Tuesday, July 26, 2011
With construction-related restrictions near the Mississippi River Levee finally lifted, several of the 2009 bond issue projects begin moving again while others prepare to begin. At tonight’s council meeting, the St. John the Baptist Parish Council voted to award contracts for the expansion of Fire Station #72 in Mt. Airy and design and inspection services for the wastewater collection system.
Double “E” Construction Services, LLC of Reserve was awarded the $63,750.00 contract to expand Station #72 of the Garyville Fire Department. This project was initiated by volunteers at the Garyville station in partnership with representatives of Nalco Company and includes a 25 foot extension to the existing structure. In addition to minor site work, the project will consist of a pre-engineered building designed and provided by CECO Building Systems. “By expanding this facility, space will be available to store and maintain needed fire equipment and supplies on site. It will allow for a more efficient station,” stated Garyville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Faron “Slim” Duhe. Having this equipment and supplies on hand, provides added protection to residents in Garyville and Mount Airy. The project design was funded by Nalco Company, while construction is funded by the Garyville Fire Department.
The second contract was awarded to Professional Engineering Consultants of Baton Rouge for design and inspection services for wastewater collection system repairs. The contract is in an amount not to exceed $155,470.00 and is funded by a $1,356,000 low interest loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Once the design work is completed, needed repairs will be made to areas in the parish affected by inflow and infiltration during rain events. In preparation for these repairs, smoke testing was conducted in various locations in the Parish to identify problem areas. Professional Engineering Consultants will prepare plans and specifications to repair damaged or broken wastewater lines and manholes. Inspection and supervision of these repairs is also included in the contract. “These repairs will help residents who have suffered for many years with sewer problems during rain events. Combined with other improvements to both the drainage and wastewater systems, a reduction in wastewater loading on the River Road Treatment Plant is also expected”, said President Robottom.