Suburban Terrace Civic Association Bylaws- Updated Nov 2017

SUBURBAN TERRACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

Article 1. – The name of the association shall be the SUBURBAN TERRACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.

Article 2. – The purpose of the Suburban Terrace Civic Association, Inc. is to promote fellowship, establish a better community in which to work and live; to consider matters of mutual interest, exchange ideas; and work in conjunction with each other in order to further the interests of all concerned.

Article 3. – The membership of this organization shall consist of residents and businesses who live in that section known and described as follows:

Entire area bounded by the railroad tracks (Illinois Central Railroad) on the North, River Road to the South, St. George on the West and Hyman and Lions on the East.

Associate memberships may be granted to owners of all multi-unit residential property within the boundaries of the organization. This membership will entitle the associate member to a single vote, regardless of how many units he represents.

Article 4. – Officers:

Sec. 1 – All officers mentioned in Article 4 should be elected by majority vote of the members present at the Annual Meeting as defined in Article 6.

The office of the President shall be term limited to a two year term with the option of serving another consecutive two years. If the President declines a second 2 year term, the 1st Vice-President shall assume the office with the same options as the President.

Sec. 2 – Vacancy in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the President, whose appointment must have approval of the Advisory Board by majority vote.

Sec. 3 – The membership reserves the right to remove any officer or officers of the association or to recall any committee chairperson or committee member by two-thirds vote of the members present at a meeting called especially for this purpose and so stated in the call.

Sec. 4 – Names of persons to be candidates for officers in the biennial election of this association shall be presented at the January business meeting of the election year by a nominating committee appointed in open session by the President. The nominating committee shall consist of three (3) persons. The nominating committee may present to the Association the names of one or more persons for each office. In addition, any member of the Association may be nominated from the floor for any office at the November business meeting in an election year.

Article 5. – Meetings: General Membership Meetings will be held as follows:

There are six general meetings per year: January, March, May, July, September and November. The January meeting will be the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting shall be for the purpose of:
Reviewing accomplishments of past year by continuing or outgoing
President
2) Election of officers
3) Installation of officers

Advisory Board can call special meetings of general membership with at least three (3) days and not more than seven (7) days written notice to the membership.

Article 6. – President:

Sec. 1 – The President shall preside over all regular and special meetings of the Association and all meetings of the Advisory Board and shall perform such other duties as are usually required of this office, including overseeing and representing the Association in all civic, legal and political matters that are relevant to the Association and/or its members. It shall also be the duty of the President to arrange for the Association’s participation in, or promotion of such civic functions, meetings, celebrations or other regular or special affairs as the membership or Advisory Board may direct. The President shall be the sole representative and spokesperson for the Suburban Civic Association, Inc.

Sec. 2 – The President shall have the right to call Special Meetings whenever deemed necessary.

Sec. 3 – The President may, for the good of the Association, call meetings of the different committees at such time and place as may be needed.

Sec. 4 – The President shall, at the Annual Meeting, submit a report to the Association on the work accomplished.

Sec. 5 – The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, with the exception of the Nominating Committee.

Sec. 6 — In the event of the President’s absence or inability to act of, his duties shall be assumed by the 1st Vice-President, then 2nd Vice-President, and then the Secretary or Treasurer.

Article 7. – 1st Vice-President:

Sec. 1 – The 1st Vice-President shall appoint members to the Membership Committee, the Newsletter Committee and the Public Relations Committee and work in conjunction with these committees.

Sec. 2 – The 1st Vice-President shall assist the President and shall prepare to assume the office of presidency as needed. In addition it shall be the duty of the 1st Vice-President to assist the 2nd Vice-President whenever deemed necessary.

Sec. 3 – The 1st Vice-President shall oversee all regulatory matters, including appointing members to assist in this regard.

Article 8. – 2nd Vice-President:

Sec. 1 – The 2nd Vice-President shall appoint members to the Beautification Committee, Hospitality Committee, Special Events Committee and Neighborhood Watch Committee and work in conjunction with these committees.

Sec. 2 – The 2nd Vice-President shall assist the President and 1st Vice-President whenever deemed necessary.

Article 9. – Recording Secretary:

Sec. 1 – Attend all meetings of the Association, both special and regular, and maintain a record of the activities of every meeting, keeping a separate report of each. Such minutes shall be available for review by any member upon request to the Recording Secretary.

Sec. 2 – Attend all meetings of the Advisory Board and keep a complete record of the activities of same.

Sec. 3 – Record number of members present at General Membership Meetings and Advisory Board meeting to assure presence of quorum.

Sec. 4 – Maintain all business records and archives of the Association.

Article 10. – Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep a current record of financial assets of the Association and to report same to the Advisory Board on a monthly basis. It shall also be the duty of the Treasurer to report to the general membership at each meeting.

Article 11. – Membership Committee Chairperson: It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee Chairperson to collect the dues. They shall also maintain a proper and complete record of the membership showing the name, address and telephone number of each member. He shall provide a copy of the complete membership listing to the Recording Secretary.

Article 12. – Finance/Budget and Fund Raising Committees: It shall be the duty of the President, 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President to appoint members to the Finance/Budget Committee and the Fund Raising Committee and to work in conjunction with these committees. The Treasurer is automatically an ex-officio member of the Finance/Budget and Fund Raising Committees.

Article 13. — Information Technology (IT) Committee Chairperson: It shall be the duty of the IT Committee Chairperson to handle all affairs pertaining to storing, studying, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data and/or information computer related. They shall maintain and update the current Website and Email as requested by the President and with Board approval. They shall assist the secretary and treasurer in organizing current membership data and related information. The Membership Chair, the Secretary, and the Treasurer are automatically an ex-officio member of the IT committee.

Article 14. – Indebtedness: No Indebtedness of the Association shall be incurred beyond the revenues of the Association. The President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President and Treasurer are the only officers authorized to sign checks on behalf of the Association. All checks must be signed by at least two (2) authorized officers. No member, officer or Advisory Board member may incur indebtedness on behalf of the Association beyond reasonable business expenses, without the written authorization of the Advisory Board. Reasonable expenses shall not exceed $200.00. All requests for reimbursement must be accompanied by a receipt and reimbursement request form.

Article 15. – Advisory Board: The Advisory Board shall consist of all the elected officers and those members appointed by the President. The number of Advisory Board Members shall not be less than 6 and shall not exceed 20. It shall be presided over by the President, and shall, between meetings of the Association, have power to act in the name of the Association in connection with any business of the Association requiring such action. Five members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum. Such action shall be communicated to the membership in the next regular Association newsletter.

Article 16. – Dues: The dues of members’ shall be $10.00 per member per year or $20.00 per household. Dues shall be due and collected by the Membership Committee Chairman at the Annual Meeting.

Article 17. – Quorum: Twenty-five members shall constitute a quorum at a General Membership Meeting.

Article 18. – Order of Business: Roll Call of Officers – Reading of Minutes of Previous Meeting – Treasurer’s Report – Reports of the President – Reports of Vice-President – Reports of Special Committees – Unfinished Business – New Business – Adjournment.

Article 19. – Amendment of By-Laws: These by-laws may be amended on the recommendation of a special committee appointed by the President at any time, whose report, when approved by the Advisory Board, may be adopted after one presentation at any general meeting, followed by publication to the membership by newsletter and majority vote at the following meeting. Amendment to the reports so presented may be moved at the time of vote but no new by-law shall be presented without publication to the membership-at-large prior to its presentation. The By-Laws shall be reviewed by the Advisory Board on an annual basis.

Article 20. – Fiscal Year: The Association’s fiscal year shall begin on January 1.

The foregoing Constitution and By-Laws of Suburban Terrace Civic Association, Inc. become effective upon approval.

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2nd Vice-President Treasurer

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Recording Secretary

November 2017 Presidents’ Article

I would like to apologize to you all for missing the Night-out Against Crime Party; my kidney stone had other plans for me. (OUCH) Many neighbors have told me it was a wonderful, well attended party. I would like to thank my vice president Stacey Spies, 2nd vice president Emily Rey, secretary Kim Catalano, treasurer Rhonda Gauthier, board members Al Wilson, Jeanie Knesel, Sandra Roche, Blaise Leblanc, Waynette Glade, Sebastian Rey, and Max Summerville for an outstanding job of coordinating, setting up and supervising Night Out Against Crime party. We have an exceptional team of devoted neighbors and you make our civic association great. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Our September General Membership meeting had a packed agenda. There are many to thank. We had a surprise visit from our new Sheriff, Joseph Lopinto, who shared his interesting background with us. It was wonderful getting to know him. We are very grateful to our Jefferson parish police department for sending First Lieutenant Joshua Wingrove, Lieutenant Cartier and Deputy Taranto. They presented the crime stats for our area and it was an eye opener for us all. We appreciate Corinne Villavasso for introducing the Geaux NOLA Ride Share Program. Thanks to Tyler Dugas with Jefferson Parish Department of Sewerage for bringing us up to speed on our aging sewer system and the projects in place and pending to keep Jefferson parish moving forward. Francisco Miramontes presentation on self-defense was so much fun. He did an excellent job and hopeful we will never be left defenseless. Thank you very much Francisco for empowering us. Thanks to all of our members in attendance, your support is inspiring.

The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be our very own 2nd vice president Emily Rey. Emily has taken the time to research our neighborhood’s history. I feel as though our history is as important as our future. I have had the opportunity to review some of the report and it is so interesting. In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday we have purchased 3 turkeys to give away. Best of luck to you all. In the spirit of giving we will be collecting can goods for the food bank. A big thanks to everyone who can donate.

We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

Also please mark your calendars for our January 2018 general membership meeting. The date is January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. This annual meeting will highlight the past years accomplishments and our goals for the new year. Please help us by brainstorming ideas for the future progress of our neighbor and the improvements you would like to see.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and A Blessed Christmas!

Lisa G. Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

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

 

President’s Report August-September 2017

My goodness, so much has happened since our July General Membership meeting.  My emotions have been run amuck with Hurricane Harvey; the now infamous Hurricane Irma with Hurricane Jose’ on her heals and to our South Hurricane Katia. We have been very Blessed this hurricane season to date and pray we all stay safe for the remainder of this season. I hope the meeting in July was helpful in giving you important information in order to prepare for this very active hurricane season. May we all continue to pray for all of those affected by these terrible storms and continue to donate generously to the cause.

We would like to thank Robert Greene and his staff with Jefferson Parish EOC for his excellent presentation. He presented visual outlines on the large screen and prepared a stack of excellent handouts. Many thanks to Home Depot and there staff for putting together an outstanding presentation about hurricane preparedness. Thanks to Home Depot Manager Jackie Springer and employee Jack Strain for giving their time to educate us on supplies needed.  Timothy Myers of Lightning Services, Inc.  spoke about generator safety and shared some very valuable safety tips that I was unaware of. We thank him very much for his professional experience. Thanks to all of the members in attendance, your support inspires us to work even harder..

The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm.  Our guest speakers will be Corinne Villavaso , Tyler Dugas, Deputy Stacey Taranto and Francisco Miramontes.  

Corinne Villavaso has a visual screen presentation for the ride-sharing program “GeauxRide NOLA”

Tyler Dugas is Asst. Program Manager with Jefferson Parish and his visual screen presentation will enlighten us all about the “Sewer Capital Improvement Program”

Deputy Stacey Taranto with Jefferson Parish Police department would like to introduce herself to our membership and present the “Crime STAS” for our area.

PS: There is a possibility that our New Sheriff Lopinto may stop by to introduce himself. No Promises.

Francisco Miramontes ( Pu Sa Bum Nim Francisco Miramontes) has studied Kuk Sool Won for the last 17 years and has 14 years of teaching experience under his 3rd degree belt. He is the owner of Kuk Sool Won of New Orleans and also finds time to teach classes at Xavier University. He will teach us some easy “Self Defense Moves”.

We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

We hope you all mark your calendars for our neighborhood NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME party.  The date is October 17, 2017 at 6 pm to 9 pm. Our event will take place in the parking lot of the Golden Age Center located in Jefferson Playground. We will have the Rock N Soul Band for your entertainment, food & drinks for your tummies and fabulous door prizes. We look forward to visiting with all of our neighbors.

Also please mark your calendars for our November general membership meeting. The date is November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the history of our great neighborhood. I am looking forward to learning about how our great neighbor came about.

Please continue to pray for our neighbor Rep. Steve Scalise, his family and all those who have been affected by the forces of Mother Nature.

We wish you all a Spooky Halloween.

Lisa G. Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

 

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

June-July 2017 President’s Report

We would like to thank Director Mitch Theriot and his staff with Jefferson Parish Drainage Department for the excellent presentation. The visual footage presented on screen helped to connect all the dots. I think now I finally understand the complexity of our drainage and the dependence we all have on its performance. A special thanks to Carol Ruholl and Nancy Root with the Golden Age Organization for presenting information regarding the Golden Age Programs. Thanks to all of the members in attendance, your support is uplifting.

WOW, Tropical Storm Cindy was a wakeup call for me to get prepared for Hurricane season. It is more important than ever for me to be prepared as my parents are at the beautiful ages of 91 and 81. My responsibility to make sure I am ready so that I may care for all of their needs is paramount to their sense of security. Our next general membership meeting will be all that and more.

The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be provided by Jefferson Parish Department of Emergency Management (JPEOC). They will present the updated information concerning Hurricane Preparedness in Jefferson Parish. Our second speaker is Bo Rodriguez owner of Bridge City Power Equipment. His presentation topic is generator safety. “When in doubt safety counts.” All the information provided will be crucial for your hurricane preparedness. This meeting will also have some great door prizes. Do not forget to get your ticket at the door for the raffle. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

Also please mark your calendars for our September general membership meeting. The date is September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the newest information for self-defense. As the crime rate is souring around us we need to make sure we are educated in all aspects of defense.

Please continue to pray for our neighbor Rep. Steve Scalise and his family.

We wish you all a Lazy Labor Day Holiday.

Lisa G. Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

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

April-May 2017 President’s Report

Our March meeting was very well attended and I would like to thank all the members who were able to come out and support your civic association. Our guest speaker, State Representative Cameron Henry, shared vital information about the state’s budget crisis, what new taxes may result and where cuts would be necessary. His passion and energy for government are apparent. I would like to thank Representative Cameron Henry for his time and information.

The Spring Fling on April 1, 2017 was also well attended. It was a pleasure to see all the little ones from the community making new friends and playing games. The band played some great tunes and there was plenty of food to go around. Jefferson Parish did an outstanding job setting the gym up for us and we truly appreciate their services. We would also like to thank PAWS for bringing some puppies to visit with us. My officers and board members made it all possible and STCA has truly been blessed with their service to our neighborhood. I would like to thank some wonderful members whom showed up early and helped out wherever they were needed. A special thanks to Mike Doyle and his family for not only donating the ice but bringing it to us. Congrats to all the winning members that walked away with the beautiful fresh flower arrangements. In all, we had over 70 members attend.

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Director Mitch Theriot of Jefferson Parish Drainage Department. He will present the updated information concerning drainage in Jefferson Parish. We have had some very heavy rain events in the last several months and we all have concerns about how the drainage infrastructure will affect us. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

Also please mark your calendars for our July general membership meeting. The date is July 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the newest information necessary for Hurricane preparedness.

We wish you all a Blessed Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Here’s to hoping your 4th of July will be a BLAST !

Lisa G. Loup
President
Suburban Terrace Civic Association

March 2017 President’s Report

It has surely been a busy two months, since I accepted the Presidency of the Suburban Terrace Civic Association. I am most grateful to all of the new officers and board members for their loyal participation. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Jefferson Parish and their staff. All of the departments I have contacted have been most helpful in our transition. I would especially like to acknowledge Councilman Paul Johnston’s secretary Margaret, Director Mitch Theriot’s secretary Ms. Williams, Director Amiee Vallot’s secretary Mrs. Jones and Becky Letort in Recreations. Thank you for your patience and willingness to help.

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will promptly start our meeting at 7 PM. We will proudly host State Representative Cameron Henry as our guest speaker. He will be giving us the updates on the congressional session and the special session. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the table and we will most graciously accept all.

Please mark your calendars for a special event coming up in April. The Event we are looking forward to is our Spring Fling Event, Saturday, April 1, 2017. The event will begin at 11 AM and end at 1 PM . Our event location is the Jefferson Playground Gym. The band Rock’n’Soul will be playing for our entertainment, we will have games for our children, food, drinks and fellowship with our neighbors.

Also please mark your calendar for our May general membership meeting, May 9, 2017 at 7 PM also at Jefferson Playground in the Golden Age Center. Our guest speaker will be Jefferson Parish Director of Drainage Mitch Theriot. He will present to us the updates to drainage in Jefferson Parish and highlight our area.

The Northside of Newman Ave, Dodge Ave, Jefferson Heights Ave, Orleans Ave, and streets in between have been fighting for the new zoning of properties for the last 3 years. This battle began when a developer was allowed to divide a plot of land into 15 small lots which we feel is not conducive to our neighborhood norm. We are happy to announce that on February 22, 2017 the Jefferson Parish council voted to change certain areas in the study to R1 – B. This will help in our fight to keep developers from chopping large lots into 50′ plots. We have been very fortunate to win this battle but we all must continue to support our neighborhood civic association. Our civic association’s strength will only come from a large number of the members whom participate. The larger our membership is, the louder our voices will carry.

Please remember to invite all of your neighbors to join the Suburban Terrace Civic Association. We have many issues to address in our neighborhood to preserve our quality of life that we enjoy everyday. Oschner’s expansion is knocking at our door and many developers are looking at our area to expand. We must all strive to maintain our beautiful community. I look forward to servicing our neighborhood with your help and guidance.

With Gratitude,

Lisa G. Loup
President
Suburban Civic Association