St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish President's Remarks - Council Meeting 4.8

Parish President's Remarks - Council Meeting 4.8

Council Meeting

President’s Remarks

April 8, 2014

Good evening – On Friday, Air Products announced the completion of its $1 billion Hydrogen Production Facility and pipeline system from Houston to New Orleans.  This investment will provide new career opportunities for our residents, and provide much needed hydrogen to refineries and petrochemical facilities along the route.

Saturday, the weather held out as Dupont's Pontchartrain site celebrated its 50th year anniversary in Reserve.  The event treated current employees, retirees and community members to a brief history lesson followed by a funfilled day with food, games and fellowship - Congratulations again.

Also on Saturday, the Bayou Land Special Olympics offered a sports development clinic for individuals with special needs. Over 75 Olympians attended the camp, which was the first hosted in partnership with the Recreation Department.  Olympians and volunteers worked together to learn and reinforce new sports skills while motivating each other and promoting pro me. Thanks to Ms. Debra, her staff and a host of volunteers and St. Charles Assistant Rec Director Theresa Theriot and Special Olympics Director of Outreach Mr. Charlie Courville for spearheading the event.

St. Peter Catholic Church celebrated the beginning of its 150th year Jubilee Saturday evening with a mass led by Archbishop Aymond and attended by current and former priests from the area.  The mass initiated a full year of celebration for the church parish. 

In preparation for the upcoming Hurricane season, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security held a hurricane preparedness drill in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. A wide range of state and local agencies, including our Public Safety department, tested preparedness, participated in National Guard helicopter rescue operations and assisted with evacuation registration and procedures during the drill.

The Recreation Department is again partnering with the 40th Judicial District Children & Youth Services Planning Board & Prevention Committee to host its 2nd annual Fishing Camp.  The event is Saturday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Youth ages 8-15 are invited to attend - fishing poles and bait, as well as lunch and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are needed. To register or volunteer please contact Bernell Charles at 504-570-4885.

To encourage community beautification, community leaders will join over 600 leaders across the state for the Leaders Against Litter “Golden Litter Grab” on Friday morning, April 11 to bring awareness to the littering problem in Louisiana. Sponsored by Lt. Governor Dardenne, our local team will walk along Airline Hwy at 9:00 a.m. from the River Parishes Chamber of Commerce Building in LaPlace to the Percy Hebert Government Building collecting litter using golden grabbers and wearing gold t-shirts.

Clean up efforts will continue on Saturday with our annual Spring Clean Sweep.  We are encouraging all of our residents to clean areas around their homes.  Churches, homeowner associations and businesses are encouraged to clean the neighborhoods in which they are located.   

To register your organization, please contact Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569 or visit our website. Supplies can be picked up in advance on Friday, April 11 at the Percy Hebert Building or on the morning of Saturday, April 12 at the Highway 51 Park at 8:30 a.m. All participants are invited back to the Hwy 51 Park at 11:30 a.m. for free food, refreshments, and a photo in appreciation of the volunteer work and commitment to keeping St. John beautiful.

The Parish will host Easter in the Park, a family-friendly Easter celebration, on Saturday, April 19 at the Hwy 51 Park in LaPlace and at the West Bank complex from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Children ages 2-12 are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt and visit with the Easter bunny. Food, refreshments and prizes will also be provided for participants. Visit for more information.

The Parish Board of Election Supervisors will meet on Friday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Registrar of Voter’s Office here at the Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace to draw commissioners and alternate commissioners for the May 3 election.

Early voting for the May 3 election will take place from Saturday, April 19 through Saturday, April 26 (excluding Sunday) from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily at the Registrar of Voters Offices located in the Percy Hebert Building and the West Bank Courthouse.

A reminder to our residents on Peavine Road: The CN Railroad will be continuing emergency repairs to the railroad crossing on Peavine Road tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9 between 6:00 a.m. and noon.  The crossing will be closed to all through traffic- so residents and businesses located on Peavine are reminded to make transportation plans in advance of the closures.  All fire departments and emergency personnel have been advised of the repair schedule and have developed alternate plans for emergency response.  If residents or businesses have any questions, please contact CN Railroad at 1-800-465-9239.  

In preparation for construction of the West Lac Des Allemands Shoreline Protection Project, commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts are asked to remove all lines, traps, nets and other fishing gear and equipment from the construction area and material transport lanes no later than Monday, April 28, 2014.  Any items that remain after this date will be considered to be abandoned and will be removed and disposed of by the construction contractor. 

I want to remind our residents on the West bank, the Utilities Department and CES are conducting smoke testing again this week, from West 3rd St. to Columbia Rd., to investigate the condition of the wastewater collection system.  The smoke is non-toxic, low odor, creates no fire hazards and leaves no residue. Please dial 911 if you suspect smoke in your home.

Baseball Registration has been extended for Parish youth ages 5 to 12 until this Friday, April 11.  The Parish is also working on a program for 13-14 year olds. The registration fee is $45.00 per child.

Coaches, volunteers and sponsors are also needed. 

The Recreation department is looking for certified lifeguards for its upcoming summer activities. Applications can be found on the parish website or at the Parks & Recreation Office.