Wednesday, January 27, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – As the 2016 term begins, Parish President Natalie Robottom and the St. John Council continue to invest in upgrades to Parish infrastructure with a priority on road, sidewalk and drainage improvements.
During the regular finance meeting Tuesday, the council approved Substantial Completion of the 2015 Road Improvements Project with Barriere Construction Co. as the contractor. Through this project, more than $1.3 million of road improvements were made to over 29 roads parish-wide. Roads were selected based on condition, need, funding and input from Administration, Public Works staff, Council members and residents.
Barriere Construction Co. was recently awarded the 2016 Asphalt Road Improvement contract and is set to begin more road work in the upcoming months. “Over the last 5 1/2 years, close to 100 roads have been resurfaced and this work will continue on an annual basis until all roads have been completed,” said President Robottom. “Estimates and plans for the 2016 road list are being finalized and will be available online at sjbparish.com once completed.”
With a low bid of $153,000, The Luster Group of Reserve was awarded the contract for removal and replacement of existing concrete sidewalks on the Westbank. Funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, the project came in under budget which will allow for more repairs to take place.
Additionally, the Council approved no-cost extensions for design of the LaPlace Heights (McReine area), Belle Pointe and Marigold Street Drainage Improvement projects. Designs for the above projects are funded by Hazard Mitigation grants and the 2014 Bond Issue. As designed, the projects will help alleviate standing water and flooding and improve drainage in the project area. Improvements include relocation and redesign of culverts, ditches and canals and construction of pump stations.
In other news, proclamations were issued for Black History Month and Heart Health Awareness Month. Black History Month celebrates the rich history of people of African descent and aims to educate everyone on the contributions of African Americans to American history. During Black History Month, our local faith-based and community organizations throughout the Parish partake in a month-long observance of Black History Month through ceremonies, services and theatre. Residents are encouraged to participate.
Residents were also encouraged to learn about the dangers of heart disease and symptoms of a heart attack by visiting the American Heart Association's website at www.heart.org. St. John Parish employees will participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5 and will continue to wear red on Fridays throughout the month to spread awareness.