Tuesday, February 10, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – President Robottom and her Administrative Staff received approval at Tuesday’s Council Meeting to move forward with contracts and projects aimed at improving Parish services and infrastructure.
A Certificate of Substantial Completion was executed with Bertucci Contracting Co, LLC for completion of the West Lac Des Allemands Shoreline Protection Project in Pleasure Bend. Funded through a $3.8 million grant from the Louisiana Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP), the project provides protection from the dangers of continued erosion to the western shore of Lac des Allemands through construction of a 4,000 feet barrier.
Glenn G. Shaheen and Associates, Inc. and their sub- consultants, provided the engineering, design, and permitting for the project. Phase II was initiated in September of 2012 and comprised of actual construction of the barrier fom Pleasure Bend westward toward Pointe aux Herbes. Improvements consisted of near-shore breakwaters or on-shore revetments of limestone, aggregate materials, and geotextile fabric with a final project cost was $2.59 million. “Pleasure Bend is a vital fishing and tourist community, but it is also home to several of our residents,” said President Robottom. “This project will allow their homes and property to be protected in the future.” Funding for Phase III of the project, which includes an additional 1200 feet of protection, is being finalized.
In taking a pro-active approach, St. John the Baptist Parish tentatively entered into a three year Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCP&DC) to address non-attainment issues in the region. Although the final agreement is contingent upon participation by other partners, SCP&DC’s main focus will be to reduce emissions placed into the environment publicly and privately. SCP&DC will create a coalition of parishes and industry to develop a plan to maintain clean air and to meet new EPA regulations. The contract amount is $11,520.00 over three years.
The Council also authorized the Administration to advertise for bids for construction of an Ultra Violet Disinfection Project at the Lyons Water Plant. Project improvements consist of adding a dual ultraviolet light disinfection mount in the Plant in Reserve to assist with upgrading the water treatment process. The light contributes to water disinfection by further eliminating pathogens. This project is a requirement of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and is scheduled to be complete by October of 2015.
In other business, authorization was also granted to enter into contracts with Cypress Land Contractors, JP’s Lawn Care and Maintenance, Mighty Mowers Lawn Care and Landscaping, RRJ Construction, and BHold Maintenance for grass cutting services to replace services previously provided by the Sheriff's Inmate Crews. The contractors will deliver grass cutting services at various locations in the parish and will also assist with special projects. A final grass cutting schedule is being finalized.