AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council has awarded Frank A. Anzalone General Contractors Inc. a $4.641 million contract for construction of a new public library in Amite.
Anzalone’s bid was the lowest among the 12 submitted to the council, but exceeded the library system’s budget for the project by $541,000, officials said.
Outside the meeting, project architect Michael Holly said the library system does have the additional money to fund construction of the library and that it should take “a little under a year” to build.
The library system annually places excess funds from millage revenues into a Louisiana Asset Management Pool fund for the purpose of capital outlay projects, Tangipahoa Parish Library Director Barry Bradford said Tuesday. “They have been saving for this for many, many years.”
The new 21,000-square-foot two-story building will include space for parish library system administrative offices. It will be located at 204 N.E. Central Ave., next to the Amite Fire Department.
Other business considered by the council Tuesday included:
LANDFILLS AND WASTE: The council approved ordinance amendments requiring applicants seeking permits to create landfills and waste storage facilities to notify the council of their intent.
Councilman Tennis Rick reported to the council during its June 27 meeting that Loranger residents living next to a former dirt pit learned through state permit application advertisement that pit owners intended to use the site for wood waste disposal.
Rick said that the owners of the dirt pit had applied for state Department of Environmental Quality permits but had not applied for parish permits.
The council immediately directed pit owner consultants to apply for parish permits.
Parish Planning Director Alyson Lapuma said Monday the company mistakenly thought because the parish does not have zoning, the parish likewise did not have permitting requirements.
She added that the state DEQ office was also unaware of the parish’s ordinance concerning local permits.
Included in the ordinance amendments are resident notification requirements that specify 30 days prior to a first public hearing, site developers are to contact all property owners within 3,000 feet of site boundaries by certified mail.