Tuesday, May 23, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish - Most of the business proposed by Parish President Natalie Robottom occurred during the Finance Committee meeting as approval was obtained for several critical agreements to better serve residents.
In advance of Hurricane Season, the Parish Council renewed a contract with Blackboard Connect, Inc. for a mass notification system in the amount of $27,262.00. The system quickly disseminates emergency and non-emergency information to employees, residents, and businesses. It delivers messages with voice calls to land lines and cell phones, emails, text messaging, and social media outlets. The system also distributes automatic notifications from the National Weather Service for severe weather alerts. This is a one year renewal and is funded through various departments that utilize this service.
“It is CRITICAL that all residents sign up to receive timely emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, or email. Notifications and updates are also posted on the parish website, SJTV (government access channels), Facebook and Twitter,” said Parish President Robottom.
Authorization was also granted for substantial completion for Phase III of the Mississippi River Eastbank Multi-Use Path. The third phase extends the biking and walking path from East 29th St. to West 10th St. in Reserve. The project is funded through the Louisiana Transportation Alternatives Program at a cost share of 95/5. Phase IV, which will extend the path to the St. James Parish line is in the final design phase. The multi-use trail will eventually be incorporated into a state proposed 110-mile levee path running continuously from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Authorization was also granted to enter into a contract with St. John Mosquito Control, LLC for Mosquito Control services. The contract allows the local company to continue to provide mosquito abatement services for 5 years at a cost of $722,832.32. Presently, .25 of the $2.75 fee is dedicated to the Animal Shelter and residents over 62 years of age are charged $1.60.
The contract includes additional compensation for Expanded Encephalitis Surveillance Protocol eight months of the year and education and monitoring of Zika at no additional cost.