Letters to Leaders


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Good morning,

With the end of the year approaching, we would like to observe the multitude of improvements made within St. Tammany Parish Government over the past year.

We have continued to aggressively pursue avenues to upgrade infrastructure and services, and improve the quality of life in St. Tammany.

One of the many efforts that I am particularly proud of has been the rejuvenation of our Department of Animal Services. When I took office in 2020, we restructured the department and prioritized animal life-saving efforts. I am proud to say that the Animal Services team has continued to deliver a life-release rate of more than 95%, which denotes a No-Kill shelter.

We have been making critical road and drainage improvements throughout our Parish, including an upcoming $1.5 million project on River Road from LA 437 to LA 25. Enhancements include 3.5 miles of asphalt mill and overlay; the re-alignment of the intersections on River Road at LA 437 and LA 25; efficiency and safety improvements at other intersections; and drainage and guardrail upgrades. To view a brief video showing the current condition of River Road, please click here.

On December 8th, the Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee within our state legislature conducted the annual DOTD Road Show at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers. The meeting was constructive and beneficial for all parties involved. I was happy to be in attendance prioritizing our needs, requesting efforts to alleviate traffic and fighting for funding within our community. I am proud of the partnerships between our local, state and federal partners that can provide better infrastructure for our citizens.

Please do not forget the importance of reminding our citizens to shop locally for the holidays.  This is a critical time of year for local businesses and it would help them immensely to show our support.

Thank you and stay safe!


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President


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