Friday, January 24, 2014
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - Hurricane Isaac wreaked havoc on St. John the Baptist Parish in 2012, damaging homes, schools, public buildings and fire stations. Although much work has been completed in the recovery efforts, there is still a great deal of work on public facilities and infrastructure ahead. In addition to awarding a design contract for a new $2.5 million Hemlock Fire Station, two contracts were recently awarded for repairs to ten Fire Stations throughout the Parish including one Fire Station warehouse. Most of these repairs will be funded with FEMA Recovery dollars and the Hemlock Station will be funded through the LaPlace Volunteer Fire Department sales tax.
"The safety of our residents remains paramount, requiring a systematic approach to fire station repairs. These projects are being coordinated by the Director of Public Safety, the Chief of Operations for the Office of Fire Services and Fire Chiefs in LaPlace, Garyville and Reserve", said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Repairs to the West Bank Fire Station are complete with the assistance from the West Bank Fire Chief.
Veterans Construction, LLC was awarded a $76,276.20 contract for repairs to the Reserve and Garyville stations (#62, #63, #64, #65, and #71) and Family Homes by Tommy and Sheila was awarded a $76,022.55 contract for repairs to the LaPlace Fire Stations (#51, #52, #53, #54, #55). Repairs will include removing and replacing roof panels, ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, doors, wiring, electrical outlets, painting, cleaning and sanitizing, along with other minor repairs.
Once the Notice to Proceed is issued, it is estimated that all repairs will be complete within forty-five days. “All stations will remain open and maintain normal operations while repairs are being made, with no disruption in services,” said Cain Dufrene, Chief of Operations for the Office of Fire Services. Firefighters in LaPlace will remain in a temporary facility during construction of the Hemlock Station.