Port offices repairs needed
More office repairs are needed to the Port of West St. Mary’s office building.
Numerous repairs and renovations have been made to the La. 182 facility just outside of Franklin over the past few years. Executive Director David Allain told the port commission Tuesday that soffits along the edge of the roof are showing signs of rot now.
They are part of the original roof before it was covered with a metal roof.
Some joists are also rotting on their ends. There are also some crumbling cement blocks along the base. The building also needs washing and painting. All of this will cost $15,800, Allain said.
The building is decades old, originally occupied by the Louisiana State Police.
Commissioners authorized Allain to go ahead with the repairs, but asked for a survey of the rest of the roof to make sure there were no further problems undetected so far.
Also Tuesday, engineer Reid Miller said the port’s coastal zone permit application has resulted in a designation of a quarter acre each of bottomland hardwoods and fresh marsh at the industrial park site on the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal.
Miller said there are several options to mitigate the use of those designated areas. He recommended a purchase of mitigation acreage. Current cost has not determined, but may range from $15,000 to $20,000 an acre.
The commission authorized Miller to proceed.
Allain also reported that the port’s “bush hog” tractor is in need of serious repairs. The port must tend to about 40 acres of mowing.
He says he foresees that amount increasing with the industrial park project.
Proposals for new tractors came in lowest from John Deere at $35,128 on state purchasing contract.
The commission asked Allain to determine costs on a tractor with a cab and air conditioning.
The port also received a clean audit report Tuesday, with financial statements reported to be in good standing.