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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Two free events opened to the public, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, are slated for Saturday, October 26, 2019. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste, and Wings & Wheels gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classic cars and airplanes and at the same time visit the St. Tammany Regional Airport.

“Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers our residents the chance to take advantage of the proper disposal of things that would otherwise be very costly to get rid of, and do so in an environmentally conscious way. Wings & Wheels is a leisurely way to spend a Saturday, while appreciating classic cars and airplanes, and the people who work to keep them in pristine condition” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to come out and enjoy both events.”

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Plan to come to the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard in the Lacombe area. For a full list of sponsors, as well as a list of what is and what is not accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Stop by Wings & Wheels 2019 at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, from 10 a.m. – 4p.m., for a free event featuring local area classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. See experimental, high performance aerobatic, WWII and general aviation aircraft on display. This event is dedicated to the preservation of general aviation, classic cars and motorcycles. Airplane rides, food and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Wings & Wheels is sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, Air Reldan and Camellia Beans.

To see more information about these events, visit our Facebook page, @sttammanyparish.

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 Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen (PTC), as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, as forecasters predict there is potential for PTC Sixteen to develop into Tropical Storm Nestor over the next 24 hours.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning, and will have its Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on call if needed, out of an abundance of caution. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government will also 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 and intensity of PTC Sixteen in the Gulf of Mexico. 

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. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

 

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

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

A non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed, Monday, October 14, 2019, in observance of Columbus Day. The Department of Animal Services will also be closed Saturday, October 12, 2019, as it is a polling place for the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
 
Office hours resume on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

 

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) grant awards for the 2019-2020 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.
 
St. Tammany Parish

 

Organizational Support

 

City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs

$8,250

Slidell Little Theatre

$7,352

Playmakers, Inc.

$4,200

St. Tammany Art Association

$3,574

 

                                                                               

Project Assistance

 

STARC of Louisiana, Inc.

$5,000

Cutting Edge Center for the Arts

$4,750

City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events

$1,837

North Shore Chapter, American Harp Society

$1,000

 

                                                                               
St. Bernard Parish
 

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Library

$2,200

St. Bernard Parish Government

$1,800

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools

$1,523

 

 

The purpose of the DAF program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by St. Tammany Parish Government. 
 
“The arts are vital to our heritage and our identity, and these competitive grants are one small way we can ensure that this heritage is preserved for the next generations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have tremendous talent here locally, and so many of our native sons and daughters have gone on to share their gifts with the rest of the world. This program helps us continue to fuel the arts here in St. Tammany.”
 
Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in Spring 2020, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit http://www.stpgov.org/arts-grants.

 
 

Long-time St. Tammany Planning/Zoning Commissioner Loy Raymond "Pug" Lorren Dies

Long-time St. Tammany Planning/Zoning Commissioner Loy Raymond "Pug" Lorren Dies

Loy Lorren, affectionately known as “Pug,” passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was 81. Mr. Lorren served on the St. Tammany Parish Planning and Zoning Commission since 2012, and was an active community advocate, who willingly gave of his time and thoughtful expertise to contribute to the betterment of St. Tammany Parish.

“Our hearts go out to Pug’s family. He was a fair and steady hand on the Commission and we were very fortunate to have known him, and called him a friend. He served our community well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “He listened to all sides, and was thoughtful in his decision-making. We will all miss him.”

“Pug Lorren gave his time and passion for the preservation of the Parish he called home,” said Marty Dean, St. Tammany Parish Councilmember. “He was a good friend, a great and selfless public servant, and he will be sorely missed.”

Mr. Lorren will be laid to rest on Friday, October 11, 2019. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Parish President Pat Brister Issues Parish-Wide Burn Ban

Parish President Pat Brister Issues Parish-Wide Burn Ban

Parish President Pat Brister announced today that she has signed an Executive Order issuing a Parish-wide burn ban. Due to lack of rainfall, coupled with a lengthy period of extreme heat, conditions currently exist that allow for timber, underbrush and general vegetation to be extremely dry and easily flammable. To prevent the potential of severe danger and damage of fire-related incidents, as well as hazard to life and property of the citizens of this Parish, the ban on outdoor burning activities has been implemented for the next thirty (30) days.

Outdoor burning is immediately prohibited, with the exception of prescribed burns by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), those trained and certified by the LDAF, and by those who conduct prescribed burns as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Rights to Farm Law (LSA R.S. 3:3601, et seq.).

Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Eco-Smart Upgrades to St. Tammany Parish Government Facilities Earn Nearly $150,000 in Incentives over Five years

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was presented a rebate check today in the amount of $47,364.03, through Cleco’s Power Wise™ Energy Efficiency Program. This check, an incentive for energy-efficient upgrades to Parish facilities, will bring the cumulative incentive total over five years, to $149,790.84.  Cleco estimates that these upgrades will result in savings of over 1,597,650 kWh annually, which is enough electricity to power 133 homes for one year based on an average use of 12,000 kWh a year (1,000 kWh per month). 

“Throughout the five years we’ve participated in this program, we’ve increased our energy efficiency, realized thousands of dollars in cumulative savings in our energy bills, reduced our carbon footprint, and seen immediate earnings of nearly $150,000.00 from Cleco rebates. We also have learned a great deal from Cleco about how and why these small changes make an impact,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Moving forward, we will continue to see all of these same efficiencies, coupled with the continuation of accumulated savings throughout every fiscal year.”

“Being able to offer the latest technology in lighting to our customers is both innovative and rewarding,” said Chaudhry.  “St. Tammany Parish Government has been working to be more energy efficient, and their efforts are paying off.”

The following facility upgrades were made from 2015 – 2019:

Public Works – Tyler Street, Covington, Interior and Exterior

Slidell Towers Building- Interior and Exterior

St. Tammany Parish Wellness Center (Owned by St. Tammany Parish Government/occupied by St. Tammany Parish Hospital) – North Florida Street Covington, Interior and Exterior

Koop Drive Administration Building (Buildings A&B)

Vehicle Maintenance Building –Tyler Street

Fairgrounds Annex

Coroner’s Office

St. Tammany Parish Library Branches:

Slidell Library Exterior

Causeway Library Interior Lighting

Mandeville Library Interior and Exterior Lighting                                                                                                                                                            

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center - The entire facility has been upgraded – Interior and exterior

St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement

Justice Center Parking Garage offices

Public Defenders office

Covington Barn

Fritchie Barn

HWY 59 Barn

Levee Board Building

Non-CLECO properties upgraded:

Brewster Barn

Animal Services

Koop drive “C” building

 

Photo Left to right: Gary Guidroz, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Consultant; Richard Fields, St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Facilities Management Project Manager; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President ; Hammad Chaudhry, Cleco Power Wise Energy Efficiency Program Manager; and David Hursey, Principal Governmental Services Representative

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SERVICE INTERRUPTION and PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Autumn Wind Subdivision, Lazy Creek Subdivision, Abita Avenue, State Street, All Tammany Utilities Customers Along Hwy 59 Between Marion Lane and Hoffman Rd., Marshall Road, Florence Rd., North Lan

SERVICE INTERRUPTION and

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Autumn Wind Subdivision, Lazy Creek Subdivision, Abita Avenue, State Street, All Tammany Utilities Customers Along Hwy 59 Between Marion Lane and Hoffman Rd., Marshall Road, Florence Rd., North Lane, South Lane,  and Pine Grove Industrial Park

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

 

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Tammany Utilities (TU) will repair a leaking water main on the corner of Hwy 59 and Marshall Road.  At the same time, TU will be relocating our water main for the Louisiana DOTD project at the Trace and Hwy 59.  The work will be performed at night to cause as little disruption to our customers as possible.  The customers identified above will have their water turned off at 10:00 PM on Thursday September 26, 2019, so that TU can complete this work.  Once service is restored, in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, the customers listed above and shown below will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory.

 

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 one or more of the following methods: hand-delivered notices, signs placed in the neighborhoods, automated phone calls and/or notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Just Over one Month Away

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President reminds residents that the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is just over one month away, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Plan to come to the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. This event is extremely popular, and residents are reminded to expect lines. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than eight 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 wanting to volunteer can contact Keep St. Tammany Beautiful at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A list of eligible items for disposal can be found at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org .

This event is sponsored by: Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Keep Abita Beautiful; Keep Covington Beautiful; Keep Slidell Beautiful; Keep Lacombe Beautiful; Keep Mandeville Beautiful; Keep Pearl River Beautiful; Keep Madisonville Beautiful; Battery World; Habitat for Humanities; AB&E Potty Cans, Lowes, Home Depot, Waste Management, the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, and the Green Project.

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Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Brister, Scalise Celebrate Federal Funding Approved For USACE Feasibility Study Of Possible Corps Flood Control Projects In St. Tammany

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, announced today that a long-standing request of the Federal Government for a feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) of St. Tammany Parish, has now been funded. Scalise, a persistent proponent of the study, has touted its benefits and stressed its importance, as he continually pushed for its funding since the request by St. Tammany was made in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, or WRDA Bill. The study will open the doors for the USACE to determine how they can best implement flood, shoreline protection, and ecosystem restoration measures in St. Tammany.

“This is exciting news for many reasons. This study is the first step in determining how our Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan can be best executed to achieve the highest possible return on our flood, coastal protection, and ecosystem restoration initiatives,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We owe much of this to the efforts of Congressman Scalise, and his determination to assist us in making this a reality. We have seen many areas of Southeast Louisiana receive much needed work by the Corps of Engineers, and we will now see a study begin in St. Tammany. With that comes the strong hope of seeing concrete recommendations for realistic flood control work by the Corps.”

“The $3 million in funding we obtained for the St. Tammany flood reduction study is a big win in our fight to protect communities throughout the Northshore from flooding. This is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work closely with the Corps to ensure timely delivery of the study's findings," said Congressman Steve Scalise.

The $3 million in immediate funding was approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget and USACE Headquarters, to begin the storm and flood reduction study on the St. Tammany Parish Government Coastal Master Plan, laid out in the 2016 WRDA Bill. The WDRA Bill allows the USACE to provide technical assistance to non-federal entities for site-specific activities, including feasibility studies of proposed water resources development projects.

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