Parish President Mike Cooper Issues Statement Following Covington Double Homicide Investigation Update

Parish President Mike Cooper has issued a statement following the update in the Covington double homicide investigation. “We are heartbroken beyond belief. Father Otis Young and Ruth Prats embodied the spirit of Covington. Father Otis faithfully led the congregation and children at St. Peter Catholic Church and School for many years. Ruth cared deeply about her community, neighbors and loved ones, as shown through her work for the St. Peter community and care for Fr. Otis in recent years.”

“There are no words to describe the magnitude of this loss for our community. They were longtime friends who will be missed dearly.  In this time of tremendous grief, I encourage our citizens to look to the faith that Fr. Otis helped build in Covington and his church parish. While we endure this incredibly challenging time, please join me in lifting up the family, friends and loved ones of Fr. Otis Young and Ruth Prats in prayer.”


Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2022 and Friday, November 25, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Business hours resume on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Clearing of Waterway Debris from Ida to Begin, President Cooper Announces

President Mike Cooper’s effort to clear scenic waterways of debris and enhance area drainage capabilities will begin Saturday, November 19, 2022.

The $12.6 million project will remove nearly 3,400 trees impacted by Hurricane Ida from 97 miles of Parish scenic waterways, using environmentally-friendly methods, including the Abita River, Tchefuncte River and Bogue Falaya among others.

“This initiative will not only clear the waterways of downed trees, but will also help to ensure the respective waterways are flowing more efficiently,” said President Cooper. “I am grateful for the hard work of my administration and community stakeholders, who brought our federal tax dollars home to benefit our Parish. I want to personally ensure all citizens that we will exhaust every method to remove the trees safely and preserve the natural beauty of our waterways.”

St. Tammany Parish Government requested federal aid from the National Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program to assist with the removal of debris in waterways caused by Hurricane Ida. The objective of the program is to help relieve threats to life and property caused by disaster-related impairments to waterways. 

The removal, which is the first phase, was permitted through federal and state environmental guidelines. Contractors individually marked debris to be removed, and environmental scientists will oversee the removal of all trees.

The $12.6 million project will include $2.5 million of Parish funds from the Drainage Maintenance Capital Project Fund, and $10.1 million from federal grant funding.


St. Tammany Parish Acquires Additional Life-Saving Narcan Kits, Free for Citizens

St. Tammany Parish Government has received an additional 3,000 Narcan nasal spray kits to be provided free of charge to St. Tammany Parish citizens.

The Narcan kits were acquired through the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Opioid and Substance Abuse Site-based program, which provided federal funding to the Parish.

“Narcan has saved lives in St. Tammany Parish,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “I am proud of the hard work of our employees, who not only helped bring our tax dollars back to St. Tammany, but for ensuring that these critical opioid overdose treatments are readily available to potentially save the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.”

Following several requests from various local agencies, the Narcan kits, each containing two (2) doses of 4mg nasal spray, will be distributed to the Fire Districts, Coroner’s Office and any citizen at no cost. To obtain a kit, please visit any Florida Parishes Human Services Authority location.

In 2021, St. Tammany Parish Government acquired nearly 2,000 Narcan spray kits, which were distributed by local agencies in conjunction with the Save a Life – Carry Narcan campaign.


St. Tammany Parish to Hold Town Halls for Parishwide Drainage Plan

President Mike Cooper announces two public meetings for the St. Tammany Parish Comprehensive Drainage Plan, the first plan to assess stormwater runoff across the entirety of the Parish’s watershed basin.

“In all of our planning initiatives, the needs and opinions of our citizens are incredibly important,” said President Cooper. “This Plan assesses the Parish as a whole for the first time in our history. We are currently in the information gathering phase and I encourage all citizens to visit the website and attend the town hall meetings to participate in this phase so that we have a complete representation of our drainage issues.”

Meeting Information:
Thursday, November 10, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Parish Council Chambers
21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Parish Council Chambers
Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell

Public meetings for the Comprehensive Drainage Plan are being held to gather and document citizens’ concerns for inclusion in the development of the plan. The Plan is focused on examining the existing state of drainage in St. Tammany and recommending capital projects and potential policy changes leading to reduced flood risks and increased public safety.

Additional public meetings will be held in January.

To submit a comment related to flooding, drainage, and erosion or sediment control, please click here and follow the prompts.


WDSU Joins Holiday of Lights as Presenting Sponsor

President Mike Cooper and the Tammany Trace Foundation are excited to announce WDSU-TV will be the Presenting Sponsor for the Holiday of Lights, a yuletide celebration on Koop Drive in December.

“WDSU has been a tremendous partner for our community, in providing accurate, timely information for more than 70 years,” said President Cooper. “We are elated to welcome WDSU to our team in bringing the magic of the Holiday of Lights, in its full glory, back this December. We look forward to our families making memories on Koop Drive, which is made possible in part, by WDSU.”

“The Holiday of Lights has been a tradition in St. Tammany Parish for more than two decades,” said WDSU President and General Manager Mike Neelly.  “WDSU is thrilled to partner with the Tammany Trace Foundation to help welcome back the festival and to be a part of such a wonderful holiday celebration in our community.”

The Holiday of Lights will kick off its celebrations with an opening parade on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. Performances featuring talent from within our community will take place December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at Koop Drive in Mandeville.

If you are interested in registering your choir, band or dance team to perform, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


The Trace Under the I-12 Bridge Is Now Open!

We are proud to announce that the Tammany Trace under the I-12 Bridge is officially open!

Bikers, walkers and all trace users can now travel the Trace from Slidell to Covington. The Trace bridge near Jackson Avenue remains closed due to the bridge replacement, although a minor detour is available.
We look forward to seeing y'all on the Trace!


Election Day and Veterans Day Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for Election Day. Business hours resume Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 8 a.m. 

St. Tammany Parish Government offices will be closed Friday, November 11, 2022, in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will also be closed Saturday, November 12th.

Business hours resume Monday, November 14, 2022, at 8 a.m.


Public Comment Sought for Parishwide Drainage Plan, President Cooper Announces

Parish President Mike Cooper announces the opening of the public comment period for the St. Tammany Parish Comprehensive Drainage Plan, the first parishwide drainage plan to assess stormwater runoff across the entirety of the Parish’s watershed basin.

The Plan is focused on evaluating the existing state of drainage in St. Tammany, including flood risk, water quality and development guidelines, and to recommend capital projects and potential policy changes leading to reduced flood risks and increased public safety and welfare.

“Planning for our needs both today and in the future will continue to be a driving force within my administration,” said President Cooper. “This Plan looks at the Parish as a whole, which has never been done before, and addresses vital needs. The participation of our citizens and stakeholders is incredibly important as we plan for the future with all of our goals in mind.”

To submit a comment related to flooding, drainage, and erosion or sediment control, please click here and follow the prompts. Open house meetings will be held in mid-November and January.

The Comprehensive Drainage Plan will identify strategies to mitigate existing flooding concerns and identify the areas of improvements within our drainage infrastructure required to address development. It is intended to be a living document, consistent with the goals set by the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, and subject to continuous updates.

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