Mosquito control in parish awarded to New Iberia firm

A two-year contract with Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. of New Iberia was awarded by the St. Mary Parish Council Wednesday on a split vote.
MCC had the lowest bid of two submitted, according to Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange. The MCC bid came in at $230,000 while the one from Cajun Mosquito Control LLC came in at $268,000, LaGrange said. Both companies have fought to provide the parish with mosquito control and surveillance for several years with MCC always winning out.
A motion by Councilman Albert Foulcard with a second from Lionel Metz to award the contract to MCC passed on a 6-5 vote. In favor were Foulcard, Metz, Steve Bierhorst, Charles Middleton, Logan Fromenthal and Ken Singleton. Voting against were Councilmen David Hanagriff, Glen Hidalgo, Sterling Fryou, Tim Tregle and Kevin Voisin.
Hanagriff said he felt that the individual components of surveillance and spraying should be conducted by two separate companies and Hidalgo agreed.
“We have two contractors both equally qualified to do the job,” Hidalgo said. “Why can’t we just let one of them – we’ve got a two- year contract – let one of them do the spraying one year and the other do the spraying the next year with the other one swapping around and doing the surveillance?”
LaGrange then noted that in the past the contract has been awarded after a request for proposals were answered and this is the first time a call for bids was sent out.
“You just said they were both equal … so that’s our recommendation to go with the lowest bidder,” LaGrange said.
Tregle said he was opposed to the contract award because he feels the project could be handled in-house.
In other business the council:
—Unanimously adopted a new uniform development code ordinance that included 15 pages of amendments as a result of input from residents, business representatives and developers.
—Adopted proposed ordinances on a lease agreement with St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church of Bayou Vista for property to be used for youth recreation programs; and an amended servitude agreement JMB Partnership LLC, Gavilon Midstream Energy LLC and the St. Mary Levee District.
—Passed resolutions approving the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire on the Section 8 program; a change order with Thigpen Construction Co. Inc. on the exterior work on the courthouse; and a change order and certificate of substantial completion with Berry Bros. General Contractors Inc. on the Atchafalaya River wharf replacement project in Berwick.
—Heard from Cypress Sawmill Festival organizer David Boudier who invited the council to the event on April 5-7 at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson. Council members also expressed their appreciation for Boudier’s service over the past 24 years for bringing the festival from its origins as a small church fair to its success today as a state award winner. He is handing the reins as organizer over to Councilman Bierhorst.

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