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St. Tammany Parish Officials Watch River Levels — Ask Citizens to do the Same

St. Tammany Parish Officials Watch River Levels — Ask Citizens to do the Same

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper assures residents that he and officials in the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continue to monitor river levels as the National Weather Service forecasters are currently predicting that the Pearl River will crest at Major Flood Stage of 18.5 feet in the evening of Tuesday, April 20, 2021, into early Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Forecasted impacts of the crest of the Pearl River, according to the National Weather Service, include: impassable streets in surrounding subdivisions, possible flooded homes in the vicinity of Gum Bayou, and the threat of homes flooding in Magnolia Forest. Predications also indicate that secondary roads to the river and throughout Honey Island Swamp are expected to remain inundated.

In addition, the Tchefuncte River is predicted to crest Saturday, April 17 2021, at Moderate Flood Stage at 26 feet. Forecasted impacts of the crest of the Tchefuncte River, according to the National Weather Service, include: possible flooding to the entrance road to Camp Tchefuncte, inaccessibility to the campgrounds by auto; evacuation of the campground area is advised. Homes between Tantella Ranch Road and the river as well as homes on Trinchard Road and Louisiana Highway 1077 will be threatened.

“We are watching all rivers throughout St. Tammany, as we have seen spring rain for several days now. However, we have particular concern about the crest of the Pearl River at Major Flood Stage early next week, and the crest of the Tchefuncte in the next 24 hours at Moderate Flood Stage,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “We ask citizens who live along any of our rivers to pay close attention to the weather forecast, as it can rapidly change as forecasted weather conditions change.”

Public Works Pump Monitors and Observers will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend. All sandbag locations are open for self-service until 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021. The St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn located at 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River will also open Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 7 a.m. – 5p.m.

All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirm.

The locations are as follows:

St. Tammany Parish Government

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell, is closed due to high water. Storm information is posted at www.stpgov.org/storm, and on Parish Social Media channels.

Residents are asked to report flooded structures to 985-898-2574.

The National Weather service continues to predict slight to moderate risk of excessive heavy rainfall through early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish until Saturday morning.

Latest Forecast Indicates Higher River Levels Than Originally Predicted

Latest Forecast Indicates Higher River Levels Than Originally Predicted

St. Tammany Parish Officials were notified by forecasters at the National Weather Service this afternoon that the Bogue Falaya River, near Camp Covington is expected to reach 58 feet by midnight tonight, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Flood stage is 45 feet. The River is currently at 54.95 feet. Parish officials continue to monitor the expected severe weather threats. St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents, especially those who live near the Bogue Falaya River at Camp Covington, to please continue to monitor the current and severe weather threat and be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Forecasters are predicting continued severe weather and excessive rainfall into Friday and early Saturday. There is also the potential for wind gusts to 60mph and the possibility of hail.  An additional one to three inches of rain is forecast across parts of St Tammany Parish.  Due to significant past rainfall, flash flooding will be a concern through Saturday morning.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through noon on Saturday.   Heavy and intense rainfall may lead to water covered roadways.  Rivers will continue to rise and possible flooding may happen.

All road updates are posted at www.stpgov.org/storm. Residents are asked to report flooded structures to 985-898-2574. Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell, is closed due to high water. Storm information is posted at www.stpgov.org/storm, and on Parish Social Media channels.

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St. Tammany Parish Officials Urge Citizens to Remain Weather Aware

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to use care when traveling in St. Tammany, as spring rains have caused high water on some roadways. Forecasters predict the possibility for storms could return Friday. 

“Our Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is closely monitoring the forecast and watching river levels. Our Public Works crews are checking roadways and placing high water signs where needed. We ask citizens to stay tuned to local weather, and drive with care,” President Cooper said. “All road updates are posted at www.stpgov.org/storm.”

Residents are asked to report flooded structures to 985-898-2574.

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell, is closed due to high water. Storm information is posted at www.stpgov.org/storm, and on Parish Social Media channels.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish until Saturday morning.

 

St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program Underway

St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program or STRAP Underway

 

The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) which will utilize $7.7 million in CARES Act funding from the Department of Treasury, is fully underway. This program is available to assist households that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Tammany Parish Government has opened two locations, one on Koop Drive in Mandeville, and one in Slidell at the Towers building, for in-person applications. Officials are asking that applicants make an appointment to be served, by calling (985) 898-3016 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

“Our offices are up and running, and I am urging citizens who need this assistance to schedule an appointment and apply,” President Cooper said. “We know that many in our community are in need and we are here to ensure these funds are made available to those who need them as quickly as possible.”

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is slated to receive an additional round of funding in the near future. That date and amount have not yet been announced.

 

Rental assistance provided to an eligible household must not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household. The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) is now accepting applications for the following households: 

 

  • Households with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) which is approximately $56,300 for a family of four;
  • Households that have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
  • Households that are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Support documentation will be required prior to issuance of payments. Additional information on this program can be found at: www.stpgov.org/departments/grants. Applicants who have questions, or who plan to apply, should email their contact information, including mailing address to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Restrictions on Many Businesses will Ease Under Modified Phase III Order

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that he will closely align with Governor Edwards’ State Order and move St. Tammany Parish into a modified Phase III, easing restrictions on many businesses including restaurants, bars, gyms, and nail and hair salons. Businesses are encouraged to continue to follow guidelines set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office in opensafely.la.gov as they resume under this new Order. 

“I am very happy to announce that after a year of strict requirements, the hard work of our citizens and the availability of vaccines has allowed us to increase capacities for our business community,” said President Cooper. “We are looking forward to our continued return to normalcy as more people receive the vaccine and we continue to take personal responsibility through best prevention practices.”

Under President Cooper’s Phase III order, as in the State Order, the Mask Mandate will remain in place.

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Camp Salmen Nature Park to Reopen Friday, March 26, 2021 — Some Trails to Remain Closed Until Water Recedes

Camp Salmen Nature Park to Reopen Friday, March 26, 2021 — Some Trails to Remain Closed Until Water Recedes

Camp Salmen Nature Park will reopen at 12 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2021. Citizens are advised that some trails still have water and these trails will be closed for public use. These trails will be marked with barricades and/or signage which means they are closed. Citizens are asked to please refrain from going around the barricades. 

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

 

St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Awarded $10 Million for Nonstructural Flood Risk Reduction Projects

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper recently requested funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for flood risk reduction. Governor John Bel Edwards and CPRA announced earlier this week that St. Tammany has been awarded $10 million in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) for nonstructural projects.

“Our coastal communities from Slidell to Madisonville are under frequent threat of storm surge and inland flooding, particularly during hurricane season. We greatly appreciate this funding which will support our efforts to implement resiliency and flood risk reduction plans for the benefit of our citizens most negatively impacted,” said President Cooper.

A total of $163 million in funding was awarded to 15 separate projects throughout the State. According to CPRA, all projects were chosen because they align with the long-term resilience objectives of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and the state’s $1.2 billion CDBG-MIT Action Plan, including natural flood management, flood control, and critical infrastructure projects. The funding for these projects is part of the $1.2 billion in federal mitigation funds allocated to the State of Louisiana. 

St. Tammany Parish Government Partnerships Achieve Flood Protection, Marsh Creation and Aquatic Habitat Establishment 

St. Tammany Parish Government recently partnered with the Town of Madisonville, the Pontchartrain Conservancy, and Arcosa Marine to plant 2,400 one-gallon bald cypress trees over a 12-acre area, flanked by the Tchefuncte River in the Madisonville community. The goal of these plantings, on Lake Road, is to create a coastal wetland buffer or Bio-Shield. The trees provide a barrier to waves and can reduce the wave action on the land itself.

“We know that trees offer more than beauty to our community. This collaborative project is in keeping with our ongoing focus on flood protection, protection of our natural resources, and our Replant St. Tammany initiative. Trees are a natural source for flood protection and they offer a natural habitat for wildlife,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “I want to thank all of our partners in this project. We look forward to seeing these saplings mature to enhance the wetlands and increase this natural storm surge defense.”

“The Town of Madisonville greatly appreciated working in conjunction with St. Tammany Parish and Arcosa Marine on the planting of 2,400 bald cypress saplings here in Madisonville,” said Mayor Jean Pelloat. “We feel that this will help tremendously with coastal preservation and with the flooding in town. We look forward to the beautiful growth of the trees in the near future.”

“On average, every 2.7 miles of coastal wetlands can reduce storm surge by up to one foot. As many parts of our region continue to face increasing environmental threats and challenges, it is important for us to restore the wetlands that act as vital lines of defense against damaging storm surge and winds,” said Pontchartrain Conservancy Coastal Scientist Shelby Barrett. “We’re extremely grateful to partner with St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Madisonville and Arcosa Marine on this critical restoration project.”

“Arcosa Marine has a culture that values environmental responsibility and is a part of this community,” said Arcosa Marine Vice President of Operations, Bryson Person. “These are our neighbors, and we are proud to partner with the parish and the town to restore and preserve this habitat while giving something back to the land and the community.”

This project is a continuation of the Replant St. Tammany initiative. Since 2013, St. Tammany Parish Government has planted nearly 62,000 trees throughout 90 acres in St. Tammany to increase flood protection, improve water quality, create and preserve natural wildlife habitat, and help in wave and storm surge reduction in coastal areas.

Watch the video about this project here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in two separate projects to utilize the recycled Christmas trees from Parish citizens. The trees were part of marsh restoration in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, and the creation of fish habitat in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge at the Turnaround Fishing Pond in Pearl River.

Watch the video of tree placement in the marsh from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here.

 

 

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Statement by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Positivity Rates

As percent positivity rates in St. Tammany Parish continue to decline, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanks residents for their diligence and encourages citizens to utilize opportunities for vaccine availability.

“Our hard work is paying off. At 2%, we are seeing the lowest percent positivity rate in St. Tammany since October of 2020. In addition, beginning Monday, vaccine eligibility opens to every person 16 or older. I urge everyone who wishes to be vaccinated to take this opportunity to receive the vaccine,” President Cooper said. “As we continue to work together, I want to thank every citizen in our community for continuing to do what medical professionals recommend to slow the spread of COVID-19, as we work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

For information regarding COVID-19, including vaccine information and percent positivity statistics, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

 

 

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park remains closed due to water in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park is closed due to high water on the roadway in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to ask citizens to stay tuned to local weather as St. Tammany remains under a Flash Flood Watch through the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation


St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanked citizens for recognizing the importance of the 1.69 drainage millage continuation and choosing to overwhelmingly support the millage.

“The continuation of this revenue will allow us to move forward with identified drainage projects and continue to find ways to increase our resilience in the years to come, as we address the flood protection needs of our citizens,” President Cooper said. “The Parish Council and I agree that proper drainage is critical in protecting both life and property from the threat of flooding. I want to thank citizens for their trust in Parish Government to continue to use this funding responsibly.”

The funds collected from this millage return approximately $3.9 million in revenue annually. Over 70 projects have been funded by this millage in the last 10 years.

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St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed Saturday, March 20, 2021 for Election

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is closed, Saturday March 20, 2021 because it is a polling place for the Saturday March 20, 2021 Primary Election. Business hours resume Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8 a.m.

 

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops 

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops  

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that effective 5 p.m. today, March 18, 2021, bars located in St. Tammany may now operate at 50% capacity as the Percent Positivity Rate in St. Tammany has moved below 5% for two consecutive weeks, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. 

“St. Tammany citizens have worked hard to adhere to best prevention practices, and many who are eligible are choosing to get the vaccine. These factors are impacting our positivity rates in a good way,” said President Mike Cooper. 

The specific language in Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana states: “If a bar is located in a parish that has a percent positivity of 5% or less for two consecutive weeks, as determined and published by the Louisiana Department of Health, the bar may operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 250 people, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Should any parish that opts in subsequently exceed 5% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall return to 25% capacity.”

Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana may be found here
 

 

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Executive Order Initiating Phase III of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 31, 2021 - March 3, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 3, 2021 - February 11, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-February 10, 2021 – January 13, 2021

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-January 13, 2021 - December 22, 2020

Executive Order Initiating A Modified Phase II of The Parish’s Recover Plan – November 30, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase Three of Recovery Plan - December 4th - November 6, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of Recovery Plan – Outdoor Athletic Venues – October 23, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan November 6th - October 9, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan - Reopening Bars - October 7, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Two of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Proclamation: State of Emergency For Covid-19 Phase 2 Of Resilient Louisiana 

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan May 15, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 30, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 7, 2020

Executive Order Stay At Home 

Emergency Declaration 03172020 

Emergency Declaration 03132020 

 

 

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Save the Date for 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Save the Date for 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021. The event will take place at the Oak Harbor Park and Ride, 100 Harbor Center Boulevard, adjacent to the Harbor Center in Slidell.

“We know citizens look forward to this extremely popular event each year and we are happy to be able to bring it back in 2021,” said President Cooper. “This is an opportunity to responsibly dispose of your household hazardous waste.”

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste only. Information will be posted on www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org as the event date approaches.

 

 

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Parish President Mike Cooper Reflects on the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Impacting St. Tammany

“One year ago, St. Tammany, like much of the rest of the world, was faced with the reality of COVID-19. We came together as community and faced the uncertainty of a novel virus, loss of lives to this disease, and sacrifices we all had to make in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, as well as our frontline healthcare professionals. We did this to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President.

President Cooper went on to say, “I am thankful and proud of the way we worked together and I am proud of where we now stand. Let’s continue to move forward by making individual choices to protect one another, and by utilizing the vaccine to protect ourselves as we mourn the lives of those we lost to this disease, celebrate those who have recovered, and thank the people who lovingly cared for them all.”

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Highest Live Release Rate Ever and Other Exciting News from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

Highest Live Release Rate Ever and Other Exciting News from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

The Live Release Rate for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter reached 92%— the highest it has ever been — for the months of January and February, 2021.  The Live Release rate, according to the ASPCA, is “… an indication of the number of animals leaving a facility by means other than euthanasia or in‐shelter death. Live outcomes are usually achieved through adoption, reclaimed by owner, transferred to another agency, or other life‐saving actions.” This exceptional rate was achieved through a coordinated effort by Shelter staff to facilitate shelter adoptions and work with credible compassionate rescue groups to pull animals for adoption or transport animals for adoption to other locations in the United States where there is a shortage of adoptable animals. The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator works to match animals with their ideal forever families, while shelter staff and volunteers work to care for and socialize animals surrendered or brought into the Shelter.

“We have seen outstanding progress in the Shelter due to the hard work of our dedicated staff, as well as our partnerships with credible rescue groups who work with our staff to ensure the best outcome for each animal in our care,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to build on these relationships as we see many more adoptable animals matched with loving, suitable homes.”

A more user-friendly landing page for Animal Services — www.stpgov.org/pets — now includes all shelter intake and outcome statistics; current partner rescue groups; and adoptable pets. More features will be added going forward.

The Department of Animal Services has also launched several additional tools to assist both citizens and their pets. Through the expansion of the Shelter’s social media platforms, citizens can now search for or post a lost or found pet to the newly launched Facebook page, St. Tammany Return to Home. Animal Services has partnered with PawBoost in this effort. PawBoost is a nationwide company who partners with local shelters and local communities to assist in finding lost animals.

Starting Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Animal Services will be open to the public as we move into Phase III. Appointments for adoptions are not required, but still recommended. Volunteers will also be welcomed back to the Shelter. Complete Shelter information may be found at: www.stpgov.org/pets .

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St. Tammany Parish Government Buildings Will Open to the Public Under New Phase III Guidelines

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper announced that St. Tammany Parish Government buildings will officially reopen to the public Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8 a.m. All visitors will undergo COVID-19 screenings and will be required to wear a mask when inside Parish buildings, in addition to while visiting Parish-owned playgrounds like the Kids Konnection and the playground at Camp Salmen Nature Park, in keeping with the mask mandate.

“We are ready to welcome citizens back to our buildings. We ask that everyone be prepared to undergo screenings, and please wear a mask,” President Cooper said. “We want to build on our forward momentum and for that reason, we still need to take responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19, by continuing to take necessary precautions.”

Parish Government employees will resume on-campus work at full occupancy. Parish-run litter abatement crews utilizing staff working to fulfill Community Service obligations will continue but with increased capacity. The Department of Animal Services will welcome volunteers back to the Shelter.

While appointments are no longer required to complete Parish business, they are recommended.

Agencies located in the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center will operate as follows:

The 22nd Judicial Courts (applies to St. Tammany and Washington Parishes) – Everyone is required to wear a mask before entering the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center. Members of the public who are noticed with a scheduled in-person Court appearance or have an appointment with an agency located in the Courthouse will be admitted. No children will be allowed to enter the Courthouse except as pre-approved by the Judge of the division or the agency permitting them access to their office.

The St. Tammany Parish Assessor’s Office — Remains open to the Public by Appointment only. Citizens can visit STPAO.org, to make an appointment or they can call at (985) 809-8180

The complete Phase III Executive Order may be viewed here.

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St. Tammany Parish Moves into Phase III — St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program Update

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that St. Tammany Parish is now in Phase III.

“Simply by doing their part, our citizenry directly contributed to our movement into Phase III, as we saw a sustained decrease in positive cases and hospitalizations. We want to see this trend continue through perseverance in taking personal responsibility, wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home when feeling ill. If you are eligible for the vaccine and wish to receive it, please get it at the first opportunity,” President Cooper said.

In Phase III, the majority of businesses, including restaurants and salons, will be able to open at 75 percent of their capacity; indoor gatherings and event centers will be capped at 50 percent of their capacity but limited to 250 people; religious services will no longer have capacity limits; social distancing is strongly encouraged and masking will still be required; and bars in all parishes will be able to open for indoor service at 25 percent capacity, not to exceed 250 people. Bars in parishes where the percent positivity is 5 percent or lower for two consecutive weeks may have indoor service at 50 percent capacity, not to exceed 250 people. St. Tammany’s percent positivity is currently 6.90, according to numbers released Wednesday, March 2, 2021, from the Louisiana Department of Health. Complete details of the Executive Order with can be found at this: www.stpgov.org/covid19-declarations.

St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program or STRAP Update

The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) which will utilize CARES Act funding from the Department of Treasury, is mobilizing. This assistance is available to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Tammany Parish Government estimates fully implementing the program and scheduling appointments in the beginning of April 2021.

“We know that our citizens need this funding, and we are moving forward to put all of the components in place to roll out our program to make it available to them. We feel it is important for the public to be aware of our progress and have an avenue to pose questions,” President Cooper said. “When the final details are complete and we begin to accept applications, we will make a public announcement.”

Rental assistance provided to an eligible household must not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household. Beginning in early April, 2021, the St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) will begin accepting applications for the following households:

Households with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); households that have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and households that are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Support documentation will be required prior to issuance of payments.

In early April, there will be two locations for assistance: one on Koop Drive in Mandeville and one in Slidell at the Towers building. Neither location is open yet; however, information on this program can be found at: www.stpgov.org/departments/grants. Applicants who have questions should contact the Department of Grants by email at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish Government Saves Over $2 Million to Date Through New Approach to Projects

St. Tammany Parish Government Saves Over $2 Million to Date Through New Approach to Projects

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has changed the way district infrastructure projects are initiated in St. Tammany through bundling district road projects in close proximity to save money. Four separate projects initiated in 2020 and implemented using the bundling approach produced a combined cost savings of $2,067,640.40. Because of this immense return and successful implementation, all district road packages will utilize this new model going forward.

“Saving money at the start of each project simply by using this new approach — grouping projects in the same area — means we have more money available to invest in the next project,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our infrastructure investments are worth every dollar we spend. This is a new way to meet a fundamental need in a fiscally responsible way.” 

President Cooper worked closely with the St. Tammany Parish Council, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Engineering, and the Department of Procurement to implement the new process.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Asks Residents to Prepare for Upcoming Winter Weather

St. Tammany Parish Government Asks Residents to Prepare for Upcoming Winter Weather

With temperatures expected to dip below freezing on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is advising residents who need to find a warming shelter to call the Giving Hope Retreat Center located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485. The shelter will be available through the duration of the freeze.

As we move into the early morning hours of Monday, February 15, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to stay off area streets and highways due to the high potential of ice. The National Weather Service has issued several advisories for our area including: A Winter Weather Advisory, beginning Monday, February 15, 2021, 6 a.m., and a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory beginning Monday evening at 6p.m. These severe weather conditions are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions.

“Residents are asked to stay tuned to weather forecasts and local officials as conditions decline. Forecasters are predicting wintry precipitation ahead of a prolonged period of freezing weather. Driving conditions will deteriorate and could produce dangerous, icy conditions on the roadway,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Please plan to stay off of the roads until officials advise. If you or someone you know needs a place to shelter, please plan to move to the Giving Hope Retreat Mission before these hazardous conditions set in.”

STAR Transit will not operate due to predicted inclement weather Monday, February 15, 2021. Tuesday, February 16, 2021, they will remain closed for the Mardi Gras holiday. Operations will resume Wednesday, February 17, 2021, pending clearance from emergency preparedness officials.

The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park will close Monday, February 15, 2021 and Tuesday, February 16, 2021, due to predicted inclement weather.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. This office reminds residents reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

Residents with elderly individuals in their families are asked to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Residents who know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather are asked to check on them during the duration of the predicted winter weather to confirm their safety.

The Department of Animal Services advises pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

 

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Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

With predictions from the National Weather Service of sustained freezing temperatures early next week, St. Tammany Parish Government has instituted its severe cold weather protocol.

“Citizens should prepare now for freezing temperatures early next week. Plan to protect your pets, pipes and plants, and ensure elderly neighbors and family members have a safe and effective way to heat their homes,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Citizens should stay tuned to local weather and monitor road conditions as the temperatures drop.” 

The National Weather Service forecast indicates the coldest temperatures in our region will occur early Tuesday and could drop into the low twenties. Wintry precipitation remains in the forecast for late Sunday for areas in the state north of St. Tammany, but forecasters remain uncertain as to whether or not it will reach our area.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Parish’s Department of Public Works has placed designated employees on notice for activation if the weather dictates, and it becomes necessary to prep roads for freezing conditions.

Residents with elderly individuals in their families are asked to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Residents who know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather should plan to check on them during the duration of the predicted winter weather to confirm their safety.

The Department of Animal Services asks pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Calls on Citizens to Continue Prevention Practices Through the Mardi Gras Holiday

As we head into the Mardi Gras holiday weekend, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is relying on each and every St. Tammany resident to take personal responsibility, and heed the advice of medical professionals to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“St. Tammany Parish, like much of Louisiana, is preparing to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday, albeit in different, more creative ways. We ask each of you to refrain from large gatherings — especially with people from outside of your own household, wear a mask in public, and continue to take precautions.”

President Cooper went on to say, “We are seeing our numbers decline with each passing week. Let’s plan to keep it that way, as we take the necessary precautions during Mardi Gras. Our goals have always been to lessen the burden on our hospitals and healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients for nearly a year, and to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy. With everyone working together, we can achieve these goals and get through this pandemic.”

View President Cooper’s taped message, here.

For daily updates on COVID-19 including daily data for St. Tammany from the Louisiana Department of Health, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

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Phase II of St. Tammany Fishing Pier Underway – Spring Opening Pushed Back

The long-awaited expansion of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier in Slidell is now fully under construction. The annual spring opening of the Pier — usually March 1st — is pushed back this year as construction crews from STEELE-R Development, LLC, will need to travel the first span to complete their work on the Phase II expansion. The spring opening is slated for late April or early May of 2021, barring any construction delays.
“This investment in the expansion of the Pier is something patrons have been anticipating for some time. We look forward to the day when we can fully open the Pier and celebrate its completion,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to finish this project and prepare to welcome citizens back to the Pier in the coming months.”


In July, 2020, $390,000 in Capital Outlay funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project. This estimated total cost of project is $1.3 million, a portion of which will be funded through a grant from the Wallop Breaux Public Access and Boating Facility through Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $992,0458.50.


Phase II of this project includes developing the western span of the old twin spans section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shelter structures, cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, and exterior lighting. This is a 120-day project.


For continued updates on the Phase II expansion, visit www.sttammanyfishingpier.com/ and follow us on Facebook, @sttammanyfishingpier.

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Brand-New Tammany Trace Signage Offers Enhanced Features for Patrons

Brand-New Tammany Trace Signage Offers Enhanced Features for Patrons 

 

Tammany Trace patrons can expect to see new, upgraded signage along the 28-mile Rails-to-Trails conversion within the coming weeks. The signage, made possible with support from the Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust,  retains features from the previous version, while offering greater detail including: a larger, more thorough map with icons indicating points of interest and the amenities offered at each; the option to use a Quick Response, or QR code, to access the entire library of Tammany Trace Rules with your mobile device; and an updated mileage chart including the newly opened extension into Camp Salmen Nature Park. The original signs, also produced with the support of the Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust,  were produced in 2009.

“The Tammany Trace is a unique and valued amenity here in St. Tammany. The upgrade of these maps gives patrons more tools to fully enjoy this beautiful outdoor treasure,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We encourage local patrons and visitors to utilize these maps to make the most of their time on the Tammany Trace.”

“Since 1995, the St. Tammany (now Northshore) Home Builders Charitable Trust has invested over $500,000 into our local charities,” said Amy Ybarzabal, Executive Director of the Northshore Home Builders Association. “This donation to the Tammany Trace is one way we fulfill our mission to support legislative, economic, and educational initiatives that promote and protect the American Dream of home ownership. The Trace enhances the quality of life on the Northshore.”

The Northshore Homebuilders Charitable Trust contributed just over $3,000.00 to the production of the signs.  Tammany Trace crews expect to have all signage installed by the end of February 2021.

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COVID-19 Updates January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Updates January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the Louisiana Department of Health
Health Department: 298 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

These providers – including 150 chain pharmacies, 112 independent pharmacies, 19 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), 3 rural health clinics (RHCs), and an additional 14 healthcare sites – represent all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state.

While the state was able to resupply the majority of providers that received COVID vaccine doses last week, future distribution is dependent on vaccine made available to the state, among other factors. To stress, there is no guarantee that providers receiving vaccine this week will receive vaccine in the future. 

These vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier 1: 

  • Persons ages 70 years or older
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff
  • Community care clinic providers and staff
  • Behavioral health clinic providers and staff
  • Dialysis providers and clients 
  • Home health service providers, direct support workers and recipients including people with disabilities over 16
  • Dental providers and staff
  • Ambulatory care providers and staff, including members of coroner, autopsy, or mortuary teams.
  • Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools

Participating providers must make available vaccine available to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will inform future decisions about distribution.   

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.

In addition, residents can call 211 to find a vaccine provider near them.

Eligible residents must contact a participating provider and make an appointment with them. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for patients; only providers can.

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.

We want everyone to have the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID. We are confident that COVID-19 vaccines will be a critical tool in ultimately ending the pandemic. 

Read this notice on the LDH website here.
Complete list of vaccine providers in Louisiana here.

COVID-19 Community Testing Sites January 19- January 22, 2021

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in Mandeville —Tuesday, January 19, 2021, through Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Mandeville Community Center, 3090 East Causeway Approach. The testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.

For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit ochsner.org/testing. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for these tests.
 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Again Calls on Citizens to Remain Vigilant in Prevention Practices as COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Rise

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Again Calls on Citizens to Remain Vigilant in Prevention Practices as COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Rise

As the Louisiana Department of Health reports a percent positivity rate in St. Tammany Parish above 10% for the third consecutive week, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper again asks residents to remain strong in their commitment to best prevention practices to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“We all need to continue to stay the course and exercise personal responsibility as we take every precaution necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is critically important as we see our percent positivity rate continue to climb, our hospital staffs strained, and our medical resources negatively impacted,” Cooper said. “We have a mask mandate in Louisiana as well as here in St. Tammany — every person over the age of eight is required to wear a mask in public, including outdoor public spaces. We should all continue to physically distance, avoid large gatherings, and practice personal hygiene including frequent handwashing and sneezing into your elbow.

“If you feel ill, stay home to avoid infecting others. Consider making an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible. We must continue to work together to protect the most vulnerable among us while retaining our medical resources. We are optimistic that these vaccines will help us to move through to the next phase of this pandemic. We need everyone to continue to do their part to ensure that we get there.”

For daily updates on COVID-19 including daily data for St. Tammany from the Louisiana Department of Health, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government - 2020 Year in Review

St. Tammany Parish Government - 2020 Year in Review

2020 in Review

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper reflects on his first year in office as he spotlights key accomplishments amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and a record-breaking hurricane season.

“We will all be stronger for the challenges 2020 presented. They were daunting and the decisions were at times difficult, but our citizens did what was necessary to ensure our community thrived during these uncertain times, standing together to protect our most vulnerable through personal responsibility,” Cooper said.  “I am proud to have served in a leadership role in our community during 2020. Though my first year in office was nothing like I envisioned coming in, it presented opportunities to show our strength, unity, compassion, and tenacity.”

Key Accomplishments

In 2020, President Cooper issued over 30 Executive Orders, prepared and filed by the Civil Division of the 22nd JDC, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic or weather events. The Civil Division of the 22nd JDC produced over 1.2 million pages of public records and conducted 45 in-person reviews of records in response to 568 Public Records Requests, with an average turnaround time of 19 days.

Cooper established the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council, formalized in mid-April to establish the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan and phased re-opening strategy. In partnership with members of the St. Tammany Parish Council — Council Chairman  Mike Lorino, and Council Co-Chair Rykert Toledano — Cooper also established a 24-Member Revenue Review Committee tasked with fact finding, deliberation of funding options, and development of recommendations. St. Tammany Parish Government instituted virtual public meetings in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center was activated fully, partially, and virtually, five separate times for storm events during the 2020 Hurricane Season. St. Tammany Parish Government continues its emergency response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Department of Public Works provided 182,155 sandbags throughout 2020 in advance of the rising Pearl River, the 500-plus year flood in May, and six named storms during Hurricane Season. In addition, Public Works crews picked up 5492.2 cubic yards of storm debris. The Department of Engineering completed $8.3 million in roads and drainage projects throughout St. Tammany.

In April 2020, St. Tammany Parish was awarded a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds ($703,190) to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The following non-profits were beneficiaries of this CARES Act funding: Northshore Food Bank – Senior Food Program $100,000; Family Promise – Family Stabilization Project $30,000; and Habitat for Humanity-West – St. Tammany Homeownership Center $100,000. In addition, the Department of Grants awarded CDBG funding to the following beneficiaries in 2020: NAMI, St. Tammany - Day Center $100,000; NAMI, St. Tammany – Residential $34,276.40; Youth Service Bureau – Options Adolescent and Family Alcohol & Drug Outreach Program $45,000; and Hope House - $25,000. St. Tammany Parish Government also received CARES funding in the amount of $7,035,843 from the Federal Transit Administration to support public transit, as well as $646,797 in Community Services Block Grant Funding to support the St. Tammany Parish STPG Community Action Agency for the prevention of homelessness through rental assistance.

In late August, the FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate Mitigation System installation was completed in the Fox Hollow subdivision in the Slidell area. This gate is the first of its kind in the State of Louisiana installed in a residential neighborhood. With the installation of this gate, the gap in the levee system in Fox Hollow, will now be closed during a flood event. This system requires no man power to operate, and is automatically activated by flood waters which cause the gate to rise and protect the area where the gate is installed.

St. Tammany Parish’s multi-jurisdictional, Hazard Mitigation Plan was updated and approved. This approval secures St. Tammany’s eligibility for Hazard Mitigation grants administered by FEMA including: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) post-disaster-funding; pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), a nationally competitive program for mitigation projects and planning grants; and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), a nationally competitive program for Flood Mitigation projects. The plan was updated through a collaborative process with participating jurisdictions including: unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Abita Springs, the City of Covington, the Village of Folsom, the Town of Madisonville, the City of Mandeville, the Town of Pearl River, the City of Slidell, and the Village of Sun. The current plan expires November 3, 2025, at which time it will need to be updated and approved.

St. Tammany has retained its AA+ Bond rating from the S&P 500.

The St. Tammany Department of Animal Services began a partnership with Wings of Rescue in early 2020. This group transports shelter animals to parts of the country who have little or no access to adoptable animals. The Shelter also partnered with the local non-profit, Mardi Paws — the Super Krewe of Canines for special events and fundraising to continue the transport of shelter pets to their forever homes.  In addition to these new partnerships, the Shelter welcomed a new Director. In 2020, over 1,700 animals have left the shelter through adoptions, rescue transfers, or through returns to owners.

The Tammany Trace Extension onto Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell was completed and opened for use. Its completion and opening facilitated daily hours for Camp Salmen Nature Park. The collaborative project between St. Tammany Parish Government and the Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) to align the curve on La. Highway 59 and to construct a tunnel on the Tammany Trace at this location, started in 2020.

The widening and overlay of Interstate 12, Phases One and Two, began in 2020. A large portion of the funding for phase one — $43.4 million— comes from federal redistribution funds, which is money left over from other federally sourced projects across the country. St. Tammany Parish provided an $8 million match for the project. The remaining $2.8 million has been sourced through the state. Phase two is funded through a $25 million competitive federal BUILD grant, obtained by St. Tammany Parish, and a $7.2 million match from Parish Government. The remaining funds are being paid by the state.

The Safe Haven campus saw the completion of the renovation of the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center, and the installation of artwork procured from local artists through a Call to Artists, funded by  the Percent for Art ordinance. The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center will house St. Tammany’s third Federally Qualified Health Center, as well as St. Tammany’s first 24-bed Crisis Receiving Center and is set to open in 2021. In addition, the Safe Haven Blue-Green Trails Master Plan was finalized, and the 2020 Safe Haven Strategic Plan was completed. The Safe Haven newsletter — Journey Notes — was also launched.

The Department of Development began the process of updating the St. Tammany Parish Comprehensive Plan. The Plan Update — New Directions 2040 — is currently underway. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

The 14th Annual President’s Arts Awards honored ten recipients in an outdoor ceremony strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol.

The 21st Annual Holiday of lights looked very different this year as a drive-thru only event, however, over 3,000 cars attended the weeks-long display!

 

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COVID-19 Updates
STPG-TV On-Demand
News Updates
Safe Haven
Live Safe. Work Safe, Shop Safe. Action Plan
New Directions 2040

 

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New Directions 2040 Newsletter #2

Assembling the Community's Vision 

The second edition of the New Directions 2040 Newsletter has been released. Read the entire newsletter here.

Holiday Updates from St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates from St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday of Lights

The 21st Annual drive-thru Holiday of Lights moves into its third weekend, Friday, December 18, through Sunday, December 20, 2020, from 5p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. The drive-thru light display will also be open for viewing Christmas Eve through Christmas night.

Holiday closures for Parish Government are as follows:

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Thursday, December 24, 2020, and Friday, December 25, 2020, in observance of Christmas. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will also close Saturday, December 26, 2020. The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Thursday, December 31, 2020, and Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of the New Year. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will also close, Saturday, January 2, 2021. The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will accept Christmas trees for recycling. The trees are collected for use in cooperative marsh restoration efforts. Bare, unflocked trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours. Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be accepted at the drop-off sites as they cannot be used for the project. Trees will be accepted until January 29, 2021.

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Percent for Art Open House Showcases the Safe Haven Healing Arts Collection

Percent for Art Open House Showcases the Safe Haven Healing Arts Collection

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper welcomed members of the arts and health communities as they came together at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex, Thursday, December 10, 2020. The event — the Percent for Art Open House — was an art opening for 31 Healing Arts collections procured through a Call to Artists earlier this year, as well as donations from local philanthropists.

“With the addition of this healing artwork, we move closer to the opening of the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center. This collection is vital to the facility, as we want each and every person who joins us to begin their healing journey to do so with dignity and a sense of hope,” Cooper said. “In addition to adding a healing component to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center, this Call to Artists offered an opportunity to our arts community to find work during this uncertain time and to add to the success of Safe Haven.”

Cooper opened the event by thanking members of the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, local philanthropists, arts advocates Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly, and Safe Haven Director Mary Burckell for their investment in Safe Haven and their work to bring this collection to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center.

 

Over 40 artists with over 280 proposals responded to the Call to Artists in the summer of 2020, issued by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and St. Tammany Parish Government. A five-member Art Advisory Panel selected the final collections for installation. Two additional pieces were donated by Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly. Special thanks to the Advisory Panel members: Cindy Pulling, Administrative Director for NAMI St. Tammany; James Davis, St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7; Laura Prisco, Chairwoman, St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs; Jennifer Bushnell, Commissioner, St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs; and Mary D. Burckell, Director of Safe Haven.

The artwork was funded through the Percent for Art Program at a cost of $24,400. This program stems from an ordinance passed in 2002 which authorizes the allocation of funds for art in the construction of public buildings. For this project selections were made specifically to enhance the healing environment of the facility. All artwork was installed in adherence to required guidelines for a Behavioral Health facility. You may view the Safe Haven Collection here.

Future projects slated for completion at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex include: bedroom murals, an outdoor sculpture, exam room murals, and landscaping. See descriptions of each here. For information on involvement in pending projects at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex, please contact Mary Burckell, Director of Safe Haven at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center houses St. Tammany’s first 24-bed Crisis Receiving Center, as well as a third Federally Qualified Health Center to serve the people of St. Tammany. It is expected to open in early 2021.

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Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

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New Directions 2040 Steering Committee Members Announced as Initial Visioning Phase of Plan Update Continues

New Directions 2040 Steering Committee Members Announced as Initial Visioning Phase of Plan Update Continues

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and the St. Tammany Parish Council Members announced their appointees for the 21-member Steering Committee of New Directions 2040. The steering committee members will consider the work products of the consultant team led by the firm of Asakura Robinson. Committee members will provide direction to the team for the updated goals, objectives, and tasks to promote resilient and sustainable development in the Parish.

“The update to our Comprehensive Plan will guide and shape our future. Choosing people from all areas of St. Tammany was of great importance to me,” Cooper said. “I want to thank all of my appointments for volunteering their time and agreeing to be a part of this process and this group, as they will join the other 14 members of the committee that were appointed by the Parish Council to provide guidance and expertise as we develop the plan.”

During the first phase of the public input visioning process, 154 people participated in meetings either in-person or via Zoom, 38 surveys were collected, and 72 ideas were submitted. Citizens can continue to complete surveys and submit ideas at the New Directions 2040 survey link here. More public meetings are slated for 2021.

The outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process will achieve several objectives. It will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here .

The New Directions 2040 Steering Committee Members are listed below. 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper appointees:

  • Rachael Catalanotto – Mandeville
  • Rachael is a partner in the law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes and Knight, LLC.
  • Donna McDonald – Slidell
  • Donna is the President of McDonald Construction LLC in Slidell.
  • Denis Bechac – Mandeville
  • Denis manages U.S. Business Development at Smartmatic and former Mayor Pro-Tempore for the City of Mandeville.
  • David L. Campbell – Folsom
  • David is a retired attorney who served on the New Directions 2025 Committee. He currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Pontchartrain Conservancy.
  • Bradley Cook – Covington
  • Bradley is an Advisor with Stirling Properties commercial real estate team in the Covington office.
  • Thomas Thompson – Eden Isles
  • Thomas is a Member of the East St. Tammany Storm Protection Committee.
  • Karen Ducre-Raymond – Lacombe
  • Karen is the President of the Bayou Lacombe Museum.

St. Tammany Parish Council Appointees:

  • Marty Dean, Councilman District 1 – TBA
  • David Fitzgerald, Councilman District 2 -S. Dale Jenkins
  • Martha Cazaubon, Councilwoman District 3 - A.J. Davis
  • Michael Lorino, Jr., Council Chairman District 4 - Chris Masingill
  • Rykert O. Toledano, Jr., Council Vice Chairman District 5 - Shelby LaSalle
  • Cheryl Tanner, Councilwoman District 6 - Chris Hnatyshyn
  • James J. Davis, Councilman District 7- Carlo Hernandez
  • Chris Canulette, Councilman District 8 - Dave Doherty
  • Mike M. Smith, Councilman District 9 - Gene Bellisario
  • Maureen "MO" O'Brien, Councilwoman District 10 - Richard Lambert
  • Steve Stefancik, Councilman District 11 - Ed Potivent
  • Jerry Binder, Councilman District 12 - Bob Beck
  • Jake A. Airey, Councilman District 13 - Jim Walter
  • Thomas J. "T.J." Smith, Councilman District 14 - Lester Mayho
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Inaugural Meeting of 24-Member Revenue Review Committee Laid Groundwork for Initiative

The Revenue Review Committee, announced by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper at the October 2020, St. Tammany Parish Council meeting, held their first meeting via Zoom, Wednesday, December 2, 2020. President Cooper welcomed the group, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Mike Lorino shared an overview of the goals of the committee, and St. Tammany Parish Chief Financial Officer, Leslie Long, presented an overview of the budget and provided each member with a packet for review.

“With the failure of the renewals of sales tax propositions in 2018, there is a loss in revenue dedicated to the Justice Center and Parish Jail that must be recovered. Our fiscal challenge is real and imminent. This working committee is in place to peel back the onion of our financials to propose real solutions based on a fresh, objective view of our budget, our revenues, and our expenditures,” Cooper said.

Between now and the end of March, 2021 when final recommendations are to be presented to the leadership of St. Tammany Parish Government, the committee will be holding informational meetings and is tasked with fact finding, deliberation of funding options, and development of recommendations.

President Cooper continued “I appreciate the time of our Council, the St. Tammany Corporation, and our committee members. The committee’s focused mission will take time and thoughtful decision-making to complete. The ultimate goal of this effort, combined with our internal work, is to give us applicable remedies we can work with going forward.”

The committee is made up of individuals from several diverse sectors of the community including: law enforcement, public school system, members of the public, the judiciary, business organizations, and the faith community to name a few. See the complete list of members here. The next meeting of the committee is TBD.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Decision on 2021 Mardi Gras Parades

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that 2021 Mardi Gras Parades will not roll in St. Tammany. The decision was finalized early Thursday, after consultation with Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany Parish Coroner, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, local fire districts, local police departments and a consensus of local mayors.

“This decision was made after much discussion and thoughtful deliberation. We have taken in to consideration the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and the fact that we remain in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with numbers continuing to rise,” Cooper said. “We want to discourage any event that will draw large crowds and possibly endanger the health of our citizens or possibly put our first responders at risk.  I want to thank every leader within our Parish who participated in this conversation. I will continue to do what is right to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

Cooper hosted two conference calls with the above-mentioned parties on separate occasions to discuss the 2021 Mardi Gras season.

 

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21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights Starts Friday, December 4, 2020

21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights Starts Friday, December 4, 2020

The drive-thru version of the 21st Annual Holiday of Lights kicks off Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. Guests should plan to drive into Koop Drive and follow the directional signs where they will be guided through the light display for sightseeing from the comfort of their vehicles (see map).

The drive-thru Holiday of Lights display will be open on Koop Drive in Mandeville, Fridays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. beginning December 4, 2020 through Christmas night.

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — December 1 – December 4

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — December 1 – December 4

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Slidell area —Tuesday, December 1, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.

For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

St. Tammany Parish Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

St. Tammany Parish Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) that St. Tammany Parish’s multi-jurisdictional, updated 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved. This approval secures St. Tammany’s eligibility for Hazard Mitigation grants administered by FEMA including: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) post-disaster-funding; pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), a nationally competitive program for mitigation projects and planning grants; and; Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), a nationally competitive program for Flood Mitigation projects.

“Work to update this plan was a collective and concentrated effort — especially in light of COVID-19,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Several municipalities as well as our citizens — through public input meetings — worked together to formulate, update, and prepare this plan. I want to thank everyone involved for making sure St. Tammany remains prepared with a working plan moving forward.”

“I am very appreciative of the efforts of all of the representatives from every jurisdiction, and I am grateful for all that they do to protect St. Tammany Parish” said Clarence Powe, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “Continued eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants administered by FEMA — both pre and post-disaster — is vitally important to the resilience of our community.”

The approved, participating jurisdictions include: unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Abita Springs, the City of Covington, the Village of Folsom, the Town of Madisonville, the City of Mandeville, the Town of Pearl River, the City of Slidell, and the Village of Sun. The current plan expires November 3, 2025 and will need to be updated and approved at that time.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be implemented on an ongoing basis, and must be updated every five years to ensure they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies. Updating a plan involves preparing the plan and meeting specific criteria throughout the updating process including public involvement and stakeholder meetings.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines implementation strategies community can take to make them more disaster-resilient. It identifies various natural hazards that may impact a community and outlines mitigation strategies, projects, and actions for reducing risks to these identified hazards.

 View the St. Tammany Parish 2020 Hazard Mitigation plan here.

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St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Updates

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Updates

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes 46 Greyhounds Removed from Pearl River Area Rescue 

The 46 pups removed from a Pearl River rescue in early November by St. Tammany Parish Animal Control officers, have been rehomed. Acting on a report and subsequent photos, Animal Control Officers, accompanied by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, visited A Grey Area Greyhound Adoption Inc. near Pearl River.  The conditions in the facility warranted the seizure of the pups, most of them Greyhounds. Eleven of the pups were returned to their owners, and the remaining 35 were taken in by rescue groups.

“I am very proud of the work by our Department of Animal Services team. They quickly assessed all of the pups — and placed them with their rightful owners, or with reputable rescue groups who so generously offered to help,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our shelter population is such that this sudden influx of pups was easily managed, and I attribute this to the hard work of our staff under the proactive leadership of our Director, Beth Brewster.”

“Our focus is safety of the public, and the well-being of the animals in our care. There are occasions, like this one, where we step in to lend a hand,” said Beth Brewster, Director of the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. “We want to encourage citizens to call us if they are in a situation that they find unmanageable, or if they see something they feel needs our attention. We are here to help.”

Several reputable rescue groups worked closely with the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services to pull 35 pups. These groups are:  GPOA- Greyhound Pets of America, National Borzoi Rescue Foundation, Afghan Club of America, STOLA National Saluki Rescue, and Whippet Rescue and Placement.

Find Your Fur-ever Feline, Barks Giving, Adopt A Shelter Pet Stocking and Home for the Holidays Adoption Event

During the months of November and December, you can take home a cat six months or older for FREE from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Kittens— or cats under the age of six months — are now $25. The cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Our first ever Barksgiving is coming up. With the help of our partners from Mardi Paws, as well as our sponsors: Piggly Wiggly, Baldwin Subaru, Tito's Vodka For Dog People, and Cupcake Concepts, all shelter pets will be provided a Barksgiving dinner. It’s a pet-friendly menu with the animals’ health in mind.

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, plan to visit us at our Home for the Holidays Adoption Event at Baldwin Subaru located at 1730 N Hwy 190, Covington from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There are several opportunities to help the shelter this Christmas season. Visit unleashjoy.org to learn more about the following: 12 Days of ChristMUTTS; Adopt a Shelter Pet’s Stocking; Christmas Wishlist promotion of much-needed shelter items; and Christmas Dinner for shelter pets.

If you wish to purchase a Kuranda bed for our shelter pups, visit this link: shelterbeds.org .

Pets currently in adoption can be found at www.stpgov.org/pets. Please choose the Pet Finder or Pet Harbor tab to search the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. You can also find many of our adoptable pets on Facebook.  The Shelter will be closed, Thursday, November 26, 2020 through Saturday, November 28, 2020, for Thanksgiving. Business hours resume Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

 

“I want to wish every citizen of St. Tammany a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We know these holidays are going to be different due to COVID-19.  Each one of us can play a part in helping to protect the most vulnerable among us through personal responsibility. We can do this with a few simple steps. Please keep COVID-19 protective measures in mind when planning your holiday.

“When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please continue to physically distance, avoid large gatherings — especially gatherings with people you have not been in contact with recently. If you are out in the community wear a mask — especially when inside local businesses and restaurants. As I have said in the past, there are several ways to support our local restaurants and small businesses. Shopping with them is one and helping them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when you are inside their establishments is another.

“I continue to work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and I ask each and every citizen to continue to work with me to achieve this balance. By protecting ourselves and one other, we can all contribute to the recovery.  Please take personal responsibility as we enter into the holidays. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.”

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Slidell area —Tuesday, November 17, 2020 through Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

During the month of November, take home a cat six months or older for FREE from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Kittens, or cats under the age of six months, are now $25. The cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

“Our shelter has come a long way in 2020, and our population is less than 150 right now — that’s less than one quarter of what it was in the first half of 2020. We want to keep the positive momentum going,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “If you are looking for a pet, now is a great time to find one.”

Additional changes at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter include: a mentorship with Best Friends Animal Society — a national animal advocacy group and partner; reduced euthanasia rates — euthanasia rates of animals who were either ill or a danger to the public, dropped to less than eight percent during the month of October; a high placement rate — since the start of 2020, over 1600 pets have been placed through adoption, rescue groups, or reunification with their owners.

Pets currently in adoption can be found at www.stpgov.org/pets. Please choose the Pet Finder or Pet Harbor tab to search the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. You can also find many of our adoptable pets on Facebook.

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St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the first round of public involvement opportunities for New Directions 2040 — the update to the Parish’s Comprehensive Plan. These events will introduce the initiative, explain the role of the Comprehensive Plan in decision-making on land use and infrastructure, and show how residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can participate. St. Tammany citizens will learn about upcoming opportunities to express their vision, values and priorities for the Parish over the next 20 years.

“As I stated when we kicked off this initiative, my goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community. These information sessions are the start of developing this vision,” said President Cooper. “This is where the opportunity begins for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future. I invite everyone to have a seat at the table and offer input.”

The combination of in-person “pop-up” events and virtual informational sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Kickoff and Info Session - Registration required
  • Friday, November 13 from 2-6 PM  // Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA-1085, Covington
  • Saturday, November 14 from 10AM - 1PM // Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell
  • Sunday, November 15 from 10 AM-3 PM // Madisonville Maker’s Market, Madisonville Ball Park & Playground, Pine Street, Madisonville
  • Monday, November 16 from 10 AM-1PM // Folsom Farmers Market, Giddy Up, 82292 LA-25, Folsom
  • Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Info Session #2 - Registration required

Today the Parish also launches the project website, where a visioning survey, ideas board, interactive map, and more information is available: www.newdirections2040.com.

All pop-up events will occur outdoors. Project team staff will follow Louisiana Department of Health guidelines with respect to wearing protective facial coverings.  Social distancing measures will be followed.

The planned outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process will achieve several objectives. It will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/heQOrv.

 

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21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper announced that a modified version of the 21st Annual Holiday of Lights will go forward this Christmas season as a drive-thru only event.

“We are all ready for something positive. What could be more positive than keeping this tradition alive even through COVID-19,” Cooper said. “While we know the experience will be slightly different, we will still have the experience, and that is the most important thing for us — to give our citizens the Holiday of Lights event in 2020.”

The Holiday of Lights display will be open on Koop Drive in Mandeville, as a drive-thru only sightseeing event, Fridays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in December, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Dates and drive-thru procedures will be announced closer to the kick-off of the event.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will remain closed until early spring 2021, as the Pier sustained significant damage from Hurricane Zeta.
 
“The Pier suffered damage that has made it unsafe for patrons, and that must be repaired before work on Phase II can begin. Therefore, we have made the decision to close now for the winter,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the patience of our patrons, and we look forward to reopening in 2021 with a more expanded Pier and even more fishing opportunities.”
 
Crews will work to repair the Pier in the coming weeks. Following the repair, construction on Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier is expected to begin in early December. $390,000 in funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project earlier this year. This estimated total cost of project is $1.3 million, a portion of which will be funded through a grant from the Wallop Breaux Public Access and Boating Facility through Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $992,0458.50. This project includes developing one of the twin spans (WEST side) 2500-foot section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shade structures with benches, portable restroom structures with cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, and exterior lighting. Cost estimates to repair the damage from Hurricane Zeta have not been finalized.
 
 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup – November 4, 2020St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020EO Update Sunday, November 1, 2020EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine TrafficEO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park
Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020
Press Conference October 30, 2020
Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020
Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020
Press Conference October 28, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency
St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  
 
 
 

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St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Protection Project for Educational Outreach will go forward with funding from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Councilman Chairman Mike Lorino introduced an ordinance at the October 2020 Parish Council meeting, which was adopted at the November 2020 Parish Council meeting, allocating approximately $1,593,700 in GOMESA funding to complete the project.

“When we were approached by the Town of Madisonville and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum with the project to preserve this important coastal habitat unique to our community and to help facilitate access to the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse for public education purposes, we knew it would make a lasting impact on generations for years to come,” Cooper said. “The historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse has a storied history, and will now continue to have a lasting future, as we invest in its continued preservation.”

“The approval and funding of this project to protect the Tchefuncte River Range Light Station here in Madisonville is very appreciated. This project has been in the works for years, with your assistance our community and St Tammany Parish will be preserving a landmark to be enjoyed for years to come,” said Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat. “The original building, built before the Civil War still provides boaters guidance into the Tchefuncte River. We want to thank each of you for your support of this Historic Building and Landmark in our community!”

Anticipated benefits of this shovel-ready project include coastal protection and restoration, recreational usage, educational outreach, navigation, and preservation of the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse peninsula shoreline. Design elements include: a proposed shoreline reduction bulkhead; a proposed dock and pier reconstruction; and a proposed rock breakwater. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation administered the design with funding by the Environmental Protection Agency secured by Senator Bill Cassidy.

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park in the Slidell area will reopen at noon , Wednesday, November 4, 2020 after extensive cleanup from Hurricane Zeta. Parish Government asks that patrons please refrain from using areas that remain closed.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced on Tuesday, October  27, 2020 the official opening of the Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen, as well as the new park hours --- seven days per week from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Read details here.

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell.

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14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that the 14th Annual President’s Arts Awards recipients will be honored at the President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, Thursday, November 19, 2020, at an outdoor ceremony at the Koop Drive Trailhead Pavilion. Attendance will be limited to recipients and their families as COVID-19 protective protocol will be in place.

“We are happy to be able to host this event at the Koop Drive Trailhead. I want to thank the Commission for their hard work and their attention to every detail in keeping safety in mind in planning this event, for the honorees,” Cooper said. “The arts are a vital part of our community.  I look forward to celebrating my first Arts Awards as Parish President and recognizing the wealth of artistic talent here in St. Tammany. I offer sincere congratulations to every recipient.”

The honorees are as follows:

  • Visual Artist – Gretchen Armbruster
  • Literary Artist – Mike Artell
  • Culinary Artist – Abita Brewing Company
  • Performing Artist – Mel Rogers
  • Musical Artist – Lee Hicks
  • Patron of the Arts – Painting with a Twist
  • President’s Award (Posthumously) – Gardner Schneider Kole
  • Native Son Award – Lesslee Fitzmorris Mitchell
  • Lifetime Achievement – Patricia “Pat” Clanton
  • Outstanding Service Award – Kim Bergeron

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

Citizens in need of blue roof tarps can pick them up at the following locations in St. Tammany during business hours:

 

  Town of Abita Springs - (985)892-0711

                22161 Level Street, Abita Springs

                Village of Folsom - (985) 796-5607

                82378 June Street, Folsom           

               Town of Pearl River – (985)-863-5800

                City Hall, 39460 Willis Alley, Pearl River

                City of Slidell – (985)-646-4258

                Slidell Public Operations Complex, 1325 Bayou Lane, Slidell

                Mandeville - (985) 624-3169

                Mandeville Public Works, 1100 Mandeville High Blvd., Mandeville

 

Recreational Facilities

 

These facilities remain closed:

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell

 

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

 

Citizens are asked to report storm damage to residential and commercial structures to St. Tammany Parish Government through the following means:

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

include your address and phone number

Or call (985)898-5214

Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

Additional Information

 

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

EO Update Sunday, November 1, 2020

EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell Underway this Week

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell Underway this Week

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week from Tuesday, November 3, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020, at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road, in Slidell, from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed November 3, 2020

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed November 3, 2020

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for election day. Business hours resume Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8 a.m.

 

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

 

Power Outages:

As of Sunday, November 1, 2020 11 a.m., utility companies are reporting 32 customers remain without power.

Precautionary Boil Advisories:

These advisories and any other updates are posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices.

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146) – Boil Advisory Lifted October 31, 2020 

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079) – Boil Advisory Lifted October 31, 2020 

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) – Boil Advisory Lifted November 1, 2020

        Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) – Boil Advisory Lifted November 1, 2020

Debris Pickup:

St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will continue picking up green, vegetative, storm-related debris in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany. Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up.

Recreational Facilities

The Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville is now open.

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458 is open.

The Tammany Trace is now open.

The Bayou Lacombe Bridge on the Tammany Trace is open to marine Traffic.

These facilities remain closed:

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

St. Tammany Parish Government inspectors have identified 550 homes that suffered some damage from hurricane ZETA. The majority of the homes are located in the south Slidell area.

Citizens are asked to report storm damage to residential and commercial structures to St. Tammany Parish Government through the following means:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

include your address and phone number

Or call (985)898-5214

Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Public Works

73 Parish-maintained roads, and 10 state highways had downed trees and /or power lines throughout Hurricane Zeta. Utility crews are still working approximately 15-20 Parish-maintained roads.

As of midday, Friday, October 30, 2020 Public Works crews hauled more than 475 cubic yards of vegetative debris to disposal sites.

Public works continues to clear debris from roadways.

Additional Information

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

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EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded

EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Alton Community 

Alton Water System (PWS #1103145)

 

Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in in the Alton Community as indicated in the image below.

ALTON BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Ben Thomas Community 

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

 

Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in the Ben Thomas Community as indicated in the image below.

BEN THOMAS BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020

Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is now open to marine traffic and bathroom facilities at the Lacombe trailhead are open.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

St. Tammany Parish Government appreciates the patience of citizens as we work to restore facilities to pre-storm condition.

 

Additional Information

 

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

 

 

 

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EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

Today, Saturday, October 31, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision as indicated in the image below.

MEADOWLAKE

 

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Briarwood Terrace Water System

(PWS 1103079)

 

Today, Saturday, October 31, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for Tammany Utilities customers on the Briarwood Terrace Water System including the following subdivisions and as shown in the image below:

Briarwood Terrace

 

Abita Terrace                                     Alamosa Park                                     Autumn Wind

Briarwood Terrace                           Brookstone                                        Campbell Business Park

Casa Bella                                            Covington Meadows                      Emerald Pines

Falconbridge                                      Fern Creek Estates                           Forest Brook

Fountains                                            Grand Maison                                    Grand Terre Park Estates

Koop Drive Office Park                   Lexington Place                                 Marigny Plaza

Nature Walk                                       New Canaan Hills                              Northshore Commercial

Parc du Lac                                          Parkington Luxury                            Portico Estates                                 

Quail Creek                                        Remington Court                              Six G’s                                  

Stonebrook                                        Tanglewood                                       Trailwoods

Twin Oaks                                           Westwood                                          Wisteria Manor

Woodcrest                                          Woodlands

 

 

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

The Tammany Trace is now open from the Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park in Mandeville. The Lacombe drawbridge remains closed to marine traffic and there are no bathroom facilities at the Lacombe trailhead as power has not yet been restored.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

St. Tammany Parish Government appreciates the patience of citizens as we work to restore facilities to pre-storm condition.

Additional Information

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Power and Cable Outages:

As of Thursday, October 29, 2020 utility companies are reporting approximately 15,860 customers remain without power. St. Tammany Parish Government has partnered with local Fire Districts to assist citizens who have no power and need to use electricity for oxygen regeneration purposes for homebound people. These citizens may go to any fire station in Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, Covington, Abita Springs, Folsom, Lacombe and Bush Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service will be unavailable after 4 p.m. A map of Oxygen Refilling Stations is located on www.stpgov.org/storm. To report incidents such as downed trees, blocked roads, etc., citizens may call 985.898.2323 until 4:30 p.m. today.

Cable Outages

Charter Communications reporting: Nearly complete with their assessment and look forward to sending in crews as they continue to coordinate with power companies in their efforts to restore service. AT&T Reporting: assessing outages – Cell towers are all back on temporary power – Customers in 258   zip codes (including St. Tammany) won’t be charged for any talk/text/data overages through November 2nd, 2020.

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

St. Tammany Parish Government inspectors have identified 550 homes that suffered some damage from hurricane ZETA. Damage assessment teams are today working other areas. The majority of the homes are located in the south Slidell area.

Citizens are asked to report damage to residential and commercial structures from Hurricane Zeta to St. Tammany Parish Government

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include your address and phone number
Or call (985) 898-5214
Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Debris Pickup:

St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works is currently picking up green, vegetative, storm-related debris in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany, Friday, October, 30, 2020, and Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up.

Precautionary Boil Advisories:

These advisories and any other updates will be posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices 

While your water service has been restored, the sewage lift stations in many areas are still without power.  Without power at the lift stations, sewer backups and spills can occur. TU is working to keep the systems pumped down as best we can and conservation of water will dramatically help our efforts.  Please conserve water by performing only necessary functions until your power is restored.  Thank you!

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)  Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Samples will be collected today in accordance with LDH policy, to transport to the State lab in Amite. We hope to have results within the next couple of days. We will update as soon as we have them.

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)  Ben Thomas Community
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Power has not been restored to the well and it is currently operating on generator power. Once power is restored, TU will coordinate with the State on collection of the samples.

Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) Alton Community 
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Power has not been restored to the well and it is currently operating on generator power. Once power is restored, TU will coordinate with the State on collection of the samples.

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Samples will be collected today in accordance with LDH policy, to transport to the State lab in Amite. We hope to have results within the next couple of days. We will update as soon as we have them.

  • Abita Terrace
  • Alamosa Park
  • Autumn Wind
  • Briarwood Terrace
  • Brookstone
  • Campbell Business Park
  • Casa Bella
  • Covington Meadows
  • Emerald Pines
  • Falconbridge
  • Fern Creek Estates
  • Forest Brook
  • Fountains
  • Grand Maison
  • Grand Terre Park Estates
  • Koop Drive Office Park
  • Lexington Place
  • Marigny Plaza
  • Nature Walk
  • New Canaan Hills
  • Northshore Commercial
  • Parc du Lac
  • Parkington Luxury
  • Portico Estates 
  • Quail Creek
  • Remington Court
  • Six G’s
  • Stonebrook
  • Tall Timbers
  • Tanglewood
  • Trailwoods
  • Twin Oaks
  • Westwood
  • Wisteria Manor
  • Woodcrest
  • Woodlands
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This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

Recreational Facilities
The Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville is now open.
Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458.
The Tammany Trace is open from the Koop Drive Trailhead to Covington only. The remainder of the Tammany Trace remains closed.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

Public Works

73 Parish-maintained roads, and 10 state highways had downed trees and /or power lines throughout Hurricane Zeta. Utility crews are still working approximately 15-20 Parish-maintained roads.

As of midday, Friday, October 30, 2020 Public Works crews hauled more than 475 cubic yards of vegetative debris to disposal sites.

Public works continues to clear debris from roadways and assist power companies in identifying trees with power lines.

Additional Information

 

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update - October 29, 2020 PM

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update - October 29, 2020 PM

 

  • Parish Government Offices will open Friday, October 30, 2020.  
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  • As of Thursday, October 29, 2020 utility companies are reporting approximately 48,718 customers remain without power.  
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has partnered with local Fire Districts to assist citizens who have no power and need to use electricity for oxygen regeneration purposes for homebound people. These citizens may go to any fire station in Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, Covington, Abita Springs, Folsom, and Bush to Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service will be unavailable after 4 p.m. A map of Oxygen Refilling Stations is located here on www.stpgov.org/storm . 
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  • To report incidents such as downed trees, blocked roads, etc., citizens may call 985.898.2323 until 4:30 p.m. today, and tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. 
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  • St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will pick up green, vegetative, storm-related debris Friday, October, 30, 2020, and Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up. 
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  • Citizens are asked to report storm damage to St. Tammany Parish Government
    • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • include your address and phone number
    • Or call (985)898-5214
    • Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
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  • Precautionary Boil Advisories in place:

 
These advisories and any other updates will be posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices

  • While your water service has been restored, the sewage lift stations in many areas are still without power.  Without power at the lift stations, sewer backups and spills can occur. TU is working to keep the systems pumped down as best we can and conservation of water will dramatically help our efforts.  Please conserve water by performing only necessary functions until your power is restored.  Thank you!

 
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)
     Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
     Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)
      Ben Thomas Community
 
Alton Water System (PWS #1103145)
Alton Community 
 
Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
Abita Terrace                                     Alamosa Park                                     Autumn Wind
Briarwood Terrace                           Brookstone                                        Campbell Business Park
Casa Bella                                            Covington Meadows                      Emerald Pines
Falconbridge                                      Fern Creek Estates                           Forest Brook
Fountains                                            Grand Maison                                    Grand Terre Park Estates
Koop Drive Office Park                   Lexington Place                                 Marigny Plaza
Nature Walk                                       New Canaan Hills                              Northshore Commercial
Parkington Luxury                            Portico Estates                                  Quail Creek
Remington Court                              Six G’s                                                   Stonebrook
Tanglewood                                       Twin Oaks                                           Wisteria Manor
 
 
Due to the loss in power caused by Hurricane Zeta on October 28, 2020, both the Briarwood Terrace Water System and Meadow Lake Water System experienced low water pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for all Tammany Utilities customers in these systems.
This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:
Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)
Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.
 
Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.
 

  • These facilities remain closed: 
  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

  • Public works continues to clear debris from roadways and assist power companies in identifying trees with power lines.

 

  • Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

 

 
 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

  • Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Emergency Declaration in advance of Tropical Storm Zeta
  • Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish
  • The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at 7 a.m.  Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Six Self-Serve Sandbag locations will be open from 7: 30 a.m. until 12 p.m. tomorrow. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location, with the exception of the Old Levee District site.
  • Sandbag Locations
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
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  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
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  • The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
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  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
    63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
  • 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

  • Non-essential Parish Government Offices will close Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at noon. Essential personnel are expected to report as assigned. Animal Services will be closed to the public.
  • The October 28th Agenda Review and Special Council Meeting has been cancelled due to the  approaching storm.
  • The following will close Wednesday, October 28, 2020:
  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.
  • Public works has contacted Debris and Monitoring contractors and they are on standby/monitoring potential impacts.
  • Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.
  • STAR TRANSIT will run until 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and then once the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed they will let us know when services will resume.
  • 22nd JDC, Clerk of Court, St. Tammany Assessor and District Attorney will be closed tomorrow.

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710  Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

 

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Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen Officially Opens — Camp Salmen Nature Park now Open Seven Days Per Week

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen Officially Opens — Camp Salmen Nature Park now Open Seven Days Per Week

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park and the Bayou Liberty Association officially marked the opening of the Tammany Trace into Camp Salmen Nature Park. In addition, President Cooper announced that beginning today, Camp Salmen Nature Park will open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We want to thank DOTD for their partnership on this project. We are happy to officially open the one and a half miles of Trace spanning from Neslo Road to where Melody Lane connects to Camp Salmen. This investment of approximately $750,000 was funded through a combination of grant funding from both DOTD and the Federal Highway Administration, and local Parish funding. It was a team effort,” Cooper said. “We hope citizens will enjoy the extension of the nationally recognized, Rail Trail Hall of Fame — Tammany Trace all the way into the Park.”

“Today is a good day for all St. Tammany Parish residents,” said DOTD District Administrator Larry Sharp. “We are grateful for the partnership with St. Tammany Parish and the federal government to help make this project possible. I look forward to future projects together that will benefit our neighbors.”

With the addition of this extension, the Trace now spans 28.34 miles throughout St. Tammany Parish. To learn more about Camp Salmen Nature Park please visit: www.campsalmennaturepark.org. To learn more about the Tammany Trace please visit: www.tammanytrace.org.

 

Photos:

Group 1: Left to Right: Louisiana State Representative District 90,  Mary DuBuisson; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 11, Steve Stefancik; St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper
Back row: St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 14, T.J. Smith; Slidell City Councilman-at-Large Bill Borchert; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7, James Davis; Larry Sharp, District Administrator, DOTD.

Group 2: Left to Right: Larry Sharp, District Administrator, DOTD; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7, James Davis; Dr. Lee Domangue, President: Bayou Liberty Association; Darrell Noveh, President: Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park ; St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper;  Louisiana State Representative District 90,  Mary DuBuisson;

Jeanne Stangle,(Board member) Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 14, T.J. Smith; Sara Sharp, St. Tammany Parish Government Project Engineer; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 11, Steve Stefancik; Jay Watson, St. Tammany Parish Government Parish Engineer - Back Row: Slidell City Councilman-at-Large Bill Borchert

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta  

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta
 
St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor, and prepare for, any anticipated impacts of Hurricane Zeta as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.
 
The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Zeta could bring tropical storm force conditions to our area late Wednesday into Wednesday Night. The severity of the threats is dependent on the exact track and intensity.  The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Hurricane Center, and coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local partner agencies.
 
The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirmed. Citizens are asked to bring their own shovels, should the ones provided be in use.
 
 
Sandbag Locations
 
St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
 
The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
 
St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
 
 
Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  
 
Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.
 

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Road Projects Begin Monday, October 26, 2020

Road Projects Begin Monday, October 26, 2020

Mill and overlay work on Krentel Road in the Lacombe areas is  currently underway, however, beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 the bridge on Krentel Road between Hwy 434 and Fish Hatchery Road  will be closed as bridge repairs begin. Motorists are asked to please use alternate routes in this area until work is complete. As the job begins, and the extent of repairs is assessed, more information will be provided as to the expected duration of the project.

Krentel Road

Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 construction will begin on Stirling Boulevard in the Covington area. Lanes will be milled and overlaid. Lanes will be open, however, motorists will likely experience delays, and should use caution.

Stirling Boulevard

 

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Patrons Reminded: A Portion of the Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

Patrons Reminded: A Portion of the Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

Tammany Trace patrons are reminded that a portion of the Tammany Trace will close beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. The closure is part of the I-12 widening project in partnership with the DOTD. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.

“The safety of citizens is the most important reason for this closure. There will be overhead construction with heavy equipment and concrete, as well as equipment staging in the closure area, and we want to ensure this area is free from pedestrian and bicycle traffic for that reason,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We thank citizens for their understanding and ask for your help in raising awareness about the closure.”

“We are asking citizens to have patience as we work on this project. We asked for this closure, and felt it was necessary, so that we minimize the risk to Trace Patrons as we work overhead. We thank Parish Government for working with us to help secure the closure and get the word out to the community,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary, Shawn Wilson, Ph.D.

Patrons wishing to travel to Mandeville via the Trace can access the portion of the Trace south of the closure and park in the lot adjacent to the Tammany Trace on Dove Park Road. Patrons wishing to travel to Abita Springs/Covington via the Tammany Trace can access the Trace north of the closure and park at the Koop Drive Trailhead to access the Trace there. The safety of St. Tammany citizens while this project proceeds is paramount, and as such, there will be no way to utilize the entire length of the Trace on this stretch while the closure is underway. Parish Government suggests using the access points available on the Trace to enjoy it.

Any changes will be updated through our websites: www.stpgov.org, and www.tammanytrace.org . Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Saturday, October 10, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Saturday, October 10, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the St. Tammany Parish Government Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is continually assessing impacts from Hurricane Delta and preparing for deactivation of the Emergency Operations Center when the all-clear is given by the National Weather Service.

“We are grateful that we were spared major damage to life and property from Hurricane Delta. We have crews working on a handful of problem areas, and we know some of our citizens experienced power outages, but overall our impacts are manageable,” said Cooper. “I ask everyone to join me in praying for our neighbors to the west of us, as they deal with impacts from a direct hit. This season has been active and we still have a few weeks left. I encourage everyone to stay prepared.”

            - Public Works crews continue to assess damage and respond to obstructed roadways as need. All road  closures are posted and updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .

- Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, and Kids Konnection Playground are

  re- opened. The Lacombe Drawbridge over the Tammany Trace is open to marine traffic.

- The Tammany Trace will open at noon, Saturday, October 10, 2020. Patrons are asked to avoid the Trace

  until then as crews are working to clear debris.

- Northshore Beach remains closed and will remain closed until crews deem it safe to re-open.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Friday, October 9, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Friday, October 9, 2020: Hurricane Delta 

  • - The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain at Partial Activation by the Crisis Action Team  throughout the remaining  response to Hurricane Delta.
  • - The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier are closed and will remain closed until the Hurricane Delta has passed and these facilities have been assessed. Northshore Beach remains Closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed, and crews are able to assess any damage.
  • - The Kids Konnection playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville is closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and crews are able to asses any damage.
  • - The drawbridge in Lacombe on the Tammany Trace is closed and will remain closed until the wind threat from Hurricane Delta subsides.
  • - Citizens have secured 13,365 sandbags over the span of three days.

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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Portion of Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period as I-12 Widening Project Proceeds

Portion of Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period as I-12 Widening Project Proceeds

The widening of I-12 is currently underway. This is a significant infrastructure project through the DOTD in partnership with St. Tammany Parish Government. The safety of St. Tammany citizens while this project proceeds is paramount, and as such, as part of this project, a portion of the Tammany Trace in Mandeville will close beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. This closure is expected to last for approximately 265 days due to the construction overhead as well as equipment staging. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.

Trace patrons are asked to be aware of this closure. Any changes will be updated through our websites: www.stpgov.org, and www.tammanytrace.org . Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Visit the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org to learn more about the nationally recognized Tammany Trace.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Thursday, October 8, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Thursday, October 8, 2020: Hurricane Delta

  • - All Parish Government Offices will be open Friday, October 9, 2020
  • - The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain at Partial Activation by the Crisis Action Team throughout the remaining response to Hurricane Delta.
  • - The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will close Friday, October 9, 2020, and remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and these facilities have been assessed. Northshore Beach remains closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed, and crews are able to assess any damage.
  • - The Kids Konnection playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville will close Friday, October 9, 2020 and remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and crews are able to asses any damage.
  • -The drawbridge in Lacombe on the Tammany Trace will close Friday, October 9, 2020, and remain closed until the wind threat from Hurricane Delta subsides.

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Columbus Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Office hours will resume Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for St. Tammany Parish in response to Hurricane Delta and potential impacts. In a news conference earlier today, Cooper outlined the Parish’s emergency response plan.

Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn - 34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn) - 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn - 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn - 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn - 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Bars May Re-open for On-Premises Consumption

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Bars May Re-open for On-Premises Consumption

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announces that bars may reopen in St. Tammany for on-premises consumption as of today, October 7, 2020, under Phase 3 guidelines as our percent positivity rate has fallen below 5% for two consecutive weeks. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, from 9/17 – 9/23, St. Tammany Parish had a Percent Positivity Rate of  3.5 %; and for the week of  9/24 – 9/30, 4.30 %. Cooper submitted an opt-in request to the Governor’s Office Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in anticipation of the percent positivity rate in St. Tammany falling below the required threshold for bars to reopen under Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 requirements, received official approval from the Louisiana State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and subsequently signed an amended Executive Order reflecting the change.

“Opening another sector of our economy is a big win for us, and for the businesses who will get to open their doors to the public again. We were set to proceed as quickly as possible to do so,” said Cooper. “As I have said since this pandemic began, my goal is to balance the health of the community with the health of our economy.”

Bars may open under the following guidelines:

  1. Bars may reopen and offer tableside service only. Standing and bar service will be prohibited.
  2. Indoor capacity shall be limited to a 25% occupancy rate or fifty (50) people, whichever is less.
  3. Outdoor capacity shall be limited to fifty (50) people and only for tableside service.
  4. Tables shall be spaced in accordance with SFM social distancing guidelines.
  5. Bars and other Class AG permit holders including daiquiri shops must cease all sale and service of alcoholic beverages and close no later than 11 P.M.
  6. No person under the age of twenty-one (21) shall be allowed on to the premises.
  7. Live music is allowed outside only. Indoor Live music is prohibited.

See complete guidelines here.

Per Phase3 guidelines, if at any time St. Tammany Parish’s percent positivity rate subsequently exceed 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in St. Tammany Parish will then be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks.

 

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Executive Order Amending Phase Three of the Recovery Plan – Reopen Bars, October 7, 2020  
State of Louisiana : Advisory to all Bars and Restaurants  
Executive Order Amending Phase Three Of The Recovery Plan September 21, 2020
Executive Order Implementing Phase Three Of The Recovery Plan September 14, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020
Executive Order Requiring Masks Or Facial Coverings In Public Spaces
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020
Executive Order Implementing Phase Two Of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020
Executive Proclamation: State Of Emergency For Covid-19 Phase 2 Of Resilient Louisiana 
Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan  May 15, 2020
Extended Stay At Home Order April 30, 2020
Extended Stay At Home Order 
Executive Order Stay At Home 
Emergency Declaration 03172020 
Emergency Declaration 03132020 
Stay Home Information From The Governor 
Gov. Edwards Signs Proclamation Moving Louisiana's Elections Back Several Weeks

 

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Hurricane Delta - St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor, and prepare for, any anticipated impacts of Hurricane Delta as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Delta will enter the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday as a major hurricane and likely impact portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi at the end of the week. The National Hurricane Center is advising all residents along the northern Gulf Coast to closely monitor the forecast of Hurricane Delta. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Hurricane Center, and coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local partner agencies.

“We have been through many storm threats this hurricane season, and I am again asking residents to prepare for Hurricane Delta and the possibility of a localized heavy rain event, damaging winds, and coastal flooding. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves across the Gulf of Mexico,” said Mike Cooper, Parish President. “Also stay tuned to local news and local officials as we monitor this system and its potential impacts.”

All Emergency Operations liaisons are currently on stand-by. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. Public Works personnel are pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads, in addition, crews are clearing debris from drainage ditches and lowering the levels of retention and detention ponds. Tammany Utilities is ensuring all equipment is operational and back-up systems are in place.   

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirmed. All will remain open until 6 p.m. All locations will re-open Wednesday, October 7, 2020 and Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m.

Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Introduces Proposed 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets

St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces Proposed 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the St. Tammany Parish Council introduced two ordinances for adoption of the proposed 2021 Parish Operating Budget, and the proposed 2021 Parish Capital Improvement Budget. President Cooper has outlined in his budget several key initiatives including: the streamlining of public services to increase efficiency, save money, and better serve St. Tammany citizens; the restoration of trust between Parish Government and citizens through increased transparency and access to public officials; the update of the current comprehensive plan — last updated in 1999; and the creation of partnerships with local and State leaders on issues that impact all citizens, including infrastructure and economic development.

“When I took the oath of office at the beginning of this year, I committed to providing a more streamlined and responsive government, to place sensible controls on unbridled development and avoid mistakes of the past, and to use our public monies wisely and efficiently on priorities which address our basic and most pressing needs,” said Cooper. “This year’s budget reflects the continued effort to improve the financial accountability of Parish Government and to meet the service demands of our citizens and the infrastructure needs of our Parish. Considering the economic uncertainties in our parish, our state, our nation, and our world, in the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, the proposed budget is conservative and fiscally prudent.”

The 2021 Budget, was prepared by St. Tammany Parish Chief Financial Officer, Leslie Long and staff under the direction of St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. According to the October 1, 2020 St. Tammany Parish Council agenda, the Parish Council will hold a public hearing in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 to review the proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets prior to adoption. The Parish’s paperless version of the proposed budgets is available for review online at the St. Tammany Parish Government website at this link.

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Infrastructure Investment of Nearly $800,000 to Begin Soon in Black River Estates in the Madisonville Area

Infrastructure Investment of Nearly $800,000 to Begin Soon in Black River Estates in the Madisonville Area

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that a bridge replacement project on Black River Drive in Black River Estates subdivision in the Madisonville area will begin November 2, 2020. This $759,582 investment is expected to be complete in May of 2021.

“When we make investments like this in our infrastructure — particularly bridge replacements — benefits are twofold in that end of life materials are replaced, and the structure is modernized with the most advanced, durable material available,” Cooper said. “This enhances not only the safety of the bridge, it also extends its lifespan, and as a result improves travel for citizens.”

Residents who live North of the Bridge on Black River Drive and visitors to Black River Estates who wish to get to this area, should plan to use an alternate route.  Access through Black River Drive from Highway 22, beginning November 2, 2020 will be open only to residents who live South of the Bridge. Brown Industrial is the contractor for this project.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking citizens to continue to exercise best mitigation practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that St. Tammany can continue to move forward.

“I am urging people to continue to wear masks in public, physically distance, and avoid large gatherings to prevent an increase in positive cases and to bring our percent positive case numbers down. We are in Phase 3 — our children are back in school, businesses are opening up at greater capacity, and we are starting to see things slowly return to a sense of normalcy, however, our percent positivity rate remains above 5%, which means our bars cannot yet open under the Governor’s criteria,” Cooper said. “I am asking citizens to help us bring this number down by doing the things medical professionals advise to slow the spread. It’s our goal to continue to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

St. Tammany Parish Government employees have returned to Parish Government offices in Phase 3, and Parish Government, like many establishments, can operate at 75% of total occupancy. Cooper said provisions are in place to accommodate employees who are most vulnerable, or who may have a medical condition that will necessitate continued remote working. St. Tammany Parish Government staff continues to meet with the public by appointment, and everyone must complete a screening process and wear a mask in order to enter Parish Government buildings.

Currently, Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 proclamation which you may review here, contains the criteria for bars to reopen. St. Tammany Parish does not yet meet these criteria. The Louisiana Department of Health updates the Percent Positivity of Tests by Parish numbers every Wednesday. These numbers can be found at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus.

President Cooper aligned his declaration with that of Governor John Bel Edwards, addressing identified establishments opening at 75% of total occupancy, a continued mask mandate and physical distancing requirements. The entire proclamation containing Phase 3 guidelines may be viewed here. All COVID-19 information can be found at www.stpgov.org/covid19.

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Executive Order Amending Phase 3of the Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase 3 of the Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Two of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order and Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan May 15, 2020

sttammanysafe.com

Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay at Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay at Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay at Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) are closely monitoring Tropical Depression Beta, expected to move over Louisiana later this week. St. Tammany Parish is currently under a Coastal Flood Warning. According to forecasters, Tropical Depression Beta is slow-moving and the prolonged persistent onshore flow of tidal water will continue to produce above normal tides and coastal flooding.

“As we continue to see the onshore tidal flow, we ask citizens who live in low-lying areas to stay tuned to the weather forecast and to prepare for a prolonged event with periods of rainfall. We ask all citizens to please adhere to roadway signage and to refrain from unnecessarily driving through neighborhoods with water in the streets to prevent the movement of this water into homes,” Cooper said. “We are prepared and we ask residents in these impacted areas to stay vigilant. We ask everyone to drive with consideration for others in these impacted areas.”

Self-serve sandbag locations will open today, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 and Thursday, September 24, 2020, as required. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location during the hours of 7 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.  at the following locations:

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La -The Old Levee District Site

61134 N Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn -63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn - Keller Barn- 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn - 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website — www.stpgov.org/storm , and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wants all St. Tammany residents to be counted in the 2020 Census. He reminds citizens there is still time to respond, and that our responses impact the future of St. Tammany.

“Census data, collected every ten years, helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to hospitals, fire departments, and schools. It determines how resources are allocated for roads, and other resources in each community—including ours,” Cooper said. “The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and your political representation at all levels off government. Please respond if you haven’t already. You still have time. Let’s make the Census count for St. Tammany.”

St. Tammany’s current response rate is 69%, second in the State to St. Charles Parish with a response rate of 69.7 %. Anyone wishing to respond  may visit: my2020census.gov. According to my2020census.gov , the questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Field data collection and online response opportunities will end September 30, 2020, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in early August, 2020.

New Leadership Brings New Vision at The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

During the first month of her tenure at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, Beth Brewster has implemented change, laid out her vision, and built upon initiatives that were already in place when she assumed her role.

“Beth is a natural fit for our shelter. She has a deep appreciation for our dedicated employees, she is hands-on, and she brings a fresh perspective to this department,” St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said. “From increased play and exercise for animals, to changes in hours of operations, to continued partnerships with credible rescue groups and animal welfare non-profits, Beth has created a palpable atmosphere of renewed energy and positivity.”

“We could not have achieved these results without a great team of employees, Dr. Sandy Robbins’ dedication to our animals, and the help of our tremendous partners Wings of Rescue, Big Sky Ranch, and Denise Gutnisky of Mardi Paws,” Brewster said. “I am looking forward to what is yet to come.”

72 adoptions were finalized during the month-long, fee-waived, “Adopt and Donate,” 2020 Clear the Shelters event in August. Shelter partner Mardi Paws lent a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopted a cat or dog from the shelter during the event. In addition, over 200 animals have been transported through the Wings of Rescue flights in 2020.

As the shelter population decreases through adoptions, fosters, and transports, Brewster has begun the implementation of an enrichment program designed to increase play, socialize dogs in groups as well as individually, increase walking of dogs on leashes, and implement positive reinforcement training methods with treats. Additional pens are currently under construction to provide added exercise resources.  The shelter has purchased toys for the kittens, added scratching posts to the adoption room, and purchased feral cat dens for the isolation room. 

Future initiatives set to launch include:  broadening the volunteer base; expanding the foundation of credible, compassionate rescue programs already in place; purchasing new beds for all shelter animals; educating and more greatly utilizing fosters; and the acquisition of new caging for the isolation room to increase prevention of the transfer of disease.

As part of the continued partnership with Mardi Paws, the Let the Fur Fly fundraising initiative was recently announced and is underway. This effort is a partnership with Wings of Rescue and sponsors, and thus far has secured $25,000 in funding for a late - September flight for the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, and other high-intake shelters in neighboring parishes out of Top Gun Aviation at the Hammond Regional Airport. Their goal is to fund a second flight during the month of October, as well as secure funding for the purchase of much-needed items for the shelter. Anyone wishing to become a sponsor, or donate may view the link here.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wishes to thank Mardi Paws non-profits for their continued partnership and support, Wings of Rescue, and the top Fur Fly sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka for Dog People, Baldwin Subaru, and The Meraux Foundation; as well as all of the sponsors who helped to fund the upcoming Wings of Rescue transport flight. See the entire list of sponsors here.

President Cooper also wishes to thank St. Tammany Parish citizens for their continued support of the Animal Shelter through fostering, volunteering, and adopting to continue to reduce the shelter population. 

Animal Services is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Learn more at www.stpgov.org/pets. To purchase a bed for donation to the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week from Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Mandeville Community Center located at 3090 E Causeway Approach in Mandeville. Testing is available from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government remains prepared.

 “While we seem to be out of the heaviest impact area, this storm remains slow-moving and meandering at a slow pace, so we ask residents to continue to watch forecasts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center,” Cooper said. “We continue to monitor the situation and will update any changes should they occur. I want to thank citizens for their vigilant preparation.”

September 15, 2020 Emergency Operations Updates:

  • The St. Tammany Parish Crisis Action Team remains activated at the EOC.
  • Storm updates including road information will continue to be updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .
  • The Department of Public works continues to place high water signage and assist with removal of roadway obstructions as needed.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government offices will re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • The following facilities are expected to re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless there are area that need cleanup. Any closures will be posted:

 

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge re-open to marine traffic as needed.

  • STAR TRANSIT will resume services Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
  • Garbage pickup and recycling will resume normal schedules beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Residents should check their waste hauling provider websites for specifics.
  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will resume operations Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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September 14, 2020 Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

 

 

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government is prepared.

“St. Tammany Parish Government has met with first responders who have high water vehicles prepositioned; power companies, who have crews on stand-by; our own Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews who have been in touch with debris monitoring contractors who are on stand-by; and local officials, and we are ready to respond once Hurricane Sally has passed through the area.” Cooper went on to say, “We want citizens to stay tuned to local media for the forecasts, and monitor our STPG-TV Television station and our storm page at www.stpgov.org for continuous updates. Please remain off the roadways as the storm approaches and moves through our area. Stay safe and God Bless.”

 

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View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Sally today, before the storm makes landfall.

Updates: September 14, 2020

  • St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has communicated with officials at the State level in advance of Hurricane Sally’s expected landfall.
  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
  • The Towers Building in Slidell will close at noon today.
  • The St. Tammany Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has met with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Fire Districts who are on stand-by and ready to respond.
  • There will be no garbage pickup or recycling in St. Tammany, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Citizens are asked to not put any garbage on the curb until the storm has passed.

 

  • St. Tammany Parish engineers are closely monitoring river gauges.
  • The Department of Inspections and Enforcement has asked contractors with active job sites to ensure their job sites are contained.
  • The Department of Public Works distributed a total of 24, 650 sandbags through self-service and assisted distribution on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations, today, Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open until 6 p.m. today or until weather no longer permits. We will update if locations close earlier than 6 p.m.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building  21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

-The following facilities are closed and will remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper urged residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Sally today and early tomorrow, before the storm makes landfall as what is predicted to be a category one hurricane. Today he signed an Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm.

“I am asking every resident to prepare for a slow-moving storm and potential storm surge and heavy rain that could increase the inland movement of water,” Cooper said. “We are asking people who live in low-lying areas to assess their ability to ride out the storm, and if you feel it’s necessary, move to higher ground.”

Additional updates are as follows:

  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center will partially activate Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 a.m.
     
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations as follows:  Sunday, September 13, 2020, and Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
  • 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
  • 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
  • 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
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The following facilities will close at noon Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.


- STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

- Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

  • - The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.
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  • -Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.
     
  • -Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Operational

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is again operational, and open to marine traffic. Crews made the repair the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020. Parish Government thanks citizens for their patience.

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 19. This system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, Saturday, September 12, 2020. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the tracks of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its storm protocols and has placed Emergency Operations Liaisons on stand-by for possible activation.

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/storm, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain and wind event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. He is also asking that citizens clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, please remember to enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Remains Closed

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace remains in the down position and closed to marine traffic due to the mechanical failure noted one week ago. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order.

Parish Government anticipates the arrival of the necessary parts within the next 24 hours. When the part arrives, the bridge will be repaired as soon as possible.

We will continue to post changes and updates on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

“Moving to Phase 3 is the right thing to do for us at this time, and we appreciate the Governor’s decision. I want to thank him for his continued leadership and his consideration of my formal request, as well as the resolutions put forth by  the St. Tammany Parish Council and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, requesting the ability to move forward. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” Cooper said. “We, as a community, have risen to the call, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Kicks off Key Initiative Through Comprehensive Plan Update

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the start of the multi-phased process to update the current comprehensive development plan — one of the key initiatives of his administration — to achieve resilient, sustainable guidelines for future growth in St. Tammany. The current plan was adopted in 1999.

“My goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners, and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community,” Cooper said. “This plan will take a comprehensive, in-depth look at the way we are developing our community now, and how we — our citizens, builders, and Parish Government —ultimately want to see development evolve into the future. It is an opportunity for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future.”

The multi-phased process will address numerous factors and rely heavily on public engagement and public input. The process is designed to address several key elements including: land use, transportation, housing, stormwater impact, flooding, impacts of development on natural resources, and the affordability and sustainability of future developments. The planned outcome will achieve several objectives it will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan parameters. In addition to public input, the plan will also be informed by a 21-member Steering Committee comprised of seven appointed members by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, and 14 members (one appointee each) appointed by the St. Tammany Parish Council. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

Citizens and interested parties will be made aware of upcoming opportunities for public input, expected to begin in the late fall of 2020. All means of connection to communication about the plan and the opportunities for public input will be disseminated through www.stpgov.org, St. Tammany Parish Government social media outlets, the news media, and email blasts from Parish Government.

Asakura-Robinson Consultants, as well as sub-consultants Digital Engineering and River Crossing Strategies, will spearhead and facilitate the phases of the plan, and provide a summary upon completion of the phases. To view the kick-off presentation containing the overview of the plan and a timeline, click here.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper received negative results today, from his conventional COVID-19 test administered earlier this week, clearing him of a COVID-19 diagnosis. He plans to return to work in his office at Koop Drive next week.

“I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes while I was in quarantine. I am feeling much better and I am certainly looking forward to resuming my work routine and public activities,” Cooper said. “I feel strongly that quarantining — and following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocol —was the responsible thing to do, and I appreciate the assistance of my staff while I worked from home during this period.”

Cooper self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution — while he awaited medical clearance, after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and a fever last weekend. He followed St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocols, as well as the advice of medical professionals.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Closed Due to Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure has caused the Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace to remain in the down position and closed to marine traffic for what is expected to be approximately one week. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order. Changes and updates will be shared on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Offers Support for Regional Recovery Phases

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has penned a personal letter to Governor John Bel Edwards asking him to consider regional implementation of COVID-19 recovery phases, in lieu of the current statewide implementation model. In addition, Cooper’s letter asks that the Governor make the criteria for any Parish to enter Phase 3 available to Parish leaders state-wide so that each region can base their decisions on phased re-openings using these criteria. This letter supports similar appeals to the Governor by the St. Tammany Parish Council as well as the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

“As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy. St. Tammany has risen to the call, as a community, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to use this momentum to move into the next phase, to increase capacity in our small businesses and our restaurants, while keeping precautions in place so that our economy can begin to robustly recover. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

Cooper stresses that he wants safety protocols — wearing a mask in public, physically distancing, and practicing personal hygiene — to remain in place going forward. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 90,230 tests have been administered in St. Tammany, with 6,220 total positive cases reported. This is a 6.89% positivity rate.

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St. Tammany Parish Government non-emergency Offices Closed for Labor Day

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day.

In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, September 5, 2020. Business hours resume Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Self-Quarantines After Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Self-Quarantines After Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is leading by example as he has self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution — after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and a fever last weekend. He is following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocols, as well as the advice of medical professionals.

He has had a rapid COVID-19 test, which was negative, and is currently awaiting the results of a conventional test, expected in the next five to seven days.

He is currently working from home where he is in constant contact with staff, attending meetings via zoom and over the phone, and isolating so as not to come in contact with others. He is expected to return to work on the Koop Drive campus when he is cleared to do so by a physician.

 

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St. Tammany Demonstrates Innovative Floodgate Design – First of its Kind in the State in a Residential Area

St. Tammany Demonstrates Innovative Floodgate Design – First of its Kind in the State in a Residential Area

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today, the completion of the installation of a FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate Mitigation System — in the Fox Hollow subdivision in the Slidell area. This gate is the first of its kind in the State of Louisiana installed in a residential neighborhood. With the installation of this gate, the gap in the levee system will now be closed during a flood event. This system requires no man power to operate, and is automatically activated by flood waters which cause the gate to rise and protect the area where the gate is installed. As the flood waters recede, the gate recedes as well. No man power is required to operate the system. When not activated, the gate lies underground, flush with the roadway, and residents simply drive over it. It is touted as a “passive, automatic flood barrier system that provides permanent and virtually invisible flood protection without human intervention or power.”

“This completion of this project will give the residents of Fox Hollow additional flood protection with the most innovative technology available, as well as additional peace of mind,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate the help of all who advocated for this project — Councilman T.J. Smith and members of Drainage District #4. The protection of life and property during a weather event is our goal with every flood mitigation measure we put into place.”

“Water knows no boundaries and because of that we have found it necessary to protect the 1500-plus residents to help prevent them from flooding,” said T.J. Smith, St. Tammany Parish Councilman, District 14. “With the leadership of Drainage District #4, we have been able to provide an additional resource that supplements the additional five miles of levees and the pumps for this district.”

Warner Trucking is the contractor for this project, and Mike Riviere of Infinity Engineering is the engineer.  The cost of the project is $369,797.00.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Officials continue to monitor Hurricane Laura and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish. Hurricane Laura is currently forecast by the National Hurricane Center to reach the northwestern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity Wednesday night, August 26, 2020. Potential impacts to St. Tammany Parish forecast by the National Weather Service include: possible heavy rain from 1-4 inches; storm surge of up to 2-4 feet. St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

-St. Tammany Parish Government is partially activated at the St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center. They will remain activated throughout the duration of this storm. Members of the Critical Response Team will activate beginning at 7 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

- Citizens who need to report storm-related issues should call 985-898-2323 or the non-emergency number of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: 985-898-2338, or the non-emergency number of their local police departments.

 - All Parish Government offices will resume operations, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 8 a.m.

- The following St. Tammany Parish Council meetings scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020 will go on as planned in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive:

  • Agenda Review Committee Meeting: Wednesday, AUGUST 26, 2020 AT 6 p.m.
  • Council Finance Committee Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Following Agenda Review Meeting
  • Special Council Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:00p.m.  (Zoning and Planning Appeal items)

-These facilities will remain closed until further advised:

  • Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 East Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works has opened six self-serve sandbag locations Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weather permitting. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn -34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site - 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn - 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn - 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn - 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

 

  • -STAR TRANSIT will resume operations Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
  • -The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
  • - St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed August 25, 2020.
  • -Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.
  • -Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.
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-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 or 1-800-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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  • Watch the August 25, 2020 Press Conference here.
  • Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.
  • View Emergency Declaration here
  • Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

 

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

 

St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

 

-Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Marco and Laura and their potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish

 

-All non-essential Parish Government offices will be closed, Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.

 

-These facilities will remain closed Tuesday, August 25, 2020:

 

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weather permitting. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

 

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

 

-The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

 

- St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed today and Tomorrow, August 25, 2020.

 

-STAR TRANSIT will not run until after the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed.

 

-Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710  Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.

View Emergency Declaration here

Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in advance of Tropical Strom Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. He asks residents to prepare for these storms. Marco is forecast by the National Weather Service to impact St. Tammany late Monday. Laura is forecast to impact St. Tammany later this week.

“We will first feel the effects of Marco, and then later in the week, possibly Laura. We ask all residents to be prepared for a heavy rain event and storm surge, check on elderly family and neighbors, and have enough supplies to shelter in place for the duration of the storm,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are prepared, and we want our residents to be prepared as well.”

He made several announcements during a media briefing earlier today, Sunday, August 23, 2020.

-Non-essential Parish Government Offices will close Monday, August 24, 2020 essential personnel is expected to report as assigned. The Department of Animal Services will be closed to the public.

-The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will activate at 7 p.m. this evening. (Sunday, August 23, 2020)

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works is monitoring six self-serve sandbag stations today, Sunday, August 23, 2020. There will be someone to assist the elderly at each location.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

-Beginning Monday, August 24, 2020 The Department of Public Works will be distributing sandbags at five of these locations beginning at 8a.m. until weather no longer permits, or until 6 p.m.

Airport Barn
Covington Barn
Fritchie Barn
Keller Barn
Koop Drive Complex
The Old Levee District -- site will remain self-serve

-Northshore Beach has been closed to the public.

-Other recreational venues also closing at 3p.m. today:
- Tammany Trace
- Camp Salmen
- Fishing Pier
- Bayou Lacombe Bridge closes at 3p.m. today. No Marine traffic

STAR TRANSIT will not run until after the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed.

Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.

-All 22nd JDC courts are closed from Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

-The St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Courts Office are closed from Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

-Public works has contacted debris and monitoring contractors and they are on standby/monitoring potential impacts.

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates.

-Updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 (Spectrum) Channel 99 AT&T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Government Emergency Operations Update— August 22, 2020

St. Tammany Government Emergency Operations Update— August 22, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government announced that Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 3p.m. the following facilities will close in advance of Tropical Storm Marco.

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway, Slidell, LA 70460

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Drive, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Drive, Slidell, LA 70458

The Bayou Lacombe Bridge on the Tammany Trace will be locked down and closed to Marine traffic at 3 p.m.

SELF-SERVICE SANDBAG LOCATIONS OPEN SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government will open six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday, August 23, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. The locations will be open from dawn to dusk.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents can call 985-809-2300 for storm-related information.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Systems

St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Systems

St. Tammany Parish Government announces the opening of six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday, August 23, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. The locations will be open from dawn to dusk.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building  21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site  61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn  63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is closely monitoring two storm systems. Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Depression 14. Both systems are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico by early next week. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of these systems. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the tracks of these systems. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its storm protocols and has placed Emergency Operations Liaisons on stand-by for possible activation.

 

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain and wind event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, we ask that you enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Websites will be down on 8/18 from 5 AM - 7 AM

On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the host for all of St. Tammany Parish Government websites will be performing system upgrades that will require a server shutdown for 2 hours. 

St. Tammany Parish Government websites will not be available from 5 AM to 7 AM on August 18, 2020. 

Sites affected:

  • www.stpgov.org
  • www.campsalmennaturepark.org
  • www.tammanytrace.org
  • www.sttammanyfishingpier.com
  • www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org
  • www.safehavenstp.org

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Welcomes New Leadership at Parish Animal Shelter

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Welcomes New Leadership at Parish Animal Shelter

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the appointment of Beth Brewster as the new Director of Animal Services. Brewster, who has roots in St. Tammany, earned a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from LSU and brings to the shelter nearly 15 years of animal welfare experience. She has successfully worked with animal welfare organizations at the local, state and national levels, and she was instrumental in leading the fundraising, design and completion of the Companion Animal Alliance Shelter on the outskirts of LSU— the first animal shelter in the country built on a college campus.

“Beth comes to us with a wealth of experience, many long-standing relationships in the animal welfare community, and a passion for bringing people and pets together,” said Cooper. “I look forward to her leadership at our shelter as she joins our committed staff.”

Brewster says she looks forward to using her people and pets-oriented approach to bring the live release rate up, to increase transparency at the shelter, and to work together with the community, to improve the lives of dogs and cats in St. Tammany Parish. She says her focus will be on people as well as animals, and she will remain committed to doing everything possible to save the lives of the animals dependent on the shelter and to help families care for their pets.

President Cooper has maintained focused collaboration with veterinarians and independent, reputable, external animal welfare groups since taking office. Among his enhancements to the shelter since taking office are: the reinstatement of the positions of kennel manager and veterinary technician. He has also expanded external features at the shelter to increase square-footage of living and play areas for shelter pets. The shelter recently announced a new partnership with the Mardi Paws organization to host several initiatives to increase adoptions, expand education, and raise awareness about the shelter.

Brewster will assume her role at the Shelter beginning Monday, August 17, 2020.

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