Village of Montpelier breaks ground at new town hall site _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren-- Parish officials gather to break ground on a new municipal building in Montpelier. Gathering are Montpelier City Mayor Kenneth Giardina, St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nat Wiliams, Monpelier Chief of Police Gerald O'Malley, Brad Toups, Billie Claire Tycer, Donald Langston, Lewis Warren, Rusty Durand, Michael Ard, Brad Davis, Darrell Fussell, Jonathon Adame and Jon Kelly.

For more than 30 years, Montpelier’s government officials and firefighters worked out of an old school building.

Thanks to state funding and grants, a change in address for officials will take place next year.

Construction is underway for the new village of Montpelier’s municipal building.

Officials celebrated Sept. 18 with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The new municipal building, located on La. 16 in Montpelier, will include two wings, officials said.

One, approximately 1,680 square feet, will serve as the main building to house administration offices, fire, police and the city clerk.

An annex, approximately 2,400 square feet, will include three truck bays for firetrucks.

Currently, the town hall and firetrucks are housed at an old school building, where they have been for the past 30 years.

Montpelier Mayor Kenny Giardina said they have been there since he has been in office and it’s time for a change.

“The rent has gone up tremendously over the years, and it would be better for this town if we could save some money,” Giardina said. “This is also a good thing for our town workers and firefighters.”

The village purchased the 12-acre lot for the complex municipality building in 2010.

The project funds were obtained through a $190,000 capital outlay grant, $80,000 in grants from the Louisiana Office of Community Development and the St. Helena Parish Police Jury funded $30,000.

Kelly Construction, of Walker, was hired Sept. 9 to construct the new building.

Construction has begun, and the estimated completion date is March 20, officials said.

The project has a $283,547 budget, Giardina said.