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Bobby Jindal names nine members to new St. Tammany levee district board PDF Print E-mail
Monday, October 27 2014 - 3:45 pm

Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed nine members to serve on the newly created St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District board, according to a news release from the governor's office. The group includes several members with engineering and legal backgrounds.

The levee district was established by the Legislature this year as a separate taxing authority, allowing St. Tammany to withdraw from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Parish officials have said the move to create the new levee authority will allow St. Tammany to decide what flood protection projects need to be built to guard against flooding.

The district encompasses the parish's coastal zone, which is generally the area south of Interstates 12 and 10. It is authorized to issue bonds and levy taxes. A sales tax of up to 1 cent could be levied if approved by voters, according to the bill establishing the agency, which was offered by state Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Covington, and approved 89-0 in the House in May. The Senate approved by bill in April by a 37-0 vote.

Jindal appointed board members based on nominations from the St. Tammany Parish government, the parish's legislative delegation and the mayors of Slidell, Mandeville and Madisonville.

The members are:

  • Henry DiFranco, of Mandeville, owner and president of Principle Engineering, Inc. in Mandeville. DiFranco is also serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. He was nominated by Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere.
  • John Faust, of Slidell, who is retired from the New Orleans Police Department where he served for 20 years as the Municipal Preparedness and Emergency Response Planner. He was nominated by the legislative delegation.
  • Kort Hutchison Sr., of Lacombe, a licensed general contractor with over 40 years of experience in community development and industrial, commercial, and residential construction. He was nominated by the legislative delegation.
  • Shelby LaSalle Jr., of Mandeville, a Senior Managing Partner of New Orleans Equity Partners who previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Inc. LaSalle was nominated by the legislative delegation.
  • Daniel McGovern IV, of Slidell, an attorney with a private practice serving the Slidell and New Orleans areas. The Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan nominated him.
  • Kelly McHugh, of Madisonville, president of Kelly McHugh and Associates, a civil engineering and land surveying firm. McHugh was nominated by the legislative delegation.
  • Stephen Phillippi, of Madisonville, a retired U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer and currently is regional president of the engineering firm Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Inc. in Mandeville. Madisonville Mayor Peter Gitz.
  • Louis Sandoz III, of Slidell, a senior member of the Entergy Corporation IT staff who is certified as a project management professional and as a general contractor. Sandoz was nominated by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.
  • Rykert Toledano Jr., of Covington, a senior partner in the law firm Toledano & Herrin, LLC in Covington, and a member and manager of the J.B. Levert Land Company. Brister nominated Toledano.