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I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the State of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected a contractor for widening the first section of the I-12, from US Hwy 190 to LA Hwy 59. DOTD has chosen James Construction Group to handle the $54 Million improvement to one of the most traveled sections of I-12. Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2020.

“The widening of I-12 is, and always has been a priority of my administration. This step brings us closer to seeing this phase of the project take shape,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I am thrilled to see it moving forward so quickly, and I want to thank the DOTD for working so closely with us to make this widening a reality.”

Parish President Brister, along with Governor John Bel Edwards and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, announced in September that the funding for this expansion was secured through a State LADOTD allocation of Federal Redistribution Funds. This funding is in addition to the $25 million in Federal BUILD Grant funds Parish President Pat Brister secured in December of 2018 for the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190.

Plans for the I-12 expansion include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million BUILD Grant to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this phase are underway.

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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.

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with the Parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continue to be in regular contact with the National Weather Service and other agencies to monitor the potential for freezing temperatures over the next several days. Additionally, Parish Government has also been in contact with representatives from CLECO and WST power companies to ask that they take every mitigative measure to lessen the impact that freezing temperatures and strong winds could have on their customers, as well as be prepared for the potential for power outages.

Because of the strong possibility of temperatures below freezing for several hours overnight tomorrow, Parish President Brister has decided to open a warming shelter for those that might need assistance.

Residents can shelter, beginning at Noon, Tuesday, at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed. 

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St. Tammany Officials Asking Residents to Prepare for Cold Temperatures Over the Next Week

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is asking residents to prepare for what could be several of the coldest nights the Parish has seen this Fall.  

“Forecasters are predicting possible wind chills in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and temperatures in the low 20s Wednesday morning,said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are advising everyone to plan for the forecasted weather and to protect people, especially the elderly, pipes, pets and plants.”

She went on to ask that residents should check on their elderly relatives and neighbors, make sure these folks have a reliable, and adequate heating systems. Tammany Utilities advises all residents that in the preparation for a possible hard freeze, residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping exposed pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

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

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

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

 

 

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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.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Parish Government has started vegetative,  non-construction debris pickup in unincorporated areas, as well as signed an Emergency Declaration as part of the response to the ongoing impacts of Tropical Storm Olga.

“Parish Government has worked all weekend to maintain our water systems infrastructure in affected areas, remove debris blocking roads, and inform residents of the headway the power companies are making to restore electricity in the wake of this powerful storm,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “Property damage and power loss in St. Tammany has been widespread, resulting from the unpredicted severity of the high winds that caused a massive number of fallen trees, limbs and branches.”

Parish President Brister ordered crews to begin debris pickups this morning, and they will continue through tomorrow evening. A follow-up round of pick-ups will happen later this week. These crews will only remove vegetative, non-construction debris, where the debris is placed in the right-of-way, as Parish workers cannot enter private property to accomplish this task.

Parish Government has had Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews working in the field since before daybreak Saturday morning. These crews were placed on standby Friday afternoon as a precaution, and as part of Parish Government’s Emergency Operations Plan. Tammany Utilities’ water system operations remained uninterrupted due to the diligence of crews who were dispatched as the storm subsided. These crews brought generator power to 15 wells in our system with electricity losses in order to maintain water pressure. As a result of this action, enough pressure was maintained throughout the systems so that no boil advisories were issued by Tammany Utilities. In addition, 35 lift stations went down, however, crews were able to deliver generator power, or manually service the stations to keep all 35 up and running.

Public Works crews were dispatched Saturday morning to perform damage assessments and begin removing trees and debris from Parish roadways. Our crews worked in conjunction with first responders and the power companies to make these roads passable for power company repair crews and the public. Public Works also assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with tree removal on State Highways. Crews have begun today removing the debris from the sides of the road and from residences, and will continue to remove downed trees once they are freed from power lines by the utility companies. The Public Works crews also assisted law enforcement and public safety agencies by placing stop signs at busy intersections where the traffic signals were not operating.

Parish President Brister continues to monitor and stay on top of utility companies still working to restore power to affected customers. These utility companies are providing updates to Parish Public Works crews to update their progress on removing power lines tangled in fallen trees, so that Public Works may remove debris as soon as it is safe.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel are currently responding to storm-impacted areas following the overnight landfall of Tropical Storm Olga.

“I have spoken with officials from our power companies, and they have assured me that they are working as quickly as possible to restore power to their customers. Our personnel are on the ground working to remove debris, restore power to our utility facilities and monitoring river levels. We are working in conjunction with local municipalities, State agencies and the public to ensure that services are back as safely and as soon as possible. We will update information as it becomes available,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Any resident who sees a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed, please call the non-emergency dispatch line of your local police department, or the non-emergency dispatch line of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

- Tammany Utilities (TU) crews who were on stand-by, were activated early this morning to bring generators to well pumps to ensure continuity of water service to Tammany Utilities customers. They are working to provide gas-driven pumps to lift stations in certain areas, as many lift stations were left without power from the storm. TU customers in the Goodbee, Madisonville and Covington areas are asked to conserve water if they can to ease the burden on the lift stations without power. TU customers in water systems with multiple wells, may notice lower water pressure as some wells may be without power, and the remaining powered wells are maintaining system pressure. TU customers who need to report water issues should call: 985-276-6400.

- Public Works crews who were on stand-by were activated early this morning at daybreak to begin removing downed trees, power poles, and debris blocking roadways. Approximately six, two to three man crews are currently working. Crews have removed approximately 30 trees from multiple roads in the Covington, Abita Springs, Bush, Talisheek, Mandeville and Hickory areas. In addition, crews assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in removing trees. Crews are waiting to remove trees from several locations that are entangled in power lines. The crews will work with power providers (Cleco, WST or Entergy) to safely remove the trees once power lines are removed. Residents who need to report trees blocking the road should call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at: 985-898-2338. The Sheriff’s Office will relay the message to Public Works crews.

- Tammany Trace crews have been out since daybreak assessing downed trees and power outages on the Tammany Trace. The Lacombe Drawbridge is currently in the up position because of a power outage. Trace patrons must turn around when they get to the bridge. There are numerous trees and considerable debris in several areas along the Trace. Crews are removing the debris as fast as possible. Trace patrons should use caution and be mindful of crews working to remove the debris.

- St. Tammany Parish Government engineers continue to monitor river gauges.

- CLECO, Washington St. Tammany Electric and Entergy are reporting power outages throughout St. Tammany, which they are working to restore.

- The City of Mandeville is reporting that the Lakefront is closed to traffic.

- Parish officials will continue to monitor the weather situation in conjunction with the National Weather Service.

Parish Government will updates 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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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day— originally scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 — is rescheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 as forecasters are predicting possible severe weather.  The time and location of the event will remain the same—the Centerpoint Park and Ride adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard in the Lacombe area from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

“Safety is our main concern for our volunteers, our vendors, and our residents,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather including rain and high winds, so we felt it was best to err on the side of caution and reschedule. Thank you to our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful staff, our vendors, and our volunteers, for their hard work and efforts in making this possible. “

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Tropical Storm Olga - 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 Tropical Storm Olga as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish through the afternoon of Saturday, October 26, 2019.

 

“We ask that residents continue to monitor this storm as it moves closer inland.  In addition, please drive with caution, especially in areas that have standing water,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to implement our storm protocols as needed.”  

 

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. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government is monitoring roadways and has positioned high water signs in areas throughout the Parish where needed. The Public Information Office continues to update these locations through the Waze app.

 

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 Tropical Storm Olga 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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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.).

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

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

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

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

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

The following facility upgrades were made from 2015 – 2019:

Public Works – Tyler Street, Covington, Interior and Exterior

Slidell Towers Building- Interior and Exterior

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

Koop Drive Administration Building (Buildings A&B)

Vehicle Maintenance Building –Tyler Street

Fairgrounds Annex

Coroner’s Office

St. Tammany Parish Library Branches:

Slidell Library Exterior

Causeway Library Interior Lighting

Mandeville Library Interior and Exterior Lighting                                                                                                                                                            

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

St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement

Justice Center Parking Garage offices

Public Defenders office

Covington Barn

Fritchie Barn

HWY 59 Barn

Levee Board Building

Non-CLECO properties upgraded:

Brewster Barn

Animal Services

Koop drive “C” building

 

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

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

SERVICE INTERRUPTION and

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

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

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

 

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

 

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  

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

 

 

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

 

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

September 05, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The Safe Haven facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

 

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

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

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the 13th Annual President’s Arts Awards recipients will be honored at the President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.

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

The ten recipients are as follows:

Visual Artist of the Year - Marcia Holmes

Literary Artist of the Year - Michelle Hirstius

Culinary Artist of the Year - Palmettos on the Bayou

Performing Artist of the Year - Café Luke Dinner Theatre

Musical Artist of the Year - Missi Spinosa

Patron of the Year - Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

President’s Award - Northlake Performing Arts Society

Native Son Award - Ian Somerhalder

Lifetime Achievement (Posthumously) - Willie Paretti

Outstanding Service Award - Jennifer Bushnell.

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

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

Clear the Shelters 2019 Successful

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

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

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

See our adoption video here.

 

 

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

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

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Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

Improvements Begin on the Tammany Trace Bridge over Bayou Lacombe

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

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

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

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

Faubourg Water System (PWS 1103149)

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

The Boil Advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that residents disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), water for making ice, water for brushing teeth, and before using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods, by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory  upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  

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

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

Open Government Launched to Increase Accessibility, Engagement

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

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

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

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$3.5 Million Roadway Improvement Project Begins in the Covington Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • - Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issues a warning to those that reside in low-laying areas in St. Tammany, that flooding will likely occur over the next several days.
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  • - Parish Government is asking that citizens in homes that received damage in previous flood events like the March 2016 Flood of Record, or live in in low-laying areas, to complete preparations of their homes for flood waters, as soon as possible. Additionally, Parish Government wants residents to seriously consider making plans to move their families to higher ground, if conditions continue to deteriorate, as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • - We want to remind residents in the Slidell area to be mindful of tidal flooding currently happening in the spots we regularly see it such as: Palm Lake, Avery Estates, the Bayou Liberty Area, Lakeview Drive, Highway 433, and Carr Drive.
  • - The National Weather Service predicts that the Pearl River will crest near the end of next week.
    • - Parish President Brister has instructed the personnel at the Emergency Operations Center to utilize the Parish’s reverse 9-1-1 and Alert St. Tammany systems to notify citizens that live in the Tchefuncte  River basin, that the river will see a sharp rise over the next 12-24 hours.
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  • Shelters are open at the following locations:
    • Covington High -73030 lions drive Covington
    • Lee road Jr. High -  79131 Highway 40 (Lee Road), Covington
    • Pearl River High School 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River
      • Bring essentials — bedding, personal hygiene products, snacks — anything you need for comfort. Firearms and alcohol are prohibited.
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  • -The National Weather Service has informed Parish Government that the chances exist for conditions similar to the spring 2016 floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto River basins, if conditions continue as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • -Crews continue to respond to reports of downed trees, high water on roadways, and power outages.
  • -St. Tammany Parish Public Works crews have distributed over 100,000 sandbags since Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Sandbags locations are now self-serve. Sandbags and sand are available however, residents should bring their own shovels.
  • -The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed until Monday, unless the weather dictates otherwise. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is also closed.
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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Issues Warning About River Flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SANDBAG UPDATE

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

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St. Tammany Parish Sandbag Distribution UPDATE

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

Friday, July 12, 2019 7 p.m. 

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

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

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

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

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

Based upon the forecast, Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.

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You're invited to an Open House regarding the Mandeville Bypass Road

     Monday, July 8, 2019

Dear Residents,

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

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

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

Sincerely, 

Jay Watson, PE Parish Engineer
 

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

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

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

Improvements to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds Move Forward

Improvements to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds Move Forward

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish officials plan to have signage indicating the closures, installed by the close of business today.

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CANCELLED - Special Council Meeting for June 24, 2019

CANCELLED - Special Council Meeting for June 24, 2019

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

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 24, 2019

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

Access the Workgroup's Packet here.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Non-Emergency Offices Closed In Observance of Memorial Day

Non-Emergency Offices Closed In Observance of Memorial Day

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

Parish Council’s Census Workgroup- Meeting Notice

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

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach for Completion of Scheduled Maintenance

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach for Completion of Scheduled Maintenance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and provide a drop-off location into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org. 

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Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

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

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

Animal Services Closed Saturday, May 4, 2019

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

St. Tammany Parish Government Chooses Bond Firm For Infrastructure Investments

St. Tammany Parish Government Chooses Bond Firm For Infrastructure Investments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Hosts First Residential Shred Day

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Hosts First Residential Shred Day

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

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

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

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

 

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Special Finance Committee Meeting

Special Finance Committee Meeting

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

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April meeting for Parish Council District 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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St. Tammany Parish President asks LADOTD to Address Traffic Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting

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

Chairman’s opening remarks

Presentations:

              Evelyn Campo - La. Watershed Initiative

              Matthew Allen - flood water storage mitigation and flood issues

Continue discussion of existing Ordinance

Public comment

Date of next meeting

Adjourn

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Tammany Parish Council Census Workgroup Meeting

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

Offices Closed in Observance of President’s Day

Offices Closed in Observance of President’s Day

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

 

Replant St. Tammany Combines Projects to Maximize Results

Replant St. Tammany Combines Projects to Maximize Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

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

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

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

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2019

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared

 

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

 

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

 

Be Prepared:

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(List attached of local Sponsors and donors)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the entire blog from Expedia here.

 

Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY- Northridge Water System

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

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

Out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is in place for the customers identified above. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities. It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.

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

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Tchefuncte River at US Hwy 190 Crests

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

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Emergency Operations Update December 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential Flooding December, 28 2018

December 28, 2018

Sandbag Location Opens in St. Tammany Parish

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Closures from St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Closures from St. Tammany Parish Government

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

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

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

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees to recycle for use in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rebuild the Big Branch Marsh. Trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours. Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be accepted at the drop-off sites as they cannot be used for the project.

Christmas Tree Recycling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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