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Bids awarded for demolition of homes



Glen Bullard (center), representing residents of Cross Creek subdivision, presents a plaque of appreciation for services to Parish Engineer Butch Ford (left) and District 6 Police Jury member Rick Avery.


Bids have been awarded for demolition of seven homes severely damaged when devastating floods hit Bossier Parish in consecutive years.

Members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury approved the bids during Wednesday’s regular meeting.

Five companies turned in bids on each home and three firms now have the go-ahead to begin demolition as soon as contracts are approved. Justin J. Reeves, LLC was low bidder on three homes; Lou Chandler, Inc. and Lathan Construction, LLC were awarded two each.

Scheduled for demolition is one home on Cane Bend and six in the hard-hit Tall Timbers subdivision. In Tall Timbers, one home is located on Whispering Pine while five are on Pine Cone.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said members of the Bossier Parish fire districts plan to conduct training exercises on selected homes that have been scheduled for demolition.

“It’s not often we have the opportunity to train on real houses. We have a burn building for training purposes and it serves its purpose, but it doesn’t give us a different layout like we find at a house,” said Fire District 1 Chief Robert Rowe.

Rowe said firefighters from the districts will practice procedures for ascending to the top of a house, cutting holes through different roofing materials to vent during a fire and to practice search and rescue operations.

“We won’t set fire to the houses where we conduct the training exercises, but this will certainly help us improve our skills,” Rowe said.

During Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members also:

·      Awarded a bid for road and drainage improvement on the north segment of the Swan Lake Rd. project.

·      Rescinded the surplus property described as lot 50 of Carstarphen Heights subdivision.

·      Rescheduled a public hearing for plat approval of proposed development of Willow Creek subdivision.

·      Approved a plat of the proposed development of Heartwood Acres subdivision, unit 1.

·      Ratified and accepted two recommendations of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit board of appeals.

·      Reappointed Jacqueline Gore to the Bossier Parish Library Board of Control for a five-year term.

·      Proclaimed the month of October Dysautonomia Awareness Month in Bossier Parish.

·      Authorized Parish Administrator Bill Altimus to execute a memorandum of understanding between the state Dept. of Agriculture and Bossier Parish to coordinate emergency response during a declaration of emergency when pet and livestock aid is necessary.

·      Approved a request from Margaritaville Resort Casino for a letter of no objection to selling alcohol and beer at the casino at an event scheduled Sunday, Sept. 10.

·      Approved plan change for the consolidated waterworks/sewerage district 1in the north Bossier Parish area.

·      Accepted a proposal from Smith Engineering Co., Inc. for field survey services and to develop alternate road alignments for the Swan Lake Rd. realignment at the Flat River drainage canal.

·      Adopted a resolution certifying that 20 percent local matching funds are available and pledged by the police jury for the north/south corridor from the I-220/Swan Lake Rd. interchange to Crouch Rd.

·      Adopted a resolution authorizing the police jury to approve the assignment by Chesapeake Louisiana to Covey Park Gas, LLC, of certain rights, title and interest held in certain mineral leases.

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