St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Contracts Awarded During Finance Committee Meeting

Contracts Awarded During Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - At tonight's meeting, the Council approved several action items initiating critical infrastructure projects for drainage, recreation, and water treatment.  Utilizing grant funding, a low interest loan and proceeds from the 2014 Bond Issue, several of the approved projects should be completed by the end of 2015.  Construction bids were read into the minutes and takenunder advisementfor the Foxwood Drainage Project and Recreational Improvements.  Bids for both projects will be reviewed by the design engineers and awards recommended made at the next Council meeting.   

One of several projects slated for the water department, Sealevel Construction, Inc. was awarded the low bid for the UltraViolet Disinfection Project at the Lyons Water Plant in Reserve.  The contract award was $559,600 and the total project cost, including engineering, is estimated to be $620,000.   Construction of this project consists of adding a dual ultraviolet light disinfection mount to the plant to improve the water treatment process.  The light contributes to water disinfection by further eliminating pathogens and once installed, this project will fulfill a requirement by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.  The project is funded through an LDHH loan and funds from the Water Disribution System and is expected to be complete by October of 2015. 

In an effort to provide recommendations and options for improvements to the LaPlace and Reserve water systems, residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at REGALA Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to present results of work conducted by the Water Infrastructure Team in evaluating and making long-term recommendations for a comprehensive plan to address parish water systems.   

A contract was awarded to Huey Stockstill, Inc. of Picayune, MS in the amount of 102,993 for construction of the Garyville Timbermill Trail, Phase I. Phase I includes a multi-use trail beginning on Museum Street, near the Garyville Timbermill Museum and traveling 1600 feet along the canal bank toward the Kansas City Railroad. Funded through a Louisiana Department of State Parks and Recreational Trails Program and the 2014 Bond Issue, the project is estimated to cost $123,252. Phase II of the project is expected to bid in October and will extend the path to Highway 54.

In other news, St. John Parish officials will host the following meetings:

·         Reserve/I-10 interchange - Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. at REGALA Gym

·         Pleasure Bend Townhall - Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 at the Firehouse