St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Continued Improvements in Recreation and Economic Development Approved at Council Meeting

Continued Improvements in Recreation and Economic Development Approved at Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – At tonight’s council meeting, several agreements were approved that will ultimately allow for better services and quality of life improvements for parish residents.

An agreement was approved with Meyer Engineers, Ltd in the amount of $229,118 for design, construction, administration, and inspection services for over $2.5 million in improvements to parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities recommended in the Parks Master Plan. The Parks Master Plan was completed in 2013 by Meyer Engineers, Ltd. and includes upgrades, repairs, and improvements to each park and the proposed costs for each project. The current agreement includes 42 projects funded through the 2014 bond issue. The Parks Master Plan can be viewed here.

Through a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), and South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parish Campus, the Business Training Center will continue offering technical assistance training through the Small and Emerging Business Development Program. LSBDC offers technical assistance including workshops, entrepreneurial training courses, individual consultation, and other business-related activities. This program is partially funded by Louisiana Economic Development and the St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development Department. The Business Training Center is located at the South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus, 181 REGALA Park Road, and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business owners are encouraged to visit the center to receive assistance and learn about available resources.

In other action, the Council adopted the 2014 millage rates.