Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting included approval of numerous action items addressing the parish water system, drainage canals, code enforcement, and public safety.
In an effort to make needed improvements to the LaPlace water system, a contract was authorized with Digital Engineering and Imaging, Inc. (DEI) for conceptual engineering of an alternate water source. The contract amount of $209,648.00 is based on hourly rates to complete 6 specific tasks related to a new water source for LaPlace residents from the Mississippi River. All tasks are expected to be completed within four months of the Notice to Proceed and will facilitate a decision for improvements to the LaPlace Water System based on the latest technology, costs and a timeline for completion. "Hurricane Isaac exposed vulnerabilities with the LaPlace water system, that have been around for years. However, residents expressed their expectations at public hearings through the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC); they want a reliable and sustainable water system," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Construction of a new Wastewater Collection System for the Airport Road Industrial Park was also approved for bidding. The project will consist of 2,645 linear feet of collection lines, manholes, a duplex pump station and a 2,200 linear feet of force main to connect with the existing gravity system south of Airline Highway. The project is funded through a Delta Region Authority Grant and the Wastewater Operating Fund budget.
A Certificate of Substantial Completion was authorized for the $1.3 million Canal Repair, Cleaning, and Drainage Project funded through a Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant. Three Deuces, Inc. performed work on twenty canals, cleaning over 155,068 linear feet throughout the parish. They completed additional cleaning of 12,300 linear feet of the Reserve Relief Canal to remove tree stump hazards with FEMA funding. “Keeping parish waterways free of obstructions is essential for the natural drainage of the area. We are committed to continuing to work to keep these canals clean and ask that our residents assist our efforts by refraining from dumping trash in all canals and ditches throughout the Parish,” said Public Works Director Brian Nunes. In addition to the in-house maintenance schedule for canal cleaning, St. John has partnered with various entities, such as the Lafourche Basin Levee District and the U.S. Coast Guard to clean other canals throughout the parish. The weed control program will assist with maintenance of forty-six canals throughout the parish.
An agreement with South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) was authorized to assist with development of a Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program to address coastal issues and protect, restore, and develop coastal communities and resources. The contract is for a not to exceed amount of $75,000 and will terminate in one year with a completed plan. SCPDC will assist with creating a CZM Committee, analyzing existing Environmental Management Units, updating ordinances for implementation of the program, work with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for approval of the final document, conduct public meetings, and provide guidance on implementation of approved programs.
In other business, the Council authorized execution of a Code Enforcement contract with John Clayton for twenty hours per week at $1,035 per month. Residents can file complaints online at sjbparish.com and an inspection will be completed by one of four Code Enforcement Officers.
Cintas Corporation was awarded the contract for uniform and mat rental services for 5 years with an annual cost of $80,000. While there is no requirement to utilize all products throughout the year, the Parish can choose from thirty-five products for employees and facilities.
Two service agreements with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for maintenance of 911 Communication’s equipment were renewed for one year. Motorola will continue to provide service for all radio consoles in the 911 center in the amount of $75,494.64 and for the remote Tower operating system equipment in the amount of $16,943.16. Both agreements are funded through the 911 Communications District.
An annual contract with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health for St. John the Baptist Parish to participate in the Strategic National Stockpile Cities Readiness Initiative Grant was renewed. This contract allows for collaborative planning that enhances 48 hour mass dispensing of medical supplies and response capabilities. “This annual contract provides St. John the tools and resources necessary to dispense medications to our residents when needed during emergencies,” said Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt.