NAPOLEONVILLE — Assumption Parish police jurors Wednesday unanimously accepted an $8 million bid to build a new 30,000-square-foot community center.

Of the five firms bidding for the project, Ruston-based Lincoln Builders, which has offices in Baton Rouge, was awarded the project with a base bid of $8.049 million, according to bid documentation.

Stephen Viguerie, of Thibodaux-based architectural firm Duplantis Design Group, told jurors that the original low bid on the project, which totaled $7.7 million, was denied because of an error on the bidding application form.

“They did not fill out the bid form correctly,” Viguerie said during discussion in the jury’s Engineering Committee meeting. “We contacted the Attorney General’s Office, who recommended that we reject the bid.”

The planned all-purpose center would be located along La. 308 next to Assumption Parish High School. It would be used for emergency purposes, parish school events and public and private functions.

Police Jury President Martin Triche said that while he did not oppose accepting the bid, the jury normally tries to accommodate local vendors as much as possible.

To accommodate the increased bid total, Parish Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux offered amendments approved by the jury to the parish’s building project budget.

The changes reduce the amount set aside for a parishwide drainage project and moves a planned health unit construction project to an alternate status.

Boudreaux said that while the drainage project total was reduced, recent project estimates have come in lower than expected, allowing for the decrease.

The state’s Office of Community Development must now approve the amendments, Boudreaux said.

Other matters considered by the jury included:

BRIDGE DESIGN: The jury voted to authorize the parish engineer to begin the process of designing a replacement for a bridge along Aristille Road, located near Bayou L’Ourse.

Parish Engineer Joseph Savoie said that initial estimates to repair the bridge stand at $75,000, while a brand-new span could cost as much as $300,000.

As part of the motion, the bridge’s weight limit was also reduced to 5 tons, and travel over it restricted to one lane until the project is completed.