St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Hurricane Preparedness and Infrastructure Improvements Top Council Agenda

Hurricane Preparedness and Infrastructure Improvements Top Council Agenda

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Parish President Natalie Robottom and her administrative staff continue to address hurricane preparedness and infrastructure improvements as Hurricane Season kicks off. Authorization to enter into a new emergency response, management and recovery services contract was granted, as well as a contract for engineering services to improve wastewater system infrastructure at tonight’s council meeting, allowing the Administration to continue its aggressive path to recovery.

The Emergency Response, Management, and Recovery Services contract was awarded to Crowder Gulf of Theodore, AL, which is a pre-position contract activated with a Notice to Proceed in the event of natural or manmade disasters. Unit pricing is specified for all services available, including clearing and/or removing debris from public and/or private property, management and operation of debris management sites, and other specific debris removal efforts outlined in the contract. Use of this type of contract is a critical stipulation of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) for partial reimbursement of debris related costs. The contract also includes supplemental water and food sources, travel trailer installation and maintenance, removal of dangerous hanging limbs, demolition of structures, concrete removal, ditch cleaning, as well as other recovery services that are activated based on need a following a storm. "Finalizing this contract for hurricane season is critical to a successful response and recovery, especially considering some of the problems experienced following Hurricane Isaac. Problem areas will be addressed during contract negotiations to prevent recurrence in future storms, should activation become necessary, ” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

A contract was also awarded to Professional Engineering Consultants, Inc. of Baton Rouge, LA to prepare plans and specifications for the design of a sewer lift station, force main, and gravity system on Airport Road. The contract amount of $59,127 is in accordance with the engineering fee structure established by Ordinance based on the estimated project cost of $435,000. This project is funded through a Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant and a public-private partnership between Dredging Supply Company and the Parish.

In an effort to maintain ferry services in St. John the Baptist Parish, a resolution accepting 1.35 miles of state highway valued at $647,983.80 was approved to extend ferry services from July 1, 2013 through September 1, 2013 while a long-term agreement is crafted. President Robottom is continuing to work with the Department of Transportation and Development and other state agencies to identify funding for continued ferry services since funding was not included in the state’s budget. The “Road Swap” program provides a source of funding to the parish for accepting state roads into the parish system that have no true state purpose. DOTD will mill, patch, re-surface and restripe these sections of state roads before turning them over to St. John Parish. In exchange, St. John the Baptist Parish will obtain a credit toward operation of the ferry.

In other business, Parish President Natalie Robottom joined the President and the U.S. Small Business Administration in proclaiming June 17 through June 21 as National Small Business Week which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. The U.S. SBA will be featuring events around the United States and St. John the Baptist Parish will take the opportunity to encourage residents to shop local during this week. Tips and tricks for small business owners will also be posted on the Parish’s social media pages.