Today (July 8, 2016), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 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  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.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) 643-1376.

“We are heartbroken by the events of this week in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and last night in Dallas. We will support and defend our law enforcement officers who protect our citizens day in and day out, with their very lives. Leadership, at every level, must come together with members of law enforcement, residents in our communities, religious leaders and each other, to find a solution to the violence in our country. Our prayers are with all of the families who lost their loved ones this week in these incidents.”   

Single family new construction permit numbers reached their highest numbers in nine years, during the month of June, 2016, in St. Tammany Parish. The number, 144, also represents a 56 % increase from the same month in 2015, and a 26% increase from last month — May, 2016.

“These numbers are an indication that the economy in St. Tammany is strong, diverse and attractive and people wish to be a part of it,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “It also speaks to our processes here in St. Tammany Parish Government. We strive to make obtaining a permit as efficient as possible because we realize that time is of great value to everyone. St. Tammany is a desirable place to call home, and these numbers certainly reinforce that sentiment.”

To view monthly permit totals, visit www.stpgov.org/departments/permits

 

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On Thursday June, 30, 2016, beginning at 8:30 AM, Tammany Utilities (TU) will be repairing a leaking water main along Cross Gates Boulevard.  The work will require that the water be turned off to Tammany Utilities customers in the limited area along Willow Wood Drive, Goldenwood Drive and Cross Gates Boulevard, shown below. Service will be restored by 5 PM Thursday June 30, 2016.

Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health and Hospital regulations, 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  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.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 and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Friday, July 1st

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 643-1376.

 

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, in observance of Independence Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 8 a.m. 

 

ICYMI – Plans for Safe Haven Campus in Mandeville Rolled Out

St. Tammany Parish Government, in conjunction with Kurt Salmon, a leading Health Care consultant firm, unveiled the strategic plans for the Parish's Safe Haven Campus earlier this week at a Town Hall meeting. Parish President Pat Brister opened the public meeting by articulating her vision for the future of behavioral healthcare on the campus. The purpose of the meeting was to share with the community, the culmination of the planning efforts by the Safe Haven Task Force and stakeholder interviews.  The presentation included an overview of the planning process, a discussion of the current state of behavioral health, both on a national level and in St. Tammany, the Safe Haven vision and goals, and the Safe Haven Campus Master Plan.

“In 2012, when the State of Louisiana announced the closure of Southeast Hospital — the state of Behavioral Health services in St. Tammany was dire,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “However, what once seemed like a curse — the end of available behavioral health services in our community — turned into the inspired beginning of our vision of a model for the continuum of care of behavioral health services. We will capitalize on the partnerships that assisted us in saving behavioral healthcare in the Parish to further the vision of Safe Haven.”

Brister went on to say, "This campus and its operations will be a gold standard for other communities across the country to emulate. More importantly, the people we care about, who need assistance, will get the help they deserve. This is a systemic problem, requiring all agencies to work collaboratively while keeping the patient at the center of all of our decisions and actions." 

The proposed Safe Haven timeline includes the planning and design of behavioral healthcare that will allow patients to be offered all the services they might need through partnerships borne out of the launch of Safe Haven. Additionally, remediation and renovation of the current buildings on campus will provide a home to multiple agencies in order to provide critical services in a convenient location. The remediation and renovations of the main facilities are expected to begin in early 2017, with two facilities operational — the NAMI drop-In Center, and the Family Promise Day Center — by mid-2017. The first phase of the long-term strategy will include crisis intervention and healing services centers which are expected to be fully operational by 2019.  

The Safe Haven Campus is located at the site of the former Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville. The vision of Safe Haven is as follows:  Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish.   

To learn more about the project and updates on the progress of the facility, visit www.safehavenstp.org.

 

 

 

 
St. Tammany Parish Government will not increase property taxes in 2016, through a millage rate increase. Parish Government will adopt the adjusted millages set by the assessor’s office. 
“Parish Government will not raise property taxes this year through a millage increase,” Said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are accountable for every tax dollar that we take in, and as such, it is important that residents know that we continue to work within our means as we have since the start of my administration. We have not increased our millage rate since 2006.”  
“The St. Tammany Parish Council does not take taxation lightly, and we thoroughly consider the implications that come with a millage increase,” said Marty Dean, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman. “Therefore, we will not adopt a millage rate increase, but we will adopt the adjusted millages set by the St. Tammany Assessor’s Office.”
 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On Friday, June 10, 2016, at approximately 5:30 PM, an electrical issue caused the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health and Hospital regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for Tammany Utilities customers in the Alton Community.

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 and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Tuesday, June 14th

 

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 643-1376.

For five consecutive days,beginning Monday,June 13,volunteers from the Lifewaygroup, WorldChangers, will give new life to thehomes of low to moderate-income families in St. Tammany Parish. This year, the World Changers group includes 140 participants, from nine different churches and six different states —Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.  The homeowners were selected through an application process,and many are disabled and/orelderly.  Residences who will receive repairs are located in Abita Springs, Covington, Lacombe, and Madisonville and unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.   This is the fifth year the group has worked with St. Tammany Parish Government.

“World Changers every year, comes here and improves the lives of those who need it most, and we are so grateful for their presence,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is an example of why we value collaboration here in St. Tammany, because when we work together — public, faith-based and private organizations — and bring our strengths together, so much is accomplished, and so many people’s lives are impacted in a positive way.”

Dr. Bill Boren, Family Life Pastor at First Baptist Church Covingtonand Project Coordinator for the local project added,“This World Changers project is a great opportunity for partnership between theNorthshore Baptist Association of Churches and local Parish Government.  It is wonderful to see how we can work together to help our community.  By the end of the week, St. Tammany Parish, a wonderful place to live, will be even better.  World Changers is a wonderful picture of faith in action.”Many of the local churches are supporting the event by providing lunch each day to the volunteers at the worksites.The studentswill be housed at First Baptist Church of Covington for the week.

Approximately $25,000 in materials used to complete the repairs,like lumber, paint, windows and doors,are purchased through a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG).Repairs and improvements to the homes included building ramps and decks, replacing siding, doors and windows, pressure washing, tree trimming and landscaping.  On average,the expense for participating students to volunteer and take part in this project is $300,an expense incurred solely by the volunteers.By harnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers,the Parish’s investment yields a great impact,both economically and socially, to the community.

 

Formoreinformation about World Changers,visit www.lifeway.com/worldchangers.

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