Parish President's Report (9/17/13)
Good Afternoon Council Members and Citizens of St. Bernard:
We continue to perform directional flushing of the Parish water system utilizing members of our Fire Department as well as Public Works Department. Our test indicates that we have significant levels of chlorine throughout the system and we are working with the Department of Health and Hospitals to make improvements where possible. We will shortly begin the cleaning of the water tanks throughout the community, and I will report back to you on our findings. Dr. A.J. England continues to work with us to make adjustments to our system and provide ideas on overall improvements. I have completed the necessary application for the 21 million dollar loan, which if approved, will provide us with funds to overhaul our water distribution system. Additionally, we will shortly post the Request for Proposal for an engineering firm to prepare the required study of our water distribution system in furtherance of our request for funding.
Parish basketball will commence shortly with 558 children presently signed up, which represents a nearly 15% increase in participation. We will host a 60 team baseball tournament at the Val Riess complex next week, with teams from all over the area traveling to St. Bernard Parish. This is significant in that it not only provides a venue for our children to play against children from throughout the south, but brings much need revenue into our community. My thanks to Craig DeHarde and his entire staff for their efforts in promoting our Recreation Department, but also St. Bernard Parish. We will shortly be evaluating the contract for the installation of turf fields at Val Riess Park and hope to begin installation in only one week. This will not only improve the aesthetics of the fields, but will yield even more tournaments throughout the year. The first phase of the new floor at the Val Riess multipurpose facility has been completed and the contractors are preparing to finish with the second phase of slab pouring within the next week. The basketball jamboree will be held on December 14th and 15th and will utilize several of the gyms throughout the Parish.
The Recovery Department reports the notice to proceed was issued last week for the marquee outside the Cultural Center. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in approximately three months. The required paperwork was submitted to FEAM last week for the Consolidated Water Warehouse slated to begin early next year. The new Water Plant is reported to be on schedule and will be opening by April of next year.
My thanks to the Finance Department and the Parish Council for the months of hard work they all put forth on next year's annual operating budget. Through the cooperation and teamwork of all parties, I can assure all that because of the many hours put forth, we have an excellent financial document for the coming year.