LAPLACE – Signs continue to point to St. Jean-Baptiste Parish’s steady recovery from Hurricane Ida, offering much-needed hope to a parish still dealing with the devastating aftermath of the storm.
Those glimpses of recovery were evident last Tuesday evening when council members awarded two tenders for repairs to parish buildings and authorized tenders for repairs to additional buildings.
Veterans Construction LLC of LaPlace won bids to complete repairs to the Sheriff’s Office and St. John’s Theater.
The company‘s $250,000 bid for the sheriff’s office was within the engineers’ estimate for the project. Meanwhile, the veterans’ bid of $278,000 for the St. John’s Theater project was $16,000 lower than the projected estimate.
Councilwoman Tammy Houston said the repairs represent another step forward in the recovery process to restore a sense of normalcy to the parish.
The administration was also authorized to solicit bids for asphalt shingle roof repairs for 15 buildings that suffered major damage during Ida, with a combined estimated cost of $450,352.
In addition, the administration was authorized to solicit tenders for the repair of modified bitumen roofs for six other buildings, at an estimated cost of $600,000.
All repairs are funded by the Hurricane Ida fund with reimbursement from FEMA.
In other matters, the council authorized the parish to enter into a professional services agreement with Meyer Engineers LTD of Metairie for design services for the Ezekiel Jackson Airnasium project. The estimated cost of the agreement shall not exceed $34,360.19.
The parish is also inviting bids for the construction of the entire project, which includes a new basketball court, lighting and an airnasium. The estimated cost of $510,101 is partially funded by a $50,000 donation from Marathon Oil.
“People are excited about this project,” Councilwoman Tammy Houston said.
“It’s been a long time coming and it’s well deserved,” added Councilman Lennix Madere.
In other parish council news, residents of the Cardinal Street in LaPlace and Carol Street in Pleasure Bend neighborhoods may soon notice improvements in their water service after the council authorized administration to fill and to submit documents for a grant from the Community Water Enrichment Fund. The $150,000 grant provides a source of funding that will replace a segment of two-inch water pipe with a new six-inch water pipe on Cardinal Street and install a new four-inch water pipe on rue Carol to transfer the water service to the parish water system.