Wednesday, May 10, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Robottom recommended and received approval to extend a number of Parish agreements that improve Parish services and ultimately the quality of life for all.
The Council authorized the Parish President to sign a four-year agreement with Capital One Bank to continue serving as the fiscal agent for the Parish. Capital One Bank performs provides financial services such as banking, payroll and bond services. Through the assistance of a fiscal agent, the finance department keeps a transparent and contingent record of all governmental financial obligations.
To assist with communications efforts between the Parish and the Public, St. John the Baptist Parish entered into a three-year agreement with the Deaf Action Center of New Orleans for sign language services. This contract will be activated upon request as the services will be used specifically for press conferences and during emergencies. Hourly rates will apply each time the contract is activated.
A contract with Tetra-Tech, Inc. for disaster debris monitoring services was also renewed. This pre-positioned contract is a critical stipulation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement of related costs and is activated with a Notice to Proceed in the event of natural or manmade disasters.
Authorization was also granted to enter a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with the St. John Parish School Board to provide transportation services for Recreational Programs including the St. John Parish Summer Camp. Applications are currently being accepted for this year’s camp and can be submitted to the Recreation Department at 200 Regala Park Road in Reserve.
The Parish President also received authorization to sign an agreement with Xavier University to continue to serve as the fiscal agent and host institution on behalf of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to staff the Business Training Center in Reserve. The one year agreement is in the amount of $162,564 and provides technical assistance including workshops and seminars in connection with the Small and Emerging Business Development Program. To date, seven FastTrac sessions have been offered with 105 individuals completing the course and graduating. The next graduation is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017.