Council approves pavement work

Peter Silas Pasqua

The City Council approved spending an additional $130,000 for pavement work for the John Folse Boulevard infrastructure project.

The blueprint requires paving an area between the Industrial Park Drive roadway and a cargo dock at the Chef John Folse & Co. manufacturing facility.

"That's been waiting I don't know how long for paving between the roadway and the dock," said Ron Truxillo, senior designer and project manager for consulting engineers Glenn G. Shaheen & Associates.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said the $130,000 is blanketed under a block grant.

"In other words, the money is there, it has to be done, there's nothing to do but give them $130,000 - not to exceed $130,000," Councilman Anthony Huey said.

Referring to the aforementioned complete project, Truxillo said, a turn-lane outside the Donaldsonville Industrial Park on La. 70 could be constructed for $125,000 less than prior believed if a varying construction procedure is implemented.

Truxillo said state Department of Transportation and Development officials endorsed detaching the shoulders and reassembling from the soil up in an initial meeting.

"We had borings done," Truxillo said. "It looks like the shoulders and the base beneath them can be used as base for the overlay ... and that's what we're hoping."

The turn-lane undertaking currently holds a $500,000 price tag, according to Truxillo.

"It was $300,000, but then (DOTD) gave us new guidelines, and they decided they wanted to take out the shoulders, and put 12 inches of limestone," Truxillo said.

Truxillo is waiting to be informed by DOTD as to whether the existing shoulders could be used rather than excavating.

In other business, city Finance Director Sandra Cost told council members that total revenues as of June 30 amounted to $9.4 million, while expenditures totaled $9.7 million.

She also said that last year at this time, sales tax collections tallied $1.9 million, while this year they stand at $1.954 million, which falls short of the expected budgeted total of $1.986 million.