St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Robottom Recommends Contracts to Improve Public Safety, Infrastructure and Services

Robottom Recommends Contracts to Improve Public Safety, Infrastructure and Services

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With a focus on improving public safety and critical infrastructure, Parish President Natalie Robottom recommended numerous contract awards at the Finance Committee meeting. An agreement for management of the Community Center was also on the agenda.

Wharton-Smith, Inc. was awarded a contract for $1,277,500.00 for installation of seven parish generators and two Automatic Transfer Switches. The final award is contingent upon approval of an application amendment by the Office of Community Development, re-allocating $100,000.00 to the existing Hurricane Gustav-Ike CDBG project allocation of $1,196,102.22. The contract amount includes a base bid of $1,240,000.00 for generators, $22,000.00 for Alternate #1 & $15,500.00 for Alternate #2 (transfer switches).

Permanent generators will be installed at the LaPlace Park and Belle Grove Pumping Stations, Percy Hebert Lift Station, and Wastewater Plants at Garyville, Central Avenue, Tigerville, and Wallace. Automatic Transfer Switches will be installed at the Persimmon Street Pumping Station and the Crevasse Pumping Station to allow for easy access when needed. “This project is one of many aimed at providing back-up power for critical infrastructure during power outages. Seven permanent generators have been installed throughout the parish in addition to installation of diesel pumps in place of electric pumps. We will continue to install generators to prevent a loss of services to our residents,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

A construction contract was also awarded to Aegis Construction of LaPlace for the LaPlace Volunteer Fire Station #51 (Hemlock) in the amount of $2,993,000. The 10,500 square foot facility will be comprised of a garage, mechanical shop, fitness space, and sleeping quarters. The station will be located at its original location on Hemlock Street in LaPlace and is funded through Sales Tax and Revenue Bonds through the Office of Fire Services.

A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the River Parish Convention, Visitors and Tourist Commission d/b/a River Parishes Tourist Commission to market, promote, and manage the St. John Community Center was renewed for two years. The Tourist Commission will in turn receive office space in the Community Center. The agreement includes promoting and booking the Community Center for films, productions and private events and monthly reports of activity at the center will be submitted to Administration. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.