois Central Railroad Company for future improvements and upgrades to the railroad system in St. John the Baptist Parish.  Improvements and upgrades will include closing certain crossings in exchange for road improvements, crossing upgrades and other improvements. The railroad is responsible for all expenses and negotiations with property owners along the railroad.  In addition, railroad crews began an eight-week maintenance program along the Baton Rouge subdivision between Kenner and Geismar, Louisiana. As part of the project, CN will replace about 44,000 railroad ties and improve more than 100 railroad crossings along a 40-mile stretch through St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James parishes. Crews will work weekdays covering more than a mile day.