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PRESIDENT COOPER PROPOSES PARISHWIDE MORATORIUM ON DENSITY

PRESIDENT COOPER PROPOSES PARISHWIDE MORATORIUM ON DENSITY

 

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper proposed a parishwide moratorium on rezoning parcels to restrict increasing density for residential development.

The ordinance would restrict applications for rezoning of properties to densities greater than one (1) unit per acre.

“One of my top priorities is addressing traffic and critical infrastructure, which will provide a better quality of life, in the near future and long-term,” said Cooper. “We are finalizing and implementing sustainable plans focused on development, drainage, transportation, wetlands and overall growth. We must limit high-density residential applications in order to accurately plan, address the glaring needs and preserve the quality of life that we are accustomed to in St. Tammany Parish.”

The ordinance is expected to be introduced at the February 3 Parish Council meeting, before being considered for adoption at the March 3 meeting. The proposed moratorium, which would be in effect for six (6) months after adoption, can be viewed here.

St. Tammany Parish Government is currently conducting multiple studies and drafting long-range plans in order to accommodate growth including, revisions to the Unified Development Code (UDC), updates to the St. Tammany Parish Comprehensive Plan (New Directions 2040), development of the parishwide Comprehensive Drainage Plan, development of a parishwide Comprehensive Transportation Plan, development of a Parish Wetlands Plan, and development of a Sustainable Growth Pilot Study.

Development of property which has already been approved by the Parish Department of Planning & Development will not be affected.

Upon adoption, any requests to rezone any property or parcel to residential zoning shall be limited to densities of no greater than A-2, resulting in no greater density than one (1) unit per acre.

In addition to applications for traditional zoning changes, the moratorium shall likewise apply to applications for PUD Planned Unit Development Overlays, TND-1 Traditional Neighborhood Development Zoning Districts, and TND-2 Traditional Neighborhood Development Zoning Districts. The moratorium does not apply to property zoned for nonresidential uses and does not apply to the issuance of building permits in any zoning classification.

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PRESIDENT COOPER RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED CASINO IN ST. TAMMANY PARISH 

PRESIDENT COOPER RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED CASINO IN ST. TAMMANY PARISH 

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish Government has received questions about the lawsuit challenging the relocation of a riverboat casino license to a specific location in Slidell.

The Parish has been named as a defendant in lawsuits alleging that the state legislation allowing the proposition to be put on the ballot is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs seek to require a vote that would allow gaming parish-wide before allowing the public to vote on whether to relocate this specific riverboat license to the site in Slidell. The Parish has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to determine that the constitution requires that a specific location must be included on any ballot measure to consider legalizing riverboat casino gaming in a new location. The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a stay in the legal proceedings, but will allow early voting to proceed beginning on November 27th.

St. Tammany Parish Government will continue to defend the constitutional challenge brought against the Parish Council’s resolution that called for the site-specific election.

The Parish takes no position on the outcome of the election; we are simply asking the court to allow the election to go forward.

Even if the voters of St. Tammany approve the referendum on December 11th, that vote does not authorize any other riverboat casinos to operate in St. Tammany. “The gaming proposition on the December 11th ballot solely regards one specific location in Slidell. Any statements to the contrary are purely speculation and have no factual merit,” stated President Mike Cooper.

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COUNCILMAN LORINO STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED CASINO

Mike Lorino
St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman
November 24, 2021

The St. Tammany Parish Council takes no position regarding any proposals on the upcoming election ballot. As Chairman, I would like to address the recent inquiries we have received that are related to unfounded accusations against the Council, specifically about a nonexistent future casino development in West St. Tammany Parish. To be totally clear, the only proposed gaming development with any possibility of coming to St. Tammany Parish is the one on the December 11 ballot. The results of that vote will have no influence over whether any other gaming development could be considered in the future, as each and any future proposal would individually have to go through the entire Louisiana Legislative process and then to a vote of St. Tammany Parish residents.

A second item I would like to clarify is that St. Tammany Parish will be issuing absolutely zero dollars in bonds for any proposed gaming development. There is false information circulating that states the Parish will be raising over $200 million in bonds to fund construction if the proposition passes on December 11. There is absolutely no truth to that statement.

Finally, as of today the Louisiana Supreme Court has determined that early voting on the gaming proposition will continue, and I want to encourage every citizen of St. Tammany Parish to please exercise your right to vote in this election. Whether you are opposed or support the gaming proposition, the only way to ensure that the result of this election truly reflects the voices of our parish residents is to go to the polls!

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Mask Mandate Lifted

Effective today, October 27th, Governor John Bel Edwards’ mask mandate has ended, with the exception of K-12 schools for which decision is transferred back to the school districts.

Parish President Mike Cooper confirms that visitors to parish-owned buildings, public places and/or businesses within St. Tammany Parish will not be required to wear masks.  However, President Cooper does support citizens who choose to continue to wear masks or take any other precautions they deem necessary for themselves and their families

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Community STandout

Parish-wide Recognition Program to Highlight Hurricane Ida Recovery Relief Efforts

Community STandouts Will Showcase Honorees Stepping Up Throughout St. Tammany to Help Those in Need

Mandeville, LA – Today, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is pleased to announce the launch of a new parish-wide collaborative community recognition program designed to showcase the efforts of various businesses, non-profits, and community organizations that have stepped up in tremendous ways in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and shown amazing generosity to communities in need throughout St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Community STandouts is a collaborative effort presented by the Parish President’s office, St. Tammany Corporation, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, Northshore Business Council, Northshore Community Foundation, Northshore Home Builders Association, and Tri-Parish Works.

 “St. Tammany Parish Government is proud to collaborate with partner organizations to recognize those who have generously served their neighbors in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “The willingness of our local companies and organizations to quickly take action to reach out and serve the public is what makes the St. Tammany community an outstanding place to live and do business.”

This recognition program will allow residents and community members to nominate an organization of their choice with a brief explanation of why they should be highlighted. Throughout the fall, honorees’ stories will be shared on social media platforms of the various partner organizations. Organizational support will be provided by St. Tammany Corporation.

Nominations will be accepted through this online form, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StTammanyCommunitySTandouts, now through Friday, October 29, 2021. For more information, please visit www.RESTOREStTammany.com or contact Elizabeth Lee at  St. Tammany Corporation at 985-809-7874.  

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PRESIDENT MIKE COOPER ANNOUNCES DEBRIS PICKUP IN PRIVATE ST. TAMMANY SUBDIVISIONS

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announces the inclusion of private subdivisions for debris pickup.  President Cooper and local officials met virtually with FEMA, federal and state officials to discuss the necessary guidelines for debris pickup in private subdivisions and neighborhoods.

St. Tammany Parish Government will be sending a letter to the responsible party for roadways in gated neighborhoods with documentation to be completed and returned so that debris pickup may begin. Ungated neighborhoods with private streets will be handled in the same manner as public roadways.

“This is a great step as we move St. Tammany forward in Hurricane Ida recovery efforts,” said President Cooper. “I want to thank my administration, Parish Council, and our state and federal legislative delegation who made the inclusion of debris removal in our private neighborhoods a reality by appealing to the federal government. While it may take some time to get all debris picked up, we can let our neighbors rest assured that it will get removed.”

St. Tammany Parish Government was the lead agency that actively sought FEMA’s approval, which is required in order to pick up debris along private streets and roadways.

Debris pickup on public Parish roadways began on September 8.

For more information on debris removal, please visit http://www.stpgov.org/debris.

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President Cooper Gives Update on Hurricane Ida Recovery

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offers an update on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“My top priority has been to restore power to every citizen and business in St. Tammany Parish, and every day we are getting closer to achieving that goal,” said President Cooper. “Once Hurricane Ida had passed through St. Tammany, we were reduced to virtually no power throughout the entire parish.  Today, we have roughly 90% of our parish re-energized and are working diligently to restore power to the rest.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to re-energize homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has around 31,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish and 4,451 of those customers are without power as of Tuesday afternoon. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.  Visit WSTE.COOP/Report-Outages to view a map of outages in the Parish.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 10% of their customers without power. Roughly 87,000 customers have had their power restored.  Their goal is to have power restored to the remaining customers by this week’s end.  They will continue to provide updates through their social media channels and webpage. 

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with less than 500 still without power.  Entergy customers may visit EntergyStormCenter.com for the latest regarding outages.

Debris contractors will be mobilized Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • · Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • · Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • · Do not bag green materials. Debris contractors or Public Works crews will not pick up bagged debris.

Tammany Utilities has a Boil Water Advisory still in effect due to a loss of power causing a drop in water pressure.  Some water systems throughout the Parish have regained power and test results indicating the water is now safe.  You can find updated statuses on the Boil Water Advisories by water system at stpgov.org/TU-notices.

Point of Distribution Sites (PODS) in St. Tammany Parish will close permanently on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has been monitoring and executing the operation of the PODS.

The St. Tammany Parish Public Schools system has been providing updates through their social media, mobile apps and webpage throughout the duration of the Hurricane Ida recovery phase.  51 of their 55 schools now have power restored and the rest are expected to have power by the end of this week.  A determination has not yet been made for an official return to school date; however, it remains that school will not start any sooner than September 13, 2021.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PRESIDENT COOPER GIVES UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY 9/3/2021

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offers the latest information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“My number one priority at this time is the restoration of power to all of our citizens and businesses,” said President Cooper. “Many of our utilities, including water, are reliant on access to electricity.  I can attest, as I have rode around the Parish over the last few days, that the damages to our powerlines and infrastructure have been wide spread and severe.  I want to thank our citizens for their patience and ask them to continue to stay positive moving forward.  Many of our citizens have already had their power restored, and to those who have not, we are working tirelessly to get you power as soon as possible.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has around 31,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish and roughly 16,500 of those customers are without power as of Friday afternoon. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.  Visit WSTE.COOP/Report-Outages to view a map of outages in the Parish.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 43% of their customers without power. Roughly 54,000 customers have had their power restored.  West of HWY 434 around 24,000 customers have had power restored leaving roughly 30,000 East of HWY 434 with power restored.  29 of the 55 schools is St. Tammany Parish now have power restored.  Most of the Parish is expected to have power restored within a week.

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with roughly 1,800 still without power, around 38%.  Entergy customers may visit EntergyStormCenter.com for the latest regarding outages.

GOHSEP now has two points of distribution sites, or PODS, mobilized in St. Tammany Parish.  The National Guard is facilitating the distribution of MREs, water and ice out of the PODS located at the First Baptist Church of Covington and Fritchie Park in Slidell. Two MREs, three bottles of water and one bag of ice is given for every person in the vehicle.

The PODS will remain open until recovery efforts are no longer needed.  The hours of operation are daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the exception of Sundays at the Church of Covington, when the hours will be Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Debris contractors will be mobilized mid to late next week. Currently, push contractors are working to push debris off and away from the roads, with expectations of being finished by this week.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • Do not bag green materials.

St. Tammany Parish Government offices are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with regular business hours.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

For any other needs call the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Hotline at (985)-898-2323.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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PODS OPEN IN SLIDELL

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – The Point Of Distribution Site (PODS) in Slidell is now open.
The PODS is located at Fritchie Park on West Howze Beach Road and will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, until St. Tammany Parish is no longer in a recovery phase.

Two MRE’s, six bottles of water and one bag of ice are available for every person in the vehicle.  Rations are determined by the National Guard and GOHSEP.

The PODS in Covington at First Baptist Church on LA 1085 is also open today from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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PRESIDENT COOPER, ELECTED OFFICIALS GIVE UPDATE ON HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY 9-2-2021

ST. TAMMANY, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provides the latest information on Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“We have boots on the ground throughout St. Tammany Parish, working tirelessly to provide food, water and supplies to our citizens,” said President Cooper. “With power coming back to many in the Parish, we are happy to see so many use their good fortune to help out their neighbors in need.  We have received assistance from the National Guard, and they have activated the first point of distribution site in the Parish, and we are awaiting further assistance from them in the near future.  We are on our way back to normalcy, but it is still going to take some time.”

Power companies are continuing efforts to replace power lines and clear areas, in order to reinstitute power to homes and businesses.

Washington-St. Tammany Electric (WSTE) has a total of 22,332 customers without power as of Thursday afternoon. After Hurricane Ida, 98.4% of the entire system was without power. To report downed trees and power lines to WSTE, please call 1-866-672-9773.

CLECO, who provides power to more than 95,000 customers in St. Tammany, has around 70% of their customers without power. Roughly 30,000 customers have had their power restored.

Entergy has nearly 5,000 customers in St. Tammany Parish with roughly 3,600 still without power. They expect to have nearly all of their customers restored in the coming days.

St. Tammany Parish has received their first points of distribution site, or PODS, from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).  The National Guard is facilitating the distribution of MREs, water and ice out of the PODS located at the First Baptist Church of Covington. Two MREs, six bottles of water and one bag of ice is given for every person in the vehicle.

The PODS will remain open until recovery efforts are no longer needed.  The hours of operation are daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the exception of Sundays, when the hours will be Noon – 6:00 p.m.  More locations for resources are scheduled to be received in the days to come.

Debris contractors will be mobilized mid to late next week. Currently, push contractors are working to push debris off and away from the roads, with expectations of being finished by this week.

Residents who are putting debris on the curb should follow these directions:

  • Put on the back side of drainage ditches and away from catch basins and mailboxes.
  • Separate by white goods, electronics and green debris.
  • Do not bag green materials.

Cooper signed an executive order, putting a burn ban in place, due to air quality and fire response concerns.

Though the curfew has ended, St. Tammany Parish Government and restorative utility crews are asking residents to please stay off of the roads.  Traffic congestion is hindering the progress of Public Works and utility crews.

Tammany Utilities is still under a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory and asking customers to limit water consumption.  The advisory is out of an abundance of caution.

St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will not reopen until September 13th at the earliest. 

St. Tammany Parish Government offices are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with regular business hours.

For those affected by the storm they may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Damage may also be reported to the State at damage.la.gov.  To report your damage to St. Tammany Parish email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those who received damage should also make sure to contact their insurance companies to file a claim as well.

For those needing blue tarps visit BlueRoof.us.  Blue tarps are also available around the parish at various local fire departments.

For any other needs call the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Hotline at (985)-898-2323.

St. Tammany Parish President Cooper was joined by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, Louisiana State Representative 77 Mark Wright, Louisiana State Representative Larry Frieman, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Mike Lorino, St. Tammany Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Clarence Powe and WSTE Media Relations, Manager of Marketing, Washington and Tangipahoa Parish Coylean Schloegel to provide Hurricane Ida relief updates.

Stay tuned to St. Tammany Parish Government social media channels and STPGOV.org for further updates.

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