Thursday, November 30, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Parish President Natalie Robottom, Administrative Staff and Council members joined Council on Aging Director Cheryl Parquet, staff and Senior Citizens for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the long-awaited new Senior Citizen’s Center in Edgard. Also on hand for the celebration was Ashley Webre, the architect on the project from Duplantis Design Group, Assessor and former Division A Councilman-at-Large, Lucien Gauff and Sheriff Mike Tregre.
The new center almost doubles the size of the current center, costs over $600,000 and was funded completely through a 2014 Bond Issue. Seniors on the Westbank can now utilize the building for socializing, networking, arts&crafts, meals and more. Amenities include a state-of-the-art kitchen, large activity room, and outside area with porch. The new facility is located in the spacious West Bank Complex with access to gazebos, a walking path and airnasium.
Division B Councilman-at-Large, Larry Sorapuru, said he was excited for the West Bank and the progress it has made with Parish representatives and seniors working together. He also acknowledged former Councilman Lucien Gauff for all of his hard work he put toward the project. District I Councilman Kurt Becnel called it a great day and said that the building was a result of team work and he was elated to see it come to fruition.
Based on input from seniors, President Robottom is working with Ms. Parquet and board members to add a serving door to the kitchen and a gate to access the patio, with plans to add a cover to the driveway in case of inclement weather. Another joint project to build a safety complex in Wallace for the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department is being designed and should begin construction in 2018. “This project enhances the overall quality of life on the West Bank and has been a long time coming,” said Parish President Robottom. “This is one of the many projects completed during my time as President, but this one is special and is a great addition to a series of projects completed in the park.”
Breakfast and lunch are served daily at the Council on Aging Centers and activities include Bingo, card games, birthday celebrations and field trips. All residents 60 years and over are welcome to visit the centers located in Edgard and Reserve.