St. John the Baptist Parish – During Tuesday night’s Council Meeting, Administration moved received approval on action items to move two important projects forward and provide transportation to Parish youth to stay busy while school is out for the summer.
The Certificate of Substantial Completion was approved with Barriere Construction for the Garyville Timbermill Trail Phase II Project at a final cost of $427,097.70. Funded through the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program and 2014 Bond Issue, the second phase of the project extended Phase I of the trail from the KCS Railroad to Hwy 54. Phase I, designed by Meyer Engineers, began on Museum St. and extended to the KCS Railroad near the Garyville Timbermill Museum. Eventually, the multi-use trail will lead into Phase III and IV with a connection to the recently completed Mississippi River Trail. A ribbon cutting for the trail will be held soon.
The Council approved a no cost change order for the new St. John Senior Citizens Center granting a time extension of 60 days to complete the project. The time extension request is for construction delays due to high river stages. The new building will host a variety of amenities for seniors including an expanded kitchen, large activity room, aesthetic amenities and a large wrap around porch. The project is funded through the 2014 Bond Issue.
Authorization was also received to enter an intergovernmental agreement with the St. John Parish School Board to provide transportation for Summer Feeding and Recreational Programs. The Summer Food Service Program provides nourishing meals for six weeks during the summer months to all children on the East and West Banks in St. John the Baptist Parish including those enrolled in Recreation Summer Camp. More information on the program will be released once finalized.