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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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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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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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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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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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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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