Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Council members authorized an array of equipment purchases, projects and services that will ultimately improve the quality of life for residents and employees of St. John the Baptist Parish.
Funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, the purchase of a grappler truck from River City Hydraulics of Baton Rouge in the amount of $139,994 was approved during the Finance meeting. Approval was also granted for the purchase of an 18 wheeler cab and low boy trailer from ITA Truck Sales and Service of Harahan, LA. in the amount of $107,070.76. This equipment will be used to remove trees and tree limbs that interfere with our drainage system and to transport equipment throughout the parish to complete drainage projects. Other pieces of equipment purchased through the 2014 Bond Issue include a marsh buggy, excavator, and street sweeper.
GSA Consulting Engineers was awarded a contract in an amount not to exceed $71,690.00 to design a new 24-inch diameter effluent force main for the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project will allow the pump station to sufficiently pump wet weather flow through the Wastewater Treatment Plant during high flow events reducing the potential of sanitary sewer overflows. Design of this project is partially funded through a Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program Grant.
In an effort to improve communications between the Parish and the Public, St. John the Baptist Parish entered into a two-year agreement with the Deaf Action Center of New Orleans for sign language services. This contract will be activated upon request as the services will be used specifically for press conferences and during emergencies. Hourly rates will apply each time the contract is activated. The Deaf Action Center of Greater New Orleans is operated through Catholic Charities of New Orleans and provides these services to a number of government agencies in the region.
In other action, the Parish Council passed Resolution 15-20 amending the name of the Reserve Branch Library to “The Leroy D. Williams Memorial Public Library” as a dedication to Mr. Williams who was a Library Board Member and community servant for over 49 years.