On Monday East Ascension Drainage Board resolved to commit nearly $20 million toward two flood mitigation projects; Conway Bayou Pump Station Upgrade and Marvin Braud Pump Station Levee Elevation and Upgrade. The commitment is necessary to access $44,452,278 federal dollars toward the projects estimated at a combined cost of $64,248,449.
TO DEDICATE EAST ASCENSION CONSOLIDATED GRAVITY
DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 1 FUNDING IN SUPPORT OF HMGP
GRANT FOR MAJOR DRAINAGE PROJECTS
“East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No.1 is in receipt of allocations as a result of the Great Flood of 2016 in the amount of $44,452,278.67.
(The District) has applied for two (2) mitigation projects; Conway Bayou Pump Station Upgrade Project #4277-62, in the amount of $7,176,490.00; and Marvin Braud Pump Station Protection Levee Elevation and Upgrades Project #4277-30, in the amount of $57,071,959.00.
(The District) has applied for a total project budget in the amount of $64,248,449.00.
(The District) will be responsible for a contributing amount of $19,796,170.33 for the non-federally allocated portion of the project value over the term of the projects.”
The projects’ federal funding was enabled by engineering services provided by HNTB Engineers, though the details were sparse on Monday. It is anticipated that the projects, and the requisite funding, will be spread over a four or five year span. Initial allocation will go toward Phase I engineering and design.
In other business, conducted behind closed doors in Executive Session, the Board authorized President Clint Cointment to award the long-awaited New River Dredging Project “in accordance with state bid laws.” While no one would confirm it, the cryptic authorization denotes the job will go to Boone Services which sued the parish to enjoin its awarding the contract to Bridging the Gap, LLC.
Judge Tess Percy Stromberg ruled that its bid violated Louisiana Bid Law.
In furtherance of final settlement of another lawsuit, this one filed by Livingston Parish to halt construction of Laurel Ridge Levee Extension, the Board approved the purchase of two parcels of land along Hwy 22 in St. Amant. Livingston agreed to dismiss its suit when Governor John Bel Edwards announced $42 million in funding for construction of two bridges on the roadway.