Improvements to the Leeville Public Boat Launch hit a stumbling block this week when bids came in for the proposed fishing pier and pavilion.
The construction of a wheelchair accessible fishing pier and covered area for gatherings at the new boat launch were set to go forward when bids were opened on Tuesday. But, those bids came in over budget limits.
Additionally the State of Louisiana, a funding partner which had promised $500,000 and then lowered that figure to $100,000, pulled the last of its offering.
Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle had estimated the project at about $400,000 and had secured funding from the Parish ($166,000), the State ($100,000), the Greater Lafourche Port Commission ($166,000) and a grant of $42,000 from the Lafourche Tourist Commission.
With the loss of the state’s $100,000, the parish cannot go forward with the project as is.
According to project engineer Joe Picciola of Picciola and Associates, Inc. bids were accepted for a base project (the pier) with 2 “alternates” (the foundation for the pavilion and the pavilion structure itself).
“All the bids were high,” said Picciola.
He said the Parish will probably have to decide how to proceed—whether it wants to modify the project by eliminating one or both of the alternates or search for additional funding.
Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said his administration will take a couple of days to evaluate the situation.
“We will see what’s feasible and go forward. We may have to go up piecemeal with the project—possibly do the pavilion later,” he stated.
Cantrelle said he will set up a meeting next week with new Parish Administrator Reggie Bagala and other parties to “see what can be done with the money in place”.
Posted on Fri, September 16, 2016
by Buster Avera Contributing Writer