St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

PUBLIC INVITED TO VOTE ONLINE FOR A “BETTER AND STRONGER” ST. JOHN PARISH

PUBLIC INVITED TO VOTE ONLINE FOR A “BETTER AND STRONGER” ST. JOHN PARISH

Thursday, March 28, 2013

As St. John moves forward with its “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger” initiative, the volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee wants to include as many residents as possible. Those who could not attend any of the recent open houses in Edgard, LaPlace and Reserve have an opportunity to vote for the projects they believe are top priority. Ballots and project descriptions are available online at www.sjbparish.com.

Once on the site, people may rank their top five choices in each of five project categories: Economics, Housing, Health and Human Services, Infrastructure and Natural and Cultural Resources. Participants can vote for up to twenty-five projects amongst the five categories.

The choices stem from ideas and strategies for recovering from Hurricane Isaac and planning for withstanding future storms which were provided by hundreds of people at a series of open houses held in January, a survey on the parish website and smaller community meetings.

“St. John residents submitted an assortment of good ideas, and we need their help to prioritize those ideas,” said Raymond Goodman, Local Disaster Recovery Manager. “It’s important that our community participates by voting for their vision of a better, stronger St. John. More input now will help us as a community develop a more complete and balanced plan for our future.”
Online voting will run through Tuesday, April 2.

The “Building Back Better and Stronger” initiative is supported by state and federal partner agencies under the new National Disaster Recovery Framework that was launched in Louisiana following the August 2012 storm. The framework’s cornerstones include citizen involvement and local leadership.

To learn more about the “One Parish, One Future” initiative, visit the St. John website at www.sjbparish.com.

If you would like to request an accommodation or obtain voting materials in alternative formats, please email Paige Falgoust at p.falgoust@sjbparish.com.

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