Wednesday, January 14, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Robottom requested and received authorization at Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting to move forward with multiple engineering contracts targeting parishwide drainage improvements. These contracts will be funded with over $13 million of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds at a 75/25 cost share. The parish's share is included in the 2014-15 bond issue.
A contract for engineering services was awarded to Infinity Engineering Consultants for design of a submersible pump in Belle Pointe to assist with flooding in the subdivision. As designed, these specific pumps can be submerged directly into water without interruption of functionality.
CDM Smith Engineering was awarded an estimated $105,689.52 contract for Marigold Street drainage improvements in Mt. Airy. Improvements include relocation and redesign of culverts, ditches and canals to help alleviate standing water and flooding. The Parish obtained similarly approval to execute a contract with GEC Engineering for plans to upgrade culverts and drainage canals in Laplace near McReine Road.
The council approved a contract with Burk-Kleinpeter Inc for engineering services associated with the River Forest canal extension project which includes reconstruction and extension of the aged canal to better handle flood water and to ensure more adequate water flow. The approved design extends the River Forest canal to the current Precott canal in St. Charles Parish in an effort to relieve the overloaded system. “With assistance from 2014 bond monies, we remain committed to protecting all of our residents from heavy flood events and will continue allocating funding for additional projects in the future,” said President Robottom.
In other news, the annual agreement with the River Parishes Transit Authority was renewed to provide transportation services to St. John Parish residents. Administration also received approval to enter into an agreement with 20 Louisiana Parishes for aid during emergencies. The agreement will put a pre-established plan in place to better acquire backup resources and assistance from other municipalities during emergencies. “This agreement was drafted by Parish Presidents in La PACE (Parishes Against Coastal Erosion) to allow cooperating parishes to access FEMA reimbursements," said Robottom.