Tuesday, July 28, 2015
At tonight’s council meeting, Parish President Natalie Robottom and her Administrative staff recommended a variety of contracts and agreements for improved security, projects, and services for St. John Parish residents.
To provide additional security in and around the Parish Courthouse, a contract was awarded to Active Solutions of New Orleans, LA to install twelve security cameras at the newly renovated Parish Courthouse in Edgard. Funded through a $43,000 capital outlay allocation through Senator Troy Brown, the cameras will provide improved security services inside and outside the building. In addition to the cameras, the project will include installation of two new metal detectors at each entrance of the courthouse.
A contract amendment was also approved with Professional Engineering Consultants Corporation (PEC) in the amount of $32,700 for consultant services on environmental coordination, design, bidding, and construction of the additional scope of work. Phase 4 of the Wastewater Line and Manhole Rehabilitation Project is funded through the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Protection Agency grant funding for rehabilitation work on the West Bank of St. John Parish. Once the project is completed, it will reduce inflow and infiltration of rain water into the wastewater collection system and will prevent overloading of parish treatment facilities. Since 2010, three phases of this project were completed with an investment of approximately $800,000.
A five year extension of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with LSU AgCenter was approved for Cooperative Extension Services. St. John Parish provides office space, services, and salary support for local staff members who work with the Louisiana Coastal Management Program and offer programs addressing Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community Economic Development. Through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Louisiana State University AgCenter and local government, the LSU AgCenter assists in developing a well-educated citizenry using formal and informal approaches by dedicated professionals. The terms of the renewal contract are from 2016-2020 at a rate of $29,832 annually. The LSU AgCenter is located at 151 East 3rd St. in Edgard. For more information on the LSU AgCenter, visit lsuagcenter.com.
In other business, the Council authorized renewal of a Code Enforcement contract with John Clayton for twenty hours per week at $1,250 per month. Mr. Clayton has gained experience in identifying code violations and understanding the ordinances and processes over the past year as a Parish Code Enforcement Officer. His experience will assist in ensuring all codes are followed throughout his assigned area. Residents can file complaints or submit violations online at sjbparish.com and an inspection will be completed by one of four Code Enforcement Officers.
To complete the interior design of a self-contained safe room, the contract with Siezler, Thompson, Brown Architects was amended in the amount of $20,217.60. The exterior of the building project is funded by a $1,107,000 Hazard Mitigation Grant, which includes a 25% match from the parish. The match and interior of the building will be funded through bond issue funds and various parish budgets. This room will provide a secure location to support recovery operations and house Parish employees, critical staff and emergency responders during and immediately following an emergency event. The 4,000 square foot facility will complement the existing Emergency Operations Center.