ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish Council gave its nod Monday to more than $25.5 million in hospital revenue bonds to cover the cost of building a new parish hospital.
The bonds, which now head to the state Bond Commission for final approval, would be repaid by revenue generated by the hospital, said Alan Offner, a bond attorney with New Orleans-based Foley & Judell.
The new 53,000-square-foot hospital is planned to be built along Burnett Road and connected by a soon-to-be-built road to the existing hospital structure. The road will provide a traffic artery for the roughly 12-acre campus. The project was designed by Curtis Group Architects and Grace Hebert Architects.
The new hospital is designed as a modern brick-and-glass structure featuring 12 inpatient beds, a fully equipped emergency room, an imaging center with new equipment, a beefed-up lab, plus room for more services.
The council also heard a lengthy presentation from James Jenkins, of Municipal Code Corporation, the company hired by the parish to update the parish’s codes. Jenkins presented a “proof that’s probably 85 percent complete” of the updated codes in a 400-page document available on the parish’s website, wfparish.org.
“It’s a one-stop shop for all building regulations,” Jenkins said.
After the document has been reviewed and vetted by the parish staff, the council and the public, it will be voted on for adoption by the council.
An ordinance also was introduced to amend the parish’s general fund budget to cover an additional $66,693 to pay for litigation expenses and lawyers’ fees in the lawsuit filed by the Lambert Gravel Company and the heirs of Paul A. Lambert Sr. over a piece of disputed riverfront property. So far, the suit has cost the parish more than $572,579.