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P.J. committee hears about issues at AgCenter that date back to 2016 flood

Water intrusion, mold problems to be addressed

Water intrusion and mold continue to be problems at the Cooperative Extension offices more than three years after the facility was flooded.
Extension Agent Kayla Segura, accompanied by LSU AgCenter Director of Facilities Planning Dale G. Frederick addressed the Acadia Parish Police Jury’s Buildings and Grounds Committee Tuesday concerning the problems dating back to the Flood of 2016.
Areas of the 4-H offices at the AgCenter have been “quarantined” because of the mold, according to Segura, who added that “you can see outside” around some of the window frames in the building.
Karl Aucoin, parish engineer, said some drainage issues around the exterior of the building had been addressed but water is still getting into the building at various locations.
“Once we solve the water intrusion problem, we can focus on remediation,” Frederick added.
A five-page report from Chris White, project manager of Wynn L. White Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Baton Rouge, outlined a number of problems from the foundation to water intrusion at the doorways.
According to the engineer, estimated cost for perimeter drainage improvements around the building is $251,205.
Chance Henry, jury president and ex officio member of the committee, suggested that an “action plan” be formulated and presented at the February committee meeting.
“From there we’ll have to figure out how many dollars we’ll have to spend,” he said.
No recommendation was forwarded to the full jury.
In other action the Buildings and Grounds Committee is recommending the jury accept the low bid of $4,800 submitted by Exterior Cleaning Services, Inc., of Church Point, for cleaning of buildings and sidewalks on the courthouse grounds.
The job will entail applying mold stain preventive to the courthouse exterior, police jury administrative office, roof and building of the registrar of voters’ officers and sidewalks surrounding the courthouse.
The committee also recommended that the jury adopt a resolution acknowledging that the parish will cover the additional $957 above the agreed-upon cost for design and replacement of the elevators.
Per the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the state Facility Planning and Control, the state will pay 75 percent of the total costs for the design and replacement of the two elevators in the courthouse up to $765,000. Per that agreement, the design cost is limited to $61,200. Actual design cost came in at $62,157.
Facility Planning and Control requested a resolution stating that the parish is willing to cover the additional cost for design.
In other committee action Tuesday:
• The Airport Committee tabled for a month a request to allow Christopher Chad Daigle to occupy an empty hangar as a mechanic shop and house his airplane.
• The Legislative Committee heard an update on the 2020 Census from Kelly Courville, partnership specialist.
The committee also discussed a potential partnership with the City of Crowley and the Town of Church Point for the purchase of security cameras.
• The Roads and Bridges Committee will recommend that the full jury accept the low bid of $15,508 each for the purchase of three Bush Hog flex-wing mowers submitted by Abell and Son of Welsh.
The committee also will recommend the acceptance of the low bid of $4,642 submitted by Stars and Stripes Traffic Systems of Alexandria for the installation of reflectors along 6.4 miles of Ebenezer Road.
All recommendations will be considered by the full police jury when it meets in regular monthly session beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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