Tuesday, December 10, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – As the end of 2013 approaches, the Parish council approved several contracts to initiate new projects and services in 2014.
LarMar Video Productions, Inc. was awarded the videography services contract for council meetings. The four year contract requires video and broadcasting of all regular and special council meetings in St. John the Baptist Parish. With historical knowledge of the current broadcasting system, LarMar Video Productions will also assist in developing a plan to upgrade the system and equipment for recording and broadcasting meetings.
The Parish also entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the South Central Planning and Development Commission to add Code Enforcement to the “My Permit Now” system. This system is a computer based system that should expedite and track violations in the Code Enforcement system. The new feature will allow code officers to upload reports and photos immediately through an iPad. “Our goal with this new code enforcement feature is to streamline the violation process utilizing one system instead of two,” said Planning and Zoning Director Angelic Sutherland. The estimated cost is $600 per year for the additional Code Enforcement feature.
Double “E” Construction Services, LLC of Reserve was awarded the contract for the West Bank Farmer’s Market in the amount of $139,285.00. The Farmer's Market will be located at the foot of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge and will be comprised of a 4,800 square-foot metal building with ten 16-by-14-foot open-air stalls. The project cost is $168,800.00 which is funded by a grant through the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Economic Development. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014. “We have been waiting for this for quite a long time and the farmers in our Parish will be happy to see it is coming,” said District 1 Councilman Art Smith after making the motion to award the contract.