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IF YOU OWN PROPERTY IN ST. BERNARD PARISH THAT WAS DEMOLISHED AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA,

IF YOU OWN PROPERTY IN ST. BERNARD PARISH THAT WAS DEMOLISHED AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA,  

A RECENT RULING ON A PROPOSED CLASS ACTION MAY AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS

On February 26, 2009, a class action lawsuit was filed in the 34th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Bernard, State of Louisiana entitled "Nolan Estopinal, et al. v. St. Bernard Parish Government, et al." The lawsuit bears Case No. 113-313 and is currently pending in Division "D". In this lawsuit, the petitioners assert various claims arising out of the demolition of structures damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit sought class action status for the following proposed class of persons:

"All persons who owned real property or property rights in the Parish of St. Bernard. State of Louisiana on or after August 29, 2005, which property or property rights have been unconstitutionally taken or damaged through the actions of the Parish of St. Bernard, and/or its agents/contractors including UNITED RECOVERY GROUP, L.L.C., and BAROWKA AND BONURA ENGINEERS AND CONSULT ANTS, L.L.C., without just compensation following Hurricane Katrina. The class includes those who were forced to institute legal proceedings and incur expenses associated therewith, including motions for temporary restraining orders, to stop the defendants from illegally taking/damaging their properties."

On January 30, 2013, the trial court denied the petitioners' request for class action status. On November 5, 2014, the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of class action status (Case No. 2013-CA-1561). On February 27, 2015, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied the petitioners' request to review the decision of the 4th Circuit (Case No. 2014-C-2537). The decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court became final on March 13, 2015.

Pursuant to Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure Article 596, this notice is being published to inform all members of the proposed class that the courts have denied the plaintiffs' motion to certify a class in the Estopinal case and that the decisions of the Courts are now final and definitive.

The deadline to file a lawsuit for all claims arising out of the transactions or occurrences described in the lawsuit has been suspended for those claimants that fall within the proposed class definition since the filing of the lawsuit. The deadline to file a lawsuit shall begin to run again thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

You are hereby advised that you should consult with an attorney to determine if you should file your own claim.

 
Registration being accepted for Football, Volleyball and Cheerleading

Registration being accepted for Football, Volleyball and Cheerleading  

Deadline to register is August 18, 2015

The Recreation Department is accepting registration for Football, Volleyball, & Cheerleading. Parents of children ages 5-14 can register their child for: Boys Football, Girls Volleyball and Cheerleading Starting NOW through August 18, 2015 (midnight) {Child must turn 5 by August 1, 2015}

Cost per sport is as follows:

Football: $70.00 for the 1st child, $50.00 per additional child, Volleyball: $40.00 for the 1st child, $20.00 per additional child and Cheerleading: $15 per child. Please be advised that NO REGISTRATIONS will be taken after August 18, 2015

For discounts (siblings), register your child online, but DO NOT CHECKOUT. Contact SBPRD at 504-278-4295 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Football Clinics will be held on the following dates: [MANDATORY ATTENDANCE]

• Tuesday, August 18th

• Wednesday, August 19th

• Thursday, August 20th

1st year players MUST provide birth certificate and proof of residency. Please make sure contact info is up-to-date with recreation department.

YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE 24 HOURS A DAY @ www.sbpg.net or visit the Recreation Department located at 1101 Magistrate St. Chalmette, LA 70043 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Debit or credit cards, check or money orders only NO CASH)

For any questions or concerns, contact the Recreation Department at 504-278-4295 or email your questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
President Peralta Vetoes Ordinance #1654-06-15, to terminate the agreement between the St. Bernard Parish Government and Paratech

President Peralta Vetoes Ordinance #1654-06-15, to terminate the agreement between the St. Bernard Parish Government and Paratech 

and Ordinance #1655-06-15, to amend the 2015 Annual and Capital Operating Budget.

Peralta: Council Members Violated Parish Charter


St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta has issued the following statement regarding the Parish Council's votes to adopt Ordinance #1654-06-15, an ordinance that would terminate the agreement for professional services between St. Bernard Parish Government and Paratech, LLC. and Ordinance #1655-06-15, an ordinance to amend the 2015 St. Bernard Parish Government Annual Operating and Capital Budget.

"In accordance with the Home Rule Charter Sections 2-13 and 3-05(10), I hereby veto ordinances 1654-06-15 & 1655-06-15 (sometimes referred to herein as "the Ordinances"). In my opinion, the ordinances violate our Home Rule Charter and pertinent Louisiana Attorney General Opinions."

 

"I will first address ordinance 1654-06-15. The ordinance, in substance, attempts to improperly usurp the executive's power to contractually bind the Parish. The Home Rule Charter endows my office with the "general executive and administrative authority" of St. Bernard Parish Government. Within this authority is the exclusive right to contractually bind the Parish. It is the executive branch that has the "sole authority to select firms to provide non-legal professional services to the Parish." Commensurate with the right to select firms is the right to terminate agreements. Therefore, any attempt by the Parish Council to terminate a publicly bid contract is outside their realm of authority and is null ab initio."

 

"I will next address Ordinance 1655-06-15. This ordinance also improperly usurps the executive's power to contractually bind the Parish. Ordinance 1655-06-15, in substance, eviscerates the Information Technology Office ("IT") budget. It eliminates encumbered funds, necessary to pay for services provided under the contract that was lawfully signed. Our IT department is critical to the operations of government. IT provides excellent services not only to SBPG's facilities but also assists the courthouse and the sheriff's office. With such a breadth of responsibilities it is imperative to keep IT properly funded and able to function. It should be noted that during the budgeting process last year my administration submitted a request for funding of IT. The budget was then approved and put into law by the Council. The Council is now attempting to overturn its own decision to fund IT. This significant defunding endangers not only our IT services but puts our electronically stored data at risk. I believe that the Council's adoption of the Ordinances violates the St. Bernard Parish Home Rule Charter and state law. As Parish President, it is my duty to uphold the Charter and the laws of this state. A part of this responsibility is to strike down any law that unlawfully curtails the duties or authority of my office. Therefore, I must also veto ordinance 1655-06-15 to protect the executive authority of the office of the Parish President."  "In conclusion, I would urge the council to sustain my vetoes."

 
PTEC Graduates Supported by St. Bernard Parish's Community Development Block Grant

PTEC Graduates Supported by St. Bernard Parish's Community Development Block Grant  

Twenty-seven Students Earn Technical Competency Areas or Associate of Applied Science Degrees

 

Twenty-seven students who were supported by grant-funding from St. Bernard Parish completed either a Technical Competency Area credential or an Associate of Applied Science degree from Nunez Community College in Industrial Technology (PTEC) in May 2015. These 27 students were supported financially by St. Bernard Parish's Community Development Block Grant, and were enrolled in either the traditional or Fast Track PTEC programs. Process Technology is a high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand profession with beginning salaries of $50,000 to $70,000 annually. PTEC positions involve working in manufacturing or processing facilities, and many positions are available locally.

 

For many students in the PTEC Fast Track program who are career-changers, enrolling at Nunez as a full-time student meant that they had to leave their jobs in other fields to make this commitment to their education. The grant support the students received allowed them to concentrate on their studies while receiving financial support; creating new opportunity for students like Aaron Williams. Previously employed as a marine electrician at a local shipyard, Williams decided to enter the PTEC program at Nunez in order to gain job security. "The reason I got into this program in January was because of the opportunity. It's rare these days to be able to get into a job that you can have for more than five years, so the chance to get training for a career that I could have for 15 to 25 years, that's the kind of opportunity I was looking for," he said. Williams graduated with honors in May.

 

This investment by St. Bernard Parish in students at Nunez Community College supports the College's mission of serving the local area and preparing students to meaningful careers in high-demand fields. Nunez Community College is a comprehensive community college offering more than 17 academic programs, including specialized training and continuing education courses; and has recently been named one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation by the Community College Times. More information is available online at www.nunez.edu.

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VAL RIESS PARK TRAIL WINS NATIONAL AWARD

VAL RIESS PARK TRAIL WINS NATIONAL AWARD  


Val Riess Park Multi-Use Path was recently named by the American Trails' Coalition for Recreational Trails to receive the Tom Petri Annual Achievement Award in recognition of its outstanding use of trail funding.

As one of eight projects throughout the country receiving awards, the Val Riess Park Multi-Use Path was honored in the Community Linkage category for the milestone it represents to the community of St. Bernard as the parish turns from recovery to focus on projects to improve the quality of life for residents.

The award was presented at a ceremony and reception on Capitol Hill. Receiving the award on behalf of the parish was St. Bernard Parish Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Gorbaty. Also attending the ceremony were Susan Klees, local bicycle advocate representing Bike St. Bernard, and Deborah Jan Fagan, Grants Coordinator Consultant to St. Bernard Parish.

"Everyone in St. Bernard Parish should be proud of this prestigious honor because of what it signifies," said Parish President, David Peralta, "But it is only one of many projects the Administration and local advocates have been working on to move this parish forward." Susan Klees added, "There are many, many people, both in the Administration and throughout the community, who are responsible for the successful completion of this project. The Parish staff, engineers, and contractors worked very hard to ensure the project was completed before some of our funding expired, and the path truly is an asset to our parish."

The 0.9 mile lighted trail for pedestrians and bicycles was funded by the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Land and Water Conservation Fund Program administered by the Louisiana Office of State Parks, the Murphy Oil Cy Pres Committee, and St. Bernard Parish Government. More on the project can be found on the American Trails website at http://www.americantrails.org/awards/CRT15awards/index.html.

 

Photo Caption:

Pictured at the Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., are (left to right) Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Federation; Michael Gorbaty, St. Bernard Parish Chief Administrative Officer; Susan Klees, Bike St. Bernard; Deborah Jan Fagan, Grants Coordinator Consultant to St. Bernard Parish; and Marianne Fowler, Senior Strategist for Policy Advocacy at Rails to Trail Conservancy.

 

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