January 22, 2018 – Ashburn, VA:
The City of Central, LA, recently accepted IBTS’s proposal for city services, allowing IBTS to remain as the city’s private contractor for five more years.
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is pleased to announce that, upon Mayor Jr. Shelton’s recommendation, the Central, Louisiana, City Council unanimously awarded a contract for city services to IBTS, the incumbent. While the contract terms have yet to be finalized, this renewal is expected to keep IBTS as the city’s private contractor for an additional five years.
IBTS began providing services for Central in 2011, with a five-year contract that was extended for two years before the city reopened the bidding in late 2017. IBTS provides a host of services to Central including administrative, planning and zoning, code enforcement, engineering and stormwater analysis, public works, permit and inspection, and financial and budget services.
The City of Central was especially hard-hit during the August 2016 flood in Louisiana. IBTS was able to immediately step into action to assist the community in their disaster response and recovery needs, never once issuing a change order to the city. Over 6,000 homes had been flooded from the storm, however through IBTS’s efforts to help homeowners determine substantial damage risk, many homes were saved and able to be repaired.
To further assist in their commitment to keeping the community safe, IBTS partnered with Gulf Engineers and Consultants (GEC) for this new contract, which will provide the city with a variety of new resources in the event of a natural disaster.
“IBTS is the most reputable, honest organization that I have ever been affiliated with,” Major Shelton stated during the Council Meeting. “I am delighted to have their continued assistance over the next five years.”
“With much of our staff living in or near the City of Central, this is not just a project we work on, but a chance to assist the community that we are a part of,” said David Ratcliff, IBTS Program Director in Central. “It has been our pleasure to serve the city over the past seven years and we look forward to the advancements that we will help the city make through this new contract.”
IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).