Drainage board learns due date for pump station cover, progress on debris removal

Aaron Looney

The East Ascension Drainage Commission learned Monday that a new cover for the Marvin Braud Pumping Station in McElroy Swamp will be completed by June 2009.

Henry Picard of Burke-Kleinpeter Inc. told the commission during its meeting in the Parish Council chambers that plans for the protectve cover awaited final approval before bids could be let in mid-November for the project.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the final plans for the cover, which will be used to protect workers at the station during inclement weather events.

The commission also discussed entering into an intergovernmental agreement with parish government to have debris from Hurricanes?Gustav revmoved from waterways within the district hauled to dumping sites.

General Manager Bill Roux told the commission that so far, around 55 percent of the debris removal process in drainage canals has been completed.

“We have about 200 sites where we needed to remove debris of some kind,”?Roux said.

The district will be reimbursed for at least 75 percent of the process through a contract with NRCS, Roux told the commission.

Roux said that he will meet with representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mandeville Oct. 22 to discuss removal of debris in major channels. These include the Amite River and Diversion Canal.

In other news, the commission:

• Approved the purchase of an aluminum box culvert for use in the the Mire Road bridge replacement project. The culvert comes a cost not to exceed $116,457, Roux said.

• Voted to pay Platipus Earth Anchoring Systems $3,000  to design a process that would allow stabilization of the banks of Muddy Creek at the Manchac Harbor subdivision in Prairieville.

• Approved task order contracts with nine trucking firms to have them haul spoil material dug out of major waterway channels during projects. Roux told the commission that the total cost of the contracts is not to exceed $200,000.

• Heard from Jake Lambert of Glenn Shaheen and Associates, who said that hydrologic studies show that the commission needs to widen the top banks of the Bert Allen Ditch to 25 feet as to prevent flooding during a storm event. The commission took the suggestion under advisement.