St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Critical Infrastructure Projects Moving Forward

Critical Infrastructure Projects Moving Forward

Friday, September 26, 2014

Approval was obtained to move several critical infrastructure projects forward at the recent council meeting. Funding for these projects were from the 2014 Bond Issue, state and federal grants and a low interest loan. Plans for drainage projects, wastewater infiltration improvements, as well as new and renovated facilities for seniors on the West Bank were approved at the meeting. "Our goal is to utilize the funds available to bring these projects to fruition as quickly as possible. They will be of great benefit to our residents," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

Shread-Kurykendall & Associates, LLC was awarded a professional engineering services contract to design a drainage improvement project at the Vicknair Canal. Funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, the estimated cost of the project is $4.5 million and will consist of a drainage pump station that will provide relief to residents located in Cambridge Subdivision, Riverlands, and the Belle Terre area. The Vicknair Canal runs from Airline Hwy. to I-10 between Riverlands and Cambridge Subdivisions. This is slated to be one of the largest drainage projects in parish history.

The parish Administration is also working to make improvements to the existing West Bank Senior Center building that houses Senior Citizens, as well as designing a new facility. Duplantis Design Group was awarded a contract to design a new facility at the West Bank Park Complex. Estimated to cost $600,000, the facility will provide a modernized building with more space for seniors to utilize on a daily basis. The existing facility will be redesigned by Yeates & Yeates Architects, LLC to allow for approximately $147,000 in repairs or improvements to be made to the building. “The Senior Citizen’s Center is used daily and while a new facility is in the works, the existing parish building is in need of repairs and will be used for other purposes in the future. We expect to continue to utilize the building once the senior center is relocated to a new facility,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Both projects will be funded through the 2014 Bond Issue.

Gulf Coast Underground, LLC was awarded the Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Project contract to reduce inflow and infiltration of rain water into the wastewater collection system. This project will prevent overloading of parish treatment facilities in Edgard. Estimated to cost approximately $95,000, the project is being funded through a $1,356,000 low interest loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).

A Certificate of Substantial Completion was executed with Compliance Envirosystems, LLC for the sub-surface storm drain line, manhole & catch basin inspection and cleaning project. After a $580,319.08 decrease in project cost, the final cost was $850,743.59. The project is funded by FEMA at a 75/25 cost share. Completed as a result of flooding that occurred during Hurricane Isaac, 573,000 linear feet of drain lines were cleaned in Cambridge, Foxwood, Indigo, LaPlace Park, Main St., REGALA Park, Airport Road, River Forest, Riverlands, and Belle Terre.

Also funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, the low bid was approved to Scott Equipment for an excavator in the amount of $151,000. The excavator will assist the Public Works Department with cleaning and digging drainage canals and demolition.