DENHAM SPRINGS – The Denham Springs City Council accepted the Northside sidewalk project as complete at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The project was a Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program, which seeks to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school and encourage more walking and biking.

The sidewalk runs along Poplar Street near its intersection with Maple Street to Northside Elementary then along Robbie Street past Denham Springs High School to Northside Baptist Church.

The National Center for Safe Routes to Schools oversees the program through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development administers the grant for the state.

The council also approved payment of $236,678 to Barriere Construction Co. for the Maple Street overlay project.

In other business, the council accepted a bid from Ferrara for two breathing air compressor systems for $80,800.

Bonaventure offered a lower bid of $73,943.98, but Fire Chief Melvin Wheat sent a letter to the council recommending Ferrara’s bid.

In his letter, Wheat said the EagleAir Breathing Air Systems were made of steel and weighed 3,500 pounds. Bonaventure’s bid weighed 1,450 pounds.

In the department reports, the Fire Department incident report for December showed it had 167 calls, 146 for firefighters and 21 for emergency medical services.

The Police Department also submitted its statistical totals for 2017.

Officers made 836 arrests, issued 8,903 citations, investigated 1,112 accidents and filled out 6.298 reports.

For December, the animal control office reported taking in 30 dogs and 21 cats, adopting out 28 dogs and 30 cats, with 47 dogs and 82 cats remaining in the shelter.

Animal control took in a total of $4,153. It received $1,772 in donations, collected $1,380 for spay-neutering, $644 in adoption fees, $276 in rabies fees and $81 in fines and other fees.

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