DENHAM SPRINGS — Things might get a bit noisier in the city for a while — for good causes.
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a nighttime and Sunday waiver of the city’s noise ordinance to the state Department of Transportation and Development so work can be completed on a 0.43-mile stretch of La. 1032 between U.S. 190 and La. 3003.
DOTD informed city officials that part of 4-H Club Road will be closed Aug. 3-9, weather permitting, for construction.
“This comes at a time when the schools will be opening and there will be traffic problems,” Councilwoman Lori Lamm-Williams said. “But this is necessary so that this road work can be completed.”
The council also unanimously granted a noise variance and allowed for the closing of Yellow Jacket Boulevard for an outdoor event at Denham Springs High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7. The variance was granted to a high school organization, Respect for Everyone and Create Harmony, which serves the needs of people with disabilities.
Students Brice and Daniel Larson and Anna Roberson, of REACH, said their group plans to hold a car show with live music, jambalaya cooking and other activities to benefit the work of the organization. Several City Council members commended the students for their care for others and for the positive work REACH is doing in the community.
When the high school speakers thanked the council, Councilman Robert Poole responded by saying, “No, thank you for the great work that you are doing. You have stepped up and make an effort to make a difference in our community.”
In another matter, the council, after rejecting bids for the city’s generator maintenance contract at its last meeting, on Monday voted unanimously to award the contract.
The council awarded the $4,400 contract, which covers seven generator systems at various city venues, to ARCCO Co. of Baton Rouge with little discussion.
Poole, however, used the occasion to call for more bidders for materials and work contracted for by the city. He said he had called for tabling the ARCCO bid at the last meeting because that was the only company submitting a bid for the generator work.
“It just doesn’t seem right to get only one bid for a city project. We have a lot of companies who would like to get a piece of the city’s business pie,” Poole said, adding, “I just can’t understand why we don’t get more bids.”
But he did concede that ARCCO did abide by all the rules and made a sincere bid.
Poole said he’s working on some ideas on how to broaden the bidding process on city supplies and contract work.