Adams Ave. project gets Council OK

By PAUL KEDINGER

Managing Editor

The Rayne City Council unanimous approved the third phase of the Adams Avenue enhancement project during its 20-minute meeting Monday night.

Under the DOTD matching fund project, new sidewalks with brick stenciling, pedestrian intersections, and landscaping will be done between West Edwards and Harrop Streets. In addition, new street lights will be installed between West Edwards and Jefferson Davis Avenue.

The improvements are estimated to cost $542,000, with the city suppling $130,000 in local funds.

The Council agreed to assume responsibility for five percent of the construction costs, 100 percent of the design engineering and administration and any legal liability.

Under the first phase of this enhancement project, Adams Avenue was upgraded from Edwards to Louisiana Avenue. The second phase includes improvements from South First Street to the railroad tracks.

In other action, the Council approved a change order, a partial payment and termination of a $609,057 LCDBG contract with an Alexandria firm for the construction of a water treatment plant backwash system. A total of $23,000 in unused funds will be returned to the LCDBG program.

The city also received a $38,000 State Office of Community Development grant for variable speed service pumps at the water plant.

Fireworks will be permitted in the city between Dec. 15 and Jan. 2, 2010 up until 9 p.m. night, with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Council granted a 90-day extension to the owner of property at 809 American Legion Drive to convert a garage into a carport and secure a mobile trailer.

Mayor Jim Petitjean and Council members extended Christmas greetings to city workers and residents.

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