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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

 

“I want to wish every citizen of St. Tammany a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We know these holidays are going to be different due to COVID-19.  Each one of us can play a part in helping to protect the most vulnerable among us through personal responsibility. We can do this with a few simple steps. Please keep COVID-19 protective measures in mind when planning your holiday.

“When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please continue to physically distance, avoid large gatherings — especially gatherings with people you have not been in contact with recently. If you are out in the community wear a mask — especially when inside local businesses and restaurants. As I have said in the past, there are several ways to support our local restaurants and small businesses. Shopping with them is one and helping them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when you are inside their establishments is another.

“I continue to work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and I ask each and every citizen to continue to work with me to achieve this balance. By protecting ourselves and one other, we can all contribute to the recovery.  Please take personal responsibility as we enter into the holidays. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.”

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Slidell area —Tuesday, November 17, 2020 through Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The testing site is open from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

During the month of November, take home a cat six months or older for FREE from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Kittens, or cats under the age of six months, are now $25. The cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

“Our shelter has come a long way in 2020, and our population is less than 150 right now — that’s less than one quarter of what it was in the first half of 2020. We want to keep the positive momentum going,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “If you are looking for a pet, now is a great time to find one.”

Additional changes at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter include: a mentorship with Best Friends Animal Society — a national animal advocacy group and partner; reduced euthanasia rates — euthanasia rates of animals who were either ill or a danger to the public, dropped to less than eight percent during the month of October; a high placement rate — since the start of 2020, over 1600 pets have been placed through adoption, rescue groups, or reunification with their owners.

Pets currently in adoption can be found at www.stpgov.org/pets. Please choose the Pet Finder or Pet Harbor tab to search the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. You can also find many of our adoptable pets on Facebook.

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St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the first round of public involvement opportunities for New Directions 2040 — the update to the Parish’s Comprehensive Plan. These events will introduce the initiative, explain the role of the Comprehensive Plan in decision-making on land use and infrastructure, and show how residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can participate. St. Tammany citizens will learn about upcoming opportunities to express their vision, values and priorities for the Parish over the next 20 years.

“As I stated when we kicked off this initiative, my goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community. These information sessions are the start of developing this vision,” said President Cooper. “This is where the opportunity begins for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future. I invite everyone to have a seat at the table and offer input.”

The combination of in-person “pop-up” events and virtual informational sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Kickoff and Info Session - Registration required
  • Friday, November 13 from 2-6 PM  // Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA-1085, Covington
  • Saturday, November 14 from 10AM - 1PM // Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell
  • Sunday, November 15 from 10 AM-3 PM // Madisonville Maker’s Market, Madisonville Ball Park & Playground, Pine Street, Madisonville
  • Monday, November 16 from 10 AM-1PM // Folsom Farmers Market, Giddy Up, 82292 LA-25, Folsom
  • Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Info Session #2 - Registration required

Today the Parish also launches the project website, where a visioning survey, ideas board, interactive map, and more information is available: www.newdirections2040.com.

All pop-up events will occur outdoors. Project team staff will follow Louisiana Department of Health guidelines with respect to wearing protective facial coverings.  Social distancing measures will be followed.

The planned outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process will achieve several objectives. It will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/heQOrv.

 

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21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper announced that a modified version of the 21st Annual Holiday of Lights will go forward this Christmas season as a drive-thru only event.

“We are all ready for something positive. What could be more positive than keeping this tradition alive even through COVID-19,” Cooper said. “While we know the experience will be slightly different, we will still have the experience, and that is the most important thing for us — to give our citizens the Holiday of Lights event in 2020.”

The Holiday of Lights display will be open on Koop Drive in Mandeville, as a drive-thru only sightseeing event, Fridays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in December, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Dates and drive-thru procedures will be announced closer to the kick-off of the event.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will remain closed until early spring 2021, as the Pier sustained significant damage from Hurricane Zeta.
 
“The Pier suffered damage that has made it unsafe for patrons, and that must be repaired before work on Phase II can begin. Therefore, we have made the decision to close now for the winter,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the patience of our patrons, and we look forward to reopening in 2021 with a more expanded Pier and even more fishing opportunities.”
 
Crews will work to repair the Pier in the coming weeks. Following the repair, construction on Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier is expected to begin in early December. $390,000 in funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project earlier this year. This estimated total cost of project is $1.3 million, a portion of which will be funded through a grant from the Wallop Breaux Public Access and Boating Facility through Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $992,0458.50. This project includes developing one of the twin spans (WEST side) 2500-foot section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shade structures with benches, portable restroom structures with cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, and exterior lighting. Cost estimates to repair the damage from Hurricane Zeta have not been finalized.
 
 

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Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020
Press Conference October 30, 2020
Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020
Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020
Press Conference October 28, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency
St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  
 
 
 

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St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Protection Project for Educational Outreach will go forward with funding from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Councilman Chairman Mike Lorino introduced an ordinance at the October 2020 Parish Council meeting, which was adopted at the November 2020 Parish Council meeting, allocating approximately $1,593,700 in GOMESA funding to complete the project.

“When we were approached by the Town of Madisonville and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum with the project to preserve this important coastal habitat unique to our community and to help facilitate access to the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse for public education purposes, we knew it would make a lasting impact on generations for years to come,” Cooper said. “The historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse has a storied history, and will now continue to have a lasting future, as we invest in its continued preservation.”

“The approval and funding of this project to protect the Tchefuncte River Range Light Station here in Madisonville is very appreciated. This project has been in the works for years, with your assistance our community and St Tammany Parish will be preserving a landmark to be enjoyed for years to come,” said Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat. “The original building, built before the Civil War still provides boaters guidance into the Tchefuncte River. We want to thank each of you for your support of this Historic Building and Landmark in our community!”

Anticipated benefits of this shovel-ready project include coastal protection and restoration, recreational usage, educational outreach, navigation, and preservation of the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse peninsula shoreline. Design elements include: a proposed shoreline reduction bulkhead; a proposed dock and pier reconstruction; and a proposed rock breakwater. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation administered the design with funding by the Environmental Protection Agency secured by Senator Bill Cassidy.

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park in the Slidell area will reopen at noon , Wednesday, November 4, 2020 after extensive cleanup from Hurricane Zeta. Parish Government asks that patrons please refrain from using areas that remain closed.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced on Tuesday, October  27, 2020 the official opening of the Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen, as well as the new park hours --- seven days per week from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Read details here.

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell.

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14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that the 14th 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, November 19, 2020, at an outdoor ceremony at the Koop Drive Trailhead Pavilion. Attendance will be limited to recipients and their families as COVID-19 protective protocol will be in place.

“We are happy to be able to host this event at the Koop Drive Trailhead. I want to thank the Commission for their hard work and their attention to every detail in keeping safety in mind in planning this event, for the honorees,” Cooper said. “The arts are a vital part of our community.  I look forward to celebrating my first Arts Awards as Parish President and recognizing the wealth of artistic talent here in St. Tammany. I offer sincere congratulations to every recipient.”

The honorees are as follows:

  • Visual Artist – Gretchen Armbruster
  • Literary Artist – Mike Artell
  • Culinary Artist – Abita Brewing Company
  • Performing Artist – Mel Rogers
  • Musical Artist – Lee Hicks
  • Patron of the Arts – Painting with a Twist
  • President’s Award (Posthumously) – Gardner Schneider Kole
  • Native Son Award – Lesslee Fitzmorris Mitchell
  • Lifetime Achievement – Patricia “Pat” Clanton
  • Outstanding Service Award – Kim Bergeron

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

Citizens in need of blue roof tarps can pick them up at the following locations in St. Tammany during business hours:

 

  Town of Abita Springs - (985)892-0711

                22161 Level Street, Abita Springs

                Village of Folsom - (985) 796-5607

                82378 June Street, Folsom           

               Town of Pearl River – (985)-863-5800

                City Hall, 39460 Willis Alley, Pearl River

                City of Slidell – (985)-646-4258

                Slidell Public Operations Complex, 1325 Bayou Lane, Slidell

                Mandeville - (985) 624-3169

                Mandeville Public Works, 1100 Mandeville High Blvd., Mandeville

 

Recreational Facilities

 

These facilities remain closed:

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell

 

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

 

Citizens are asked to report storm damage to residential and commercial structures to St. Tammany Parish Government through the following means:

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

include your address and phone number

Or call (985)898-5214

Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

Additional Information

 

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

EO Update Sunday, November 1, 2020

EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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