Dock project on fast track

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 18, 2000

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / April 18, 2000

LAPLACE – The general cargo dock expansion project at the Port of South Louisiana’s Globalplex in Reserve is on the fast track as construction picks up the pace and proposals will soon be heard for its operation.

The $30 million project is well into second and third phases of the work, according to port Executive Director Joe Accardo.

Accardo reported Wednesday to the South Louisiana Port Commission that he has received five proposals for operation of the cranes. He said he willsoon report back with his recommendation for the commission’s approval.

Requests for qualifications are due May 8 for an architect to determine space requirements for the port’s planned office building at Globalplex and for an engineer toward removal of the remaining Godchaux-Henderson Sugar Refinery buildings.

Requests for qualifications are due May 12 for Globalplex’s master drainage plan, as well.

Eagle Environmental Services was selected to perform an environmental study for the Harbor Services site, the contract totaling $4,910. Entergy’srelocation of electrical lines was due to be finished Friday, and Hi-Tech completed work on electrical duct bank construction.

Accardo also reported that he attended a meeting of the Legislative Joint Transportation Committee, where $24.5 million was approved for portsstatewide, including $7.7 million toward Globalplex development, to be spreadout over two years.

Finally, he reported the Port Association of Louisiana annual conference is set May 3-5 in New Iberia.

In other business, the port commission: Approved the hiring of Dave Beck for a staff engineer position. Approved a six-month extension of Adams & Reese’s contract for port representation in Washington D.C. Tabled approval of a new barge fleeting operation by St. John Enterprisesin Reserve, pending further negotiations. Approved the low bid of four submitted for forklifts of $20,962 from Louisiana Lift Co. of Metairie. Approved the purchase of a maintenance truck at Globalplex at a price of $20,364.75 from Hood Motor Co. Approved a contract with U.R.S. Greiner for engineering services for theCDBG road project. Greiner is associated with Hartman Engineering Inc. Approved the hiring of Lloyd LeBlanc and former district judge Joel Chaisson as port attorneys.

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