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St. Tammany Parish Leaders Hold Press Conference to Discuss COVID-19 Response

St. Tammany Parish Leaders Hold Press Conference to Discuss COVID-19 Response

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President was joined by leaders from agencies around St. Tammany, to discuss the Parish’s emergency response. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in St. Tammany Parish, initiated a reduced work force, asked residents to adhere to the Governor’s declaration and to avoid large crowds. He has asked recreational districts to postpone scheduled activities for the next four weeks, and assured residents that Tammany Utilities, the Parish-owned utility company, will restore water service to any resident who has been shut off, and they will refrain from shutting water off for the coming weeks until this emergency is over. In addition, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Animal Services will limit the intake of stray animals and pet adoptions to the hours of 9am to 12pm daily.

“This is an unprecedented situation. Our primary concern is health, safety and welfare of our citizens business owners and visitors,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to be a part of the community response required to slow the spread of this virus.”

St. Tammany Parish Public School Superintendent Trey Folse addressed the Governor’s proclamation regarding school closures for the next four weeks, stressing the importance of taking the proper time to evaluate the situation, review the Governor’s proclamation, and work with BESE to make the best decisions for our St. Tammany community.

“It is really important to me that we find a way to feed students — many of them rely on our cafeteria meals, so we’re working on that,” Folse said. “We will need some additional guidance from the Department of Education on what distance learning will look like. We want to make the best decisions for everyone while at the same time being considerate of what a hardship this may be for many of our parents.”

Fire District #1 Chief Chris Kaufmann stressed the importance of residents being forthcoming with first responders with regards to any symptoms they may be experiencing when they call 9-1-1, so that first responders can dispatch the appropriate responding agency, and the appropriate number of responders, so that they limit their exposure to COVID-19, and are able to continue to serve the public.

For complete details and updates, visit www.stpgov.org . See the press conference in its entirety here.

 

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St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens for Spring Sunday, March 1, 2020

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens for Spring Sunday, March 1, 2020

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, announces the St. Tammany Fishing Pier spring season begins Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 7 a.m. The Pier will open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.

“We are happy to reopen the Pier for spring, and welcome everyone back,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “The Pier is a great family-friendly asset to St. Tammany and we hope Pier patrons reel in some big ones this season.”

Pier personnel will have a periodic presence. As stated in the rules governing the use of the Pier in the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances, public use of the Pier is, and always has been, at the patrons' own risk. The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will have a proactive presence in the area. Because the Pier is seasonal, hours may be adjusted going forward. To see the complete rules when using the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, click here.

The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Rd. in the Slidell area.

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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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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture in Advance of Predicted Crest of the Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture in Advance of Predicted Crest of the Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Government officials and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of the National Weather Service’s (NWS) current prediction of the anticipated continued rise of the Pearl River at Pearl River to near 19.0 feet (Major Flood Stage) by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.The National Weather Service is anticipating the threat of moderate flooding along the lower portions of the West Pearl River, as well as areas south of I-10 and East of Military Road.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning. Self-service sandbag locations will open Thursday, February 20, 2020 and Friday, February 21, 2020, after 7 a.m. in the Slidell area at the Fritchie Barn located at 63119 Hwy. 1090, Pearl River; and 34783 Grantham College Drive, Slidell. Sand and bags will be provided for residents to fill. Residents should bring shovels, and be prepared to fill and load the sandbags.

“St. Tammany Parish Government and our Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in continual communication with the NWS, and we are prepared for the potential impacts from the crest of the river,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We urge residents in these areas to prepare for the possibility of riverine flooding, and to stay tuned to local media for the latest advisories and updates.”

Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on stand-by, out of an abundance of caution. Partner agencies have been contacted and are ready to assist residents should the need arise. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event predictions change to indicate worsening.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, February 24, 2020, and Tuesday, February 25, 2020, for Mardi Gras. In addition the Department of Animal Services is closed Saturday, February 22, 2020. Business hours resume on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8 a.m.
 
Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras!

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Join WWII Veteran Ernie Andrus on a Portion of his Cross Country Hike

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Join WWII Veteran Ernie Andrus on a Portion of his Cross Country Hike

96-year-old WWII Navy Veteran Ernie Andrus was in Pearlington Mississippi bright and early this morning about a half- mile from the Louisiana State Line gearing up for another leg of his Coast-to-Coast, on-foot journey. Just moments later he and members of his team, flanked by Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and an escort provided by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office, resumed their cross-country hike to raise funds for LST Ship Memorial. Ernie was escorted over the Pearl River swing bridge across the State Line. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, Randy Smith also joined Ernie for a segment of his walk shortly after.

“Ernie is an inspiration to those who have served and he is determined to bring attention to the restoration of the LST Ship Memorial,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “It was an honor to escort him into St. Tammany. If you see Ernie in St. Tammany in the coming days, stop and say hello, or join him on his way.”

“It was a pleasure and an honor meeting Mr. Ernie Andrus this morning as he entered into St. Tammany Parish. I was humbled to walk a small segment with this remarkable man as his trek across the nation takes him through our Parish,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff.  “I encourage everyone to go visit his Website and learn about and support his cause and to look for Mr. Andrus as he continues to make his way across St. Tammany this month.”

You can learn more about Ernie, and the mission of his Coast-to- Coast trek here.

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Governor John Bel Edwards Allows Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister

Governor John Bel Edwards Allows Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister

Governor John Bel Edwards today, issued a letter to Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, stating that flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana, may be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and institutions in St. Tammany from now, until sunset on Monday, February 10, 2020, “To honor the memory of Patricia Phillips “Pat” Brister for her distinguished service to the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish…”

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Statement From Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President

Statement By Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President on the Passing of Pat Brister, Former St. Tammany Parish President

Pat Brister was a woman of vision, drive and commitment, who fought for St. Tammany at the local, state and national levels through her many roles in public service.

“Pat leaves behind a legacy of service, philanthropy, and entrepreneurialism. I, along with the employees of St. Tammany Parish Government and all citizens, extend deepest sympathies to Pat’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

-Mike Cooper St. Tammany Parish President

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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

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

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


 

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