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Bayou Scene - 1934
rinage, located at the southeast corner of Main and Goode Streets. Houma was ncorporated on March 16, 1848.
h Resolutions passed by the Terrebonne Parish Police Jury (presently known as the Terrebonne arish Council).
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Design of Report Layout by Ruby LeCompte
Newly constructed Water Tower
The parish seat consisted of five stores, ten or twelve dwelling-houses, a church, a blacksmith shop, a school-house, hotel, grogshop (tavern) and a billiard-room, together with justice such as the courthouse, clerks, sheriffs and recorders offices, (all in one building,) and a jail. The first courthouse was built on the land of Alexander Dupre. A small jailhouse was also constructed. Todays parish seat, Houma, was founded in 1834 on land donated by Hubert M. Belanger and Richard H. Gi
At Alexandre Dupres home on April 6, 1822acting on a petition of 12 inhabitants and an order of election from Parish Judge Francis M. Guyolthere was a meeting to form a Police Jury for Terrebonne Parish. The first 4 Resolutions were on the organizing of the Police Jury, appointment of a Clerk, and forming rules and regulations. The entire background wording used on the front and back covers and the insert pages of this Financial Report are the first 75 ParisP
The front cover top picture is looking north up Main Street from the Church Street corner in 19b
INTRODUCTORY SECTION The First Parish Resolutions Passed by the Terrebonne Parish Police Jury April 6, 1822 At Alexandre Dupres home on April 6, 1822acting on a petition of 12 inhabitants and an order of election from Parish Judge Francis M. Guyolthere was a meeting to form a police jury for Terrebonne Parish. The following men represented sections of the parish. Present: Francis M. Guyol-Parish Judge-President, 1st Section - no representative, 2nd Section - Banos, 3
ice of the Peace,
rd Section - P re Gauthrot, 4th Section - Jo n McHenry, 5th Section Joseph Colette, 6th Section - Jose h Boudreau, 8th ection - no representative, William L. Watkins - Senior Justice of thePeace, George Tou Justice of the Peace, Charles Dupre - JustLeandre B. Thibodeaux - Justice of the Peace The First 4 resolutions were on the organizing of the Police Jury, and the form ng of the rules April 8, 1822 5thResolution All Old Houma Fire Station & City Hall on Main-early 1900s roads must be built and maintained by inhabitants bordering on roads. They must be 25ft. in width and ditched. When they pass through woods, trees must be cut 40ft. in width. 6th Resolution - All fences must be made out of cypress slabs 4- ft. in height. 7th Resolution - Owners along Bayou Terrebonne must clean and maintain 10 ft. of bayou for navigation. 8th Resolution - Erect a courthouse and bridge on the land of Alexandre Dupre.
June 27, 2008 To the Honorable Parish President, Members of the Parish Council And the Citizens of Terrebonne Parish, Houma, Louisiana The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government (Parish Government) for the year ended December 31, 2007, is hereby submitted as mandated by the Home Rule Charter. The Home Rule Charter requires that the Council shall provide for an annual independent postaudit, and such additional audits as it deems necessary, of the accounts and other evidence of financial transactions of the Parish Government, including those of all Parish Government departments, offices or agencies. Audits may be performed by the State or the Council may designate a private auditor to perform such audits. Responsibility for both the accuracy of the data, and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, including all disclosures, rests with management. To the best of our knowledge and belief, the enclosed data is accurate in all material respects and is reported in a manner that presents fairly the financial position and results of operations of the various governmental and business-type activities, funds, and component units of the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). All disclosures necessary to enable the reader to gain an understanding of the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Governments activities have been included. The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government and certain component units of the Parish financial statements have been audited by Bourgeois Bennett, LLC, a firm of licensed certified public accountants. Component unit financial statements audited by other auditors were furnished to Bourgeois Bennett, LLC, with their opinion, herein, insofar as it relates to the amounts included for these entities is based on the reports of the other auditors. In the opinion of Bourgeois Bennett, LLC, based on their audit and the reports of other auditors, that there was a reasonable basis for rendering an unqualified opinion that the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2007, are fairly presented in conformity with GAAP. The independent auditors report is located at the front of the financial section of this report. The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government is required to provide for an annual single audit in conformity with the provisions of the Single Audit Act and the U.S. Office of Management and Budgets Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations. Information related to this single audit, including a schedule of expenditures of federal awards, and the independent auditors reports on internal controls and compliance with applicable laws and regulations is included in a separately issued Single Audit Supplementary Financial Report.
Managements discussion and analysis (MD&A) immediately follows the independent auditors report and provides a narrative introduction, overview, and analysis of the basic financial statements. This letter of transmittal is designed to complement the MD&A and should be read in conjunction with it. The Parishs MD&A can be found immediately following the independent auditors report.
PROFILE OF THE GOVERNMENT The Territorial Legislature defined Louisiana counties in April 1805, where Terrebonne was originally part of the County of Lafourche. On April 6, 1822, at the home of Alexandre Dupre, acting on a petition of 12 inhabitants and an order of election from Parish Judge Francis M. Guyol, there was a meeting to form a Police Jury for Terrebonne Parish. On March 16, 1848, the City of Houma was incorporated. The separate forms of local government continued until the consolidation election of July 11, 1981, when the voters approved a Home Rule Charter form of government, now known as the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government. Subject to the Charter, the Parish is authorized to exercise any power and perform any function necessary, requisite or proper for the management of its local affairs. The plan of government provided by this Home Rule Charter is known as the President-Council form of government. Terrebonne Parish is the second largest parish in Louisiana, and is situated in the southern part of the state, in the heart of Cajun country. Terrebonne Parish has a total area of 2,067 square miles consisting of 987 squares miles of land and 1,080 miles of water. The latest census of 2000 reports a population of 104,503, an increase of 7,521 (7.75%) over 1990. The U.S. Census estimated the 2007 population to be 108,424. The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government includes a full range of services, including police and fire protection within the incorporated city limits of Houma; an urban electric system and parish gas utility system. Parishwide services include public works, coastal restoration and preservation, recreation programs, planning and zoning, public transportation, housing and human services, a civic center, solid waste, sewerage, emergency preparedness, and general administrative services. The Management: The legislative power of the parish government consists of nine members elected to a four (4) year term, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. One (1) council member is elected from each district. The Parish President is an elected official serving as the chief executive officer over all departments, offices and agencies of the Parish Government, except as otherwise provided by the Charter. The President is elected at large for a four-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. For the year ended December 31, 2007, the Parish President appointed department heads subject to the approval of the Parish Council for the following major departments, and served at the pleasure of the President:
Administration Legal Coastal Restoration & Preservation Finance Human Resources Parks and Recreation Civic Center Public Safety Housing and Human Services Utilities Risk Management Public Works Planning and Zoning
Economic Condition and Outlook In 2003, the Parish Council approved an agreement with the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Industrial Association for an organizational assessment to implement an Economic Development Strategic Plan. As part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the creation of Terrebonne Economic Development Authority (TEDA) was completed and became active in 2005. The following is an excerpt from the Terrebonne Economic Dev