How will you manage parish population growth and development patterns to address rising maintenance and infrastructure costs and mitigate flood risks?

John Guilbeau
John Guilbeau
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

Zip codes should not define one’s destination in our communities.
Barriers must be removed (bad bridges, substandard roads, lack of sidewalks) to allow citizens to easily move from within and out.
We must strive together to raise the living standards for our citizens.
Continue to diversify our housing options in our communities, with affordable housing at all levels of the economic spectrum.
Make public transportation more appealing for the regular riders as well as the business commuter by advancing cost effective solutions.
We must be innovative/creative in our decision-making when addressing projects with sensible solutions!

Roddy Bergeron
Roddy Bergeron
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

This is where having good maintenance plans and policies come into play. Good policies will provide the framework to address growth concerns. For drainage, we need to model what the flood zones will look like in 50-100 years and build to those FUTURE models. That way we don’t have homes that are 2 years old and flooding. We also need to look at past flood events to see where we are doing wrong. In the business world, we call those “postmortems.” When something goes wrong, we need to figure out exactly what happened, what we have been doing wrong, and what we are going to do to help prevent those issues from happening again.

With regards to rising maintenance and infrastructure costs, we need to make sure that we don’t saddle the taxpayers with the costs of a poorly built infrastructure. We need to ensure that the work done on roads and drainage are being completed and measure up to certain standards. If those standards aren’t holding up, we need to adjust them. Continual evaluation and improvement systems work, and it’s something I have been doing in my career for years. Things that worked 10, 20, 50 years ago may not work today, and we need to be aware of and open to evaluation and informed change.