St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Robottom Recommends Construction Contracts, Equipment Purchases and New Positions

Robottom Recommends Construction Contracts, Equipment Purchases and New Positions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Robottom and her staff continue utilizing grant and bond funds to move infrastructure projects forward. At tonight’s council meeting, approval was obtained to design improvements for the wastewater treatment system and to advertise for improvements to the Peavine Boat Launch. One new position and an equipment purchase were also approved to assist with a host of activities and projects throughout the parish. “We have worked hard to secure much needed funds for critical projects and are well on our way to having them completed. Residents entrust us to complete good projects of interest to the entire community with their tax dollars and that is what we are doing", said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

Authorization was granted to purchase a marsh buggy from Duhon Machinery at a cost of $155,267. The marsh buggy will be used to clean permitted canals and waterways throughout the parish. Funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, a total of $1 million was allotted for equipment purchases to assist with drainage. To date, an excavator and street sweeper have been purchased, with advertisements pending for a third grappler truck, low boy trailer and truck.

In an effort to provide an additional 3 million gallons of wastewater treatment per day, a contract was awarded to Environmental Engineering Services, Inc. of LaPlace to convert the wastewater retention pond to a wastewater treatment pond. During heavy rain events, the River Road Treatment Plant becomes overloaded by infiltration of rainwater. This project will provide relief to the River Road Treatment Plant and provide an eco-friendly method to treat wastewater. The estimated construction cost of the project is $7.5 Million and the estimated design contract is valued at approximately $634,500.

The Council also authorized Administration to begin advertising for construction bids for Peavine Boat Launch Improvements, which will involve a new walking pier over the existing rock jetty, dredging of the channel, and installation of lighting to improve the safety of boaters during launching. The estimated cost of this project which was designed by Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc., is $335,976 which is primarily funded through the Gustav-Ike CDBG program.

In other action, the Council approved the addition of one new position to the Civil Service Pay Scale. The position of Legislative Assistant was previously approved by the Civil Service Board, as recommended by the Administration.