Tuesday, November 22, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - Water and wastewater improvements remain a top priority for Parish President Robottom and her Administration, as two substantial Utilities projects were approved at Tuesday’s Council Meeting.
Authorization was granted and received to execute a contract with PEC of Baton Rouge for improvements to the Main LaPlace Wastewater Lift Station behind the Percy Hebert Building. At a project cost of approximately $1.1 million, the rehabilitation project will include adding additional pumps and new controls which increase the capacity of the lift station to account for additional development and use. The project is funded through a grant from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the 2010 Bond Issue. “New piping and valves will also be added to the much-needed project which is estimated to greatly improve the collection system in the highly populated area it services,” said Parish President Robottom.
Approval was also given to enter into a contract with EES of LaPlace for design of a new water treatment system for the Pleasure Bend Community. The improvement project will be partially funded through the 2015 Bond Issue and a 2016 Community Water Enrichment Fund grant. Currently, drinking water comes from St. James Parish and the new system is needed to allow the Utilities Department to control water treatment and ensure that required water quality regulations are satisfied.
Substantial completion was granted to Veterans Construction, LLC for the Council Chambers Renovation Project. Designed through Murray Architects, renovations were made to the outdated council chambers include new sound, lighting, floors, wall paneling and aesthetic upgrades.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 chamber to continue to be utilized once the new Administration building is erected for committee and organizational meetings. A ribbon cutting was held prior to the Council Meeting to commemorate the completion of the project.
In other business, a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) was approved with St. James Parish, the Town of Gramercy, Town of Lutcher, River Parishes Tourist Commission and the Festival of the Bonfires, Inc. to allow for St. John’s participation in the Festival of the Bonfires. The Public Safety Department will issue permits for bonfires on the east and west banks of the parish now through December 9, 2016. Participants must pick up an application from the Emergency Operations Center located at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace.