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RATING A COMMUNITY | Flood insurance point system can offer discounts, but at what cost?

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is experiencing financial woes. In the wake of a 7-year span that has seen eight natural disasters, beginning with Superstorm Sandy, the program continues to get hit with massive flood reimbursement payouts.

The NFIP provides flood insurance for communities that comply with minimum standards for flood plain management. It is a federally run program that hopes to fill a gap left by stand homeowner and commercial property policies that do not cover flood losses.

Teachers of the Year called inspiring, dedicated, creators of family atmosphere

“I’m going to bring the old principal out,” retiring Superintendent Rick Wentzel warned those who attended the Livingston Parish Public Schools Teachers of the Year/Principals of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.

Wentzel gave directions to more than 300 people at Revival Temple in Walker on how the two buffet lines would work and later how teachers would come on stage to be recognized.

And teachers were the focus of his attention.

What is dirt fill?

Every few years the Corps of Engineers (COE) and the Federal Emerngecy Management Administration (FEMA) adjust maps of the flood plains to reflect what they believe is the potential for water height in that area during or after heavy rain or a natural disaster.

What that translates to is the ‘Base Flood Elevation’ or ‘BFE’ for a specific location. That measurement is considered the minimum safe height for a builder of a home or business to adhere to for safe construction and, in many cases, removes the flood insurance requirement.

For many subdivisions and individual home construction projects, the cheapest options for both residences and businesses to bring in piles of dirt, or ‘dirt fill,’ to move up above the BFE line and then begin construction.

Springfield aldermen consider long-term renewal of Entergy franchise agreement

The Springfield Board of Alderman voted unanimously at their monthly meeting on May 15 to introduce an ordinance that would renew their franchise agreement with Entergy for the next 25 years.

The ordinance lays out the responsibilities of both parties and sets the franchise fee owed to the town at 2 percent. It was necessitated by the impending expiration of the current agreement in October.

Audit findings offer recommendations for Killian finances

The fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, left a number of issues for the Town of Killian to deal with in the wake of a contentious mayoral race.

The Board of Aldermen received a report on its audit for that year from CPA Phil Hebert, who owns his own firm in Albany and Pontchatoula, at its monthly meeting May 13.

Hebert brought a number of findings to the board’s attention.

FOOTBALL | Cook’s 105-yard interception return highlights Walker’s big-play capability in scrimmage

It was the best drive by Woodlawn’s offense, having reached Walker’s 14-yard line with two seconds remaining in Thursday’s spring football scrimmage.

The Wildcats set up one final play in the live 12-minute quarter when defensive back Devin Biossat knocked away a pass in the end zone.

When Woodlawn attempted one final pass with the clock expired, Walker’s Jalen Cook registered his second interception of the game, but the rising senior was hardly finished on the play.

FOOTBALL | Janis taking advantage of first spring with Albany

Mike Janis has had a complement of spring practices to work with as he begins his second season as Albany’s football coach, and he’s taking full advantage of it.

Neighbors FCU hosting watch party for American Idol finalist Laine Hardy

It’s going to be a Hardy Watch Party.

The Town of Livingston will host a viewing party for American Idol finalist Laine Hardy at Circle Drive Park on Sunday, May 19.

The watch party, sponsored by Neighbors Federal Credit Union, will start at 6 p.m., with the Idol finale set to air at 7 p.m. People will be able to watch Hardy, a Livingston Parish native, go for the American Idol crown on two jumbo screen televisions.

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