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Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the road and drainage project in the Lake Village subdivision is now underway. Crews have started the first phase of this combined project which involves the installation of a subsurface drainage culvert from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl Drive, to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, to tie in the Lake Village area to the new culvert, creating another dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place.

“We ask all residents to be aware of this ongoing work, which, when complete will offer drainage improvements, improved motor vehicle travel, and a path for exercise and increased walkability,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to watching as it progresses and we thank the residents in the area for their cooperation while we make these improvements.”

Following completion of the drainage work, a new ADA compliant sidewalk will be installed along North Pearl Drive between Lake Erie and the drainage canal. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard. These sidewalk and roadway enhancements are designed to make pedestrian and vehicular travel smoother. The entire project will benefit the Lake Village, Pearl Acres and Hidden Oaks subdivisions.

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Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Rick Moore, Solid Waste, Litter Enforcement Office and Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was recognized on the national level with the 2017 Environmental Officer Award   at Keep America Beautiful’ s (KAB) national award ceremony in early January.  This award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

“Rick’s continued commitment to enforcing litter laws and his work in the innovative Litter Court which holds offenders accountable, coupled with his work with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and our full-time Litter Abatement Crew have made a significant impact on the cleanliness and safety of our community as a whole,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to recognize the people he works with every day, who utilize every resource available to make these programs strong and effective. Congratulations.”

Rick Moore was touted by KAB for his role in organizing St. Tammany’s parish-wide litter court, as well as his participation with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality, in seven Litter Law Enforcement workshops. This workshop has become a model program for all Louisiana. He currently assists other parishes in setting up their own litter courts.  He was also recognized Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, the recently established Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, of which he is Executive Director.

He was one of more than 80 individuals and organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition. KAB’s National Awards recognize the passion, dedication and impact of KAB affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share their vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

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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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Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace will get underway on Monday, January 15, 2018 beginning in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street.  Each of the four locations will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when the project is completed.

“Investing in the maintenance of amenities like the Tammany Trace is necessary to provide safety to those that use the Trace and to ensure it remains a feature in our community for years to come,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Trace, now in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, is a source of pride for our community, and we want it to remain a user-friendly recreational avenue for our own residents, who patronize it on a daily basis, as well as for the thousands of visitors who come every year.”

The project will encompass four areas along the Trace including the first segment, 1155 linear feet, in the Covington area; the second location expected to begin in February in the Mandeville area, 826 linear feet; and the third and fourth locations in the Lacombe area, expected to begin in March and April, a combined 1581 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area (see attached), as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

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