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Saying they are acting as private citizens, two new Louisiana City Council members are seeking to form a citizens flood committee independent of city government.
“Though both Bart Niedner and Sal Pollice are on the Louisiana City Council, this is not a communication from Louisiana city government,” the pair said in a press release issued Wednesday, May 1.
“There are good reasons why the city of Louisiana’s local government is somewhat limited with what they may do in response to a flood,” the pair wrote.
“The two largest issues are that state statute restricts the use of public money for private benefit and most of where flood mitigation activity needs to take place in Louisiana is private property which introduces a huge liability issue for the city.
“Because of these factors, Louisiana needs to have a strong citizen-led response to flooding.”
Niedner and Pollice said they seeking volunteers for “a new Louisiana Citizens Flood Committee. This will not be a formal committee of the city government; rather it will be a citizen-led effort to encourage and coordinate a community flood response plan.
• It is hoped that such a committee might perform the following tasks:
• Establish markers based on river height which trigger specific, predefined actions by the committee.
• Establish and activate a standing call-list of people willing to assist in sandbagging and evacuation if required.
•Help coordinate with the City of Louisiana to get sandbags to the locations where they are required.”
The councilmen said those interested in serving should contact Niedner at 636-699-6328, or e-mail Bart@ResourceForge.com. Pollice can be reached at 636-345-1158, or by e-mail at Sal.Pollice@EdwardJones.com.