Morgan City council backs marine safety training center
MORGAN CITY, La. — The council approved a resolution of support for South Central Louisiana Technical College’s building of a new marine safety training center.
Earl Meador, regional director of SCLTC and Carl Moore, director of SCLTC’s Young Memorial Campus Marine Petroleum Center touted the proposed center at the council meeting Tuesday.
The college has outgrown its current marine safety training center in Morgan City, Meador said. SCLTC is among the top 100 short-term training schools in the country, he said. In 2012, the college awarded almost 7,000 short-term training certificates to almost 3,500 students.
“We anticipate the numbers to continue to grow,” Meador said.
State Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, has been working to find ways to fund the project.
The original estimated cost of the project was $9.6 million, but college officials have been working to try to cut some costs, Meador said. Meador did not say what the revised estimated cost of building the center is.
Plans are to build the new center on the same site as the current marine training facility, Meador said.
The marine safety center expects 25 percent growth in number of students within the next two years, Moore said. And then doubling in about five years, Moore said.
The college is creating a 30-day program for veterans where they would live on campus in similar to offshore conditions, Moore said. The college has a waiting list of more than 100 veterans waiting to apply for the program, he said. The longest short-term training courses they offer right now are three weeks long, he said.
The council also voted to approve Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi to write a resolution of support for the St. Mary Parish Levee District cooperative agreement draft.
Andrew Mancuso, of the levee district commission, said the district is looking to become “the one voice for the parish when it comes to federal levees dealing with the corps.”
The levee district is working to get the Town of Berwick and St. Mary Parish to sign the agreement as well to be the authorized agent to deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mancuso said.
“It does not take away any of the city’s rights. We’re only there to assist to act as an agent,” Mancuso said. There is a clause in the draft that would allow the city to terminate the agreement.
Members of the levee district commission have met with St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin to discuss his concerns with the agreement, Mancuso said.
There are no costs or fees associated with the agreement, Mancuso said.
“This is basically the first step in moving towards that ultimate goal of kind of taking over all levee issues,” Mancuso said.
In other business, the council:
—Approved a date change for the Atchafalaya Eastern Divisionals of the Morgan City Power Boat Association from July 5 and July 6 to June 29 and June 30 at Lake End Park.
—Voted to delay approving with more information on the specifics of his proposed memorial to honor William Bradford.
—Approved closing a stretch of road from Eighth Street to La. 182, which runs adjacent to Lirette Ford Lincoln Inc.’s property from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 for a car show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
—Approved a resolution to appoint Grizzaffi as Louisiana Energy and Power Authority alternate director.
—Voted to retain Paul’s Agency to assist in administering the city’s health insurance plan under the same terms and conditions.
—Voted to renew the city’s health insurance policy with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana with a 6.5 percent increase in premiums.
—Voted in favor of a resolution to approve change order No. 1 to the Roadway Repairs & Improvements Phase V in the amount of $460,003 between the city and Larry Doiron Inc.
—Approved Grizzaffi to write a resolution in support for the St. Mary Levee District Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.
—Voted to approve a resolution to select a fiscal agent for the city accepting the joint bid of six banks.