THE PEOPLES POST
As I sit in my office and look over our great Parish, I began to think of what I want to say in this article. Each week I try to place pertinent information that you, my constituents, need or want to know. Unfortunately, sometimes that information is not good news, but nonetheless, it is important to keep you aware of the operations of Parish Government.
This week, as we enter into the Holiday Season, I thought I would change the tone somewhat. Let's take a little time to look upon some of the "lighter" or "better" features of our Parish. As I near the half-way point of my administration I see many "bright" factors that we should be thankful for. In only two short years we have held ribbon cutting ceremonies at over 60 new businesses and operations throughout the Parish. We are experiencing one of the highest increases in home and property values than anyone in the Metropolitan New Orleans Area has experienced since Hurricane Katrina. The new levee projects, implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been tested and have obviously been extremely effective as was evidenced by Tropical Storms Isaac and Karen. According to the U.S. Census Bureau we have seen an increase in population of approximately 2500 new residents to our community. The neutral ground area, as well as most of the Parish is cut, trimmed and very presentable. As I predicted, The Clean and Green Campaign has been infectious to other areas of the community, which are equally as nice. While the increased work being performed in the often neglected Eastern sections of St. Bernard have engendered equally positive results. For the most part, we are crime free and boast one of the best, if not the best, school systems in the State of Louisiana. Is everything perfect, well of course not, but I can tell you that there are many in the metropolitan area who would love to be experiencing the resurgence of a great Parish like St. Bernard.
While we all face more and new challenges in the future, St. Bernard is still "God's Country" and to all of you who make this the case, my thanks and appreciation and hope that you will be blessed during the remaining part of our Holiday Season.