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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the library of the Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road.

The following items will be discussed:

  • 1. Ordinances adopting and establishing the 2019 Operating Budget and 2019-2023 Capital Improvements Budget
  • 2. Ordinance for introduction authorizing the execution of an extension option and the amendment of the existing Contract Agreement, pursuant to LA R.S. 33:4791.1, between St. Tammany Parish Government and Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc for the provision of Emergency and Non-emergency Ambulance Services within specific service areas of St. Tammany Parish
  • 3. Ordinance for introduction amending Parish Code of Ordinances to add new Section 14-33 to 14-36 to regulate Fire Alarm Systems and provide for penalties for repeat false fire alarms
  • 4. Ordinance for introduction amending the Official Parish Zoning map to reclassify 20,000 square feet located north of South Street, east of Hickory Street, being lot 6, Slidell Manor Subdivision, 411 South Street, Slidell from A-4 (Single Family Residential District) to I-2 (Industrial District)
  • 5. Appeal of Zoning Commission Denial on October 2, 2018 to rezone 5.82 acres located north of LA Highway 433, west of Galatas Lane, east of Faciane Road, being 30425 LA Highway 433, Slidell, from A-2 (Suburban District) and RO (Rural Overlay) to NC-5 (Retail and Service District)
  • 6. Ordinance(s) for adoption providing for the sale of Utilities Revenue Refunding Bonds and Limited Tax Refunding Bonds
  • 7. Ordinance for adoption amending Sec 2-183 of the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances for the Reorganization of the Parish Legal Department
  • 8. Ordinance for adoption amending the St. Tammany Parrish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Parish Council, section 2-79 entitled: Council Personnel
  • 9. Ordinance for adoption amending the official Parish Zoning Map to reclassify 0.520 acre located west of Dixie Ranch Road, south of Idlewild Pines Road from A-2 (Suburban District) to A-3 (Suburban District)
  • 10. Any other items of interest concerning District 11 constituents

Anyone having questions concerning the meeting should contact District 11 Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, the first of many additions to the Safe Haven Campus, now has transportation available to and from the center— at no cost — to St. Tammany residents.

“This is an option we are happy to have now, because it means people who need to be here, now have a way to come here,” said Tom Rowan, Program Director. “It is as simple as a phone call to our dispatcher the day before you’d like to come. They will schedule your ride, pick you up, and bring your home afterward. It is a win for people in need and a win for us, because we get to share these valuable support services.” 

The busses run from early morning through 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. The dispatcher takes calls until 4 p.m. Monday – Friday (except on holidays). Residents should call 985-626-6518 to schedule rides and allow 24-hour notice for scheduling.

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center program is staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists who will assist adults living with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders in St. Tammany Parish, in navigating access to appropriate support resources and providing alternatives for less costly behavioral health care in a less restrictive environment, leading to recovery. There is no cost to attend the program. The transportation services are partially funded by a grant.

To learn more about Safe Haven and the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, click here.

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DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

In early November, St. Tammany will host the upcoming DecamanUSA — the first event of its kind to take place in the continental Unites States.  The race is a multi-day triathlon expected to attract an international field of ultra-triathletes to compete in four separate ultra-distance triathlons. Fontainebleau State Park will be the home of the Athlete’s Village; the Tammany Trace the site of the running and cycling portions of the races; and Lake Pontchartrain and the University of New Orleans’ 50-meter pool, the site of the swimming portion of the race.

“We are proud to be the hosts of this exciting endurance event,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “There is no other place like St. Tammany — we have so much to offer. We welcome DecamanUSA and these ultra-triathletes to our community, and we want to thank the race directors for choosing our community as the setting for this event. We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we do.”

Wayne Kurtz, five-time finisher of the DECA, and Steve Kirby, both race directors, culminated their four-year search for the ideal race location right here, in St. Tammany with a base camp at Fontainebleau State Park.

“It’s been a long journey looking for a closed course venue that had an international airport, and we are so excited for the event to finally come to fruition,” said Kurtz.  “The local assistance has been amazing.”

“The St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission is thrilled to welcome these extreme athletes and their teams to our area for this 13-day event.  Many have traveled internationally to be a part of the DecamanUSA and we are excited to showcase St. Tammany Parish to our visitors,” said Donna O ‘Daniels, President and CEO of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission.

The Classic Deca triathlon consists of a continuous 24-mile swim, followed by 1,120-mile bike ride, and a 262-mile run.  Athletes are expected to race for up to 13 days with the top finishers completing the event less than 10 days. The three other events including a 1x10 Ironman format: 2.4- mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2- mile run x 10; continuous Quintuple: 12- mile swim, 562-mile bike ride, and 131-mile run; and 1x5 Ironman races. 

The first DECA was held in Mexico in 1992. In the November event, 46 athletes representing 16 countries will make up the largest field of athletes in the history of the Deca Triathlon.  Countries represented include:  USA, Hungary, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, New Zealand, Italy, Guernsey, Switzerland, Norway, Bosnia, Mexico and Guatemala.  Wayne Brown, a local, ultra- distance triathlete from Livingston, will compete in the Classic DECA. 

The events will span from November 6th- November 19th.  Visit decamanusa.com for complete race details, or to learn more about the race itself.

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell (And other important KSTB News)

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell

(And other important KSTB News)

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Keep St. Tammany Beautiful will host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. 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 wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Important KSTB News

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful celebrated the three-year anniversary of its official launch on Friday, October 5, just one day after Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, accepted certification of the St. Tammany Chapter’s national affiliation with Keep America Beautiful.  

“Since we’ve launched Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, we have actively worked on producing measurable, visible results, and our efforts have gone exceedingly well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has collected 232 tons of Household Hazardous Waste and served 3,460 households at five separate Collection Days. We’re also proud of the fact that we’ve removed more than 265 tons of litter from the streets of St. Tammany. These efforts go hand-in-hand with our mission to preserve and appreciate our pristine resources.”

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful received its certification as an affiliation of Keep America Beautiful after completing a thorough list of required steps. As an official affiliate, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has earned national credibility, will have support of the national organization, will have access to their training and educational materials as well as their operational tools, and will now be eligible to apply for  grant funding through Keep America Beautiful.

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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 Hurricane Michael, as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. Parish Government is following its emergency planning, and has instituted its Storm in the Gulf protocols out of an abundance of caution. Although the predicted path of this system by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center modeling is not expected to have significant impact on St. Tammany at this time, Parish Government remains cautiously optimistic and prepared in the event conditions change. However, Parish Government will be pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads.

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Michael as it gains strength in the Gulf.  

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

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St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

The St. Tammany Parish Council introduced two ordinances for adoption last week — the proposed 2019 Parish Operating Budget, and the proposed 2019 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Program. Copies of both proposed budgets are available for public review at the Parish Council Office or online here.

An announcement will be made, as soon as budget hearings have been scheduled. The Parish Council will hold a Public hearing in Council Chambers at 6p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to review the proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets prior to adoption.

The 2019 Budget, was prepared by Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President and staff. A copy of the letter to the St. Tammany Parish Council is attached.

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To learn more about where your tax dollars are invested, visit www.stpgov.org/initiatives. Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the start of the second phase of road improvements to Three Rivers Road in the Covington area. The work includes widening of the roadway and the installation of subsurface drainage. This phase is expected to be complete in early 2019 at an estimated cost of $953,000.

“Our top priority is improving roads and drainage, as well as having a dedicated and well planned program to maintain these critical investments,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This road project will make travel easier and safer for our residents, and the subsurface drainage will cost us less maintenance in the future.”

The first phase was completed in January of 2017 at a cost of $1.8 million. At the completion of phase two, the road will be widened from Avenue St. Germain to the Wolverine Drive. Magee Excavation and Development is the contractor for this job. Residents are asked to be mindful of intermittent lane closures, and to expect delays because of these improvements.

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Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8 a.m.

 

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of two-part drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is underway. Phase I includes the installation of storm drain pipes on Magnolia Lane in the Riverwood Subdivision. In Phase 2, crews will install storm drain pipes on Laurelwood Drive.

“Every day we work to improve our existing drainage infrastructure not only for the immediate future, but long-term. This project does exactly that — it enhances flood mitigation overall — and we are so pleased to see it begin,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “Two neighborhoods will see benefits from this project; residents in the Riverwood subdivision, as well as residents of the adjacent subdivision, Covington Country Club Estates.”

The overall cost of the project (Phases 1 &2), is estimated at $3.2 million with Phase 1 estimated at $666,167.50. St. Tammany Parish Government will fund, approximately$1.7 Million, while the remainder of the funding, $1.49 million will come from a grant-funded initiative, the Statewide Flood Control Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). This Statewide Flood Control Program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience flooding losses.  Phase 1 is expected to be complete by spring of 2019.

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$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government, and the Safe Haven project,  will receive $5,310,000 in grant funding through the National Disaster Resiliency funding, facilitated through the State of Louisiana’s LA SAFE initiative. The funding from this competitive grant will be to implement the Safe Haven green infrastructure projects. As part of the grant process, LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State. The Safe Haven project was supported by the residents in public meetings, and voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.

“The Safe Haven behavioral health campus will have multi-layered benefits. The green infrastructure, water quality and stormwater management projects will enhance critical drainage and flood mitigation. To have Safe Haven recognized by a State and Federal program, and especially by our own citizens, is extremely gratifying for us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I again want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven.”

The Safe Haven Blue Green Campus project, located in the Mandeville area adjacent to Cane Bayou, is a community nonstructural Mitigation/Flood Risk Reduction and Public Services project that divert stormwater into existing forested land, illustrating how a multi-phase development with existing infrastructure in vulnerable environments can be repurposed to benefit surrounding areas.  You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here.

The first physical component of the Safe Haven Campus, the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center was opened to the public in June 2018. Construction on the planned Crisis Receiving Center could begin by early 2019.

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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 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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Council District 10 Community Meeting Announced

A community meeting for Parish Council District 10 constituents will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30PM in the Council Chambers located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville 70471.

The following items will be discussed:

•             Proposed constitutional amendments - Reid Falconer, Louisiana State Representative
•             Update on St. Tammany Corp. formerly St. Tammany Parish Development District - Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corp. CEO
•             Update on 911 Communications - Rodney Hart, St. Tammany Parish Communication Director
•             Fire District No. 4 items on the upcoming ballot - Chief Kenneth Moore, Fire District No. 4
•             Update on Parish Government – Maureen O’Brien, District 10 Councilmember

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Maureen O’Brien
Parish Council District 10
985-807-3778

 

Proposed Ordinance Aims to Adjust Development Fees Proportionally to Current Market Rates

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that an ordinance regarding changes to St. Tammany Parish Department of Development fees is being introduced at the September 6, 2018 Council Meeting. The fee adjustment will establish rates that are commensurate with the market and fee structures in other jurisdictions, because these Development fees have not increased since 2004.

Evaluation and changes of the development fees were addressed in the Administration’s rewrite of the Development Code, currently in draft form. Additionally, the fee increase was one of the suggestions brought forth by the Streamlining Budget Workgroup at the beginning of the summer. As laid out in the ordinance change, Parish officials will evaluate these fees periodically to make changes incrementally as the market requires.

“As we grow, it is vital that those that develop land and build homes, pay the real value of the services they receive. Our Development Department does a great job of assuring homebuyers that the house they purchase was built to the highest codes and standards. In order for us to do this, the primary users of this service must pay their share of that cost,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Brister went on to say, “We re-evaluated every service we provide and thoughtfully applied market research to match the level of fees in other Parishes and Counties for these types of services. At the end of the day, only 10 of the 50 fees we currently charge will see an increase, but the changes we do make will put us in line with other jurisdictions.”

Among the proposed fee increases are: an increase of nine fees for service provided by the Department; the establishment of a credit card/e-check processing fee that the Parish is currently incurring for this service; and the reinstitution of a previous fee for the provision of Community Letter, suspended after Hurricane Katrina.

The increase in fees will cover the operational costs Parish Government incurs for providing certain services. Minimal fees will also be established to cover costs associated with three services which are currently free.

The revenue generated from the collection of these fees, estimated at just over $900,000 will enable the Department of Development to become a self-sustaining Enterprise Fund, which means the Department of Development will have its own funding source, and would no longer depend on subsidies from the Parish’s General Fund (approximately $868,000 in 2017) for operational costs.

If the Ordinance is adopted, the increases and changes will take effect immediately. To review the proposed changes to the Ordinance, click here.

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Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is pleased to announce that Kelly Rabalais will be the new interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for St. Tammany Parish Government effective September 21, 2018. 

Gina Campo, Parish Government’s current CAO, is resigning and will be taking a position in State Government as the Deputy Executive Director of the State’s Office of Community Development.

“We appreciate the incredible work that Gina has accomplished, we appreciate her work ethic, and most of all we appreciate her leadership in my administration from the beginning,” said Brister. “We wish her the very best as she continues to serve the people of this Parish and State from her new position. Additionally, I am very happy that our operations will not skip a beat, and we will have a smooth transition, because of Kelly’s experience and institutional knowledge. She will build upon the great work we have accomplished thus far, and will serve this community well.”

“It has been an honor to work for Parish President Brister. She and her administration have a lot to be proud of, and I am very confident that Kelly will continue to lead Parish Government to achieving even more,” said Campo. “It hurts me to move on, but I am taking on a great opportunity to serve the citizens of Louisiana.”

“I am humbly accepting the job of Parish Government’s interim CAO, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead a great organization as we refocus and reorganize our operations,” Rabalais said. “I am pleased to have been chosen to serve Parish President Brister, and serve the people of this Parish.”

Rabalais has previously served as Executive Counsel to Brister, and has worked for Parish Government for over 10 years, under two different administrations.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish Government offices will remain closed Wednesday, September 5, 2018, due to the unknown impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has made an emergency declaration for the entirety of St. Tammany Parish in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.

 “We encourage residents to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials,” Brister said. “As this storm makes landfall we ask everyone to stay off of the streets if it is not necessary for you to be out, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. We will continue to monitor the storm and share information over Social Media, our website and through the local news media.”

All non-essential Parish Government offices are now closed. St. Tammany Parish Government is working in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Fire Districts, the National Weather Service, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Acadian Ambulance.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the closure of St. Tammany Parish Government offices on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to the expected impacts from Tropical Storm Gordon. In addition the Board of Adjustment and Zoning meetings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and evening, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground are closed as well. All branches of St. Tammany Parish Public Libraries are closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. Based on the projected path, St. Tammany Parish could see impacts from this storm. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the track of this system

We will continue to update the public about our emergency operations through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to stay tuned to forecast updates from the National Weather Service. In addition, prepare for the possibility of a localized rain event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. If you live in a low-lying area prone to flooding from heavy rain, or higher than normal tides, please pay attention to the forecasts. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

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St. Tammany Parish to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

St. Tammany Parish to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish will distribute sandbags at the following locations on Monday, September 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 6p.m., and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida St., Covington

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn  63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

Residents are asked to monitor National Weather Service forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Tammany Parish Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

St. Tammany Parish Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

Invest 91L, a tropical wave, is now located in the Southern Bahamas. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of this system, but forecasters expect it to enter the eastern Gulf of Mexico early Monday. Parish Officials are closely watching this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track of this system.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized rain event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close, Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, September 1, 2018 as well. Business hours resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

Nearly 140,000 Pounds of Household Hazardous Waste Collected at St. Tammany Parish’s Summer Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the collection of an estimated 139,113 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste, at the June, 2018 St. Tammany Parish Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHW Day), through the Parish’s Environmental Services Department and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful. Volunteers collected over 800 pounds of batteries, nearly 8,000 pounds of liquid pesticides and poisons, and an estimated 40,000 pounds of electronics from 748 vehicles. Over 900 households were served at this event. 

“Household Hazardous Waste Day is one more way we are protecting the environment. This growing and popular event allows our residents an opportunity to dispose of potential pollutants in a responsible way,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Environmental Services employees and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful do an impressive job. We are happy to organize it and offer it, and we encourage residents to utilize it, so the waste is disposed of and does not end up in our local environment.”

With the large demand for HHW Day and its continued growth in usage, St. Tammany Parish Government is exploring ways to make disposal of these types of waste items more convenient. The Parish is considering several constructive, innovative and cost effective ideas to make HHW Day more efficient.

Upcoming Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events include a second HHW Day in the Slidell area currently slated for November 2018.  More information on the event will follow as it gets closer. Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has information on upcoming events on their website: www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To organize a cleanup event for your neighborhood, or if you or your group would like to volunteer, call Rick Moore, Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, at 985.898.5214.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to protecting the environment and sustainability, through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced the adoption of 43 animals from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services shelter during their participation in the nationwide 2018 Clear the Shelters event, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. During this event, all adoption fees were waived.  According to www.cleartheshelters.com, over 90,000 pets were adopted nationwide on this day.

“In 2017, the Department of Animal Services adopted out nearly 1000 animals, and returned 362 lost pets to their owners,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We can only do this through the help of our neighbors and friends — our residents — who choose to adopt an animal in need. We encourage everyone to consider adoption first when choosing a pet.”

All animals adopted from the Department of Animal Services are socialized, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on their vaccines, and microchipped. Animals available for adoption can be viewed at www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services, click on the Pet Harbor and Pet Finder links. Animal Services is located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe, with adoption hours from 8 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.

See a photo gallery of animals who found their forever homes on Saturday, here.

 

 

 

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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/animalservices.

 

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$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced an EPA grant award in the amount of $299,000 for Parish Government to continue water quality initiatives within St. Tammany. This proactive project, which will include nearly 3,000 inspections, will include pollution source tracking for water quality restoration in the Bayou Liberty Watershed and homeowner education on proper maintenance of their on-site aerated treatment units. Parish Government continues to replicate this program throughout St. Tammany, with significant, measurable water quality improvements.  In October of 2017, preliminary reports from the Ozone Woods neighborhood, where a similar initiative is underway, showed a nearly 400% improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, one of many indicators of water quality.
 
“As more individual units are repaired and the natural ecosystem stabilizes, we will continue to see the natural environment thrive. This is the result we hoped for and expected, as our water quality is paramount,” said Pat Brister, Parish President. “In the first subdivision we started this initiative, the failure rate of Aerated Treatment Units (ATUs) in the project areas, was close to 50 %. This number has been drastically reduced to 14% — so we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
 
St. Tammany Parish Government will partner with Southeastern Louisiana University on this upcoming project. There are thousands of individual ATUs and septic tanks installed in unincorporated St. Tammany, operated and maintained by homeowners. While these homeowner sewer systems are required to be permitted by the State Department of Health, many fail to meet current, more stringent design standards which could contribute to the decline of surface water quality in the Parish.  
 
As part of these initiatives, and through a decentralized management approach, inspectors have been performing individual, on-site sewerage system inspections in areas of known impaired water quality since October of 2016 with special focus on areas of greatest known impairment.
 
 Since October of 2016, inspections were started in the Bayou Liberty Watershed in Ozone Woods subdivision in Slidell and are now near completion. In the Abita River Watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision in the Covington area. In the Bayou Cane/Bayou Castine Watershed, DES recently completed inspections in the Hidden Pines subdivision in Mandeville and inspections are currently underway in areas of unincorporated Mandeville. As part of continued education and outreach, St. Tammany Parish today is hosting the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Enviroschool, to educate small commercial sewer systems owners on the most current standards required by the DEQ to operate these systems effectively, while being environmentally responsible.
 
Read more about our Water Quality initiatives here.
 

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

The St. Tammany Parish Council adopted a resolution at their August meeting last night, to place the Animal Services millage renewal on the December 8, 2018 ballot during the Open General/Congressional Election. Voters will be asked to renew the ten-year, one mill property tax — expected to generate an estimated $2,021,348 a year — to continue to fund the maintenance, operations, equipment and capital improvements of the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter run by the Department of Animal Services. The one mill tax costs the owner of a property worth $200,000 in St. Tammany, with a homestead exemption, approximately $12.50 per year.  

“I thank the Parish Council for voting to put this measure on the ballot. This millage renewal is clearly important to our residents, and it is vital to the Department of Animal Services’ ongoing operations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We encourage people to seriously consider this renewal and to go out and vote in the December election.”

 

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach in the Slidell area, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, is now reopened to the public after a brief one-day closure, as St. Tammany Parish Government’s Department of Public Works corrected erosion issues. Crews brought in several loads of sand to rebuild the beach and address the issues. The work was expected to take several days, however, due to the efficiency and diligence of Public Works crews, the job was completed in one day. Special thanks to Public Works for their efforts.

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

St. Tammany Parish Government has temporarily closed Northshore Beach, in the Slidell area, due to significant erosion of the beach, and safety concerns caused by that erosion. Parish Government’s Department of Public Works began work today to correct the problem. Completion of the work is expected to take several days, which is dependent on weather and tidal conditions.

The beach, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, has seen a greater level of tidal erosion than it has historically experienced. Because of this erosion, underwater obstructions have become a safety hazard, making it necessary to close the beach temporarily to rebuild the beach and alleviate the potentially dangerous conditions.

Parish Government is asking citizens who use the beach to remain off the property and out of the area until the work is complete for safety concerns, and in order to not hinder or slow down the work being done by our crews. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the work is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our citizens.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Warns Citizens of Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued a Heat Advisory for St. Tammany Parish and the surrounding area through the weekend, including  Monday, July 23rd.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that St. Tammany Parish citizens need to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat related illnesses.” Brister went on to say, “heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US, so we are urging all residents and visitors that it will be important to take precautionary measures to prevent illness or death because of the heat and heat-index over the next few days. ”  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps:

o    Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. 
o    If you do not have working air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. 
o    Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
o    Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
o    Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
o    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and always wear sunscreen.
o    Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked-open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying.

When traveling with children, remember to do the following:

    Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
    To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.  See the image included in this post  how you can learn to identify the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, as well as what the CDC suggest you do.
 

Additionally, precautions should also be taken for pets and livestock during the extreme heat conditions, such as keeping them out of direct sunlight, making certain they have a fresh water source, and never leaving a pet in a locked vehicle. For more information on pet heat safety visit the American Red Cross, or well-known pet related websites.

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St. Tammany Continues to Pursue the Prioritization of the I-12 Widening Project 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has submitted its application for a $36 million federal BUILD Grant to help fund the next phase of widening I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. This application follows her pledge to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and requests to the Governor and U.S. Senator John Kennedy to provide bi-partisan support for this grant as well as other funding sources. She has also committed $7.2 million dollars of match funding from Parish Government. 

“We want this project to become and remain a top priority until its completion. We will continue to seek support and funding from every possible source, until we see action,” Said Brister. “The safety of this community is my primary concern, and we will not rest until the project is complete.” 

The grant details the necessity of the project and provides a detailed analysis for its justification. It states that Interstate 12 is part of the National Highway Freight Network and Louisiana’s Tier 1 Freight Network. The segment between Louisiana State Highway 21 and U.S. 190 provides a level of service well below the national standards for that designation. Even non-fatal accidents can block traffic in this corridor for hours. In the past five years, more than 900 crashes have occurred in the corridor affecting approximately 2800 vehicle occupants. Congestion will only grow, with traffic forecasts predicting an average Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for this segment to be between 104,300 and 126,800 by 2038. 

Congress has dedicated nearly $5.6 billion for nine rounds of National Infrastructure Investments through the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant with $1.5 billion available through this round. These funds are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state in this round. Applications will be evaluated based on merit criteria, including: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for infrastructure investments. This project’s benefit cost ratio of 8 to 1 demonstrates a very high return on investment benefitting the residents of St. Tammany Parish. 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Asks Citizens to Help Do Their Part in Preventing West Nile

With the first human case of West Nile Virus in St. Tammany Parish confirmed today by the Louisiana Department of Health, it is even more important to do everything you can to prevent mosquito breeding, and to take precautions to protect you and your family.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that all St. Tammany Parish residents need to do their part in preventing other cases of the West Nile Virus by taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of mosquito breeding and bites.” Brister went on to say, “the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District personnel do a wonderful job, but we each have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”  

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the Parish is asking that all citizens drain standing water. A small amount of standing water can be enough for a mosquito to lay eggs and multiply. Look around your home and business for possible breeding places. Empty standing water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots and other items, as well as check to ensure rain gutters are not clogged. Clean pet bowls weekly, and if you store water outside or have a well, make sure it is covered. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Additionally, keep mosquitoes outside by fixing or installing window screens.

Families should take precautions to protect themselves by applying insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Permethrin sprayed on clothing provides protection through several washes. Products with a higher percentage of DEET as active ingredient generally give longer protection. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks sprayed with repellent while outdoors can further help prevent mosquito bites.

You can still enjoy the summertime activities St. Tammany has to offer, but you should take these preventative measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Do your best to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn, when many mosquitoes bite.

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Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, two of the Parish’s key economic indicators show a strong, healthy economy and reflect investor confidence in St. Tammany. Both single family new construction and commercial permits are up in the first two quarters of 2018 over the same time period in 2017. Single Family new construction totals rose by 8.8% from 635 from January – June 2017, to 691 in the same time period in 2018. Commercial construction permits showed a 16.58% increase, from 187 in the first six months of 2017 to 218 in the first two quarters of 2018.

“Permit numbers correlate directly to the economic health of our community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have an educated and ready workforce, and an unmatched quality of life. These elements attract businesses who are willing to make investments here. As these businesses invest today, they also invest in the futures of our children and families and their opportunities to live and work here.”

She went on to say, “In 2017, we had a benchmark year for permits and it looks like 2018 is slated to make its own history. We will continue to implement initiatives with a focus on these new investments in our Parish like our Path to the Future, which prioritizes road infrastructure projects, and our Development Code rewrite to ensure the continued streamlined establishment of standards, so that every structure built in St. Tammany reflects our vision to maintain our unique, identifiable qualities.”  

To see permit totals visit, www.stpgov.org/departments/permits.

Public Notice Regarding Millages

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville — Council Chambers — to discuss setting the millage rates for the Coroner’s taxes under its jurisdiction.  A notice of this public hearing is available on www.stpgov.org under Public Notices, and in the St. Tammany Farmer, the Parish’s Official Journal.

This is not a new tax and the Parish shall not exceed the voter approved maximum millage rate.  The public notice provides information to the public that Parish Council is requesting input before setting millage rates.

The St. Tammany Parish 2018 Operating Budget is available at www.stpgov.org. The Adopted Ordinance regarding the budget can be reviewed here. The Coroner’s budget can be found on pages 5 and 9 of the adopted Ordinance.

St. Tammany Parish Government Hosts Collaborative Meeting to Coordinate Emergency Response Efforts

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday, hosted the Parishes and Municipalities Working Together meeting at the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center in downtown Covington. Representatives were present from local municipalities, as well as the Louisiana Office of Public Health, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coordination of the Parish, local municipalities, towns and villages in advance of Hurricane season — or any event that would require a widespread emergency response — and their collective work on initiatives which impact the entire community as a whole.

“We all serve the same constituency and we are all neighbors with the same goals — to do our best to keep this community safe,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Meetings like this give us the opportunity to share knowledge and bring all of our individual resources to the table, and put forth a united effort when one is needed.”

“It’s very important that all Parish and Municipalities pool their efforts when it comes to emergencies,” said Greg Lemons, Mayor, Town of Abita Springs. “After all we are citizens of St Tammany Parish, this allows us to maximize our resources.”

“As the Mayor-elect of Slidell I really appreciate being invited to this event. This type of overall community initiative is exactly what I campaigned on during my race for the mayor’s office,” said Greg Cromer, Mayor-Elect of the City of Slidell. “We look forward to partnering with the Parish and the municipalities of the parish to assure that we are well prepared for any emergency that we may face.”  

Among the topics discussed were work on implementing a FEMA High Water Mark Initiative in St. Tammany, roadway responsibility in the aftermath of a storm, shelter coordination and emergency response training.

 

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister Calls for Bi-Partisan Support to Widen Critical Stretch of I-12; Offers to Testify Before Senate Committee to Seek Federal Dollars

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister continued her appeal to accelerate widening of a 4.5 mile stretch of 1-12 by agreeing to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and by seeking bi-partisan support from Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy for a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build Grant.

In a letter from Brister to Kennedy sent this morning, Brister thanked the Louisiana Senator for “…increasing funding for Louisiana road and transportation projects by $74 million.” She advocated for those dollars and more to be assigned to the I-12 widening project and cited the recent tragic accident that led to the death of four people and injured nearly one dozen as a clear reason why easing the traffic congestion in St. Tammany could no longer be ignored.  Wrote Brister, “It is unconscionable that the plea of my administration and the citizens of this Parish had largely been ignored until the fatal accident awakened transportation officials to the dire need for widening I-12 in St. Tammany.  Today, I am more encouraged than ever that this problem will be addressed and construction on widening this corridor will be accelerated.”

Brister noted in her letter that she was pleased to see the Governor and our U.S. Senator in agreement on this major capital improvement need.  Brister stated, “Senator, I am encouraged that you were able to raise funding levels … from the Federal Highway Trust fund to an estimated $814 million for Louisiana next year.  I also appreciated your outreach to Governor John Bel Edwards regarding the bi-partisan support for this critical measure.  We, too, are asking the Governor to approve a Build Grant request for this widening project, and we have agreed to work collaboratively and sign as co-applicants for the major infrastructure grant to address this portion of the roadway.”

Brister offered to assist the Senator in any way to help secure the needed funding to widen this critical stretch of roadway.  Wrote Brister, “… please let me know what is necessary to help St. Tammany begin building a safer, less congested roadway.  I am willing to do everything from contacting your fellow congressional leaders to launching a grassroots advocacy campaign for funding to testifying before a federal committee on the need for transportation funding.”

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Comment Period Open on Proposed Changes to Tchefuncte River Drawbridge Operating Schedule

Parish President Pat Brister, and St. Tammany Parish Council Vice Chairman, Mike Lorino (District 14), are urging St. Tammany residents to submit comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed changes to the Tchefuncte River drawbridge operating schedule which would restrict bridge openings during peak evening traffic hours. The comment period is now open and will be open until July 16, 2018. Residents who wish to weigh in can submit comments here .

“Your voice is critically important in order for changes to occur to the traffic challenges in this area,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are working closely with the Federal Government and the U.S. Coast Guard, so this is the time to make your voice heard, especially if the current bridge closure schedule impacts your travel time.”

“We need our residents to take a moment and offer your comments on these proposed changes,” said Lorino. “The more feedback officials receive, the greater the chance of seeing permanent change. We have heard residents voice their concern over the traffic issues because of this bridge, and we are in the next phase of making changes for the better happen, so your input is vitally important. Please take this opportunity to comment.”

In 2016, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Town of Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat, implemented changes to the drawbridge opening schedule as well as traffic study. The entire scope of proposed changes can be viewed here .

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The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met with members of the 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup and members of the local media today to discuss the budgetary recommendations presented by the group in a final letter to Brister. The group was given extensive budget and operational information, and over the course of five meetings, was able to ask Parish Officials and Parish staff members in-depth questions.

“This group voluntarily took on this task at my request, and I could not be more grateful,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I appreciate the weight of their questions, and their willingness to further understand the way St. Tammany Parish Government operates so that they could make thoughtful recommendations in consideration of many scenarios.”

“We will look at every suggestion they gave us with careful consideration, as we continue to create our 2019 budget,” Brister went on to say.

The group suggested, among other things, that Parish Government must free up monies in the General Fund to pay State-mandated costs of the St. Tammany Parish Jail and Justice Center and also stated, all outside agencies must be prepared to reduce operations to fit within general fund allocations or use other available revenue. The entire letter to the Parish President from the Workgroup can be found online stpgov.org, or by clicking here .

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met today with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson and members of his staff to press the Secretary, and Governor John Bel Edwards, to improve the I-12 corridor in St. Tammany. Parish President Brister felt it was important to meet face to face with the Secretary to lay out a plan to accomplish the much-needed I-12 widening project, as well as propose short-term solutions to improve safety in the area.

“I went in to the meeting with three clear objectives,” said Brister. “First, the Parish and State will each work towards the same goal of securing funding for this project, and once funding becomes available, the State will guarantee that this project is first in line for that funding. Second, I asked for Sec. Wilson’s commitment that the design for the widening would continue to completion, to make this priority project shovel-ready when funding is identified. Third, to formally request the State work collaboratively on a joint infrastructure grant application for federal funding to be submitted in July. I am pleased to say that we have gotten these assurances from the Secretary.”

Brister went on to say, “I requested that LADOTD immediately institute short-term safety solutions. We asked that their engineers take the necessary steps to install flashing lights and signage alerting motorist of traffic backups, as well as the other safety improvements they identified in their Road Safety Assessment from 2013, that have yet to be implemented.”

Parish President Brister is also in conversations with the Congressional Delegation to help obtain funding commitments for this critical project. She has repeatedly stated that this project should be void of all politics, but instead be based on data, need and safety.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, remains unrelenting in her efforts to have the safety and infrastructure needs of St. Tammany prioritized by the State. In a written response to the Parish President’s letter sent last week asking the governor to have the widening of I-12 moved up in the priority list of State projects, Governor Edwards indicated funding issues must be resolved before the State can move the project to the top of their priority list.

Brister said, “Neither I, nor the people of St. Tammany care who is to blame for the delay.  The people of St. Tammany expect action to prevent further tragedies and to give commuters peace of mind.”

“Spending by the State over the last four years is a reflection on the previous administration,” said Brister, “however, planning, designing and programming funding for the future, is a reflection on the current administration. We want this widening project to become a priority for our Governor, leaders in State government and the State Legislature. This matter must be free of political retribution.”

Brister went on to say, “For years, we have tirelessly pressed the State and LADOTD to make this expansion a priority, and we will continue to insist that the groundbreaking timeline be moved up to 2019. We are eager to work with anyone who can help us make this project a reality as soon as possible. We will continue to have an open dialogue and a good working relationship with LADOTD. But make no mistake, this project is a priority and I am committed to convincing the State and Federal Governments of the same.”

Brister said she would continue her discussions with the Parish’s Congressional Delegation, as well as its State Legislators, to make this expansion a priority and to acquire the funding to make it a reality. She also expressed her appreciation of the efforts of LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson in his exploration of short-term solutions to make drivers more aware of road conditions. 

Additionally, Brister is asking that residents join her in her efforts by contacting our State leaders and ask them to prioritize the I-12 widening project in St. Tammany Parish. St. Tammany Parish citizens can help in this effort by calling the Governor’s Office at 225-342-7015.

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Editor’s note: Please follow this link to view a short video, which will be distributed widely via email, posted on social media sites and played extensively on the Parish’s access television channel.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and are monitoring the track of the broad low pressure system currently located south of the Gulf of Mexico. As the chance for tropical development and heavy rain is predicted, St. Tammany Parish Government has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols. This includes preparations by our Public Works Departments making sure that catch basins and culverts are free of debris, trucks and equipment are staged and ready, and retention ponds are pumped down so that they can retain more water. Additionally, Tammany Utilities is proactively monitoring its systems and lift stations to mitigate system issues brought about by storm water inundation. St. Tammany Parish Government personnel are poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary, as well as stand up the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with essential personnel and partner agencies, if needed.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized rain event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they occur. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

2017 Annual Report Released On-Line or In-Print

2017 Annual Report Released

On-Line or In-Print

St. Tammany Parish Government has released its 2017 Annual Report. The report pinpoints in detail, the revenues and expenditures of St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as accomplishments by departments within Parish Government. To save on cost, limited numbers of the Annual Report are printed, and the remainder of entire report can be reviewed at www.stpgov.org.

“In our 2017 Annual Report you will find the breakdown of our budget and statistics relevant to what we do every day, said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Roads, drainage and water quality are our top priority — as we paved over 131,000 linear feet of roadway in 2017.We also fulfilled 685 public records requests and provided over 91,000 pages of public records to the public for viewing. Several departments within Parish Government earned accolades as well. I encourage every resident to take a look at the Annual Report and contact us if you have questions.”

A digital copy of the report can be viewed at www.stpgov.org.  Printed copies will be available in St. Tammany Parish libraries by June 1, 2018.

 

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Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the St. Tammany East and West Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the Northshore Housing Initiative, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, will host the Make a House Your Home event on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11 a.m.-1p.m. at 520 Old Spanish Trail, in Slidell, on the 1st floor of the Towers Building. Interested parties are invited to come and learn about homeownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

This event is free and open to the public. It is kid-friendly. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions regarding this event, call 985-898-3074.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 on Koop Drive in Mandeville from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. The Kids Konnection Playground and the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will open at 12 p.m. on the day of the event, because these facilities will be inaccessible until this time. The Tammany Trace will remain open.

Residents are reminded that 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 wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup  to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

MANDEVILLE, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister today announced the formation of a budget workgroup comprised of community and business leaders to analyze Parish revenues and assist in streamlining expenses as the Parish prepares its 2019 operating budget. 

The move by Brister is in response to a pending $18 million budget shortfall which resulted from voters’ decision to reject two 1/5th cent, 10-year sales tax renewals.  Said Brister, “Our citizens have made it clear that they would prefer for us to operate within a more streamlined budget. I felt it was important to have fresh eyes look at our Parish government expenses and consider how best to allocate the financial resources that we have.   The team that I have assembled is made up of community and business leaders who understand our Parish Government, know the services we provide, and recognize the expectations of our citizens and business owners. I am calling on their expertise, and dedication to St. Tammany to help us consider every option.”

Brister began preparing to overcome the deficit in 2017 when she instituted an across the board hiring freeze and eliminated the possibility of merit or cost of living raises. Said Brister, “We will work within the resources we have and manage our finances responsibly while attempting to protect every service that we provide our citizens.  The streamlining workgroup will review every expense in Parish Government, meet with Parish leadership to attain important information, and will offer suggestions on how to best proceed with our 2019 budget while keeping every public service in mind.” The workgroup will present their recommendations to Parish administration by the end of May.

The Parish President’s 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup is comprised of the following citizens:

Northshore Technical Community College Chancellor, Will Wainwright; President and CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Patti Ellish; President Kehoe France Northshore, Kyle France; former St. Tammany councilman, former chairman of East St. Tammany Chamber and Vice President of First Bank and Trust, Al Hamauei; Gulf Coast Bank Vice President of Government Relations, Kim Carver; Republican Parish Executive Committee member and President of Leadership Northshore 2018, Pastor John Raymond; Pastor Michael Sprague; former Chairman of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman,  Dave Mannella; Finance Authority of St. Tammany Board member and St. Tammany Parish Schools’ Director of Accounting Services, Ron Randolph; and former Loyola University Board member and Coin du Lestin Homewoner’s Association President, Jim Walter.

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government has been awarded funding to support a resiliency project on the Safe Haven Campus, through the Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) initiative. The news came today through an announcement by Governor John Bel Edwards at a 10 a.m. press conference. The project was introduced by the citizens of St. Tammany Parish, supported by the residents in public meetings, and in the end, voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.  LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State.

“I want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Many thanks also to LA Safe for their work in generating public interest and for listening to our citizens. The concept of Safe Haven is something we are very proud of, and the Safe Haven facility is going to have an incredible impact on behavioral health care in St. Tammany.”

You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here. Ten projects across six parishes were identified. This initiative, of the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit, is done in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana. This funding is through a federal grant to promote resiliency.

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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 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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St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, applauded the work of the St. Tammany Parish Government Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team in their collaboration with five local communities, who do not have GIS capabilities, to complete the U.S. Census Bureau’s Boundary Annexation Survey (BAS).  As the first Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to collaborate with the Census Bureau through the Consolidated BAS Agreement, the Parish assisted four local communities in completing the required mapping of their municipal boundaries.  The St. Tammany Parish GIS team met personally with the Mayors, or their designees, in the towns of Abita Springs, Pearl River, Madisonville and the Village of Folsom.  The boundary work in the Village of Sun is still in progress. 

The work involved assessing boundary issues, creating reusable maps of record, and establishing clean and accurate boundary lines. Using electronic GIS capabilities, St. Tammany Parish Government was able to provide this service at no cost to the local communities. The benefits of establishing accurate boundaries include an accurate population count that helps to determine the allocation of revenue by the U.S. Census.  The Census estimates that for every individual added to the population of a jurisdiction, that municipality receives over $2,100 in additional federal funds that go to schools, roads and other critical needs.  One example of how an accurate population count benefits St Tammany Parish residents.

“We already have this capability, so when the time came for this survey — completed every ten years — we offered our GIS services to community leaders because it helps them to establish accurate numbers, but it also helps us for future planning,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany Parish is once again a pacesetter as the first Parish in Louisiana to partner with the Census and our local communities in this survey.”

The U.S. Census estimates the population of St. Tammany Parish at 256,327 , as of July 2017. Read more about the U.S. Census Bureau’s BAS here.

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The Department of Technology is responsible for the support of all electronic and computer functions of Parish Government and the maintenance of a secure and recoverable technical environment to ensure the delivery of information and services to the community and Parish workers. As a division of the Department of Technology — Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — provides maps and graphics by compiling and analyzing geographic data from various sources. GIS is also responsible for continuous database updates. Archive Management—also a division of the Department of Technology— department plans and develops archival collections. In addition they also advise and assist researchers in the application of archival materials in research activities, and recommend pertinent materials available in libraries, private collections, or other sources for inclusion in archives.

 

 

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Easter. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, March 31, 2018. All business hours resume on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8 a.m.   

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with Mayor Freddy Drennan of Slidell, officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), The Trace Foundation and Friends of Camp Salmen, broke ground today on the project to connect the Tammany Trace to Camp Salmen Nature Park.

“We have never been closer than we are at this moment to seeing this long-anticipated project come to life, and we are thrilled,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “All of our hard work is paying off. We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. This is an exciting day.”

The extension will span 1.5 miles from the end of the Tammany Trace at Neslo Road, and culminate where Melody Drive connects to Camp Salmen Nature Park on Parish Parkway. The estimated cost for the project is $649,510.95.A portion of this cost is funded through a grant award in the amount of: $360,551.24. The projected timeline estimates completion by fall of 2018, barring any unforeseen delays.

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St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, invites everyone in St. Tammany to watch the new video series: St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress, to learn more about how your roads, drainage and water quality projects are completed and the benefits they offer to residents in and around the areas they impact.

“We are extremely fortunate to have talented, educated and hard-working people who not only know how to create roads, design flood protection and water quality ponds, and improve our drainage systems, and who also know how to effectively keep them maintained,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our employees do this work every single day, and they do it with a sense of pride because they live here, and they raise their families here, and are deeply invested in ensuring our way of life for their own children.”

St. Tammany Parish will invest nearly $25 million in road and drainage work in 2018 alone. Every project will help preserve our quality of life, promote our Parish as a great place to do business, and increase the efficiency of travel and flood protection for many years to come.

The Progress videos can be watched here. To see projects currently happening in and around St. Tammany visit, www.stpgov.org/initiatives/progress. For more information on Parish initiatives visit: www.stpgov.org/initiatives.

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Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Access St. Tammany Television is the only High Definition Government Access Station in the U.S. offered on the streaming service Roku. Only four other Government Access stations in the United Sates are currently available through Roku, and only one other beside Access St. Tammany, has the ability to offer live programming. This service was established at no charge to St. Tammany Parish Government.

“As technology changes, we work to find cost-effective ways to keep up with those changes,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Now, we are proud to offer residents yet another avenue to keep up with what’s happening in Parish Government and stay civically active.”

You must have a Roku device and account as well as internet access to add Access St. Tammany to your streaming service. Visit my.roku.com/add/Tammany to add Access St. Tammany. You can view our step-by-step instructional video on how to do it here.  Access St. Tammany is in the process of trying to add other streaming device options for viewers.

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Access St. Tammany (AST) began broadcasting in High Definition (HD) in 2011, the first Government Access Channel the State of Louisiana to do so, and the second in the U.S.  AST 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. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org. Roku users can now add Access St. Tammany as a channel option.  

 

 

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Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Tchefuncte Parc Bridge replacement in the Tchefuncte Parc neighborhood near Madisonville is underway and making progress. This project — a total bridge redesign and replacement — started in the fall of 2017, and includes the replacement of the existing bridge which was determined deficient, the widening of the roadway, and an increase in drainage capacity. Crews also relocated water lines. This project, when complete, will enhance the safety of the roadway, restore the integrity of the bridge, and add capacity for storm water to travel.

“Water is a fundamental challenge in our region and our infrastructure to manage that water is critical,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This newly designed bridge is built using precast boxes. This means minimal maintenance issues and a longer lifespan for the bridge itself.”

In the next several days, crews from Kort’s Construction will install the remainder of the precast boxes. During this time, there will be limited access to the bridge, however, the contractor will make every attempt to keep one lane open for traffic to pass. Residents are urged to continue to plan for small delays as the project continues. The budgeted investment for this project is $510,000 and it is expected to wrap up in mid to late spring.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will see a 3% discount on health insurance premium rates for the upcoming enrollment period. The $150,000 savings is, in part, thanks to employee participation in the Humana Go365 wellness program.

“Our employees absolutely contributed to this savings as 40% of our enrolled members reached a status that helped to trigger the reductions. We are incredibly proud of them as they continue to accomplish their health goals, in addition to contributing to cost-savings for the entire Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I applaud and thank our Human Resources Department as well as all of our departmental representatives of the Wellness Committee, as they continue to educate our employees on the benefits of participation in the program, and also realize the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.”

The St. Tammany Parish Government Wellness Committee is made up of representatives from each department who meet periodically to discuss the Humana Go365 Program, who then share program information with their fellow employees. Humana is the insurance provider for St. Tammany Parish Government employees. Wellness committee members assist people in achieving their wellness goals, they offer technical support with the Go365 app, and they educate fellow employees on the overall benefits of participation in the program. In addition to overall premium reductions, employees earn personal incentives as well. Silver Status is reached when employees meet certain milestones related to the improvement of their personal health and well-being.

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Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has purchased just over 30 acres of land containing a four-and-one-half-acre pond, near the Abita River north of Harrison Avenue in the Covington area. Plans for the property include:  the conversion of the pond into a water quality pond through aeration or plantings, and the redirection of stormwater flow from two adjacent subdivisions after the construction of inlets from the neighborhoods into the pond, and an outlet from the pond into the channel that drains into the river. Over time the water quality of the Abita River is expected to increase through enhanced oxygenation and filtration when stormwater drains into the river.

“Our water quality initiatives send cleaner runoff into our waterways, and over time increase the health of our natural ecosystems,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “This project, like most, will address more than one issue upon completion, and the return on our investment will be beneficial in several ways, and well worth it.”

The property is located just west of the Singing River subdivision in the Covington area. It was purchased at market value, for $630,000.

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will reopen two weeks from today on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 a.m., after a three-month seasonal closure. On opening day, admission to the Pier is free to everyone who comes out to fish or sightsee. Regular admission after opening day is as follows: all patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free.  Thursdays are Discount Days and senior citizens, active duty military and veterans fish for $1.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, is open Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. – 6p.m. Because the Pier operates on a seasonal basis, hours are subject to change. To learn more visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

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The St. Tammany Fishing Pier is a testament to the resilience of the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original I-10 Twinspans, the Parish worked cooperatively with other agencies to repurpose the structure for public use. After securing funding through local, state and federal sources, the 650 foot pier was opened to the public in June of 2012, making history as the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s.

 

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Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, the one-year anniversary of the St. Tammany Parish full-time, joint litter abatement crew in partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. In the one year since it’s been in operation, 1,048 miles of roadways have been cleaned and 474,740 pounds of litter have been removed from the streets of St. Tammany.

“Our litter problem was growing, so we tackled it. This crew has made serious progress, and will continue to do it,” said St. Tammany Parish President. “We would like everyone to look at these numbers and like we do, take pride in St. Tammany and our beautiful community by cleaning up when you see litter, and reminding your children and families to do the same.” 

The full-time Litter Abatement crew is a joint collaboration between St. Tammany Parish Government, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The crews use two litter abatement vans as well as St. Tammany Parish Jail trustees, who deploy Monday through Friday, and execute cleanup operations assigned to them by the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement office.

Parish officials continue to encourage local businesses to come together and show their love for St. Tammany and to encourage residents and employees to keep their parking lots and business sites clean by urging the proper disposal of trash and debris.  Littering is a crime under state law, as well as a violation of Parish Ordinances. State fines can range from up to $250 per incident to up to $1000 an incident for illegal dumping sites. Ordinance violations at the Parish level carry a fine of no less than $250 for a first offense. Residents can learn more about the various initiatives through Keep St. Tammany Beautiful or sign up to volunteer, at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To report litter violations please complete a Litter Prevention Form found on the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful website, here. To request cleanup of a roadway in St. Tammany, please submit a Road Cleanup Request form found here.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews will begin the third location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace on Monday, February 12, 2018, weather permitting, in the Lacombe area from Bremerman Road to John’s Road. Like the previous sections, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change.

The third location in the Lacombe area will span 574 linear feet. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 12, 2018 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in observance of Mardi Gras. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of a $3.2 million drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is moving forward. In addition to the existing drainage infrastructure, Phase I includes the installation of storm drain culverts on Magnolia in Lane Riverwood subdivision. In Phase 2, storm drain culverts will be installed on Laurelwood Drive in Riverwood subdivision. The project will also indirectly benefit the adjacent Country Club Estates subdivision, as the drainage that will be installed will convey runoff from this neighborhood as well.

“This is another part of our ongoing drainage improvement initiatives, as we continue to address drainage challenges,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Water is a fact of life in St. Tammany, and as such, we will continue to design and implement the most effective, long-term solutions to enhance existing drainage throughout our community.”

This project is funded in part through the Statewide Flood Control Program administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). The LADOTD will fund roughly $1.49 million, while St. Tammany Parish Government will fund the remainder, approximately $1.7 Million. This program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience structural damages or agricultural losses. 

Phase I of this project is currently out for bid. Bids will be accepted until 2p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read.  No bids will be received after 2p.m. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Staff Conference Room, 3rd Floor, located at St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Complex, 21454 (Building B) Koop Drive, in Mandeville on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Work  is expected to begin on this project in early summer 2018, following the bid selection and award process. The work is expected to be complete by early 2019, barring any weather delays. 

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St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today St. Tammany has been selected as a premier retirement destination by Where to Retire Magazine in their March/April 2018 issue. As a lakefront community with several amenities like the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, Tammany Trace, rivers, swamps, beautiful landscapes, and diverse wildlife, the article describes St. Tammany as a place that offers outdoor recreation of every sort. It touts the “pure solace” of these things combined. According to Where to Retire magazine, approximately 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire.

“We certainly take pride in the fact that we have something for everyone, no matter your phase in life. It looks like they’ve discovered our secret — and we welcome anyone who wants to share in our abundant lifestyle,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have families here that are multi-generational, and this is the foundation for our strong, diverse identity and our ever-present sense of commitment to community.”

In January, Pat Brister presented a proclamation to the St. Tammany Council on Aging (COAST), which declared 2018 the Year of the Senior, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of COAST’s service to the 54,000 seniors in St. Tammany as well as their valuable contributions to Northshore communities. She called on residents to honor and respect our seniors in observance of this designated year.

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Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the road and drainage project in the Lake Village subdivision is now underway. Crews have started the first phase of this combined project which involves the installation of a subsurface drainage culvert from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl Drive, to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, to tie in the Lake Village area to the new culvert, creating another dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place.

“We ask all residents to be aware of this ongoing work, which, when complete will offer drainage improvements, improved motor vehicle travel, and a path for exercise and increased walkability,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to watching as it progresses and we thank the residents in the area for their cooperation while we make these improvements.”

Following completion of the drainage work, a new ADA compliant sidewalk will be installed along North Pearl Drive between Lake Erie and the drainage canal. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard. These sidewalk and roadway enhancements are designed to make pedestrian and vehicular travel smoother. The entire project will benefit the Lake Village, Pearl Acres and Hidden Oaks subdivisions.

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Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Bayou Chinchuba Water Quality Pond project in the Mandeville area, is now complete. The immediate benefits of this project are two-fold. Neighborhoods located downstream of this pond should see increased oxygen levels in Bayou Chinchuba, and increased storm water drainage capacity. Expected long-term benefits of this process include: the disintegration of waste products before they enter Bayou Chinchuba, resulting in higher oxygenation, which can result in a healthier ecosystem for native plants and animals to thrive. 

“This initiative, like most we undertake, was designed in-house by one of our own engineers and is multi-faceted; it has the benefit of increased water quality as well as added drainage capacity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is also expected to have long-term, positive, ecological impacts. Future generations will one day thank us for taking the time to preserve our remarkable natural amenities.”

This project partially EPA Grant-Funded, was to design and build a water quality pond within the footprint of the existing detention pond in the Oak Island subdivision in the Mandeville area. Components of the project include: a drainage pipe from Bayou Chinchuba into the pond; the construction of a weir connecting the existing pond; excavation; construction of a wrap-around berm; installation of a  bubbler, or aerator within the pond including the electrical mechanism for operation; fencing and sod. The bubbler aerates water that flows into the water quality pond from Bayou Chinchuba, and as a result, the water sees an increase in oxygen levels when it flows back into the bayou. The pond is located south of Sharp Road and north of Oak Island Drive. The cost of the project was $486,573.

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Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

The second location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace begins on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Mandeville area from Molitor Street to Rapatel Street.  Like the previous section, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Contractors are in the final days of the first location in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street, and so this area remains closed. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed.

This second location will span 826 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

 

 

 

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Rick Moore, Solid Waste, Litter Enforcement Office and Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was recognized on the national level with the 2017 Environmental Officer Award   at Keep America Beautiful’ s (KAB) national award ceremony in early January.  This award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

“Rick’s continued commitment to enforcing litter laws and his work in the innovative Litter Court which holds offenders accountable, coupled with his work with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and our full-time Litter Abatement Crew have made a significant impact on the cleanliness and safety of our community as a whole,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to recognize the people he works with every day, who utilize every resource available to make these programs strong and effective. Congratulations.”

Rick Moore was touted by KAB for his role in organizing St. Tammany’s parish-wide litter court, as well as his participation with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality, in seven Litter Law Enforcement workshops. This workshop has become a model program for all Louisiana. He currently assists other parishes in setting up their own litter courts.  He was also recognized Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, the recently established Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, of which he is Executive Director.

He was one of more than 80 individuals and organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition. KAB’s National Awards recognize the passion, dedication and impact of KAB affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share their vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

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

“Mandeville has such a diverse array of amenities to offer, and this recognition by Expedia is well-deserved,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany as a whole has treasures that those of us who live here, appreciate and work with pride every day to preserve. We welcome all visitors to make us their vacation destination and experience our people, our culture, our great food, and our exceptional way of life.”

The entire blog from Expedia can be read here.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION Madisonville, Louisiana MAdisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION

Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

 

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

The following information pertains to the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center status on Thursday, January 18, 2018:

- Only court that will be open will be Judge Swartz's Court for trial.

- Sheriff’s Office and Registrar of Voters will be open.

- District Attorney will open to the Public at 11 a.m.

- St. Tammany Assessor, Clerk of Court and St. Tammany Parish Government Offices are closed.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to the high potential for continued severe winter weather and icy road conditions. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead,  and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow. STAR Transit will open at noon on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Officials continue to urge people to stay off of the roads.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The freezing temperatures are not allowing the ice on the roads to completely melt, and so icy conditions remain in many places. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) have been working to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice. As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur.

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning, on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions, as roads may still have water on them from yesterday’s precipitation. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

On January 17, 2018, the Madisonville Woods Water System lost pressure due to the freezing conditions.  As a result of the pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

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

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

With temperatures  currently freezing,  and a Wind Chill Advisory in place, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways as the conditions are hazardous. “Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

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

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

 

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

As roadway conditions continue to deteriorate, Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) is reporting that I-12 is closed from LA 1077 to Baton Rouge, and I-55 is closed both Northbound and Southbound from Hwy 190 in Hammond to the Mississippi state line. Additional closures are expected. In addition, the Causeway Bridge is closed due to poor visibility.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

The LADOTD posts road conditions at 511.org. In addition, stay abreast of weather conditions at www.weather.gov.  Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

With temperatures expected to continue to dip below freezing to possibly into the teens here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will continue to keep open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols for Parish Government Operations are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents who need shelter can do so at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of freezing temperatures. Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings. They are also reminding residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent fires.

The Parish’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety and offer them comfort.

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up to date with the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov,  and monitor local news outlets.

 

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

The St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Meeting, scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, has been postponed due to the forecast of severe winter weather. The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6 p.m.in Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. For any questions, please call the Department of Development, Planning at 985-898-2591.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead, and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) began working at 10:30am this morning to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice.

As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur. Additionally, as tree limbs begin to break from the weight of the ice or snow, power lines may be adversely affected and temporary power outages could be possible. Any emergencies should be reported by calling 911. 

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning,  on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions, coupled with precipitation, are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill, coupled with the lower temperatures and moisture from precipitation.

 

 

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace will get underway on Monday, January 15, 2018 beginning in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street.  Each of the four locations will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when the project is completed.

“Investing in the maintenance of amenities like the Tammany Trace is necessary to provide safety to those that use the Trace and to ensure it remains a feature in our community for years to come,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Trace, now in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, is a source of pride for our community, and we want it to remain a user-friendly recreational avenue for our own residents, who patronize it on a daily basis, as well as for the thousands of visitors who come every year.”

The project will encompass four areas along the Trace including the first segment, 1155 linear feet, in the Covington area; the second location expected to begin in February in the Mandeville area, 826 linear feet; and the third and fourth locations in the Lacombe area, expected to begin in March and April, a combined 1581 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area (see attached), as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, beginning at 4 p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Selects Engineering Firm

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Select Engineering Firm

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage, and Conservation District (St. Tammany Levee Board) have selected Neel-Schaffer, Inc., to begin the first phase of the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Protection Project— a collaborative initiative between St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee Board, made possible with $2 million in funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) through an Intergovernmental Agreement. This project is part of the ongoing flood mitigation efforts by St. Tammany Parish to increase protection for all residents, and to increase resiliency following natural disasters that impact our community.

“This is another step forward in creating a comprehensive flood protection plan for our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Levee Board has continued to work diligently, with limited resources, to get this project off of the ground, and we applaud them for their dedicated time and intensive efforts.”

“I am excited to share in the announcement of the selection of a consultant for this project,” said Henry Di Franco, Chairman, St. Tammany Levee Board. “The Levee Board will continue to work hand in hand with Parish Government to identify critical projects to enhance flood protection for all of the St. Tammany Parish coastal zone.”

During this first phase of the project, Neel-Schaffer, Inc., will be tasked with analyzing and updating the 2012 Northshore Hurricane and Flood Protection Study for St. Tammany Parish with newly completed and current proposed projects in the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Zone. A gap analysis will then be performed to identify new projects to further protect vulnerable areas. A benefit/cost analysis of proposed projects will then be completed to determine project priority and viability. Any funds remaining after completion of these tasks will go toward Engineering and Design of prioritized alternatives. 

Nine engineering firms submitted proposals which were evaluated by a team of St. Tammany Parish Government employees and St. Tammany Levee Board representatives. 

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The St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District is a nine-member board, created during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative session, populated by gubernatorial appointments from various communities throughout St. Tammany. It is a political subdivision of the state and has the primary duty to …establish, construct, operate, or maintain flood control works related to hurricane protection, tidewater flooding, saltwater intrusion, and conservation.

 

RESCINDED: January 6th 2018 -PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

REASCINDED JANUARY 6, 2018

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek,

Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Sometime on January 4, 2018, the tubing supplying the chlorine disinfection at the Willow Wood well failed causing the chlorine concentration in the supplied water to fall below the state mandated levels in some portions of the Cross Gates Water System.  The failure of this tubing was discovered on January 5th and repaired allowing normal disinfection to resume.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for Tammany Utilities (TU) customers in Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood, and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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 Covington Fair Grounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours, from now until Friday, March 2, 2018. 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.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

With freezing temperatures expected to linger from the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore through the end of the week,  the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will extend the operations of the warming shelter through Saturday, January 6, 2018, for those in need. The shelter is currently open 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. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

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

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

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open until the morning of Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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

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

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS Covington, Louisiana St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS

Covington, Louisiana

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in observance of Christmas. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY St. Gertrude Heights in Covington St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

St. Gertrude Heights in Covington

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM a water main broke at the St. Gertrude water well causing a loss in pressure.  Once service is restored, and out of an abundance of caution, all Tammany Utilities customers in St. Gertrude Heights, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations.

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

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

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, 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.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Slidell, Louisiana Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146) Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Slidell, Louisiana

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.  Tammany Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience and will issue appropriate usage credits in the next billing cycle. Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at 985-643-1376 (East). 

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor will be re-installing the well column and pump tomorrow morning, December 19th.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor expects to receive the replacement parts for the water well today.  Once received, they will begin reassembling the well shaft in their shop and will install the well shaft early next week.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY  MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES  Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

This is a boil advisory update

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  On December 11th 2017, Tammany Utilities’ well contractor opened the well to perform maintenance.  They discovered that some parts had significant wear on them and needed replacement.  The replacement parts have been ordered and are expected to come in on Thursday December 14, 2017 or Friday, December 15th of this week.  Once the well is put back in service, Tammany Utilities is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

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

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

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

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our 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 at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

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

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

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

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our 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 at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government officials announced today that, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will remain closed until noon on Saturday, December 8, 2017. STAR Transit will operate from 10 a.m. until 4p.m. on Saturday. The Holiday of Lights will resume as scheduled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 beginning at 6p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore


With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to mid-twenties here on the Northshore over the coming weekend, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The warming shelter will remain open until the morning of Monday, December 11, 2017. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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


In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Friday, December 8, 2017, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. STAR Transit, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will close as well. The Holiday of Lights events is cancelled Friday, December 8, 2017, but is scheduled to resume on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

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Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

With a Winter Weather Advisory going into effect this evening from the National Weather Service, and freezing temperatures predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, St. Tammany Parish Government has instituted its severe cold weather protocols. As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, the Parish’s Department of Public Works has placed designated employees on notice for activation if the weather dictates, and it becomes necessary to prep roads for freezing conditions.

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

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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00PM in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary school located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
The following items from this month's agenda will be discussed:

1. A Resolution to appoint a Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
2. A Resolution to appoint a Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
3. An Ordinance adopting the 2018 Parish Operating Budget
4. An Ordinance to establish the 2018-2022 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Grant Awards
5. An Ordinance to authorize St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to purchase or otherwise acquire burial space for indigent cremains
6. A Resolution to acknowledge the authority, pursuant to Home Rule Charter, Sections 1-04, 1-06, 3-01 and 3-09, for St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the St. Tammany Parish Assessor and all other Tax Recipient Bodies for reimbursement of expenses pertaining to review of exemptions and assessment freezes
7. Any other items of concern to District 11 constituents

Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call Councilman Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Regional Airport has been awarded approximately $886,667 in combined funding from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Aviation Group (LA DOTD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for airfield lighting improvements. The project will be funded by an FAA grant in the amount of $798,000 combined with a 10 percent funding match from the LA DOTD Aviation Group in the amount of $88,667.

“As we continue to enhance the safety features and amenities of our regional airport, we, in turn increase the traffic and the economic viability of this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is another way we maintain our diverse economy.”

Improvements are set to include the installation of a new power generator, as well as the installation of runway and taxiway edge lighting, and all incidentals to facilitate operation of the lighting. Additional upgrades are slated for the airport, including: the extension of the existing runway, extension of the apron, a perimeter fence, a new access road, a new terminal and a new corporate hangar. The St. Tammany Regional Airport is located on Airport Road in Abita Springs. It is owned by St. Tammany Parish Government and maintained by the Department of Facilities Management.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana

 Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

910 – 987 Richmond Court

in Mandeville, Louisiana

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On November 28, 2017 at approximately 11:00 Tammany Utilities (TU) turned the water off to the above customers to make an emergency repair to the water main at the end of Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana.  As a result of the loss in pressure and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

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

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

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, a sign along Richmond Court, 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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