CONVENT — The St. James Parish Council joined with the South Central Planning and Development Commission in Houma in obtaining a state homeland security grant.

The $7,836 Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness grant helps defray the $9,000 cost of purchasing two radios, Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. said.

The parish Department of Emergency Preparedness can use the radios in emergencies as well as day-to-day operations, said Eric Deroche, emergency preparedness director.

Other business taken up by the council included:

HALLOWEEN: The council set Halloween trick-or-treating hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

Councilman Elwyn Bocz said many residents told him last year they appreciated the start of trick-or-treating at 5 p.m. when it was still daylight.

RECYCLING UPDATE: Bocz gave a report to the council on a parishwide recycling program he is spearheading.

Bocz said he and several council officials and the mayors of Lutcher and Gramercy recently met with Waste Management Inc. personnel to talk about how to start a recycling program .

Bocz said officials are “shying away” from curbside pick-up, but hope to have four drop-off recycling locations in the parish.

Lutcher officials already have volunteered to use the town water plant as a drop-off location, he said.

Another meeting on the recycling program will be held after the Parish Council receives the blessings of Gramercy and Lutcher boards of aldermen to proceed, Bocz said.