Globalplex gets more attention at meeting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2000

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / May 17, 2000

LAPLACE – The South Louisiana Port Commission dealt with a number of housekeeping duties recently in regard to the Globalplex port upgrade in Reserve.

A change order, not to exceed $92,690, was approved for work being done to link the Globalplex water lines to St. John Parish’s waterworks system. Theproject includes boring underneath West 10th Street and matching waterline sizes and layout.

Also, certain buildings are getting new water hookups to supply their emergency sprinkler systems, and the change order includes minor work scheduled at the old Baker-Heritage building on West 10th.

Meanwhile, bids for a new harbor services truck all came in too high for the commission’s satisfaction and the bids were rejected. In addition, a changeorder on the contract for engineering services on the relocation of emergency response vessel dock was deferred.

The commission did hire an attorney, Peter Butler Jr. of New Orleans, toassist in the annual audit of port finances.

Executive Director Joseph Accardo reported that 13 proposals had come in on plans to build new executive offices and nine proposals had been received on plans to demolish the remaining Godchaux-Henderson refinery buildings.

Accardo also reported the general cargo dock, newly expanded, is already receiving cargo, from containers to steel.

St. John Enterprises has also been selected as the new barge fleetingcompany contracted with Globalplex, Accardo said.

Finally, the port’s newly updated website should be online by the end of this month, and port representatives are expected to attend the Gulf Ports Association conference June 14-16 in Panama City, Fla.

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