Wednesday, March 15, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – During the recent Finance Meeting, two critical infrastructure projects aimed at improving public safety were deemed substantially complete and action was taken on a third to help move the project toward construction.
The Certificate of Substantial Completion was approved for execution for the Parish Generator Project with a final cost of $1.4 million. This project was initiated in 2013 with a Hurricane Gustav-Ike Office of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Designed by G.E.C. and constructed by Wharton Smith, LLC, the project consisted of installation of seven permanent generators above flood elevations and two automatic transfer switches for backup power to critical infrastructure.
Generators were installed at the LaPlace Park and Belle Grove Pumping Stations, Percy Hebert Lift Station and Wastewater plants in Garyville and on the West Bank at Central Avenue, Tigerville and in Wallace. Automatic transfer switches were installed at the Persimmon Street and Crevasse Pumping Stations.
Substantial completion was also approved for the Fairway Dr. Bridge Project. Designed by Principal Engineering Inc., the bridge was completely replaced as well as equipped with a handrail. The project was constructed by Sealevel Construction at a cost of $540,621 that was funded through the 2014 Bond Issue. “The former bridge was rapidly deteriorating necessitating this improvement to avoid hazardous driving conditions,” said Parish President Robottom. She added, "This is the third successful bridge project following replacements on Country Club Dr. and Greenwood Dr., with the Woodland Dr. Bridge set to undergo similar improvements in the upcoming months.”
In other news, the Council authorized execution of a contract extension with Environmental Engineering Services, Inc. to extend the timeframe of the contract to coincide with construction of the Reserve Oxidation Pond. The pond will be used to treat 3 million gallons of wastewater a day in a more natural and cost-effective manner. This project is funded through an EPA grant and the 2010 Bond Issue and construction bids are scheduled to be opened on March 21.