Benches, planter purchases are going to Morgan City Council

MORGAN CITY, La. — The purchases of new benches and planters for the Main Street district, an electronic book service for the public library, and a hydraulic valve exerciser were approved at Friday’s city finance committee meeting.

The purchase recommendations are among the items expected to be addressed at the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Steve Morell of Morgan City Main Street asked the committee for funds to purchase two benches and two planters at a cost of $4,555 at the finance meeting.

“This is from Keystone Ridge. This is the only bid we’ve received. This is the company that we’ve bought everything from, and we’d like to be consistent with the design,” Morell said.

He also submitted a bid from Metal Design LLC to purchase new bronze plaques to replace those on the floodwall marking historic floods. The cost of the new plaques, which would include photographs, is $1,890.

Also, funding of $1,584 for five Main Street District stop signs and pedestals for the eastern part of Federal Avenue was requested. Such signs and pedestals already exist for much of the district.

“The Board did an extensive stop sign pedestal project. The board feels that even though Federal Avenue is the border of the Main Street District, they would like to put the five intersections with Federal on the other side of Federal just for continuity,” Morell said.

In other business, the committee voted to rededicate existing funding for an electronic book service for the public library.

“The contract is for $24,000 for a term of four years paid in $6,000 annual installments,” said Malisa Mayon, director of the Morgan City Public Library.

Mayon said the service will allow users with a library card to “go to our website, click ebooks, and search a virtual catalog.”

In other business, the committee voted to approve $5,819.87 for the purchase of a hydraulic valve exerciser for use in opening and closing the city’s water valves.

“The one we have was purchased in 1990,” and its use can no longer be guaranteed, Vincent Matherne, Water, Sewer & Gas supervisor, said. The vendor would be E.H. Wachs Water Utility Products of Harvard, Ill.

“This is the only one I could find with 500 foot-pounds of torque,” Matherne said.

The finance committee’s recommendations are expected to be made to the full council on Tuesday.

Among other items on the agenda for the 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at the city court building are:

—A request from Café JoJo’s to host “Rhythms on the River” in the spring of 2013.

—A status report on the appeal to FEMA to alter its base flood elevations.

—A report on the proposed power plant of the Louisiana Energy & Power Authority.

—Change orders for roadway repairs.

—Amendments to the 2012 budget.

—A truck-route ordinance for the newly-refurbished Martin Luther King Boulevard.

—Discussion on the Zoning & Land Development Code.

—The 2013 budget ordinance.

—A liquor and beer permit for Parrie’s Restaurant Holding LLC on Brashear Avenue.

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