LIVINGSTON -- The Parish Council held a special meeting on the morning of May 2, and according to Councilman Garry "Frog" Talbert, presenting engineers made some good points regarding his dirt fill proposal.
Therefore, he said, amendments will be presented at the full council meeting when the ordinance comes up for discussion. While Talbert did not discuss specifics, he offered up some general thoughts on the proposal after the special meeting.
"There's some language issues that we want to clean up, and this is a process," Talbert said. "(The Council) wants input.
"But, it needs to get done."
Talbert's reasoning is the Community Rating System (CRS). A manual is provided that explains measures communities can take to up their rating to attain a discount for flood insurance policies. There's a wide variety of methods to increase a community's rating, from public outreach to actual ordinances.
"I'm not sure what the point totals for something like this would be, but we would get points and that's a help for our rating," Talbert said. "I was told by an engineer that we received points for the change to 25-year retention ponds, and that we'd get points for this."
Recently, the parish was removed from the CRS due to improper methods of filing paperwork at the permit office. Permits for new construction were not filed together with flood certificates, and when the documents were requested by FEMA, the parish said it did not have the manpower — or an up-to-date permitting system — to comply with the feds by the deadline.
Talbert said that the parish's plan is to try and get back into the CRS by 2020, if possible, and that these projects and ordinances help that effort.
"There's this perception that we're trying to run this thing through," Talbert explained. "I don't want anybody to think that we're shoving something down their throat.
"I think it's something that needs to happen, so we'll do a little bit and show that the world isn't going to end, and we can move on with more stringent requirements in the future."
The Council will meet at 6 p.m. in their chamber, directly following a meeting of the ordinance committee.