Letters to Leaders

A MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRESIDENT

Good afternoon,

One week ago, marked my first year in office where I laid out my vision for St. Tammany. I announced plans to rebuild trust between Parish Government and the people we were elected to serve; to open the lines of communication between citizens and elected officials; to shore up our infrastructure; and spend your tax dollars wisely and efficiently on priority projects with the health of our natural resources in mind. In 2020, we implemented initiatives to achieve this vision. We accomplished these goals while balancing the health of our community with the health of our economy during a global pandemic and a historic hurricane season. Here are a few of our most significant accomplishments:

Through the bonding of $25 million in Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act funding, we were able to secure funding for upcoming projects for coastal conservation, restoration, and hurricane protection. Two projects are already identified: The Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Project and the restoration of the boat ramp area at Pearl River Diversion Canal Lock No. 1.

We established a 24-member Revenue Review Committee made up of dedicated citizens and business leaders to develop recommendations on how we might meet and face an upcoming fiscal challenge. This committee has been meeting regularly since last month and is tasked with presenting final recommendations to the Parish Administration and Parish Council by March 31, 2021.

The Safe Haven campus progressed as the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center renovation was completed and is expected to open later this year. The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center will house St. Tammany’s third Federally Qualified Health Center and St. Tammany’s first Crisis Receiving Center. The Crisis Receiving Center will be one of the first in both Louisiana and the southern part of the United States.

I remain grateful to have led our parish through this unprecedented time. I am looking forward to continuing to implement the plans of my administration going forward. I am also thankful for the support our community has shown us during my first year as Parish President. You may read more about the progress we made in 2020 here.

Should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards,


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President

 

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