Committee updating parish Hazardous Mitigation Plan
A 64-member committee is in the process of updating the St. Mary Parish Hazardous Mitigation Plan, according to Lucien Cutrera who addressed the parish council Wednesday.
Cutrera said the committee is working on the plan that was first created in 2004 and updated last in 2009.
He said the purpose of the plan is to identify all possible vulnerabilities and risks from natural hazards to the region. He added that this update will also address winter storms.
“If you have an approved plan when FEMA money comes out after these hurricanes you are then eligible to receive that money,” he said.
The committee is made up of representatives from each municipality and community as well as from the drainage and levee boards.
“Every square inch of the parish is covered,” he said.
Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange invited input from anyone else who might be able to point out potential vulnerabilities.
The next meeting is Thursday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in the council meeting room of the courthouse in Franklin.
In other business the council:
—Introduced two ordinances to amend the home rule charter to include deductions of council member compensation for non-attendance of meetings and expand the president’s term limits from two to three terms.
—Passed resolutions endorsing participation in the Quality Jobs Program by Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC; approving a change order with Sealevel Construction Inc. on the seaway rehab project at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport; approving agreements with Lafayette Parish on its Juvenile Detention Home, and with St. Mary Parish Consolidated Gravity Drainage District 2 on the use of office space in the old Whitney Bank Building in Morgan City; approving a resolution of appreciation to North American Salt Co. for the donation of road salt during recent freezing weather events; and approving a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month.
—Heard the annual report from Lisa Schilling, executive director of South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority.
The agency provides developmental disabilities and behavioral health services to residents of St. Mary, Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Terrebonne parishes.
—Reappointed Richard John Tabor to Recreation District 7 board and Scott Berry to the zoning Board of Adjustments.