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Cyprien Pump Station Improvements Prioritized by Administration

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle submitted a solution to initiate the $2.2 million dollar Cyprien Pump Station Improvements Project before Council at the January 22nd, 2019 Council meeting.

Post Date:01/23/2019 5:00 PM

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Cyprien Pump Station Improvements Prioritized by Administration

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle submitted a solution to initiate the $2.2 million dollar Cyprien Pump Station Improvements Project before Council at the January 22nd, 2019 Council meeting.  “Starting this project has been a top priority of my Administration because the drainage of five Districts, from central to north Lafourche, is supported by this station,” emphasized President Jimmy Cantrelle.  The contract accepting the low bid of Sealevel Construction Inc. was approved by Council in regular session at the July 24th, 2018 meeting with T-Baker Smith’s engineering services.

In order to begin the extensive work, an trespassing pipeline has to be addressed; therefore, a solution to hire Blue Fin Services, LLC was proposed by the Cantrelle Administration.  “All legal aspects were reviewed prior to submitting this proposal to Council, so the Council’s hesitation to proceed delays the project once again.  As a result of trespassing on our Lafourche Parish right of way, a lawsuit would have been filed to recoup any funds spent to perform these services,” explained President Cantrelle.  After discussing legal concerns, the resolution ultimately failed.  In response, the Council Chairman committed to getting an expedited legal opinion to clarify liability concerns.  According to members of the Administration, a delay in the contract start date, signed August 21st, 2018, could result in fines for Lafourche Parish Government up to eight thousand dollars per day payable to Sealevel Construction Inc.

“The Cyprien Pump Station Project has been a point of discussion for over four years now.  It’s time to get started and complete the work once and for all for the residents affected,” said President Cantrelle.

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