Although a light agenda was set for the May 24th council meeting, homeowners awaiting needed repairs, were pleased to see the final component of the Housing Mitigation Program approved. Also receiving approval from the Council was a request for bids to expand Fire Station #72 in Mt. Airy.
As summer approaches, over 364 applications for the $1.3 million Housing Mitigation Program are being reviewed for eligibility by Benevolent Rural Alliance for Cultural and Environmental Strategies (BRACES). Upon completion of the eligibility process, Three Fold Consultants, LLC and Providence Technical Services, LLC were authorized by the Council to provide inspection services for homes deemed eligible for the program. Both companies will conduct pre and intermediate site visits to determine the extent of the needed repairs and to perform cost assessments to repair and/or replace roofing, exterior damages to window panes, doorways and emergency conditions which pose a threat to the health and safety of the residents. The Inspectors will provide before and after photos and cost assessment reports identifying the repairs. Each agreement is for an amount not to exceed $59,500 and will terminate in May of 2012.
A project to expand Fire Station #72 in Mt. Airy was also approved for advertisement by the Council. The project includes a 25 foot extension to the existing structure, expanding the facility to allow for adequate storage for equipment and supplies to meet the needs of the community. The project design was funded by the Nalco Company and the construction costs are being funded by the Parish. Submissions must be received by the Purchasing and Procurement Department before 3:00 pm on June 1, 2011. Garyville Fire Department Expansion Request for Qualifications will be available at www.sjbparish.com.