Board of Selectmen seeks bids for Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park parking lot

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
The late Abel Joseph Daigle was presented a proclamation at the April City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen meeting. Above, the family of Abel Joseph Daigle is pictured with the proclamation. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - The City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen granted Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta authorization to receive bids for construction of a parking lot at the Bayou Plaquemine

Waterfront Park at its regularly scheduled meeting April 8. 

The board also adopted an ordinance to amend and establish credit/debit card and e-check payment fees within the utility rates.

“The system has been installed and customer service through initial training should be ready by summer,” Gulotta said.

Oschner Baton Rouge Medical Clinic Chief Operating Officer Scott A. Mabry also presented the board with an update on a 40,000 square-foot facility on La. 1.

“It is going to be state of the art,” Mabry said. “Very new and very fresh.”

The building is 54 percent complete with an projected opening date of Dec. 1. Between 50-60 employees will be hired with approximately 12,000 emergency room patients expected each year.

“Not everybody has transportation and you can not get a chest X-ray in Plaquemine today,” Gulotta said. “It is badly needed.” The board also presented a proclamation in recognition of the late Abel Joseph Daigle.

“He stood his ground and I admired him,” Gulotta said.

The board pulled a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a pipeline services agreement with Acadian Gas Pipeline System for the operation and maintenance of the city’s natural gas pipeline.

“We still want to explore our options,” Gulotta said.

The authorization to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Iberville Parish Council regarding wastewater collection and treatment was also postponed.

The board was also told proposals on two projects involving signage are being sought.

City Attorney L. Phillip Canova Jr. also suggested ordinances related to dogs and animals that may be considered in the future.