Tuesday, April 26, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – Contracts funded through the 2009 and 2014 Bond Issues were awarded at the recent council meeting signaling to the community that bond projects are moving forward.
Parish President Robottom requested and received authorization to award a contract to Sealevel Construction Inc., for the Fairway Dr. Bridge Project. The contract amount of $540,621.00 is to completely redo the bridge which is similar to work completed on the Greenwood Dr. and Country Club Dr. bridges. This project is funded through the 2014 Bond Issue.
During construction, the Fairway Bridge may experience intermittent closures. More information will be sent out once confirmed. Also in design is the Woodland Dr. bridge replacement project which is scheduled to be bid in the near future.
Authorization to solicit bids for Phase II of the Garyville Timbermill Trail Project Phase was also approved at the meeting. This is the second of the two-phase trail which runs along the Eastern and Western Canal Bank in northern Garyville and connects to US 54.
It includes installation of a 5 ft. wide sidewalk from Stebbins St. to Hwy 44 and a shared use path on Historic Main Street to Museum St. The total cost of the project is $446,000 and is funded through a Recreational Trails Grant and the 2014 bond issue.
Phase I of the trail project is complete, which comprises of a multi-use trail beginning on Museum Street, near the Garyville Timbermill Museum and traveling 1600 feet along the canal bank toward the Kansas City Railroad. Phase 2 will tie the trail together at Hwy 54.
The Council also approved a contract in the amount of $127,000 with Veterans Construction, LLC for the Council Chambers Renovation Project. Designed by Murray Architects, Inc., renovations to the outdated council chambers include new sound, lighting, floors, wall paneling and aesthetic upgrades. The project is funded through the 2009 bond issue and allow the chambers to continue to be utilized once the new building is erected for additional committee and organizational meetings.
In other news, two service agreements with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for maintenance of 911 Communication’s equipment were renewed for one year. Motorola will continue to provide service for all radio consoles in the 911 center in the amount of $81, 141.48 and for the remote Tower operating system equipment in the amount of $20,873.52. Both agreements are funded through the 911 Communications District.