St. Charles Herald-Guide

St. Charles Parish releases how-to guide on public involvement in government

From staff and wire reports - April 28, 2013

The St. Charles Parish Public Information Office has released a new brochure containing information on all the ways members of the public can get engaged in the local political process.

As a practical guide for participating in parish government, "Get Involved!" features instructions on registering to vote, contacting elected officials, attending public meetings, staying up-to-date on local government happenings and more.

The publication also lists the proper procedure for getting on the Parish Council meeting agenda to speak and gives an overview of laws and regulations for requesting public records. The back panel of the brochure lists and maps out locations of 13 parish government buildings across the parish.

The brochure is available in the first floor lobby of the St. Charles Parish Courthouse in Hahnville and will be available soon at all St. Charles Parish Library branches. It may also be downloaded and/or reviewed by clicking the ‘Get Involved!’ button on the left-hand side of the parish’s home page, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.

This public document was produced by the St. Charles Parish Office of Public Information to inform citizens of government affairs and rules and regulations. It is currently being printed and distributed on an in-house basis.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish. For more information on parish activities, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov , www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov or www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov.

From the ‘Get Involved!’ brochure

Speak Out! Citizens and groups can address the parish council on any topic by filling out a petition to address the council, which can be found under ‘Right to Direct Participation’ at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/council or picked up from the Parish Council Office in the St. Charles Parish Courthouse.

The written request must be received by the council secretary at least one week prior to the meeting, or earlier during the holiday season. (Please check with the council staff.) Speakers are granted five minutes, which can be extended to eight minutes upon approval of two-thirds of council members. While the Home Rule Charter guarantees citizens the right to address the council, there is no provision for initiating debates, discussions or Q&A sessions with council members or administrators.

St. Charles Parish releases how-to guide on public involvement in government