Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Along with bid awards, resolutions, and other agenda items, two departments were recognized for their accomplishments at tonight’s council meeting. Also, after many years of planning and negotiating, Phase I of the Mississippi River Multi-Use Trail is coming to fruition.
The Parish’s concurrence with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s bid award to Barrier Construction Co., LLC in the amount of $411,016.20 signifies the beginning of the project. The Multi-Use Trail will be used for walking, touring, or biking on the crown of the Mississippi River Levee from the St. John/St. Charles Parish line extending up river to Walnut Street. Funded through DOTD’s Transportation Enhancement Program, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Regional Planning Commission, St. John Parish is responsible for only 5% ($20,550.81) of the construction cost. “This project has been ongoing for many years; however, we are beginning to move forward with hopes to begin construction in the near future,” said Robottom. Phase II of this project is in the design phase and should go out for bids in the next 8 months.
The St. John Parish Warriors, 12-year old All-Star Biddy Basketball Team, was named the Triple “A” National Champions at the National Tournament held in Madisonville, LA the week of April 8-13. With a 30-3 winning record, four of the team’s players were named All-Americans and Troy Green was named Mr. Biddy, MVP. “This team has been together for the almost 7 years and they have worked hard to accomplish this title and many titles in the past. On behalf of all the coaches, we are very proud of our team,” said Coach Alton Long, Jr.
St. John the Baptist Parish was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the eighth consecutive year. “I would like to commend our entire Finance staff for a job well done and thanks to our Administration for their continued support in providing us with the necessary tools to continue this form of recognition,” stated Parish Finance Manager, Vince Lucia. On hand to make the presentation was Kathleen Kreko, Accounting Manager for the City-Parish of Baton Rouge and representative of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
In other items of business, the Council awarded a $25,020.00 contract to Gulf Coast Teaching Families Services, a non-profit organization from Houma, LA to administer the application process for the $1.3 million Minor Repair Housing Program in St. John Parish. The purpose of this program is to alleviate immediate threats to the health and safety of low-income homeowners who may not be able to afford to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The program will provide grants of up to $15,000.00 to approximately 60 owner-occupied households for minor home repairs. Applicants must earn 80 percent or less of the median income for the area and priority will be given to storm-damaged homes that pose a health and safety threat; very low-income applicants; and elderly head of households more than 60 years old.