St. John the Baptist Parish - At Tuesday night's Finance Committee meeting, the Parish Council approved several annual contracts and agreements requested by Parish President Robottom. These contracts will keep the parish moving forward and will facilitate infrastructure improvements Parishwide. Annual contracts for asphalt and concrete were awarded to Barriere Construction Co. and Kass Bros., Inc., respectively based on the lowest bids for unit pricing. Bids were taken under advisement for self-priming and submersible pumps and related materials.
At a previous meeting, the council approved the Certificate of Substantial Completion for the 2016 Road Improvements Project completed by Barriere Construction Co. Since 2010, more than 100 roads have been repaved or overplayed throughout the parish. The 2017 list is being finalized based on their condition, funding and input from Administration, Council members and residents.
In other business, a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCP&DC) was extended for three years for implementation of the Construction Code Compliance Program. This program includes plan review and inspection services for participating jurisdictions. Based on this CEA, the costs for services are shared with five parishes and four towns and results in residents paying a reduced rate.
The Council also approved the Certificate of Substantial Completion for Hemlock Fire Station #51 with Aegis Construction, LLC. Designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown, the new 10,500 square foot facility includes a large garage, mechanical shop, fitness space, and sleeping quarters. The station will be located at its original location on Hemlock Street in LaPlace and is funded with Sales Tax and Revenue Bonds through the Office of Fire Services.
In other news, proclamations were issued proclaiming February as Black History Month and Heart Health Awareness Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they played in U.S. history. During Black History Month, local faith-based and community organizations throughout the Parish will partake in a month-long observance of Black History Month. Residents are encouraged to participate in these events.
St. John Parish employees will wear red in honor of Heart Health Awareness month on Friday, February 3 and will continue to wear red on Fridays throughout the month to bring attention to this worthy cause. Residents and employees are encouraged to learn about the dangers of heart disease and heart attack symptoms by visiting the American Heart Association's website at www.heart.org.