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January 1, 2009
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Refreshments will be served.

Time: 7:00pm Sharp

Location: Marrero Estelle Volunteer Fire Station
2248 Barataria Blvd.
Marrero, LA

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October 1 - Elections - Ballot Method



June 4

Guest Speaker(s):

JPSO COMMANDER, William Thompson III - will give us updates on the surrounding area(s) and crime stats in Jefferson Parish.


JP President's Office, Reda Youssef - will be speaking to our residents regarding any and all Parish updates and elaborate on the SELA program.

    Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Program (SELA):

   The purpose of SELA is to reduce damages due to flooding by   

   improving segments of the Parish's primary drainage system. 

SELA is a joint Parish/Federal Program presently consisting of 60 projects.  The program began in 1996 and with 44 projects completed to date the Program will continue through at least 2013.  The SELA Program was initially supported 75% by federal funding and 25% by local funding.  New requirements call for a 35% match by the Parish.  The estimated current construction cost for all approved projects within the SELA Program is $962,000,000.  Two additional drainage basins are in the study stage.





Guest Speaker(s):

Councilman Tom Capella:

Councilman Thomas 'Tom' Capella was born in New Orleans, LA. He is the youngest of ten children of the late Lillian McCormack and the late Bernard J. Capella. Councilman Capella graduated from Jesuit High School in 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management at Tulane University in 1987. He received a Juris Doctor from the Tulane University School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in 1993. He is a member of the LA State Bar Assoc. and Jefferson Bar Assoc.; and has been admitted to practice before all LA State Courts and the Federal District Courts in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of LA. He was elected to the LA House of Representatives for District 88 in 2001. In 2003, he was elected to the Jefferson Parish Council as Councilman-at-Large, Division B.

Councilman Capella is married to Stephanie Carroll Blanke, a former parochial school teacher. He and Stephanie have two daughters, 5 year old Sophie and 3 month old Eliza Jane. Devoted to youth, he has coached for the past decade in the athletic program of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO); helped children's charities as a member of the Directors' Circle of the Fore Kids Foundation; serves disabled children as a member of the Finance Committee of St. Michael's Special School; and leads the Jesuit High School Alumni Association as Class Captain. Committed to improving the quality of the life of Jefferson Parish, Councilman Capella is a member of the Pontchartrain Shores Civic Association and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

Councilman Capella, 40, has practiced law with the Capella Law Firm in Metairie, LA since 1993. Councilman Capella was elected to the LA House of Representatives as State Representative for District 88, in 2001. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Councilman Capella won the respect of legislators and the Governor for his leadership. He was a member of the House Insurance and Judiciary Committee. He co-authored and passed the LA Anti-Terrorism Act; established the LA Health Works Commission; protected the benefits and rights for those called into military service; created the Governors Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation; and helped municipalities fund vital economic development projects. Governor Mike Foster credited Councilman Capella for saving the popular TOPS scholarship program during 2002 Regular Session.

Councilman Capella is now serving as Chairman of Jefferson Parish Council. He believes his legislative experience in the LA House of Representatives and his training in management and law at Tulane University has prepared him to continue his public service on the Jefferson Parish Council. The Councilman-at-Large position opens the door for Councilman Capella to bring new energy and fresh ideas to the Jefferson Parish Council. Councilman Capella's legislative experience, along with relationships in State government, will be a valuable asset to the new Council.

Kenneth Padgett, Director of Jefferson Parish Emergency Management:

Emergency Management's responsibility is to develop a coordinated and effective response for protection of the lives and property of citizens in Jefferson Parish during natural or man-made disasters. Functions include:

  • Develop and implement an "All Hazard Emergency Operations Plan."
  • Conduct and participate in coordination meetings with all other emergency service agencies throughout the year. (Local federal State and surrounding parishes).
  • Continue to update departmental emergency plans with each parish department and revise functioned assignments in the E. 0. C.
  • Continue to participate in drills and natural & chemical exercises with local State and federal agencies.
  • Continue to participate in public awareness programs through the media and natural and man-made disaster presentations to business industrial civic and school groups.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of emergency public information and warning of the public.
  • Activate and man the Parish's Emergency Operating Center during emergencies
  • Coordinate the Parish's Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Federal SARA Title III Right-To-Know Activities



Future Meeting(s):

October 1 - Elections 


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