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public notice - Lafourche Parish Government
OCTOBER 9, 2007
RACELAND, LOUISIANA
STATE OF LOUISIANA
PARISH LAFOURCHE
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LAFOURCHE PARISH COUNCIL, PARISH OF
LAFOURCHE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, WAS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9,
2007 AT 5:00 P.M., AT THE LAFOURCHE PARISH COUNCIL BARRIOS CENTER, 1612
HIGHWAY 182, SUITE 100, RACELAND, LOUISIANA.
The Lafourche Parish Council was duly convened as the Governing Authority of said Parish by
Dr. Tommy Lasseigne, Chairman, who then stated that the Lafourche Parish Council was ready for the
transaction of business at 5:04 p.m.
Chairman Lasseigne announced that the invocation would be led by Mr. Michael Matherne. The
Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Daniel Lorraine. Proceedings of the meeting
were called to order with the following:
PRESENT:
Mr. Tyrone Williams
Mr. Michael Delatte
Mr. Michael Matherne
Dr. Tommy Lasseigne
Mr. Mark Atzenhoffer
Mr. Lindel Toups
Mr. Phillip Gouaux
Mr. Daniel Lorraine
President Charlotte A Randolph
ABSENT:
Mr. Brent Callais
APPROVAL OF COUNCIL MINUTES
The first item (1) on the agenda was a motion to accept the minutes of the September 25, 2007
Regular Session meeting. A motion was made by Mr. Toups, seconded by Mr. Gouaux, and carried by
a vote of (6) yeas; (2) nays, that being of Mr. Atzenhoffer and Mr. Matherne; and (1) absent, that being
of Mr. Callais.
PUBLIC WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL
The next item on the agenda was the Public to address the Council. Mr. Mark Bourg, Palm
Avenue in Lockport, addressed the Council representing the North Lafourche Levee District in regards
to the 2007 Tax Renewal. He stated basic facts of the renewal of the tax millage for the North
Lafourche Levee District (see Exhibit “A”), explaining that the new District comprises of all of the area
north of the Intracoastal Canal to the northern boundaries of Lafourche Parish. Mr. Bourg said that there
were basically two Levee Districts in the Parish, being that of the South Lafourche Levee District and
the North Lafourche Levee District. He stated that they were going out for renewal. Then, he thanked
the Council for their support and the work that they had done together, which included some
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Cooperative Endeavor Agreements. He said that he believed that they had taken care of the needs and
provided services to the people on the west side; and that they were looking to do the same thing for the
east side that they had been assigned to as of January 1, 2007. Mr. Bourg gave a special thanks to
Councilman Delatte and Councilman Gouaux for their support on their information sessions which were
held in the last couple of days; and also thanked everyone else like President Randolph, Councilman
Lasseigne, and Councilman Atzenhoffer. He then requested that the Council continue to offer their
support, to try to get their constituency to get out and vote. Mr. Bourg stated that they had done what
the Council had primarily suggested that they do, by putting the election in a general election and not
calling a special election, therefore “piggy backing” with most of the other elections.
The next person to address the Council was Ms. Elta Cheramie of Matthews, in which her
daughter Ms. Janice Rebstock spoke. Ms. Rebstock began by saying that they own White Rose
Plantation in Matthews. She said that they were looking to be able to have the Parish move a drainage
ditch for them, and that they had some questions about some of the paperwork that was given to them.
Ms. Rebstock said that her Attorney Mr. Johnny Allemand had several questions, in that he was not
clear where the servitudes were at and that he would want it more clearly defined, and that he also
needed to know whether if they could do the servitude or not being that they had previously given
servitude to Wal-Mart when they built. She said that he felt that it was a conflict of interest and that he
wanted them to be held harmless if Wal-Mart did come questioning them in giving the same servitude.
Ms. Rebstock stated that she had spoken to Mr. Cheramie and that he did share that he would have
someone contact Mr. Allemand the next day for them to clear it out. She then thanked Mr. Toups a
whole, whole lot because he had really helped them through this. Ms. Rebstock then stated that their
sugar cane farmers, the Landry Brothers, were getting very, very antsy because they need to take the
sugar cane from there, which they currently could not.
Mr. Toups asked Mr. Cheramie if he was going to get with the lawyer this week to try to get this
resolved. Mr. Cheramie replied that he was going to get Mr. David Poincon to contact Mr. Allemand
the next day, and that it was his understanding that they just needed to draw it out, showing exactly
where the boundary lines are for the right-of-way, and that it would then be accepted. Mr. Toups
expressed that they may have to wait after the grinding season because of the rain, but he would
appreciate anything.
Mr. Roman Guidry, West 80th Street in Cut Off, next addressed the Council in regards to the
change of addresses between Cut Off and Larose, which would affect quite a few individuals in Cut Off
due to the fact that Larose had come up with a Committee and has applied to the Post Office Department
to change the delivery route address from Cut Off to Larose. He explained that Cut Off had been
delivering the mail up to the Intracoastal Canal and Lockport had been delivering the mail down to the
end of Intracoastal Canal. Mr. Guidry said that the Committee had come up with a plan where they filed
with the OK with the Post Office Department for new boundaries, which would start from the old Cut
Off Drug Store to Larose. He then said that he did not know how far up they would go, but he
understood that it may be up to Valentine. Then, on Highway 308, they would start at East 28th Street,
picking up the Cut Off Bridge. Mr. Guidry explained his concerns, saying that he had started school in
1932, that he lived in Larose about 2,000 feet above the Mt. Zion Community on Highway 308, that he
had to walk to Larose High School to start school. He said that the people right below the Mt. Zion
Community had to go to the Cut Off High School; and that in 1932 Cut Off had a High School and
Larose had a High School. Mr. Guidry expressed that he had always thought that to be the boundary, he
said that he may have been naive, that he had spoken to a few of the Councilmen and that they had
definitely remembered changing the boundary lines as a Council and had made it law. He said that the
Highway Department did not know where the boundary line is. Mr. Guidry said that there were people
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still living that could testify to the fact that the Cut Off and Larose boundaries were at the Mt. Zion
Community on Highway 308 and right across where West 33rd and West 34th Streets are currently. So,
he had then met with the Post Office people, which they had told him that the application was put in, the
mailing had went out, and that the voting would take place up to the 16th of October. That they had told
him actually if 50% and one vote that they would have to accept it and send in to the Post Office
Department, that there would be about another year of studying before they make a decision. He said
that he just wanted to bring his concerns up, that he himself and quite a few other people living in Cut
Off were really disturbed about what was about to transpire if they did not do something about it. Mr.
Guidry thanked the Council for listening to him, requesting that they keep his concerns in mind.
Mr. Mitch Theriot addressed the Council, stating that he was running for State Representative,
that he wanted to officially present his candidacy to the Council, to let them know that he would look
forward to working with them. He said that he had worked with some of the Councilmen when he had
served back in 1992 to 2000 and that they knew his policy was that of an open door policy. Mr. Theriot
expressed that he believed that the State Government and the Local Government needed to work
together to benefit the mutual constituencies that we have; and if there was a good working relationship
between the two that a lot could get done. He pointed out that they would be losing a lot of seniority in
the House, in that Representative Triche was term limited, that Senator Pitre decided not to run, and that
they were losing both of the Representatives from the Lafourche Parish area, further saying that there
would be 60 plus new faces in Baton Rouge out of 105 Representatives, and that there would be a large
vacuum of knowledge that was going to be missing. Mr. Theriot stated that with his 8 years previous
experience that they would have a chance to take a leadership position in Baton Rouge, regardless of
who’s the Governor, that they would be looking to lead the 16 standing Committees, the Vice-Chairmen,
and the floor leaders; and that he believed that they would be right in line to hit the ground running on
day one with his knowledge and experience, to work hard for District 54 in the Parish of Lafourche and
Grand Isle. He then encouraged everyone in his area to go out and vote #55 on October 20th.
PRESENTATIONS
The next item (2) on the agenda was a presentation of the Employee of the Month for
September, 2007. President Randolph acknowledged Ms. Arlene Toups, the Executive Assistant to the
Parish President, as the Employee of the Month for September.
The next item (3) on the agenda was Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott
Angelle to give a presentation on the Bayou Lafourche Saltwater Control Structure. Secretary
Angelle began by saying that he brought greetings from Baton Rouge from the Louisiana Department of
Natural Resources. He said that he had opportunities to work with several of the Councilmen, that for
him it was like coming home in a certain sense, in that he had served 12 years as a Member of the Police
Jury in St. Martin Parish and that he was a former Parish President there for 4 years, so he understood
the grind of a Local Government. Mr. Angelle said that he had a recent opportunity for him and his
crew to work with the State and also with some of the key members of the Parish. He said that he and
Mr. Wendell Curole were invited to the State of California to visit with them about some of their water
resources issues. Mr. Angelle expressed that Louisiana and Lafourche Parish can be especially proud
when Mr. Wendell Curole is asked to speak because he does a tremendous job, that he speaks with a lot
of passion, and that he is well respected across the Country on flood management issues.
Mr. Angelle said that he had visited with several of the Councilmen regarding some of the
problems with saltwater intrusion into Bayou Lafourche. He said that he had been working with the
Federal Government on trying to establish a very major project for Bayou Lafourche and that they were
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not particularly interested in going in the direction that he thought that we should, so they decided to
take some of it on their own and had then worked with the entire Legislative Delegation, which were
very supportive in both the House and the Senate. Mr. Angelle then said that they were able to secure an
Appropriation for about $4 million for the saltwater structure in Bayou Lafourche, that he had gone to
several Public Hearings, and that he had heard the Manager of the Valentine Paper Mill express the
economic concerns that he was going through regarding saltwater. He said that it was obvious that it
was the major drinking water source here and that it was very important from a public health stand point.
Mr. Angelle said that he believed that they were heard loud and clear. He said that he was particularly
please because they had done something a little different on this deal, saying that typically when these
kinds of projects they control and spend the money, that it seems to be slow and then even a little bit
slower at the State level, and then even slower at the Federal level. Mr. Angelle said that they decided
to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Lafourche Parish Government, giving the
Parish the authority to go out and do it, but providing the Appropriation. He said that he thought that the
Parish could do it faster, but they would still be holding our hands and that it would make more sense to
do it this way. Mr. Angelle expressed that he was especially pleased to be at the meeting; that he speaks
a lot in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, one reason being that the people understands his accent. He
then said that he tells people that in his area, where he is from, that they have a lot of sugar cane, a lot of
oil and gas, and a lot of fishermen. That folks then reply that he was certainly describing Lafourche
Parish. He said that he goes on further to say that a lot of the last names in Lafourche Parish are the
same as in St. Martin Parish. Mr. Angelle said that there was a saying in St. Martin Parish, “if you kick
a bush and a rabbit does not jump out, a Guidry will”. He then said that he be darned, that the first
person he introduced himself to in the front row was a Guidry, here in Lafourche Parish. So, it was a
good day and he wanted to come by to present Lafourche Parish Government with a symbolic check for
$4 million. He said that he was looking forward to working with the Parish to make the project a reality,
which everything will work out in the right way.
Mr. Lorraine asked Mr. Angelle if the $4 million was coming completely from the State; with
Mr. Angelle responding as to, “yes Sir”. Mr. Lorraine then asked Mr. Angelle if he thought that it will
be enough money to take care of the project; with Mr. Angelle explaining that they were working with
the Engineering firm, in that they had actually started the Appropriation for $5 million, but they worked
with the Engineering firm that the Parish had selected, that they had then put together some cost
estimates on the project, and that they ran right around $3.9 million. Mr. Lorraine asked Mr. Angelle if
he would be willing to say basically that the entire project was completely paid for by the State of
Louisiana; with Mr. Angelle replying as to, “yes Sir”.
Mr. Toups asked how long it would be until they would have the structure in place. Mr. Angelle
explained that they had signed the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement in probably the last week or two,
which the Engineering firm that the Parish had selected would be responsible for going ahead to getting
it to the final design, in terms of how long it would take. He said that it may take 8 months, 10 months,
12 months, but he was not real sure. Mr. Toups then asked President Randolph if the Administration
had any idea, because he had received several calls in regards to the project; that the Paper Mill was in
bad shape at the moment, being that they could not currently be making paper. President Randolph
stated that the anticipation was that it would be done before next Fall, which means that they would have
to go through this season, but they should be protected by the next season.
Mr. Angelle then shared that he had a really great meeting yesterday on introducing freshwater
into Bayou Lafourche, saying that we would begin to see very soon, within the next 60, 80, to 90 days,
another announcement of an additional sum of money to start doing some work, and that it was pretty
confident in saying that within the next month that there would be a major announcement relative to the
funding from some of the money that they were getting for the Highway 1 improvements. He said that it
was obvious that Lafourche Parish was very important to the economy of this State, the Valentine Paper
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Mill was also very important to the economy, and that freshwater is important to us all.
Mr. Curole stated that a Representative was present from Shaw Coastal to give more specific
answers; then saying that a lot of the engineering was done already, that the Department of Natural
Resources was very confident that this money was coming and had kind of given them the green light a
few months ago to start with the engineering. So, with regards to timing, they were well on their way
with the engineering to be complete and ready to bid a project relatively soon.
Mr. Angelle then stated that Mr. Benny Roussell was present and introduced him as a former
Parish President of Plaquemines, a former Member of the Police Jury Association, and a former State
Representative. He said that Mr. Roussell was now doing great work with him at the Department of
Natural Resources. Mr. Angelle said that if you notice, he was trying to surround himself with people
who were close to the ground, understanding what was going on, in that they can sometimes get carried
away in Baton Rouge having a bunch of degrees, but sometimes forgetting the common sense issues,
and that Mr. Roussell helps them with that.
Mr. Atzenhoffer thanked Mr. Angelle because the meeting was interesting from a lot of aspects,
in that they had covered about 10 topics in about 30 or 40 minutes. He stated that he had been critical
about some of the slow moving of the State, but Mr. Angelle had said at that meeting that this is
important, we are going to fund it, let’s get it over with, and then move on. Mr. Atzenhoffer then said
that today was the day that the Parish receives the check, so he really did appreciate the speed and the
matter-of-factness of how it was made to happen.
President Randolph stated that since the Freshwater Board was presented at the meeting, along
with the Council, that she thought that it may make a good picture.
Mr. Angelle reiterated what Mr. Atzenhoffer had said, that at the meeting, once he committed to
doing this, that somebody maybe knew, that a couple of other folks had pulled out a list and said let me
tell you what other problems we got, and before he knew it, it was a $100 million request coming out of
Lafourche Parish.
The Council then posed for a picture.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT(S)
The next item (4) on the agenda was Parish President Charlotte Randolph to present the
budget message. President Randolph read from her Budget Message (see Exhibit “B”).
Mr. Gouaux asked Chairman Lasseigne if they were going to set Public Hearings at this time;
with Chairman Lasseigne replying that it was an ordinance, that they would be proposing the ordinance
later in the meeting, it being item 24 on the Agenda.
The next item (5) on the agenda was a report from the Administration regarding the recent
library lawsuits. Mr. Curole handed out a Citation packet (see Exhibit “C”). Mr. Matherne stated that
he knew that they could not discuss the issue in depth, but he thought that it was important for the
Council to know that they had been served with a lawsuit regarding GEN-CON and some of the issues
involved with that. Mr. Matherne then asked Mr. Curole if they had been served in regards to the Fazzio
case. Mr. Curole stated that what has happened is that an attorney has written a demand letter against
Ms. Arabie of the Library with regards to some conversations that were held. He said that in both
instances that they were going to and/or have retained attorneys to answer the suit and the demand letter.
Mr. Matherne then asked if Lafourche Parish Government was the only one named in the GEN-CON
suit; with Mr. Curole explaining what happens with the Library, that the State Law provides that the
Library can not sue or be sued, and so the Parish ends up being the party to a suit against the Library.
Mr. Atzenhoffer then requested that an Executive session be held at the next meeting, with the
District Attorney, to please request his presence, so they may discuss the options available to the Parish
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to give everyone a chance to decipher the law suit, expressing that he believed that there may be other
options out there, but he would like to know legally where they were.
Chairman Lasseigne asked Mr. Curole if he had said that a lawyer had been retained; with Mr.
Curole saying that they had not retained one for the suit and that they had brought one in to work with
Ms. Arabie on the demand letter, and that they were in the process of. Chairman Lasseigne asked if they
were going to use an outside lawyer or were they going to use the District Attorney. Mr. Curole stated
that the District Attorney was not handling these cases, that he has said multiple times that they have the
list that the Council had approved of the Attorneys that they were to retain for instances where they were
sued. Mr. Atzenhoffer demanded that they see that it happens by the next meeting; with President
Randolph stating that they had called him and that he had just not returned their call. Mr. Atzenhoffer
reiterated that he wanted an Executive Session for the next meeting.
The next item (6) on the agenda was a report from Ray Cheramie, Department of Public
Works Director. Mr. Cheramie presented a PowerPoint presentation (see Exhibit “D”) of ongoing
projects being done in the Parish. He began by showing pictures of the De Gravelle Outfall Ditch in
District 1, saying that it drains about two-thirds of Waverly Oaks and the Waverly Gardens Subdivision,
which it also drains by the Waverly Apartments, the Sola Trailer Park, the stock yard, and it also assists
in the Waverly Ditch. Next, was the overlaying of the Forty Arpent Road with some of the recycled
material, saying that they had gone in last year and had done all of the roads: the Forty, the Sixty, and
the Eighty, and that this year they had gone back to retouch some of the roads. He said that they were
holding up pretty good at this time, explaining that the slide showed from Antill Drive to the French
Plantation. Mr. Cheramie then showed a slide of the sweeping out of the Bayou Boeuf Pump Reservoir
in District 2, that it was being done by one of their equipment. Next, was a slide from the Ward 6
Choupic Fairgrounds, he explained that the sidewalks were pretty deplorable and they had done the
repairs to them in-house, in preparation for the next fair. He then showed a slide of aggregate road
repairs being done in District 2 with the recycled materials that they were lucky enough to get, he
showed the Morvant Road and the Talbot Extension. Mr. Cheramie then showed before and after
pictures of the Terre Haute Subdivision Drainage Canal in District 4, which was cluttered with lilies and
was being overtaken with grass before and that it was now cleaned out. Then, was the Cyprien Pump
Discharge Canal in District 5, showing that they had received some recycled cement from one of the oil
companies, saying that all they had to do was haul the material, that they had signed over some letters
that would not make them liable for anything except for hauling, explaining that the company had
loaded it for them. He said that all of the material was stock piled along the discharge canal at the
Cyprien Pump Station, and that work was going to start, as far as placing it on the outside of the levee,
to protect the erosion caused by the pump station. Next, was the Lake Long Reservoir in District 5,
showing that it was cleaned out, that the work was done with the mini long reach excavator, which
works out of Lockport, but was also used throughout the Parish. Mr. Cheramie then showed a slide of
the newly acquired 30 foot boom tractor, saying that it had been coming in real handy, that it had been
working at the Gheens Natural Gas Pump Station Levee, being utilized to reach the berm on the levees
that they were not able to cut before and to also cut the opposite sides of the outfall canals. He further
said that one of the canals that they had done lately was the East 25th Outfall Canal, saying that this
equipment was going to also be used throughout the Parish. Then, was the Hugh Caffery Outfall Canal,
explaining that it was cluttered with trees on both sides, with some of them even growing through the
middle, he showed that they had gone in with a mulcher to mulch as many of the trees that they could,
and that they actually had to dig some out, and that they would have to go back and re-dig. He further
explained that it drains a big section from Valentine on Highway 308 coming up to the Bollinger
Shipyard. Mr. Cheramie then showed a slide from the Barrios Pump Station to the Edna Pump Station
Levee in District 7, saying that it was one of the levees that was in question with the North Lafourche
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Levee District, that it was starting to erode, explaining that this particular section was north of the pump
station discharge canal and it was in fairly good shape, and that the one in question was the one south of
the canal which is too narrow to do the work that needs to be done, as was shown in the slide. He then
showed work which was done on East 36th Street, being the Clovelly Boat Launch Road, saying that
they had just added another 500 tons of limestone, that he was really anticipating that with all of the
limestone that was put there this year that it will start holding up better than it has in the past years, that
the foundation seems to have really tightened up and that he could see using less and less limestone,
especially if they keep it up before it gets to a bad stage. His next slide showed the sweeping out of the
ditch on East 46th Street in District 8, saying that he was really proud of what some of the workers were
doing, explaining that at one time the canals were looking kind of rugged, that they were digging them
too deep or too wide, but he really thought that they were doing excellent jobs now, and then
commended his DPW employees for the work that they were doing. Next, he showed a slide of the Jerry
Savoie Canal, saying that last year or year before last that they had dug the stretch from Highway 3235
back to the South Lafourche Levee District Pump Reservoir, that the front was very wet and that they
had asked for them to wait this year, that they had then went in to do the front and it would definitely
drain everything from West 17th all the way through to West 20th. Mr. Cheramie’s next slide was in
District 9, being the Dennis Vizier Outfall Canal, explaining that it would help drain West 182nd, West
183rd, and West 184th, again saying that they had done a good job, but was disappointed that they could
not get the right of servitude to get on the opposite side where they could clear both sides of the canal
because in a couple of years the trees would want to lean into the sun and would then start to clutter the
outfall canal again. He further explained that they were working with the adjacent land owners to try to
get something where they would not dig on their property, but to at least clear the trees where they could
keep up the grass in the canals better. Mr. Cheramie then showed slides from District 9, showing
general maintenance on East 104th Street, West 120th Street, and West 221st Street. He said that the
excavator operator was doing a real good job coming into the curve on West 221st Street, reiterating that
he was very proud in what their guys do.
Mr. Cheramie then showed four more slides, in particular to the people of the Tenth Ward,
explaining that he was in Natchez, Mississippi for the last weekend, that he had received a phone call
that somebody was going around spreading rumors that there were Parish equipment and Parish trucks
hauling dirt, and that this particular guy had all kinds of pictures of what was happening, and he then
explained that the slides were the pictures that were taken. Mr. Cheramie expressed that as you can tell
that the equipment and the trucks all had some kind of little emblem on the side, but none of them
belonging, or ever have been, to the Parish. He said that he would have been extremely disappointed if
they would have had any Parish employees using Parish equipment or trucks to haul dirt. Mr. Cheramie
stated to please feel free to call him anytime you have suspicions, reiterating that in this case it was a
false accusation, and that none of the equipment or trucks belonged to the Parish.
The next item (7) on the agenda was an update from Administration regarding the Manchester
Pump Study. Mr. Delatte stated to Mr. Cheramie that he was just wondering if he could give him an
update on where they stood or where they were at that point and time. Mr. Joe Picciola with Picciola &
Associates, Inc. responded that they had completed all of the surveying, presently doing engineering
calculations, and was preparing to do a presentation to the Council, which he hoped to do, if not at the
next upcoming meeting, at the following meeting. Mr. Picciola stated that they would have all of their
findings together and would then have a formal report to present to the Council at that time.
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The next item (8) on the agenda was the status of the burning of creosote on the south side of
West 226th Street below Golden Meadow, which occurred on August 22, 2007. Mr. Lorraine asked
President Randolph if the Emergency Preparedness had checked this out and did they ever talk to DEQ
to see what the status report was. He then said that he believed that there was some cleaning up going
on there, but he believed that this really needed to be checked out thoroughly since the Parish has such a
great Emergency Preparedness. Mr. Lorraine continued by asking if they were going to go look at this
and get with DEQ to see if this was being done right. President Randolph stated that she had a report
from Mr. Eric Benoit of the Emergency Preparedness Department, in that he had spoken with Mr.
Malcolm Andry with DEQ, that he was advised that samples were taken on September 12, 2007, that
they were then sent to a lab for testing, and that DEQ was waiting on the results of the test to come back.
She said that they had initially sent it off to a contract lab, which takes a little bit longer to get results.
President Randolph continued by saying that the Louisiana State Police was also investigating the
incident and that Mr. Andry has made frequent follow up visits to the seen, and that she also had a phone
number for Mr. Andry. Mr. Lorraine commented that they were just basically waiting on the results to
see if there was hazardous material or not, that he was sure that if you can not burn creosote that they
would have a hazardous report, saying that he would keep bringing it up until they actually receive the
report.
The next item (9) on the agenda was the status on the South Lafourche Library, on the
Parish=s side. Mr. Lorraine stated that this issue had been going on for a long time. He commended
Councilman Callais for trying to get this building done, further saying that he had also been trying to get
it done. Mr. Lorraine said that they were promised that it would be done, but still today it is not done.
He said that there was $300,000 in the Budget last year to do so, but unfortunately the bids had come out
over budget. Mr. Lorraine expressed that he really felt that with the expertise of Mr. Paul Chiquet,
explaining that they had done the Golden Meadow Library in-house, that this could also have been done
in-house, saying that he knew that you can only spend so much money up to $100,000. He continued to
say that there was money in the Budget for next year, but that does not guarantee that it would be spent
there, that once the Budget is approved that the money could be spent wherever they wanted. Mr.
Lorraine stated that they could not get the South Lafourche Library, the Parish’s side, done; saying that
he had gone to the Annex to vote on Saturday and that it was the most deplorable building that he had
ever seen in his life, that it was filthy and that he could not believe that the District Attorney goes in
there, amongst other people. He continued by saying that the flag pole was unbelievable, that it was so
rusty; in that it was just pitiful to have a building like that opened to the public. Mr. Lorraine then stated
that they had an opportunity to get this done, but unfortunately it never came through, and that maybe
one day it will. He further stated that he just wanted the people to know that the Ferd Block Building,
which the District Attorney has, was $2, 971,162 and that the Parish had borrowed $2.5 million for that.
Mr. Lorraine said that they were of course paying rent and that they may come out ahead, but he did not
know. But, the Parish had also paid $471,162 of Parish funding, and that was in Thibodaux. Mr.
Lorraine said that he had gone to visit the building and that it was a fine facility. He said that he wanted
to make it clear that he had voted for all of these, thinking that he could also get something down the
bayou, but it had fell short. Mr. Lorraine then mentioned that it cost $201, 032 for the Court House
Chiller in Thibodaux, $544,289 to replace and waterproof the roof of the Historic Court House in
Thibodaux. He said that it looks real good, but that it was Thibodaux again. Mr. Lorraine then said that
they get to Raceland, at the Ag Building, $86,288, got budgeted $347,840, and that all the invoices were
not received to date, which he said that it was something that was needed. He continued by saying that
there was then the “command center” at the Sondra Barrios Building, $67,596; and that approximately
$223,203 was spent on the building. Mr. Lorraine asked why they could not get something to fix the
building in South Lafourche, saying that everything was Thibodaux and Raceland. He said that
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hopefully one day that they will get something, that he believed that they deserved it. Mr. Lorraine then
mentioned that there was an article in the Gazette that really disturbed him, that he could not believe that
they had printed it, but it had been on Sunday, September 30, 2007, in that there was a quote by the
Parish President that made him feel really offended as an elected official and as a resident of South
Lafourche, in that she had said that the building could be used as a storage. He asked if that was not a
disgrace, expressing that he believed that the people of South Lafourche deserved an apology from the
Parish President, saying that it should not be used as a storage and that it should be fixed where they
could use it the way they need to use it. Mr. Lorraine requested that they look at all the money that was
spent throughout the rest of the Parish, and asking what did they get, saying that they got the shaft.
ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECT REPORT(S)
The next item on the agenda was a presentation of planned, presently on going, recently
completed or other projects by appropriate engineering firms engaged by the Parish.
Mr. Larry Picciola with Larry J. Picciola, Inc. handed out a report (see Exhibit “E”) and updated
the Council on the Road Sales Tax Districts 3, 5, and 6 Projects. He began by saying that Byron Talbot
was the Contractor for Project 3G – Concrete Panels and that they were about 90% done in Fantastic
Acres, and that he was then moving to Country Village. Mr. Picciola reported that bids were to be
received on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10 a.m. for Project 3H – Meadowlands Subdivision. He then
reported on Project 3J – Lake Long Drive, that bids shall be received on Tuesday, November 7, 2007 at
10 a.m. Mr. Picciola reported that the Contractor has completed the drainage work for Project 5F –
Lafourche Crossing to St. Charles – Highway 1, and has started asphalting on Loupe Lane in Des
Allemands. Next, he reported that Project 5H – Chackbay/Choctaw was scheduled for next year’s
budget. Mr. Picciola then reported that the rights of ways were in the process of being obtained for
Project 5I – Lefort Bypass.
Mr. Joseph Picciola with Picciola & Associates, Inc. handed out a report (see Exhibit “F”) and
then updated the Council on Road Sales Tax District No. 2, Phase 4C, saying that Sealevel Construction,
Inc. was the Contractor, that he has been on the job and that he was working basically on drainage, and
that he was presently working on West 160th Street in Galliano. He reported that all of the asphalt
overlay was complete, with the exception of the Hamilton Street turning lanes, which they were waiting
for Entergy to relocate the two telephone poles that may be done sometime next week; and that they had
subcontracted the work to Barriere Construction. Mr. Picciola then stated that they were also working
on a Change Order that they were requested to do, by the Council, to add more streets to this project. He
said that they have about half of a day of surveying left to do, that they were probably 50% done with
the engineering on it, that they would then get the Contractor to price it out for them and to then
formerly present the Change Order to the Council.
Mr. Picciola then reported on the Ward 6 – Senior Center Walking Trail, saying that Sealevel
was the Contractor on the project, that it was substantially complete, but he did have a few punch list
items to complete and that he would be finished with those by the end of the week.
Mr. Toups asked Mr. Cheramie if he was aware that one of the pumps at the Fantastic Pump
Station was out of order for about three months. Mr. Cheramie explained that they were not out of
order, that they had been running it to perform tests on it trying to find out why it was running hot, but
everything that they had been trying has not been working out. So, now they were getting
recommendations from the pump manufacturer, looking at the gear heads, but he did not believe that
was what it was because it was an original pump that had come from Tom Foret, that it was the same
gear head, same pump, and the same engine, but his mechanics were at a lost as to what was causing it to
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run hot. Mr. Toups said that he was asked about it because there was a sign posted saying not to run it.
Mr. Cheramie explained that they did because they did not want to run it at too high of RPMs, that if you
run it at a higher RPM where it should be running that it eventually runs hot; that they had ran tests, they
had changed the water pump, changed the belt, changed the radiator cap, and got the radiator cleaned,
and that it is still wanting to run hot, but they were still looking at it.
LEGAL ADVISOR REPORT
The next item on the agenda was to relinquish time to the Lafourche Parish Legal Advisor. The
Parish’s Legal Advisor was not present.
Next, a motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Lorraine, to open the Public
Hearing & Ordinances for Ratification, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that
being of Mr. Callais.
PUBLIC HEARING AND ORDINANCES FOR RATIFICATION
The next item (10) on the agenda was an ordinance recognizing the tacit dedication of an
additional 170 feet of West 135th Street into the Parish System. A motion was offered by Mr.
Lorraine. Chairman Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the
proposed ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr.
Matherne.
Mr. Lorraine offered an amendment, to change the “170 feet” to “180 feet”, explaining that it
was measured at 180 feet, and seconded by Mr. Matherne. Mr. Curole stated that the Administration did
not have a problem with the amendment, explaining that the 170 feet had came from the Pictometry
mapping, and so if he had physically measured it, that it would probably be a better measurement. The
amendment carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
The amended ordinance carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr.
Callais.
ORD. NO. 4147
TACIT DEDICATION - 180 FEET - WEST 135TH STREET
The next item (11) on the agenda was an ordinance establishing a “No Parking” on the south
side of West 96th Street in Cut Off, Louisiana; installing the necessary “No Parking” signs; and
providing for penalties for violations thereof. A motion was offered by Mr. Lorraine. Chairman
Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance.
Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer.
Mr. Lorraine stated that by the advice of Councilman Callais that he would like to “kill” it. Mr.
Atzenhoffer removed his second, and with no additional second made, the ordinance died.
DIED
The next item (12) on the agenda was an ordinance establishing a “No Parking” on the north
side of West 97th Street in Cut Off, Louisiana; installing the necessary “No Parking” signs; and
providing for penalties for violations thereof. A motion was offered by Mr. Lorraine. Chairman
Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance.
Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, and with no second made, the ordinance died.
DIED
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The next item (13) on the agenda was an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1127 to reduce
the fifteen (15) miles per hour speed limit to ten (10) miles per hour on East 137th Street, Galliano,
Louisiana ; providing for the placement of “speed limit”, “speed checked by radar”, and “children at
play” signs; and providing penalties for the violations thereof. A motion was offered by Mr. Lorraine.
Chairman Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed
ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr.
Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
ORD. NO. 4148
AMENDING 1127 – REDUCING SPEED - EAST 137TH STREET
The next item (14) on the agenda was an ordinance decreasing the twenty five (25) miles per
hour speed limit to fifteen (15) miles per hour on Louise Lane in Bayou Blue, Louisiana; providing for
the placement of “speed limit” signs; and providing penalties for the violations thereof. A motion was
offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer. Chairman Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to
speak on the proposed ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was
made by Mr. Lorraine, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr.
Callais.
ORD. NO. 4149
DECREASING 25 MPH SPEED LIMIT TO 15 MPH - LOUISE LANE
The next item (15) on the agenda was an ordinance to accept the subdivision known as the Sugar
Plantation Subdivision, Phase “A” into the Parish System. A motion was offered by Mr. Matherne.
Chairman Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed
ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Delatte,
and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
ORD. NO. 4150
ACCEPTING SUGAR PLANTATION SUBDIVISION, PHASE “A”
The next item (16) on the agenda was an ordinance accepting the donation of Homeland
Security Equipment from South Central Planning and Development Commission funded through
the FY05 Louisiana State Police and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Grant #2006-GE-T6-0069; and furthermore donating some of the same equipment to other
responder agencies within the Parish of Lafourche. A motion was offered by Mr. Delatte. Chairman
Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance.
Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer, and
carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
ORD. NO. 4151
ACCEPTING DONATION - HOMELAND SECURITY EQUIPMENT
The next item (17) on the agenda was an ordinance recognizing the tacit dedication of East
94th Street from the gate of John L. Guidry Stadium through to the gate of Tidelands Golf Course,
Galliano, into the Parish System. A motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer. Chairman Lasseigne
asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance. Hearing none,
Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Lorraine.
An amendment was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Lorraine, to change “gate of
John L. Guidry” to “rear of Memorial”, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that
being of Mr. Callais.
Mr. Gouaux stated that there could not be a gate at the beginning of that public road, which it
would have to be removed, for it to be recognized as a true tacit dedication. He said that he just wanted
to make that clear, so everyone would understand that.
Mr. Toups asked if the Parish was taking the road over and if was going to be blacktopped.
President Randolph stated that it was for maintenance. Mr. Lorraine explained that the road had been
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maintained by the Parish since Dick Egle’ and Vernon Galliano was Parish Presidents, and before that it
was Bobby Tardo and they use to take care of it, saying that they use to have a Parish pump station there
and the gate was there before that, but legally the gate had been maintained and that they had affidavits
on this, and that he would like to see this getting done. He said that all the paperwork was there and that
he would appreciate the Council’s support.
The amended ordinance carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr.
Callais.
ORD. NO. 4152
TACIT DEDICATION - EAST 94TH STREET
The next item (18) on the agenda was an ordinance recognizing the tacit dedication of Raphael
Project Road from Highway 308 to the levee at South Lafourche Levee District, Galliano, Louisiana,
into the Parish System. A motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer. Chairman Lasseigne asked three
times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman
Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Lorraine.
Mr. Toups asked if this was the road that goes to the pumping station almost in Golden Meadow
on Highway 308, if so, that was about a 3 mile road.
Mr. Gouaux offered a motion to defer this item for two weeks because he had some questions
and he would like to do some further research, in that he felt that two weeks would not make that much
of a difference in whether or not if it would be taken in. Mr. Atzenhoffer stated that the motion could
not be made because there was already a motion and second on the floor, which would have to be first
removed.
A discussion ensued as to whose area it was in and whether or not if it was private. Mr. Lorraine
explained that the road being mentioned was not beyond the bridge, that it was up to the bridge, and that
they would take care of it beyond the bridge. Mr. Toups asked if there were homes back there. Mr.
Lorraine replied that there was fuel that they use for the pumps back there, but they were going to stop at
the Forty Arpent Canal. He then stated that they had been grading the road since day one. Mr. Lorraine
further explained that the Parish had just put up a bridge, not long ago; saying that it would not be paved
by the Parish beyond there. He said that there were affidavits to show that the Parish has always
maintained the area mentioned. Mr. Toups said that was why he was going to push to make it one
District for all of the roads, because up north they could not afford to do their roads and that Mr.
Lorraine had money in his District, and that they would be blacktopping another gravel road. Mr.
Lorraine said to also realize that they had just bonded out $15 million of Road Royalties and that the rest
of the Parish received $13 million out of it, saying that they generated $1 million in the last two months
and that the Districts they had before do not generate that in a year. Mr. Toups expressed that it was
hard for him to vote to blacktop a gravel road that he travels on that does not have any homes back there.
Mr. Lorraine removed his second and Mr. Atzenhoffer begrudgingly removed his motion.
Then, a motion to defer for two weeks was made by Mr. Gouaux and seconded by Mr. Toups.
Mr. Atzenhoffer explained that everything was there, that it was sponsored by Administration,
that they wanted it, that affidavits were included in the packets showing that they already do
maintenance on the road, that it is a mile and change of road that everyone drives on, and that he goes to
a pump station in an area that needs to be maintained already, that the funds were there to do so, and that
everything was in order to make a decision to do it. Mr. Toups stated that he had a problem
blacktopping a road going to a pump in South Lafourche when in Central Lafourche he had to use four
wheel drive tractors, asking why they could not use that money to instead get shells for the Central
Lafourche area. Mr. Toups expressed that he would like to get an opinion on that, to make sure that they
spend the money right. Mr. Gouaux reiterated that two weeks would not make a difference and
deferring the item would allow for them to get all the facts to make a better decision. President
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Randolph stated that the main factor that needed to be known was that a tacit dedication does not
guarantee anything other than maintenance of the road, acceptance into the Parish System so that it can
be maintained, that there was no other guarantee beyond that, in any of the documents. Mr. Toups said
that he did not know that and that he thought it was meant to be blacktopped. President Randolph
clarified that they could be, but that there were higher priorities.
Mr. Lorraine said that he agreed with Mr. Atzenhoffer, that he would be fine with delaying it, but
it would not change in two weeks, in that everything was right in front of them, and then said that he
wished that they would reconsider.
After discussions the motion to defer failed by a vote of (4) yeas, that being of Mr. Williams,
Mr. Delatte, Mr. Toups, and Mr. Gouaux; (4) nays, that being of Mr. Matherne, Dr. Lasseigne, Mr.
Atzenhoffer, and Mr. Lorraine; and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
A motion was again offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer.
Mr. Rodney Doucet, West Main in Cut Off, spoke of the tract of land in question. He said that
the tract goes as far as the bridge, that the pump was further and that whoever owns the land from the
bridge to the pump would pay to pave it to get to the pump. Mr. Doucet expressed that there was no
reason why it should not be accepted and blacktopped into the System, saying that he did not understand
what the problem was. He questioned the Council in regards to if the road would be blacktopped, if it
would come out of their money that they had taxed themselves, in that the Tenth Ward had passed for
themselves, and shouldn’t the tax money be used in the Tenth Ward. Mr. Doucet continued by asking
shouldn’t they pass a tax in their own department, to be able to blacktop their highways. He then said
that he did not see why this item should be deferred, that he thought that it should be voted on, and that
it should be done.
The motion was seconded by Mr. Lorraine, and carried by a vote of (7) yeas; (1) nay, that being
of Mr. Toups; and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
ORD. NO. 4153
TACIT DEDICATION - RAPHAEL PROJECT ROAD
The next item (19) on the agenda was an ordinance approving the attached Servitude
Agreement between Vernice Morvant Lirette and the Lafourche Parish Council; and authorizing the
Parish President to sign, execute, and administer said agreement. A motion to defer was offered by Mr.
Delatte. Chairman Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the
proposed ordinance. Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr.
Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
DEFERRED
The next item (20) on the agenda was an ordinance to provide for a 2007 Supplemental
Appropriation for the 2007 Operations and Maintenance Budget and the Capital Outlay Budget to
address the activity within the Sales Tax Districts and Royalty Funds as provided for by Article VI
of the Lafourche Parish Home Rule Charter. A motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer. Chairman
Lasseigne asked three times if anyone from the public wanted to speak on the proposed ordinance.
Hearing none, Chairman Lasseigne moved for a second, which was made by Mr. Lorraine, and carried
by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
ORD. NO. 4154
SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION – SALES TAX DISTRICTS…
Next, a motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Delatte, to close the Public
Hearing and Ordinances for Ratification, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that
being of Mr. Callais.
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PROPOSED ORDINANCES
The next item (21) on the agenda was a proposed ordinance reducing the speed on Belle Isle
Drive, Ward (1), District (3), Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana from thirty five (35) miles per
hour to fifteen (15) miles per hour; providing for the placement of speed limit and children at play
signs; and providing penalties for the violations thereof. A motion was offered by Mr. Matherne to
introduce the above stated proposed ordinance.
The next item (22) on the agenda was a proposed ordinance to provide for a 2007 Supplemental
Appropriation for the 2007 Operations and Maintenance Budget for expending of revenue as
provided for by Article VI of the Lafourche Parish Home Rule Charter. A motion was offered by
Mr. Atzenhoffer to introduce the above stated proposed ordinance.
The next item (23) on the agenda was a proposed ordinance to provide for a 2007 Supplemental
Appropriation for the 2007 Operations and Maintenance and the 2007 Capital Budget for
expending of revenue as provided for by Article VI of the Lafourche Parish Home Rule Charter. A
motion was offered by Mr. Atzenhoffer to introduce the above stated proposed ordinance.
The next item (24) on the agenda was a proposed ordinance to adopt the 2008 Operations and
Capital Budgets for the Lafourche Parish Council as well as setting the salaries of unclassified
employees as provided for by Article V of the Lafourche Home Rule Charter. A motion was offered
by Mr. Matherne to introduce the above stated proposed ordinance.
RESOLUTIONS
The next item (25) on the agenda was a resolution requesting an Opinion from the Lafourche
Parish District Attorney to determine if it is a violation of the Home Rule Charter, due to digression
from Robert’s Rules of Order, when, upon being offered for acceptance, Council minutes are amended
to change and/or add statements which were not made at the meeting that the minutes reflect. A motion
was made by Mr. Gouaux, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and
(1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-332
DA OPINION – ACCEPTANCE OF COUNCIL MINUTES
The next item (26) on the agenda was a resolution requesting LADOTD to remove a low
hanging tree over the St. James Bridge located on LA Hwy. 20 in Chackbay, Louisiana. A motion
was made by Mr. Delatte, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and
(1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-333
DOTD – REMOVE LOW HANGING TREE - OVER ST. JAMES BRIDGE
The next item (27) on the agenda was a resolution requesting LADOTD make immediate
repairs to the section of Hwy 304’s shoulder located at 747 Hwy 304. A motion was made by Mr.
Delatte, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that
being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-334
DOTD – HWY 304 SHOULDER REPAIRS
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The next item (28) on the agenda was a resolution requesting Department of Public Works to
install appropriate signage “Caution Handicap Child In Area” surrounding 245 East 16th Street in
Larose, Louisiana. A motion was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer and seconded by Mr. Matherne.
Mr. Gouaux stated that he had submitted a work order sometime back, that they were waiting for
signage, and that it had been completed. Chairman Lasseigne asked when they were put up; with Mr.
Gouaux explaining that they were up now, in that they had just recently been put up.
Mr. Matherne removed his second, Mr. Atzenhoffer removed his motion, and the item was then
WITHDRAWN.
The next item (29) on the agenda was a resolution appointing one (1) Commissioner to
represent Lafourche Parish School Board on the Lafourche Parish Children and Youth Planning
Board. A motion was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Lorraine, to appoint Ray Bernard,
and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-335
APPOINTMENT - CHILDREN AND YOUTH PLANNING BOARD
The next item (30) on the agenda was a resolution appointing one (1) Commissioner to
represent the Lafourche Parish District Attorney=s Office on the Lafourche Parish Children and
Youth Planning Board. A motion was made by Mr. Matherne, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, to
appoint Anthony Lewis, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr.
Callais.
RES. NO. 07-336
APPOINTMENT - CHILDREN AND YOUTH PLANNING BOARD
The next item (31) on the agenda was a resolution appointing one (1) Commissioner to
represent Families in Need of Services on the Lafourche Parish Children and Youth Planning
Board. A motion was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Matherne, to appoint Lani Tarr, and
carried by a vote of eight (8) yeas, zero (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-337
APPOINTMENT - CHILDREN AND YOUTH PLANNING BOARD
The next item (32) on the agenda was a resolution appointing one (1) Commissioner to
represent The Children=s Advocacy Center on the Lafourche Parish Children and Youth Planning
Board. A motion was made by Mr. Matherne, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, to appoint Shannan Gros,
and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-338
APPOINTMENT - CHILDREN AND YOUTH PLANNING BOARD
The next item (33) on the agenda was a resolution approving a contract between the State of
Louisiana, Division of Administration and Lafourche Parish Government for the FY 2007-2008
Louisiana Government Assistance Program Funding; and authorize the Parish President to sign,
execute and administer said agreement, amendments, and associated documents. A motion was made
by Mr. Matherne, seconded by Mr. Atzenhoffer, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1)
absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-339
STATE CONTRACT – GOVT. ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FUNDING
The next item (34) on the agenda was a resolution in support of the long-term recovery plan
for Lafourche Parish to be submitted to the Louisiana Recovery Authority. A motion was made by
Mr. Gouaux, seconded by Mr. Lorraine, and carried by a vote of (7) yeas; (1) nay, that being of Mr.
Atzenhoffer; and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-340
LONG-TERM RECOVERY PLAN - LA RECOVERY AUTHORITY
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The next item (35) on the agenda was a resolution approving the contract offered by the State
of Louisiana (DNR Cooperative Agreement No. 2503-08-54) entitled “Parish Coastal Wetlands
Restoration Program” (Christmas Tree Recycling) and authorize the Parish President to sign, execute
and administer any and all associated documents and amendments. A motion was made by Mr.
Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Gouaux, and carried by a vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that
being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-341
PARISH COASTAL WETLANDS RESTORATION PROGRAM
The next item (36) on the agenda was a resolution approving Change Order No. 1 for Barriere
Construction Company, LLC to decrease the contract price by $1,942.62 for the Roadway Project:
Road Sales Tax District 3, Project 3F (Bayou Blue); and authorize the Parish President to execute said
Change Order. A motion was made by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Gouaux, and carried by a
vote of (8) yeas, (0) nays, and (1) absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-342
CHANGE ORDER #1 - BARRIERE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, LLC
RSTD#3, PROJECT 3F (BAYOU BLUE)
The next item (37) on the agenda was a resolution approving Change Order No. 4 for Byron
E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. to increase the contract price by $95,520.36 for the Roadway Project: Road
Sales Tax District 5, Project 5G (Thibodaux Concrete Streets); and authorize the Parish President to
execute said Change Order. A motion was made by Mr. Delatte and seconded by Mr. Gouaux.
Mr. Delatte said that there was some concern about this Change Order coming in about 8 or 9
months late, that they may want to discuss why, that maybe an update or some additional information
could be given on it. Mr. Larry Picciola explained why it was so late and running behind, in that they
had some problems with the Engineers getting the paperwork done and getting it straight. He said that
they had to make sure that they were in agreement with everything before it was presented to the
Council. Mr. Delatte asked Mr. Picciola if he had went over all of the figures and if he thought it was
justified; with Mr. Picciola stating yes, that it was justified. He explained that the project originally had
a $709,000 estimate, that the base came in at $497,000, and that it was the only one that had come in that
low of all of the projects. Mr. Picciola said that they could not figure out what it was at first, but what
had ended up happening was that there were some extra panels that had to be replaced, plus there was an
error on the Engineers part as for as totaling up his quantities and that was why he had come in under,
had he had the right quantities that he would have come in closer to what they had estimated. He
continued to justify the amounts in the Change Order, saying that the whole total project was going to be
approximately $663,664 and would still be $40,000 to $50,000 under what they had estimated.
Mr. Toups asked what was added to the contract, saying that $95,000 was a big amount. Mr.
Picciola explained what had happened, that the Engineer did not have the correct quantities needed. Mr.
Toups asked if the Engineer had waited to the job was over before he had caught it; with Mr. Picciola
replying that they had known about it before, but they did not want to do a balance till the end.
President Randolph deviated a bit, mentioning that there were some additional panels in
Fantastic Acres as well. Mr. Toups stated that he knew and that the Change Order was for $8,000,
which was a big difference from $95,000.
The resolution then carried by a vote of (7) yeas, (1) nay, that being of Mr. Atzenhoffer, and (1)
absent, that being of Mr. Callais.
RES. NO. 07-343
CHANGE ORDER NO. 4 - BYRON E. TALBOT CONTRACTOR, INC.
RSTD#5, PROJECT 5G (THIBODAUX CONCRETE STREETS)
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REGULAR SESSION
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DISCUSSIONS
The next item (38) on the agenda was a discussion regarding the letter received from FEMA
addressed to President Randolph concerning 43 elevations in Lafourche Parish. Mr. Lorraine began
by saying that they had a time limit of 60 days on getting the actual elevation certificates and the other
information requested back to FEMA. He then asked Administration for an update on whether or not
they were getting them together and/or if they had them all. President Randolph presented a report on
this particular issue, saying that the purpose of Mr. Hegal’s visit was because of compliance concerns by
the Transitional Recovery Office visits after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. She said that coincidentally a
community assessment visit can be used for reapplication into the Community Rating System Program.
President Randolph stated that when Mr. Hegal reviews the requested information he will determine if
the Parish was enforcing the flood damage prevention ordinance, and if everything was found to be in
compliance that the Parish could then reapply for recertification into the CRS Program, which would
give the residents of the Parish a minimum of a 5% discount on their flood policies. She said of the 43
requests Mr. Hegal has made, that the files for 28 of them have been found and are compliant with the
flood damage prevention ordinance, and that they were not provided enough information for the other 15
to find in-house. President Randolph stated that a TRO Official will accompany Parish employees to
help identify these structures and obtain the addresses to verify that the structures are in compliance.
She said that some of the permit files requested is located in the Port Fourchon area, that they have been
in contact with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to have this area become its own flood plain
community. President Randolph explained that if they have a document from the State giving them the
land use authority that this process would not have to go through the State Legislature, that they would
become a utility municipality and have their own community to regulate for flood plain purposes only.
She said that the 43 requests are not considered violations, that they were only request for information.
President Randolph continued to explain that once the information is sent to Mr. Hegal he will then
determine if the structures are in compliance, saying that compliance with the flood damage prevention
ordinance is mandatory for the residents to maintain their flood insurance policies. She said that as of
June 30, 2007 that there were 11,959 households that have paid out $5,998,212 of premiums within the
last year; and that the policies provide $1,766,785,000 worth of coverage to the policy holders. Further
stating, that since 1978 there have been 3,329 flood claims processed in Lafourche Parish, with the
payout totaling $39,954,230. Concluding that was the report.
Mr. Lorraine asked if they were actually short 15, saying that it told him that if they could not
find the elevations for those 15, regardless of where they were at, that they were not in compliance. He
said that President Randolph had stated that this was done after the two hurricanes, Rita and Katrina.
President Randolph interrupted expressing that was not what she had said. Mr. Lorraine said that he just
wanted to make it clear that the previous Administration, the Parish President and the Council, had
problems with 175 variances, saying that he was part of that problem, along with the Administration.
He continued by saying that none of the 43 variances were granted by this Council and that they were
the only ones that can grant them. Mr. Lorraine suggested that they find the 15 variances that have to be
found, to try to get this cleared so they can get back the 5% mentioned.
President Randolph explained that the 15 that can not be found were the structures themselves.
She said that what was said was that Mr. Hegal’s instructions did not give them enough information to
find where the places and/or buildings were located, not that they could not find the permits, in that they
could not find the actual buildings. She said that they were sending an official down to assist them in
locating the “sites”, so that they could find the information at those addresses.
Mr. Lorraine stated that he believed that they had opened up some eyes on the issues. He said
that there was a trailer in Leeville for a long time where it was not complying and that now all of a
sudden he was building pilings where he needs to put it, but that should have been done a long time ago.
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The next item (39) on the agenda was a discussion regarding the drainage project on East
175th Street. Mr. Lorraine expressed that he wanted to know plain and simple why the drainage on
East 175th Street can not be done. President Randolph explained that they could not get a right-of-way
from the person who they would want the drainage to flow on. Mr. Lorraine said that he would have to
really disagree with her because the lady that he married had lived there for 35 years on East 175th with
her parents, that her Dad was deceased and her Mom still lives there. He said that they had rerouted the
drainage from the front that it goes to the rear, that they had put a culvert across the street where his
Mother-in-law lives, that she does not flood, but it does flood in the front of the street. Mr. Lorraine said
that there was something that was stopped up because he had gone with a pole himself, in which they
had also tried with the Parish equipment and the hoses had broke. He said that all they would have to do
was find where it is stopped up, measure it with a pole, cut it out, and take the stoppage out. Mr.
Lorraine continued by saying that they had gone across the street, the Parish had put in a culvert for the
guy buying crabs, that they had put in a culvert, that when he had extended his driveway for his wife’s
bus, that 70 feet of that property cuts across where he lives and the Parish had paid for the culverts. He
then said that the street was dug, that was done in 1983 by Mr. J. Cheramie before he took office, that he
did not know how many times the street was dug by Mr. Cheramie. Mr. Lorraine then said that the
street had been dug 3 or 4 times in 24 years, that the street was a shell road, that it was dust controlled,
and it was now hard surfaced. He said that he was now being told that it was private, requesting that he
be told of what he would need to do or to give him some paperwork so he could go get it done so that it
can be fixed. Mr. Lorraine stated that the people were passing the taxes to get drainage and that the
Administration was bragging about all of the drainage that they were doing, and yet they have a serious
problem and they will not address it. He again said, if it was private, for paperwork to be given to him,
that he would go get it signed, and he would gladly bring it to the Administration.
The next item (40) on the agenda was a discussion regarding the Lafourche Parish 2008
Budget. Mr. Lorraine said that he roughly looked at the Budget, that he had spoke to the Bonding
Attorney because in the Budget they were trying to use some of the Road Sales Tax 2 money to buy
graders and that there was no such thing as equipment in the tax call, and that the money that was going
to be collected from now to the end of the year stays in that fund and that they could not use it for
anything but roads and incidental drainage. He then said that on the new tax starting January 1, 2008
that they could basically do what they want, that they could do drainage, bridges, and roads, but they
have all of the money spent before they even get there. Mr. Lorraine expressed that they could not touch
the money that was there, that it has to be put in two different accounts, and that he also had a letter from
Foley & Judell specifically telling him that they could not use the money, that it can not be mixed, in
that it has to be two different accounts.
The next item (41) on the agenda was a discussion concerning Councilmen using parish owned
property for personal use. This item was pulled.
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ADJOURNMENT
On motion by Mr. Atzenhoffer, seconded by Mr. Matherne, and with no further business, the
Lafourche Parish Council Meeting of October 9, 2007 adjourned 6:35 p.m.
TOMMY LASSEIGNE, CHAIRMAN
LAFOURCHE PARISH COUNCIL
CARLEEN B. BABIN, COUNCIL CLERK
LAFOURCHE PARISH COUNCIL
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GOVERNMEN'T
Charlotte A. Randolph, Parish President
September 24,2007
TO THE CITIZENS OF LAFOURCHE PARISH
CHAIR & MEMBERS OF THE LAFOURCHE PARISH COUNCIL
In accordance with Article VI, Sections A, B, C and D of the Lafourche Parish Home Rule Charter
effective January I , 2005, 1 submit to you the 2008 Operations and Maintenance Budget and the
2008 Capital Budget for Lafourche Parish. The 2008 Budgets represent a collaboration of the
recommendations and requests of Councilmen, the Administration, Department Heads, Managers
and representatives of other agencies who utilize parish funding including the Sheriffs Office, the
District Attorney's Office, the 17" Judicial District Court, the Parish Health Unit, the Registrar of
Voters, Justices of the Peace and the Coroner. While revenues do not provide funding to meet all
requests, the 2008 Budgets represent an appropriate level of funding to achieve necessary
services and advance a considerable amount of programs and projects here in Lafourche Parish.
The 2008 Budgets have been prepared to maintain all individual funds with a positive fund
balance estimated for December 31st of 2008.
The 2008 Operations and Maintenance Budget is proposed at a value of $47,904,748
compared to a $42,777,681 finally amended 2006 Budget and a current $52,437,732
amended 2007 Budget.
The 2008 Capital Budget adds $12,559,660 to new and existing projects for an estimated
$24,188,966 funding for proposed projects. Not included in this figure is a five-year capital
budget projection which demonstrates additional needs and scheduled capital
improvements.
Funding is provided from General Sales Tax collections estimated in the amount of
$1 1,948,692 and ad valorem taxes of $9,187,597.
Combined with funding from grants, state revenue sharing, fees, licenses, permits and
other sources of expected revenue for 2008 totaling $26,671,911 including $4.6 million of
an estimated $10 million for Coastal Impact Assistance Program from the Federal
Government and $4 million from the State of Louisiana for the Saltwater Control Structure
north of Larose.
Charlotte A. Randolph
Tyrone Williams
Michael Delatte
Michael liathenie
Tommy Lasseip~e
Parish President
District 1
District 2
District 3
District it
Mark Atzenhoffer
Litidel Toups
Phillip Go~iar~\
Rrerit Callais
Daniel Lorraine
District 5
District 6
District 7
District 8
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All debt service funds of the Parish are being maintained in good financial condition.
Revenues are available to meet expenditures and debt services. The Parish's total
outstanding debt as of December 31, 2007 will be $32,570,000 and the annual principal
and interest debt service due in 2008 is $5,221,609.
MAJOR 2007 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PROJECTS
Road Projects in Bayou Blue, Lafourche Crossingflhibodaux, West Thibodaux, Fantastic
AcresIMathews, Four PointlRaceland, Chackbay, Choupic, Larose to Golden Meadow, with
additional bids to be opened through the end of the year in Meadowlands, Lake Long Drive
and should land rights be acquired soon, Lefort By-Pass
Bayou Lafourche Corridor Master Plan
Air Conditioning and a new roof at the Ag Building in Raceland
Completion of the Ferd Block Building for the District Attorney Offices
Basketball Courts at Marydale and Abby, a new restroom facility at Martin Luther King Park,
small pavilions at Bayou Blue and a walking trail at the Ward 6 Senior Citizens Center
Completion of the Animal Shelter facility
Completion of the Morristown Community Sewerage System
Completion of Improvements and Repairs at Mike's Pump Station and the Parr Pump
Station.
MAJOR PROJECTS FOR 2008
Saltwater Control Structure North of Larose
Coastal Impact Assistance Program Projects
Increased funding for the Council on Aging
The Purchase of Inflatable Levees
Cote Blanche Bridge Repairs
South Lafourche Annex Construction
Drainage Work Behind LC0 and to the south of Cut Off Elementary
Leighton Pump Station
Road Work in ChoctawIChackbay, at the Airport in Galliano and in the Golden Meadow
area
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CHALLENGES FOR 2008
Fund improvements and finding additional bed space at the Detention Center at a time
when prisoner population is at an all time high
Retaining parish employees when an economy is luring them away for better wages and
benefits
Maintaining Drainage Systems and Public Facilities in a time when costs continue to
skyrocket.
In closing, the administration is committed to the continuation of sound fiscal responsibility as we
seek to meet the growing needs of the Parish. As a result, we will continue our current emphasis
on the efficient use of available resources matched with federal and state dollars as they can be
found.
I would like to thank all staff, agency representatives and parish councilmen for their attention to
and recommendations for this proposed budget. This legislation provides for funding to continue
and advance projects and services to the people of Lafourche Parish.
Citizens of Lafourche Parish, Mr. Chair, members of the Parish Council, as President of Lafourche
Parish, I hereby submit this message, with its accompanying 2008 Operations and Maintenance
Budget and the 2008 Five Year Capital Budget for your consideration and adoption.
A copy of the 2008 Proposed Budgets are available for public viewing on the first floor of the
Lafourche Parish Government Complex Building at 402 Green Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana and
on the parish website at www.lafourche~ov.org
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PARISH OF LAFOURCHE
LAFOURCHE PARISH GOVERNMENT
STATE OF LOUISIANA
STATE OF LOUISIANA:
TO:
Lafourche Parish Government
through its parish president
Charlotte A. Randolph
402 Green St.
Thibodaux, La. 70301
residing in the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana.
You are hereby cited to comply with the demand contained in the
Petition for Damases
a certified copy of which accompanies this citation.
Alternatively, you should file an answer or other pleading to said
Petition for Damages
in the office of the Clerk of the Seventeenth Judicial
District Court, in Thibodaux, Louisiana, within
fifteen (15) days after the service hereof. Your failure to comply
herewith will subject you to the penalty of entry of default
judgment against you.
Witness the Honorable Judges of said Court.
Granted under the impress of the seal of said Court and my official
signature, September 20, 2007.
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PETITION FOR DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS
THE PETITION O F GEN-CON, INC., a Louisiana corporation, domiciled in St.
J a m e s Parish, Louisiana, hereinafter sometimes referred to as "plaintiff," respectfully
represents that:
DEFENDANT INFORMATION
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Made defendant herein is LAFOURCHE PARISH GOVERNMENT, a political
subdivision of the State of Louisiana, hereinafter sometimes referred to as
"defendant."
STATEMENT O F TOTAL AMOUNT O F CLAIM
Defendant is justly and truly indebted unto plaintiff for the full s u m of O n e
H u n d r e d Ninety-four T h o u s a n d a n d n o / 100 ($194,000.00) Dollars, together with
legal interest thereon from date of judicial demand until paid, reasonable attorney's
fees, and for all costs of this proceeding, for the reasons hereinafter set forth.
CLAIM CONCERNING LAFOURCHE PARISH LIBRARY, 6TH WARD BRANCH
j$l56,000.00l
On July 13, 2005, plaintiff entered into a Construction Contract with defendant
for construction by plaintiff for defendant of a New Branch Library for Lafourche
Parish, 6th Ward, located in the Choctaw Community of the 6th Ward of Lafourche
Parish, Louisiana, for a total contract price of Five Hundred Ninety-two Thousand
Seven Hundred Forty and no/100 ($592,740.00) Dollars, with a copy of said
Construction Contract having been recorded in MOB 1142, folio 846, under entry No.
956292 of the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which Construction Contract is
made a part hereof by reference hereto, which Construction Contract called for said
construction to be completed not later than 3 10 consecutive calendar days.
3-B.
By letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., the architect for this project, to
plaintiff dated July 28, 2005, plaintiff was given a Notice to Proceed on August 1,
2005 with1said construction under said Construction Contract, with a copy of said
letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., to plaintiff dated July 28, 2005 being
attached hereto and made a part hereof as Exhibit "6th Ward-A."
3-C.
By letter from plaintiff to Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., dated August 4, 2005,
plaintiff notified said architect that upon inspection of the site in question, the same
was found to be completely occupied by on-going construction at the adjacent school,
thereby making it impossible for plaintiff to begin any opera$ons under said
Construction Contract until said site was cleared, with plaintiff requesting therein
that the contract time under said Construction Contract be suspended until said site
was cleared, with a copy of said letter from plaintiff to Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq.,
dated August 4, 2005 being attached hereto and made a part hereof a s Exhibit "6th
Ward-B," whereupon plaintiff was granted a delay by said architect in commencement
of said construction under said Construction Contract until the site in question was
cleared.
3-D.
By letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., to plaintiff dated October 26,
2005, plaintiff was informed by said architect that the site in question was now
cleared and that plaintiff could resume work under said Construction Contract a s of
November 1, 2005, with a copy of said letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., to
plaintiff dated October 26, 2005 being attached hereto and made a part hereof as
Exhibit "Sixth Ward-C."
3-E.
On November 9, 2006, said construction under said Construction Contract was
accepted as being substantially complete, with a copy of said Certificate of Substantial
Completion having been recorded in MOB 1241, folio 729, under entry No. 1020193 of
the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which Certificate of Substantial
Completion is made a part hereof by reference hereto.
3-F.
Plaintiff
shows that plaintiff has furnished all certain necessary and
appropriate building materials and labor for complete constructio~lof said 6th Ward
Branch Library a s called for under the terms, conditions and specifications of said
Construction Contract.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff h a s complied with all of the
terms, conditions and specifications of said Construction Contract.
Plaintiff shows
that plaintiffs work under said Construction Contract was carefully done and
accepted by defendant, but that defendant h a s breached said Construction Contract
by failing to pay to plaintiff the balance of the contract price called for in said
Construction Contract, as hereinafter set forth.
3-G.
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There i s a n unpaid balance due and owing plaintiff for said materials and labor
furnished by plaintiff to defendant under and in accordance with the terms,
coxlditions and specifications of said Construction Contract in the amount of One
Hundred Fifty-six Thousand and no/ 100 ($156,000.00)Dollars.
3-H.
Defendant h a s asserted to plaintiff that defendant h a s withheld payment of
said balance of said contract price to plaintiff in the amount of One Hundred Fiftysix Thousand and no/100 ($156,000.00)Dollars a s being delay penalties allowed
under the terms and conditions of said Construction Contract (156 days at $1,000.00
per day) since defendant alleges that said Construction Contract was not accepted a s
being substantially complete by defendant until 156 days after the originally
scheduled completion date.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff h a s acted reasonably,
appropriately and diligently in completing said Construction Contract and was
completely justified in not completing said Construction Contract until the same was
actually accepted as substantially complete by defendant for justifiable reasons as so
authorized and contemplated in said Construction Contract, including but not limited
to those reasons set forth in said Exhibits "Sixth Ward-B" and "Sixth Ward-C"
attached hereto and made a part hereof, and in a letter from Gen-Con, Inc. to Joseph
B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., dated January 19, 2007, with a copy of said letter being
attached hereto and made a part hereof as Exhibit "Sixth Ward-D". Said architect
was always made fully and timely aware of the reasons for the delays plaintiff
encountered in completing said Construction Contract within the originally scheduled
completion date, as said completion date was extended by the delay and suspension
of initial commencement of construction by plaintiff a s set forth above and as set forth
in said Exhibits "Sixth Ward-A", "Sixth Ward-B" a n d "Sixth Ward-C" attached
hereto and made a
hereof, h a s approved such delays as being reasonable and
proper under the particular facts and circumstances involved in this particular
construction project, and has recommended to plaintiff that the time period for
completion of said construction be cstended by 156 clays, thereby entitling plaintiff to
receive full payment under said Construction Contract from defendant. Nevertheless,
defendcult, through its Parish Council, h a s unjustifiably and arbitrarily failed and
refused to extend the completion date under said Construction Contract and to waive
the delay penalties, and h a s uiljustifiably and arbitrarily withheld ;said payment of
said balance due under said Consti~~ction
Contract from plaintiff, necessitating this
litigation.
CLAIM CONCERNING LAFOURCHE PARISH LIBRARY, RACELAND BRANCH
($as,ooo.ool
On July 13, 2005, plaintiff entered into a Construction Contract with defendant
for construction by plaintiff for defendant of a New Branch Library for Lafourche
Parish, located in Raceland, Lafourche Pa.ris11, Louisiana, lor a total contract price of
Five
Hundred
Forty-nine Thousand Three
Hutldred
Sixty-four
and
no/100
($549,364.00) Dollars, with a copy of said Construction Contract having been
recorded in MOB 1142, folio 834, under entry No. 986291 of the records of Lafourche
Parish, Louisiana, which Construction Contract is made a part hereof by reference
hereto, which Constructiotl Contract called for said construction to be completed not
later than 310 consecutive calendar days.
4-B.
By letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., the architect for this project, to
plaintiff dated July 28, 2005, plaintiff was given a Notice to Proceed on August 1,
2005 with said construction under said Construction Contract, with a copy of said
letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., to plaintiff dated July 28, 2005 being
attached hereto and made a part hereof as Exhibit "Raceland-A,"
Change Order dated February 1, 2006, plaintiff and defendant agreed to
extend the time for completion of said construction under said Construction Contract
by forty-five (45) additional days, and to increase the price of said Construction
Contract by a n additional Four Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-six and 65,100
a copy of said Change Order having been recorded in MOB
($4,386.68) ~ o l l a r s with
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1177, folio 50, under entry No. 998479 of the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana,
which Change Order is made a part hereof by reference hereto.
4-D.
On August 15, 2006, said construction under said Construction Contract was
accepted as being substantially complete, with a copy of said Certifiqate of Substantial
Completion having been recorded in MOB 1226, folio 374, under entry No. 1014750 of
the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which Certificate of Substantial
Completion is made a part hereof by reference hereto.
4-E.
Plaintiff
shows that plaintiff
h a s furnished all certain necessary
and
appropriate building materials and labor for complete construction of said Raceland
Branch Library as called for under the terms, conditions and specifications of said
Construction Contract.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff has complied with all of the
terms, conditions and specifications of said Construction Contract.
Plaintiff shows
that plaintiff's work under said Construction Contract was carefully done and
accepted by defendant, but that defendant has breached said Construction Contract
by failing to pay to plaintiff the balance of the contract price called for in said
Construction Contract, as hereinafter set forth.
4-F.
There is an unpaid balance due and owing plaintiff for said materials and labor
furnished by plaintiff to defendant under and in accordance with the terms,
conditions and specifications of said Construction Contract in the amount of Twentyfive Thousand and no/ 100 ($25,000.00)Dollars.
4-G.
Defendant b a s asserted to plaintiff that defendant h a s withheld payment of
said balance of said contract price to plaintiff in the amount of Twenty-five
Thousand and no/ 100 ($25,000.00)Dollars a s being delay penalties allowed under
the terms and conditions of said Construction Contract (25 days at $1,000.00 per day)
since defendant alleges that said Construction Contract was not accepted a s being
substantially complete by defendant until 25 days after the originally scheduled
completion date, as said completion date was extended by the Change Order referred
to above.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff has acted reasonably, appropriately and
diligently in completing said Construction Contract and was completely justified in
not completing said Construction Contract until the same was actually accepted a s
substantially complete by defendant for justifiable reasons a s so authorized and
contemplated in said Construction Contract, including but not limited to those
reasons set forth in a letter from Gen-Con, Inc. to Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq.,
dated January 19, 2007, with a copy of said letter being attached hereto and made a
part hereof as Exhibit "Raceland-B".
Said architect was always made fully and
timely aware of the reasons for the delays plaintiff encountered in completing said
Construction Contract within the originally scheduled completion date, as said
completion date was extended by the Change Order referred to above, h a s approved
such delays as being reasonable and proper under the particular facts and
circumstances involved in this particular construction project, and h a s recommended
to plaintiff that the time period for completion of said construction be extended by 25
days, thereby entitling plaintiff to receive full payment under said Construction
Contract from defendant. Nevertheless, defendant, through its Parish Council, h a s
unjustifiably and arbitrarily failed and refused to extend the completion date under
said Coilstruction Contract and to waive the delay penalties, and h a s unjustifiably
and arbitrarily withheld said payment of said balance due under said Construction
Contract from plaintiff, necessitating this litigation.
5-A. - 5-G.
CLAIM CONCERNING LAFOURCHE PARISH LIBRARY, BAYOU BLUE BRANCH
~$13,000.00~
5-A.
On July 13, 2005, plaintiff entered into a Construction Contract with defendant
for construction by plaintiff for defendant of a New Branch Library for Lafourche
Parish, located in Bayou Blue, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, for a total contract price
of Six Hundred Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty-four and no/ 100 ($609,824.00)
Dollars, with a copy of said Construction Contract having been recorded in MOB
1142, folio 820, under entry No. 986290 of the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana,
which Construction Contract is madc a part hereof by reference hereto, which
Construction Contract called for said construction to be completed not later than 310
consecutive calendar days.
5-B.
By letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., the architect for this project, to
plaintiff dated July 28, 2005, plaintiff was given a Notice to Proceed on August 1,
2005 with said construction under said Construction Contract, with a copy of said
letter from Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., to plaintiff dated July 28, 2005 being
attached hereto and made a part hereof a s Exhibit "Bayou Blue-A."
5-C.
By Change Order dated F e b r u a y 1, 2006, plaintiff and d e f ~ n d a n tagreed to
extend the time for completion of said construction under said Construction Contract
by sixty-five (65) additional days, with a copy of said Change Order having been
recorded in MOB 1177, folio 45, under entry No. 998478 of the records of Lafourche
Parish, Louisiana, which Change Order is made a part hereof by reference hereto.
5-D.
On August 23, 2006, said construction under said Construction Contract was
accepted by defendant as being substantially complete, with a copy of said Certificate
of Substantial Completion having been recorded in MOB 1226, folio 366, under entry
No. 1014779 of the records of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which Certificate of
Substantial Completion is made a part hereof by reference hereto.
5-E.
Plaintiff
shows that plaintiff
h a s furnished
all certain necessary
and
appropriate building materials and labor for complete construction of said Bayou Blue
Branch Library a s called for under the terms, conditions and specifications of said
Construction Contract.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff h a s complied with all of the
terms, conditions and specifications of said Construction Contract. Plaintiff shows
that plaintiff's work under said Construction Contract was carefully done and
accepted by defendant, but that defendant h a s breached said Construction Contract
by failing to pay to plaintiff the balance of the contract price called for in said
Construction Contract, as hereinafter set forth.
5-F.
There is a n unpaid balance due and owing plaintiff for said materials and labor
furnished by plaintiff to defendant under and in accordance with the terms,
conditions and specifications of said Construction Contract in the amount of Thirteen
Thousand and no/ 100 ($13,000.00)Dollars.
5-G.
Defendant h a s asserted to plaintiff that defendant h a s withheld payment of
said balance of said contract price to plaintiff in the amount of Thirteen Thousand
and no/ 100 ($13,000.00)Dollars as being delay penalties allowed under the terms
and conditions of said Construction Contract (13 days at $1,000.00 per day) since
defendant alleges that said Construction Contract was not acgepted a s being
substantially complete by defendant until 13 days after the originally scheduled
completion date, as said completion date was extended by the Change Order referred
to above.
Plaintiff shows that plaintiff h a s acted reasonably, appropriately and
diligently in completing said Construction Contract and was completely justified in
not completing said Construction Coiltract until the same was actually accepted a s
substantially complete by defendant for justifiable reasons as so authorized and
contemplated in said Construction Contract, including but not limited to those
reasons set forth in a letter from plaintiff to Joseph B. "Jay" Caillouet, Esq., dated
January 19, 2007, with a copy of said letter being attached hereto and made a part
hereof a s Exhibit "Bayou Blue-B". Plaintiff shows and avers that said architect was
always made fully and timely aware of the reasons for the delays plaintiff encountered
in completing said Construction Contract within the originally scheduled completion
date, as said completion date was extended by the Change Order referred to above,
h a s approved such delays as being reasonable and proper under the particular facts
and circumstances involved in this particular construction project, and h a s
recommended to plaintiff that the t.ime period for completion of said construction be
extended by 13 days, thereby entitling plaintiff to receive full payment under said
Construction Contract from defendant. Nevertheless, defendant, through its Parish
Council, h a s unjustifiably and arbitrarily failed and refused to extend the completion
date under said Construction Contract and to waive said delay penalties, and h a s
unjustifiably and arbitrarily withheld said payment of said balance due under said
Construction Contract from plaintiff, necessitating this litigation.
6.
AMICABLE DEMAND MADEON DEFENDANT
Plaintiff h a s made amicable demand on defendant, to no avail, thereby entitling
plaintiff the right to recover from defendant reasonable attbrney's fees for the
prosecution and collection of this claim and contract, and all costs of this proceeding.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Gen-Con, Inc. prays:
I.
That Lafourche Parish Government be served with a copy of the above and
foregoing Petition and be duly cited to appear and answer the same;
11.
That after due proceedings had, Judgment be rendered herein in favor of
Gen-Con, Inc. and against Lafourche Parish Government for the full s u m of One
r
Hundred Ninety-four Thousand a n d n o / 1 0 0 ( $ 1 9 4 , 0 0 0 . 0 0 ) Dollars [being One
Hundred Fifty-six Thousand and no/ 100 ($156,000.00) Dollars for breach of
Construction Contract for 6th Ward Branch Library, Twenty-five Thousand and
no/ 100 ($25,000.00) Dollars for breach of Construction Contract for Raceland Branch
Library, and Thirteen Thousand and no/100 ($13,000.00) Dollars for breach of
Construction Contract for Bayou Blue Branch Library], together with legal interest
thereon from date of judicial demand until paid, plus reasonable attorney's fees for
the prosecution and collection of this claim and contract, and all costs of this
proceeding;
111.
For all necessary orders and all just and equitable relief.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY:
Attorney a t Law
P. 0 . Box 67 (mailing)
2 1336 Highway 20 (physical)
Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
(225) 265-3923
(225) 265-4853 (fay)
Attorney for Gen-Con, Inc.
[email protected]
ATRUE COPY
SEP 1 9 2 07
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VERIFICATION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF LOUISIANA
PARISH OF ST. JAMES
BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, a Notary Public, duly commissioned
and qualified within and for the Parish and State aforesaid, personally came and
appeared Gen-Con, Inc., appearing herein by and through Gregory J. Gravois, its
President, duly authorized, of the full age of majority, domiciled in St. James P'arish,
Louisiana, who, after first being duly sworn, did depose and say that all of the
allegations contained in the above and foregoing .Petition are true and correct to the
best of his knowledge, information and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this / B e d a y
otary Public (Jude G. Gravois)
La. Notary ID No. 45499
Parish of St. J-~s, State of Louisiana
My commission expires at my death.
/
PLEASE SERVE:
Lafourche Parish Government,
Through i t s Parish President:
Charlotte A. Randolph
Lafourche Governmental Complex
402 Green Street
Thibodaux, Louisiana 7030 1
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JOSEPH B. CAILLOUET /American Institute of Architects
July 28,2005
Gen-Con, Inc.
P.O. Box 1S9
Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Attn: Mr. Gregory Gravois
Re: New Branch Library
6"' Ward, Louisiana, LA
Architect's Project's No.: 20001 C
Dear Greg:
As pcr your rcqucst, please allow this correspondence to scrve as the official Notice to I'rocced on August
1,2005 on the above referenced project.
CC: Mr. Cullen Curolc
Bevcrly .khbie
618 CANAL BOULEVARD
POST OFFICE BOX 692
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA 70302-0692
OFFICE (985) 447-1 932
FAX (985) 448-0834
jbcaiaQ bellsouth.net
A TRUE COPY
Gen-Con, Inc.
vs. Lafourche Parish Government
17th Judicial District Court
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
August 4,2005
JBCIAIA
Attn: Josepl~B. Caillouet
P.O. Box 692
Thibodaux, LA 70302-0692
Ref: New Branch Library Lafourche Parish
6"' Ward, LA
?.
Dcar Jay,
Yesterday we proceeded to the site of the above mentioned project to begin construction. The
site was round to be completely occupied by on-going construction at the adjacent school.
It is impossible to begin any operations until this site is cleared. I am requesting that thc contract
timc be suspended until site is cleared.
Should you havc any questions, please call.
Sincerely,
Gregory J. Gravois
Gen-Con. Inc.
Exhibit
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Gen-Con, Inc.
vs. Lafourche Parish Government
17th Judicial District Court
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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A TRUE COPY
I
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JOSEPH B. CAILLOUET 1 American Institute of Architects
October 26,2005
Gen-Con, Inc.
P.O. Box 189
Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Attn: Mr. Gregory Gravois
Rc: New Branch Library
6"' WardIChoctaw, Louisiana, LA
Architcct7s Project's No.: 20001 C
Dear Grcg:
I havc bccn informed by Bctco, contractor for the School Board, that the site is cleared and you call resume
work as of Nove~nbcr1,2005. With this delay in con~mcncemcnt,I do not see the nccd Sor any additional
wcathcr days causcd by Hurricancs Katrina and Rita would bc granted for this particillar pro-jcct. Thc other
two siles, Racclmd and Bayou Blue, will be dealt with scparately in forthcoming corrcspondencc.
,6scph
,
,
. Caillouet
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CC: Mr. Cullen Curole
Beverly Arabie
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618 CANAL BOULEVARD
POST OFFICE BOX 692
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA 70302-0692
OFFICE (985) 447-1932
FAX (985)
jbcaiaQbellsouth.net
Exhibit
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Gen-Con, Inc.
vs. Lafourche Parish Government
17th Judicial District Court
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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January 19,2007
JBCIAIA
Attn: Jay Caillouet
II.0. Box 692
Thibodaux, LA 70302-0692
Ref: Lafourcl~cParis11 Library - 6'" Ward Branch
Dcar Mr. Caillouet:
Gcn-Con is submitting this letter in rcsponse to overagc in the contract tirnc for the above
project. I will explain below that a delay in the brick delivcry and a delay in hooking up the
permanent po~verwcrc the reasons for the additional contract time. Gcn-Con is requesting 39
additional days for the brick delay issue and 25 additional days due to thc power delay issuc.
This does not included the 92 days of lost contract tirnc due to hurricane Katrina & Rita and also
the site situation with BETCO. Gen-Con's noticc to procced was Novernbcr 1,2005.
January 1,2006 - Confirmation order from Acme Brick with desired date of 3/20106.
May 3, 2006 - Gen-Con contacted Acme to request for delivery on site of brick. Was given a 2
wcek delivery schedulc and notified that our sales person no longer worked with the company.
May 25,2006 - Requested status of dclivery from Acme. Was told bricks werc coming from
manufactured plant.
May 30,2006 - Requested status of delivcry from Acme. Was told bricks were coming from
manufactured plant.
Junc 1,2006 - Spokc to Sales Managcr with Acme - Was given a July lS1delivcry date. Advised
status to Stan Baker - brick layer. Stail began to move his equipment on site in late June waiting
to start.
June 12, 2006 - David with Acme advised that the original order was never placed with the plant
back in January. But they wcre coming soon.
July 5,2006 - Requested status of dclivcry from Acme -Now given a July 17"' date.
July 18, 2006 - August 7,2006 - Continued to rcquest status, was told thcy are coming.
Exhibit
6 9 WAR6 D
Gen-Con, Inc.
vs. Lafourche Parish Government
17th Judicial District Court
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
August 23,2006 - Anothcr selection of bricks wcre ordered from Economy Brick and delivered
on sitc August 28,2006.
Scpternbcr 27,2006 -Notified JBC that 6Ih Ward was ready for permanent powcr.
October 23,2006 -Notified by JBC that Eiltcrgy pulled wires but did not install the mcter
because a fcc was not paid.
Octobcr 3 1,200G - November 6,2006 - Pcrmancnt power was connected sometime between
thcsc datcs because the flooring tile was installcd.
The delay in acquiring brick stopped the project from progressing. The building could not be
closcd in, the electrical could not be finished and any inside work could not be, done.
e
Waiting for the powcr to be turned on also delayed the completion of the AIC units and the
installation of the tilc flooring & cciling tiles.
Feel free to call with any questions.
-
Gcn-Con, Inc.
SEP
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JOSEPH B. CAILLOUET IAmerican Institute of Architects
July 28,2005
Gen-Con, Inc.
P.0.Box 189
Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Attn: Mr. Gregory Gravois
Rc: New Br'mch Library
Raceland, Louisiana, LA
Architect's Pro-ject's No.: 20001D
Dear Grcg:
As per your request, please allow this correspondence to serve as the official Notice to Proceed on August
1,2005 on tile above referenced project.
CC: Mr. Cullen Curolc
Beverly Arabic
618 CANAL BOULEVARD
POST OFFICE BOX 692
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA 70302-0692
OFFICE (985) 447-1932
FAX (985) 448-0834
ibcaia @ bellsouth.net
Exhibit
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Gen-Con, Inc.
Lafourche Parish Government
Judicial District Court
o rche Parish, Louisiana
VS.
5;EN-COX I . C .
P.0. Box 189
vachnk, LA 70090
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55-Naif [email protected] net
January 19,2007
JBCIAIA
Attn: Jay Caillouet
P.O. Box 692
Thibodaux, LA 70302-0692
Ref: Lafourche Parish Library - Raceland, LA
Dear Mr. Caillouet:
Gen-Con is submitting this letter in response to the 25 days over the contract time for the above
project. I will esplain below that the delay in hooking up the power to the Raceland location was
the sole reason for delays in this project.
July 10,2006 - Gen-Con notified JBC that the site was ready for permanent power.
July 2 1,2006 - JBC notified Gen-Con that Entergy needed an occupancy permit in order to
proceed. This needed to be requested from the owners at time of account setup. Permit office
closed that Friday. Miscon~municationbetwecn Entergy and the owners.
July 24,2006 - Gen-Con called the permit office on Monday and put them in contact with the
owners to have the occupancy permit issued to Entergy.
August 2,2006 - Permanent power was hooked up on the Raceland site.
Waiting for the power to be turned on also delayed the completion of the A/C units, and the
installation of the tile flooring.
Feel free to call with any questions.
i,:w,&h b lgie B. Gravois
Gen-Con, Inc.
Exhibit
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!RUECOPY
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Gen-Con, Inc.
Parish Government
District Court
rche Parish, Louisiana
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JOSEPH B. CAILLOUET /American Institute of Architects
July 28,2005
Gen-Con, Inc.
P.O. Box 189
Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Attn: Mr. Gregory Gravois
Re: New Branch Library
Bayou Blue, Louisiana, LA
Architect's Project's No.: 20001E
Dear Grcg:
As pcr your request, plcasc allow this correspondence to serve as the official Notice to Proceed on August
1,2005 on the abovc rcrerenced project.
CC: Mr. Cullen Curole
Beverly Arabic
61 8 CANAL BOULEVARD
POST OFFICE BOX 692
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA 70302-0692
OFFICE (985) 447-1932
FAX (985) 448-0834
[email protected]
Exhibit B h ~ @_8
( t&&(Gen-Con, Inc.
vs. Lafourche Parish Government
17th Judicial District Court
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
A TRUE COP'?
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vachenk, LA 70090
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January 19,2007
JBCIAIA
Attn: Jay Caillouet
P.O. Box 692
Thibodaux, LA 70302-0692
Rcf: Lafourche Parish Library - Bayou Blue, LA
Dear Mr. Caillouet:
Gen-Con is submitting this letter in response to the 13 days over the contract time for the abovc
project. I will show below that hooking up thc power and a request to move the water n~cterwere
thc reasons for delays in this project.
July 24,2006 - Gen-Con notified JBC that.the site was ready for permanent power.
August 2,2006 to.August 7,2006 -SLECA hookcd up thc permanent power on the Bayou Blue
site.
August 3,2006 - The owners requested that the water metcr be moved from installed site. Made
request to Lafourche Parish Water Works. A charge may be involved.
August 8,2006 to August 10,2006 - Lafourche Parish advised they could move the meter 10
fcct over at no charge.
August 1 1,2006 - Greg relocated the picket for the meter and the meter was moved.
Waiting for the power to be turned on also delayed thc completion of the AIC units, and the
installation of the tile flooring.
Fccl Cree to call with any questions.
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Gcn-Con, Inc.
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Gen-Con, Inc.
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vs. Lafourche Parish Government
Clerk of CQU!~'s
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Clerk of Court
Parish, Louisiana
DPW Presentation
Ray Cheramie, Director
10-9-07
De Gravelle Ditch
2
Forty Arpent Road
3
Bayou Boeuf Pump Reservoir
4
Ward 6 Choupic Fairgrounds
5
District 2 Aggregate Road Repairs
Morvant Road
Talbot Ext
6
Terre Haute Subdivision
Before
After
7
Cyprien Pump Discharge Canal
8
Lake Long Reservoir
9
Gheens Natural Gas Pump Levee
10
Hugh Caffery Outfall Canal
11
Barrios to Edna Pump Levee
12
East 36th Street
13
East 46th Street
14
Jerry Savoie
15
Dennis Vizier
16
General Maintenance
East 104th Street
West 221st Street
17
West 120th Street
18
19
20
21
larry j. picciola, inc.
CONSULTING ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS
P. 0. BOX 970 LAROSE, LOUISIANA 70373-0970
13379 HIGHWAY 3235 CUT OFF, LOUISIANA 70345
PHONE 985.798.7700 FAX 985.798.7755
LAFOURCHE PARISH GOVERNMENT
ROAD SALES TAX DISTRICTS 3,5,6 PROJECTS
ENGINEERING REPORT
October 9, 2007
PROJECT 3 6 (CONCRETE PANELS)
ENGINEER: J. Wayne Plaisance, Inc.
CONTRACTOR: Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc.
Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. is about 9O0/0 complete with work on Fantastic Acres. The Contract
time on this project is 210 days. Notice to Proceed was issued on July 30, 2007 with a completion
date of February 25, 2008.
PROJECT 3H (MEADOWLANDS SUBDIVISION)
ENGINEER: David T. Heck, P.E.
CONTRACTOR: N/A
Bid on this project shall be received on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10:OO am.
PROJECT 33 (LAKE LONG DRIVE)
ENGINEER: David T. Heck, P.E.
CONTRACTOR: N/A
Bid on this project shall be received on Tuesday, November 7, 2007 at 10:OO am.
PROJECT 5F (LAFOURCHE CROSSING TO ST. CHARLES
- HIGHWAY 1)
ENGINEER: David T. Heck, P.E.
CONTRACTOR: N/A
The Contractor is complete with the drainage work and has started asphalt work on Loupe Lane.
The Contract time on this project is 130 days. Notice to Proceed was issued on September 6, 2007
with a completion date of January 28, 2008 (Includes Change Order No. 1).
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t(E1"
PROJECT 5H (CHACKBAYlCHOCTAW1
ENGINEER: David T. Heck, P.E.
CONTRACTOR: N/A
This project is scheduled for construction in the 2008 budget.
PROJECT 51 (LEFORT BY-PASS1
ENGINEER: Duplantis Design Group, L.L.C.
CONTRACTOR: N/A
Right of ways are in t h e m e s s of being obtained for this project.
Page 2 of 2
2007-05-09
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COPY O F COUNCIL L E l T I N G S C H E D U L E A N D STREET L I S T
2007
1 0 . 0 9
PROJECT LETTING SCHEDULE
Date
Jun-05
Sep-05
Letting #
1
2
May-06
3
May-06
4
Jun-06
Jul-06
Nov-06
5
6
7
Project Name
District
Town
Status
3A
3
Bayou Blue
Complete
5A
5
Kraemer
Complete
$1'087'488.32
6A
6
Raceland
Complete
$1,110,802.46
3D
3
Bayou Blue
Complete
$705,869.54
3E
3
Lockport to Larose & Matthews
Complete
$1,2 57,220.54
5C
5
Country Club
Complete
$553,907.53
5D
5
West Thibodaux
Complete
$867,516.17
5G
5
Concrete Streets
Complete
$516,364.55
6C
6
Raceland/Des Allmends
Complete
5B
5
ChoupicIChackbay
Complete
3B
3
Lower Bayou BluePointe Au Chein Complete
3F
3
Bayou Blue
Complete
$617,953.38
6B
6
Four Point to Raceland - Hwy I
Complete
$1,166,084.60
5E
5
Laf. Crossing - Hwy 308
Complete
$373,785.15
5H
5
Choctaw
In Design
$434'977.20
5F
5
LaE Crossing - to St. Charles Hwy 1 Under Construction
51
5
Lefort By Pass
In Design & Right-of-Ways $702,038.40
Pending
8
31
3
GheenslRaceland Mill
Pending
Dec-07
9
35
3
Lake Long
Bids November 7,2007
Oct-07
10
3H
3
Bayou Blue - Meadowlands
Bids October 15,2007
11
3G
3
Concrete Streets
Under Construction
Total
Letting Total
$374,983.97
$3,279,144.29
$2*6789644.24
$516,364-55
$19921*699'57 $3,126,264.17
$1,204,564.60
$1'456524.87
$2,074,478.25
$171667084-60
$2,914,629.75
$1,403,829.00
$1,500,000.00 $l~OO,OOO.OO
$536,995.20
$5369995.20
$1,006,605.60 $1*006,605-60
$804,718.25
$8049718-25
$19,603,928.90 $19,603,928.90
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SUPERCHARGE D R .
B A Y O UV I S T A D R I V E
P . T H I B O D A U XR D .
LEDET D R .
CONSTANT D R .
BUTLER ST.
OMEGA ST.
LOUPE R D .
CEDAR ST.
M A R T I N E ZS T
ELMO L N .
O R D O Y N ER D
DELATTE R D
LOVERS LN
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BENOIT N O 2 R D
IARKET
STREET
BENOIT N O 1 R D
CHOCKTAW S C H O O L R D
M O L A I S O NR D
L E G E N D R EESTATES
PICCIOLA &ASSOCIATES, INC.
CIVIL ENGINEERS LAND SURVEYORS NAVAL ARCHITECTS MARINE ENGINEERS
J.C. PICCIOLA, II, P.E., L.S.
Lafourche Parish Government
ENGINEERING REPORT
October 9,2007
Road Sales Tax District No. 2 - Phase 4C
The Contractor on this project is Sealevel Contruction, Inc. The Notice to
Proceed was issued on August 20, 2007. The completion date for this Contract is
February 15, 2008. Sealevel is working on drainage on West 160th Street in
Galliano. All of the asphalt overlay work is complete with the exception of the
Hamilton Street Turning Lanes.
Ward 6 - Senior Center Walking Trail
The Contractor on this project is Sealevel Contruction, Inc. The Project is
substantially complete and in the Lien Period. The Contractor is working on
punch list items.
Manchester Manor Area - Hydraulic Study
The site surveying is complete. We are currently performing engineering
calculations for the study. We expect to be giving a report to the Full Council
within one month.
Submitted by:
foseph $. Picciola, 11, P.E., P.L.S.
P.O. BOX 687 CUT OFF, LOUISIANA 70345 115 PlCClOLA PARKWAY PlCClOLA COMPLEX
PHONE: (985) 632-5786 . FAX:(985) 632-2407 E-MAIL: [email protected]

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