St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Council Authorizes Annual Bids and Approves Contracts for Juvenile Detention Services & Lidar Data

Council Authorizes Annual Bids and Approves Contracts for Juvenile Detention Services & Lidar Data

Phase II of the Shoreline Protection Project in Pleasure Bend will utilize remaining funds from Phase I of the project.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

St. John the Baptist Parish -   Tuesday night's council meeting included approval of authorization to advertise for annual bids as well as construction of Phase II of a shoreline protection project. They also approved agreements for Juvenile Detention Services and a Lidar flyover for the Pictomery program.

Advertisement of bids and specifications for Phase II of the West Lac Des Allemands Shoreline Protection Project in Pleasure Bend will begin once permits are received with an estimated construction cost of $648,000. Phase II is being completed with funding remaining from Phase I to construct additional shoreline protection at the mouth of the Vacherie Canal. Phase I of the project was constructed in 2014, at a cost of $3,313,182.76.  It comprised of a protective barrier from Pleasure Bend westward toward Pointe aux Herbes. “This vital coastal protection project was funded 100% by a Federal Grant and will serve to protect the coastline for many years to come,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.  

Authorization was also granted to enter into an agreement with Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government to serve as a Juvenile Detention Facility for housing, care and maintenance of juvenile’s detainees. This agreement is a month to month lease at a cost of $256.00 per day, per bed as needed. It is funded through the Juvenile Detention Budget and allows for a cost effective method of paying for services used rather than one lump sum.  A similar agreement with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office was no longer an option.

In an effort to provide additional data regarding elevation and contouring of the land in St. John the Baptist Parish, the contract with Pictometry International Corporation was amended to add a Lidar flight. This program is vital to the operations of the Departments of Public Safety and Fire Services, 911, Public Works and Assessor. The contract is for four years at a cost of $78,812 which will be cost-shared by the Assessor’s Office, 911 Communications District and the Parish.  Pictometry is used by Parish Government, the Sheriff's Office, the Assessor's Office, Fire Departments, and is available to other departments as needed. 

In other business, the Council authorized an employee contract for Code Enforcement Inspector with Henry Joseph. The Code Enforcement contract is for one year at twenty nine hours per week at $14.42 per hour.  Residents can submit code enforcement complaints online via or by calling the Code Enforcement office at (985) 359-1185.