St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Critical Preparedness Agreements Approved at Council Meeting

Critical Preparedness Agreements Approved at Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In preparation for the 2016 Hurricane Season, Parish President Natalie Robottom was authorized to enter into several agreements for required services during declared emergencies. 

The Disaster Debris Monitoring Services contract with Tetra Tech, Inc. was extended for one year, ending June 25, 2017.  This is a pre-positioned contract that is activated with a Notice to Proceed during natural or manmade disasters. Use of this type of contract is a critical stipulation of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) for partial reimbursement of debris related costs. Pricing is specified for monitoring debris removal to ensure eligibility.  

A four-year, no cost Memorandum of Understanding was authorized with New Wine Christian Fellowship for an Evacuation Reception Center. The agreement goes into effect during emergencies and allows New Wine Christian Fellowship to be used as a public shelter, last resort staging area, or for other purposes in connection with emergencies and disaster recovery efforts. During Hurricane Isaac, more than 6,000 residents were evacuated from their homes and staged at the facility before being transported to a shelter in Northern Louisiana or reunited with family members.

The Council also granted approval of a one-year extension with Belfor USA Group, Inc. for Disaster Restoration and Recovery Services. When activated, this agreement permits Parish owned facilities and buildings damaged in disasters to be cleaned, dried and recovered as best as possible. “It is critical to have these agreements in place prior to hurricane season and in the event of any emergency.  It ensures that we will have resources available if needed,” said Parish President Robottom.

In other action, the Council also authorized the Administration to move forward with a resolution adopting Highway 54 in Garyville as a Bicycle Route from Airline Highway to the Kansas City Railroad (KCR). This resolution allows the Parish to apply for a DOTD permit to install signage along LA 54 and to have it designated as a Bicycle Route in preparation for the Garyville Timbermill Trail Phase II.

The Garyville Timbermill Trail Phase I entailed a multi-use trail beginning on Museum Street, near the Garyville Timbermill Museum and traveling 1600 feet along the canal bank toward the KCS. Phase II will extend the trail from the KCS Railroad to Hwy 54, which will eventually lead into Phase III and IV with a connection to the Mississippi River Trail.