Monday, September 23, 2019
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom, Sheriff Mike Tregre, St. John Council members and Parish staff joined a host of longtime residents and members of Fire Services and the Sheriff's Office for the groundbreakings of Phase I of the Lucy Multi-Use Trail on top of the Mississippi River levee and the West Bank Public Safety Complex in Wallace. These two projects were delayed by a 10-month flood fight due to high river levels.
Gathering near East 13th Street in Lucy, Parish President Robottom expressed her excitement to start Phase I of the recreational trail on the West Bank. Designed by Meyer Engineers, LTD, Phase I consists of an asphalt path on top of the Mississippi River Levee (similar to the East Bank bike path) spanning from East 12th Street to Terry Court.
The $361,124 project is funded through DOTD’s Recreational Trails Program and the Recreation Department. Barriere Construction Co., LLC was awarded the $275,145 construction contract and St. John Parish was responsible for engineering cost at $85,979. Phase II of the Lucy Trail is in design and will extend the trail to Edgard. “We are about to complete the trail on the East Bank so it was only fitting that we would work hard to obtain funding to extend the trail to the West Bank,” said Parish President Robottom. “This project promotes healthier lifestyles for residents and will allow those who live and visit here to use it for walking, touring or biking.” She added, “Although it is incumbent upon future administration to complete the trail on the West Bank, I’m glad I was able to get it started.”
Later that morning, President Robottom, Sheriff Tregre, and Fire Chief Cain Dufrene spearheaded a crowded groundbreaking ceremony near the grounds of the Wallace Fire Station to celebrate the beginning of construction on the West Bank Public Safety Complex. Also, on hand for the celebrations were Billy Sizeler representing the architect and design engineer Sizeler Thompson Brown, and Tommy Williams representing Aegis Construction, the contractor.
The $2 million complex is a joint venture between the St. John Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department to increase police, fire and medical presence on the West Bank. The 6,000 square foot building features bays for housing trucks and equipment, a conference room, office and sleep quarters, as well as a reception area, day room, kitchen, restrooms and break area.
Additional features of the facility include covered parking for ambulance services, a climate-controlled apparatus bay for voting, a walking connection to the park, additional parking for events and backup generator power. “This building will be first class with a goal of providing safe additional space for responders to work from the West Bank but also a safe place for our residents to use. This facility belongs to the community and we want them to know they are welcome as well,” said Parish President Robottom.