New River dredging project enters Gonzales city limits

Viewed from the east, striking image of increased capacity in New River

The long-awaited dredging of New River, held up for several months by the petulance of School Board candidate James Moore whose rank incompetence cost his company the bid it had initially been awarded, picked up the pace.  Boone Services, LLC’s heavy equipment is positioned well into Gonzales’ city limits, progressing from west to east toward the weir behind Walmart that will be replaced by a control structure.

…compared to image from three weeks ago

Current operations have taken the project to the bridge at Marchand Ave…

Looking west from Marchand Ave bridge (notice barrier)

Looking east from the Marchand Ave bridge

Had the project commenced when Boone Services was awarded the job…

Boone Construction in, James Moore company out as New River project contractor

after the 23rd Judicial District Court found that James Moore’s company, Bridging the Gap’s winning bid was fatally flawed by Moore’s inability to follow established Bid Law procedure.  Rather than accepting the inevitable, Moore opted to drag out the process in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.  The job would be several months ahead had Judge Tess Stromberg’s ruling been accepted.

Judge Stromberg wrote in early 2021:

“Boone asserts that BTG’s bid did not contain a certificate of authority, and therefore, the Parish of Ascension accepted BTG’s bid in violation of Revised Statute 38:2212…The Court further finds that BTG’s bid packet was devoid of any other written evidence of the annual report on file with the secretary of state at the time that the bid was submitted such that the Court would be able to determine if Mr. Moore was listed as a corporate officer or member on those records…that BTG’s bid packet was devoid of any written evidence that BTG filed, into the appropriate records, an affidavit, resolution, or other acknowledged authentic document showing that Mr. Moore was authorized to submit bids for public contracts.”

So much for his allegiance to the good people of Ascension Parish.