St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John to Host Town Hall Meetings on Flood Protection

St.  John to Host Town Hall Meetings on Flood Protection

Thursday, March 30, 2017

St. John the Baptist Parish – St. John the Baptist Parish Officials will host town hall meetings to discuss the April 29th election on a tax dedicated to the Westshore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project and flood protection.

Residents parish wide are encouraged to attend the meetings to ask questions, discuss concerns and receive information on this important election.

Town Hall Meetings:

  • April 3, 2017 – Edgard Courthouse
  • 2393 LA-18, Edgard – 6 pm
  • April 4, 2017 – St. John Community Center
  • 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace – 6 pm
  • April 5, 2017 – REGALA Gymnasium
  • 200 Regala Park Rd, Reserve - 6 pm

After more than 40 years in the study phase, and Hurricane Isaac devastation, the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Risk Reduction Project received Congressional authorization to move forward. The proposed tax will fund the parish's portion of the levee which would extend 18 miles from the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Montz to the Hope Canal in Garyville.

The projected cost of the levee is $718 million and St. John's cost-share is $50 million, with annual maintenance costs of $5 million.   “We encourage all of our residents to attend these important town hall meetings to stay informed as flood protection will affect all of St. John, our businesses and ultimately our livelihood for many years to come.”

Election Day is Saturday, April 29th. Early voting will take place April 15-22 from 8:30 am – 6 pm at the Registrar of Voters Offices in LaPlace and Edgard. For additional information, visit http://www.sjbparish.com/levee_index.php or call the Parish office at 985-652-9569.

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