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$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

A $2.2 million infrastructure enhancement project in the Slidell area begins July 6, 2020, barring any unforeseen delays. The project, part of a $30 million Bond Package announced in March of 2019, will include the replacement of two bridges on the I-10 Service Road in the Slidell area south of Lake Village Boulevard, drainage improvements, and the mill and overlay of the entire roadway. The roadway will be closed before each bridge from just south of Sign Lite to just north of Louisiana Log Homes to all motor vehicle traffic for the expected duration of the 224 – day project.

Motorists are asked to plan to use North Pearl Drive and Lake Village Boulevard as alternate routes until the project is complete in early 2021.  McDonald Construction of Slidell is the contractor for this project.

St Tammany Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

St Tammany Parish to Hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Covington, LA – St Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is in the process of updating the St Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan and will hold a public meeting on the plan update process. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually to keep the steering committee and public participants safe and following the guidelines set by both the CDC and our Governor.

The Public Meeting will be held on June 18th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM through a virtual platform.  Meeting details: Zoom Meeting
https://lsu.zoom.us/j/99617973759?pwd=RVZMcVV3VmI0OTNpVytrZUNGM3pHUT09

Meeting ID: 996 1797 3759
Password: 513833
 

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation - sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property. These actions are things we do today to be more protected in the future.  Some examples of mitigation actions include elevating buildings in flood hazard areas, installing hurricane clips and storm shutters, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas, and using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks to these hazards. While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will gradually, but steadily, make our communities more sustainable and disaster-resilient.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard mitigation plans must be: (a) implemented on an ongoing basis, and (b) updated every five years to ensure that they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies.

Residents of St Tammany Parish are asked to participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish.  The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. This short web-based survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sttammanyhm2020

St Tammany Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

St Tammany Parish to Hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Covington, LA – St Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is in the process of updating the St Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan and will hold a public meeting on the plan update process. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually to keep the steering committee and public participants safe and following the guidelines set by both the CDC and our Governor.

The Public Meeting will be held on June 18th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM through a virtual platform.  Meeting details: Zoom Meeting
https://lsu.zoom.us/j/99617973759?pwd=RVZMcVV3VmI0OTNpVytrZUNGM3pHUT09

Meeting ID: 996 1797 3759
Password: 513833
 

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation - sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property. These actions are things we do today to be more protected in the future.  Some examples of mitigation actions include elevating buildings in flood hazard areas, installing hurricane clips and storm shutters, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas, and using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks to these hazards. While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will gradually, but steadily, make our communities more sustainable and disaster-resilient.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard mitigation plans must be: (a) implemented on an ongoing basis, and (b) updated every five years to ensure that they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies.

Residents of St Tammany Parish are asked to participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish.  The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. This short web-based survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sttammanyhm2020

Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan Submitted by Advisory Council to Parish President Cooper for Final Review – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO

Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan Submitted by Advisory Council to Parish President Cooper for Final Review – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO

“In accordance with the accelerated timeline I requested, I received the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan from the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council this afternoon. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Advisory Council for their commitment to creating a plan that focuses on the safe, swift, sustainable reopening of our local economy while carefully monitoring the ongoing pandemic and the impacts on public health.”

Cooper went on to say, “I commend their dedication to hearing the concerns of our local business community through a dedicated email address for receiving public comments, a series of industry-specific focus groups, and elected official briefings. This engagement from the public shaped the Action Plan.”

“I look forward to reviewing the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. draft Action Plan with my team over the course of the weekend and providing detailed feedback to the Advisory Council on Monday. The draft submitted to me today is also publicly available for all businesses and communities in the Parish to begin making plans to prepare for the possible expiration of the Governor’s extended statewide Stay-at-Home order on May 16, 2020.”

“We will all be watching the Governor’s press conference on Monday afternoon to understand what the plans for Louisiana will be moving forward. My team, in collaboration with the Advisory Council will then review the guidance from the Governor alongside this draft action plan to determine next steps for St. Tammany and its phased reopening under the new business normal. I do intend to hold a comprehensive press briefing on Tuesday to share the final Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan with St. Tammany.”

“Getting this plan together to reopen our economy has been an important endeavor and the members of President Cooper’s Advisory Council have taken this initiative very seriously,” says Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO. “Working with healthcare experts, business professionals and receiving public feedback from various sectors of our economy directly shaped the recommendations included in this action plan. The plan positions St. Tammany Parish with a strong opportunity for sustainable economy recovery.”  

The Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan can be downloaded at http://sttammanycorp.org/live-safe-work-safe-shop-safe-action-plan/.

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, February 24, 2020, and Tuesday, February 25, 2020, for Mardi Gras. In addition the Department of Animal Services is closed Saturday, February 22, 2020. Business hours resume on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8 a.m.
 
Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras!

Three St. Tammany Parish High School Students Advance to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Three St. Tammany Parish High School Students Advance to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

The 2020 Parish-level St. Tammany Parish Poetry Out Loud Competition was held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Covington High School.  Eight St. Tammany Parish High Schools with a total of 22 students, competed in the ninth annual competition. The top three finalists who advanced to the State Championship coming up at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2020 are as follows: First Place, Justin Basse of Covington High School; Second Place, Jessee Gille of Pearl River High School; and Third Place, Jacob Simmons of Covington High.
 
“I’d like to congratulate these three students and wish them luck at the State level in their bid for a spot in the national competition,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate your time and preparation for this chance to proudly represent St. Tammany.”
 
Winners from each state who advance in their respective competitions, will then compete for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington D.C.
 
Created by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. The inspiration for this competition is to promote the art of poetry in both the classroom and the community. Participants are scored on performance and accuracy by a panel of judges. The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs coordinates this competition for the students in our Parish.
 
To learn more about the Poetry Out Loud Competition and what students and schools can win through this competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org/about.
 

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PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs (CCA) Chair Laura Prisco; 1st Place Winner Justin Basse of Covington High), 2nd Place winner Jessee Gille of Pearl River High, 3rd Place winner Jacob Simmons of Covington High, CCA Vice Chair Kelly Elliott
 

Offices Closed Monday January 20, 2020 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Offices Closed Monday January 20, 2020 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 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.

 

The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs to host the 11th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs to host the 11th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

The 2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud competition will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Covington High School. Twenty three students representing eight St. Tammany Parish high schools will compete in the poetry recitation competition. First, second, and third place winners will advance to the state competition to be held in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Museum on March 7, 2020.
 
Poetry Out Loud is a competition that offers each participant great opportunities and a chance to meet students from all around St. Tammany,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are fortunate to have the partnership between our schools and our hard-working Commission on Cultural Affairs, to host this event.”
 
A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages thestudy of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.


 

Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, December 25, 2019, for Christmas. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection will close Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, 2019, reopening Thursday, December 26, 2019. Office hours resume Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8 a.m. Non-emergency offices will close, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year. Office hours resume Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees for recycling after Christmas.  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 will not be accepted at the drop-off sites.

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

The 20th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place over two December weekends: December 6, 7 and 13, 14, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. A complete entertainment lineup will be released soon.

Non-Emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019. The Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, November 30, 2019 as well.

Christmas closures for Parish Government are as follows: non-emergency offices will close Tuesday, December 24, 2019 and Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road in the Slidell area, will close on Thanksgiving Day— Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Pier will close Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6p.m. for the winter months, and is expected to reopen in the spring, on or around March 1, 2020.

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

In November, the Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, November 28, 2019. These facilities re-open Friday, November 29th. In December, these facilities will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening Thursday, December 26th. Camp Salmen Nature Park will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and will reopen Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the final day for debris pickup by the Parish’s Public Works crews, for debris caused by Tropical Storm Olga, will be Friday, November 22, 2109. Residents are asked to place un-bagged, vegetative, non-construction debris, curbside in the right-of-way for crews to easily access.  Anyone who has questions, is asked to fill out a work order request form here.

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 9, 2019 as well.

Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Wings & Wheels Cancelled

Wings & Wheels Cancelled

The annual 2019 Wings & Wheels scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, is cancelled because of the National Weather Service forecast of inclement weather on Saturday.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Two free events opened to the public, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, are slated for Saturday, October 26, 2019. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste, and Wings & Wheels gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classic cars and airplanes and at the same time visit the St. Tammany Regional Airport.

“Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers our residents the chance to take advantage of the proper disposal of things that would otherwise be very costly to get rid of, and do so in an environmentally conscious way. Wings & Wheels is a leisurely way to spend a Saturday, while appreciating classic cars and airplanes, and the people who work to keep them in pristine condition” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to come out and enjoy both events.”

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is 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 in the Lacombe area. For a full list of sponsors, as well as a list of what is and what is not accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Stop by Wings & Wheels 2019 at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, from 10 a.m. – 4p.m., for a free event featuring local area classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. See experimental, high performance aerobatic, WWII and general aviation aircraft on display. This event is dedicated to the preservation of general aviation, classic cars and motorcycles. Airplane rides, food and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Wings & Wheels is sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, Air Reldan and Camellia Beans.

To see more information about these events, visit our Facebook page, @sttammanyparish.

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 Sixteen (PTC), as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, as forecasters predict there is potential for PTC Sixteen to develop into Tropical Storm Nestor over the next 24 hours.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning, and will have its Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on call if needed, out of an abundance of caution. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government will also 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 and intensity of PTC Sixteen in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, 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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Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

 

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.).

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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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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.

 

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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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.

 

$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.

 

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 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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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.

 

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.   

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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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.

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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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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