Canal pump station plans upgraded
MORGAN CITY — Because estimates to place a pump station at the Franklin Canal came in lower than expected, engineers said the system that could be installed at the canal could be bigger than what they previously planned for.
Nicole Cutforth of The Shaw Group in Baton Rouge told the levee board during Thursday’s monthly meeting that a proposal to reflect that increased size is being prepared for the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration’s approval.
“When final design came through, the construction cost was lower than the preliminary design construction cost, so we had some great funds to use to build a bigger pump station,” Cutforth said. “So right now we’re showing them (OCPR) why we need a bigger pump station.”
Originally, the smaller pump station was to be supplemented with tractor pumps.
“Now you should be able to get a pretty good size pump station for that structure and that little drainage area that we’re creating,” Cutforth said.
Cutforth said a meeting will be held with the lands acquisition contractor to discuss a schedule on Monday, although OCPR already has said that the project is on time to go to construction in December.
She also reported that OCPR submitted comments on the Franklin Canal project, which are being addressed to ensure they comply with CDBG regulations.
In other west end news, Reid Miller of Miller Engineers in Franklin said approval was received to proceed with survey work and preliminary engineering from Community Development Block Grant for the projects in the Hansen and Yellow Bayou Canal.
Surveys already are ongoing and once those are complete, Miller said he would bring project designs before the board.
At the Hansen Canal, Miller said designs will be for a small lift gate-like structure that will still allow small vessels to traverse the area; while in Yellow Bayou, a pump station and a large culvert type system that could be closed off are planned.
In other news, the board:
—Met in executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss an open account claim for Triad Emergency Response.
—Learned from Miller that permits have been received retroactively for various projects completed during the 2011 high water season.
—Approved paying $1,200 to Louisiana Testing Inspection for testing identified in an Aug. 5 proposal.
—Learned from Cutforth that all project worksheets to submit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency are up to date with the exception of the one for the Bayou Chene Barge project, which is being worked on in anticipation that payment would be received soon after the work is complete. The district has received $11,000 in reimbursement from flood fighting expenditures and should be receiving another $39,000 any day now.
—Approved its payables.
—Approved a permit/letter of no objection for the South Louisiana Seed Co. benefit walk from La. 70 to Levee Road.
—Learned from Executive Director Allen Kelly that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has offered $1 million worth of limestone to the levee district, which equates to 25,500 tons.
—Learned from an OCPR representative that Steve Mathies retired from his position as executive director at OCPR and Jerome Zeringue will be taking his place. Also, he reported that OCPR’s name will merge with CPRA and 20 new members will come on board.