Gueydan company wins demolition bid

Istre Construction of Gueydan was the lowest bid for the demolition of the existing Kaplan Fire Station.

With a bid of $14,800 for the complete job, Istre beat out four other companies.

Also competing for the job were William Romero Construction, Josh Trahan Construction, both of Kaplan, Sagrera Construction and Glen Leger Construction, both of Abbeville.

The summary of the bids received for demolition was conducted by the Project Planner, Architect, Brent A. Frick.

After the summary of bids was disclosed. members of the council were concerned that the bid was extremely low for the job as compared with the other bids received.

They questioned whether the contractor was fully aware of the scope of the work and would be able to complete the work for that price.

Confirmation from Istre was given verbally to Frick that he was fully aware of the scope of the project.

Istre maintained he was satisfied with the bid he submitted, and did not want to withdraw his bid.

“Weather permitting,” said Istre, “We hope to begin this week. We will come in with excavators and begin to demolish the building.”

Istre said the only thing recyclable is the concrete. Everything else is going to the trash dumps.

The contractor expects the job to last two weeks.

In other business the council:

•Approved the hiring of Mark Choate as Operator I in the gas and water department.

•Approved the promotion of Jeremy Marceaux to Operator II in the gas and water department.

•Approved the hiring of Stacy Habetz as a dispatcher for the police department.

•Approved the promotion of Adam Arabie to acting sergeant with the Kaplan Police Dept.

•Approved the promotion of Kevin Broussard to the position of Tac officer with the Kaplan Police Dept.

•Approved the re-appointment of Ivan Bourque, Sr. to serve on the Civil Service Board.

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