Thursday, June 16, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – Utilizing primarily bond funds approved by residents and combined with a variety of other sources, a new East Bank Government complex will be constructed to compliment the $2.4 million renovation to the courthouse on the West Bank. The project which was designed by Murray Architects has been in the works since 2009 and is finally coming to fruition.
At Tuesday’s Finance Meeting, President Robottom asked for and received Council approval to award construction of the East Bank Government Complex to Lamar Contractors, LLC of Luling in the amount of $9.4 million.
The new state of the art building will be centrally located on the front lawn of the current Percy Hebert Building in LaPlace. The building as designed is 44,130 square feet and features offices for most departments, a new Council Chamber, Courtroom and Parish President/Council Offices. Serving as a “one stop shop” , the complex will house critical parish agencies and departments including the Register of Voters, Clerk of Court, Assessor, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Code Enforcement, Utility Billing, Finance and Grants. Construction is slated to begin in the next 60-90 days and should be completed in approximately 12 months.
The Parish Council also approved a contract for construction of the West Bank Senior Citizen Center with LA Contracting Enterprise, LLC at a project cost of $649,631.24. Designed by the Duplantis Design Group, the over 3,000 square foot facility will provide a modernized building with more space for seniors to utilize on a daily basis. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art kitchen, large activity room, aesthetic amenities and a large wrap around porch. The project is funded through the 2014 Bond Issue and construction is estimated to be completed within six months of the issuance of the Notice to Proceed.
In other business, a contract in the amount of $400,346.00 was awarded to Barriere Construction Co. for Phase II of the Garyville Timbermill Trail. Funded through the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program, this phase of the project is estimated to cost $440,000. Phase II will extend the trail from the KCS Railroad to Hwy 54, which will eventually lead into Phase III and IV with a connection to the Mississippi River Trail. The combined cost of Phases I and II is $542,000.
"After years of planning and designing, over $10 million in construction projects were approved at one Council meeting. These projects combined with millions of dollars of private investments is a sign of the growth and progress being made", said Parish President Robottom.
As we move into the heart of the summer months, the Parish Council authorized amendments to the following grass cutting contracts to include additional locations and landscaping duties: RRJ Construction, LLC, Cypress Land Contractors, LLC, Mighty Mowers Lawn & Landscape, LLC, B Hold Enterprises, LLC, B&D Tractor Services Inc, Hymel’s Turf and Landscape, LLC, and St. John Grass Cutting & Maintenance, LLC. A complete grass cutting and maintenance schedule is being finalized.