St. Joseph fire sub-station bid approved by PC
A bid was awarded on the construction of a sub-station for the Franklin Fire Department in the St. Joseph area Wednesday by the St. Mary Parish Council.
Acadiane Renovations LTD of Franklin submitted the $117,275 low bid on the 20-foot by 25-foot building. According to Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange, one other bid was received from eight solicitations of contractors.
The sub-station will be located on Irish Bend Road near St. Joseph Park north of Franklin.
In other business Wednesday the council:
—Heard from parish President Paul Naquin that Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is reviewing its calculations that resulted in a 170 percent increase in premiums on wind and hail policies in St. Mary Parish. Naquin recently attended a Citizens’ board meeting to urge them to reconsider the increase. “They made an error somewhere,” he said. The increase to be in effect on June 1 would mean that owners of a house valued at $195,000 would be facing a $2,914 annual premium as opposed to $1,021 before the increase, Naquin said. He added that he pointed out to the board that the rate increase for another coastal parish that has had as much if not more storm damage than St. Mary in the past was only 12 percent. He said he is expecting to hear back from the insurance provider soon.
—Approved a $3,500 annual funding request to the Red Ribbon Drug-Free Week Campaign after hearing from Jacki Ackel and Diane Wiltz, coordinators of the St. Mary School Board’s Safe and Drug Free Schools program.
—Accepted the annual $1.5 million check from Amelia Belle Casino. The proceeds from gaming revenue presented by General Manager Ashby Pettigrew IV funds various infrastructure expenses in and around the Amelia area. The annual payment is part of the casino’s 10-year agreement with the parish made in 2007.
—Passed resolutions on a professional services agreement with LJC Poole LLC on the preparation of a comprehensive long-range resiliency plan; and a mowing and litter pickup maintenance agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development.
—Appointed the Franklin and St. Mary Banner-Tribune as the official journal from July 1 through June 30, 2013.
—Agreed to the transfer of three-tenths sales tax funds in the amounts of $11,600 to Recreation District 7 for the summer youth enrichment program in Verdunville (Councilman Glen Hidalgo, District 4); $5,000 to the City of Franklin for its summer youth program and $2,000 to the St. Mary School Board for the Karate Club at LaGrange Elementary, (Councilman Charles Middleton, District 2); $2,500 to Recreation District 5 for summer youth programs in western St. Mary (Councilman Lionel Metz, District 1); and $8,000 to the City of Patterson for summer programs and purchase of related equipment (Councilman Ken Singleton, District 5). In related discussion, at-large Councilman Albert Foulcard, District 9, suggested reviewing allocations to summer youth programs next year for possible use elsewhere.
—Heard from Verdunville resident Mark Bogan who asked the council to consider funding for an annual dinner for parish military veterans.