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|Airport bid awarded; Police Jury eyes drainage|
Hi-Lite Markings, Inc., was the low bidder at $99,906 for maintenance and upgrading at the Concordia Parish Airport at Vidalia.
The Concordia Parish Airport Authority opened the bids Tuesday, according Carl Sayers, chairman.
Sayers outlined the work at the Concordia Parish Police Jury meeting Monday night.
Hi-Lite Markings' base bid of $66,792.35, includes leveling, cleaning, filling cracks, applying asphalt rejuvenation and repainting the runway. Alternate Bid No. 1 of $20,199.25 included taxiway work and Alternate No. 2 of $12,915.25 was for the Parking Apron.
The only other bidder was Cecil Perry Improvements of Lafayette, which offered a base bid of $163,239, and bids of $33,165.70 for Alternate No. 1 and $27,941.62 for Alternate No. 2.
"We expect to do all surfaces for the total bid amount after receiving grants from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for 95 percent and State DOTD (Department of Transportation & Development) for 5 percent," said Sayers. "This $99,906 Airport Improvement Project will not cost the parish anything. It is ultimately funded from .19 cents per gallon Federal Excise Tax and 4% State Sales Tax on aviation fuel sales."
"We should be doing the work sometimes in August, 2009," said Sayers.
In action at the Police Jury meeting Monday, Tom Bell of the Lake St. John Recreational & Water Conservation District told jurors that "all drainage systems" were stressed when 10 inches of rain fell in the parish recently.
He and other board members at the meeting said there is a drainage problem on Buckner Bayou, where a culvert at the first crossing has caved in.
"No water is coming through," he said, "and it will have to be replaced."
He said 300 feet from that point, drainage is hampered due to "a good bit of debris."
Bell asked jurors to continue providing its $3,000 annual share for the U.S Geological Survey lake gauge and website service. The federal government also contributes $3,000 annually.
Juror Joe Parker said funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is available for gates and culverts.
"We're working on getting some money here," said Parker.
In other action, on a motion by juror Jimmy Jernigan, who chairs the Maintenance Committee, the Jury agreed to notify Larry Wagoner of Wagoner Gravel of Ferriday that three truckloads of heavy clay pit run recently delivered did not meet Jury specifications.
"If Larry can't produce heavy clay pit run that meets Jury specs then we'll have to get it elsewhere," said Jernigan.
Jernigan brought two buckets of gravel delivered as pit run by two different companies. He scooped up material from one bucket, and with his hands quickly molded a hard, clay ball.
The material from the other bucket, however, would not hold together in a ball. Jernigan said that material was delivered by Wagoner Gravel.
Wagoner said Tuesday his gravel meets standards, adding that the "gravel has not been tested by the lab yet. I've got a sample there to be tested."
He said his contract with the Jury "says it has to meet DOTD (Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development) standards and be approved by the parish engineer. That's the process I'm trying to go through."
Jernigan said the material delivered by Wagoner "does not meet Jury standards. It's not what we want."
Serving on the Maintenance Committee along with Jernigan are jurors Joe Parker and Carey Cook.
On another matter, juror Willie Dunbar said he was not satisfied with two members on the Recreational District No 3 Board of Directors at Vidalia and he said the Jury should be allowed to remove ineffective members.
But jurors Whest Shirley and Randy Temple said the Jury usually relies on individual boards to make recommendations for members and to handle their own affairs.
"I don't want to get into every board's politics," said Shirley.
Dunbar said a major concern of his is the lack of recreation in the Concordia Park and Moose Lodge areas.
"Some of these kids don't have a parent or a way to get into Vidalia for recreation," said Dunbar. He said children and teens often have to play basketball in the streets because they have nowhere else to play.
He said requests have been made in the past for a recreational facility in the Concordia Park and Moose Lodge areas.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Approved occupational licenses for Medical Practices I.T. Solutions, 392 Round Tree Rd., Vidalia; Riverview Farms, L.L.C., 5 Carl Circle, Vidalia; and Wilburn Donnie Cupstid Jr., The Service Man, 305 Levens Addition Rd., Ferriday.
-- Pay Davenport, Files & Kelly, L.L..P. $15,979,98 for legal services rendered.
-- Approved a fund transfer of $45,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
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