Extra funds needed for Plaq. spray park

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta will seek additional funds from the parish government and from private donors to finance a spray park planned as an addition to City Park on Belleview Road.

Base bids for the addition came in last week at far higher prices than the $200,000 the city expected to spend on the project, said engineer Tony Arikol of Professional Engineering Associates (PEC) of Baton Rouge.

The Board of Selectmen authorized Gulotta to award the contract, provided he can find additional funds.

Gulotta said the Iberville Parish Council had committed to pay for half the spray park based on the estimate of $200,000. He said he would ask the parish government for another $25,000, and also seek funds from private companies to finance the first phase of the work.

The initial project provides for a spray park and the plumbing to accommodate expansions of it.

The lowest of four bids on the project was $253,649 from LA Contracting Enterprise of Pierre Part, while the highest was $398,800 from Charles Carter Construction Company of Baton Rouge.

The spray park, delayed by Hurricane Gustav, was intended to be ready for use by this summer. If the city can find the additional funds, it should be ready for use next year.

In the meantime, the mayor said he would work with the fire department to set up a “water day” for children.

Providing spray from fire hoses for children to play in was one of the most popular activities at the City of Plaquemine Activity Center (COPAC) day camps, discontinued when the school system began its Discovery Camp summer program.