Wednesday, July 13, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - With the current contract for Solid Waste Collection and Removal Services expiring on July 31, 2016 amid a number of complaints from residents, a new contract was awarded to Metro Service Group, LLC of New Orleans, LA. Metro Service Group, LLC received the highest ranking of the six proposals received and scored by a Source Selection Committee.
The contract is for a five-year term effective August 1, 2016. As the contract details are finalized, information regarding pick up schedules, contact information and the office location will be released. Metro Service Group, LLC has provided waste management services throughout the Southeastern Region of the United States for 36 years. The company will maintain a 24 hour phone line dedicated to complaints and also an office within the Parish. “I want to commend Administration on moving forward with this contract and am looking forward to residents receiving garbage collection on-time and on-schedule,” said Councilwoman-at-Large Division B Jaclyn Hotard.
In other business, the Final Change Order for a decreased amount of $13,795.48 and the Certificate of Substantial Completion were approved for the $1.7 million Foxwood Levee Project. Designed by Shread-Kuyrkendall & Associates and funded through a Gustav/Ike Development Block Grant and funds from the 2009 Bond Issue, the project was completed to alleviate historical flooding in the Foxwood Subdivision. Constructed by LA Contracting Enterprises, LLC, the project includes a levee with a top elevation of 7 feet from the LaPlace Plantation Canal to the existing LaPlace Park Levee, a pumping station and elevated entrance to Foxwood making it accessible and safe during rain events. To commemorate the completion of the project, a ribbon cutting is being scheduled and residents will be invited to attend.
A four year, no-cost Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was authorized with the South Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross in preparing for and responding to disasters. The agreement remains in effect until December 31, 2020 and is activated upon emergencies that require sheltering to assist individuals and families and to provide humanitarian services. Response services include: sheltering, feeding, health services, spiritual care services, distribution of relief supplies and information.
In other news, Parish President Robottom and the Council recognized Reserve resident Travis Cook for his bravery in rescuing a woman from a lake near a Kenner Boat Launch. Cook was presented a key to the Parish and received words of gratitude from each Council Member.