Police Jury committees OK bids on generator, bulldozer

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The Church Point Community Center will get a permanent generator and the Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill a new bulldozer if the police jury accepts recommendations of its committees when it meets Tuesday.

In a quick — less than 15 minutes — session, four committees of the parish governing body met here earlier this week as a preliminary to the Dec. 14 meeting of the full jury.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will recommend that the jury accept the low bid of $106,750 submitted by Central Electric Co. of Monroe for the installation of a diesel generator at the center in Church Point.

The project also includes an upgrade to the sound attenuation at the center.

Five bids ere received on the project, ranging from the low by Central Electric, to a high of $128,600.

Brett Bayard of Mader Engineering, explained that funding for the project is coming from the Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Fund.

“Our other projects ran under budget and we were able to afford this generator for Church Point,” he told the committee.

The Solid Waste Committee will recommend that the full jury accept the low bid of $363,475 submitted by CLM Equipment of Covington for a bulldozer to be used at the Sanitary Landfill near Egan.

Through the lease-purchase agreement, the parish will pay $7,140.10 per month for 60 months. At the end of the term, the parish has the option to purchase the bulldozer for $1.

In other action, the Roads and Bridges Committee will recommend that the parish include the bridge on Nation Road near Rayne in the Federal Off-System Bridge Program.

Parish Road Manager Michael “Pee Wee” Schexnider explained that the parish receives funding every two years for the replacement of bridges on parish-maintained roads.

This year Acadia received $882,415. Schexnider said the estimated cost of replacing the bridge on Nation Road is $646,800.

“I suggest that we bank the remaining $200,000 and, in two years, use that along with whatever we receive then to do a big project,” he said.

The Roads and Bridges Committee also will recommend that the police jury:

• Accepts as substantially complete the bulkhead replacement project on Schultz Road.

• Consider the placement of a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Emar Drive and La. Hwy. 35 (North Beaugh Street/Lawtell Highway) just north of Church Point.