City council approves road construction bonds

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen last week gave preliminary approval to issuing up to $12.34 million in sales tax bonds to finance Plaquemine's first citywide road program in nearly two decades.

The bond issue that will provide the money to resurface nearly ever street in the city now must go to the State Bond Commission for approval, bond attorney Hugh Martin of New Orleans said.

“This is the maximum amount of bonds that could be issued,” Martin said.

The city will use its share of parish sales tax revenues to repay the debt.

The city council also accepted the $504,850 bid of Tullier Construction of Plaquemine for repairing and relocating city utility lines from roadbeds before the street resurfacing begins.

“We budgeted bout $600,000, so it did come in way under budget,” Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said.

Gulotta is scheduled to meet early next week with the contractor about a start time for the utility work, which he said would be the first of traffic inconveniences for motorists.

The utility work will include the closure of one lane of La. 1 from Main to Court streets for about a week, Gulotta said.

Although La. 1 is a state road, it holds a utility line “we've had a lot of trouble with over the years,” the mayor said. The city will have to submit its plans to the state Department of Transportation and Development for approval.

Gulotta said the city would try to provide weekly notifications of areas affected by construction work.

City officials have said they would advertise for bids on the roadwork later this spring.

Also last week, the city council gave final approval to the sale of $275,000 in revenue bonds that will be used to buy a new city fire truck.

Gulotta also reported that the work on the spray park at City Park on Belleview Road is progressing and the park should be ready for use by the end of May.

The plans now include a “nice fence” by the park to keep children from running into the street, the mayor said.

Renovations to the old city pool bathhouse adjacent to the spray park are nearly complete, he said.