Wednesday, March 11, 2015
At tonight’s council meeting, Administrative staff requested authorization to advertise for bids on two major projects that will improve Parks and Recreation, as well as emergency operations at wastewater lift stations, plants, and pump stations.
Based on the Recreation Master Plan developed by Meyer Engineers, Ltd., a series of improvements were developed with Administrative staff, Council members and the Recreation Advisory Board. After a great deal of discussion at meetings and workshops, authorization was granted to advertise for bids to construct parish wide improvements valued at approximately $2.5 million and funded through the 2014 Bond Issue. Improvements in the plan include two spray parks, a dog park, new play sets, gazebos, fitness stations, restroom facilities and other aesthetic upgrades at each park.
Bids were also authorized for the purchase and installation of seven permanent generators at wastewater facilities and pumping stations throughout the Parish and two transfer switches. This $1.4 million project is funded through the Hurricane Gustav/Ike CDBG Parish Implemented Recovery Program to provide backup power to critical facilities during emergencies. “This is a critical project that has been long awaited,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Having permanent generators in place will save money, manpower and time during emergencies,” she added. As funding becomes available, St. John the Baptist Parish will purchase additional generators for other locations throughout the Parish.
In other business, Don Gaudet, President-Elect of the Louisiana Chapter for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), presented the parish with the 2013 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 12th consecutive year. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The parish also received the 2014 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the first time in its history. This award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.