Project manager Nicole Cutforth of Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Group told St. Mary Levee District board members Thursday that the land acquisition process is ongoing and expected to be complete by Jan. 15.
Other projects discussed during the board’s monthly meeting included the Hanson Canal and Yellow Bayou projects. Reid Miller of Miller Engineers and Associates said preliminary designs are in hand and ready to be reviewed by concerned parties next week.
Phillip Chauvin of T. Baker Smith LLC said the barge used in the Bayou Chene flood fight is back in the possession of its owner, J. Ray McDermott Inc., and has been inspected with no findings of damage. This effectively releases the district from further invoices, he said.
The board approved a notice of substantial completion and final change order on the removal of the structure from Bayou Chene.
Executive Director Hilary Thibodeaux reported the following:
—Project worksheets totaling $10.5 million of work from the spring flood fight have been obligated by FEMA. The district should receive 75 percent of the total. To date it has received $3.7 million in reimbursements. The board approved payment of the final invoices totaling $568,000 on all projects.
—Capital outlay requests were submitted to the state on Oct. 31 for flood protection projects in West St. Mary, Bayou Teche and Bayou Chene.
—Requests for qualifications for an engineer on the design of the permanent Bayou Chene project will be advertised for 30 days beginning Nov. 14.
—The recent quarterly levee inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resulted in positive comments with only a few items needing attention. Those included deer stands, encroaching vegetation at the toe of the levee, trees growing in cattle gate fencing, vegetation control along sheetpile wall and small ruts caused by ATVs.
—Leftover steel sheetpiles stockpiled at the Athena yard may be performance compromised. Therefore, the board approved declaration and advertisement as surplus for sale. Since the district has been reimbursed the purchase price of the material, any monies realized on the sale will be returned to FEMA.