Parish Council holds brief meeting, continues to disagree over awarding Planning and Zoning contract

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The Natchitoches Parish Council held a brief meeting via teleconference on Monday night, Aug. 16. An agenda item to award the RFQ and sign a contract with IBTS, the lowest bidder that related to Certified Building Official and Flood Plan Management Services, died due to lack of a second as Council members seem at odds as to which bidder they want to award the contract to. The contract with the current company was extended at the Council’s June meeting to take the Parish through to the end of August to provide enough time to receive bids. A special called meeting will need to be held before the end of the month to take care of this business.

In other business, Parish President John Richmond announced that the Health Unit will be getting a new roof and will remain open during the process to service Parish residents.

He also announced that the Parish is looking for property for a new bin site in the Kisatchie area. This area is in dire need of a bin site and the Parish needs help. Anyone that has property they would allow the Parish to lease from them should contact the Parish government.

Other agenda items included:

Temporarily move regular polling place in Melrose for upcoming election. The Secretary of States office agreed that the Parish can “double up” at the Cypress Polling Place for this one election. This is an emergency move because of the short time prior to the election. The regular rolling place is at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Melrose. The temporary polling place will be at the Cypress polling building, located at 11345 LA Hwy. 1. After the October election the permanent polling place will go back to the St. Augustine Catholic Church.
Enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cedar Bend community and Gerry Unruh for improvements to Cedar Bend Drive and Riverview Drive. Put down a layer of cold mix asphalt on about 2,500 feet of the road. The Parish will go out and have the shoulders of the road to insure proper drainage and will truck the material that the group of residents have purchased.

Enter into Cooperative Endeavor Agreements with the following good samaritans: Gerry Unruh for Riverview, Michael Stedman for Craig Loop, Rodney Salard for Marco Road, and Johnny Stewart for Montgomery Camp Road.


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6 thoughts on “Parish Council holds brief meeting, continues to disagree over awarding Planning and Zoning contract

  1. What is government bid?
    Sealed bidding is how the government contracts competitively when its requirements are clear, accurate and complete. An Invitation For Bid (IFB) is the method used for the sealed bid process. … A contract is then awarded by the agency to the low bidder who is determined to be responsive to the government’s needs.
    ATTENTION PARISH COUNCIL ANY QUESTIONS? IM WILLING TO
    LOOK UP ANYTHING ELSE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND!
    JUST ASK!

    • This was not a sealed bid process, but rather an RFQ. That said, please note that I offered (made a motion) to vote on the agenda item which was to be a Yay or Nay vote on the low bidder, IBTS. None of the other councilpersons would so much as second that motion. Then one member blocked a motion to amend the agenda which would have allowed the council to pursue the matter further.

      Now a special meeting has been called for August 30 to once again address this matter. I don’t know that the special meeting will yield better results, but I will attend and do my best. Keep in mind that due to the Open Meeting Law, a lot of the hiccups in the process that would otherwise be dealt with out of sight, or instead put out there for all to see. I have been involved in private organizations from small businesses to large corporations and often the process was not any cleaner…the public just never saw any of it, only the hammered-out results.

      We’ll get there.

      • If you sent out what you needed in detail and a company puts together what the project requires and bids are placed whats the issue?

        • I can’t answer that for the rest of the council. For me, I have no issues. Not only did we have written proposals with cost quotes, but we had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the three companies who submitted quotes.

          I am just 1 of 5 on the parish council.

          • Thank you Jim I’ll let it drop from there because not much chance of getting ANYTHING from the rest! All they want to do is table everything and continue to get absolutely nothing done! The parish might as well go back to the jury system maybe then they might vote to pass or not pass SOMETHING!
            embarrassing

  2. SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THESE PEOPLE CAN’T EVEN AGREE ON A BID? A BID IS AWARDED TO THE LOWEST BIDDER THATS IT! I’M SURE THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF SCREWY ARGUMENTS JUST TO MAKE EXCUSES! ITS AMAZING TO ME HOW THIS COUNCIL OPERATES! THEY JUST ALL NEED TO GO!

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