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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE


THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE PARISH GOVERNMENT COMPLEX, 21490 KOOP DRIVE, OFF HIGHWAY 59, MANDEVILLE, LOUISIANA:
AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE MTG. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 PM
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.
DRAINAGE/MITIGATION STUDY WORKGROUP WEDNESDAY. JULY 31, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.

REGULARCOUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Save the Date for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful’s 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today, the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m., at the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard.

“We all work together in St. Tammany to preserve our natural beauty. This event is something we look forward to hosting each year, as it gives residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste at no cost to them,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is very popular, and we are always so grateful for the patience of those who participate, our volunteers, and our sponsors who help us make this event happen.”

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 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 .

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After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog

After Two Years Apart — Animal Services and Up-to-Date Technology —Reunite Owner with Her Dog
 

For the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, it was business as usual when they recently took in Isabella — a dog who was surrendered because her owner had died. Shelter staff scanned Isabella for a microchip and learned that she actually belonged to someone else— Susan Pitre — who had not seen Bella, as she is known — in over two years, since she got out of her yard and was lost. The person who found Isabella, took her in as his own.
 
“Our team at Animal Services is dedicated in every way to the animals in their care,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is just one of many success stories pets and their owners have experienced as a result of the hard work of the employees at Animal Services, and their smart standard operating procedures.”
 
“As soon as any animal is brought in to our shelter, one of the first things we do is scan them. If they have a microchip, and the information is kept up-to-date, we can find the proper owner and contact them to come and get their pet — who is to most people, actually a member of their family,” said Melisa Sullivan, Director of St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. “Nothing makes us happier than a successful reunion, and this one was especially beautiful to watch. This is one reason why every animal in adoption is microchipped.”
 
When an animal is adopted from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and vaccinations are included in the adoption fee. July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. Shelter officials urge all pet owners to microchip their pets, no matter where they are adopted/purchased from, so that in the event that the pet is lost, shelter and veterinarians can scan them and find their owners. 
 
Until July 31, 2019, all adoption fees are waived for adoptable pets at the Animal Services Shelter, located at 31078 Highway 36, in the Lacombe area. Adoption hours are from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday- Saturday.  
 
Watch the reunion here.

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$3.5 Million Roadway Improvement Project Begins in the Covington Area

$3.5 Million Roadway Improvement Project Begins in the Covington Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today the start of a $3.5 million roadway improvement investment on Bootlegger Road in the Covington area. Crews will begin Thursday, July 18, 2019 with the replacement of the bridge over Timber Branch Creek just east of the Weston Glen subdivision; a complete mill and overlay from the roundabout at Highway 1077 northeast on Highway 1085 up to Highway 21; and the construction of a recreational path for non-motorized use on the south side of Bootlegger Road from Francis Road to Highway 21.

“These roadway upgrades are essential. Bootlegger Road is a highly traveled road that helps to alleviate traffic congestion between Highway 21, and Highway 1077,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are committed to infrastructure investments with long-term, multi-use, benefits using the most innovative engineering tools available. We thank everyone for your patience as we make these improvements.”  

Bootlegger from Weston Way to just east of the bridge at Timber Branch Creek, will be closed to all traffic for approximately 180 days for the bridge replacement. Once the bridge is complete and the road has been reconstructed near the bridge, the road will reopen to traffic as the other aspects of the project are finished. The entire project is expected to be complete in spring of 2020.

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St. Tammany Parish Officials Assess Local Impact of Tropical Storm Barry

St. Tammany Parish Officials Assess Local Impact of Tropical Storm Barry
 
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the impacts of Tropical Storm Barry were less severe than forecasters predicted. Tidal flooding in areas that typically see it, a small number of power outages, and downed trees, were the primary concerns. Some areas were impacted by rising river levels, however, the impacts initially forecast did not materialize, thereby reducing the severity of predicted impacts overall.
 
“I want to thank all of the employees of Parish Government who worked tirelessly to prepare for this storm, and to keep people informed, as well as all of the agencies we partner with to launch our Emergency Operations. I also want to thank our citizens for their cooperation in heeding warnings, and their patience with the uncertainty of this system,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We were fortunate that this storm was less powerful than predicted, because we did have concerns about a repeat scenario similar to the Flood of Record in March of 2016. We are still early in hurricane season, so we urge everyone to stay prepared.”
 
“I’m relieved that Hurricane Barry’s impact on Slidell wasn’t as severe as was forecast. The City of Slidell was prepared for Barry, thanks to the hard work and dedication of city employees. Thank you Team Slidell!” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We appreciate all of the first responders and our partners who kept in contact with us throughout this weather event, especially President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government for allowing the use of automatic sand bag machines. It was a tremendous help not only to our employees, but to our citizens.”  
St. Tammany Parish Government opened three shelters in partnership with the Red Cross, the St. Tammany Parish School System, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Public Works crews began early during the week of July 8, 2019 assessing ditches, clearing culverts of debris, and pumping down retention ponds. In addition, Public Works crews distributed over 100,000 sandbags before landfall, and opened five self-serve locations for the remainder of the event. Public Works and Tammany Utilities field personnel operated on a 24-hour basis to implement their storm protocols and monitor conditions at the street level throughout the duration of the storm threat. The Emergency Operations Center was fully activated from 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 until 7 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019.
 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – July 13, 2019

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – July 13, 2019

  • - Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issues a warning to those that reside in low-laying areas in St. Tammany, that flooding will likely occur over the next several days.
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  • - Parish Government is asking that citizens in homes that received damage in previous flood events like the March 2016 Flood of Record, or live in in low-laying areas, to complete preparations of their homes for flood waters, as soon as possible. Additionally, Parish Government wants residents to seriously consider making plans to move their families to higher ground, if conditions continue to deteriorate, as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • - We want to remind residents in the Slidell area to be mindful of tidal flooding currently happening in the spots we regularly see it such as: Palm Lake, Avery Estates, the Bayou Liberty Area, Lakeview Drive, Highway 433, and Carr Drive.
  • - The National Weather Service predicts that the Pearl River will crest near the end of next week.
    • - Parish President Brister has instructed the personnel at the Emergency Operations Center to utilize the Parish’s reverse 9-1-1 and Alert St. Tammany systems to notify citizens that live in the Tchefuncte  River basin, that the river will see a sharp rise over the next 12-24 hours.
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  • Shelters are open at the following locations:
    • Covington High -73030 lions drive Covington
    • Lee road Jr. High -  79131 Highway 40 (Lee Road), Covington
    • Pearl River High School 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River
      • Bring essentials — bedding, personal hygiene products, snacks — anything you need for comfort. Firearms and alcohol are prohibited.
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  • -The National Weather Service has informed Parish Government that the chances exist for conditions similar to the spring 2016 floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto River basins, if conditions continue as forecast by the National Weather Service.
  • -Crews continue to respond to reports of downed trees, high water on roadways, and power outages.
  • -St. Tammany Parish Public Works crews have distributed over 100,000 sandbags since Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Sandbags locations are now self-serve. Sandbags and sand are available however, residents should bring their own shovels.
  • -The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed until Monday, unless the weather dictates otherwise. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is also closed.
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  • Stay tuned to weather and emergency operations through :
    • Access St. Tammany:
      • Charter Communication: Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box.
      • AT&T U-verse subscriber: 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. (www.stpgov.org/index.php/government/access-channel)
      • Roku: St. Tammany Parish Government
      • Vimeo: St. Tammany Parish Government
      • Youtube: St. Tammany
      • FIRE TV: St. Tammany Parish Government
    • Email blasts: http://www.stpgov.org/ to sign up
  • Social Media Channels
    • Facebook: @sttammanyparish         
    • Twitter: @STPGOV
    • Instagram: sttammany

 

 

 

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Issues Warning About River Flooding

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Issues Warning About River Flooding

Pat. Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, issues a warning to those that reside in low-laying areas in St. Tammany, that flooding will likely occur over the next several days. She went on to say that those that suffered from the March 2016 floods could be at risk again with Hurricane Barry. Parish President Brister has instructed the personnel at the Emergency Operations Center to utilize the Parish’s reverse 9-1-1 and Alert St. Tammany systems to notify citizens that live in the Tchefuncte River basin, that the river will see a sharp rise over the next 12-24 hours.

“The safety of our citizens is always a priority for us. Which is why we want them to heed the warnings of the National Weather Service, and be proactive in their preparations ahead of this possibility of severe flooding. The modeling shows us that the rivers have the potential of rising very quickly, thus making it difficult to evacuate,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Hurricane Barry could produce upwards of 20 inches of rain, or more, in a short period of time, which will flow into our rivers and streams, and unfortunately we could see damage to homes we saw just three years ago.”

The National Weather Service has informed Parish Government that the chances exist for conditions similar to the spring 2016 floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto River basins. With the serious chance for severe weather and heavy rainfall causing flooding in those areas,  Parish Government is asking that citizens in homes that received damage, or live in those areas, to complete preparations of their homes for flood waters, as soon as possible. Additionally, Parish Government wants residents to seriously consider making plans to move their families to higher ground, as conditions deteriorate.

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Current Predicted Impacts on St. Tammany Parish From Tropical Storm Barry Could Be Significant

Current Predicted Impacts on St. Tammany Parish from Tropical Storm Barry Could Be Significant

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is urging residents to prepare for the impacts of what is now Tropical Storm Barry, before it makes landfall as predicted during the next several days and over the weekend.

“I am urging residents to stay tuned to the National Weather Service, local media outlets, and our Social Media Channels as well as Access St. Tammany for the latest on this storm,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents should refresh your preparations for this storm. Have your emergency plans in place, clear debris from your drains, check on your elderly neighbors, have medications in stock, and make sure your family communication plan is set.”

The National Weather Service, New Orleans, is predicting the possibility of Tropical-Storm-Force winds impacting St. Tammany Parish as early as Friday, July 12, 2019 in the evening hours. A Slight Risk for tornadoes is predicted, with the main threat occurring from Friday to Saturday morning. St. Tammany Parish is currently under a Flash Flood Watch, as heavy rainfall is expected with this system from Friday evening through Sunday morning, with totals potentially reaching up to 10-15 inches. Locally higher amounts of rain are expected and could result in flash flooding.

St. Tammany Parish Government currently has five operational sandbag pickup locations, and we are working in partnership with the City of Slidell in their sandbag operations. As of close of business yesterday, St. Tammany Parish Government distributed 3,225 sandbags. Public Works crews have pumped down ponds in order to retain additional storm water; teams are inspecting ditches and removing debris; Tammany Utilities has implemented their storm protocols for their water and sewerage locations.

SANDBAG UPDATE

Thursday, July 11, 2019 until 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 2019 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

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St. Tammany Parish Sandbag Distribution UPDATE

St. Tammany Parish Sandbag Distribution Update - Friday, July 12, 2019 until 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 2019 7 p.m. 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Sandbags will be available for distribution today (Wednesday, July 10, 2019) until 3:30p.m., at the following locations:

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Hours for sandbag distribution for tomorrow (Thursday, July 11, 2019) will be determined this afternoon after an updated briefing by the National Weather Service.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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