Donaldsonville Council approves environmental services contractor for pump station

Michael Tortorich

The Donaldsonville City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 24 to hire an area company for vacuuming and disposal work at the sewer main pump station.

The vote authorized Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. to contract with A3M Vacuum Services LLC to vacuum and transport residual waste from the underground bunker tank at Pump Station A.

The environmental services company, based in Reserve, would be able to handle both the vacuuming and transportation aspects of the job, according to project engineer David Curtis. He said three companies were consulted about the matter.

"This is what they do for a living. They're local and they do lots of work in the plants," Curtis told the Council.

The approved motion stipulated that the overall cost would not exceed $20,000.

"If it's more than that, I will come back to the Council," Sullivan assured.

Curtis said the hatch needed to be opened for the contractor to fully evaluate the job.

In other matters before the Council Tuesday:

--Council members voted 5-0 to table Ordinance 2019-14 until they are able to hold further discussion at a special meeting set for Sept. 30.

The ordinance would amend a previous one implementing a program where retirees, who have reached the age of 55, from the city's employment would have an opportunity to remain on the city's group health insurance until they reach a certain age or retain other full-time employment. The city would pay 50 percent of the employee cost of health insurance for such employees.

Councilman Charles Brown Sr. said he would like to be better informed before making a final decision on the ordinance.

--The Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2019-13, which amends an ordinance pertaining to travel expenses for city personnel, providing transportation reimbursement, and meal allowances.

--The Council voted to fill vacancies on the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

The two new members are Joseph Cataldo and Ruth Franklin.

--The mayor appointed a new member to Planning and Zoning.

Filling the vacancy will be Wanda August, who was in attendance Tuesday and addressed the Council briefly.

--The Council approved the hiring of Carl Capone to assist Community Development Director Lee Melancon with the Capital Outlay request due Nov. 1.

Capone, who has worked for the city on a part-time basis for many years, is expected to work about six hours on the request at the regular hourly rate.

--The Council authorized several housekeeping items, mostly pertaining to payment of contractor invoices, previously discussed at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

Notably, the Council approved payment of invoices to Capital Construction and Domain Architecture for work being completed at the new fire station located along Marchand Drive.

--Sullivan informed the Council that his new vehicle has a time frame of 90 days before the city will take delivery.

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe LT will be purchased through Gerry Lane Chevrolet, which placed the lowest bid after an advertisement for bids.

The bid of $43,838 was received by the Aug. 23 deadline.