Erwinville street resurfacing job substantially complete

Parish Engineer Kevin Gravois told the West Baton Rouge Parish Council on Thursday night that the resurfacing work on Erwinville streets was substantially complete.

Gravois, of Professional Engineering Consultants Corp., also said that a Lyndale subdivision sewage and drainage project would be completed in 30 days.

The Lyndale project called for two drainage pipes to be installed underneath La. 1.

“A tropical storm a few years ago dumped a lot of rain and flooded several houses there,” Gravois said.

“Every time you go back into an existing subdivision and do work, it’s just harder to do. It’s kind of like pulling a Band-Aid off.”

Other business coming before the council included:

TRUCK AND TRAILER: The council accepted a $53,174 low bid for a utility truck and approved the title transfer of a DWI checkpoint mobile unit from the parish to the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Parish President Riley “Peewee” Berthelot said that the bid of Timmons Truck Center, of Hammond, was lower than the $59,713 offer submitted by ITA, of Lafayette.

The TerraStar SFA truck will be used by the parish natural gas and water office for trailer work towing heavy equipment.

Berthelot said the parish received the DWI checkpoint trailer several years ago as part of a grant but used it sparingly.

Berthelot recommended the parish enter into a cooperative agreement with the Sheriff’s Office so the title of the trailer could be transferred. The council agreed unanimously.

TRAINING COURSE: Berthelot advised the council that the parish government administrative office will be closed on April 17 so all parish employees can attend a special one-day training and personnel development course.

Berthelot said the course will inform all parish employees about branding West Baton Rouge Parish, age generational differences in the workplace and internal/external organization communications.

The Tim Johnson Consulting Group, of Baton Rouge, will facilitate the class.

PUBLIC SAFETY DAY: Berthelot invited the council and the public to the West Baton Rouge Parish Fire & Law Enforcement Public Safety Day on Saturday at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Port Allen.

The event, sponsored by area law enforcement agencies and fire departments, is designed to inform the public about safety awareness around emergency vehicles and demonstrate how some of the fire and ladder trucks and heavy rescue equipment is used.