Saturday, December 1, 2018

More Budget Considerations

ST. BERNARD PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - AGENDA
December 4, 2018     7pm

13. Adopt Resolution SBPC #1896-12-18, a resolution supporting the introduction and passage of legislation to enable St. Bernard Parish to impose and collect a Hotel/Motel Tax to supplement the funding of the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department. (Councilmember Lewis)

https://www.sbpg.net/AgendaCenter/Council-2

Sunday, November 25, 2018

VOTE


early voting starts November 24 2018 and ends December 1 2018

Election Day is December 8 2018

St Bernard Parish Home Rule Charter Amendment
Shall Article II, Section 2-01.1 of the Home Rule Charter of the Parish of St. Bernard, State of Louisiana, be amended to read as follows: (a) A person who has served as a councilman representing a councilmanic district for more than two and one-half (2 1/2) terms in three (3) consecutive terms may not qualify for the office of councilman representing a councilmanic district for the next succeeding term; (b) A person who has served as a councilman-at-large for more than two and one-half (2 1/2) terms in three (3) consecutive terms shall not qualify for the office of councilman-at-large for the next succeeding term; (c) This section shall apply to each initial persons elected as councilmen or councilmen-at-large and to all subsequent persons elected to the aforesaid offices under this charter?



https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/SampleBallot

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Budget Considerations


According to a Together Baton Rouge  Report's ITEP Search Tool , the industrial tax exemptions in St Bernard Parish could afford us to keep our fire stations open. Our budgets might change such that we could also give our school board employees and teachers a long awaited pay raise, and continue to fully fund all of our parish pension’s obligations, without being asked for more sales and property taxes.

We could fund drinking water improvements, along with improvements to roads and bridges, pedestrian cross walks, fishing piers, drainage and sewerage improvements, grass cutting and canal maintenance, books for our libraries, art and stem initiatives, recycling and composting, farm to table initiatives, bicycle and walking paths, public transportation, healthcare access, workforce development, free adult lifetime learning courses, senior citizen outreach, parks and recreation programs, criminal justice reforms and re-entry programs, affordable housing, and on and on.

Instead of increasing property tax mileages, those dollars from exemptions could fully fund the intended municipal services. Instead of the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District refusing to do their job because residents voted down a tax increase, the LBBLD property tax mileage could be lowered, while increasing services. https://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2018/07/st_bernard_doesnt_have_to_acce.html

Some of the other tax dollars which we do pay are used to fund projects like the St Bernard Economic Development board which seeks to place a container yard in the N P Trist Middle School neighborhood, and its operator, Port of Orleans, would not pay property taxes.  https://canthecontainers.com/

Come on St Bernard, we can do better than this. Our community would also benefit if more and more parish workers and school board employees returned from the north shore and actually lived in St Bernard Parish and contributed to our economy base. The public sector in St Bernard Parish is said to be the larger employer: fire department, sheriff department, school board and teachers, parish government workers, public works employees, state judicial court, justice of peace, constables, lake borgne basin levee employees, St Bernard Port, St Bernard Parish Hospital, etc. And then there are all the out of parish (sometimes out of state) workers at the large industrialized plants which are the benefactors of all these exemptions. Our community would benefit greatly if the majority of all these jobs were actually domiciled jobs.

Here’s a partial list of St Bernard Parish exemptions according to the report, and the number of actual jobs loss or created by these costly subsidies:





American Sugar Refining Inc. | (St Bernard)
7415 Peters Road
Arabi, LA 70032
# exemptions: 15
# of years with ITEP (of last 20): 19
1st year receiving ITEP (post-1997): 1999
Most recent year receiving ITEP: 2014
COST OF EXEMPTIONS:  $5.7 M
NEW JOBS PROJECTED: 35
ACTUAL JOBS RESULT: -110
SUBSIDY PER JOB: $5,716,632 for a loss of 110 jobs
Year 1 of ITEP, # of jobs: 446
Most recent year, # of jobs: 336
PARISH SUBSIDY RANK: 3
STATE SUBSIDY RANK: 244
TYPE: Company


Rain CII Carbon, LLC | (St Bernard)
700 Coke Plant Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043
# exemptions: 19
# of years with ITEP (of last 20): 18
1st year receiving ITEP (post-1997): 2000
Most recent year receiving ITEP: 2016
COST OF EXEMPTIONS:  $4.8 M
NEW JOBS PROJECTED: 10
ACTUAL JOBS RESULT: 1
SUBSIDY PER JOB: $4,771,185 per job created
Year 1 of ITEP, # of jobs: 36
Most recent year, # of jobs: 37
PARISH SUBSIDY RANK: 4
STATE SUBSIDY RANK: 262
TYPE: Company



PBF Holding Company, LLC | (St Bernard) (dba Chalmette Refining)
500 W Saint Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043
# exemptions: 57
# of years with ITEP (of last 20): 19
1st year receiving ITEP (post-1997): 1999
Most recent year receiving ITEP: 2017
COST OF EXEMPTIONS:  $115.3 M
NEW JOBS PROJECTED: 60
ACTUAL JOBS RESULT: -71
SUBSIDY PER JOB: $115,320,991 for a loss of 71 jobs
Year 1 of ITEP, # of jobs: 570
Most recent year, # of jobs: 499
PARISH SUBSIDY RANK: 1
STATE SUBSIDY RANK: 33
TYPE: Company


Valero Refining - Meraux LLC | (St Bernard)
2500 E Saint Bernard Hwy
Meraux, LA 70075
# exemptions: 4
# of years with ITEP (of last 20): 14
1st year receiving ITEP (post-1997): 2004
Most recent year receiving ITEP: 2015
COST OF EXEMPTIONS:  $88.7 M
NEW JOBS PROJECTED: 21
ACTUAL JOBS RESULT: 41
SUBSIDY PER JOB: $2,163,844 per job created
Year 1 of ITEP, # of jobs: 236
Most recent year, # of jobs: 277
PARISH SUBSIDY RANK: 2
STATE SUBSIDY RANK: 42
TYPE: Company

St Bernard: Parish Report
St Bernard Parish, LA
# exemptions: 119
# companies receiving ITEPs: 10
COST OF EXEMPTIONS:  $221.3 M
NEW JOBS PROJECTED: 293
ACTUAL JOBS RESULT: loss of 408 jobs
SUBSIDY PER JOB: $221.3 M for a loss of 408 jobs
TOTAL PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS IN 2016:  $45.1 M
LOST REVENUE TO ITEP IN 2017:  $12.8 M
ITEP AS % OF PROPERTY TAXES COLLECTED: 28%
LOST REVENUE FOR –
School district:  $3.7 M
Sheriff:  $2.8 M
Fire:  $2.5 M
Parish & other entities:  $1.2 M
Library Taxes:  $336.2 K
Health:  $783.2 K
Parks & Rec:  $197.2 K
Roads:  $277.1 K
Levee:  $1.0 M
Drainage: 0
TYPE: Parish






Sunday, November 4, 2018

Particulate Matter unhealthy levels in air

Unhealthy levels of particulate matter PM2.5
LDEQ issues an air quality notice for Chalmette
based on levels of particulate matter measured at the Chalmette Vista Air Monitor
https://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/CHALMETTEVISTA/Date/2018-11-03

Sensitive Groups are CHILDREN, ACTIVE ADULTS, the elderly, people with asthma and other illnesses.  REDUCE EXERTION OUTDOORS
The Chalmette Vista Monitor is located adjacent to Bluebird Park


-----Original Message-----
From: DEQ AQI Notifications
To:
Sent: Sat, Nov 3, 2018 3:15 pm
Subject: AQI Exceedance Notification - Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

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AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange" or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy - Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".
If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly. For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Chalmette Vista Site

102
PM25
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
35.957 UG/M3
11/3/2018 3:00 PM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.
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Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
For website issues please email the web team. For all other issues call 1-866-896-LDEQ or e-mail our Customer Service Center.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Unhealthy Sulfur Dioxide Levels

CORRECTION:  The LDEQ sent AQI Exceedance Notifications twice this week for Sulfur Dioxide levels in Chalmette Vista neighborhood. Both readings were at 3AM and have been changed to N/A for calibration of monitor.






Just when residents thought it was safe to leave the windows open with the cool Fall temperatures, the LDEQ sent out a notification when the Sulfur Dioxide reading spiked over night and reached a one-hour average of over 155 parts per billion The EPA health standard for sulfur dioxide is 75 ppb SO2. Sulfur Dioxide at the 12 ppb SO2 level triggers headaches and other adverse effects.

Site Data from the air monitor at Chalmette Vista Louisiana

http://airquality.deq.louisiana.gov/Data/Site/CHALMETTEVISTA/Date/2018-10-14

The Louisiana DEQ issued an exceedance notice about the air quality being unhealth for sensitive groups:  Sensitive Groups are CHILDREN, the elderly, & ACTIVE ADULTS.



-----Original Message-----
From: DEQ AQI Notifications
To: 
Sent: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 4:15 am
Subject: AQI Exceedance Notification - Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ Logo

AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange" or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy - Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".
If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly. For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Chalmette Vista Site

139
SO2
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
160.8 PPB
10/17/2018 3:00 AM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.
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Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
For website issues please email the web team. For all other issues call 1-866-896-LDEQ or e-mail our Customer Service Center.

-----Original Message-----
From: DEQ AQI Notifications
To: 

Sent: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 4:15 am
Subject: AQI Exceedance Notification - Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ Logo

AQI Exceedance Notification

The following DEQ air monitoring site(s) have detected elevated readings which have reached an "Orange" or "Red" level on the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, who sets most air quality standards, being at the "Orange" level means that levels are "Unhealthy for sensitive groups - People with asthma should consider reducing exertion outdoors", while a "Red" level is "Unhealthy - Children, asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease should reduce exertion outdoors".
If you are in this group of individuals, please plan your outdoor activities accordingly. For more information please visit the DEQ Air Monitoring Data & AQI website

Chalmette Vista Site

137
SO2
Unhealthy for sensitive groups
155.6 PPB
10/14/2018 3:00 AM
This data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.
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Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Evacuation Route Needed


Alex Cohen is in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
September at 15:51
Since day one L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge has been echoing the calls from the people of St. James demanding that they be given a evacuation route.
St. James is a predominantly African American free slave community, which is surrounded by tank farms, refineries, and other fossil fuel industry infrastructure. Currently only one road leads in and out of St. James and in the event of an inevitable pipeline disaster, residents could be trapped.
This road use to be used by the public as another way out until Marathon Pipeline LLC stole this land which now houses over 100 oil storage tankers and blocked the road with this gate and private security. The #BayouBridgePipeline now runs through this land and community as well before ending at its final destination. Making an already dangerous situation, explosive.
In order to secure an evacuation route for St. James all Governor John Bel Edwards has to do is give this road back to the people, instead he spends the majority of his time bent over for the oil & petrochemical Industry.
Environmental racism lives here.
CALL LOUISIANA GOVERNOR EDWARDS NOW – demand that he give St James an evacuation route: http://nobbp.org/call/

Friday, August 24, 2018

Air Quality Day Notice for New Orleans Region

An Air Quality Action Day has been declared for New Orleans for Friday August 24

Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion. 


La DEQ Meraux Site Data
http://deq.louisiana.gov/


Thursday, August 23 2018, light northerly winds behind a departing front will gradually transport smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada into Louisiana, increasing particle concentrations. In addition, increasing sunshine and warm temperatures will enhance ozone production. As a result, AQI levels will be Moderate in most locations. Friday, as a surface high pressure system move over Louisiana, calm to light winds will reduce pollutant dispersion, and lingering smoke will continue to increase particle levels throughout Louisiana. In addition, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s will enhance ozone formation.

Therefore, AQI levels will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, and Moderate elsewhere in the state. Saturday, increasing southerly winds will aid dispersion and transport cleaner air into the state. However, warm temperatures and sunny skies will continue to aid ozone formation. These conditions will yield Moderate AQI levels in most locations.

DEQ is forecasting an Ozone Action Day for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The weather conditions will be favorable for the formation of ozone.


The Air Quality Index indicates that ozone will be at the orange level, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Increasing ozone levels may cause unhealthy air quality during afternoon hours. Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion. 

Area residents are encouraged to take one or more of the following
voluntary actions to help reduce the formation of ozone::
• Drive less. Carpool, walk and bike, combine errands and care for your car. Be sure your gas cap is on tight.
• Refuel your vehicle, mow grass and use gas powered lawn equipment and off road vehicles after 6 p.m.
• Postpone chores that use oil based paint, varnishes and solvents that produce flame.
• If you barbeque, use an electric starter instead of starter fluid.
• Take your lunch to work or walk to lunch
• Conserve Energy in your home
Incorporating these tips into your daily routines can make a significant difference. We all have a stake in better air quality.
SPREAD THE WORD by telling family, friends, co-workers and neighbors about OZONE ACTION DAYS.

More information about current air quality and what you can do to help prevent ozone formation is available online at the DEQ website www.deq.louisiana.gov. For questions, please call 225-219-3489 (weekdays).         

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