ST. MARTINVILLE – Hurricane repairs to Maison Duchamp are finally going to be done, mostly with FEMA money.
The City Council Monday authorized Mayor Thomas Nelson to accept the apparent low bid of Kenny Barras’ Modular Construction Company if he gets a green light from the engineers.
The St. Martinville company’s four-step bid of $172,262 was nearly $14,000 lower than the next lowest bid. Altogether there were four bids ranging as high as $265,762.
Nelson, who was scheduled to meet with a FEMA representative again on Tuesday, said he expects the federal agency to pay for most of the work beyond what is covered by insurance.
The bid specs prepared by Associated Engineers and Architects, Inc., of New Iberia include a base bid for repairs to the slate roof and alternates for repair of further storm damage to the 133-year-old building, additional maintenance, and repairs to an outbuilding.
Modular was low bidder on each stage.
Maison Duchamp, which has been sporting a blue-tarp roof lately, has the distinction of being the only private residence to have been purchased by the federal government for use as a post office. The city acquired it some years back in an effort to preserve St. Martinville’s historic downtown.