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OPEN HOUSE: Tchefuncte River Drawbridge Regulations Proposal 

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Technology Earns Top Ten Ranking in the Nation 7th Year in a Row

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Technology has been ranked in the top ten counties in the nation by the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Digital Survey Awards, in counties with populations of 150,000-249,999. This 2017 recognition marks the seventh consecutive year that the St. Tammany Parish Department of Technology has been recognized.
 
This survey identifies the very best examples of how Counties/Parishes make the most of the resources they have at their disposal and use them for digitizing government, including open data and transparency, cybersecurity, procurement, content resource management, emergency preparedness and business continuity. The Center for Digital Government considers the counties recognized as the most innovative and pioneering in the country.
 
“Efficient technology is critical to the inner workings of our organization and critical to providing the maximum return for every tax dollar invested,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is why we continue to implement initiatives like our current undertaking, Enterprise Resource Planning, so that we can streamline services internally and produce the highest quality product for our residents to serve them accurately, economically and efficiently. I commend our Technology Department on a job well done.”
 
“This award, a tremendous honor, validates all of the innovation and hard work of our Department, and the synergy of our partnerships with other Parish Government Departments, Parish Agencies and the vision of Parish leaders who understand that innovation and technology are central to running an effective government,” said Rick Loggins, Director, St. Tammany Parish Department of Technology. “Our residents see an incalculable return on the strategic investments in advanced applications and solutions that streamline the delivery of government services for every taxpayer.”

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Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that residents who live in the Lake Village subdivision of Slidell, will soon see a drainage improvement initiative begin to take shape via a roadway just to the south — North Pearl Drive. Simultaneously, residents who live along and travel North Pearl Drive, will see roadway and sidewalk enhancements designed to make vehicular and pedestrian travel smoother.

“By combining these two projects into one master project, our engineering department has found a way to save time, maximize funding, and create an efficient, beneficial product that will give residents relief in two separate but closely placed areas,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “In addition, pedestrians in the area will see sidewalk improvements that will increase the walkability of the path overall.”

Crews will lay a subsurface drainage pipe from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, and tie in the Lake Village area to the new pipe, creating a dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Drive will remain in place. Following completion of the drainage work, crews will replace the section of the sidewalk that the drainage pipe is located under on North Pearl, from Lake Erie, north to the drainage canal, with a new sidewalk that will bring it into ADA compliance. In addition, North Pearl Drive will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard.

The bid process for this project opens at the end of this month. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019, barring any unforeseen delays.

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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.

 

 

 

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that residents who live in the Lake Village subdivision of Slidell, will soon see a drainage improvement initiative begin to take shape via a roadway just to the south — North Pearl Drive. Simultaneously, residents who live along and travel North Pearl Drive, will see roadway and sidewalk enhancements designed to make vehicular and pedestrian travel smoother.

“By combining these two projects into one master project, our engineering department has found a way to save time, maximize funding, and create an efficient, beneficial product that will give residents relief in two separate but closely placed areas,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “In addition, pedestrians in the area will see sidewalk improvements that will increase the walkability of the path overall.”

Crews will lay a subsurface drainage pipe from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, and tie in the Lake Village area to the new pipe, creating a dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place. Following completion of the drainage work, crews will replace the section of the sidewalk that the drainage pipe is located under on North Pearl, from Lake Erie, north to the drainage canal, with a new sidewalk that will bring it into ADA compliance. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard.

The bid process for this project opens at the end of this month. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019, barring any unforeseen delays.

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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.

 

 

 

Hours Cut at St. Tammany Recreational Facilities as Parish Officials Continue Budget Modifications

As summer winds down, and school is back in session, the hours at two, Parish-owned and operated recreational facilities will be reduced beginning Sunday August 20, 2017, as Parish officials continue to hammer out a balanced budget as required by the St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter.

“We are currently assessing all areas of spending as we adjust to the anticipated loss of revenue from the razor-thin failure of two critical sales tax renewals last April,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This significant funding loss, an $18 million shortfall, will result in budget cuts across Parish government, as our Parish Home Rule Charter requires a balanced budget. We have state-mandated obligations that we must meet and though we are doing everything possible to preserve all the services our residents enjoy, certain areas, such as recreation, may be in serious jeopardy for the foreseeable future.”

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.

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Long-awaited Drainage Project in Slidell Steadily Moves Forward

Long-awaited Drainage Project in Slidell Steadily Moves Forward

The Lower W-15 Area/Lower French Branch Basin Drainage Improvement Project in Slidell, formally announced by St. Tammany Parish Government last January, continues to move forward as the design for the detention pond is complete, and the bid to construct the pond is now open.

“This first step, building the 54-acre pond will, on its own, improve the movement of the water out of the residential areas during heavy rain events or flooding situations, and improve the conveyance capacity of the surrounding canals,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “As a result, it will offer multiple benefits to the entire French Branch area including increased drainage upstream and downstream.”

Construction of the detention Pond is just one component of the overall drainage improvement project that also includes the widening of the W-15 Canal, expected to go out to bid by the end of 2017. The pond, designed by Duplantis Design Group, PC, is a 54-acre gravity storage pond, with an average depth of over six feet, which is equivalent to over 107 million gallons of water when filled to capacity. The Lower W-15 Area/Lower French Branch Basin Drainage Improvement Project is funded in part by a $7.9 million Hazard Mitigation Grant, and $1.8 million in Parish funds. Construction of the pond is expected to be complete in early 2019.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, and Willow Wood Subdivisions Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, and Willow Wood Subdivisions

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Due to a failure of a well pump and motor, Tammany Utilities has been providing water from a secondary source and on Saturday, August 5, 2017 Tammany Utilities is installing a replacement well pump.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for customers in Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek and Willow Wood 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. We anticipate that the earliest the Boil Advisory will be rescinded will be Tuesday, August 8th.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood 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 Alton Community in Slidell Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On August 1, 2017, a broken water line and its subsequent repair, caused the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  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 customers in the Alton Community.

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 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 Alton Community in Slidell Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On August 1, 2017, a broken water line and its subsequent repair, caused the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  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 customers in the Alton Community.

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 notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Tammany Trace in the Running for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Prestigious National Hall of Fame

 

Fans of the Tammany Trace urged to support the rail-trail during a public voting period July 12-16; winner to be announced July 19.  

Our own Tammany Trace is one of three national rail-trail locations nominated for induction into the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) National Hall of Fame.

The Tammany Trace will compete against Colorado’s Rio Grande Trail and Nevada’s Historic Railroad Trail to be the next Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee, a prestigious recognition that highlights the stellar value and excellence of the trail locally and nationwide. The winner will be announced July 19 after a public voting period from July 12-16. The Trace was selected by RTC as a Hall of Fame nominee based on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance, and community connections.

“The Tammany Trace is a significant asset to our wealth of natural and scenic resources here in our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The honor of this nomination is wonderful, but I am asking all residents of St. Tammany, as well as anyone who uses and enjoys the Tammany Trace— no matter where you live— to take a minute to go and vote for the Trace and help us win this spot in the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.”

“All three of the trails were nominated because they are the cream of the crop when it comes to trail options across the country,” said Keith Laughlin, RTC president. “It’s up to the users to show their support and pride for the trails and to help make their favorite the 31st rail-trail in the Hall of Fame.” 

In addition to an unveiling event, Hall of Fame inductees receive national publicity, trail signage and coverage in Rails to Trails magazine. As the largest trails organization in America, representing a community of more than 160,000 members and supporters and more than 850,000 trail users, RTC started recognizing Hall of Fame winners in 2007.  If selected, the Tammany Trace would join the 30 previous winners, including last year’s Hudson Valley Trail Network. More information about the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame and the opportunity to vote can be found on RTC's website.

Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Tammany Trace is a hike and bike trail that meanders through several communities in St. Tammany Parish— Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville , Lacombe and culminates in Slidell. A separate equestrian path parallels the Trace in several places. The 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 on December 20, 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. 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. RTC has field offices in Florida, Ohio, California and Pennsylvania. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.