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Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the project to bring the Tammany Trace into Camp Salmen Nature Park is roughly 60% complete. The pathway within Camp Salmen is ready for asphalt and this will take place as soon base material installation is completed on the section of the path from Neslo Road and Highway 190.

“This long-awaited collaboration between the Parish, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the City of Slidell, is definitely taking shape, and crews are on schedule,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. We are definitely moving forward, despite small challenges with the weather, and we wanted to update everyone with the status so far.”

Crews are essentially constructing an entirely new path through a primarily wooded area, near an adjacent busy thoroughfare. 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 projected timeline estimates completion by January 2019, barring any other weather delays. 

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Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President, and Greg Cromer, City of Slidell, Mayor, announced a $935,030.00 collaborative roadway improvement project on Airport Road in the Slidell Area will begin the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

“Our goal is to make the most of all of our resources to make improvements happen, no matter where the boundary lines end,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to continued collaboration with the City of Slidell to keep St. Tammany’s infrastructure sound, so that residents can enjoy safe, efficient travel.”

“The City of Slidell is very fortunate to be working with St. Tammany Parish for the mill and overlay project on Airport Blvd.,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We have a great relationship with President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government and we look forward to working with them on future projects to benefit all of our citizens.”

The project will extend from where Airport Road meets the Slidell Municipal Airport, to the intersection of Northshore Boulevard and U.S. 190 (Gause Boulevard), and will include the mill and overlay of the roadway, roadway striping, and sidewalk improvements. The project is expected to be complete in early 2019.

Photo Left to Right: Steve Stefancik, St. Tammany Parish Council, District 11; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; Greg Cromer, Mayor, City of Slidell; Val Vanney, Jr., Slidell City Council, Distirct D

 

 

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Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was proud to host live training sessions of mandatory Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training for local agencies throughout the Parish. Seven sessions were offered at four locations, on different days in late October, conducted by Parish employees who are certified trainers. In addition to the St. Tammany Parish President and over 400 additional Parish Government employees, employees from the City of Covington Public Works Department, Parish Planning Commissioners, Parish Board of Adjustment members and St. Tammany Parish Council members attended the training.

“This was a way for us to give all employees who are required to take this training, an opportunity to complete it at a dedicated time and place,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It also reinforces every employee’s right to work in a secure, safe workplace and lets them know what is expected of them, gives us assurance that our employees are receiving the required training, and lets us document their participation.”  

State Law requires public employees to complete one hour per year of Ethics Training, and one hour per year of Sexual Harassment Training. The Ethics Course has an online option, but the Sexual Harassment Training does not. The live training session, created by Adrienne Stroble, Director of Human Resources of St. Tammany Parish Government, satisfied the Sexual Harassment Training requirement.

 

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Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the continuation of capital improvements to the Tammany Utilities (TU) water and sewer systems with the installation of ten auto-dialers at critical water wells and sewer lift stations across the TU service areas. A total of 80 auto-dialers will be installed over the next several weeks as weather permits, and additional auto-dialers are budgeted for 2019. The dialers are custom-programmed with emergency numbers so that if an issue occurs at a lift station, well, or with a pump, TU staff is notified immediately, no matter the time of day or night.

“With the installation of these auto-dialers, we may be able to lessen the frequency of boil advisories by addressing things that cause the well systems to lose pressure before the pressure drops to a critical point triggering those advisories,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “But this is just one plus to these devices. In addition, they will increase efficiency in our response time in the event of a failure, they add to the peace of mind for TU customers as well as our staff, and ultimately, they will save money. We will continue this capital improvement investment to enhance our maintenance and improve the system overall.”

The auto-dialers will give TU personnel advance warning of problems with water wells, with the hope that any issues affecting the well can be addressed before the system loses pressure, thereby preventing the frequency of boil advisories.  These dialers will also help identify problems with pumps before they fail due to a clog, or other malfunction, as well as immediate alerts to other issues which could lead to system spills.

Since the start of 2018, nearly $200,000 in capital improvements investments to the Tammany Utilities Water and Sewer System have been in progress.

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America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the first ever America Recycles Day event, will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.

“This event is the first of its kind in our community, and we are excited to offer a way for people to properly recycle their items. We hope residents will take this opportunity to do this,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. 

Residents can bring plastic, aluminum, tin, newspaper and cardboard. Please no glass. For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the following weekend 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 for this collection day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

 

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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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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 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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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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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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