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Stormwater Management Plan

Public Notice for Public Hearing

St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

St. Bernard Parish Government will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Parish Government Complex Council Chamber located at 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain views and inform the public on the St. Bernard Parish Stormwater Management Plan and the St. Bernard Parish Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report to be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on March 10, 2016. The following items will be discussed at the hearing:


  1. An overview of the St. Bernard Parish Stormwater Management Plan;
  2. Stormwater management activities completed by St. Bernard Parish during the 2015 reporting year;
  3. Stormwater management activities St. Bernard Parish intends to undertake during the 2016 reporting year; and
  4. An overview of the St. Bernard Parish MS4 Annual Report to be submitted to LDEQ on March 10, 2016


All residents are encouraged to attend this meeting.


Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and non-English speaking individuals provided that three days’ notice is received by St. Bernard Parish Government, Office of the Parish President.


Those citizens unable to attend this hearing may submit their views until Friday, March 4, 2016 in writing to: President Guy McInnis, St. Bernard Parish Government, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA  70043.


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ST. BERNARD CIVIC CENTER TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL BRIDAL FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 21, 2016



The St. Bernard Civic Center will host St Bernard’s 1st Annual Bridal Festival on Saturday, February 21, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.  The St. Bernard Civic Center is located at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.


The Bridal festival is designed to help Brides, Grooms, and Parents plan and organize their successful wedding venue.  Brides will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the best of the best in the wedding industry, from wedding gowns to flowers to caterers, event facilities, photographers, makeup artist, decorators, limousines, and even the ring!  Most of the wedding professionals will offer specials exclusive for this event (up to 50% off).


Brides can even view elegant runway fashions of the latest in colors and styles, from the wedding gowns and tuxedos to honeymoon attire. During the bridal festival, we feature a “Man Cave” for those looking to relax with food, drinks, and sports on the big screen. Brides will have the opportunity to register for up to $10,000 in prizes and hourly giveaways. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!


For more information call 504-510-5502 or visit www.stbernardbridalfestival.com.

 
St. Bernard Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis Announces department directors

St. Bernard Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis  Announces department directors

“It’s Time” for St. Bernard to move forward


Chalmette: Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis announced his department directors.  “I’m excited about the team that we have put together.” “It’s Time’ for St. Bernard to move forward,” stated Parish President-Elect McInnis.  The directors will work along with McInnis and the already named Chief Administrative Officer Ronnie Alonzo.  “We are extremely fortunate and happy to have assembled a team of this caliber.” “We look forward to getting started and seeing the impact this new Administration and Council will have working together to move our parish forward,” stated CAO Alonzo.


Tyrone Ben, will return to parish government as the Director of Human Resources. Mr. Ben is a 1975 graduate of Grambling State University with a degree in Business Management.  He has held management positions in the Oil and Gas Industry for 28 years before moving to H.R. Manager at Boasso America Corporation. Mr. Ben previously worked as H.R. Director for parish government under former Parish President Craig Taffaro and most recently with the Guidance Center, Mental/Behavioral Health Agency.  “I’m happy to return to parish government and look forward to working with the employees and the Administration,” stated Mr. Ben.


Keith LaGrange, a former employee with parish government, will be the Director of Public Works. Mr. LaGrange is a graduate of UNO and a member American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He has designed and managed projects exceeding Three Hundred million dollars in construction cost.

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Blair Ellinwood, the current Assistant Finance Director, will become the new Director of Finance.  Mrs. Ellinwood is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and has over 5 years of auditing experience as a Supervisor specializing in governmental entities. Through her non-profit auditing experience, she has gained the knowledge of proper reporting, assessing and implementing internal controls and knowledge in Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).


Jason Stopa, Director of Community Development, will remain in his current position.  Mr. Stopa came to parish government in 2014 and is responsible for managing planning, zoning, permitting, and redevelopment of parish-owned property throughout the parish.  Prior to joining St. Bernard Parish Government, Jason was the Neighborhood Development Manager at the Beacon of Hope Resource Center where he led redevelopment projects in New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina.   Mr. Stopa earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.


Yolanda “Loni” Banks Thomas has accepted the position of Director of Recreation. Mrs. Thomas, a graduate of (PGT) Beauregard High School, continued her education at Northwestern State University where she earned many awards and set a number of records as a star basketball player. She was inducted into Northwestern State University’s Sports Hall of Fame where they retired her jersey “#10” at the end of her career.  Mrs. Thomas was then drafted by the Monroe Blue Women’s Professional Basketball Association.  Mrs. Thomas has continued to stay active in sports and was later inducted into the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame as the 2006 Female Professional Athlete of the Year.


Thomas Stone, a 37 year employee with the St. Bernard Fire Department will continue as the Fire Chief.  Mr. Stone started his career as an Apprentice Firefighter and has worked his way up through the ranks of Fire Chief.   Chief Stone holds many National Certifications in all areas of the Fire Service and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Because of Chief Stone’s dedication to training, St. Bernard Parish Firefighters in their first year on the job receive more live fire training and certifications, than any other fire department in the state of Louisiana.  On February 20th Chief Stone will celebrate his 26th year as Fire Chief.


Photo by Lenor Duplessis.  Pictured from left to right are Yolanda “Loni” Banks Thomas, Director of Recreation; Keith LaGrange, Director of Public Works; Jason Stopa, Director of Community Development; President Elect Guy McInnis, CAO Ronnie Alonzo, Blair Ellinwood, Director of Finance; Tyrone Ben, Director of Human Resources and Thomas Stone, Fire Chief.


For more information about St. Bernard Parish Government please visit www.sbpg.net or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StBGov or Twitter https://twitter.com/StBGov.

 
St. Bernard Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis Selects Ronnie Alonzo for Top Administrative Post

St. Bernard Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis Selects Ronnie Alonzo for Top Administrative Post





St. Bernard Parish President-Elect Guy McInnis today named Ronnie Alonzo, Jr., an administrator with the St. Bernard School System, to serve as his Chief Administrative Officer.

Alonzo currently serves as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for the St. Bernard School Board, a role he has served in for the past 10 years.  In his current position, Alonzo supervises all St. Bernard School System facilities, managed approximately $1 billion in projects, and supervises over 100 employees daily.

Said McInnis, “While our transition team continues to evaluate personnel, I could not pass up the opportunity to bring Ronnie Alonzo into a top administrative role, so I acted quickly to bring him onto our team. I am impressed by Ronnie’s caliber of experience across many facets of government.  I like his demeanor, and positive, can-do spirit, and I know he will be a strong asset to our parish and this administration.”  Alonzo also served as business manager where he proved his skills in purchasing and insurance management.  He was a teacher and coach at Chalmette High School for 7 years, and served as the parish’s Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation.

A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelors of Administration in Marketing and an Education Masters Alternative Certification from Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of New Orleans, Alonzo was honored by the Bureau of Governmental Research with the Excellence in Government Award for his integrity, creativity, innovation and efficiency.  Added McInnis, “Ronnie has created and organized everything from self-insured worker’s compensation plans to safety programs.  He understands how to evaluate personnel, and he is well-versed in capital needs and efficiency systems.  Ronnie was a driving force behind our schools re-opening following Katrina, and he’s currently overseeing the dramatic rebuilding of our entire school system and its properties. Ronnie has experience in developing policy and procedure manuals. He understands the parish, state and federal bid laws and policies. I am confident that his overall knowledge of business and government will serve this parish well.”  Noted Alonzo, “I am honored to be part of President-Elect McInnis’ administration. I understand his vision, and I look forward to helping him bring St. Bernard to its best days. The opportunity before me is exciting and challenging.  We will do our collective best to build a stronger and better St. Bernard Parish.”

 
4th Road Home Property Auction



St. Bernard Parish Announces December 5th Auction of 150 Road Home Properties


Local Firm Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction Tasked to Conduct Major Auction Event

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The St. Bernard Parish Government has scheduled its 4th Auction of Road Home Properties for Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 a.m. in the St. Bernard Civic Center Grand Ballroom.  This auction will feature one home at 65 Lacoste Drive and 147 residential development home sites located throughout the parish including Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux, Violet and Yscloskey, Louisiana.


The bidding on all properties will open at the minimum bid of $,3600 to stay consistent with previous events. Properties will be sold with good, insurable title and closing costs as low as $500 per property. Interested buyers are limited to 4 properties and must close in the same name as registered. Each purchase requires a $1,000 deposit which MUST either be Cash, a Cashier’s Check, or Money Order..  All properties are sold in “as is, where is” condition and will close within 30 days.  Complete information including the auction property list, Terms & Conditions, Frequently Asked Questions plus more can be found at www.StBernardAuction.com or contact Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction at 504-468-6800.


Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction’s Managing Director, David E. Gilmore, CCIM says “Now is the time to buy in St. Bernard. The Parish has so much to offer today with a new hospital facility, a $9 billion perimeter seawall, low crime rate, good school system and some of the best hunting and fishing in the world”.


Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction & Realty is the Louisiana office of Sperry Van Ness International, one of the largest and fastest growing commercial real estate brokerage firms in the industry with more than 1,000 advisors in over 180 locations in the United States.  Sperry Van Ness delivers results for clients through a proven business model that provides advance marketing, technology tools and fee sharing.  Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction team members have more than 100 years of experience in planning, orchestrating and conduction of successful accelerated marketing engagements throughout the United States.


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David Gilmore

Sperry Van Ness/Gilmore Auction

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