St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish Officials Break Ground on Final Phase of East Bank MS Trail & Hold Ribbon Cutting for Oxidation Pond

Parish Officials Break Ground on Final Phase of East Bank MS Trail & Hold Ribbon Cutting for Oxidation Pond

Friday, January 3, 2020

St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom and her Administrative staff along with Sheriff Mike Tregre, Councilman Larry Sorapuru, David Dupre and his team from Meyer Engineers LTD., and representatives of Magee Excavation & Development, the contractor, recently celebrated the start of Phase IV of the Mississippi River Trail Project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Phase IV is the final phase on the east bank which will extend the asphalt path along the Mississippi River levee to the St. James Parish line.  This is a continuation of Phase III, which stopped at West 10th Street in Reserve in 2017. The construction cost is $2,315,583.17 and through the collaborative efforts of the St. John Administration, DOTD and the Regional Planning Commission (RPC), 80% of the project funding was secured through the Federal Highway Administration.  The final phase of the project was delayed for months due to elevated river stages.

Later that morning, officials joined by those who worked on the project including former Utilities Director Blake Fogleman and project engineer Oscar Boudreaux with Environmental Engineering Services (EES) cut the ribbon on the completed Oxidation Pond project in Reserve. 

Funded through the 2010 Bond Issue and an EPA grant, the $9 million project was designed by Environmental Engineering Services Inc. and constructed by The Lemoine Company, LLC.  The oxidation pond will greatly reduce stress on the River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant thus reducing overflows. It was constructed to allow for expansion of the project as capacity is needed.

Designed to treat wastewater in a more cost-effective manner using natural interaction of sunlight, bacteria, and algae, the wastewater retention pond will treat some 3 million gallons of wastewater a day primarily from the Reserve area.

“Over the course of my Administration, we have made strategic efforts to utilize state and federal funding to improve aging infrastructure in our Parish while reducing the strain to the budget,” said Parish President Robottom. “We have worked hard to ensure that dollars received went to complete worthy projects that affect residents.”