Friday, March 15, 2013
As part of the “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger” initiative, the volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee is hosting three open houses next week. Residents, business owners, nonprofit groups and others with a stake in St. John Parish’s future are invited to vote on an array of potential projects aimed at recovering from Hurricane Isaac.
The open houses, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, follow a series of open houses held in January, a survey on the parish website, and several smaller community meetings. Through those efforts, hundreds of people provided ideas and suggested strategies for building back better and stronger.
“We want to thank every citizen who participated in this collective brainstorming effort, and invite those who haven’t had a chance to get involved yet to visit an open house next week,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “We need everyone’s voice as we take charge of our recovery and develop homegrown solutions to the challenges we face as a community.”
At the open houses, visitors will find large poster boards displaying the main challenges identified so far, and the potential projects that were proposed by the community. Results of the voting will determine which projects to include in the parish’s priorities.
Although people can visit any time between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., early attendance is encouraged as there will be many projects to consider. The open houses will be held:
• Monday, March 18: West Bank Community Center, 173 E. 3rd St., Edgard
• Tuesday, March 19: St. John Parish Civic Center, 2900 Hwy. 51, LaPlace
• Wednesday, March 20: Regala Gymnasium, 200 Regala Park Rd., Reserve
The “Building Back Better and Stronger” initiative is supported by state and federal partner agencies under the National Disaster Recovery Framework that was launched in Louisiana following the August 2012 storm. Representatives from some of the state and federal agencies will be on hand at the open houses.
Among the framework’s cornerstones are citizen involvement and local leadership.