St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Council Authorizes Initiation and Substantial Completion of Parish Projects

Council Authorizes Initiation and Substantial Completion of Parish Projects

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

During Tuesday’s Finance Meeting, Parish President Natalie Robottom requested and received authorization to move forward with an annual contract for 2016 and other business items related to new and ongoing construction projects.   

A final change order in the amount of $19,625.66 was approved for the Courthouse Renovations Project which was completed this fall.  The change order addressed modifications to comply with State Fire Marshall requirements, Life Safety Codes, and unforeseen issues with the Clerk of Courts’ Office.  Funded through the 2009 Bond Issue, the Juvenile Detention Fund, the Lighting Fund, and Capital Outlay, the total project cost was approved at $2,274,317.49.  The renovations included construction of a new Juvenile Services wing with a secured courtyard and parking lot, a secured entrance for inmate transfers, new security cameras, restroom and break room upgrades, and aesthetic improvements throughout the facility.  The air conditioning units were also replaced.

With Library Board approval, the Parish Council ratified a contract with Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects for engineering and design services for expansion of the Roland Borne Memorial Library in Edgard.  Renovations will include aesthetic improvements to the interior of the building as well as an addition of a 1950 square foot to include stack space, two study rooms, and space for computers.  The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. 

Following approval of a change order in the amount of $6,503.46 for additional materials needed to remedy grading issues, a Certificate of Substantial Completion was approved with Huey Stockstill, Inc. for Phase I of the Garyville Timbermill Trail.  At a final construction cost of $109,499,  Phase I entailed a multi-use trail beginning on Museum Street, near the Garyville Timbermill Museum and traveled 1600 feet along the canal bank toward the Kansas City Railroad (KCS).  Phase II will extend the trail from KCS Railroad to Hwy 54.  Designed by Meyer Engineers, advertisements for construction bids are anticipated in early 2016.   Phase III will be designed to connect the trail from Historic Main to Phase IV of the Mississippi River Trail. 

To keep 911 Communications running at full capacity and without interruption, a lease agreement with American Tower Management, LLC was extended for an additional five years.  This agreement for radio infrastructure equipment includes a monthly fee and an electricity charge, bringing the total monthly fee to $2,470.00.   

A cellular tower agreement was also extended with STC Five, LLC for an additional thirty years.  STC Five leases property from the parish to locate their cellular tower.  A $4,500 signing bonus was granted with the extension as well as a yearly CPI increase. 

An annual contracts for pumps and related materials was awarded to the lowest bidder.