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LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 1744, 1750, 1760, 1848, and 1950 South Lane 35, 45, 50, and 60 West Court 45 and 51 Solar Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On January 5, 2017 at approximately 9:00 AM, a water leak developed in our main serving customers along South Lane.  To repair the line, Tammany Utilities (TU) has had to turn off the water to the above customers on South Lane, West Court and Solar Court in Mandeville, Louisiana.  As a result of the line break and subsequent pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.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Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, signs placed in your neighborhood and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Rates and Terms of St. Tammany Jail and Justice System Sales Tax Continuations Reduced

On the April 29, 2017 Municipal General Election ballot, voters will be asked to consider the continuation of two Parish-wide Jail and Justice System sales taxes. The rates and terms of both taxes have been reduced from ¼¢ each to 1/5¢each (a 20% decrease), and from 20-year renewals to 10-year renewals (a 50% decrease). The estimated annual sales tax revenue projected in 2017 would be $9.6 million, which is a combined reduction of $5 million per year to the citizens of St. Tammany. In addition, 10% of the revenue collected, or an estimated $960,000 will be allocated to the 22nd Judicial Specialty Courts, which will provide a guaranteed revenue stream for these programs going forward. The remaining 90 % or $8,640,000 will fund the essential operational costs of the Justice Center Complex, the satellite offices on the East side of the Parish (the Towers Building), and operational support expenses of the Justice Center agencies which for 2017 are budgeted at $7,751,830. Any remaining revenue will be placed in an account for projected future needs or emergency expenses. All monies spent from this account will require approval by the St. Tammany Parish Council.

“This tax directly impacts our quality of life here in St. Tammany. Our specialty courts alone help to keep the jail population lowered through rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders who need behavioral health care, drug or alcohol rehabilitation and  a chance to re-enter society with the skills to become productive citizens,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “When voters made it clear that they were not ready to support a 20-year tax which included funding for future projects, we reduced the rates by 20% and cut the terms in half to create a sustainable revenue source for the next ten years to fund essential operational needs.”

“These tax renewals are vitally important to the way we protect St. Tammany,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff. “This jail tax continuation has direct impact on the way we operate day-to-day in our Parish, and we work cooperatively with every agency in the Justice Center, so the continuation of the Justice Center tax will impact these relationships as well. We want every citizen to continue to feel safe and to obtain the help and services they need when they need them. ”

Prisoners who enter the specialty courts are less likely to be incarcerated again after the program is complete. According to the Louisiana Public Health Institute, drug court participants have a 5.4% recidivism rate after two years, compared with a 36% recidivism rate for offenders on felony probation without drug court or treatment, and a 31% recidivism rate for offenders who are incarcerated. Just over 500 prisoners completed specialty court programs in St. Tammany Parish in 2014, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office.

The 22nd Judicial District Court handles over 6000 civil cases and 5,000 criminal cases a year, all with 10 judges in separate courts. The Justice Center alone houses seven different agencies with a total of 545 employees. For questions on the two tax continuations email inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Parish Christmas Tree Recycling Program

St. Tammany Parish will again accept Christmas trees for recycling. On the Western side of the Parish, residents can drop off their trees at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington.  The Parish would like citizens to use the entrance by Lyon Elementary. On the Eastern side of the Parish, the old Levee Board building in Slidell located at 61134 Military Road is the designated drop off location. Only bare, green trees will be used; no flocked trees, no trees with ornaments, and no trees with lights will be accepted and recycled.
 
Trees that are placed out on the curb for trash collection may not be recycled. Contact your trash collection company to find out if they participate in a tree recycling program. 
 
The program will begin on January 3, 2017, and the last day for dropping off trees will be January 29, 2017.  Trees may be dropped off between the hours of 7:30am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday.
 

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2016 and Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas. The Department of Animal Services will also close Saturday, December 24, 2016. Business hours resume on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8 a.m.

The Tammany Trace, Kids Konnection Playground, and Camp Salmen Nature Park will close on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and Sunday, December 25, 2016. 

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting for 13th Consecutive Year

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Finance was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for the 13th consecutive year. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, is evaluated every year and the award is given based on standards reached in the report. These include, demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story, and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Leslie Long, Chief Financial Officer, Laura Reine Lyons, Senior Accounting Manager and Annie Perkins, Assistant Director of Finance are the recipients named on the award.

“This is a testament to the meticulous and efficient work of our Finance Department, and it also speaks to the level of care Parish Government expends in the use of taxpayer dollars,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish Government. “We are pleased to have earned this prestigious recognition again.”

 

 

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. .