PLAQUEMINE — Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. announced Tuesday night the parish is set to advertise for bids to build the planned Ochsner Health System medical complex along La. 1 south of Plaquemine.

“I have some good news today, that on Feb. 28, the Iberville Parish medical facility is going out for public bid and construction that is about $19 million,” Ourso told the Parish Council

“The bids will be opened on March the 28th, and hopefully we can have a contract signed in April and move this project forward.”

When completed, the facility will offer a free-standing emergency department and a full-service Ochsner health center providing primary care and specialty services, according to the parish’s web site.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hank Grace congratulated Ourso and the council regarding the new medical facility, saying “this will be huge for Iberville Parish and provide some much-needed care to the people of the parish.”

Grace said he continues to receive record numbers of requests for economic development information. “In the 10 years I’ve been serving in this position I’ve never seen as many RFPs, or requests, come from Louisiana Economic Development than I have in the past several months.”

Several, large, multi-million dollar projects near St. Gabriel are nearing readiness for public announcement, Grace said.

Other business coming before the council included:

CONTROL STRUCTURE:Ourso reported that a judge in Ascension Parish ruled in favor of Iberville Parish in a dispute with the owners of Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours over a control structure, “so we have been exonerated,” Ourso said.

However, the parish cannot gain access to the lock for maintenance because the tour company owns all the nearby land, so, he said, he will be trying to work out an agreement with the owners.

COMMUNITY CENTER: The parish has been notified of a contractor’s lien for services rendered at the North Iberville Community Center for about $41,000, Ourso said, adding that he will “try to iron that out.”

STREETS ABANDONED: The council approved the formal abandonment of Dunn Street, Folse Street and Taylor Lane. The ordinance allows the property to revert back to its surrounding private property and the nine homes, some of which are rented and others are vacant, will remain on the 911 maps for emergency services, if needed.

GRANT APPLICATION: The council approved a grant application for $150,000 to the Office of Community Development-Community Water Enrichment Fund for the construction of another clarifier at the Water District No. 3 treatment plant.

The additional unit will help the parish meet federal Clean Water Act standards, according to the resolution.