Port seeks grant to extend its dock

MORGAN CITY, La. — The Port of Morgan City is seeking a $10 million to $12 million grant to pay for extending the port’s dock to the west and to the seawall while also upgrading the dock, said Mike Knobloch, Port of Morgan City special projects coordinator.

The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District commission approved Commission President Jerry Gauthier to sign a document stating the port will be responsible for a 20 percent local match if the port receives the U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

The port has applied for this grant the past two years, Knobloch said.

The commission also authorized Gauthier to sign the port’s Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The minimum request for the grant is $10 million through a program called Transportation and Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery, Knobloch said.

The port had been dealing with the agreement for about four years, Hoffpauir said. The corps had to draft the document, he said.

Leadership within the corps had told the commission that no new projects would begin if the agreement was not finished, Hoffpauir said. The corps’ Crewboat Cut project in the Atchafalaya River can now begin with the approval of the agreement, he said.

In other business, the commission:

—Approved Gauthier to sign a document with sub-grantee Magellan relating to the fiscal year 2010 port security grant.

—Approved Port of Morgan City Executive Director Jerry Hoffpauir to accept a price quote of $52,869 from Paul’s Agency for the port’s 2013 insurance renewal and for Hoffpauir to negotiate a not to exceed number for the policy.

—Signed a cooperative agreement with the St. Mary Parish Water and Sewer Commission 1 request for funding for assistance in potable water distribution infrastructure for up to $50,000.

—Approved the port to buy a Gator diesel vehicle from Houma Tractor for $15,057.75 to be used by U.S. Customs and the port.

—Approved Hoffpauir to sign a hold harmless form with REC Marine Logistics relating to an incident of a barge hitting a dock. The company agreed to pay for the repairs to the dock, port attorney Gerard Bourgeois said.

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