STCA General Membership Meeting January 9, 2018

Meeting called to order by the President Lisa Loup at 7pm

We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a Moment of Silence

Roll Call by the Secretary

 

Jefferson Parish Constable Election March 24th

Candidates running for Constable both spoke for a few minutes, 

  • Joe Zaffuto
  • Allen Leone Jr

The election for Constable will be March 24th

 

Update from JPSO

JPSO Deputy Stacey Taranto-Communications for the Sheriff’s Office

Our association spans the 1st & 4th districts- Central Ave West is the 4th District and Central Ave East is the 1st District

New statistics show that crime is down 10% in 20017 vs. 2016

Recent Calls from our area include-Alarms-Traffic-Burglary-Suspicious Persons-Theft-Disturbing the Peace-Criminal Damage

Some residents asked about panhandling on the corners- Sheriff Lopinto informed us that is a protected right and they cannot be arrested. He also provided insight that the homeless population are not committing crimes, particularly not where they live and spend their time, most crimes are drug related incidents.

Direct Line Report for more information DLR

Transportation and Construction Updates

Central Ave to get new water lines, gas and drainage lines it is closed 1/9-1/11

Some residents complained about railroad noise- unfortunately, the railroad is not cooperative on these kind of complaints. It was suggested to read the levels of noise in decibels (using a smartphone app) to see if they are violating any local noise ordinances

 

Jefferson Highway from Causeway to Clearview beautification is approved and funded 50K

Bayou Tree is in charge of planting before spring

Sidewalks are to be addressed in the future

Community Development to Businesses Grants are available

CDBG-income level-Causeway West too high???

Included are Fat City & Old Jefferson

 

Piccadilly on Jefferson Highway is closed will be a Racetrack gas station

 

La State Plan has 6 proposed projects for 6 parishes

Hud Grants

Bayou Segnette

Airline Highway

Elmwood

 

Traffic concerns on Jefferson Highway- specifically Earhart at Lowe’s  and the Deckbar Entrance

 

Someone asked about the premium black and white street signs- they are available for an additional cost- Lisa will check on

 

By Laws Changes-Motion to Accept-Randy made the motion

Jeanne- Second

Approved

 

Members decorating signs is great thank you

 

Goals for STCA in 2018

July Business Expo

 

Mail delivery concerns by members will be addressed

300 block of Dodge street repair?

 

Treasurer’s report

 

Membership Drive January 20th 10am at 850 Newman Ave any members that can help put out door hangers inviting residents to join please come-all welcome-coffee and donuts provided!

Minutes for November 14, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting Called to order at 7:02 pm by President

In honor of Veterans the president requested the veterans in attendance to please come up and lead us in the pledge. 8 veterans lead the pledge.

Moment of silence took place

Secretary was unable to attend so roll call was not taken

Minutes from September meeting motion was made and seconded

New business was discussed

Photos of the new planting at the Jefferson Parkway sewer lift station were presented and accepted by members

The Dodge street sign decorations were discussed and a member volunteered to do the Christmas decorations on the Jefferson Parkway sign

Jefferson Highway tree plantings were again discussed with a promise from parkway that they will install soon

The By-Law changes were addressed to the general membership and reviewed. The president asked the membership to please go to the website and review so the new By-Laws could be voted on in January at the membership meeting

Treasurers Report was presented to the members by Rhonda Gauthrie

The upcoming January meeting was discussed with highlights on the upcoming speakers and the January Membership drive

Guest Speaker Emily Rey presented the history of Suburban Terrace using visual aids. Her facts included Plantations, Creation of Jefferson Parish, churches, businesses and local residence

Members from the audiences shared facts of their parents and grandparent history. Presentation was well received and the input was enthusiastic.

The president then turned the meeting over to Stacey Spies for the getting to know your neighbor game. Stacey gave the directions and started the game

All members played and seemed to enjoy getting to know your neighbor.

Answer sheets were collected and the raffle for 50/50 took place

The turkey and gift card raffle followed

Meeting Adjourned with snacks and drink provided

STCA Meeting Notes September 12, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7pm

Pledge Allegiance to the flag

Observed Minute of Silence for our troops and those devastated by recent hurricanes 

Secretary

 

Sheriff Lopinto, our new Interim Sheriff for Jefferson Parish, introduced himself.

  • Locally raised-married-six year old twins. 
  • Attended Brother Martin-Police Academy-Law School
  • Lopinto Law Firm. As a lawyer he represented police officers
  • Legislator in LA-Chief Deputy
  • Newell Norman called him back to replace him-Newell got an opportunity with WWL

Crime has never been better- lowest since 1974

 

Joshua Wingrove from Jefferson Parish spoke on crime statistics

Very good at this time-crime is down

Residents asked about the massage parlors and homeless under the Causeway Bridge. Both were addressed. 

Lts. Cartier & Taranto are our Human Relations Officers

Citizens Academy is September 28, 2017 from 6-8pm.  All are invited to attend.

 

Corinne Villavasso spoke about Ride Sharing with GeauxRideNOLA.com

This is a ride sharing program regulated by the Planning Commission of the Louisiana Department of Transportation- Metro New Orleans GreenRide. It is regulated by the Federal Government.

Ride sharing reduces the number of cars on the highway and provides a transportation alternative for the 16-20% of households who are without cars. It is also linked to employee benefits, tax incentives, and company cost savings

Learn more about how it works with this tutorial

Sign up, find other riders in your zip code, estimate your savings costs, and more at GeauxRideNOLA.com.

 

Tyler Dugas-Jefferson Parish Dept of Sewerage

We have an aging sewerage system

How it works: from your home-gravity line to sewer lift station-treatment plant-to Mississippi River

Do not use flushable wipes they clog pumps and waste taxpayer dollars to repair

Jefferson Parish has 4 treatment plants-Bridge City-Harvey-Clearview-Marrero

 

Francisco Miramontes-World Kuk Sool Won

Self defense instructor and 3rd degree black belt who shared some self defense tips and gave a demonstration.

  • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
  • RUN IF YOU CAN GET AWAY- your best defense is your legs

Demonstrated self defense moves using Blaise Leblanc

 

Minutes tabled

Spring Fling discussed

Night Out Against Crime  October 17, 2017

Trees are coming to the neutral ground on Jefferson Highway this winter!

Councilman Paul Johnson donated $50K to plant trees and Jefferson Parish donated $50K.

Additionally our STCA Welcome to the Neighborhood signs were donated and installed by Paul Johnson’s team. Thank you to our Councilman!

 

Misc.

River Road may be an assisted living being built?

Lisa spoke about possible reforestation of our area

Requested anyone who had history of our neighborhood to please share

 

Neighbors Comments & Concerns

Jefferson Parish lift station-smelly

Train noise

Planting certain trees between the sidewalk and the street they become Parish property so check before you plant

Pit bulls on Central Ave-there will be no signs

Newman by Magnolia School new park the Parish cannot put no parking signs on that one spot they would have to put them from River Road to the middle of the block

Call police to report cars blocking driveways

50/50 raffle draw

Meeting Adjourned 8:45

 

July 11, 2017 STCA Membership Meeting Notes

Meeting called to order at 7pm by the President Lisa Loup

Role call by Kim Catalano the Secretary

Speaker: Robert Green from Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Center
Their job is to assist in maintaining a quality of life.
Monitor Weather-Send alerts for hazardous weather
Evacuation Plan in effect 120 hours prior to a hurricane
Public assistance evacuation in effect 54 hours prior to a hurricane
12 hours before a storm the airport will be closed
Parish President calls a mandatory evacuation the Yenni building on the Eastbank/Alario Center on the Westbank will be where citizens will be taken for shelter.
If you evacuate to a shelter bring snacks, water, medications, toiletries & money
If you are given the option to get on an airplane please bring your identification. You can bring one suitcase 30” x 16”, pets must be in a kennel and held on your lap.
NO WEAPONS-GUNS, KNIVES, MACE, ETC
NO ILLEGAL DRUGS-NO SMOKING-NO ALCOHOL
Special needs person-can have one caretaker with them to evacuate
Special needs can register or call
www. Jeffersonparish.net
504-349-5360

Topic: Hurricane Preparedness
Basic Supplies:
Water Flashlights Garbage bags Pet Food
Food Whistle Batteries Medications
Hand radio Dust masks Tools Eyeglasses
Medical Supplies:Oxygen, hearing aids, etc
Emergency Documents:Family records, medical records, wills, deeds, succession, bank, credit card, tax

Emergency Preparedness Plan
Plan alternative procedures if you have to evacuate
Write it down
Share Plan with Family & Friends
Create Personal Support Network
Develop a Family Communications Plan
Plan for evacuation or staying
Consider elderly, chielden, pets in plan
Plan for fire safety

Stay informed-Sign up for JP Alert
www.jpalert.com
Or 504-349-5360

Speaker: Jack Strain & Jackie from Home Depot Elmwood
Topic: Being Prepared

Be prepared-know where your going and inform family members
Photograph or video your home inside and out
Emergency hurricane kit at front door-RX, water, batteries, can food, manual can opener, propane tank, ice chest, rain gear, clothes toiletries
After the storm coordinate with neighbors and help each other and elderly
Stay away from hanging limbs and power lines
Put important items in the attic in water tight containers to preserve

Speaker: Timothy Myers from Lightning Services Inc
Topic: Generator Safety

Portable gas operated generator should be 10 to 15 feet from the house while operating.
Carbon monoxide is odorless and fatal
Do not add gasoline while the generator is hot it could be combustible
When hooking up a gas generator to your home you have to be careful not to send power back up the electric line or you could fatally harm a worker
Manual transfer switch can be installed for safety
Gas generator need maintenance and to be run monthly
For an installed natural gas operated generator you can contact Lightning Services Inc

October 17th is Night Out Against Crime STCA will host a night out for the neighbors.

STCA signs are in the works paid for by Councilman Johnston
Trees and beautification for Jefferson Highway is funded and plans are ready waiting on the weather to begin.
SPCA has an over abundance of animals that need adopting. Please spay and neuter your pets or strays you feed.
Utility boxes for beautification is a project in the works-more information to come.

Artwork on David Dr was discussed it is donated by Henry Shane. STCA was asking if we can get artwork for Jefferson Highway? River Road? Airline Highway? Clearview Parkway?

Airplane traffic is growing, the planes seem to be flying lower and the noise level is obnoxious. There is a petition that residents can sign to address this annoyance. Please look on the website for more information.

Residents are concerned about the Magnolia Park on Newman due to parking issues.
Bus traffic-speeding-Contact Lynn Alleo-JP Bus Transportation
Traffic speeding in the neighborhood-call police for radar
Jefferson Park residents feel like tracks are noisier and whistles are blowing all the time

Meeting adjourned at 8:30

May 9, 2017 STCA Membership Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order by Lisa Loup the President.

The secretary Kim Catalano called role for all the officers and board members.

Lisa called for a motion to change the order of the meeting so Mitch Theriot with the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department could speak-the motion was accepted and seconded.

Speaker was Mitch Theriot with the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department & Ben Levine

Highlights from his speech

287 Employees very diverse employment

69 Pump Stations

Manned daily-after house-during rain events

Katrina hit no safe houses so evacuations were needed

Safe house in place now

Remote operations SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition)

Jeff Parish has an aging infrastructure

40 year old pump engines

Drainage pipes are corroded & deteriorated

More neighborhood pumps

Why Streets Flood?

Lower elevation

More intense short duration rain falls

Pumping capacity 1” for the 1st hour ½” for every hour there after

Projects in our area

Harahan pump to the river

Clearview Pump Station complete 2017

Upgrades to St Petes Ditch from Bloomfield to Earhart retention ponds

Drainage Dept # 504-736-6753    

Jeffparish.net

It was asked by local residents to check on drains and water standing on Jefferson Park East and Jefferson Park West

 

There was more talk about the Magnolia subdivision with no lighting, sand in the streets, fencing around neighborhood and drainage issues with water standing in the streets after a heavy rain.

 

Carol & Nancy the past and present Presidents of 50 Plus Programs spoke and handed out information to invite new members to join.

 

Gina a resident stood up to discuss the commercial airplanes flying over our neighborhood.

She had a noise control agent come in to assess the noise levels in our area.  The commercial airplanes are suppose to fly between 3000 to 5000 feet but are flying much lower in our neighborhood.

 

New signage discussed for the STCA and remove old signs

 

Playground security was discussed at Jefferson Playground cars parked and our cars late.

Also the playground at Jefferson Highway and Jefferson Park

 

Dog attacks was another issue discussed possible loose pit bull on Central Ave-Lisa suggested using a taser to deter the dog if you have an issue.

 

Meeting was adjourned approximately 8:40