ST. FRANCISVILLE — The Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to award construction of a new water well on Prosperity Street to Griner Drilling Service.
The bid for $637,500 is the lowest among three submitted, which includes $638,000 by Mid South Water LLC, of Cleveland, Mississippi, and Layne Christensen Co., of Prairieville with a bid of $983,300.
“This bid is well under the $800,000 line of credit we had to cover the construction cost,” said Mayor Billy D’Aquilla. He said the town has received a $250,000 grant from an emergency water fund to help defray the cost of the project. He said the town has two other grants for $70,000 that can be used for the water well project as well as some minor work along Royal Street.
“We do really well in this little town to get grant money,” D’Aquilla said. “It will go a long way to help defray the cost of building the new well.”
The board also reviewed preliminary plans by landscape architect Joey Furr to enhance three gateway areas along Highway 61 that would include directional signs. Furr stressed the importance of keeping the signs within the character of the town and utilizing construction materials common to the town, such as bricks and wood, along with landscaping using indigenous plants.
The board also named the St. Francisville Democrat as the official journal, effective July 1 through June 30, 2017.
In addition, the town authorized Main Street manager Laurie Walsh to lease a billboard facing the northbound lane of Highway 61 near the Port Hudson State Historic Site to promote St. Francisville and town events.
Walsh also announced the town will have its annual fireworks show at the West Feliciana Sports Park on July 4, and the event will include food, refreshments and a DJ beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The fireworks display will begin at dark.