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Online Adjudicated Auction in St. Tammany Puts Nearly 30 Properties Back into Commerce

The St. Tammany Parish 2016 online adjudicated auction announced last May, has resulted in the placement of 26 properties back into commerce and on the tax rolls, and an estimated $300,000 in gross profit for St. Tammany Parish Government  from 21 of those 26 property sales.  St. Tammany Parish Government will realize additional profits following the closings of the remaining five property sales.

“In addition to fighting blight, reclaiming tax dollars, and offering the opportunity to residents to own property in St. Tammany, this auction process is an instrument to improve our quality of life both aesthetically and fiscally,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “As abandoned or neglected property is reclaimed or sold to a different owner, there is a high chance it will be improved in some way. These are not just personal investments for the new owners, they are investments into our community and will continue to make St. Tammany the vibrant and thriving place we call home.”

Interested buyers can visit www.civicsource.com to view a map, a list, or a street view of the inventory of 335 adjudicated properties currently available, and register to participate in the auction. An additional 140 properties are set to be released on December 16, 2016 and properties are added on-average, once a month.  Registered users then nominate properties that will initiate the process through a $750 deposit and place the nominated property into an active auction. With CivicSource as the auction facilitator, the final sale price of each property includes a clear title, title insurance, and closing fees. The initial $750 deposit will go toward the sale price of the winning bid. Complete details about the online auction process are available at www.civicsource.com/help, or interested buyers can call (888) 387-8033, Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. to speak with a help representative from CivicSource and have their questions answered.

St. Tammany Receives Hazard Mitigation Grant Monies for Spring Floods

St. Tammany Parish Government has been awarded $3,765,625.00 in Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding.  The funding, which comes as result of the Spring 2016 flooding and is administered through the State of Louisiana and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, will be used for projects to protect people and property from future natural disasters. The Parish will evaluate existing risks and vulnerabilities, as well as use its Mitigation Plan to determine the best use of these critical funds.

“St. Tammany appreciates the award of this grant and will dedicate the funding to help prevent future devastation from natural disasters,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The project, or projects, that will be funded through this dedicated grant will join a long list of Hazard Mitigation work we have completed or that is already underway. Whether its marsh restoration, drainage improvements or any number of large infrastructure projects that can help protect our citizens, we remain committed to the prevention of loss of life or property at the hands of a disaster.”

St. Tammany Parish Water Quality Initiative Further Advanced Through EPA Grant

St. Tammany Parish Government’s ongoing Water Quality Initiative that will restore optimum water quality to specific areas that are currently categorized as deficient, has been advanced through a $300,000.00 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program. The Parish’s Department of Environmental Services will utilize the grant to fund a partnership with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) for a project to improve water quality in specific river basins, or watersheds. The St. Tammany Parish program which is designed to improve overall public health, will conduct individual sewerage system inspections in areas of St. Tammany Parish, and will use data collected in these inspections and from other sources to determine the best course of action to restore water quality in deficient areas.

“The partnership between St. Tammany Parish Government and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation gives Parish Government the opportunity to double our resources and our expertise, in preserving our natural resources and our beautiful Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our ultimate goal in these initiatives, is to not only provide a rich quality of life for our current residents through better water quality and increased overall public health, but to obtain the information we need to continue to improve these initiatives, so that we leave a legacy of responsible stewardship of natural resources for future generations. Additionally, we are grateful to the EPA for the grant and this implementation of the Gulf of Mexico Program”

The Water Quality Initiative has led to improved wastewater treatment through the utilization of regional wastewater treatment facilities, increased compliance of individual homeowners’ sewerage systems, and overall citizen education on responsible wastewater management. These grant-funded inspections are one component of this EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program supported grant initiative, and will allow the Parish’s Environmental Services Department to study and improve water quality in St. Tammany.

Pat Brister Thanks Senator Cassidy and Urges Continued Support for Behavioral Healthcare

Pat Brister Thanks Senator Cassidy and Urges Continued Support for Behavioral Healthcare

The United States Congress this week passed legislation that aligns with the goals and vision for the future of St. Tammany Parish’s behavioral healthcare efforts, including Safe Haven, the Parish’s project to bring a behavioral health continuum of care campus, as well as bring the idea of a single point of entry for law enforcement, the judiciary and area hospitals, to the region.   HR 34 – The 21st Century Cures Act, includes language from the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which was co-authored by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. The 21st Century Cures Act addresses mental health and substance abuse, and increases our nation’s investment in medical research.

“I want to personally thank Senator Cassidy and the entire U.S. Congress for working together to address fundamental health needs that impact every community in our great nation. But I want to especially thank Dr. Cassidy for his work that began at the outset of his senatorial career, to address the mental health care system,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “These efforts will only augment the efforts of local government to bring attention to the behavioral healthcare needs of our community, and the multiple programs in place here in St. Tammany to address the needs of our citizens at the local level. We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Cassidy in any way necessary to put the components of this bill into action when it becomes law.”

The 21st Century Cures Act includes mental health legislation that will integrate physical and mental health, strengthen transparency and the enforcement of mental health parity to ensure that mental and  physical health are covered equally by insurers, establishes new programs for early intervention, improves access to mental health care for children, and provides funding for opioid treatment and prevention.

To access a fact sheet on the Mental Health Reform issues addressed in the 21st Century Cures Act, click here

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in St. Tammany Serves Over 800 Households

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services held Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHW) last month at the St. Tammany Parish Government Koop Drive Campus in Mandeville. Nearly 50 volunteers collected 234 tires and a combined total of 133,450 pounds of paints and chemicals, batteries and e-waste. Over 800 households participated and just over 700 vehicles came through collections lines.

“Events like HHW Day, illustrate collaboration,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We work collectively with vendors and volunteers to offer this service at no cost to our residents so that they can properly dispose of their household hazardous waste. As a result, residents have the opportunity to lessen their waste burden, our community is cleaner, and we add to the overall quality of life for everyone.”

To see photographs from HHW Day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org. To volunteer for future Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in St. Tammany Serves Over 800 Households

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services held Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHW) last month at the St. Tammany Parish Government Koop Drive Campus in Mandeville. Nearly 50 volunteers collected 234 tires and a combined total of 133,450 pounds of paints and chemicals, batteries and e-waste. Over 800 households participated and just over 700 vehicles came through collections lines.

“Events like HHW Day, illustrate collaboration,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We work collectively with vendors and volunteers to offer this service at no cost to our residents so that they can properly dispose of their household hazardous waste. As a result, residents have the opportunity to lessen their waste burden, our community is cleaner, and we add to the overall quality of life for everyone.”

To see photographs from HHW Day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org. To volunteer for future Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

12th Annual President’s Arts Awards set for January 28, 2017

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will present the 12th Annual President’s Arts Awards at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Each year, the President’s Arts Awards honors local artists and arts patrons who have contributed to the culture here in St. Tammany Parish, through their work. 

“Each year, when we celebrate the President’s Arts Awards, the foundational significance of the arts in our community is reinforced,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are fortunate in that we have the distinct privilege of enjoying the talents of world-renowned artists here, so very close to home. We look forward to the development of our Cultural Arts District and Performing Arts Center — a place where these artists, as well as future generations of artists — can showcase their talents so that every  person can experience the richness of the arts in many forms.”

The 2016 award winners are:

·         Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Emery Clark

·         Native Son Award – Marty Sixkiller

·         Visual Artist of the Year – Adam Sambola

·         Culinary Artist of the Year – Michael Fredrick

·         Arts Patron of the Year – Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly

·         Performing Artist of the Year – Gary Mendoza

·         Literary Artist of the Year – David Armand

·         Musical Artist of the Year – Bobby Ohler

·         President’s Award – St. Tammany Art Association

The Arts Awards present an opportunity to recognize our local artists, musicians and performers who have achieved success in their respective fields. This year’s award recipients have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as special talents in their disciplines. All have made a significant contributions and commitments to the development of the arts in St. Tammany Parish.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 28th from 6p.m. until 8p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center located in historic downtown Covington. Guests will be treated to food and beverages from local restaurants, live music and entertainment. For more information on this event call (985) 898-3011.

 

Programs are 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. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Alton Community Energized by Cleanup Day

Alton Community Energized by Cleanup Day

The St. Tammany Parish community of Alton experienced a massive clean-up effort last month that resulted in the collection and disposal of over 300 bags of trash. Keep St. Tammany Beautiful sponsored and organized the cleanup day event in conjunction with the St. Tammany Parish Department of Inspections and Enforcement, St. Tammany Parish Councilman T.J. Smith and leaders from the community of Alton. Members of the St. Tammany Parish Government staff volunteered their time in assisting Councilman Smith, 40 members of the Alton community from local churches and neighborhoods groups, Beta Club members from Alton Elementary and their sponsor, in the collaborative collection effort. The litter that was bagged and collected was hauled away by the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement Program, which utilizes citizens with court-mandated community service hours. Additionally, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works mobilized the following work week to cut ditches and remove weeds around street signage in the area.

“We are incredibly proud of the work of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and all the volunteers completed in the Alton Clean-up Day,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This a wonderful beginning to our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful chapter’s efforts to improve our quality of life, while preserving the natural beauty of our Parish. This program, and many more that Parish Government spearheads, will assure the conservation of our natural resources and keep this Parish a place where businesses want to locate, and families want to raise their children.”

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful also provided volunteers and the necessary equipment like safety vests, trash bags, gloves, grabbers and bottled water. For more information on Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org. To sign up as a volunteer for future events sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PHOTOS: Steve Bordelon, Volunteer, St. Tammany Parish Government Code Enforcement Officer; Kenny Wortman, St. Tammany Parish Government Director, Inspections and Enforcement and son Kenny Wortmann, Jr.; Lance Theriot, St. Tammany Parish Government Code Enforcement Officer;Left to Right:  Charlie Mcmooain, Alton resident, St. Tammany Parish Councilman T.J. Smith, Willie Mearis, Alton resident ; Alton Elementary School Teacher Cheryl Nichols cleans up with members of the Beta Club

 

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 404, 408, 409, 413, 417 and 420 S. Fairway Drive and 601, 608, and 609 Lake Circle in Bedico Creek Subdivision Bedico Creek Water System (PWS 1103191)

 

Today (December 1, 2016), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Closes for Winter

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will close on Thursday, December 1, 2016 for the winter season, and reopen on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. For more information on the Pier visit fishingpier.stpgov.org.