School Board considers construction projects

By Shantelle Breaux

NEWS EDITOR

CROWLEY – At Monday evening’s meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board, the board voted to accept the low bid of local Crowley contractor L.K. Breaux and Associates for the construction of a new cafeteria at Estherwood Elementary School.

The contractor offered a bid of $474,500, with 300 days to complete the work on the project.

The board also considered bids for Ward 4 school projects including new classrooms and other improvements.

The low bid for the project was $1.86 million, again made by L.K. Breaux and Associates. However, some board members were concerned by the length of time the contractor estimated it would take to complete the project, which was 575 days.

Because the board did not set a specific amount of time for completion of the project in the original bidding process, according to legal adviser Gerard Caswell, the project would have be rebid upon if the board was not satisfied with the projected time of completion.

The board ended up accepting the L.K. Breaux and Associates low bid.

In the matter of a right-of-way agreement with Entergy Gulf States Utilites regarding an acre of land owned by the district, the board rejected the company’s offer with a 5-2 vote. The board directed Caswell to negotiate with Entergy Gulf States for more compensation than the company’s $1 offer.

Voting against the request were members John Suire, Lynn Shamsie, Douglas LaCombe, Israel Syria and Milton Simar. Voting in favor of the request were James Higginbotham and Gene Daigle.

The board approved an agreement with Egan Hub Partners, allowing the company to install another pipeline on a right-of-way the company had built a first pipeline on a few years back.

According to Caswell, negotiations are being hung up due to some concerns over unnecessary language in the contract.

“We’re going to hammer it out,” said Caswell.

No third pipeline may be put on the property, state Caswell.

The board will be given the same amount of compensation they were given in the previous contract in 2001, with adjustments made for cost of living.

The board approved the request, on the provision that Caswell get the language changes wanted in the contract.

The board also approved a request by SLEMCO for a right-of-way on school board property south of Rayne in order for the company to provide power for an irrigation well.

The board granted Orbit Energy’s request for a seismic permit on land outside of Perchville. The two year contract covers 141.68 acres of land.

The next meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board will take place on August 4.

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