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St. Tammany Parish Inaugural Ceremonies Slated for Monday, January 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Inaugural Ceremonies Slated for Monday, January 13, 2020

UPDATE: January 13, 2020

Due to the forecast of continued rain throughout the morning, the inaugural ceremonies of President-Elect Michael B. Cooper and 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members, have been moved to the Fuhrmann auditorium located at 128 W. 23rd Ave.in Covington. The reception will take place at the Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. This event is open to the public.

 

 

On Monday, January 13, 2020, fifteen St. Tammany Parish Officials will take their respective oaths of office at 12 p.m. on the steps of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, located at 701 N. Columbia Street in Downtown Covington. Warren Montgomery, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Michael B. Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President-Elect, will be sworn in for his first term. The following Parish Council members will also be sworn in:    District 1 – Marty Dean (incumbent); District 2 – David R. Fitzgerald (incumbent); District 3 – Martha Jenkins Cazaubon (newly elected); District 4 – Michael R. Lorino (incumbent); District 5 – Rykert O. Toledano, Jr.  (incumbent); District  6 – Richard E. Tanner (incumbent); District 7 – James "Jimmie" Davis III (newly elected); District 8 – Christopher Canulette (incumbent); District 9 – Michael "Mike" Smith (newly elected); District 10 –Maureen “Mo”  O’Brien (incumbent); District 11 – Steve Stefancik (incumbent); District 12 – Jerry Binder (incumbent); District 13 – Jacob “Jake” Airey (newly elected, unopposed); District 14 – Thomas J. “T.J.” Smith (incumbent).

The public is invited to attend the swearing in ceremonies.

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Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, December 25, 2019, for Christmas. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection will close Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, 2019, reopening Thursday, December 26, 2019. Office hours resume Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8 a.m. Non-emergency offices will close, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year. Office hours resume Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees for recycling after Christmas.  Trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours. 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 will not be accepted at the drop-off sites.

Adopt ‘til you Drop! Pairs 32 –plus Pets with Forever Homes

Adopt ‘til you Drop! Pairs 32 –plus Pets with Forever Homes
 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the first ever Adopt ‘til you Drop! pet adopt-a-thon was a successful event, finding homes for at least 32 pets from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter on the actual day of the event, and for an additional 11 pets during the week that followed.
 
The event, held December 7, 2019, showcased just over 40 animals on a live stream broadcast. In lieu of fees, adoptions were finalized with a donation to the Northshore Food Bank. Visitors to the shelter who adopted pets had their photos taken, and had an opportunity to take a photo with Santa. Three collection boxes of food were donated to the Northshore Food Bank.
 
“We want to thank every volunteer as well as our Animals Shelter employees for making this day possible,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to thank every person who came out and adopted a pet. As the only shelter in St. Tammany to take in every animal brought to us, we are grateful to those who help us place these animals into permanent homes.”
 
The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter is located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adoption fees are waived through the end of 2019. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on their vaccines. To see adoptable pets, visit www.stpgov.org/pets.


To see a gallery of pet adoptions from Adopt 'til you Drop! click here.

 

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I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the State of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected a contractor for widening the first section of the I-12, from US Hwy 190 to LA Hwy 59. DOTD has chosen James Construction Group to handle the $54 Million improvement to one of the most traveled sections of I-12. Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2020.

“The widening of I-12 is, and always has been a priority of my administration. This step brings us closer to seeing this phase of the project take shape,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I am thrilled to see it moving forward so quickly, and I want to thank the DOTD for working so closely with us to make this widening a reality.”

Parish President Brister, along with Governor John Bel Edwards and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, announced in September that the funding for this expansion was secured through a State LADOTD allocation of Federal Redistribution Funds. This funding is in addition to the $25 million in Federal BUILD Grant funds Parish President Pat Brister secured in December of 2018 for the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190.

Plans for the I-12 expansion include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million BUILD Grant to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this phase are underway.

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Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

The 20th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place over two December weekends: December 6, 7 and 13, 14, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. A complete entertainment lineup will be released soon.

Non-Emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019. The Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, November 30, 2019 as well.

Christmas closures for Parish Government are as follows: non-emergency offices will close Tuesday, December 24, 2019 and Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road in the Slidell area, will close on Thanksgiving Day— Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Pier will close Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6p.m. for the winter months, and is expected to reopen in the spring, on or around March 1, 2020.

In addition, the following closures will take place at other St. Tammany recreational facilities during the holiday season:

In November, the Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, November 28, 2019. These facilities re-open Friday, November 29th. In December, these facilities will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening Thursday, December 26th. Camp Salmen Nature Park will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and will reopen Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the final day for debris pickup by the Parish’s Public Works crews, for debris caused by Tropical Storm Olga, will be Friday, November 22, 2109. Residents are asked to place un-bagged, vegetative, non-construction debris, curbside in the right-of-way for crews to easily access.  Anyone who has questions, is asked to fill out a work order request form here.

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with the Parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continue to be in regular contact with the National Weather Service and other agencies to monitor the potential for freezing temperatures over the next several days. Additionally, Parish Government has also been in contact with representatives from CLECO and WST power companies to ask that they take every mitigative measure to lessen the impact that freezing temperatures and strong winds could have on their customers, as well as be prepared for the potential for power outages.

Because of the strong possibility of temperatures below freezing for several hours overnight tomorrow, Parish President Brister has decided to open a warming shelter for those that might need assistance.

Residents can shelter, beginning at Noon, Tuesday, at 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.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed. 

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St. Tammany Officials Asking Residents to Prepare for Cold Temperatures Over the Next Week

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is asking residents to prepare for what could be several of the coldest nights the Parish has seen this Fall.  

“Forecasters are predicting possible wind chills in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and temperatures in the low 20s Wednesday morning,said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are advising everyone to plan for the forecasted weather and to protect people, especially the elderly, pipes, pets and plants.”

She went on to ask that residents should check on their elderly relatives and neighbors, make sure these folks have a reliable, and adequate heating systems. Tammany Utilities advises all residents that in the preparation for a possible hard freeze, residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping exposed pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.

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 St. Tammany Community Action Agency 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 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. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

 

 

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 9, 2019 as well.

Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Parish Government has started vegetative,  non-construction debris pickup in unincorporated areas, as well as signed an Emergency Declaration as part of the response to the ongoing impacts of Tropical Storm Olga.

“Parish Government has worked all weekend to maintain our water systems infrastructure in affected areas, remove debris blocking roads, and inform residents of the headway the power companies are making to restore electricity in the wake of this powerful storm,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “Property damage and power loss in St. Tammany has been widespread, resulting from the unpredicted severity of the high winds that caused a massive number of fallen trees, limbs and branches.”

Parish President Brister ordered crews to begin debris pickups this morning, and they will continue through tomorrow evening. A follow-up round of pick-ups will happen later this week. These crews will only remove vegetative, non-construction debris, where the debris is placed in the right-of-way, as Parish workers cannot enter private property to accomplish this task.

Parish Government has had Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews working in the field since before daybreak Saturday morning. These crews were placed on standby Friday afternoon as a precaution, and as part of Parish Government’s Emergency Operations Plan. Tammany Utilities’ water system operations remained uninterrupted due to the diligence of crews who were dispatched as the storm subsided. These crews brought generator power to 15 wells in our system with electricity losses in order to maintain water pressure. As a result of this action, enough pressure was maintained throughout the systems so that no boil advisories were issued by Tammany Utilities. In addition, 35 lift stations went down, however, crews were able to deliver generator power, or manually service the stations to keep all 35 up and running.

Public Works crews were dispatched Saturday morning to perform damage assessments and begin removing trees and debris from Parish roadways. Our crews worked in conjunction with first responders and the power companies to make these roads passable for power company repair crews and the public. Public Works also assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with tree removal on State Highways. Crews have begun today removing the debris from the sides of the road and from residences, and will continue to remove downed trees once they are freed from power lines by the utility companies. The Public Works crews also assisted law enforcement and public safety agencies by placing stop signs at busy intersections where the traffic signals were not operating.

Parish President Brister continues to monitor and stay on top of utility companies still working to restore power to affected customers. These utility companies are providing updates to Parish Public Works crews to update their progress on removing power lines tangled in fallen trees, so that Public Works may remove debris as soon as it is safe.

 

 

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