Wednesday, April 29, 2015
At last night's council meeting, over $3.6 million in construction contracts were approved for projects addressing historical flooding in Foxwood, recreation improvements, and economic development.
Based on the lowest bid, LA Contracting Enterprise, LLC was awarded the St. John Recreation Improvements project in the amount of $2,324,921.50. 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 parks throughout the parish. The project is set to be completed in December 2015. Residents can view the improvements plans by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department webpage on the parish website.
Also based on the low bid, a contract was awarded for construction of the Foxwood Area Drainage Improvements Project to LA Contracting Enterprises, LLC at a total cost of $1,783,383. This project includes construction of a levee with a top elevation of +7.0 feet surrounding the Foxwood Subdivision from LaPlace Plantation Canal to the existing LaPlace Park Levee. It also includes an internal pumping station and elevation of the entrance to Foxwood. Through a $2,035,770 Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant and a portion of funds through the 2009 Bond Issue, this project will alleviate flooding and make the Foxwood neighborhood safer during severe rain events. "Foxwood Subdivision has experienced flooding since it was constructed and this long awaited project will alleviate that problem. I commend my team for working through the permitting, property acquisition and servitude issues to get to this point. However, success will not be accomplished until the project is completed and the residents of Foxwood are protected from recurring flooding," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Substantial completion of the West Bank Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Project was approved, along with a change order for a decreased amount of $4,641.00. The project reduced inflow and infiltration of rain water into the wastewater collection system and will prevent overloading of parish treatment facilities in Edgard. At a final cost of $89,871, the project is funded through a low interest loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
The Department of Economic Development requested and received approval for a contract renewal with the Louisiana Small Business and Development Center (LSBDC) Greater New Orleans Region in an amount not to exceed $92,564. The LSBDC provides entrepreneurial training to eligible, certified and active small and emerging businesses at the St. John the Baptist Parish Business Training Center. “St. John the Baptist Parish community is very fortunate to have one the most effective and efficient organizations dedicated to helping businesses grow and create jobs. Since LSBDC’s inception in July 2013, over 300 St. John residents and businesses were assisted with business information, one-on-one assistance, and training. Through LSBDC and St. John the Baptist Parish Business Training Center, small businesses have easy access to these important business services in the parish where they live and work,” said LaVerne Saulny, Special Assistant to Parish President in Economic Development. Businesses interested in participating in upcoming trainings or workshops are encouraged to call the Business Center at 985-497-1247.