Wednesday, March 17, 2021
With Spring right around the corner, I would like to remind our citizens to continue taking personal responsibility, and to heed the advice of medical professionals, as we work to further slow the spread of COVID-19. As you make plans to enjoy the beautiful weather approaching, we ask that you continue wearing a mask in public, and take the proper precautions.
Our goal, as it has always been, is to lessen the burden on our hospitals and healthcare workers, who have worked tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients, and to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.
The March 20th Primary Election is this Saturday. The ballot includes a Parish-wide drainage millage continuation, dedicated solely to improving, maintaining and constructing Parish-wide drainage projects. I want to encourage all St. Tammany Parish citizens to get out and vote. To view our drainage millage fact sheet you may visit here.. If you would like instructions on how to view your Sample Ballot you may visit the Louisiana Secretary of State Website Portal for Sample Ballots.
This year we will be bringing back our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Oak Harbor Park and Ride, 100 Harbor Center Boulevard, adjacent to the Northshore Harbor center in Slidell. Information will be posted on www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org as the event date approaches.
As we work to launch the St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) we estimate the timeframe to begin taking appointments will be early April. This assistance will be available to households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure all qualified individuals have the opportunity to apply, we will utilize our community partners and the court system(evictions). There will be two locations for assistance: one on Koop Drive in Mandeville and one in Slidell at the Towers building.
For more information about STRAP you may visit Grants. We know that our citizens need this funding, and we are working as quickly as possible to put all of the components in place to roll out our program to make it available to them.
As always, should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Michael B. Cooper