ALBANY -- Final drawings are in the works for the construction of a new town hall and police station to replace the facilities destroyed during the August 2016 flood.
Drawings on the new facility should be complete within 60 days, according to Gene Eleazar, an architect with Alvin Fairburn & Associates, who addressed the Town Council at its Feb. 12 meeting.
FEMA funneled $1.1 million to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, which will dole out the money to the town for the project,
The $!.1 million award on the public bid job must include all costs involved in the construction, including architectural fees, administration fees and construction costs, Eleazar said.
“That’s all we get, no matter what happens to the project,” he said.
The bidding process for the 4,000-square-foot building should take around 30 days, according to Eleazar.
The town has operated from an abandoned health unit on La. 43 since early September. The town has rented the building for $580 per month plus insurance from Store Time Rental of Hammond.
The temporary facility measures at 4,200 square feet, but FEMA guidelines require that any rebuild must be exactly the size of the previous structure.
“If you have extra money, they allow you to do whatever you want with it, provided it applies to the new facility,” Eleazar said.
Mayor Gene Glasscock said the L-shaped structure will be built to accommodate expansion, which would come at the town’s expense.
The previous facilities – an old health unit and a former post office – took in five feet of water during the flood.