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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

A non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed, Monday, October 14, 2019, in observance of Columbus Day. The Department of Animal Services will also be closed Saturday, October 12, 2019, as it is a polling place for the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
 
Office hours resume on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

 

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) grant awards for the 2019-2020 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.
 
St. Tammany Parish

 

Organizational Support

 

City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs

$8,250

Slidell Little Theatre

$7,352

Playmakers, Inc.

$4,200

St. Tammany Art Association

$3,574

 

                                                                               

Project Assistance

 

STARC of Louisiana, Inc.

$5,000

Cutting Edge Center for the Arts

$4,750

City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events

$1,837

North Shore Chapter, American Harp Society

$1,000

 

                                                                               
St. Bernard Parish
 

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Library

$2,200

St. Bernard Parish Government

$1,800

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools

$1,523

 

 

The purpose of the DAF program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by St. Tammany Parish Government. 
 
“The arts are vital to our heritage and our identity, and these competitive grants are one small way we can ensure that this heritage is preserved for the next generations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have tremendous talent here locally, and so many of our native sons and daughters have gone on to share their gifts with the rest of the world. This program helps us continue to fuel the arts here in St. Tammany.”
 
Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in Spring 2020, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit http://www.stpgov.org/arts-grants.

 
 

Long-time St. Tammany Planning/Zoning Commissioner Loy Raymond "Pug" Lorren Dies

Long-time St. Tammany Planning/Zoning Commissioner Loy Raymond "Pug" Lorren Dies

Loy Lorren, affectionately known as “Pug,” passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was 81. Mr. Lorren served on the St. Tammany Parish Planning and Zoning Commission since 2012, and was an active community advocate, who willingly gave of his time and thoughtful expertise to contribute to the betterment of St. Tammany Parish.

“Our hearts go out to Pug’s family. He was a fair and steady hand on the Commission and we were very fortunate to have known him, and called him a friend. He served our community well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “He listened to all sides, and was thoughtful in his decision-making. We will all miss him.”

“Pug Lorren gave his time and passion for the preservation of the Parish he called home,” said Marty Dean, St. Tammany Parish Councilmember. “He was a good friend, a great and selfless public servant, and he will be sorely missed.”

Mr. Lorren will be laid to rest on Friday, October 11, 2019. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Parish President Pat Brister Issues Parish-Wide Burn Ban

Parish President Pat Brister Issues Parish-Wide Burn Ban

Parish President Pat Brister announced today that she has signed an Executive Order issuing a Parish-wide burn ban. Due to lack of rainfall, coupled with a lengthy period of extreme heat, conditions currently exist that allow for timber, underbrush and general vegetation to be extremely dry and easily flammable. To prevent the potential of severe danger and damage of fire-related incidents, as well as hazard to life and property of the citizens of this Parish, the ban on outdoor burning activities has been implemented for the next thirty (30) days.

Outdoor burning is immediately prohibited, with the exception of prescribed burns by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), those trained and certified by the LDAF, and by those who conduct prescribed burns as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Rights to Farm Law (LSA R.S. 3:3601, et seq.).

Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was presented a rebate check today in the amount of $47,364.03, through Cleco’s Power Wise™ Energy Efficiency Program. This check, an incentive for energy-efficient upgrades to Parish facilities, will bring the cumulative incentive total over five years, to $149,790.84.  Cleco estimates that these upgrades will result in savings of over 1,597,650 kWh annually, which is enough electricity to power 133 homes for one year based on an average use of 12,000 kWh a year (1,000 kWh per month). 

“Throughout the five years we’ve participated in this program, we’ve increased our energy efficiency, realized thousands of dollars in cumulative savings in our energy bills, reduced our carbon footprint, and seen immediate earnings of nearly $150,000.00 from Cleco rebates. We also have learned a great deal from Cleco about how and why these small changes make an impact,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Moving forward, we will continue to see all of these same efficiencies, coupled with the continuation of accumulated savings throughout every fiscal year.”

“Being able to offer the latest technology in lighting to our customers is both innovative and rewarding,” said Chaudhry.  “St. Tammany Parish Government has been working to be more energy efficient, and their efforts are paying off.”

The following facility upgrades were made from 2015 – 2019:

Public Works – Tyler Street, Covington, Interior and Exterior

Slidell Towers Building- Interior and Exterior

St. Tammany Parish Wellness Center (Owned by St. Tammany Parish Government/occupied by St. Tammany Parish Hospital) – North Florida Street Covington, Interior and Exterior

Koop Drive Administration Building (Buildings A&B)

Vehicle Maintenance Building –Tyler Street

Fairgrounds Annex

Coroner’s Office

St. Tammany Parish Library Branches:

Slidell Library Exterior

Causeway Library Interior Lighting

Mandeville Library Interior and Exterior Lighting                                                                                                                                                            

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center - The entire facility has been upgraded – Interior and exterior

St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement

Justice Center Parking Garage offices

Public Defenders office

Covington Barn

Fritchie Barn

HWY 59 Barn

Levee Board Building

Non-CLECO properties upgraded:

Brewster Barn

Animal Services

Koop drive “C” building

 

Photo Left to right: Gary Guidroz, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Consultant; Richard Fields, St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Facilities Management Project Manager; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President ; Hammad Chaudhry, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Manager; and David Hursey, Principal Governmental Services Representative

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SERVICE INTERRUPTION and PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Autumn Wind Subdivision, Lazy Creek Subdivision, Abita Avenue, State Street, All Tammany Utilities Customers Along Hwy 59 Between Marion Lane and Hoffman Rd., Marshall Road, Florence Rd., North Lan

SERVICE INTERRUPTION and

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Autumn Wind Subdivision, Lazy Creek Subdivision, Abita Avenue, State Street, All Tammany Utilities Customers Along Hwy 59 Between Marion Lane and Hoffman Rd., Marshall Road, Florence Rd., North Lane, South Lane,  and Pine Grove Industrial Park

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

 

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Tammany Utilities (TU) will repair a leaking water main on the corner of Hwy 59 and Marshall Road.  At the same time, TU will be relocating our water main for the Louisiana DOTD project at the Trace and Hwy 59.  The work will be performed at night to cause as little disruption to our customers as possible.  The customers identified above will have their water turned off at 10:00 PM on Thursday September 26, 2019, so that TU can complete this work.  Once service is restored, in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, the customers listed above and shown below will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory.

 

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 system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by one or more of the following methods: hand-delivered notices, signs placed in the neighborhoods, automated phone calls and/or notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President reminds residents that the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is just over one month away, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Plan to come to the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. This event is extremely popular, and residents are reminded to expect lines. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than eight feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of eligible items for disposal can be found at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org .

This event is sponsored by: Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Keep Abita Beautiful; Keep Covington Beautiful; Keep Slidell Beautiful; Keep Lacombe Beautiful; Keep Mandeville Beautiful; Keep Pearl River Beautiful; Keep Madisonville Beautiful; Battery World; Habitat for Humanities; AB&E Potty Cans, Lowes, Home Depot, Waste Management, the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, and the Green Project.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
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Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, announced today that a long-standing request of the Federal Government for a feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) of St. Tammany Parish, has now been funded. Scalise, a persistent proponent of the study, has touted its benefits and stressed its importance, as he continually pushed for its funding since the request by St. Tammany was made in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, or WRDA Bill. The study will open the doors for the USACE to determine how they can best implement flood, shoreline protection, and ecosystem restoration measures in St. Tammany.

“This is exciting news for many reasons. This study is the first step in determining how our Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan can be best executed to achieve the highest possible return on our flood, coastal protection, and ecosystem restoration initiatives,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We owe much of this to the efforts of Congressman Scalise, and his determination to assist us in making this a reality. We have seen many areas of Southeast Louisiana receive much needed work by the Corps of Engineers, and we will now see a study begin in St. Tammany. With that comes the strong hope of seeing concrete recommendations for realistic flood control work by the Corps.”

“The $3 million in funding we obtained for the St. Tammany flood reduction study is a big win in our fight to protect communities throughout the Northshore from flooding. This is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work closely with the Corps to ensure timely delivery of the study's findings," said Congressman Steve Scalise.

The $3 million in immediate funding was approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget and USACE Headquarters, to begin the storm and flood reduction study on the St. Tammany Parish Government Coastal Master Plan, laid out in the 2016 WRDA Bill. The WDRA Bill allows the USACE to provide technical assistance to non-federal entities for site-specific activities, including feasibility studies of proposed water resources development projects.

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Gov. Edwards and DOTD Announce I-12 Widening Project in St. Tammany Parish

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

 

Gov. Edwards and DOTD Announce I-12 Widening Project in St. Tammany Parish

September 05, 2019

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced the details of the $52 million allocation in Federal Redistribution Funds to St. Tammany Parish for the widening of I-12 from US Highway 190 to LA Highway 59. This funding is a portion of the $76.2 million in federal funds received by DOTD that will be used throughout the entire state to quickly advance highway projects. 

"St. Tammany Parish is continuing to see an influx of residents, and the widening of I-12 will benefit the residents and the motorists who travel this stretch of highway. Investing in infrastructure projects like this not only provides much-needed traffic relief to the area, but also boosts the economy and quality of life for Louisianans," said Gov. Edwards. "With more than $2 billion invested in strategic infrastructure projects across the state, this project is just one of the many ways we have made infrastructure a top priority." 

Plans for the I-12 expansion funded by the $52 million in Federal Redistribution Funds, include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. St. Tammany Parish will contribute $8 million to this widening project. This project is scheduled to be let in December of 2019.

“It is not lost on us that this we received the lion’s share of the total allocated State funds, and we are excited that the I-12 project is a priority, soon to become a reality,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have long touted the need for this project, and because of our past collaborative work with the State, our constant communications, and everyone’s commitment to making this happen, this funding will provide safer travel for our citizens.”

In early 2018, DOTD and St. Tammany Parish partnered to apply for a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Grant. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Grant, to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this project are underway. DOTD is also preparing plans for the third phase of I-12 improvements from LA 1077 to U.S. 190.

“It is always a great day when we can announce that the state has received funding to widen another portion of our interstate system. St. Tammany Parish is a rapidly growing area. This three-mile stretch of I-12 alone sees over 70,000 vehicles a day and is expected to increase to over 110,000 vehicles daily in the next 20 years. This widening is vital to the economic growth in this area, as it allows for greater productivity and freight transportation from surrounding states,” said Secretary Wilson.

Additionally, Secretary Wilson discussed the DOTD sponsored Motorist Assistance Patrol (MAP) program that expanded to include parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. This program offers assistance to disabled interstate motorists by providing one gallon of fuel, flat tire change, jump start, water to fill radiator, and the use of a cell phone for additional assistance if needed.

“In Tangipahoa Parish, our people are always on the move, and it’s a great comfort to know that when motorists traveling along portions of I-12 and I-55 here in Tangipahoa run into that occasional car problem—whether it be a flat tire, an overheating radiator, or even running out of fuel—the DOTD Motorist Assistance Patrol will be available to help our people get back on the road safely. This is a great service, and we’re excited that DOTD has expanded this program into our heavily-traveled parish,” said Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller.

This program is highly effective in assisting stranded motorists in Louisiana’s largest metro areas. MAP reduces traffic congestion caused by stalled vehicles and provides safety and comfort to those stranded.

This free service, which began on September 2, provides five additional MAP trucks assigned to patrol weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the following locations.

• I-10 from Michoud (Exit 248) to I-10/ I-12/ I-59
• I-12 from LA 1249 (Exit 35) to I-10/I-12/I-59
• I-55 from Manchac (Exit 15) to LA 3234 (Exit 32)
• Support on I-10 between the I-10/I-12/I-59 and the Mississippi State Line as needed

For detailed maps of coverage areas, please visit www.dotd.la.gov 

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Parish President Brister Secures $52Million More for I-12 Widening

Parish President Pat Brister Secures $52 Million More for I-12 Widening

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that a $52 million State LADOTD allocation of Federal Redistribution Funds will be used for an additional phase to widen I-12, from US Highway 190 to LA Highway 59. This funding is in addition to the $25 million in Federal BUILD Grant funds Parish President Pat Brister secured in December of 2018 for the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190.

“After months of relentless pursuit and countless conversations with State officials to underscore the necessity and importance of the next phase of this project, we are pleased to announce that we got what we asked for — it is funded,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have been working diligently, with the State, to secure this critical road funding for a long time, and couldn’t be happier that our persistence has paid off. Infrastructure improvements and expansion has always been at the top of my list, and we will not stop, or let anything slow us down in accomplishing our plans for roads and infrastructure for St. Tammany.”

Plans for the I-12 expansion announced today, include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million BUILD Grant to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this project are underway. The Governor will be in St. Tammany Parish Thursday to announce further details of this funding, and to see firsthand the location of the slated improvements.

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$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the start of a $2,123,754.54 million multi-road and drainage improvement project in the Eden Isles neighborhood in the Slidell area, and the neighboring E. Howze Beach Road. The project includes a partial rebuild/partial mill and overlay of E. Howze Beach Road from Old Spanish Trail to Oak Harbor Blvd.; partial rebuild/partial mill and overlay of Eden Isles Blvd.; mill and overlay of Harbor and Marina Drives; the re-engineering of the drainage grade to improve flow to culverts; and the addition of designated bike lanes.

“Projects like this — scheduled and necessary maintenance —are opportunities to invest in improvements using the most advanced design, engineering, and materials we have available to us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This makes the project a multi-layered investment, with multiple benefits. We look forward to the finished product.”

The objective of the project is to improve the surface and subsurface foundation in the roads in the Eden Isles and Oak Harbor Area, improved flow to culverts, and the addition of designated bike lanes. On Eden Isles Boulevard, motorists will have access at all times to roads leading into the neighborhood. Motorists should plan for delays, possible construction dust and to be aware of workers in the area as the project gets underway. This project is expected to wrap up in early fall, barring any unforeseen delays. Parish Government will provide updates as necessary.

Photo L to R: Chris Corvers, Project Manager, Department of Public Works/Engineering; Jay Watson, Parish Engineer-Department of Public Works; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; S. Michele Blanchard, Councilwoman District 13; Marc Crawford, Assistant Director Of Public Works Operations, Public Works Department 

$2.1 Million Multi–Road and Drainage Improvement Project Begins in Slidell Area

 

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Labor Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, August 31, 2019 as well. Business hours resume on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8 a.m.

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Marks Milestone as Louisiana’s First Crisis Receiving Center Begins to Take Shape

St. Tammany Parish Marks Milestone as Louisiana’s First Crisis Receiving Center Begins to Take Shape

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, hosted dignitaries from the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Louisiana Legislature, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Crisis Receiving Center on the Safe Haven Campus in the Mandeville Area. The Crisis Receiving Center is the anchor of the Safe Haven Campus. This 24-bed, integrated, multi-agency facility will include, or have a direct connection to: a sobering room, a psychiatric observation room /respite center, healing services, outpatient treatment services, primary care, housing related resources, and intensive as well as acute services. Patients will either walk in, be dropped off by law enforcement, or transported from the emergency room, and then go through an assessment to receive the specialized care they need. They will then be guided to the best place for care for their specific need, within the center, or through an outside resource.

“This is a remarkable day for St. Tammany, and our entire region. Safe Haven is a unique investment in our future, because our elected officials, healthcare providers, first responders, non-profit organizations, and countless other agencies are working collaboratively to make this vision a reality. We are combining resources so every agency can focus on their field of expertise to provide healing to those who need it,” Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President said. “We look forward to the day —soon — when these doors open and people who struggle with behavioral health issues have access to streamlined care no matter where they are in their mental health journey. Safe Haven will serve St. Tammany Parish, and also strive to implement examples of best practices for other communities within Louisiana, and across the United Sates to replicate. Most importantly, we know that physical and mental well-being of our residents — our neighbors, friends and family — is the cornerstone of a healthy community.”

“While the addiction crisis continues to take too many lives, we are making progress in getting more help to those who need it.  Today was an incredibly special day because it means more family members, friends, and neighbors right here in Louisiana will have the opportunity to get their lives back,” said James Carroll, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.  “By working with true leaders like Senator Kennedy, and those on the frontlines of this fight, the Trump Administration will continue to be relentless in our efforts to save lives.”

“It’s no secret that we have a drug problem in this country that is destroying families.  All too often, mental illness is at the root of an addiction,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “Drug Czar Carroll is committed to helping us resolve this problem as a nation.  Safe Haven is a candle of hope in the battle against mental illness and addiction.  This is a fight that we have to win.”

The goal of Safe Haven is to create a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of behavioral healthcare anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The Crisis Receiving Center is housed in a Parish-Owned building on the site of the former 293-acre Southeast Hospital campus, which was purchased by St. Tammany Parish Government in 2015. St. Tammany Parish Government’s local Public Health Millage, as well as BP Funds,  were utilized for the for the planning, construction and renovation for the next phases of the Safe Haven Campus, including the Crisis Receiving Center. Renovations are expected to be complete in late 2019. Officials expect to open the Crisis Receiving Center upon completion of the renovations. In 2019, the State Bond Commission approved $500,000 in State Capital Outlay funding which will be used to construct a Training and Education Center, to further expand services on the Safe Haven Campus.

Noted speakers at the groundbreaking included: Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; James Carroll, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy; John Kennedy, U.S. Senator; and Jack Donahue, Louisiana State Senator, Chairman of Safe Haven Foundation. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans delivered the Invocation and the Benediction.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. 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 Safe Haven 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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13th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for September 26th

13th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for September 26th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the 13th 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, September 26, 2019, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.

“I want to thank the Commission on Cultural Affairs for their hard work in selecting the recipients, and building an event that will honor our local arts community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This event is our way of saying thank you to our local artists, our arts patrons, and to all of our residents — for your continued investment in the arts, and the future of the arts, for our community.”

The ten recipients are as follows:

Visual Artist of the Year - Marcia Holmes

Literary Artist of the Year - Michelle Hirstius

Culinary Artist of the Year - Palmettos on the Bayou

Performing Artist of the Year - Café Luke Dinner Theatre

Musical Artist of the Year - Missi Spinosa

Patron of the Year - Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

President’s Award - Northlake Performing Arts Society

Native Son Award - Ian Somerhalder

Lifetime Achievement (Posthumously) - Willie Paretti

Outstanding Service Award - Jennifer Bushnell.

The 13th Annual President’s Arts Awards is dedicated to the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Willie Paretti, who passed away in April of this year. Paretti was a founding member of the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs. 

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Clear the Shelters 2019, was a success.

“Thank you to St. Tammany Parish for coming out to support Animal Services through pet adoption,” Brister Said. “We surpassed our goal. 47 animals were adopted and 10 animals are on hold for when they are ready to be adopted — so 57 animals were placed on this day. Thank you.”

This is the second year the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services participated in Clear the Shelters. Anyone interested in adopting a pet from Animal Services can visit the shelter located at 31078 Highway 36 in the Lacombe area. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Visit www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services   to see animals currently available for adoption.

See our adoption video here.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Participates in Clear the Shelters 2019

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Participates in Clear the Shelters 2019
 
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the Department of Animal Services will participate in Clear the Shelters 2019 — a nationwide, fee-waived, pet adoption drive — on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
 
“During this event in 2018, over 50 pets found forever homes, and this year, we want to surpass that number,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “When you shop the shelter first, you get a pet who has been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. And during Clear the Shelter there’s no fee to adopt. It’s a win for the animal and a win for the pet owner as well.”
 
Animal Services has extended to hours for the Clear The Shelters event to make as convenient as possible, and will have special adoption hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (on August 17). Regular adoption hours as of August 1, 2019 are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Animal Services is located at 31078 Highway 36 in the Lacombe area.

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Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

Work is underway to prepare the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe for upcoming scheduled maintenance and improvements. The drawbridge will remain in the down position, and closed to marine traffic, from Monday, August 12- Friday August 23, 2019, for critical bridge repairs. There will be no alternative marine routes through this area. Trace patrons should expect intermittent delays throughout these improvements.

We ask that you please plan to make alternative travel plans due to the closure restrictions that this work will necessitate. If there are any changes to this schedule, St. Tammany Parish Government will notify the public. Repairs will include: the removal, repair, and reinstallation of the existing winch; replacement of the cables; and the repair of six of the existing bent caps on the approach spans.

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Scheduled Water Main Repair will Necessitate Service Interruption and Precautionary Boil Advisory Faubourg Water System (PWS 1103149)

Scheduled Water Main Repair will Necessitate Service Interruption and Precautionary Boil Advisory

Faubourg Water System (PWS 1103149)

If weather permits, Tammany Utilities (TU) will begin maintenance work to repair a leaking water main on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Water service will be temporarily interrupted beginning at 9 a.m. in the following areas: Tuscany West Subdivision, Northpointe Business Park, Ashland Oaks Business Park, RTD Beverage, and 71313 and 71325 Highway 1077, in the Covington area. Once water service is restored, a Precautionary Boil Advisory will be in place, in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations.

The Boil Advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that residents disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), water for making ice, water for brushing teeth, and before 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 system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs throughout the affected area, and notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced the launch of the new Open Government transparency portal at  www.stpgov.org/opengov, designed to increase convenience and openness, provide more comprehensive budgetary information, and make the Parish’s website even easier to use.

“We want to be the most open and accessible Parish Government in the State. Our website has never been more transparent, easier to access, or easier to understand,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Open Government gives people information that is already out there on separate departmental pages like: our budget, bid information, and public meetings information, but also newer, more in-depth information like our Checkbook — basically a monthly listing of our expenses. It’s gathered and located on one, easily accessible and user-friendly page. We hope everyone takes this opportunity to get plugged in to Parish Government.”

Open Government can be accessed at this link, or found under the heading Initiatives on the Parish’s website. A link to a video explanation of the page can be found here. Other items on the page include: Public Meetings information; contracts and purchases and Human Resources information. Questions about the page can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE PARISH GOVERNMENT COMPLEX, 21490 KOOP DRIVE, OFF HIGHWAY 59, MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA:
AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.
DRAINAGE/MITIGATION STUDY WORKGROUP WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.

REGULARCOUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today, the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m., at the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

“We all work together in St. Tammany to preserve our natural beauty. This event is something we look forward to hosting each year, as it gives residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste at no cost to them,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is very popular, and we are always so grateful for the patience of those who participate, our volunteers, and our sponsors who help us make this event happen.”

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of eligible items for disposal can be found at  www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org .

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After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog

After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog
 

For the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, it was business as usual when they recently took in Isabella — a dog who was surrendered because her owner had died. Shelter staff scanned Isabella for a microchip and learned that she actually belonged to someone else— Susan Pitre — who had not seen Bella, as she is known — in over two years, since she got out of her yard and was lost. The person who found Isabella, took her in as his own.
 
“Our team at Animal Services is dedicated in every way to the animals in their care,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is just one of many success stories pets and their owners have experienced as a result of the hard work of the employees at Animal Services, and their smart standard operating procedures.”
 
“As soon as any animal is brought in to our shelter, one of the first things we do is scan them. If they have a microchip, and the information is kept up-to-date, we can find the proper owner and contact them to come and get their pet — who is to most people, actually a member of their family,” said Melisa Sullivan, Director of St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. “Nothing makes us happier than a successful reunion, and this one was especially beautiful to watch. This is one reason why every animal in adoption is microchipped.”
 
When an animal is adopted from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and vaccinations are included in the adoption fee. July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. Shelter officials urge all pet owners to microchip their pets, no matter where they are adopted/purchased from, so that in the event that the pet is lost, shelter and veterinarians can scan them and find their owners. 
 
Until July 31, 2019, all adoption fees are waived for adoptable pets at the Animal Services Shelter, located at 31078 Highway 36, in the Lacombe area. Adoption hours are from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday- Saturday.  
 
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$3.5 Million Roadway Improvement Project Begins in the Covington Area

$3.5 Million Roadway Improvement Project Begins in the Covington Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today the start of a $3.5 million roadway improvement investment on Bootlegger Road in the Covington area. Crews will begin Thursday, July 18, 2019 with the replacement of the bridge over Timber Branch Creek just east of the Weston Glen subdivision; a complete mill and overlay from the roundabout at Highway 1077 northeast on Highway 1085 up to Highway 21; and the construction of a recreational path for non-motorized use on the south side of Bootlegger Road from Francis Road to Highway 21.

“These roadway upgrades are essential. Bootlegger Road is a highly traveled road that helps to alleviate traffic congestion between Highway 21, and Highway 1077,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are committed to infrastructure investments with long-term, multi-use, benefits using the most innovative engineering tools available. We thank everyone for your patience as we make these improvements.”  

Bootlegger from Weston Way to just east of the bridge at Timber Branch Creek, will be closed to all traffic for approximately 180 days for the bridge replacement. Once the bridge is complete and the road has been reconstructed near the bridge, the road will reopen to traffic as the other aspects of the project are finished. The entire project is expected to be complete in spring of 2020.

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St. Tammany Parish Officials Assess Local Impact of Tropical Storm Barry

St. Tammany Parish Officials Assess Local Impact of Tropical Storm Barry
 
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the impacts of Tropical Storm Barry were less severe than forecasters predicted. Tidal flooding in areas that typically see it, a small number of power outages, and downed trees, were the primary concerns. Some areas were impacted by rising river levels, however, the impacts initially forecast did not materialize, thereby reducing the severity of predicted impacts overall.
 
“I want to thank all of the employees of Parish Government who worked tirelessly to prepare for this storm, and to keep people informed, as well as all of the agencies we partner with to launch our Emergency Operations. I also want to thank our citizens for their cooperation in heeding warnings, and their patience with the uncertainty of this system,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We were fortunate that this storm was less powerful than predicted, because we did have concerns about a repeat scenario similar to the Flood of Record in March of 2016. We are still early in hurricane season, so we urge everyone to stay prepared.”
 
“I’m relieved that Hurricane Barry’s impact on Slidell wasn’t as severe as was forecast. The City of Slidell was prepared for Barry, thanks to the hard work and dedication of city employees. Thank you Team Slidell!” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We appreciate all of the first responders and our partners who kept in contact with us throughout this weather event, especially President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government for allowing the use of automatic sand bag machines. It was a tremendous help not only to our employees, but to our citizens.”  
St. Tammany Parish Government opened three shelters in partnership with the Red Cross, the St. Tammany Parish School System, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Public Works crews began early during the week of July 8, 2019 assessing ditches, clearing culverts of debris, and pumping down retention ponds. In addition, Public Works crews distributed over 100,000 sandbags before landfall, and opened five self-serve locations for the remainder of the event. Public Works and Tammany Utilities field personnel operated on a 24-hour basis to implement their storm protocols and monitor conditions at the street level throughout the duration of the storm threat. The Emergency Operations Center was fully activated from 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 until 7 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019.
 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – July 13, 2019

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – July 13, 2019

  • - Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issues a warning to those that reside in low-laying areas in St. Tammany, that flooding will likely occur over the next several days.
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  • - Parish Government is asking that citizens in homes that received damage in previous flood events like the March 2016 Flood of Record, or live in in low-laying areas, to complete preparations of their homes for flood waters, as soon as possible. Additionally, Parish Government wants residents to seriously consider making plans to move their families to higher ground, if conditions continue to deteriorate, as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • - We want to remind residents in the Slidell area to be mindful of tidal flooding currently happening in the spots we regularly see it such as: Palm Lake, Avery Estates, the Bayou Liberty Area, Lakeview Drive, Highway 433, and Carr Drive.
  • - The National Weather Service predicts that the Pearl River will crest near the end of next week.
    • - Parish President Brister has instructed the personnel at the Emergency Operations Center to utilize the Parish’s reverse 9-1-1 and Alert St. Tammany systems to notify citizens that live in the Tchefuncte  River basin, that the river will see a sharp rise over the next 12-24 hours.
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  • Shelters are open at the following locations:
    • Covington High -73030 lions drive Covington
    • Lee road Jr. High -  79131 Highway 40 (Lee Road), Covington
    • Pearl River High School 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River
      • Bring essentials — bedding, personal hygiene products, snacks — anything you need for comfort. Firearms and alcohol are prohibited.
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  • -The National Weather Service has informed Parish Government that the chances exist for conditions similar to the spring 2016 floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto River basins, if conditions continue as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • -Crews continue to respond to reports of downed trees, high water on roadways, and power outages.
  • -St. Tammany Parish Public Works crews have distributed over 100,000 sandbags since Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Sandbags locations are now self-serve. Sandbags and sand are available however, residents should bring their own shovels.
  • -The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed until Monday, unless the weather dictates otherwise. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is also closed.
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  • Stay tuned to weather and emergency operations through :
    • Access St. Tammany:
      • Charter Communication: Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box.
      • AT&T U-verse subscriber: Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany.
      • Web users and smart TV owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org. (www.stpgov.org/index.php/government/access-channel)
      • Roku: St. Tammany Parish Government
      • Vimeo: St. Tammany Parish Government
      • Youtube: St. Tammany
      • FIRE TV: St. Tammany Parish Government
    • Email blasts: http://www.stpgov.org/ to sign up
  • Social Media Channels
    • Facebook: @sttammanyparish         
    • Twitter: @STPGOV
    • Instagram: sttammany

 

 

 

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Issues Warning About River Flooding

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Issues Warning About River Flooding

Pat. Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issues a warning to those that reside in low-laying areas in St. Tammany, that flooding will likely occur over the next several days. She went on to say that those that suffered from the March 2016 floods could be at risk again with Hurricane Barry. Parish President Brister has instructed the personnel at the Emergency Operations Center to utilize the Parish’s reverse 9-1-1 and Alert St. Tammany systems to notify citizens that live in the Tchefuncte River basin, that the river will see a sharp rise over the next 12-24 hours.

“The safety of our citizens is always a priority for us. Which is why we want them to heed the warnings of the National Weather Service, and be proactive in their preparations ahead of this possibility of severe flooding. The modeling shows us that the rivers have the potential of rising very quickly, thus making it difficult to evacuate,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Hurricane Barry could produce upwards of 20 inches of rain, or more, in a short period of time, which will flow into our rivers and streams, and unfortunately we could see damage to homes we saw just three years ago.”

The National Weather Service has informed Parish Government that the chances exist for conditions similar to the spring 2016 floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto River basins. With the serious chance for severe weather and heavy rainfall causing flooding in those areas,  Parish Government is asking that citizens in homes that received damage, or live in those areas, to complete preparations of their homes for flood waters, as soon as possible. Additionally, Parish Government wants residents to seriously consider making plans to move their families to higher ground, as conditions deteriorate.

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Current Predicted Impacts on St. Tammany Parish From Tropical Storm Barry Could Be Significant

Current Predicted Impacts on St. Tammany Parish from Tropical Storm Barry Could Be Significant

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is urging residents to prepare for the impacts of what is now Tropical Storm Barry, before it makes landfall as predicted during the next several days and over the weekend.

“I am urging residents to stay tuned to the National Weather Service, local media outlets, and our Social Media Channels as well as Access St. Tammany for the latest on this storm,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents should refresh your preparations for this storm. Have your emergency plans in place, clear debris from your drains, check on your elderly neighbors, have medications in stock, and make sure your family communication plan is set.”

The National Weather Service, New Orleans, is predicting the possibility of Tropical-Storm-Force winds impacting St. Tammany Parish as early as Friday, July 12, 2019 in the evening hours. A Slight Risk for tornadoes is predicted, with the main threat occurring from Friday to Saturday morning. St. Tammany Parish is currently under a Flash Flood Watch, as heavy rainfall is expected with this system from Friday evening through Sunday morning, with totals potentially reaching up to 10-15 inches. Locally higher amounts of rain are expected and could result in flash flooding.

St. Tammany Parish Government currently has five operational sandbag pickup locations, and we are working in partnership with the City of Slidell in their sandbag operations. As of close of business yesterday, St. Tammany Parish Government distributed 3,225 sandbags. Public Works crews have pumped down ponds in order to retain additional storm water; teams are inspecting ditches and removing debris; Tammany Utilities has implemented their storm protocols for their water and sewerage locations.

SANDBAG UPDATE

Thursday, July 11, 2019 until 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 2019 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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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St. Tammany Parish Sandbag Distribution UPDATE

St. Tammany Parish Sandbag Distribution Update - Friday, July 12, 2019 until 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 2019 7 p.m. 

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

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

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 forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Sandbags will be available for distribution today (Wednesday, July 10, 2019) until 3:30p.m., at the following locations:

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

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

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

Hours for sandbag distribution for tomorrow (Thursday, July 11, 2019) will be determined this afternoon after an updated briefing by the National Weather Service.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast 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

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, currently located in the Gulf of Mexico, and forecast to possibly become a tropical depression later this week. Parish Government is following its emergency planning, and has instituted its Storm in the Gulf protocols. Although the predicted path of this system by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center modeling has not pinpointed the severity of the impact to St. Tammany at this time, Parish Government remains prepared for any predicted impacts. 

Parish Officials will continue to closely monitor this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is receiving constant updates concerning the track of Potential Tropical Cyclone Two as it gains strength in the Gulf.  

Based upon the forecast, Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public through the local media, our website, 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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You're invited to an Open House regarding the Mandeville Bypass Road

     Monday, July 8, 2019

Dear Residents,

St. Tammany Parish would like to invite our citizens to participate in an open house to continue our discussion about the Mandeville Bypass Road. The open house will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville.  In an effort to work around everyone’s work schedules, we will have booths set up to discuss the various aspects of the project with St. Tammany Parish Government staff, as well as project consultants on-hand to answer all of your questions, allowing everyone to come and go as needed.  

The Mandeville Bypass is a proposed connector roadway to connect US Highway 190 to LA Highway 1088.  The project will also include a paved multi-use path within the right-of-way, for non-motorized recreational use.  

 
We hope you will join us to hear about the project and how it will benefit your area.   

Sincerely, 

Jay Watson, PE Parish Engineer
 

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING - Revised Date - WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2019

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING - Revised Date - WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2019

The St. Tammany Parish Drainage/Mitigation Study Workgroup (DMSW) has been meeting since January 2019 to review the current drainage mitigation ordinances. The DMSW consisted of citizens, current Council members, former Council members, engineers and developers. Their task was to review the current drainage ordinance, take public input and make recommendations to the full Council for potential change, if any. All of the meetings have been open to the public and have embraced the public’s input. Accordingly, Council Chairman Mike Lorino called for a special Council meeting on July 15th; however, scheduling conflicts warranted a Revised Date of Wednesday, July 31, 2019 following the 6:00 pm Agenda Review Committee Meeting in Council Chambers, for the DMSW to make their report to the Council members.

Improvements to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds Move Forward

Improvements to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds Move Forward

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that a $750,000 Capital Outlay funding request spearheaded by her administration to complete improvements to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, was approved by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by the Governor. This funding, coupled with a $950,000 match from St. Tammany Parish Government from BP funds, will facilitate continued capital improvements.

“I want to thank Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Mike Strain, as well as our legislative delegation for their diligence in securing this funding,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The Bobby Fletcher Arena at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, is an amazing asset to our community in that it drives the agricultural sector of our economy through the livestock events we host here, it provides a place where our community can gather for Parish-wide events like the St. Tammany Parish Fair, and it provides shelter and a holding area for livestock during a disaster. We are thrilled to be able to continue improvements to this treasured community resource.”

"I am pleased and honored to have played a part in the acquisition of additional dollars for the expansion of the Bobby Fletcher Arena at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds. This was truly a team effort and this facility will be beneficial for generations to come," said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. 

Slated improvements include: completion of the Bobby Fletcher Arena entrance and concession stand; the addition of 12,000 square feet to the arena that will house the newly expanded 1000-seat ADA compliant bleacher system; upgrade of the rodeo arena to meet professional rodeo event requirements; livestock wash area and bay additions; portable horse stalls; the addition of ADA compliant parking area, sidewalks and restrooms; upgrades to the electrical system, and specialized maintenance equipment. Construction on this project is expected to begin by fall of 2019.

 

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are Closed in Observance of Independence Day

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are Closed in Observance of Independence Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Thursday, July 4, 2019 and Friday, July 5, 2019, in observance of Independence Day. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, July 6, 2019, as well. Business hours resume on Monday, July 8, 2019.

In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Council meeting, traditionally held the first Thursday of each month, will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 6p.m.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier and Northshore Beach Closed to Patrons Due to LDH Warning

St. Tammany Fishing Pier and Northshore Beach Closed to Patrons Due to LDH Warning

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell, as well as Northshore Beach, located off Carr Drive in the Slidell area, are closed to patrons until further notice because of the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) algae bloom warning.

“The LDH is urging people to avoid contact with the water and the algae itself, but also advising against harvesting or eating fish from the lake during the bloom,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We feel, out of an abundance of caution, it’s best to close these facilities until LDH advises that water is safe for human contact.”

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CANCELLED - Special Council Meeting for June 24, 2019

CANCELLED - Special Council Meeting for June 24, 2019

Please be advised that due to a notification issue, the Special Council Meeting Scheduled for Tonight, Monday, June 24, 2019 has been CANCELLED. If and/or when the meeting is rescheduled, new notifications will be sent. If you have any questions or need any more information, please feel free to contact the Council Office at 985-898-2591.  

St. Tammany Parish Council- SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 24, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 24, 2019

The St. Tammany Parish Drainage/Mitigation Study Workgroup (DMSW) has been meeting since January 21, 2019 to review the current drainage mitigation ordinances. The DMSW consisted of citizens, current Council members, former Council members, engineers and developers. Their task was to review the current drainage ordinance, take public input and make recommendations to the full Council for potential change, if any. All of the meetings have been open to the public and have embraced the public’s input. Accordingly, Council Chairman Mike Lorino has called for a special Council meeting to be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, for the DMSW to make their report to the Council members.

Access the Workgroup's Packet here.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 24, 2019

The St. Tammany Parish Drainage/Mitigation Study Workgroup (DMSW) has been meeting since January 21, 2019 to review the current drainage mitigation ordinances. The DMSW consisted of citizens, current Council members, former Council members, engineers and developers. Their task was to review the current drainage ordinance, take public input and make recommendations to the full Council for potential change, if any. All of the meetings have been open to the public and have embraced the public’s input. Accordingly, Council Chairman Mike Lorino has called for a special Council meeting to be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, for the DMSW to make their report to the Council members.

St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services Receives Environmental Leadership Award for Successful Water Quality Project

St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services Receives Environmental Leadership Award for Successful Water Quality Project

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services (DES) was awarded with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Environmental Leadership Award Ceremony. St. Tammany Government’s DES won the State’s only Outstanding Achievement Award for their forward-thinking Decentralized Management Program in the Bayou Liberty Watershed, in the Slidell area. This program, funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reduced pollution and increased septic system compliance in the targeted subdivision, through the inspection and repair of home septic systems as well as outreach and education on the proper installation, maintenance and use of these septic systems. Because of the success of the pilot program, a Parish-wide Decentralized Management Program was developed.

“I am extremely proud of our Environmental Services team. This program not only enhanced the quality of the water in the subdivision itself, but also increased the quality of life in the area as well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This program is a sound, smart and innovative way to make a real impact on the lives of our citizens. It is a perfect example of how your Parish Government is leading the way in tackling a problem, with huge success. We are committed to continuing this program, where we will see continual improvements in water quality all around the Parish”

The DES team chose the Bayou Liberty Watershed because it is identified on the EPA’s §303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies. Before the start of the project, the condition of subdivision ditches were poor with black, septic, foul-smelling water throughout. Door-to-door inspections revealed an initial 59% failure rate of the systems, including 132 unpermitted septic tanks.  At the conclusion of the project, the majority of identified repairs had been made, over 80 of the septic tanks were replaced, and water quality improved significantly. A 400% reduction in Biochemical Oxygen Demand, indicating an improvement in overall water quality, was observed in Bayou Liberty, and the ditches are now clear. This resulted in an improvement in the overall quality of life in the subdivision, as well as newly formed relationships with residences who were receptive to the process.

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Non-Emergency Offices Closed In Observance of Memorial Day

Non-Emergency Offices Closed In Observance of Memorial Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is closed on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Parish Council’s Census Workgroup- Meeting Notice

The Council’s Census Workgroup will meet this Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Council Chambers at 1:00pm to discuss possible precinct splits and hear a presentation by the Regional Partnership Specialist from the Atlanta Region Census Center.

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach for Completion of Scheduled Maintenance

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach for Completion of Scheduled Maintenance

St. Tammany Parish Government will temporarily closed Northshore Beach, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain in the Slidell area, for scheduled maintenance to address erosion of the beach on Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Parish Government’s Department of Public Works will begin on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, their scheduled work to restore areas where the beach has eroded. Completion of the work is expected to take two days, but is dependent on weather and tidal conditions. 

Parish Government is asking citizens who use the beach to remain off the property and out of the area until the work is complete for safety concerns, and in order to not hinder or slow down the work being done by our crews. This work is scheduled periodically to maintain the beach for safe use by residents. 

Parish President Pat Brister Picks Up the 750,000th Pound of Litter

Parish President Pat Brister Picks Up the 750,000th Pound of Litter

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and others from her administration spent time today removing litter from the streets of St. Tammany, to commemorate the 750,000th pound of trash picked up since she created Keep St. Tammany Beautiful. Parish President Brister and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful have now surpassed three quarters of a million pounds of litter that have been bagged up and removed, in an effort to stem the tide of unsightly garbage that is strewn across the Parish. Realizing several years ago the need to proactively tackle the growing litter problem that was becoming a blemish in a Parish that prides itself on its natural beauty, Parish President Brister created Keep St. Tammany Beautiful. The creation of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, has been the main driving force in cleaning up the unincorporated areas of the Parish.

“Three quarters of a million pounds of litter have been picked up off the streets of this Parish, I am proud of our efforts to preserve our natural beauty,” said Parish President Brister. “The success of these efforts demonstrate how a determined program, like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, can make a positive impact of the lives of our citizens and this great community. However, we must all play a part to begin the cultural change to stop litter from negatively impacting our quality of life.”

In addition to the litter pick up programs, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful partners with Parish Government to host the wildly popular Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days throughout the Parish; will sponsor their first ever residential Shred Day scheduled on May 18th to shred sensitive documents free of charge; and works with homeowner associations for neighborhood pick up events. To volunteer for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events, visit: www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/get-invovled/volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safe Haven Campus Expands with Groundbreaking of Family Promise of St. Tammany Willie Paretti Day Center

Safe Haven Campus Expands with Groundbreaking of Family Promise of St. Tammany Willie Paretti Day Center

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the groundbreaking of the Family Promise of St. Tammany Willie Paretti Day Center on the grounds of the Safe Haven campus. The facility will be a place where parents can come in the daytime hours with their children, and utilize case management resources to help them regain their footing. In addition, the day center will provide the Guest families with a mailing address and a place to search for employment and tend to basic needs like personal hygiene, laundry, and care of pre-school aged children. Family Promise currently operates a day center serving homeless families, in the Slidell area.

“Safe Haven will be all-encompassing, and Family Promise of St. Tammany plays a part in that as they help homeless families in our community find their way back from difficult times, and regain their footing,”  said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is particularly heartwarming for me to see this building named in honor of Willie Paretti, who was not only a personal friend, but an unwavering, committed, community servant who held the cause and plight of our homeless residents dear to her own heart, and championed their cause throughout her life.”

“We are truly honored and privileged to have our new Day Center named in honor of Willie Paretti. Willie has positively impacted our families since our doors have opened,” said David Horchar, Executive Director, Family Promise of St. Tammany Willie’s generosity coupled with our other donors, volunteers and congregations have created more than a shelter. It’s become a beacon of hope for homeless children and their families.” 

“The Safe Haven Foundation chose Family Promise of St. Tammany as the beneficiary of our inaugural event, because we believe that behavioral health and behavioral health care, is important for every community to thrive,” said Jack Donahue, founding member of the Safe Haven Foundation. “We fully support the mission of Family Promise, and look forward to the completion of a second facility here in St. Tammany.”

The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. It is a cost-efficient, effective community response to family homelessness. Guest Families will use this Day Center from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, where a Case Manager provides services. At the Day Center guests pursue employment, tend to their pre-school children, shower, and launder their clothing. The center provides guests with a mailing address and a base for housing and employment searches during their time in the program. Many guests are employed during the day, while older children attend school. Family Promise partners with area congregations to provide temporary housing at night.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. 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 provide a drop-off location 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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Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is closed on Saturday, May 4, 2019 because this facility is a polling place for the Municipal Primary Election. Business hours resume on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is closed on Saturday, May 4, 2019 because this facility is a polling place for the Municipal Primary Election. Business hours resume on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government Chooses Bond Firm For Infrastructure Investments

St. Tammany Parish Government Chooses Bond Firm For Infrastructure Investments

St. Tammany   Parish President Pat Brister announced today that Parish Government has accepted and opened the bids for the Parish’s bond issuance for investing in the Parish’s infrastructures needs. The bond sale drew an unprecedented eleven bidders, with the lowest bid proposal coming from J.P. Morgan Securities.

“Because of my administration’s conservative money management, we will be able to build more roads and continue to increase drainage capacity for the citizens of this Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Because we have been great stewards of the taxpayers’ money, we have earned the second highest bond rating available from Standard and Poor’s; AA+. Our hard work has again paid off when it counts, with an exceptional bond sale to build more roads and drainage.”

Earlier this year Parish President Brister put into motion the mechanisms to bond out some of the future collections of the Parish’s dedicated sales tax, so that critical infrastructure needs could be met today, as opposed to a pay-as-you-go expansion of roads and drainage. She also announced the increase in St. Tammany Parish Government’s bond rating for Sales Tax District #3. This is the second bond rating upgrade on this tax in the last few years.

“Parish President Brister and her administration should be extremely pleased with the results of the bids. In the more than 45 years that I have been a part of processes just like this one, I have never seen this amount of interest in a government bond,” said Grant Schleuter, the Parish’s Bond Attorney. “This competition has resulted in the Parish getting the best deal the market had to offer.”

“St. Tammany Parish Government is one of four or five Parishes in the State with a rating this healthy,” said Jim Ryan, the Parish’s Municipal Advisor for the bonds. “Their exceptional rating, as well as their strict and methodical financial policies, can be directly attributed to the reason the Parish has gotten one of the best bond deals that I have ever seen.”

The investment in the infrastructure will be fully funded through the bond issue that was previously approved by voters. The final procedural step in the process will be before the Parish Council on May 2, 2019, at their May Parish Council Meeting, where they are expected to pass the final bond issuance ordinance they passed in April, but with the bid results attached.

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Cane Bayou Mitigation Bank will Save Money and Preserve over 1,000 Acres of Land

Cane Bayou Mitigation Bank will Save Money and Preserve over 1,000 Acres of Land

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, the opening of the Cane Bayou Mitigation Bank, and conservation project; the first of its kind in St. Tammany Parish. A culmination of over five years of work has resulted in roughly 1,200 acres of tree-populated land which will be preserved, and a portion utilized, for wetlands mitigation by St. Tammany Parish Government. Wetlands mitigation credits, required by federal law when natural resources are disrupted through developmental impacts, were previously purchased from out-of-state companies at a much higher cost. St. Tammany Parish Government will fund the bank out of capital project funds in the amount of $6,000 per credit, as opposed to market value which can range up $22,000 per credit.
 
 “This 1200-acre Mitigation Bank is a re-investment in St. Tammany, through responsible preservation and growth that takes into consideration both the viability of a location for development, but mitigates the environmental impact through planned, dedicated environmental equity, and guaranteed preservation,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The Cane Bayou Mitigation Bank will give us another tool to save taxpayers money, because we will not have to rely on out-of-state banks to purchase credits, and  it will help us to maintain our commitment to preserving what is one of our greatest assets — our pristine natural resources.”
 
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the objective of a mitigation bank is, “… to provide for the replacement of the chemical, physical and biological functions of wetlands and other aquatic resources which are lost as a result of authorized impacts.” Land is purchased and then donated to the place impacted for preservation, in perpetuity. This mitigated land cannot, by law, be developed.
 
St. Tammany Parish has purchased, and placed in conservation, 1169.2 acres of land.  The project will consist of two phases involving wetlands restoration. The first phase of the Mitigation Bank (section 1 on map) will provide approximately 395 acres of mitigation credits. The second phase (section 2) will provide nearly 300 acres of mitigation credits. The bank will be established through the restoration, creation, and/or enhancement of these wetlands.
 

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Wetland Mitigation banking
 
Wetland mitigation banking is the restoration, creation or enhancement of wetlands for the purpose of compensating for unavoidable impacts to wetlands at another location. Wetland mitigation banking is commonly used to compensate for wetland impacts from development, but it also used for impacts from agriculture.
 
How Mitigation Banking Works
 
Producers can buy credits from wetlands mitigation banks to compensate for the impact of lost wetlands. Wetland mitigation banks are established through the restoration, creation or enhancement of wetlands. When a mitigation bank is established, the landowner retains ownership and use of the property, while a conservation easement protects the wetlands from degrading activities. The size and scope of the wetland restoration, creation or enhancement activities determine the quantity of credits available for sale. The price of credits is negotiated between the buyer and seller.
 

Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Hosts First Residential Shred Day

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Hosts First Residential Shred Day

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced Keep St. Tammany Beautiful will host its first Shred Day — offering secure document shredding at no charge. Shred Day is happening on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Centerpoint Park and Ride located in the Lacombe area. 

“When we can, we want to offer residents options for safe disposal of any waste, and personal documents — especially financial records — can contain sensitive information. This is an opportunity to safely and securely dispose of these papers at no cost,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “As always, we ask people to be patient as events like these are popular.”

This event is for residents only — no commercial customers please. Residents can bring up to five file boxes measuring 15 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches, of paper documents per vehicle, and will be on-site as their documents are shredded. Acceptable items include: computer paper, computer binders, carbon forms, and entire files. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps or rubber bands. All shredded paper will be recycled.

For questions about the event contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (985) 898-2535.

 

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE PARISH GOVERNMENT COMPLEX, 21490 KOOP DRIVE, OFF HIGHWAY 59, MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA:

AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 AT 6:00PM

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed on Good Friday

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed on Good Friday

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed Friday, April, 19, 2019, in observance of Good Friday. The Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, April 20, 2019 as well. Business hours resume on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Crisis Receiving Center — Anchor to the Safe Haven Campus— on Track to Begin Construction

Crisis Receiving Center — Anchor to the Safe Haven Campus— on Track to Begin Construction

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the completion of architectural plans for the Crisis Receiving Center on the Safe Haven Campus. Bids will open in May. Upon completion, this facility will serve as the anchor of the Safe Have Campus — currently an open, working campus offering behavioral health services.

“Moving forward with the Crisis Receiving Center is a major forward step in the progress of the Safe Haven initiative, but also a major forward step for behavioral health care in this region,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to the start of this renovation to transform this property into a working facility that will ultimately shape the future of behavioral health care here in our community. We are investing in our future, because the physical and mental health of our residents — our neighbors, friends and family — is the cornerstone of our community.” 

The Crisis Receiving Center will be housed in an existing Parish-owned and maintained building, located on the Safe Haven Campus. Plans include renovations and upgrades to approximately 12,528 square feet of the building to make it fully operational. Once complete, the Crisis Receiving Center will serve as a single point of entry for people in a behavioral health crisis, whether they walk in, or are transported to the center by trained law enforcement, or local emergency departments. The facility will have 24 beds   where patients can be housed from 24 up to 72 hours, while undergoing evaluation, diagnosis and ultimately placement, in the correct phase of the behavioral health continuum.  

The Safe Haven initiative is expected to save residents millions of dollars through increased and early access to mental health services; a lessened burden on law enforcement, local jails and hospital emergency departments; and the creation of sustainable, accessible, behavioral health resources for the community, as well as the region. 

Once bids are closed, and contractors are selected, officials anticipate completion of this project by late 2019/early 2020. Learn more about Safe Haven here.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Receives Second Fiscal Accolade of 2019 from Independent Entity

St. Tammany Parish Government Receives Second Fiscal Accolade of 2019 from Independent Entity

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Parish Department of Finance has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for the 15th consecutive year.  This recognition comes just weeks after business analysts from Standard and Poor’s (S&P), raised the rating of the bond that Parish Government holds and manages for roads and infrastructure. Sales Tax District #3 earned a  bond rating upgrade for the second time within five years.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the government and its management. The comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, is evaluated every year by an impartial panel based on the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the Parish’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Leslie Long, Chief Financial Officer, Annie Perkins, Assistant Director of Finance, and Laura Reine Lyons, Senior Accounting Manager, are the recipients named on the award.

“This is what we have come to expect from our Department of Finance, as they continue to raise the bar higher each year on how to find efficiencies, how to maintain transparency, and on ease of use by our citizens and elected officials,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is critically important to internal departments, but also to our residents — the taxpayers — to see how and where their tax dollars are spent.”

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Special Finance Committee Meeting

Special Finance Committee Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Councilman Rykert Toledano, chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee, has called for a special Finance Committee meeting to be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the recently received Industrial Tax Exemption (ITEP) applications from Mechanical Equipment Company, Inc., Dependable Glass Works and Diversified Foods & Seasonings, LLC.

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April meeting for Parish Council District 11

The April meeting for Parish Council District 11 will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in the library of the Bayou Woods Elementary school located off Carroll Road.
The following items will be discussed:
1. Ordinance for introduction amending the St. Tammany Parish Unified Development Code, Section 130-5 - Definitions to include additional language in the definition of Funeral Home.
2. Ordinance for introduction providing for the sale of Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000) of Sales Tax Bonds, Series 2019 of Sales Tax District No. Three of the Parish of St. Tammany, State of Louisiana, prescribing the form, terms and conditions of such bonds and providing for the payment thereof; authorizing an agreement with the paying agent; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.
3. Ordinance for introduction to authorize the Parish of St. Tammany, through the Office of the Parish President, to acquire certain parcels for the purpose of expanding the Slidell Branch Library.
4. Resolutions to approve an Industrial Tax exemption for businesses in St. Tammany.
5. Resolutions to acknowledge the receipt and review of the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report for several Utilities operations in St. Tammany Parish.
6. Resolution supporting legislation granting Justice of the Peace Courts and Constables in St. Tammany Parish jurisdiction regarding the enforcement of the Parish Code of Ordinances relative to property standards and nuisance violations.
7. Ordinance for adoption providing for the sale of not exceeding Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000) of Sales Tax Bonds, in one or more series, of Sales Tax District No. Three of St. Tammany Parish and providing for other matters in connection therewith.
8. Ordinance for adoption amending the St. Tammany Parish Unified Development Code, Section 130-55 Notice Requirements to include additional abutter notice provisions.
9. Motion to refer to the Zoning Commission for recommendation an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 22 Licenses, and Chapter 130 Unified Development Code, to provide definitions and regulations regarding short term rentals, to add short term rentals as a permitted use in certain commercial and mixed use zoning districts within unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, and to provide for penalties and fines for violations
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.
Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 1

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed Saturday, March 30, 2019 for Municipal Primary Election

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed Saturday, March 30, 2019 for Municipal Primary Election

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, March 30, 2019. This facility is a polling place for the Municipal Primary election. Business hours resume on Monday, April 1, 2019.

First Day of Spring sees 38,000 Additional Trees Added to the St. Tammany Canopy

First Day of Spring sees 38,000 Additional Trees Added to the St. Tammany Canopy

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that on Wednesday, March 20 — the first day of spring— the Replant St. Tammany initiative continued, with the planting of 38,000 trees in the Cypress Bayou regional detention pond in the Lacombe area. This planting is through a three-year, $125,456 Grant award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s CDFA Program to the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services (DES).

“Water quality, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat creation, and of course, aesthetics — all of these are benefits we see from trees,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Trees are a vital part of our overall infrastructure. They also contribute to our economic stability because our rich natural resources add to our overall quality of life, which makes us a well-rounded destination for businesses and families.”

Spanning three years, this grant will enable DES to plant 90-acres of the 153-acre Cypress Bayou regional detention pond with a mix of indigenous trees and shrubs; conduct a habitat site assessment of existing pond conditions and enhancements prior to, and quarterly throughout the proposed three-years of funding; and sample and quantify water quality benefits on the discharges from the pond outfall resulting from the plantings. As a partner in this project, Southeastern Louisiana University will conduct the pre-planting (baseline) and post-planting sampling to document of water quality improvements from the vegetation, through their LELAP-certified Water Quality lab. The project is underway and will run through December of 2021.

Since the start of 2019, over 40,000 trees have been planted throughout St. Tammany Parish.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President asks LADOTD to Address Traffic Issues

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has asked District Engineer Administrator for LADOTD, in a letter to insist that mitigative measures be implemented to ease congestion issues resulting from the Highway 190 improvements in the Covington area.

“We are just as frustrated as everyone else, because we drive these roads every day too. We are not the project lead, but we can communicate these frustrations through to our partners at LADOTD, and request corrective action. I made this very clear in my letter,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is a $9.1 million project based on traffic studies, and relevant data, which will ultimately increase traffic flow and capacity, but as we all know that with long-term improvements, there are sometimes short-term problems that arise.”

Brister has asked LADOTD to consider every preventative option available including avoiding certain aspects of work at peak times. She also asked that they respond with their plans moving forward, to prevent these types of delays as the project comes to completion.

Brister went on to say, “With the widening of the Bogue Falaya Bridge to begin in mid-2020, I encourage every resident to stay abreast of plans put forth by LADOTD; offer their input when asked to do so; attend public meetings;  and sign up for emails from Parish Government, where we share these LADOTD updates. I also encourage everyone to drive courteously and with care, with full attention to the road.”

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Strategic Road Plan Continues to Move Forward with Announcement of $30 Million Infrastructure Investment

Strategic Road Plan Continues to Move Forward with Announcement of $30 Million Infrastructure Investment

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced an upcoming $30 million investment by Parish Government for a road infrastructure improvement and creation initiative. Brister noted this announcement is the next step in her administration’s long-term vision for a focused, systematic,  infrastructure planning and implementation process that has been ongoing since she took office in 2012.

“From the moment I came into office, infrastructure has been my top priority. I am proud of the culmination of the groundwork we have done so far and what we continue to accomplish through smart, well-thought-out planning. This investment is the next logical step in our ongoing plans to increase, improve and maintain our roads,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “As we continue to invest, build momentum, and gather data to intelligently prioritize road maintenance, we are now more prepared than ever to move forward with the next phase of this long-term vision, and this $30 million will allow us to jumpstart critical projects.”

The investment will be funded through a $30 million bond issue. This bond will be secured and the debt service paid, from the Parish’s dedicated 2% roads and drainage tax. This bond issue, which was previously approved by voters, will be introduced before the Council on Thursday, at their regular monthly meeting. The bond rating on Sales Tax District #3 was very recently upgraded for the second time within five years, to AA+ (Double A Plus) meaning Parish Government will see a cost-savings because of smart money management.

Brister went on to say, “The bond issue will allow us to accomplish projects now rather than doing them on a pay-as-you-go basis. In order to make thoughtful choices when it comes to prioritizing these projects, we rely on our annual Capital Improvement Plan to capture and track priority projects; we utilize factual data from our pavement assessment tool — FUGRO — ; and we continue to implement  our Major Streets Plan. This wisely planned infusion of dollars for the next phase of projects will have positive, multi-layered, generational impacts on St. Tammany. ”

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St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax District #3 Earns Second Bond Rating Upgrade under Brister Administration

St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax District #3 Earns Second Bond Rating Upgrade under Brister Administration

Business Analysts from Standard and Poor’s (S&P), one of the world's leading providers of independent credit risk research and benchmarks, raised the rating of the bond that Parish Government holds and manages for roads and infrastructure. The upgraded rating will change for the second time within five years, to an upgraded rating of Double A Plus (AA+) from Double A (AA).  S&P bases its ratings on their Priority Lien Criteria, which factors in both the strength and stability of the pledged revenues, as well as the parish’s creditworthiness.

“This second rating upgrade is a measure of our fiscal accountability, verified and validated by S&P, an independent entity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I am proud to lead a team who understands the great responsibility we have to taxpayers, and is happy to be accountable for, and prudent with, our investments.”

According to Jim Ryan of Government Consultants Inc.,  the Parish’s financial advisor on the matter, St. Tammany Parish is one of a only a few Parishes that have such a high rating, possibly less than five state-wide.

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Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting

The next meeting of the Drainage/Mitigation Study Workgroup will be held in Council Chambers at 6:00pm on Monday, March 11, 2019.  Following is the agenda:

Chairman’s opening remarks

Presentations:

              Evelyn Campo - La. Watershed Initiative

              Matthew Allen - flood water storage mitigation and flood issues

Continue discussion of existing Ordinance

Public comment

Date of next meeting

Adjourn

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, March 4, 2019 and Tuesday, March 5, 2019 for Mardi Gras. In addition the Department of Animal Services is closed Saturday, March 2, 2019. Business hours resume on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras!

Fish Be Warned! --St. Tammany Fishing Pier will Open Seven Days a Week Starting March 1, 2019

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that beginning with the 2019 spring season on March 1st, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.

In addition to the change in the operating schedule, Pier personnel will now have a periodic presence. However it is anticipated that record-size fish will have a steady presence in the area. As stated in the rules governing the use of the Pier in the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances, public use of the Pier is, and always has been, at the patrons' own risk. Additionally, the same holds true for the fish! The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will have a proactive presence in the area, for the benefit of the Pier patrons (but the fish are on their own).

Because the Pier is seasonal, hours may be adjusted going forward (in other words…when it warms up and folks start catching fish by the ice chest, the hours may be extended). To see the complete rules when using the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, click here.

 

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Nearly $1 Million in Drainage and Roadway Improvements will Benefit Lacombe Area Neighborhoods

Nearly $1 Million in Drainage and Roadway Improvements will Benefit Lacombe Area Neighborhoods

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced a six-month, $956,974, District 7 drainage project started earlier this week in the Erindale Heights Subdivision in the Lacombe area. The installation of subsurface drainage and pavement improvements will enhance drainage in the neighborhood and enhance roadways.

“This is an investment in our infrastructure in District 7, and when it’s complete, it will give drainage a boost for residents and also make the roads nicer to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “In addition, it will relieve the drainage burden on surrounding neighborhoods.”

“This was something residents needed, and that is why I reserved funds each year from my  District Capital funding to make sure it was brought to this point,” said Jake Groby, St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7. “It will offer a great benefit to many residents in my district and it is good to see it begin.”

The project is expected to wrap up in late summer of 2019 barring any unforeseen interruptions to the schedule. Residents are asked to prepare for delays and to expect temporary road closures from time to time when cross drain pipes are installed. Alternate routes will be available.The entire project, including an already completed drainage study, recent surveying work and upcoming construction, is expected to be complete at a cost of $956,974.00.

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St. Tammany Parish Council Census Workgroup Meeting

The St. Tammany Parish Council Census Workgroup will meet in Council Chambers Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 3:00pm to discuss the upcoming census and where the Parish is in the process.

Offices Closed in Observance of President’s Day

Offices Closed in Observance of President’s Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of President’s Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Business hours resume on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 8 a.m.

 

Replant St. Tammany Combines Projects to Maximize Results

Replant St. Tammany Combines Projects to Maximize Results

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, the tree planting initiative Replant St. Tammany in order to preserve our tree canopy, enhance water quality improvements, increase flood mitigation, and to create eco-corridors and wildlife habitat in our community. Since the start of 2019, two separate plantings of nearly 400 trees of 13 species, have been planted in areas of St. Tammany in separate initiatives, and over 30,000 more trees will be planted by the end of 2019.

“Water quality, flood prevention and preservation of our natural resources, are top priorities in St. Tammany, and we are able to address them all, in varying degrees, through these programs — the Adopt-A-Pond Program and the Tree Bank. This is another example of forward-thinking ideas put into practice, with wide-ranging results,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also have the benefit of teaching our young people about their own environment and how all of these elements work hand-in-hand to give us our wonderful, natural surroundings, and what they can do in the future to protect our community.”

The St. Tammany Parish Adopt-A-Pond Program kicked off this week. This project enlists St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Junior High and High School STEM students to plant trees in and around Parish-owned and maintained ponds. The students will perform preliminary water quality tests and ecologic assessments in their respective “adopted ponds” before planting and will continue semi-annually to quantify habitat and water quality improvements from the plantings. This program reinforces kids’ love of science, with hands-on experimentation in their own communities, within their own specific scientific habitat, and provides a practical component to learning about St. Tammany’s varied eco-systems. 

“I’m excited that these community partnerships are allowing our students the opportunity to participate in hands-on science projects while also improving the environment of St. Tammany Parish,” said St. Tammany School System Superintendent Trey Folse. “These are real life lessons that students will be able to use far beyond the walls of their classrooms.”

Over 2300 trees will have been planted when the Adopt-A-Pond projects wrap in late February. The project is a collaboration with the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, NOAA SeaGrant Program, the LSU AgCenter Youth Wetlands Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sunbelt Innovative Plastics, and the St. Tammany Parish President’s Office. A total of six ponds will be planted with six schools slated to participate. Boyet Junior High, the first school to “adopt” their pond, planted 325 trees of 13 species in the Meadowlake Pond in the Slidell area.

In early February, 75 young Live Oak trees were planted on Oak Harbor Boulevard in the Slidell area, to replace trees that were removed during a recent elevation project. These plantings were funded through the Tree Bank. The Tree Bank was established specifically to maintain the tree canopy balance in St. Tammany. If trees must be removed during building or infrastructure projects, fees are assessed for the affected canopy and these fees fund the bank.

“The addition of these young Oak trees will grow and enhance this important boulevard,” said Jerry Binder, St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 12. “About 75 Live Oaks were planted, and over time, we can expect to see them produce a beautiful result.”

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Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that two additional digital viewing platforms have been added; Fire TV and YouTube Live, to watch Access St. Tammany Television programming. Access St. Tammany is the third Public Education and Government  channel (PEG) in the nation to add the  Fire Tv app, and the first PEG channel to have the live feature. Access St. Tammany is the Government Access channel owned and operated by St. Tammany Parish Government. 

“We continue to move forward and keep pace with what residents need, in order to meet them where they are, as technology opens new doors for us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is done at no additional cost to us, and so no additional cost to the taxpayer. We are increasing value and reach as we embrace technology.”

“Each viewer has their favorite platform and we are working to have a presence on all of them,” said Danny Zechenelly, Access St. Tammany Television Station Manager.

Viewers must have a Fire TV Device or a Fire Stick to use the Fire TV option. For YouTube live, simply go to https://www.youtube.com/user/accesssttammany and subscribe to the St. Tammany Parish Government channel. View our video tutorial on how to get started here. The Access St. Tammany Channel would like to hear viewer suggestions regarding the additional platforms, as well as any feedback regarding viewer requests. Please email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Access St. Tammany in the subject line. 

Access St. Tammany is available through multiple service providers. Charter communication subscribers can find us on Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box. AT&T U-verse subscribers can find us on Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. You can also subscribe to our Roku channel. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org, or using the YouTube app. Subscribe to the St. Tammany Parish Government Channel. 

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Nearly One Million in Roadway Improvements Begin in the Madisonville / Covington Area

Nearly One Million in Roadway Improvements Begin in the Madisonville / Covington Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the start of a nearly $1 million roadway improvement project in the Covington area. Crews have begun this week the mill, overlay and repair of Keys, Lalanne and Dummyline Roads. The entire project will improve nearly five miles of roadway combined.

“Our primary goal in infrastructure maintenance is to improve the safety and convenience of travel for our residents. Projects like these are an excellent example of taxpayer dollars being invested well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

This project is expected to take approximately 45 days barring any weather delays. Residents may be directed to alternate entrances of Keys, Lalanne and Dummyline Roads, between La 21, and La 1077 depending on the location of the work being done. Please use caution around work crews, plan for delays.

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St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has announced a warming shelter will open beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., and will remain open through the morning of  Thursday, January 31, 2019, in anticipation of predicted freezing temperatures in the coming days. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open the shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

“We prepare year-round for events like this, and we encourage residents to be prepared as well. We also encourage anyone who may need a warm place to stay tomorrow night or Wednesday night to utilize the warming shelter at this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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.

The St. Tammany Community Action Agency is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, 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 them from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

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St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared, So You Be Prepared!

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2019

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared

 

Parish President Pat Brister and Parish Government's emergency operations personnel are asking that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions, prepare for several days this week of extremely cold temperatures, and the possibility of frozen precipitation. With a Hazardous Weather Outlook being forecast by the National Weather Service in Slidell, conditions could deteriorate and should be taken seriously.

 

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. Parish Government is practiced and prepared for these kinds of conditions, and is asking that it's residents also...

 

Be Prepared:

  • 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 them from freezing and potentially bursting.
  • Parish Government is also urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences.
  • Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.
  • The Department of Animal Services asks pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the well-being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared, So You Be Prepared!

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President to Host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President to Host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President will honor law enforcement officers at her 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon on January 22nd. Just as in years past, the event is open to law enforcement officers at the Federal, State, Parish and Municipal levels. The purpose of the event is to show gratitude for the work law enforcement officers do day in and day out, to keep the community safe.

“This is a small gesture compared to the investment our law enforcement officers make on our streets and in our Parish every single day,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have tremendous support and involvement from our local community to make this event happen, and this is what makes this day so special.”

Guests at the luncheon will enjoy a keynote address from U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser; an invocation by Dr. Michael Sprague, Louisiana State Chaplain with the Capitol Commission; live music from the John and Robyn Acoustic Duo; presentation of colors by Lakeshore High School Jr. ROTC; performances by members of the Fontainebleau High School Choir; a grand prize donated by event sponsors and Expedia CruiseShip Centers; door prizes by local sponsors (list attached); and food and beverages from generous local restaurants and vendors. The luncheon is made possible by volunteers, donations and local sponsors.

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Roadway Improvements Necessitate Extended Closure For Johnny F. Smith Avenue in Slidell Area

Concrete Improvements Lead to Extended Closure for Johnny F. Smith Avenue in Slidell Area

Beginning Monday, January 21, 2019, crews will begin the removal and replacement of concrete on Johnny F. Smith Avenue at the intersection of Highway 11 in the Slidell area.  This intersection on Johnny F. Smith will be closed for the duration of the work. This project is expected to take approximately three weeks barring any delays. Drivers will need to detour around the area by taking Highway 11 to Brownsvillage Road, to access Johnny F. Smith Avenue via Production Drive. Motorists are urged to use caution around work crews and to plan for delays.

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St. Tammany Retains Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog for the Second Year in a Row

St. Tammany Retains Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog for the Second Year in a Row

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the travel company Expedia, named an area in St. Tammany, as the best place to escape in Louisiana. In their January travel blog — The Best Places to Escape in Every State — Expedia named the Mandeville area as the “Best Place to Escape” in the State of Louisiana. Expedia describes Mandeville as “….made for slowing life down to a drawl. Located on the placid shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the town is the right setting for sailing off into the sunset…” They go on to tout the lodging options, the opportunities to enjoy the surrounding natural and recreational amenities, paddle the blue ways and to take a moment to relax at a high-end spa.

“Congratulations to Mandeville for retaining this designation on a national level,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany as a whole has treasures that those of us who live here, appreciate and work with pride every day to preserve. We certainly appreciate all visitors who choose us as their vacation destinations and we invite them to experience our people, our culture, our great food, and our exceptional way of life.”

Read the entire blog from Expedia here.

 

Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA.

This meeting will be to introduce all members of the workgroup, have a general discussion regarding the drainage/fill ordinance and suggested changes, listen to workgroup members concerns and to take some public comment.

For questions concerning this meeting, please call the Council Office at 985-898-2591.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Officials will Officially Allocate BUILD Grant Match at January Council Meeting

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced on January 3, 2019, that she has requested the St. Tammany Parish Council adopt a resolution to appropriate $7.2 Million in funding for the I-12 Widening project to satisfy St. Tammany Parish Government’s funding match as part of the BUILD Grant Award terms, at tonight’s Parish Council meeting.

“We entered into this nationwide competitive grant competition in 2018, with the intention of winning it, and so we set aside unexpended revenue in anticipation of needing our portion of the local match funding. Tonight, we will make this funding officially available,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “When the State is ready to move on this project, we will be ready on our end to make this project happen.”

The resolution proposes an amendment to the Capital Improvement Budget. A companion ordinance is also on the agenda for introduction to amend the Public Works Fund, the source of the $7.2 million match. This ordinance is expected to be adopted at the February 7, 2019 meeting, making the funding available for the end of February 2019, if adopted.

In early December 2018, Pat Brister announced that St. Tammany Parish won a competitive Federal BUILD Grant in the amount of $25 million. The $36 million total application encompasses $25 million in BUILD Grant funding; $7.2 million match from St. Tammany Parish Government; and a $3.8 million contribution from LADOTD. The project start date is to be determined after consultation with LADOTD.

Brister has been pushing for the prioritization of the I-12 widening project since 2013. In early June of 2018, she appealed to Governor John Bel Edwards and the LADOTD to move up the timeline of the project, after the state had previously pushed back construction, and in the wake of a fatal accident over Memorial Day weekend.

She also met several times with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson to ensure the design of the project would continue as her search for funding continued, so that when the funding was identified, the project would be shovel-ready, as well as to request immediate short-term safety solutions. She announced the application for the BUILD Grant in mid-July and committed to $7.2 million in funding from Parish Government. The Louisiana Congressional delegation offered their written support, and made appeals through letters to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Choa.

State LADOTD officials said in a December press conference announcing the award that work could begin as early as 2020 on this project.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY- Northridge Water System

Countryside, Eagle Landing, Northridge Estates, Spring Lakes, and Goodbee Square Subdivisions--Northridge Water System (PWS 1103181)

On Monday, December 31, 2018, the well pump failed on our Northridge Water System. Due to the failure of the well pump, the Northridge Water System lost pressure. As a result of the pressure loss and the work being done on the well, Tammany Utilities (TU) is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced subdivisions serviced by this water system in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regualtions.

Out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is in place for the customers identified above. 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 system have shown the water to be safe.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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Tchefuncte River at US Hwy 190 Crests

Hydrologist with National Weather Service have determined that the Tchefuncte River has crested at US Hwy 190, and has begun to slowly recede. The “Tchefuncte River Near Covington” gauge began to fall this evening, and read 27.4ft at 7:30 p.m.  The National Weather Service is predicting that the River will begin to slowly fall, and will measure below flood stage (20.0ft), at this gauge, by Monday, December 31, 2018.

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Emergency Operations Update December 29, 2018

The National Weather Service has changed its prediction for the Tchefuncte River’s crest for the river gauge located at the Tchefuncte River at US Hwy 190 in the Goodbee area, from midday today (Saturday, December 29, 2018) to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sunday, December 30, 2018). However, they did not adjust the river level when the crest occurs, which is still predicted to be 30 ft.

Because of the National Weather Service’s change in predicted timing for river cresting, St. Tammany Parish Government’s emergency shelter will remain open another night. The shelter, run in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is located at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.

Parish Government will also extend the hours for distribution of sandbags today, Saturday, December 29, until 5 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.

Other river gauges have shown water receding: Bogue Falaya River near Camp Covington (near LA Hwy 25 @ Million Dollar Road) | Crested 54.24ft (approximately 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 44.25ft and falling (approximately 8 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)

Bogue Falaya River at Boston Street, Covington|  Crested 11.9ft (approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 10.9ft and falling (approximately 8:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)

Tchefuncte River near Folsom | Crested 22.42ft (approximately 5 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018) | Currently 18.97ft and falling (approximately 9 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018)

Additionally, the Bogue Chitto River near Bush is predicted to crest at 15.5ft, at 6 p.m. tonight.

At this time, and based on the National Weather Service’s reports, the Parish’s Emergency Operations still believe that there is a potential for flooding in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchfuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past. Residents should consider a voluntary evacuation.

Potential Flooding December, 28 2018

December 28, 2018

Sandbag Location Opens in St. Tammany Parish

Due to the National Weather Service’s prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government will open a location for the distribution of sandbags on Friday, December 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 28, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandbags can be picked up at the St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn, located at 1305 N. Florida Street, in Covington.

Residents in Low-Lying Areas Near Tchefuncte River Asked to Consider Voluntary Evacuation
 
The National Weather Service has informed us they are predicting high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin. Neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding tonight and into tomorrow, and those residents should consider voluntary evacuation. As we receive other assessments from the National Weather Service we will distribute their detailed information. 
 
As of now, residents in low-lying areas in or around the Tchefuncte River, North of I-12 to LA Hwy 40 (including Park Lane), should consider a voluntary evacuation. For more information on river levels, please visit the National Weather Service website https://water.weather.gov/ahps/.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Emergency Declaration
 
St. Tammany Parish Government has made an emergency declaration in response to potential flooding in the Tchefuncte River basin. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.
 
Residents in neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flood waters in the past, should be aware of the possibility of flooding, and those residents should also consider voluntary evacuation.
 
Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. If you feel that you are in danger, please make the decision to evacuate out of harm’s way. If you need assistance doing so, call 911.
 
Emergency Shelter to Open Friday Evening at 5 p.m. in Goodbee Area

Due to the National Weather Service prediction of high river levels for the Tchefuncte River basin, St. Tammany Parish Government will open an emergency shelter, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, at Coquille Parks and Recreation beginning at 5 p.m. this evening (December 28, 2018). Coquille is located at 13505 LA Hwy 1085, in the Goodbee area. Residents who would like to use this shelter are advised to bring food, bedding and any necessary medications.

Because of this potential flooding prediction, neighborhoods along both sides of the Tchefuncte River, particularly in low-lying areas that have seen flooding in the past, should consider a voluntary evacuation.
 

Holiday Closures from St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Closures from St. Tammany Parish Government

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday December 25, 2018, in observance of Christmas. In addition, the Department of Animal Services is closed Saturday, December 22, 2018. Business hours resume on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8 a.m.

In observance of the New Year, non-emergency offices will close as follows: Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday January 1, 2019. The Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, December 29, 2018 as well. Office hours resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8 a.m. The January, 2019 St. Tammany Parish Council meeting is scheduled on its regular day, Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening on December 26th. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees to recycle for use in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rebuild the Big Branch Marsh. 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.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Holiday of Lights Events Cancelled For Saturday, December 8, 2018

Holiday of Lights Events Cancelled For Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Holiday of Lights events for tonight, Saturday, December 8, 2018 have been cancelled. Officials made the decision to cancel this evening’s events as a precautionary measure for safety reasons related to excessive rainfall, standing water in the event area and the electrical infrastructure of the event.

Barring any unforeseen issues, the final weekend of Holiday of Lights is scheduled to go on as planned, December 14 and 15, 2018 from 6p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville directly behind the Kid’s Konnection Playground.

St. Tammany Awarded $25 million BUILD Grant to Widen I-12

St. Tammany Awarded $25 million BUILD Grant to Widen I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany was awarded $25 million in BUILD grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the I-12 widening project.

“This is a huge win for all of us — the St. Tammany community and the people who travel this interstate. To see that the federal government has chosen to support our mission in making our interstate system safer by awarding this $25 million BUILD Grant, reinforces the necessity of this project. We can’t wait to get started. We also sincerely appreciate the leadership and efforts of our Congressman Steve Scalise and the rest of the Louisiana delegation on securing this funding.” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We committed to doing our part to find a funding source for this project, and this first step is a success, which means we can move forward in the plans to make the I-12 safer for travel. We will still continue to seek support and funding from every possible source, and we will continue to push for immediate action. The safety of St. Tammany and every person who comes through here is — and has always been— my top concern.”

"This $25 million grant to widen I-12 in St. Tammany has long been a top priority of mine, and the recent tragedy over Memorial Day weekend underscored why this project is needed, and why today’s announcement by DOT Secretary Chao is so important. I especially thank St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister for being a leader, ally, and strong local advocate for this critical project," said U.S Congressman Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip.

“These resources will go toward critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will create jobs and support economic growth. Widening I-12 will eliminate bottlenecks in St. Tammany Parish and improve highway safety,” said U.S. Senator, Dr. Bill Cassidy. “During our phone call this morning I gave a big thank you to Secretary Chao for listening to our needs and approving these resources.”

“The widening of Interstate 12 is critical to public safety.  After the Memorial Day weekend fatalities, I started working with state and local leaders to convince Secretary Chao that this funding was necessary to save lives. I want to thank St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and state Sen. Jack Donahue for working tirelessly with me on this project,” said U. S. Senator John Kennedy.

Brister has been pushing for the prioritization of the I-12 widening project since 2013. In early June of 2018, she appealed to Governor John Bel Edwards and the LADOTD to move up the timeline of the project, after the state had previously pushed back construction and in the wake of a fatal accident over Memorial Day weekend. She also met several times with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson to ensure the design of the project would continue as her search for funding continued, so that when the funding was identified, the project would be shovel-ready, as well as to request immediate short-term safety solutions. She announced the application for the BUILD Grant in mid-July and committed to $7.2 million in funding from Parish Government. The Louisiana Congressional delegation offered their written support in a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Choa.

The $36 million total application encompasses $25 million in BUILD Grant funding; $7.2 million match from St. Tammany Parish Government; and a $3.8 million contribution from LADOTD. The project start date is to be determined after consultation with LADOTD.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Accepting Statements of Qualifications for Professional Services for 2019

St. Tammany Parish Government Accepting Statements of Qualifications for Professional Services for 2019

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government is accepting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for qualified vendors offering professional services, today through December 21, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 fiscal year.

“We want any qualified company to take part in doing business with Parish Government. We are looking for great companies to assist us in accomplishing great projects for the citizens of this Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want businesses to take this opportunity to submit their SOQs for consideration for our pre-qualified vendors list where they will be evaluated for their expertise and experience.”

Individuals and businesses wishing to be considered, can find the current SOQ form on the Parish’s website or by clicking here. SOQ documents will not be accepted after the deadline. Individuals or firms evaluated as qualified must be active and In Good Standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State and licensed to do business in the State of Louisiana. Find a comprehensive list of guidelines that must be followed for consideration here. All submissions will be considered for designation as Pre-Qualified Professional Vendors. Individuals and businesses will be notified by the St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Procurement with the results of their submission requests.

All individuals and firms who are listed on the existing Pre-Qualified Professional Service List will remain on the list through the remainder of 2018 through 2019. All vendors will need to resubmit for the 2020-2021 qualification period at a time to be determined in late 2019.

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ICYMI: Animal Services Millage Renewal on the December 8, 2018 Ballot

ICYMI: Animal Services Millage Renewal on the December 8, 2018 Ballot

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services millage renewal is on the December 8, 2018 ballot during the Open General/Special Primary Election. Voters will be asked to renew the ten-year, one mill property tax — expected to generate an estimated $2,021,348 a year — to continue to fund the maintenance, operations, equipment and capital improvements of the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter run by the Department of Animal Services. The current assessed rate is .82 mills and costs the owner of a property worth $200,000 in St. Tammany, with a homestead exemption, approximately $10.25 per year. 

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The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets.

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed Saturday, December 8, 2018

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, December 8, 2018 as it is a polling place for the 2018 Open General/Special Primary Election. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

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The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets.

19th Annual Holiday of Lights Kicks off in one Week — Friday December 7, 2018

19th Annual Holiday of Lights Kicks off in one Week — Friday December 7, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the 19th Annual Holiday of Lights in St. Tammany Parish kicks off on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:45 on Koop Drive in Mandeville. This free event runs for two consecutive weekends — Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; Friday, December 14; and Saturday, December 15, 2018. Enjoy entertainment from local schools and area performance groups, a special appearance by a live Reindeer on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 7:30 -8:30 p.m. , decorated Christmas trees by schools and other organizations, and free kiddie rides by Mitchell Brothers Amusement.  

Santa will be on-hand for pictures with the children at a cost of $20.00 each, printed while you wait, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Holiday of Lights is open the weekends of December 7and 8, and December 14 and 15, 2018, from 6p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. at Koop Drive in Mandeville directly behind the Kid’s Konnection Playground.

For more information please call the Tammany Trace Trailhead at 985-867-9490.  

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U.S. Senator John Kennedy Visits Safe Haven Campus with Members of the Safe Haven Foundation

U.S. Senator John Kennedy Visits Safe Haven Campus with Members of the Safe Haven Foundation

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, joined U.S. Senator John Kennedy, and Louisiana State Senator Jack Donahue, for a presentation while visiting the Safe Haven campus in the Mandeville area. The visit was organized by Donahue, who is also the chairman of the newly formed Safe Haven Foundation — established to act as a support arm of the Safe Haven Project and to augment the funding of certain aspects of the project through volunteerism, fundraising and raising public awareness.

“This project is the result of leadership,” said U.S. Senator John Kennedy. “The leaders in St. Tammany took a problem —the closure of Southeast Hospital — and turned it into a long-term solution with the Safe Haven initiative.”

Louisiana State Senator Jack Donahue lauded the visit as an opportunity for Senator Kennedy to get an up-close look at the progress underway at the campus, and the work that is still needed.  “Safe Haven is making a difference on the North Shore and surrounding areas.  Senator Kennedy is coming to visit the facilities and to get an update on the great work that is being done.  His continuing interest in Safe Haven is another key to its success.”

“Even though Safe Haven is still in its early stages, we continue to work on bringing the entire campus to life,” Said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is absolutely essential that we make people aware of what is already available at the facilities out here — the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, Fontainebleau Treatment Center and Northlake Behavioral Health, to name a few. We still have much to accomplish at Safe Haven, and support from the top down is critical to achieving success with this model, and ultimately helping people with behavioral health needs.”

Initiatives underway include: The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, now open and providing transportation; in the first quarter of 2019, ground is expected to be broken on the Crisis Receiving Center— considered the anchor of the Safe Haven facility model; work is expected to begin in 2019 on the green infrastructure project grant-funded by the LA Safe initiative; and the Family Promise Day Center — the signature project of the Safe Haven Foundation. 

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FEMA Individual Assistance Teams visit Tallow Creek Residents at the Request of Parish President

FEMA Individual Assistance Teams visit Tallow Creek Residents at the Request of Parish President

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, requested through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) that FEMA Individual Assistance teams do an assessment of the homes and needs of the families in Tallow Creek, affected by the November 1, 2018 tornado that touched down in the Covington area subdivision.

“These teams assess the situation in the aftermath of a disaster, and determine if the people who were affected have any unmet needs, not covered by insurance,” Brister said. “This event, though it impacted a condensed area, was traumatic for those involved, and so we want to utilize every possible resource at our disposal to help these families make things right.”

Following her on-site visit to Tallow Creek the morning of the storm, Brister instructed EOC personnel to coordinate with faith-based groups to assist homeowners with temporary tarps for roof damage, and to request assistance from the Red Cross. The FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet these needs through other means. Parish Government will await the analysis from GOSHEP and FEMA following the completion of the assessments.

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Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

The 19th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place over two December weekends: December 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2018, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. Keep an eye out for a complete entertainment lineup to be released soon.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road in the Slidell area, will close on Thanksgiving Day— Thursday, November 22, 2018.  On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Pier will close at 6p.m. for the winter months. The Pier is expected to reopen in the spring, on or around March 1st.

In addition, the following closures will take place at St. Tammany recreational facilities during the holiday season:

In November, the Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed on Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, November 22, 2018. These facilities re-open on Friday, November 23rd.  In December, these facilities will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening on December 26th.  Camp Salmen Nature Park will close on Friday, November 23, 2018.

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Thursday, November 22, and Friday November 23, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the project to bring the Tammany Trace into Camp Salmen Nature Park is roughly 60% complete. The pathway within Camp Salmen is ready for asphalt and this will take place as soon base material installation is completed on the section of the path from Neslo Road and Highway 190.

“This long-awaited collaboration between the Parish, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the City of Slidell, is definitely taking shape, and crews are on schedule,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. We are definitely moving forward, despite small challenges with the weather, and we wanted to update everyone with the status so far.”

Crews are essentially constructing an entirely new path through a primarily wooded area, near an adjacent busy thoroughfare. The extension will span 1.5 miles from the end of the Tammany Trace at Neslo Road, and culminate where Melody Drive connects to Camp Salmen Nature Park on Parish Parkway.  The projected timeline estimates completion by January 2019, barring any other weather delays. 

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Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Business hours will resume on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President, and Greg Cromer, City of Slidell, Mayor, announced a $935,030.00 collaborative roadway improvement project on Airport Road in the Slidell Area will begin the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

“Our goal is to make the most of all of our resources to make improvements happen, no matter where the boundary lines end,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to continued collaboration with the City of Slidell to keep St. Tammany’s infrastructure sound, so that residents can enjoy safe, efficient travel.”

“The City of Slidell is very fortunate to be working with St. Tammany Parish for the mill and overlay project on Airport Blvd.,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We have a great relationship with President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government and we look forward to working with them on future projects to benefit all of our citizens.”

The project will extend from where Airport Road meets the Slidell Municipal Airport, to the intersection of Northshore Boulevard and U.S. 190 (Gause Boulevard), and will include the mill and overlay of the roadway, roadway striping, and sidewalk improvements. The project is expected to be complete in early 2019.

Photo Left to Right: Steve Stefancik, St. Tammany Parish Council, District 11; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; Greg Cromer, Mayor, City of Slidell; Val Vanney, Jr., Slidell City Council, Distirct D

 

 

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Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was proud to host live training sessions of mandatory Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training for local agencies throughout the Parish. Seven sessions were offered at four locations, on different days in late October, conducted by Parish employees who are certified trainers. In addition to the St. Tammany Parish President and over 400 additional Parish Government employees, employees from the City of Covington Public Works Department, Parish Planning Commissioners, Parish Board of Adjustment members and St. Tammany Parish Council members attended the training.

“This was a way for us to give all employees who are required to take this training, an opportunity to complete it at a dedicated time and place,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It also reinforces every employee’s right to work in a secure, safe workplace and lets them know what is expected of them, gives us assurance that our employees are receiving the required training, and lets us document their participation.”  

State Law requires public employees to complete one hour per year of Ethics Training, and one hour per year of Sexual Harassment Training. The Ethics Course has an online option, but the Sexual Harassment Training does not. The live training session, created by Adrienne Stroble, Director of Human Resources of St. Tammany Parish Government, satisfied the Sexual Harassment Training requirement.

 

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Offices Closed for the Congressional Primary Election

Offices Closed for the Congressional Primary Election

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the Congressional Primary Election, as many Parish Offices serve as polling places. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the continuation of capital improvements to the Tammany Utilities (TU) water and sewer systems with the installation of ten auto-dialers at critical water wells and sewer lift stations across the TU service areas. A total of 80 auto-dialers will be installed over the next several weeks as weather permits, and additional auto-dialers are budgeted for 2019. The dialers are custom-programmed with emergency numbers so that if an issue occurs at a lift station, well, or with a pump, TU staff is notified immediately, no matter the time of day or night.

“With the installation of these auto-dialers, we may be able to lessen the frequency of boil advisories by addressing things that cause the well systems to lose pressure before the pressure drops to a critical point triggering those advisories,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “But this is just one plus to these devices. In addition, they will increase efficiency in our response time in the event of a failure, they add to the peace of mind for TU customers as well as our staff, and ultimately, they will save money. We will continue this capital improvement investment to enhance our maintenance and improve the system overall.”

The auto-dialers will give TU personnel advance warning of problems with water wells, with the hope that any issues affecting the well can be addressed before the system loses pressure, thereby preventing the frequency of boil advisories.  These dialers will also help identify problems with pumps before they fail due to a clog, or other malfunction, as well as immediate alerts to other issues which could lead to system spills.

Since the start of 2018, nearly $200,000 in capital improvements investments to the Tammany Utilities Water and Sewer System have been in progress.

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America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the first ever America Recycles Day event, will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.

“This event is the first of its kind in our community, and we are excited to offer a way for people to properly recycle their items. We hope residents will take this opportunity to do this,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. 

Residents can bring plastic, aluminum, tin, newspaper and cardboard. Please no glass. For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the following weekend on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics for this collection day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

 

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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the library of the Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road.

The following items will be discussed:

  • 1. Ordinances adopting and establishing the 2019 Operating Budget and 2019-2023 Capital Improvements Budget
  • 2. Ordinance for introduction authorizing the execution of an extension option and the amendment of the existing Contract Agreement, pursuant to LA R.S. 33:4791.1, between St. Tammany Parish Government and Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc for the provision of Emergency and Non-emergency Ambulance Services within specific service areas of St. Tammany Parish
  • 3. Ordinance for introduction amending Parish Code of Ordinances to add new Section 14-33 to 14-36 to regulate Fire Alarm Systems and provide for penalties for repeat false fire alarms
  • 4. Ordinance for introduction amending the Official Parish Zoning map to reclassify 20,000 square feet located north of South Street, east of Hickory Street, being lot 6, Slidell Manor Subdivision, 411 South Street, Slidell from A-4 (Single Family Residential District) to I-2 (Industrial District)
  • 5. Appeal of Zoning Commission Denial on October 2, 2018 to rezone 5.82 acres located north of LA Highway 433, west of Galatas Lane, east of Faciane Road, being 30425 LA Highway 433, Slidell, from A-2 (Suburban District) and RO (Rural Overlay) to NC-5 (Retail and Service District)
  • 6. Ordinance(s) for adoption providing for the sale of Utilities Revenue Refunding Bonds and Limited Tax Refunding Bonds
  • 7. Ordinance for adoption amending Sec 2-183 of the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances for the Reorganization of the Parish Legal Department
  • 8. Ordinance for adoption amending the St. Tammany Parrish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Parish Council, section 2-79 entitled: Council Personnel
  • 9. Ordinance for adoption amending the official Parish Zoning Map to reclassify 0.520 acre located west of Dixie Ranch Road, south of Idlewild Pines Road from A-2 (Suburban District) to A-3 (Suburban District)
  • 10. Any other items of interest concerning District 11 constituents

Anyone having questions concerning the meeting should contact District 11 Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, the first of many additions to the Safe Haven Campus, now has transportation available to and from the center— at no cost — to St. Tammany residents.

“This is an option we are happy to have now, because it means people who need to be here, now have a way to come here,” said Tom Rowan, Program Director. “It is as simple as a phone call to our dispatcher the day before you’d like to come. They will schedule your ride, pick you up, and bring your home afterward. It is a win for people in need and a win for us, because we get to share these valuable support services.” 

The busses run from early morning through 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. The dispatcher takes calls until 4 p.m. Monday – Friday (except on holidays). Residents should call 985-626-6518 to schedule rides and allow 24-hour notice for scheduling.

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center program is staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists who will assist adults living with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders in St. Tammany Parish, in navigating access to appropriate support resources and providing alternatives for less costly behavioral health care in a less restrictive environment, leading to recovery. There is no cost to attend the program. The transportation services are partially funded by a grant.

To learn more about Safe Haven and the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, click here.

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DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

In early November, St. Tammany will host the upcoming DecamanUSA — the first event of its kind to take place in the continental Unites States.  The race is a multi-day triathlon expected to attract an international field of ultra-triathletes to compete in four separate ultra-distance triathlons. Fontainebleau State Park will be the home of the Athlete’s Village; the Tammany Trace the site of the running and cycling portions of the races; and Lake Pontchartrain and the University of New Orleans’ 50-meter pool, the site of the swimming portion of the race.

“We are proud to be the hosts of this exciting endurance event,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “There is no other place like St. Tammany — we have so much to offer. We welcome DecamanUSA and these ultra-triathletes to our community, and we want to thank the race directors for choosing our community as the setting for this event. We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we do.”

Wayne Kurtz, five-time finisher of the DECA, and Steve Kirby, both race directors, culminated their four-year search for the ideal race location right here, in St. Tammany with a base camp at Fontainebleau State Park.

“It’s been a long journey looking for a closed course venue that had an international airport, and we are so excited for the event to finally come to fruition,” said Kurtz.  “The local assistance has been amazing.”

“The St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission is thrilled to welcome these extreme athletes and their teams to our area for this 13-day event.  Many have traveled internationally to be a part of the DecamanUSA and we are excited to showcase St. Tammany Parish to our visitors,” said Donna O ‘Daniels, President and CEO of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission.

The Classic Deca triathlon consists of a continuous 24-mile swim, followed by 1,120-mile bike ride, and a 262-mile run.  Athletes are expected to race for up to 13 days with the top finishers completing the event less than 10 days. The three other events including a 1x10 Ironman format: 2.4- mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2- mile run x 10; continuous Quintuple: 12- mile swim, 562-mile bike ride, and 131-mile run; and 1x5 Ironman races. 

The first DECA was held in Mexico in 1992. In the November event, 46 athletes representing 16 countries will make up the largest field of athletes in the history of the Deca Triathlon.  Countries represented include:  USA, Hungary, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, New Zealand, Italy, Guernsey, Switzerland, Norway, Bosnia, Mexico and Guatemala.  Wayne Brown, a local, ultra- distance triathlete from Livingston, will compete in the Classic DECA. 

The events will span from November 6th- November 19th.  Visit decamanusa.com for complete race details, or to learn more about the race itself.

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell (And other important KSTB News)

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell

(And other important KSTB News)

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Keep St. Tammany Beautiful will host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Important KSTB News

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful celebrated the three-year anniversary of its official launch on Friday, October 5, just one day after Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, accepted certification of the St. Tammany Chapter’s national affiliation with Keep America Beautiful.  

“Since we’ve launched Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, we have actively worked on producing measurable, visible results, and our efforts have gone exceedingly well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has collected 232 tons of Household Hazardous Waste and served 3,460 households at five separate Collection Days. We’re also proud of the fact that we’ve removed more than 265 tons of litter from the streets of St. Tammany. These efforts go hand-in-hand with our mission to preserve and appreciate our pristine resources.”

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful received its certification as an affiliation of Keep America Beautiful after completing a thorough list of required steps. As an official affiliate, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has earned national credibility, will have support of the national organization, will have access to their training and educational materials as well as their operational tools, and will now be eligible to apply for  grant funding through Keep America Beautiful.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Hurricane Michael, as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. Parish Government is following its emergency planning, and has instituted its Storm in the Gulf protocols out of an abundance of caution. Although the predicted path of this system by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center modeling is not expected to have significant impact on St. Tammany at this time, Parish Government remains cautiously optimistic and prepared in the event conditions change. However, Parish Government will be 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.

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Michael as it gains strength in the Gulf.  

Based upon the forecast, Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public through the local media, our website, 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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St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

The St. Tammany Parish Council introduced two ordinances for adoption last week — the proposed 2019 Parish Operating Budget, and the proposed 2019 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Program. Copies of both proposed budgets are available for public review at the Parish Council Office or online here.

An announcement will be made, as soon as budget hearings have been scheduled. The Parish Council will hold a Public hearing in Council Chambers at 6p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to review the proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets prior to adoption.

The 2019 Budget, was prepared by Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President and staff. A copy of the letter to the St. Tammany Parish Council is attached.

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Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the start of the second phase of road improvements to Three Rivers Road in the Covington area. The work includes widening of the roadway and the installation of subsurface drainage. This phase is expected to be complete in early 2019 at an estimated cost of $953,000.

“Our top priority is improving roads and drainage, as well as having a dedicated and well planned program to maintain these critical investments,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This road project will make travel easier and safer for our residents, and the subsurface drainage will cost us less maintenance in the future.”

The first phase was completed in January of 2017 at a cost of $1.8 million. At the completion of phase two, the road will be widened from Avenue St. Germain to the Wolverine Drive. Magee Excavation and Development is the contractor for this job. Residents are asked to be mindful of intermittent lane closures, and to expect delays because of these improvements.

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Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8 a.m.

 

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of two-part drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is underway. Phase I includes the installation of storm drain pipes on Magnolia Lane in the Riverwood Subdivision. In Phase 2, crews will install storm drain pipes on Laurelwood Drive.

“Every day we work to improve our existing drainage infrastructure not only for the immediate future, but long-term. This project does exactly that — it enhances flood mitigation overall — and we are so pleased to see it begin,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “Two neighborhoods will see benefits from this project; residents in the Riverwood subdivision, as well as residents of the adjacent subdivision, Covington Country Club Estates.”

The overall cost of the project (Phases 1 &2), is estimated at $3.2 million with Phase 1 estimated at $666,167.50. St. Tammany Parish Government will fund, approximately$1.7 Million, while the remainder of the funding, $1.49 million will come from a grant-funded initiative, the Statewide Flood Control Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). This Statewide Flood Control Program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience flooding losses.  Phase 1 is expected to be complete by spring of 2019.

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$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government, and the Safe Haven project,  will receive $5,310,000 in grant funding through the National Disaster Resiliency funding, facilitated through the State of Louisiana’s LA SAFE initiative. The funding from this competitive grant will be to implement the Safe Haven green infrastructure projects. As part of the grant process, LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State. The Safe Haven project was supported by the residents in public meetings, and voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.

“The Safe Haven behavioral health campus will have multi-layered benefits. The green infrastructure, water quality and stormwater management projects will enhance critical drainage and flood mitigation. To have Safe Haven recognized by a State and Federal program, and especially by our own citizens, is extremely gratifying for us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I again want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven.”

The Safe Haven Blue Green Campus project, located in the Mandeville area adjacent to Cane Bayou, is a community nonstructural Mitigation/Flood Risk Reduction and Public Services project that divert stormwater into existing forested land, illustrating how a multi-phase development with existing infrastructure in vulnerable environments can be repurposed to benefit surrounding areas.  You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here.

The first physical component of the Safe Haven Campus, the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center was opened to the public in June 2018. Construction on the planned Crisis Receiving Center could begin by early 2019.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. 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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Council District 10 Community Meeting Announced

A community meeting for Parish Council District 10 constituents will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30PM in the Council Chambers located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville 70471.

The following items will be discussed:

•             Proposed constitutional amendments - Reid Falconer, Louisiana State Representative
•             Update on St. Tammany Corp. formerly St. Tammany Parish Development District - Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corp. CEO
•             Update on 911 Communications - Rodney Hart, St. Tammany Parish Communication Director
•             Fire District No. 4 items on the upcoming ballot - Chief Kenneth Moore, Fire District No. 4
•             Update on Parish Government – Maureen O’Brien, District 10 Councilmember

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Maureen O’Brien
Parish Council District 10
985-807-3778

 

Proposed Ordinance Aims to Adjust Development Fees Proportionally to Current Market Rates

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that an ordinance regarding changes to St. Tammany Parish Department of Development fees is being introduced at the September 6, 2018 Council Meeting. The fee adjustment will establish rates that are commensurate with the market and fee structures in other jurisdictions, because these Development fees have not increased since 2004.

Evaluation and changes of the development fees were addressed in the Administration’s rewrite of the Development Code, currently in draft form. Additionally, the fee increase was one of the suggestions brought forth by the Streamlining Budget Workgroup at the beginning of the summer. As laid out in the ordinance change, Parish officials will evaluate these fees periodically to make changes incrementally as the market requires.

“As we grow, it is vital that those that develop land and build homes, pay the real value of the services they receive. Our Development Department does a great job of assuring homebuyers that the house they purchase was built to the highest codes and standards. In order for us to do this, the primary users of this service must pay their share of that cost,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Brister went on to say, “We re-evaluated every service we provide and thoughtfully applied market research to match the level of fees in other Parishes and Counties for these types of services. At the end of the day, only 10 of the 50 fees we currently charge will see an increase, but the changes we do make will put us in line with other jurisdictions.”

Among the proposed fee increases are: an increase of nine fees for service provided by the Department; the establishment of a credit card/e-check processing fee that the Parish is currently incurring for this service; and the reinstitution of a previous fee for the provision of Community Letter, suspended after Hurricane Katrina.

The increase in fees will cover the operational costs Parish Government incurs for providing certain services. Minimal fees will also be established to cover costs associated with three services which are currently free.

The revenue generated from the collection of these fees, estimated at just over $900,000 will enable the Department of Development to become a self-sustaining Enterprise Fund, which means the Department of Development will have its own funding source, and would no longer depend on subsidies from the Parish’s General Fund (approximately $868,000 in 2017) for operational costs.

If the Ordinance is adopted, the increases and changes will take effect immediately. To review the proposed changes to the Ordinance, click here.

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Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is pleased to announce that Kelly Rabalais will be the new interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for St. Tammany Parish Government effective September 21, 2018. 

Gina Campo, Parish Government’s current CAO, is resigning and will be taking a position in State Government as the Deputy Executive Director of the State’s Office of Community Development.

“We appreciate the incredible work that Gina has accomplished, we appreciate her work ethic, and most of all we appreciate her leadership in my administration from the beginning,” said Brister. “We wish her the very best as she continues to serve the people of this Parish and State from her new position. Additionally, I am very happy that our operations will not skip a beat, and we will have a smooth transition, because of Kelly’s experience and institutional knowledge. She will build upon the great work we have accomplished thus far, and will serve this community well.”

“It has been an honor to work for Parish President Brister. She and her administration have a lot to be proud of, and I am very confident that Kelly will continue to lead Parish Government to achieving even more,” said Campo. “It hurts me to move on, but I am taking on a great opportunity to serve the citizens of Louisiana.”

“I am humbly accepting the job of Parish Government’s interim CAO, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead a great organization as we refocus and reorganize our operations,” Rabalais said. “I am pleased to have been chosen to serve Parish President Brister, and serve the people of this Parish.”

Rabalais has previously served as Executive Counsel to Brister, and has worked for Parish Government for over 10 years, under two different administrations.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish Government offices will remain closed Wednesday, September 5, 2018, due to the unknown impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has made an emergency declaration for the entirety of St. Tammany Parish in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.

 “We encourage residents to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials,” Brister said. “As this storm makes landfall we ask everyone to stay off of the streets if it is not necessary for you to be out, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. We will continue to monitor the storm and share information over Social Media, our website and through the local news media.”

All non-essential Parish Government offices are now closed. St. Tammany Parish Government is working in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Fire Districts, the National Weather Service, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Acadian Ambulance.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the closure of St. Tammany Parish Government offices on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to the expected impacts from Tropical Storm Gordon. In addition the Board of Adjustment and Zoning meetings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and evening, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground are closed as well. All branches of St. Tammany Parish Public Libraries are closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. Based on the projected path, St. Tammany Parish could see impacts from this storm. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the track of this system

We will continue to update the public about our emergency operations through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to stay tuned to forecast updates from the National Weather Service. In addition, prepare for the possibility of a localized rain event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. If you live in a low-lying area prone to flooding from heavy rain, or higher than normal tides, please pay attention to the forecasts. 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. 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 to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

St. Tammany Parish to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish will distribute sandbags at the following locations on Monday, September 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 6p.m., and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

Residents are asked to monitor National Weather Service 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 Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

St. Tammany Parish Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

Invest 91L, a tropical wave, is now located in the Southern Bahamas. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of this system, but forecasters expect it to enter the eastern Gulf of Mexico early Monday. Parish Officials are closely watching this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track of this system.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. 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 rain 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 pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. 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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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Labor Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close, Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, September 1, 2018 as well. Business hours resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

Nearly 140,000 Pounds of Household Hazardous Waste Collected at St. Tammany Parish’s Summer Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the collection of an estimated 139,113 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste, at the June, 2018 St. Tammany Parish Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHW Day), through the Parish’s Environmental Services Department and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful. Volunteers collected over 800 pounds of batteries, nearly 8,000 pounds of liquid pesticides and poisons, and an estimated 40,000 pounds of electronics from 748 vehicles. Over 900 households were served at this event. 

“Household Hazardous Waste Day is one more way we are protecting the environment. This growing and popular event allows our residents an opportunity to dispose of potential pollutants in a responsible way,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Environmental Services employees and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful do an impressive job. We are happy to organize it and offer it, and we encourage residents to utilize it, so the waste is disposed of and does not end up in our local environment.”

With the large demand for HHW Day and its continued growth in usage, St. Tammany Parish Government is exploring ways to make disposal of these types of waste items more convenient. The Parish is considering several constructive, innovative and cost effective ideas to make HHW Day more efficient.

Upcoming Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events include a second HHW Day in the Slidell area currently slated for November 2018.  More information on the event will follow as it gets closer. Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has information on upcoming events on their website: www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To organize a cleanup event for your neighborhood, or if you or your group would like to volunteer, call Rick Moore, Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, at 985.898.5214.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to protecting the environment and sustainability, through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced the adoption of 43 animals from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services shelter during their participation in the nationwide 2018 Clear the Shelters event, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. During this event, all adoption fees were waived.  According to www.cleartheshelters.com, over 90,000 pets were adopted nationwide on this day.

“In 2017, the Department of Animal Services adopted out nearly 1000 animals, and returned 362 lost pets to their owners,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We can only do this through the help of our neighbors and friends — our residents — who choose to adopt an animal in need. We encourage everyone to consider adoption first when choosing a pet.”

All animals adopted from the Department of Animal Services are socialized, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on their vaccines, and microchipped. Animals available for adoption can be viewed at www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services, click on the Pet Harbor and Pet Finder links. Animal Services is located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe, with adoption hours from 8 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.

See a photo gallery of animals who found their forever homes on Saturday, here.

 

 

 

The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/animalservices.

 

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$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced an EPA grant award in the amount of $299,000 for Parish Government to continue water quality initiatives within St. Tammany. This proactive project, which will include nearly 3,000 inspections, will include pollution source tracking for water quality restoration in the Bayou Liberty Watershed and homeowner education on proper maintenance of their on-site aerated treatment units. Parish Government continues to replicate this program throughout St. Tammany, with significant, measurable water quality improvements.  In October of 2017, preliminary reports from the Ozone Woods neighborhood, where a similar initiative is underway, showed a nearly 400% improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, one of many indicators of water quality.
 
“As more individual units are repaired and the natural ecosystem stabilizes, we will continue to see the natural environment thrive. This is the result we hoped for and expected, as our water quality is paramount,” said Pat Brister, Parish President. “In the first subdivision we started this initiative, the failure rate of Aerated Treatment Units (ATUs) in the project areas, was close to 50 %. This number has been drastically reduced to 14% — so we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
 
St. Tammany Parish Government will partner with Southeastern Louisiana University on this upcoming project. There are thousands of individual ATUs and septic tanks installed in unincorporated St. Tammany, operated and maintained by homeowners. While these homeowner sewer systems are required to be permitted by the State Department of Health, many fail to meet current, more stringent design standards which could contribute to the decline of surface water quality in the Parish.  
 
As part of these initiatives, and through a decentralized management approach, inspectors have been performing individual, on-site sewerage system inspections in areas of known impaired water quality since October of 2016 with special focus on areas of greatest known impairment.
 
 Since October of 2016, inspections were started in the Bayou Liberty Watershed in Ozone Woods subdivision in Slidell and are now near completion. In the Abita River Watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision in the Covington area. In the Bayou Cane/Bayou Castine Watershed, DES recently completed inspections in the Hidden Pines subdivision in Mandeville and inspections are currently underway in areas of unincorporated Mandeville. As part of continued education and outreach, St. Tammany Parish today is hosting the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Enviroschool, to educate small commercial sewer systems owners on the most current standards required by the DEQ to operate these systems effectively, while being environmentally responsible.
 
Read more about our Water Quality initiatives here.
 

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

The St. Tammany Parish Council adopted a resolution at their August meeting last night, to place the Animal Services millage renewal on the December 8, 2018 ballot during the Open General/Congressional Election. Voters will be asked to renew the ten-year, one mill property tax — expected to generate an estimated $2,021,348 a year — to continue to fund the maintenance, operations, equipment and capital improvements of the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter run by the Department of Animal Services. The one mill tax costs the owner of a property worth $200,000 in St. Tammany, with a homestead exemption, approximately $12.50 per year.  

“I thank the Parish Council for voting to put this measure on the ballot. This millage renewal is clearly important to our residents, and it is vital to the Department of Animal Services’ ongoing operations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We encourage people to seriously consider this renewal and to go out and vote in the December election.”

 

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach in the Slidell area, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, is now reopened to the public after a brief one-day closure, as St. Tammany Parish Government’s Department of Public Works corrected erosion issues. Crews brought in several loads of sand to rebuild the beach and address the issues. The work was expected to take several days, however, due to the efficiency and diligence of Public Works crews, the job was completed in one day. Special thanks to Public Works for their efforts.

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

St. Tammany Parish Government has temporarily closed Northshore Beach, in the Slidell area, due to significant erosion of the beach, and safety concerns caused by that erosion. Parish Government’s Department of Public Works began work today to correct the problem. Completion of the work is expected to take several days, which is dependent on weather and tidal conditions.

The beach, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, has seen a greater level of tidal erosion than it has historically experienced. Because of this erosion, underwater obstructions have become a safety hazard, making it necessary to close the beach temporarily to rebuild the beach and alleviate the potentially dangerous conditions.

Parish Government is asking citizens who use the beach to remain off the property and out of the area until the work is complete for safety concerns, and in order to not hinder or slow down the work being done by our crews. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the work is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our citizens.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Warns Citizens of Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued a Heat Advisory for St. Tammany Parish and the surrounding area through the weekend, including  Monday, July 23rd.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that St. Tammany Parish citizens need to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat related illnesses.” Brister went on to say, “heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US, so we are urging all residents and visitors that it will be important to take precautionary measures to prevent illness or death because of the heat and heat-index over the next few days. ”  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps:

o    Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. 
o    If you do not have working air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. 
o    Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
o    Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
o    Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
o    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and always wear sunscreen.
o    Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked-open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying.

When traveling with children, remember to do the following:

    Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
    To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.  See the image included in this post  how you can learn to identify the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, as well as what the CDC suggest you do.
 

Additionally, precautions should also be taken for pets and livestock during the extreme heat conditions, such as keeping them out of direct sunlight, making certain they have a fresh water source, and never leaving a pet in a locked vehicle. For more information on pet heat safety visit the American Red Cross, or well-known pet related websites.

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St. Tammany Continues to Pursue the Prioritization of the I-12 Widening Project 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has submitted its application for a $36 million federal BUILD Grant to help fund the next phase of widening I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. This application follows her pledge to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and requests to the Governor and U.S. Senator John Kennedy to provide bi-partisan support for this grant as well as other funding sources. She has also committed $7.2 million dollars of match funding from Parish Government. 

“We want this project to become and remain a top priority until its completion. We will continue to seek support and funding from every possible source, until we see action,” Said Brister. “The safety of this community is my primary concern, and we will not rest until the project is complete.” 

The grant details the necessity of the project and provides a detailed analysis for its justification. It states that Interstate 12 is part of the National Highway Freight Network and Louisiana’s Tier 1 Freight Network. The segment between Louisiana State Highway 21 and U.S. 190 provides a level of service well below the national standards for that designation. Even non-fatal accidents can block traffic in this corridor for hours. In the past five years, more than 900 crashes have occurred in the corridor affecting approximately 2800 vehicle occupants. Congestion will only grow, with traffic forecasts predicting an average Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for this segment to be between 104,300 and 126,800 by 2038. 

Congress has dedicated nearly $5.6 billion for nine rounds of National Infrastructure Investments through the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant with $1.5 billion available through this round. These funds are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state in this round. Applications will be evaluated based on merit criteria, including: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for infrastructure investments. This project’s benefit cost ratio of 8 to 1 demonstrates a very high return on investment benefitting the residents of St. Tammany Parish. 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Asks Citizens to Help Do Their Part in Preventing West Nile

With the first human case of West Nile Virus in St. Tammany Parish confirmed today by the Louisiana Department of Health, it is even more important to do everything you can to prevent mosquito breeding, and to take precautions to protect you and your family.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that all St. Tammany Parish residents need to do their part in preventing other cases of the West Nile Virus by taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of mosquito breeding and bites.” Brister went on to say, “the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District personnel do a wonderful job, but we each have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”  

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the Parish is asking that all citizens drain standing water. A small amount of standing water can be enough for a mosquito to lay eggs and multiply. Look around your home and business for possible breeding places. Empty standing water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots and other items, as well as check to ensure rain gutters are not clogged. Clean pet bowls weekly, and if you store water outside or have a well, make sure it is covered. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Additionally, keep mosquitoes outside by fixing or installing window screens.

Families should take precautions to protect themselves by applying insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Permethrin sprayed on clothing provides protection through several washes. Products with a higher percentage of DEET as active ingredient generally give longer protection. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks sprayed with repellent while outdoors can further help prevent mosquito bites.

You can still enjoy the summertime activities St. Tammany has to offer, but you should take these preventative measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Do your best to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn, when many mosquitoes bite.

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Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, two of the Parish’s key economic indicators show a strong, healthy economy and reflect investor confidence in St. Tammany. Both single family new construction and commercial permits are up in the first two quarters of 2018 over the same time period in 2017. Single Family new construction totals rose by 8.8% from 635 from January – June 2017, to 691 in the same time period in 2018. Commercial construction permits showed a 16.58% increase, from 187 in the first six months of 2017 to 218 in the first two quarters of 2018.

“Permit numbers correlate directly to the economic health of our community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have an educated and ready workforce, and an unmatched quality of life. These elements attract businesses who are willing to make investments here. As these businesses invest today, they also invest in the futures of our children and families and their opportunities to live and work here.”

She went on to say, “In 2017, we had a benchmark year for permits and it looks like 2018 is slated to make its own history. We will continue to implement initiatives with a focus on these new investments in our Parish like our Path to the Future, which prioritizes road infrastructure projects, and our Development Code rewrite to ensure the continued streamlined establishment of standards, so that every structure built in St. Tammany reflects our vision to maintain our unique, identifiable qualities.”  

To see permit totals visit, www.stpgov.org/departments/permits.

Public Notice Regarding Millages

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville — Council Chambers — to discuss setting the millage rates for the Coroner’s taxes under its jurisdiction.  A notice of this public hearing is available on www.stpgov.org under Public Notices, and in the St. Tammany Farmer, the Parish’s Official Journal.

This is not a new tax and the Parish shall not exceed the voter approved maximum millage rate.  The public notice provides information to the public that Parish Council is requesting input before setting millage rates.

The St. Tammany Parish 2018 Operating Budget is available at www.stpgov.org. The Adopted Ordinance regarding the budget can be reviewed here. The Coroner’s budget can be found on pages 5 and 9 of the adopted Ordinance.

St. Tammany Parish Government Hosts Collaborative Meeting to Coordinate Emergency Response Efforts

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday, hosted the Parishes and Municipalities Working Together meeting at the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center in downtown Covington. Representatives were present from local municipalities, as well as the Louisiana Office of Public Health, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coordination of the Parish, local municipalities, towns and villages in advance of Hurricane season — or any event that would require a widespread emergency response — and their collective work on initiatives which impact the entire community as a whole.

“We all serve the same constituency and we are all neighbors with the same goals — to do our best to keep this community safe,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Meetings like this give us the opportunity to share knowledge and bring all of our individual resources to the table, and put forth a united effort when one is needed.”

“It’s very important that all Parish and Municipalities pool their efforts when it comes to emergencies,” said Greg Lemons, Mayor, Town of Abita Springs. “After all we are citizens of St Tammany Parish, this allows us to maximize our resources.”

“As the Mayor-elect of Slidell I really appreciate being invited to this event. This type of overall community initiative is exactly what I campaigned on during my race for the mayor’s office,” said Greg Cromer, Mayor-Elect of the City of Slidell. “We look forward to partnering with the Parish and the municipalities of the parish to assure that we are well prepared for any emergency that we may face.”  

Among the topics discussed were work on implementing a FEMA High Water Mark Initiative in St. Tammany, roadway responsibility in the aftermath of a storm, shelter coordination and emergency response training.

 

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister Calls for Bi-Partisan Support to Widen Critical Stretch of I-12; Offers to Testify Before Senate Committee to Seek Federal Dollars

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister continued her appeal to accelerate widening of a 4.5 mile stretch of 1-12 by agreeing to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and by seeking bi-partisan support from Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy for a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build Grant.

In a letter from Brister to Kennedy sent this morning, Brister thanked the Louisiana Senator for “…increasing funding for Louisiana road and transportation projects by $74 million.” She advocated for those dollars and more to be assigned to the I-12 widening project and cited the recent tragic accident that led to the death of four people and injured nearly one dozen as a clear reason why easing the traffic congestion in St. Tammany could no longer be ignored.  Wrote Brister, “It is unconscionable that the plea of my administration and the citizens of this Parish had largely been ignored until the fatal accident awakened transportation officials to the dire need for widening I-12 in St. Tammany.  Today, I am more encouraged than ever that this problem will be addressed and construction on widening this corridor will be accelerated.”

Brister noted in her letter that she was pleased to see the Governor and our U.S. Senator in agreement on this major capital improvement need.  Brister stated, “Senator, I am encouraged that you were able to raise funding levels … from the Federal Highway Trust fund to an estimated $814 million for Louisiana next year.  I also appreciated your outreach to Governor John Bel Edwards regarding the bi-partisan support for this critical measure.  We, too, are asking the Governor to approve a Build Grant request for this widening project, and we have agreed to work collaboratively and sign as co-applicants for the major infrastructure grant to address this portion of the roadway.”

Brister offered to assist the Senator in any way to help secure the needed funding to widen this critical stretch of roadway.  Wrote Brister, “… please let me know what is necessary to help St. Tammany begin building a safer, less congested roadway.  I am willing to do everything from contacting your fellow congressional leaders to launching a grassroots advocacy campaign for funding to testifying before a federal committee on the need for transportation funding.”

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Comment Period Open on Proposed Changes to Tchefuncte River Drawbridge Operating Schedule

Parish President Pat Brister, and St. Tammany Parish Council Vice Chairman, Mike Lorino (District 14), are urging St. Tammany residents to submit comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed changes to the Tchefuncte River drawbridge operating schedule which would restrict bridge openings during peak evening traffic hours. The comment period is now open and will be open until July 16, 2018. Residents who wish to weigh in can submit comments here .

“Your voice is critically important in order for changes to occur to the traffic challenges in this area,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are working closely with the Federal Government and the U.S. Coast Guard, so this is the time to make your voice heard, especially if the current bridge closure schedule impacts your travel time.”

“We need our residents to take a moment and offer your comments on these proposed changes,” said Lorino. “The more feedback officials receive, the greater the chance of seeing permanent change. We have heard residents voice their concern over the traffic issues because of this bridge, and we are in the next phase of making changes for the better happen, so your input is vitally important. Please take this opportunity to comment.”

In 2016, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Town of Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat, implemented changes to the drawbridge opening schedule as well as traffic study. The entire scope of proposed changes can be viewed here .

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The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met with members of the 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup and members of the local media today to discuss the budgetary recommendations presented by the group in a final letter to Brister. The group was given extensive budget and operational information, and over the course of five meetings, was able to ask Parish Officials and Parish staff members in-depth questions.

“This group voluntarily took on this task at my request, and I could not be more grateful,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I appreciate the weight of their questions, and their willingness to further understand the way St. Tammany Parish Government operates so that they could make thoughtful recommendations in consideration of many scenarios.”

“We will look at every suggestion they gave us with careful consideration, as we continue to create our 2019 budget,” Brister went on to say.

The group suggested, among other things, that Parish Government must free up monies in the General Fund to pay State-mandated costs of the St. Tammany Parish Jail and Justice Center and also stated, all outside agencies must be prepared to reduce operations to fit within general fund allocations or use other available revenue. The entire letter to the Parish President from the Workgroup can be found online stpgov.org, or by clicking here .

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met today with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson and members of his staff to press the Secretary, and Governor John Bel Edwards, to improve the I-12 corridor in St. Tammany. Parish President Brister felt it was important to meet face to face with the Secretary to lay out a plan to accomplish the much-needed I-12 widening project, as well as propose short-term solutions to improve safety in the area.

“I went in to the meeting with three clear objectives,” said Brister. “First, the Parish and State will each work towards the same goal of securing funding for this project, and once funding becomes available, the State will guarantee that this project is first in line for that funding. Second, I asked for Sec. Wilson’s commitment that the design for the widening would continue to completion, to make this priority project shovel-ready when funding is identified. Third, to formally request the State work collaboratively on a joint infrastructure grant application for federal funding to be submitted in July. I am pleased to say that we have gotten these assurances from the Secretary.”

Brister went on to say, “I requested that LADOTD immediately institute short-term safety solutions. We asked that their engineers take the necessary steps to install flashing lights and signage alerting motorist of traffic backups, as well as the other safety improvements they identified in their Road Safety Assessment from 2013, that have yet to be implemented.”

Parish President Brister is also in conversations with the Congressional Delegation to help obtain funding commitments for this critical project. She has repeatedly stated that this project should be void of all politics, but instead be based on data, need and safety.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, remains unrelenting in her efforts to have the safety and infrastructure needs of St. Tammany prioritized by the State. In a written response to the Parish President’s letter sent last week asking the governor to have the widening of I-12 moved up in the priority list of State projects, Governor Edwards indicated funding issues must be resolved before the State can move the project to the top of their priority list.

Brister said, “Neither I, nor the people of St. Tammany care who is to blame for the delay.  The people of St. Tammany expect action to prevent further tragedies and to give commuters peace of mind.”

“Spending by the State over the last four years is a reflection on the previous administration,” said Brister, “however, planning, designing and programming funding for the future, is a reflection on the current administration. We want this widening project to become a priority for our Governor, leaders in State government and the State Legislature. This matter must be free of political retribution.”

Brister went on to say, “For years, we have tirelessly pressed the State and LADOTD to make this expansion a priority, and we will continue to insist that the groundbreaking timeline be moved up to 2019. We are eager to work with anyone who can help us make this project a reality as soon as possible. We will continue to have an open dialogue and a good working relationship with LADOTD. But make no mistake, this project is a priority and I am committed to convincing the State and Federal Governments of the same.”

Brister said she would continue her discussions with the Parish’s Congressional Delegation, as well as its State Legislators, to make this expansion a priority and to acquire the funding to make it a reality. She also expressed her appreciation of the efforts of LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson in his exploration of short-term solutions to make drivers more aware of road conditions. 

Additionally, Brister is asking that residents join her in her efforts by contacting our State leaders and ask them to prioritize the I-12 widening project in St. Tammany Parish. St. Tammany Parish citizens can help in this effort by calling the Governor’s Office at 225-342-7015.

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Editor’s note: Please follow this link to view a short video, which will be distributed widely via email, posted on social media sites and played extensively on the Parish’s access television channel.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and are monitoring the track of the broad low pressure system currently located south of the Gulf of Mexico. As the chance for tropical development and heavy rain is predicted, St. Tammany Parish Government has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols. This includes preparations by our Public Works Departments making sure that catch basins and culverts are free of debris, trucks and equipment are staged and ready, and retention ponds are pumped down so that they can retain more water. Additionally, Tammany Utilities is proactively monitoring its systems and lift stations to mitigate system issues brought about by storm water inundation. St. Tammany Parish Government personnel are poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary, as well as stand up the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with essential personnel and partner agencies, if needed.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized rain 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 and beyond. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they occur. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

2017 Annual Report Released On-Line or In-Print

2017 Annual Report Released

On-Line or In-Print

St. Tammany Parish Government has released its 2017 Annual Report. The report pinpoints in detail, the revenues and expenditures of St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as accomplishments by departments within Parish Government. To save on cost, limited numbers of the Annual Report are printed, and the remainder of entire report can be reviewed at www.stpgov.org.

“In our 2017 Annual Report you will find the breakdown of our budget and statistics relevant to what we do every day, said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Roads, drainage and water quality are our top priority — as we paved over 131,000 linear feet of roadway in 2017.We also fulfilled 685 public records requests and provided over 91,000 pages of public records to the public for viewing. Several departments within Parish Government earned accolades as well. I encourage every resident to take a look at the Annual Report and contact us if you have questions.”

A digital copy of the report can be viewed at www.stpgov.org.  Printed copies will be available in St. Tammany Parish libraries by June 1, 2018.

 

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Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the St. Tammany East and West Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the Northshore Housing Initiative, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, will host the Make a House Your Home event on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11 a.m.-1p.m. at 520 Old Spanish Trail, in Slidell, on the 1st floor of the Towers Building. Interested parties are invited to come and learn about homeownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

This event is free and open to the public. It is kid-friendly. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions regarding this event, call 985-898-3074.

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 on Koop Drive in Mandeville from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. The Kids Konnection Playground and the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will open at 12 p.m. on the day of the event, because these facilities will be inaccessible until this time. The Tammany Trace will remain open.

Residents are reminded that this collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted.

Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup  to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

MANDEVILLE, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister today announced the formation of a budget workgroup comprised of community and business leaders to analyze Parish revenues and assist in streamlining expenses as the Parish prepares its 2019 operating budget. 

The move by Brister is in response to a pending $18 million budget shortfall which resulted from voters’ decision to reject two 1/5th cent, 10-year sales tax renewals.  Said Brister, “Our citizens have made it clear that they would prefer for us to operate within a more streamlined budget. I felt it was important to have fresh eyes look at our Parish government expenses and consider how best to allocate the financial resources that we have.   The team that I have assembled is made up of community and business leaders who understand our Parish Government, know the services we provide, and recognize the expectations of our citizens and business owners. I am calling on their expertise, and dedication to St. Tammany to help us consider every option.”

Brister began preparing to overcome the deficit in 2017 when she instituted an across the board hiring freeze and eliminated the possibility of merit or cost of living raises. Said Brister, “We will work within the resources we have and manage our finances responsibly while attempting to protect every service that we provide our citizens.  The streamlining workgroup will review every expense in Parish Government, meet with Parish leadership to attain important information, and will offer suggestions on how to best proceed with our 2019 budget while keeping every public service in mind.” The workgroup will present their recommendations to Parish administration by the end of May.

The Parish President’s 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup is comprised of the following citizens:

Northshore Technical Community College Chancellor, Will Wainwright; President and CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Patti Ellish; President Kehoe France Northshore, Kyle France; former St. Tammany councilman, former chairman of East St. Tammany Chamber and Vice President of First Bank and Trust, Al Hamauei; Gulf Coast Bank Vice President of Government Relations, Kim Carver; Republican Parish Executive Committee member and President of Leadership Northshore 2018, Pastor John Raymond; Pastor Michael Sprague; former Chairman of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman,  Dave Mannella; Finance Authority of St. Tammany Board member and St. Tammany Parish Schools’ Director of Accounting Services, Ron Randolph; and former Loyola University Board member and Coin du Lestin Homewoner’s Association President, Jim Walter.

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government has been awarded funding to support a resiliency project on the Safe Haven Campus, through the Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) initiative. The news came today through an announcement by Governor John Bel Edwards at a 10 a.m. press conference. The project was introduced by the citizens of St. Tammany Parish, supported by the residents in public meetings, and in the end, voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.  LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State.

“I want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Many thanks also to LA Safe for their work in generating public interest and for listening to our citizens. The concept of Safe Haven is something we are very proud of, and the Safe Haven facility is going to have an incredible impact on behavioral health care in St. Tammany.”

You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here. Ten projects across six parishes were identified. This initiative, of the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit, is done in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana. This funding is through a federal grant to promote resiliency.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. 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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St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, applauded the work of the St. Tammany Parish Government Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team in their collaboration with five local communities, who do not have GIS capabilities, to complete the U.S. Census Bureau’s Boundary Annexation Survey (BAS).  As the first Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to collaborate with the Census Bureau through the Consolidated BAS Agreement, the Parish assisted four local communities in completing the required mapping of their municipal boundaries.  The St. Tammany Parish GIS team met personally with the Mayors, or their designees, in the towns of Abita Springs, Pearl River, Madisonville and the Village of Folsom.  The boundary work in the Village of Sun is still in progress. 

The work involved assessing boundary issues, creating reusable maps of record, and establishing clean and accurate boundary lines. Using electronic GIS capabilities, St. Tammany Parish Government was able to provide this service at no cost to the local communities. The benefits of establishing accurate boundaries include an accurate population count that helps to determine the allocation of revenue by the U.S. Census.  The Census estimates that for every individual added to the population of a jurisdiction, that municipality receives over $2,100 in additional federal funds that go to schools, roads and other critical needs.  One example of how an accurate population count benefits St Tammany Parish residents.

“We already have this capability, so when the time came for this survey — completed every ten years — we offered our GIS services to community leaders because it helps them to establish accurate numbers, but it also helps us for future planning,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany Parish is once again a pacesetter as the first Parish in Louisiana to partner with the Census and our local communities in this survey.”

The U.S. Census estimates the population of St. Tammany Parish at 256,327 , as of July 2017. Read more about the U.S. Census Bureau’s BAS here.

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The Department of Technology is responsible for the support of all electronic and computer functions of Parish Government and the maintenance of a secure and recoverable technical environment to ensure the delivery of information and services to the community and Parish workers. As a division of the Department of Technology — Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — provides maps and graphics by compiling and analyzing geographic data from various sources. GIS is also responsible for continuous database updates. Archive Management—also a division of the Department of Technology— department plans and develops archival collections. In addition they also advise and assist researchers in the application of archival materials in research activities, and recommend pertinent materials available in libraries, private collections, or other sources for inclusion in archives.

 

 

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Easter

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Easter

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Easter. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, March 31, 2018. All business hours resume on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8 a.m.   

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with Mayor Freddy Drennan of Slidell, officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), The Trace Foundation and Friends of Camp Salmen, broke ground today on the project to connect the Tammany Trace to Camp Salmen Nature Park.

“We have never been closer than we are at this moment to seeing this long-anticipated project come to life, and we are thrilled,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “All of our hard work is paying off. We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. This is an exciting day.”

The extension will span 1.5 miles from the end of the Tammany Trace at Neslo Road, and culminate where Melody Drive connects to Camp Salmen Nature Park on Parish Parkway. The estimated cost for the project is $649,510.95.A portion of this cost is funded through a grant award in the amount of: $360,551.24. The projected timeline estimates completion by fall of 2018, barring any unforeseen delays.

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St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, invites everyone in St. Tammany to watch the new video series: St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress, to learn more about how your roads, drainage and water quality projects are completed and the benefits they offer to residents in and around the areas they impact.

“We are extremely fortunate to have talented, educated and hard-working people who not only know how to create roads, design flood protection and water quality ponds, and improve our drainage systems, and who also know how to effectively keep them maintained,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our employees do this work every single day, and they do it with a sense of pride because they live here, and they raise their families here, and are deeply invested in ensuring our way of life for their own children.”

St. Tammany Parish will invest nearly $25 million in road and drainage work in 2018 alone. Every project will help preserve our quality of life, promote our Parish as a great place to do business, and increase the efficiency of travel and flood protection for many years to come.

The Progress videos can be watched here. To see projects currently happening in and around St. Tammany visit, www.stpgov.org/initiatives/progress. For more information on Parish initiatives visit: www.stpgov.org/initiatives.

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Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Access St. Tammany Television is the only High Definition Government Access Station in the U.S. offered on the streaming service Roku. Only four other Government Access stations in the United Sates are currently available through Roku, and only one other beside Access St. Tammany, has the ability to offer live programming. This service was established at no charge to St. Tammany Parish Government.

“As technology changes, we work to find cost-effective ways to keep up with those changes,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Now, we are proud to offer residents yet another avenue to keep up with what’s happening in Parish Government and stay civically active.”

You must have a Roku device and account as well as internet access to add Access St. Tammany to your streaming service. Visit my.roku.com/add/Tammany to add Access St. Tammany. You can view our step-by-step instructional video on how to do it here.  Access St. Tammany is in the process of trying to add other streaming device options for viewers.

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Access St. Tammany (AST) began broadcasting in High Definition (HD) in 2011, the first Government Access Channel the State of Louisiana to do so, and the second in the U.S.  AST is available through multiple service providers. Charter communication subscribers can find us on Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box. AT&T U-verse subscribers can find us on Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org. Roku users can now add Access St. Tammany as a channel option.  

 

 

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Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Tchefuncte Parc Bridge replacement in the Tchefuncte Parc neighborhood near Madisonville is underway and making progress. This project — a total bridge redesign and replacement — started in the fall of 2017, and includes the replacement of the existing bridge which was determined deficient, the widening of the roadway, and an increase in drainage capacity. Crews also relocated water lines. This project, when complete, will enhance the safety of the roadway, restore the integrity of the bridge, and add capacity for storm water to travel.

“Water is a fundamental challenge in our region and our infrastructure to manage that water is critical,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This newly designed bridge is built using precast boxes. This means minimal maintenance issues and a longer lifespan for the bridge itself.”

In the next several days, crews from Kort’s Construction will install the remainder of the precast boxes. During this time, there will be limited access to the bridge, however, the contractor will make every attempt to keep one lane open for traffic to pass. Residents are urged to continue to plan for small delays as the project continues. The budgeted investment for this project is $510,000 and it is expected to wrap up in mid to late spring.

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To learn more about where your tax dollars are invested, visit www.stpgov.org/initiatives. Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will see a 3% discount on health insurance premium rates for the upcoming enrollment period. The $150,000 savings is, in part, thanks to employee participation in the Humana Go365 wellness program.

“Our employees absolutely contributed to this savings as 40% of our enrolled members reached a status that helped to trigger the reductions. We are incredibly proud of them as they continue to accomplish their health goals, in addition to contributing to cost-savings for the entire Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I applaud and thank our Human Resources Department as well as all of our departmental representatives of the Wellness Committee, as they continue to educate our employees on the benefits of participation in the program, and also realize the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.”

The St. Tammany Parish Government Wellness Committee is made up of representatives from each department who meet periodically to discuss the Humana Go365 Program, who then share program information with their fellow employees. Humana is the insurance provider for St. Tammany Parish Government employees. Wellness committee members assist people in achieving their wellness goals, they offer technical support with the Go365 app, and they educate fellow employees on the overall benefits of participation in the program. In addition to overall premium reductions, employees earn personal incentives as well. Silver Status is reached when employees meet certain milestones related to the improvement of their personal health and well-being.

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Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has purchased just over 30 acres of land containing a four-and-one-half-acre pond, near the Abita River north of Harrison Avenue in the Covington area. Plans for the property include:  the conversion of the pond into a water quality pond through aeration or plantings, and the redirection of stormwater flow from two adjacent subdivisions after the construction of inlets from the neighborhoods into the pond, and an outlet from the pond into the channel that drains into the river. Over time the water quality of the Abita River is expected to increase through enhanced oxygenation and filtration when stormwater drains into the river.

“Our water quality initiatives send cleaner runoff into our waterways, and over time increase the health of our natural ecosystems,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “This project, like most, will address more than one issue upon completion, and the return on our investment will be beneficial in several ways, and well worth it.”

The property is located just west of the Singing River subdivision in the Covington area. It was purchased at market value, for $630,000.

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will reopen two weeks from today on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 a.m., after a three-month seasonal closure. On opening day, admission to the Pier is free to everyone who comes out to fish or sightsee. Regular admission after opening day is as follows: all patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free.  Thursdays are Discount Days and senior citizens, active duty military and veterans fish for $1.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, is open Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. – 6p.m. Because the Pier operates on a seasonal basis, hours are subject to change. To learn more visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

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The St. Tammany Fishing Pier is a testament to the resilience of the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original I-10 Twinspans, the Parish worked cooperatively with other agencies to repurpose the structure for public use. After securing funding through local, state and federal sources, the 650 foot pier was opened to the public in June of 2012, making history as the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s.

 

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Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, the one-year anniversary of the St. Tammany Parish full-time, joint litter abatement crew in partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. In the one year since it’s been in operation, 1,048 miles of roadways have been cleaned and 474,740 pounds of litter have been removed from the streets of St. Tammany.

“Our litter problem was growing, so we tackled it. This crew has made serious progress, and will continue to do it,” said St. Tammany Parish President. “We would like everyone to look at these numbers and like we do, take pride in St. Tammany and our beautiful community by cleaning up when you see litter, and reminding your children and families to do the same.” 

The full-time Litter Abatement crew is a joint collaboration between St. Tammany Parish Government, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The crews use two litter abatement vans as well as St. Tammany Parish Jail trustees, who deploy Monday through Friday, and execute cleanup operations assigned to them by the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement office.

Parish officials continue to encourage local businesses to come together and show their love for St. Tammany and to encourage residents and employees to keep their parking lots and business sites clean by urging the proper disposal of trash and debris.  Littering is a crime under state law, as well as a violation of Parish Ordinances. State fines can range from up to $250 per incident to up to $1000 an incident for illegal dumping sites. Ordinance violations at the Parish level carry a fine of no less than $250 for a first offense. Residents can learn more about the various initiatives through Keep St. Tammany Beautiful or sign up to volunteer, at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To report litter violations please complete a Litter Prevention Form found on the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful website, here. To request cleanup of a roadway in St. Tammany, please submit a Road Cleanup Request form found here.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews will begin the third location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace on Monday, February 12, 2018, weather permitting, in the Lacombe area from Bremerman Road to John’s Road. Like the previous sections, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change.

The third location in the Lacombe area will span 574 linear feet. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 12, 2018 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in observance of Mardi Gras. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of a $3.2 million drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is moving forward. In addition to the existing drainage infrastructure, Phase I includes the installation of storm drain culverts on Magnolia in Lane Riverwood subdivision. In Phase 2, storm drain culverts will be installed on Laurelwood Drive in Riverwood subdivision. The project will also indirectly benefit the adjacent Country Club Estates subdivision, as the drainage that will be installed will convey runoff from this neighborhood as well.

“This is another part of our ongoing drainage improvement initiatives, as we continue to address drainage challenges,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Water is a fact of life in St. Tammany, and as such, we will continue to design and implement the most effective, long-term solutions to enhance existing drainage throughout our community.”

This project is funded in part through the Statewide Flood Control Program administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). The LADOTD will fund roughly $1.49 million, while St. Tammany Parish Government will fund the remainder, approximately $1.7 Million. This program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience structural damages or agricultural losses. 

Phase I of this project is currently out for bid. Bids will be accepted until 2p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read.  No bids will be received after 2p.m. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Staff Conference Room, 3rd Floor, located at St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Complex, 21454 (Building B) Koop Drive, in Mandeville on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Work  is expected to begin on this project in early summer 2018, following the bid selection and award process. The work is expected to be complete by early 2019, barring any weather delays. 

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St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today St. Tammany has been selected as a premier retirement destination by Where to Retire Magazine in their March/April 2018 issue. As a lakefront community with several amenities like the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, Tammany Trace, rivers, swamps, beautiful landscapes, and diverse wildlife, the article describes St. Tammany as a place that offers outdoor recreation of every sort. It touts the “pure solace” of these things combined. According to Where to Retire magazine, approximately 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire.

“We certainly take pride in the fact that we have something for everyone, no matter your phase in life. It looks like they’ve discovered our secret — and we welcome anyone who wants to share in our abundant lifestyle,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have families here that are multi-generational, and this is the foundation for our strong, diverse identity and our ever-present sense of commitment to community.”

In January, Pat Brister presented a proclamation to the St. Tammany Council on Aging (COAST), which declared 2018 the Year of the Senior, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of COAST’s service to the 54,000 seniors in St. Tammany as well as their valuable contributions to Northshore communities. She called on residents to honor and respect our seniors in observance of this designated year.

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Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the road and drainage project in the Lake Village subdivision is now underway. Crews have started the first phase of this combined project which involves the installation of a subsurface drainage culvert from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl Drive, to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, to tie in the Lake Village area to the new culvert, creating another dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place.

“We ask all residents to be aware of this ongoing work, which, when complete will offer drainage improvements, improved motor vehicle travel, and a path for exercise and increased walkability,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to watching as it progresses and we thank the residents in the area for their cooperation while we make these improvements.”

Following completion of the drainage work, a new ADA compliant sidewalk will be installed along North Pearl Drive between Lake Erie and the drainage canal. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard. These sidewalk and roadway enhancements are designed to make pedestrian and vehicular travel smoother. The entire project will benefit the Lake Village, Pearl Acres and Hidden Oaks subdivisions.

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Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Bayou Chinchuba Water Quality Pond project in the Mandeville area, is now complete. The immediate benefits of this project are two-fold. Neighborhoods located downstream of this pond should see increased oxygen levels in Bayou Chinchuba, and increased storm water drainage capacity. Expected long-term benefits of this process include: the disintegration of waste products before they enter Bayou Chinchuba, resulting in higher oxygenation, which can result in a healthier ecosystem for native plants and animals to thrive. 

“This initiative, like most we undertake, was designed in-house by one of our own engineers and is multi-faceted; it has the benefit of increased water quality as well as added drainage capacity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is also expected to have long-term, positive, ecological impacts. Future generations will one day thank us for taking the time to preserve our remarkable natural amenities.”

This project partially EPA Grant-Funded, was to design and build a water quality pond within the footprint of the existing detention pond in the Oak Island subdivision in the Mandeville area. Components of the project include: a drainage pipe from Bayou Chinchuba into the pond; the construction of a weir connecting the existing pond; excavation; construction of a wrap-around berm; installation of a  bubbler, or aerator within the pond including the electrical mechanism for operation; fencing and sod. The bubbler aerates water that flows into the water quality pond from Bayou Chinchuba, and as a result, the water sees an increase in oxygen levels when it flows back into the bayou. The pond is located south of Sharp Road and north of Oak Island Drive. The cost of the project was $486,573.

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Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

The second location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace begins on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Mandeville area from Molitor Street to Rapatel Street.  Like the previous section, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Contractors are in the final days of the first location in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street, and so this area remains closed. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed.

This second location will span 826 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

 

 

 

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Rick Moore, Solid Waste, Litter Enforcement Office and Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was recognized on the national level with the 2017 Environmental Officer Award   at Keep America Beautiful’ s (KAB) national award ceremony in early January.  This award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

“Rick’s continued commitment to enforcing litter laws and his work in the innovative Litter Court which holds offenders accountable, coupled with his work with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and our full-time Litter Abatement Crew have made a significant impact on the cleanliness and safety of our community as a whole,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to recognize the people he works with every day, who utilize every resource available to make these programs strong and effective. Congratulations.”

Rick Moore was touted by KAB for his role in organizing St. Tammany’s parish-wide litter court, as well as his participation with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality, in seven Litter Law Enforcement workshops. This workshop has become a model program for all Louisiana. He currently assists other parishes in setting up their own litter courts.  He was also recognized Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, the recently established Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, of which he is Executive Director.

He was one of more than 80 individuals and organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition. KAB’s National Awards recognize the passion, dedication and impact of KAB affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share their vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the travel company Expedia, named an area in St. Tammany, as the best place to escape in Louisiana. In their January travel blog — The Best Places to Escape in Every State — Expedia named the Mandeville area as the “Best Place to Escape” in the State of Louisiana. Expedia describes Mandeville as “….made for slowing life down to a drawl. Located on the placid shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the town is the right setting for sailing off into the sunset…” They go on to tout the lodging options, the opportunities to enjoy the surrounding natural and recreational amenities, paddle the blue ways and to take a moment to relax at a high-end spa.

“Mandeville has such a diverse array of amenities to offer, and this recognition by Expedia is well-deserved,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany as a whole has treasures that those of us who live here, appreciate and work with pride every day to preserve. We welcome all visitors to make us their vacation destination and experience our people, our culture, our great food, and our exceptional way of life.”

The entire blog from Expedia can be read here.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION Madisonville, Louisiana MAdisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION

Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

 

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

The following information pertains to the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center status on Thursday, January 18, 2018:

- Only court that will be open will be Judge Swartz's Court for trial.

- Sheriff’s Office and Registrar of Voters will be open.

- District Attorney will open to the Public at 11 a.m.

- St. Tammany Assessor, Clerk of Court and St. Tammany Parish Government Offices are closed.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to the high potential for continued severe winter weather and icy road conditions. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead,  and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow. STAR Transit will open at noon on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Officials continue to urge people to stay off of the roads.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The freezing temperatures are not allowing the ice on the roads to completely melt, and so icy conditions remain in many places. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. 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.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) have been working to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice. As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur.

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning, on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions, as roads may still have water on them from yesterday’s precipitation. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

On January 17, 2018, the Madisonville Woods Water System lost pressure due to the freezing conditions.  As a result of the pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  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 system have shown the water to be safe.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

With temperatures  currently freezing,  and a Wind Chill Advisory in place, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. 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.

Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways as the conditions are hazardous. “Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

 The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, 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 Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

 

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

As roadway conditions continue to deteriorate, Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) is reporting that I-12 is closed from LA 1077 to Baton Rouge, and I-55 is closed both Northbound and Southbound from Hwy 190 in Hammond to the Mississippi state line. Additional closures are expected. In addition, the Causeway Bridge is closed due to poor visibility.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

The LADOTD posts road conditions at 511.org. In addition, stay abreast of weather conditions at www.weather.gov.  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 Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

With temperatures expected to continue to dip below freezing to possibly into the teens here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will continue to keep open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols for Parish Government Operations are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents who need shelter can do so at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of freezing temperatures. Parish Government will update as necessary. 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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. They are also reminding residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent fires.

The Parish’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety and offer them comfort.

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

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up to date with the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov,  and monitor local news outlets.

 

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

The St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Meeting, scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, has been postponed due to the forecast of severe winter weather. The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6 p.m.in Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. For any questions, please call the Department of Development, Planning at 985-898-2591.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead, and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) began working at 10:30am this morning to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice.

As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur. Additionally, as tree limbs begin to break from the weight of the ice or snow, power lines may be adversely affected and temporary power outages could be possible. Any emergencies should be reported by calling 911. 

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning,  on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions, coupled with precipitation, are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill, coupled with the lower temperatures and moisture from precipitation.

 

 

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace will get underway on Monday, January 15, 2018 beginning in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street.  Each of the four locations will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when the project is completed.

“Investing in the maintenance of amenities like the Tammany Trace is necessary to provide safety to those that use the Trace and to ensure it remains a feature in our community for years to come,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Trace, now in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, is a source of pride for our community, and we want it to remain a user-friendly recreational avenue for our own residents, who patronize it on a daily basis, as well as for the thousands of visitors who come every year.”

The project will encompass four areas along the Trace including the first segment, 1155 linear feet, in the Covington area; the second location expected to begin in February in the Mandeville area, 826 linear feet; and the third and fourth locations in the Lacombe area, expected to begin in March and April, a combined 1581 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area (see attached), as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, beginning at 4 p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, 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 Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Selects Engineering Firm

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Select Engineering Firm

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage, and Conservation District (St. Tammany Levee Board) have selected Neel-Schaffer, Inc., to begin the first phase of the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Protection Project— a collaborative initiative between St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee Board, made possible with $2 million in funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) through an Intergovernmental Agreement. This project is part of the ongoing flood mitigation efforts by St. Tammany Parish to increase protection for all residents, and to increase resiliency following natural disasters that impact our community.

“This is another step forward in creating a comprehensive flood protection plan for our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Levee Board has continued to work diligently, with limited resources, to get this project off of the ground, and we applaud them for their dedicated time and intensive efforts.”

“I am excited to share in the announcement of the selection of a consultant for this project,” said Henry Di Franco, Chairman, St. Tammany Levee Board. “The Levee Board will continue to work hand in hand with Parish Government to identify critical projects to enhance flood protection for all of the St. Tammany Parish coastal zone.”

During this first phase of the project, Neel-Schaffer, Inc., will be tasked with analyzing and updating the 2012 Northshore Hurricane and Flood Protection Study for St. Tammany Parish with newly completed and current proposed projects in the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Zone. A gap analysis will then be performed to identify new projects to further protect vulnerable areas. A benefit/cost analysis of proposed projects will then be completed to determine project priority and viability. Any funds remaining after completion of these tasks will go toward Engineering and Design of prioritized alternatives. 

Nine engineering firms submitted proposals which were evaluated by a team of St. Tammany Parish Government employees and St. Tammany Levee Board representatives. 

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The St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District is a nine-member board, created during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative session, populated by gubernatorial appointments from various communities throughout St. Tammany. It is a political subdivision of the state and has the primary duty to …establish, construct, operate, or maintain flood control works related to hurricane protection, tidewater flooding, saltwater intrusion, and conservation.

 

RESCINDED: January 6th 2018 -PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

REASCINDED JANUARY 6, 2018

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek,

Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Sometime on January 4, 2018, the tubing supplying the chlorine disinfection at the Willow Wood well failed causing the chlorine concentration in the supplied water to fall below the state mandated levels in some portions of the Cross Gates Water System.  The failure of this tubing was discovered on January 5th and repaired allowing normal disinfection to resume.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for Tammany Utilities (TU) customers in Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood, and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions.

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 and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call and notices on the Parish Government’s website and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees to recycle for use in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rebuild the Big Branch Marsh. Trees can be brought to the Covington Fair Grounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours, from now until Friday, March 2, 2018. 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.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

With freezing temperatures expected to linger from the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore through the end of the week,  the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will extend the operations of the warming shelter through Saturday, January 6, 2018, for those in need. The shelter is currently open in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, 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 Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open until the morning of Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

In addition, 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 Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS Covington, Louisiana St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS

Covington, Louisiana

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in observance of Christmas. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY St. Gertrude Heights in Covington St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

St. Gertrude Heights in Covington

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM a water main broke at the St. Gertrude water well causing a loss in pressure.  Once service is restored, and out of an abundance of caution, all Tammany Utilities customers in St. Gertrude Heights, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations.

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 system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Slidell, Louisiana Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146) Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Slidell, Louisiana

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.  Tammany Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience and will issue appropriate usage credits in the next billing cycle. Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at 985-643-1376 (East). 

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor will be re-installing the well column and pump tomorrow morning, December 19th.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor expects to receive the replacement parts for the water well today.  Once received, they will begin reassembling the well shaft in their shop and will install the well shaft early next week.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY  MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES  Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

This is a boil advisory update

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  On December 11th 2017, Tammany Utilities’ well contractor opened the well to perform maintenance.  They discovered that some parts had significant wear on them and needed replacement.  The replacement parts have been ordered and are expected to come in on Thursday December 14, 2017 or Friday, December 15th of this week.  Once the well is put back in service, Tammany Utilities is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

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 and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

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 and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government officials announced today that, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will remain closed until noon on Saturday, December 8, 2017. STAR Transit will operate from 10 a.m. until 4p.m. on Saturday. The Holiday of Lights will resume as scheduled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 beginning at 6p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore


With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to mid-twenties here on the Northshore over the coming weekend, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The warming shelter will remain open until the morning of Monday, December 11, 2017. 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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 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.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.


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

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Friday, December 8, 2017, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. STAR Transit, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will close as well. The Holiday of Lights events is cancelled Friday, December 8, 2017, but is scheduled to resume on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

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Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

With a Winter Weather Advisory going into effect this evening from the National Weather Service, and freezing temperatures predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, St. Tammany Parish Government has instituted its severe cold weather protocols. As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, 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.

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 Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours 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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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00PM in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary school located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
The following items from this month's agenda will be discussed:

1. A Resolution to appoint a Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
2. A Resolution to appoint a Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
3. An Ordinance adopting the 2018 Parish Operating Budget
4. An Ordinance to establish the 2018-2022 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Grant Awards
5. An Ordinance to authorize St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to purchase or otherwise acquire burial space for indigent cremains
6. A Resolution to acknowledge the authority, pursuant to Home Rule Charter, Sections 1-04, 1-06, 3-01 and 3-09, for St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the St. Tammany Parish Assessor and all other Tax Recipient Bodies for reimbursement of expenses pertaining to review of exemptions and assessment freezes
7. Any other items of concern to District 11 constituents

Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call Councilman Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Regional Airport has been awarded approximately $886,667 in combined funding from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Aviation Group (LA DOTD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for airfield lighting improvements. The project will be funded by an FAA grant in the amount of $798,000 combined with a 10 percent funding match from the LA DOTD Aviation Group in the amount of $88,667.

“As we continue to enhance the safety features and amenities of our regional airport, we, in turn increase the traffic and the economic viability of this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is another way we maintain our diverse economy.”

Improvements are set to include the installation of a new power generator, as well as the installation of runway and taxiway edge lighting, and all incidentals to facilitate operation of the lighting. Additional upgrades are slated for the airport, including: the extension of the existing runway, extension of the apron, a perimeter fence, a new access road, a new terminal and a new corporate hangar. The St. Tammany Regional Airport is located on Airport Road in Abita Springs. It is owned by St. Tammany Parish Government and maintained by the Department of Facilities Management.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana

 Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

910 – 987 Richmond Court

in Mandeville, Louisiana

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On November 28, 2017 at approximately 11:00 Tammany Utilities (TU) turned the water off to the above customers to make an emergency repair to the water main at the end of Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana.  As a result of the loss in pressure and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  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 system have shown the water to be safe.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, a sign along Richmond Court, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Serves Nearly 500 Households

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Serves Nearly 500 Households

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, held in early October, served 476 households. Volunteers collected a combined total of 95,497 pounds of paints and chemicals, batteries and e-waste. This event, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government and a program of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was held in partnership with Keep Slidell Beautiful and the City of Slidell.

“This annual service is something we offer to residents at no cost and we appreciate that people take the opportunity to utilize it,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is a program of our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Chapter. I applaud them on another successful event.”

To learn more about Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org. To volunteer for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful please email your contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Closes for Winter

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Closes for Winter

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will close on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. for the winter season.  It will reopen in early 2018. For more information on the Pier visit fishingpier.stpgov.org.

Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Business hours resume on Monday, November 27, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Ongoing Flood Mitigation Efforts Aided by Additional Grant Funding

St. Tammany Parish Ongoing Flood Mitigation Efforts Aided by Additional Grant Funding

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that approximately $6 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding will augment ongoing Parish Government initiatives to support the continued commitment to flood mitigation and resiliency within St. Tammany. In late September, St. Tammany Parish was awarded $2.3 million in (HMGP) dollars on the heels of the 2016 floods that impacted this area. This is in addition to the $3.7 million announced in December of 2016. This funding will be used to further flood mitigation efforts Parish Government works toward every day.

“Water is part of our daily life here, and as such, we must find ways to manage its impact when necessary, and this funding helps us to continue to do so,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “These projects are well thought out, and based on data we gather about how water impacts certain areas of our community. They are designed to have lasting protective impact.”

These initiatives include the elevation of 87 homes as of early August 2017. In addition, 17 home elevations are in progress, and 50 have had funding approved, but have not yet started. St. Tammany Parish Government has acquired five homes that have experienced losses through repetitive flooding. This process, the most permanent form of flood mitigation, is voluntary, and involves the purchase of the homes from the owners, removal of the structures, and maintenance of the property by Parish Government, thereby removing the home from a flood hazard area.

Applications have been submitted for the newly awarded grant- funded dollars, to utilize this money for projects like, the creation of a detention pond which will accommodate approximately 35 acres of flood plain storage within the Bogue Falaya Basin in the Covington area — a portion of St. Tammany that experienced severe flooding in 2016. Other projects include: road elevation projects in various areas near Slidell as well as lateral drainage improvement projects in the most heavily impacted areas of the Parish.  These projects are all pending approval from FEMA, before they can proceed.

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To learn more about this, and any other road or drainage projects in your area that your Parish Government is working on visit, www.stpgov.org/progress and use our interactive map. You can also learn more about these projects when you sign up for Parish emails at www.stpgov.org.

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED Myrtle Grove Subdivision 69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Myrtle Grove Subdivision

69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the opening of Emerald Forest Extension in Covington. The roadway will now extend from Highway 190 through to 11th street. The extension was designed as part of ongoing infrastructure and drainage improvements.

“This roadway ties in to overall efforts to make travel for our residents more efficient, to increase connectivity throughout the Parish, and to improve drainage at the same time,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents in these surrounding neighborhoods now have an alternative route for travel that we hope will ultimately save them time.”

The project was completed in just over one year, at a cost of $1.7 million. The roadway was extended by 4700 feet from Garden Walk Drive through to 11th Street. In addition, subsurface drainage was installed. Plans are under consideration to extend the roadway even further to an existing street closer to Highway 59, and will be determined after the completion of a feasibility study.

Kids Konnection Scheduled Maintenance will Require Partial Playground Closures

Kids Konnection Scheduled Maintenance will Require Partial Playground Closures

Beginning Friday, November 10, 2017, scheduled maintenance and repair work on the playground tiles at the Kids Konnection Playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville, will get underway. The work will require sections of the playground, under repair, to be closed off to activity. In addition, a portion of the parking lot will closed off for the staging of equipment and the placement of a dumpster to dispose of waste.

Parents, caregivers and children should be mindful of the activity and avoid the areas under repair. The work is expected to take just under two weeks, weather permitting. The first area to undergo repair will be the 5-12-year-old area which is expected to take about five to seven days.

You can call the office at 985-867-9490 with any questions or to check the status. 

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Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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

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

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Business hours resume on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8 a.m.  Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Myrtle Grove Subdivision 69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Myrtle Grove Subdivision

69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, beginning at 8:30 AM, Tammany Utilities (TU) will temporarily turn the water off to the above identified customers so that maintenance can be performed.  Service will be restored by 5 PM Tuesday, November 6, 2017.

Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health and Hospital regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  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 (LDH) ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.   The earliest TU expects to receive this confirmation from LDH is Thursday, November 9th. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by signs placed in the neighborhoods, notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites and hand delivered notices.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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