Franklin Canal work begins

Work on the Franklin Canal flood control structure has started and is expected to be complete by the 2013 hurricane season.

In their monthly meeting Thursday, members of the St. Mary Parish Levee District heard from Jeff Peña, vice president of Shaw Coastal, that notice to proceed was dated Oct. 22 on the 240-day contract. The finish date is June 13.

The field office of bid winner Circle Inc. is now on site, Peña added. Circle Inc. is out of Belle Chase and constructs levees throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. It submitted a $3.2 million low bid on the project.

The pump station for the Franklin Canal structure is in the design phase.

Other flood control systems in the works include on the Hanson Canal and Yellow Bayou which are in the permitting process; and on Bayou Teche which is being surveyed.

In other discussion Thursday the board:

—Heard from Gerald Thibodeaux of the Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co. that minor issues cited in the 2011 audit report are being corrected.

—Heard from Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte who suggested that the two entities share information on flood mapping models. He also said the city would be forthcoming soon with natural gas pipeline permit requests associated with the construction of the new power plant by Louisiana Energy and Power Authority.

—Heard from Billy Wall of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority that the online permit program is in the pilot stage and will be available to the public in early January.

—Heard from Executive Director Hilary Thibodaux that capital outlay requests to the state have been made in the amounts of $60 million on the Bayou Chene Flood Protection and Diversion project; $14 million for Bayou Teche flood protection; and $66 million for West St. Mary flood protection.

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