Wednesday, June 1, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – In an effort to address long-standing issues with drainage in Reserve, the Council approved a drainage contract as presented by Parish President Robottom to begin the project. They also approved several agreements to better serve residents and small businesses at the recent Council Finance Committee meeting.
The Reserve Drainage Project, Phase III will begin moving forward now that a contract was authorized with Subterranean Construction of Mandeville, La. The contract amount of $2,248,808 includes installation of a subsurface drainage system to help alleviate flooding on E. 27th, E. 26th, Melius, and E. 24th Streets in Reserve beginning at Perrilloux Drive. It may involve replacement of existing missized culverts or addition of new concrete culverts in the existing system of ditches.
Phase I of the Reserve Drainage Project which included improvements to West 1st Street (Cornland to Railroad Avenue) and Parker Lane (Leblanc Street to Railroad Avenue) was completed in 2011. Phase II primarily funded through a $2.5 million FEMA/GOHSEP Hazard Mitigation Grant from Gustav/Ike will encompass Terrance St., West 8th St., Marmillian Loop, Toni Dr., West 2nd St., West 4th St., Cornland Dr., and Hart Dr. and is awaiting GOHSEP approval.
The Parish Administration also received authorization to enter into an agreement with Xavier University to serve as the fiscal agent and host institution on behalf of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to staff the Business Training Center in Reserve. The one year agreement is in the amount of $92,564.00 and will provide technical assistance including workshops and seminars in connection with the Small and Emerging Business Development Program.
The Business Training Center is located at South Central Louisiana Technical College – River Parishes Campus and was acquired through a no-cost agreement between the parish and the college. Through the center, monthly workshops and FastTrac courses are offered and small businesses receive the one on one technical assistance needed to operate a successful business. More than 90 small business entrepreneurs have graduated from the FastTrac program since its inception.
In other news, Parish President Robottom and Council members recognized Carter Chauvin and Natasha Clement with proclamations during the regular meeting. Carter served as Parish President/Councilman for the day and experienced all facets of local government as he spent the day with President Robottom. Natasha was recognized for winning the Food Network’s hit television show “All Star Academy.” She beat out eight other contestants throughout the course of the eight week show. “People like Natasha are what makes St. John such a unique location to live and work,” said Parish President Robottom. “We are very proud of her and congratulate her on this tremendous achievement.”