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Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wants all St. Tammany residents to be counted in the 2020 Census. He reminds citizens there is still time to respond, and that our responses impact the future of St. Tammany.

“Census data, collected every ten years, helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to hospitals, fire departments, and schools. It determines how resources are allocated for roads, and other resources in each community—including ours,” Cooper said. “The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and your political representation at all levels off government. Please respond if you haven’t already. You still have time. Let’s make the Census count for St. Tammany.”

St. Tammany’s current response rate is 69%, second in the State to St. Charles Parish with a response rate of 69.7 %. Anyone wishing to respond  may visit: my2020census.gov. According to my2020census.gov , the questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Field data collection and online response opportunities will end September 30, 2020, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in early August, 2020.

New Leadership Brings New Vision at The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

During the first month of her tenure at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, Beth Brewster has implemented change, laid out her vision, and built upon initiatives that were already in place when she assumed her role.

“Beth is a natural fit for our shelter. She has a deep appreciation for our dedicated employees, she is hands-on, and she brings a fresh perspective to this department,” St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said. “From increased play and exercise for animals, to changes in hours of operations, to continued partnerships with credible rescue groups and animal welfare non-profits, Beth has created a palpable atmosphere of renewed energy and positivity.”

“We could not have achieved these results without a great team of employees, Dr. Sandy Robbins’ dedication to our animals, and the help of our tremendous partners Wings of Rescue, Big Sky Ranch, and Denise Gutnisky of Mardi Paws,” Brewster said. “I am looking forward to what is yet to come.”

72 adoptions were finalized during the month-long, fee-waived, “Adopt and Donate,” 2020 Clear the Shelters event in August. Shelter partner Mardi Paws lent a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopted a cat or dog from the shelter during the event. In addition, over 200 animals have been transported through the Wings of Rescue flights in 2020.

As the shelter population decreases through adoptions, fosters, and transports, Brewster has begun the implementation of an enrichment program designed to increase play, socialize dogs in groups as well as individually, increase walking of dogs on leashes, and implement positive reinforcement training methods with treats. Additional pens are currently under construction to provide added exercise resources.  The shelter has purchased toys for the kittens, added scratching posts to the adoption room, and purchased feral cat dens for the isolation room. 

Future initiatives set to launch include:  broadening the volunteer base; expanding the foundation of credible, compassionate rescue programs already in place; purchasing new beds for all shelter animals; educating and more greatly utilizing fosters; and the acquisition of new caging for the isolation room to increase prevention of the transfer of disease.

As part of the continued partnership with Mardi Paws, the Let the Fur Fly fundraising initiative was recently announced and is underway. This effort is a partnership with Wings of Rescue and sponsors, and thus far has secured $25,000 in funding for a late - September flight for the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, and other high-intake shelters in neighboring parishes out of Top Gun Aviation at the Hammond Regional Airport. Their goal is to fund a second flight during the month of October, as well as secure funding for the purchase of much-needed items for the shelter. Anyone wishing to become a sponsor, or donate may view the link here.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wishes to thank Mardi Paws non-profits for their continued partnership and support, Wings of Rescue, and the top Fur Fly sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka for Dog People, Baldwin Subaru, and The Meraux Foundation; as well as all of the sponsors who helped to fund the upcoming Wings of Rescue transport flight. See the entire list of sponsors here.

President Cooper also wishes to thank St. Tammany Parish citizens for their continued support of the Animal Shelter through fostering, volunteering, and adopting to continue to reduce the shelter population. 

Animal Services is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Learn more at www.stpgov.org/pets. To purchase a bed for donation to the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week from Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Mandeville Community Center located at 3090 E Causeway Approach in Mandeville. Testing is available from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government remains prepared.

 “While we seem to be out of the heaviest impact area, this storm remains slow-moving and meandering at a slow pace, so we ask residents to continue to watch forecasts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center,” Cooper said. “We continue to monitor the situation and will update any changes should they occur. I want to thank citizens for their vigilant preparation.”

September 15, 2020 Emergency Operations Updates:

  • The St. Tammany Parish Crisis Action Team remains activated at the EOC.
  • Storm updates including road information will continue to be updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .
  • The Department of Public works continues to place high water signage and assist with removal of roadway obstructions as needed.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government offices will re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • The following facilities are expected to re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless there are area that need cleanup. Any closures will be posted:

 

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge re-open to marine traffic as needed.

  • STAR TRANSIT will resume services Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
  • Garbage pickup and recycling will resume normal schedules beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Residents should check their waste hauling provider websites for specifics.
  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will resume operations Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

 

View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm

September 14, 2020 Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

 

 

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government is prepared.

“St. Tammany Parish Government has met with first responders who have high water vehicles prepositioned; power companies, who have crews on stand-by; our own Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews who have been in touch with debris monitoring contractors who are on stand-by; and local officials, and we are ready to respond once Hurricane Sally has passed through the area.” Cooper went on to say, “We want citizens to stay tuned to local media for the forecasts, and monitor our STPG-TV Television station and our storm page at www.stpgov.org for continuous updates. Please remain off the roadways as the storm approaches and moves through our area. Stay safe and God Bless.”

 

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View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Sally today, before the storm makes landfall.

Updates: September 14, 2020

  • St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has communicated with officials at the State level in advance of Hurricane Sally’s expected landfall.
  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
  • The Towers Building in Slidell will close at noon today.
  • The St. Tammany Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has met with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Fire Districts who are on stand-by and ready to respond.
  • There will be no garbage pickup or recycling in St. Tammany, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Citizens are asked to not put any garbage on the curb until the storm has passed.

 

  • St. Tammany Parish engineers are closely monitoring river gauges.
  • The Department of Inspections and Enforcement has asked contractors with active job sites to ensure their job sites are contained.
  • The Department of Public Works distributed a total of 24, 650 sandbags through self-service and assisted distribution on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations, today, Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open until 6 p.m. today or until weather no longer permits. We will update if locations close earlier than 6 p.m.

 

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

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

-The following facilities are closed and will remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper urged residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Sally today and early tomorrow, before the storm makes landfall as what is predicted to be a category one hurricane. Today he signed an Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm.

“I am asking every resident to prepare for a slow-moving storm and potential storm surge and heavy rain that could increase the inland movement of water,” Cooper said. “We are asking people who live in low-lying areas to assess their ability to ride out the storm, and if you feel it’s necessary, move to higher ground.”

Additional updates are as follows:

  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center will partially activate Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 a.m.
     
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations as follows:  Sunday, September 13, 2020, and Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • 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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The following facilities will close at noon Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.


- STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

- Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

  • - The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.
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  • -Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.
     
  • -Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Operational

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is again operational, and open to marine traffic. Crews made the repair the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020. Parish Government thanks citizens for their patience.

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 19. This system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, Saturday, September 12, 2020. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the tracks of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its storm protocols and has placed Emergency Operations Liaisons on stand-by for possible activation.

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/storm, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain and wind event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. He is also asking that citizens clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, please remember to enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Remains Closed

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace remains in the down position and closed to marine traffic due to the mechanical failure noted one week ago. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order.

Parish Government anticipates the arrival of the necessary parts within the next 24 hours. When the part arrives, the bridge will be repaired as soon as possible.

We will continue to post changes and updates on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Moving to Phase 3

“Moving to Phase 3 is the right thing to do for us at this time, and we appreciate the Governor’s decision. I want to thank him for his continued leadership and his consideration of my formal request, as well as the resolutions put forth by  the St. Tammany Parish Council and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, requesting the ability to move forward. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” Cooper said. “We, as a community, have risen to the call, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Kicks off Key Initiative Through Comprehensive Plan Update

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the start of the multi-phased process to update the current comprehensive development plan — one of the key initiatives of his administration — to achieve resilient, sustainable guidelines for future growth in St. Tammany. The current plan was adopted in 1999.

“My goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners, and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community,” Cooper said. “This plan will take a comprehensive, in-depth look at the way we are developing our community now, and how we — our citizens, builders, and Parish Government —ultimately want to see development evolve into the future. It is an opportunity for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future.”

The multi-phased process will address numerous factors and rely heavily on public engagement and public input. The process is designed to address several key elements including: land use, transportation, housing, stormwater impact, flooding, impacts of development on natural resources, and the affordability and sustainability of future developments. The planned outcome will achieve several objectives it will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. In addition to public input, the plan will also be informed by a 21-member Steering Committee comprised of seven appointed members by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, and 14 members (one appointee each) appointed by the St. Tammany Parish Council. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

Citizens and interested parties will be made aware of upcoming opportunities for public input, expected to begin in the late fall of 2020. All means of connection to communication about the plan and the opportunities for public input will be disseminated through www.stpgov.org, St. Tammany Parish Government social media outlets, the news media, and email blasts from Parish Government.

Asakura-Robinson Consultants, as well as sub-consultants Digital Engineering and River Crossing Strategies, will spearhead and facilitate the phases of the plan, and provide a summary upon completion of the phases. To view the kick-off presentation containing the overview of the plan and a timeline, click here.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Free of COVID-19 Test Shows

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper received negative results today, from his conventional COVID-19 test administered earlier this week, clearing him of a COVID-19 diagnosis. He plans to return to work in his office at Koop Drive next week.

“I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes while I was in quarantine. I am feeling much better and I am certainly looking forward to resuming my work routine and public activities,” Cooper said. “I feel strongly that quarantining — and following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocol —was the responsible thing to do, and I appreciate the assistance of my staff while I worked from home during this period.”

Cooper self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution — while he awaited medical clearance, after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and a fever last weekend. He followed St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocols, as well as the advice of medical professionals.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Closed Due to Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure has caused the Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace to remain in the down position and closed to marine traffic for what is expected to be approximately one week. Crews have identified the issue, and the parts needed for repair are on order. Changes and updates will be shared on the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org, and on the Tammany Trace Facebook page.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Offers Support for Regional Recovery Phases

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has penned a personal letter to Governor John Bel Edwards asking him to consider regional implementation of COVID-19 recovery phases, in lieu of the current statewide implementation model. In addition, Cooper’s letter asks that the Governor make the criteria for any Parish to enter Phase 3 available to Parish leaders state-wide so that each region can base their decisions on phased re-openings using these criteria. This letter supports similar appeals to the Governor by the St. Tammany Parish Council as well as the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

“As I have said from the start of our emergency response to this pandemic, I want to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy. St. Tammany has risen to the call, as a community, to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our citizens — especially the most vulnerable. We want to use this momentum to move into the next phase, to increase capacity in our small businesses and our restaurants, while keeping precautions in place so that our economy can begin to robustly recover. I have faith in our citizens that we will continue to take personal responsibility to do what is necessary to slow the spread and simultaneously support our local businesses. We want to begin to resume a sense of normalcy, and to strike the balance for the health of our economy.”

Cooper stresses that he wants safety protocols — wearing a mask in public, physically distancing, and practicing personal hygiene — to remain in place going forward. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 90,230 tests have been administered in St. Tammany, with 6,220 total positive cases reported. This is a 6.89% positivity rate.

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St. Tammany Parish Government non-emergency Offices Closed for Labor Day

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day.

In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, September 5, 2020. Business hours resume Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Self-Quarantines After Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Self-Quarantines After Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is leading by example as he has self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution — after experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and a fever last weekend. He is following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocols, as well as the advice of medical professionals.

He has had a rapid COVID-19 test, which was negative, and is currently awaiting the results of a conventional test, expected in the next five to seven days.

He is currently working from home where he is in constant contact with staff, attending meetings via zoom and over the phone, and isolating so as not to come in contact with others. He is expected to return to work on the Koop Drive campus when he is cleared to do so by a physician.

 

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St. Tammany Demonstrates Innovative Floodgate Design – First of its Kind in the State in a Residential Area

St. Tammany Demonstrates Innovative Floodgate Design – First of its Kind in the State in a Residential Area

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today, the completion of the installation of a FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate Mitigation System — in the Fox Hollow subdivision in the Slidell area. This gate is the first of its kind in the State of Louisiana installed in a residential neighborhood. With the installation of this gate, the gap in the levee system will now be closed during a flood event. This system requires no man power to operate, and is automatically activated by flood waters which cause the gate to rise and protect the area where the gate is installed. As the flood waters recede, the gate recedes as well. No man power is required to operate the system. When not activated, the gate lies underground, flush with the roadway, and residents simply drive over it. It is touted as a “passive, automatic flood barrier system that provides permanent and virtually invisible flood protection without human intervention or power.”

“This completion of this project will give the residents of Fox Hollow additional flood protection with the most innovative technology available, as well as additional peace of mind,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate the help of all who advocated for this project — Councilman T.J. Smith and members of Drainage District #4. The protection of life and property during a weather event is our goal with every flood mitigation measure we put into place.”

“Water knows no boundaries and because of that we have found it necessary to protect the 1500-plus residents to help prevent them from flooding,” said T.J. Smith, St. Tammany Parish Councilman, District 14. “With the leadership of Drainage District #4, we have been able to provide an additional resource that supplements the additional five miles of levees and the pumps for this district.”

Warner Trucking is the contractor for this project, and Mike Riviere of Infinity Engineering is the engineer.  The cost of the project is $369,797.00.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Officials continue to monitor Hurricane Laura and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish. Hurricane Laura is currently forecast by the National Hurricane Center to reach the northwestern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity Wednesday night, August 26, 2020. Potential impacts to St. Tammany Parish forecast by the National Weather Service include: possible heavy rain from 1-4 inches; storm surge of up to 2-4 feet. St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

-St. Tammany Parish Government is partially activated at the St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center. They will remain activated throughout the duration of this storm. Members of the Critical Response Team will activate beginning at 7 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

- Citizens who need to report storm-related issues should call 985-898-2323 or the non-emergency number of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: 985-898-2338, or the non-emergency number of their local police departments.

 - All Parish Government offices will resume operations, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 8 a.m.

- The following St. Tammany Parish Council meetings scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020 will go on as planned in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive:

  • Agenda Review Committee Meeting: Wednesday, AUGUST 26, 2020 AT 6 p.m.
  • Council Finance Committee Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Following Agenda Review Meeting
  • Special Council Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:00p.m.  (Zoning and Planning Appeal items)

-These facilities will remain closed until further advised:

  • Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 East Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works has opened six self-serve sandbag locations Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weather permitting. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn -34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site - 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • 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

 

  • -STAR TRANSIT will resume operations Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
  • -The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
  • - St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed August 25, 2020.
  • -Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.
  • -Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.
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-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 or 1-800-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

  • Watch the August 25, 2020 Press Conference here.
  • Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.
  • View Emergency Declaration here
  • Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

 

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – August 24, 2020

 

St. Tammany Parish Government announced the following Emergency Operations updates at a news briefing earlier today.

 

-Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Marco and Laura and their potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish

 

-All non-essential Parish Government offices will be closed, Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.

 

-These facilities will remain closed Tuesday, August 25, 2020:

 

Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weather permitting. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

 

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

 

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

 

-The St. Tammany Clerk of Court, Judges and District Attorney’s offices are closed through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

 

- St. Tammany Parish libraries are closed today and Tomorrow, August 25, 2020.

 

-STAR TRANSIT will not run until after the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed.

 

-Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710  Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.

View Emergency Declaration here

Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in advance of Tropical Strom Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. He asks residents to prepare for these storms. Marco is forecast by the National Weather Service to impact St. Tammany late Monday. Laura is forecast to impact St. Tammany later this week.

“We will first feel the effects of Marco, and then later in the week, possibly Laura. We ask all residents to be prepared for a heavy rain event and storm surge, check on elderly family and neighbors, and have enough supplies to shelter in place for the duration of the storm,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are prepared, and we want our residents to be prepared as well.”

He made several announcements during a media briefing earlier today, Sunday, August 23, 2020.

-Non-essential Parish Government Offices will close Monday, August 24, 2020 essential personnel is expected to report as assigned. The Department of Animal Services will be closed to the public.

-The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will activate at 7 p.m. this evening. (Sunday, August 23, 2020)

-The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works is monitoring six self-serve sandbag stations today, Sunday, August 23, 2020. There will be someone to assist the elderly at each location.

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site
61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

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

-Beginning Monday, August 24, 2020 The Department of Public Works will be distributing sandbags at five of these locations beginning at 8a.m. until weather no longer permits, or until 6 p.m.

Airport Barn
Covington Barn
Fritchie Barn
Keller Barn
Koop Drive Complex
The Old Levee District -- site will remain self-serve

-Northshore Beach has been closed to the public.

-Other recreational venues also closing at 3p.m. today:
- Tammany Trace
- Camp Salmen
- Fishing Pier
- Bayou Lacombe Bridge closes at 3p.m. today. No Marine traffic

STAR TRANSIT will not run until after the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed.

Coastal Environmental is suspending recycling this week. Garbage pickup is expected however, the schedule may change.

-All 22nd JDC courts are closed from Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

-The St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Courts Office are closed from Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

-Public works has contacted debris and monitoring contractors and they are on standby/monitoring potential impacts.

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates.

-Updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 (Spectrum) Channel 99 AT&T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Government Emergency Operations Update— August 22, 2020

St. Tammany Government Emergency Operations Update— August 22, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government announced that Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 3p.m. the following facilities will close in advance of Tropical Storm Marco.

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway, Slidell, LA 70460

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Drive, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Drive, Slidell, LA 70458

The Bayou Lacombe Bridge on the Tammany Trace will be locked down and closed to Marine traffic at 3 p.m.

SELF-SERVICE SANDBAG LOCATIONS OPEN SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Government will open six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday, August 23, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. The locations will be open from dawn to dusk.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

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 forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents can call 985-809-2300 for storm-related information.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Systems

St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Systems

St. Tammany Parish Government announces the opening of six self-service sandbag locations beginning Sunday, August 23, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. The locations will be open from dawn to dusk.

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site  61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

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 forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is closely monitoring two storm systems. Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Depression 14. Both systems are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico by early next week. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of these systems. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the tracks of these systems. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its storm protocols and has placed Emergency Operations Liaisons on stand-by for possible activation.

 

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized heavy rain and wind event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, we ask that you enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Websites will be down on 8/18 from 5 AM - 7 AM

On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the host for all of St. Tammany Parish Government websites will be performing system upgrades that will require a server shutdown for 2 hours. 

St. Tammany Parish Government websites will not be available from 5 AM to 7 AM on August 18, 2020. 

Sites affected:

  • www.stpgov.org
  • www.campsalmennaturepark.org
  • www.tammanytrace.org
  • www.sttammanyfishingpier.com
  • www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org
  • www.safehavenstp.org

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Welcomes New Leadership at Parish Animal Shelter

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Welcomes New Leadership at Parish Animal Shelter

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the appointment of Beth Brewster as the new Director of Animal Services. Brewster, who has roots in St. Tammany, earned a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from LSU and brings to the shelter nearly 15 years of animal welfare experience. She has successfully worked with animal welfare organizations at the local, state and national levels, and she was instrumental in leading the fundraising, design and completion of the Companion Animal Alliance Shelter on the outskirts of LSU— the first animal shelter in the country built on a college campus.

“Beth comes to us with a wealth of experience, many long-standing relationships in the animal welfare community, and a passion for bringing people and pets together,” said Cooper. “I look forward to her leadership at our shelter as she joins our committed staff.”

Brewster says she looks forward to using her people and pets-oriented approach to bring the live release rate up, to increase transparency at the shelter, and to work together with the community, to improve the lives of dogs and cats in St. Tammany Parish. She says her focus will be on people as well as animals, and she will remain committed to doing everything possible to save the lives of the animals dependent on the shelter and to help families care for their pets.

President Cooper has maintained focused collaboration with veterinarians and independent, reputable, external animal welfare groups since taking office. Among his enhancements to the shelter since taking office are: the reinstatement of the positions of kennel manager and veterinary technician. He has also expanded external features at the shelter to increase square-footage of living and play areas for shelter pets. The shelter recently announced a new partnership with the Mardi Paws organization to host several initiatives to increase adoptions, expand education, and raise awareness about the shelter.

Brewster will assume her role at the Shelter beginning Monday, August 17, 2020.

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Road Status: Alternating Lane Closure Alert - Harrison Ave (Covington)

Alternating Lane Closure Alert for Harrison Ave (Covington)

A geotech company will have alternating lane closures on Harrison Ave, between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm from 8/12/20 through 8/16/20, while crews take core samples for the Design of the Harrison Ave Improvements Project.

Motorist can expect some delays and are encouraged to take alternate routes if possible.

St. Tammany Parish Government Partners with Business Community and Elected Officials in Mask Ask Campaign

St. Tammany Parish Government Partners with Business Community and Elected Officials in Mask Ask Campaign

 St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has enlisted the help of local mayors, leaders in the business community, and local businesses to help him continue to spread the word and provide educational information about the importance of wearing a mask to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In what Cooper calls his Mask Ask campaign, he has partnered with the St. Tammany Corporation and the St. Tammany Chamber to produce a limited number of signs made for local business to display in their businesses. The signs are tools to increase educational awareness on why the Centers for Disease Control recommends masking to slow the spread of COVID-19. The signs are free for pick up to any business wishing to participate. They encourage citizens to take personal responsibility, and to do their parts with catchy phrases like “It’s not much to ask — wear a mask.” Rip Stoltz, President/Owner of SEI-Specialty Enhanced Imaging in Slidell, generously donated production costs as part of the Public awareness effort.

In addition, Cooper has produced television PSAs enlisting local mayors and business leaders throughout St. Tammany, asking citizens to Slow the Pace — Cover Your Face, as well as PSAs for local radio.

“People tell me all the time they want to help local businesses recover. Here’s an easy way we all can help. Wear a mask when you’re in local businesses and restaurants so you don’t unknowingly spread COVID-19. This way we can keep businesses and restaurants open,” Cooper said. “We want a healthy community where our citizens feel safe going out. We want to move forward — none of us wants to go back to Phase 1. I’ve said it before — we each have the choice to either detract from our progress or to contribute to our recovery. Let’s all choose to move toward recovery. So, it’s not much to ask — wear a mask.”

“This partnership is an easy one. Let’s work together to do the small things — like wear a mask and physically distance — so we can move our community and our economy forward,” said Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation. “We all want to see recovery, and we will if we all work together to make it happen.”

“Our leadership is promoting social responsibility to end the spread of Covid-19. This is a parish-wide appeal. Every one of us, at every age and stage of life, want to move through to the other side of this pandemic,” said Lacey Osborne, CEO of the St. Tammany Chamber. “These signs are another tool our businesses can use to remind customers that the mask mandate is critical to stopping the spread as well as to rebuild our economy.”

Signs may be picked up at the locations below between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government (985) 898-5243; 21490 Koop Drive Building A

St. Tammany Corporation, (985) 809-7874, 21489 Koop Drive, Suite 7

At either location of the St. Tammany Chamber, (985) 892- 3216. In Slidell, 2220 Carey Street, and in Covington, 610 Hollycrest Blvd.  

Businesses wishing to have signs delivered, please call (985)809-1411 to arrange.

 

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You may view the PSAs here: Slow the Pace - Business -Released August 5, 2020

                                                 Slow the Pace – Elected Leaders – Released  July 10, 2020                   

                                                               

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August 2020 St. Tammany Parish Council Meeting Canceled

August 2020 St. Tammany Parish Council Meeting Canceled

The August 6, 2020 St. Tammany Parish Council Meeting is cancelled due to inadequate public notice. The St. Tammany Parish Council met the deadline for publication, however due to circumstances beyond their control, the Public Notice was not published in the Paper of Record — the St. Tammany Farmer.


Details on when the meeting will be rescheduled will be announced as soon as details are finalized.

Anyone with questions regarding this matter should contact St. Tammany Parish Council Administrator, Terry Hand at (985) 898-3095.

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St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Kicks off Clear the Shelters 2020

Today, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced exciting news about events taking place during the month of August and beyond for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. The shelter gratefully welcomes as a partner Mardi Paws, the super krewe for k9s. Together they will host several initiatives to increase adoptions, expand education, and raise awareness about the shelter.  The kick-off to this partnership will be joint participation in Clear the Shelters 2020, a nation-wide, month-long fee-waived “Adopt and Donate” effort starting Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Mardi Paws will lend a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopts a cat or dog from the shelter during the month of August.

“We are very excited about Clear the Shelters 2020. The expansion of the event to the entire month of August will undoubtedly help many of our animals who need homes. In addition, this event will truly highlight our relationship with Mardi Paws as they work so closely with us to feature the work of our committed shelter employees and to partner with us in finding homes for these animals,” Cooper Said. “Our shelter accepts every animal brought in, and we work every day to place adoptable animals in loving forever homes. This is an opportunity for citizens to help us find homes for these animals. With adoption fees waived for the month of August, we hope to surpass our monthly adoption records.”

"Mardi Paws is all about pups and we're excited to partner with our St. Tammany Parish open admissions Animal Shelter this summer. They take in thousands of abandoned, surrendered and stray animals each year, they can't possibly re-home all of these animals without the community's help," said Denise Gutnisky, Founder Mardi Paws. “We know this partnership will mean positive outcomes for the animals, and hopefully raise awareness about how the community can make a difference, and this is what we hope to achieve.”

Mardi Paws has donated over 70 crates to Support the recent Wings of Rescue Transport flights, and is currently raising money to fund a fall 2020 flight for St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish Shelters. Over 100 animals —including cats and dogs — from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, on four separate Wings of Rescue flights, have been rehomed in 2020.

This year’s Clear the Shelters event will be virtual. Anyone wishing to adopt can make an appointment with Animal Services by calling 985-809-0183. This year, GreaterGood.org is joining with Clear the Shelters to raise money for shelters around the country. To support the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, follow this link.  Money raised for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter will fund costs such as crates for pups for rescue transports; foster supplies such as: crates, bottles, puppy/kitten milk replacer and heating pads; toys; treats; and cat hideaway boxes, to name a few.

The Summer Lovin’ Swag backpack from Mardi Paws includes: Summer Lovin’ T-shirt, three free days of camp + bath for dogs at Camp Bow Wow, Covington, MedVet Leading Specialty Healthcare for Pets pop-up water bowl, Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Bandana, and a Bag of Marsh Dog treats.

To learn more about Clear the Shelters 2020, and to see adoptable pets, visit, www.cleartheshelters.com.

Also, look for these ongoing and upcoming events with Mardi Paws: Mutts to the Rescue— www.MuttsToTheRescue.com; #LendAPaw — donate supplies, or become a sponsor; Bark Week — a Barky & Sharky spoof of the The Discovery Channel's ever-popular Shark Week to promote shelter adoptions — www.barkweek.org; and Wings of Rescue donation campaign to raise money for a St. Tammany Parish/Tangipahoa Parish Transport.

To date, in 2020, over 451 animals were rehomed through compassionate, credible rescue group partnerships and 432 animals have been adopted directly from the Animal Shelter.  All animals who leave the shelter for adoption have a complete checkup, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The Department of Animal Services is open by appointment for anyone wishing to adopt and animal, or foster an animal to adoption. Call (985) 809-0183 to make an appointment, and visit,  www.stpgov.org/pets to view animals available for adoption.

Adoption hours at the Animal Services Shelter are Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 12PM and 1PM to 4PM.

 

Changes to August 2020 St. Tammany Parish BOA and Zoning Commission Meetings

Due to early voting for the Municipal General Election, the Board of Adjustments (BOA)  meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2020, has been postponed. This meeting will now be held ahead of the September 1, 2020 BOA meeting. The August agenda will be at the start of the meeting, and the September meeting agenda will follow. In addition, also due to early voting, the start of August 4, 2020  Zoning Commission Meeting has been pushed back to 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. 

View the Board of Adjustments Agenda here
View the Zoning Commission agenda here

These meetings will be open to the public. Seating may be restricted due to COVID-19 capacity guidelines. Attendees will be required to wear a face mask or covering and will be required to submit to a temperature check before entering the Council Chambers.

Projects Slated to Move Forward as St. Tammany Parish Allocated Capital Outlay Funding

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that St. Tammany Parish will see forward movement on several significant projects as 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Funding requests were approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor at the close of the 2020 First Extraordinary Legislative Session.

“I want to thank our legislative delegation for advocating for St. Tammany Parish and securing this funding,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “These funds will serve the people of St. Tammany through multiple uses, and we look forward to moving these initiatives forward.”

Capital Outlay funding requires a minimum 25 % local funding match.  Among the projects funded in the 2020-2021 year are: the South Slidell Levee Protection Project, the Training and Education Center on the Safe Haven Campus, and Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier.

The South Slidell Levee Protection Project will see $750,000 in Capital Outlay Funding. This multi-segment levee project is part of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. It was developed by St. Tammany Parish Government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a levee plan concept to protect south Slidell east of Norfolk Southern railroad on both sides of I-10 by blocking a tidal surge produced in a 100-year storm event. The project includes five existing levees — four of which will require raising to match proposed elevations for the entire system, three already completed segments, and the proposed construction of 16 additional segments. The anticipated use of the 2020-2021 funding will include pre-design work as well as environmental permitting and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clearance for levee work for segments 6, which would stretch between the already completed ring levees around Lakeshore Estates and the Kingspoint subdivision, and segments 7,12, and 13 which would stretch from the existing Kingspoint ring levee to U.S. 190. Learn more about the South Slidell Levee Protection Project here.

 

The Safe Haven initiative will see multiple campus improvements move forward through $850,000 in funding. A portion of this total — approximately $500,000 —will fund the construction of the 4,000 square-foot Training and Education Center. This facility will be the first new construction on the campus since 1970 — formerly Southeast Hospital — and will provide resources for a variety of programs centered on behavioral health. It will provide a space to train various community members on how to identify and respond to these community needs. This project has been designed and is expected to go out for bid in the fall of 2020. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2021. Additional projects slated for the campus include rehabilitation and renovation of existing buildings for expansion of behavioral health services. 

$390,000 in funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project. This estimated total cost of project is $1.3 million, a portion of which will be funded through a grant from the Wallop Breaux Public Access and Boating Facility through Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $992,0458.50.  This project includes developing the old twin spans section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shelter structures, cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, a catwalk, and exterior lighting. This 120-day project is expected to go out for bid in the fall of this year.

Read ACT 2 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Legislative Session,  here.

 

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LDH to COVID-19 Testing Site, St. Tammany

Louisiana Department of Health Opens COVID-19 Mobile Testing Site in St. Tammany Parish
In Partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health and the Louisiana National Guard, COVID-19 testing will be available in St. Tammany Parish through a mobile COVID-19 testing site location in St. Tammany, Friday, July 17, 2020 at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, located at 1301 N. Columbia St. in the Covington area. The testing site will be open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

To be tested, residents must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Louisiana ID.  The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own noses onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site. Those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. Walk up testing is not preferred due to safety concerns. 

Ochsner Testing Site Continues Through End of Week
Ochsner Health System continues to conduct COVID-19 testing in St. Tammany through Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020  at Celebration Church Slidell Campus, located at 1000 Caruso Blvd., Suite 201. The site opens at 9 a.m. Testing is open to Louisiana residents. You do not need to show symptoms to get tested.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized.

Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.

DOTD: Road or Lane Status - I-12: US 190 TO LA 59

Road or Lane Status
ST. TAMMANY PARISH- I-12: US 190 TO LA 59

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42 PM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH - I-12: US 190 TO LA 59
S.P. H.011152


From Monday, July 20, 2020 through Friday, July 24, 2020, there will be alternating left and right lane closures on US 190 (both East and West) at the I-12 Overpass. These closures will be from the hours of 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, weather permitting. This is to allow the contractor to perform bridge demo operations.

One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

There will be no vehicle restrictions and emergency vehicles will have access on US 190. Motorists may encounter a slight delay during this time.

There will also be a FULL RAMP CLOSURE for I-12 Eastbound as follows:

• On Thursday, July 23, 2020 and Friday, July 24, 2020, there will be a FULL RAMP CLOSURE of the I-12 Eastbound off-ramp to US 190 West (Exit 63B). This closure will be from the hours of 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, weather permitting. This is to allow the contractor to mobilize equipment.

Detour Section
Motorists traveling I-12 EB wishing to exit US 190 West (Exit 63B) may take Exit 63A towards US 190 East and transition to US 190 West at Fairway Dr/Judge Tanner Blvd.

Safety Reminder
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Project Contact
Lacey McCaskill, P.E.
Area Engineer East
St. Tammany and Washington Parish
985-871-8519
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
www.dotd.la.gov

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Plans for Mask Mandate

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Plans for Mask Mandate

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that based upon recommendations from St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston, as well as additional advisement from local physicians and healthcare professionals, he was preparing an Executive Order regarding masks for release Monday, July 13, 2020. As such, he will move forward with such an order on the heels of Governor John Bel Edwards announcement of additional restrictions to his Phase 2 Executive Order.

“My priority remains on focusing on the health and welfare of our citizenry while maintaining the viability of our economy. I have been urging residents to exercise personal responsibility and wear masks since early April, and I agree with the assertions of medical experts that face coverings may slow the spread of the coronavirus,” Cooper said. “With the help and cooperation of the eight mayors in St. Tammany Parish, we continue to drive home this message with the release of our public service announcement asking citizens to ‘Slow the Pace —Cover you Face.’ We will continue to do so as we know the simple act of covering your face may help protect others from our germs.”

Cooper will move forward with the planned Executive Order next week, and continues to ask all residents to do everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 including physically distancing, avoiding large crowds, washing hands frequently, and covering your face when in public around others.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, announced today that the St. Tammany Parish Department of Finance has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for the 16th consecutive year.

“This recognition is reflective of the financial professionals who serve our community here in St. Tammany Parish Government,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “I want to thank them for their excellent work to provide our citizens with comprehensive financial information regarding our use of tax dollars.”

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the government and its management. The comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, is evaluated every year by an impartial panel based on the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the Parish’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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

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Larry & Sandy Barrios Saluted by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful

Larry & Sandy Barrios Saluted by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful (KSTB) recognizes Larry and Sandy Barrios for the litter-free and beautifully landscaped property at their home on North Military Rd. (Hwy. 1090) in the Slidell area.  This honor is a project of KSTB to highlight outstanding property in the Military Road area.  The Barrios own Larry's Dry Cleaning by Louis in Slidell and Picayune, Ms., a family owned and operated business since 1929. The Barrios are active members of the community and still find the time to keep their property maintained and admired by all who drive pass it on Military Rd.

PICTURE: (Left to Right): Rick Moore, KSTB Director; Carroll Knowles, KSTB Board Member; Sandy Barrios; Larry Barrios; Sharon Snowdy, KSTB Board Member; Floyd Trasher, Constable; Mike Smith, District 9 Councilman.  Not pictured Cathy Henderson, KSTB Board member. 

 

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$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

A $2.2 million infrastructure enhancement project in the Slidell area begins July 6, 2020, barring any unforeseen delays. The project, part of a $30 million Bond Package announced in March of 2019, will include the replacement of two bridges on the I-10 Service Road in the Slidell area south of Lake Village Boulevard, drainage improvements, and the mill and overlay of the entire roadway. The roadway will be closed before each bridge from just south of Sign Lite to just north of Louisiana Log Homes to all motor vehicle traffic for the expected duration of the 224 – day project.

Motorists are asked to plan to use North Pearl Drive and Lake Village Boulevard as alternate routes until the project is complete in early 2021.  McDonald Construction of Slidell is the contractor for this project.

Longtime Educator and Public Servant Richard Tanner Dies

Longtime Educator and Public Servant Richard Tanner Dies

Richard Tanner, longtime public servant in St. Tammany Parish has died. Tanner started his career in Public Service in 1965 as an Agriculture teacher at Covington High School. From teaching he rose in the ranks of education to an administrative level, eventually serving as Interim Superintendent of St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.  His career with St. Tammany parish Public Schools spanned nearly 40 years. Tanner served on the original St. Tammany Parish Council formed in 1979, and served for four years. He returned to the St. Tammany Parish Council in January of 2012 where he served until his death. 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offered this reflection on Mr. Tanner’s lifelong commitment to service to the people of St. Tammany.

“Richard’s selfless service to the people of St. Tammany reached many pockets of our community. From the children he taught and mentored, to the athletes he coached in little league sports, to the citizens he represented on the St. Tammany Parish Council, he truly devoted his life to service.  Having known him my entire life, I witnessed his desire to make St. Tammany better and his tireless advocacy for citizens. He is already sorely missed. His legacy will continue far into the future.” Cooper went on to say, “Catherine and I, and the entire Cooper family, join with so many in offering our prayers and condolences to all who loved Richard, and to those whose lives he impacted immeasurably over the years.”

“On behalf of the entire Parish Council, I can say sincerely that Richard Tanner will be dearly missed. He truly loved St. Tammany, and was instrumental in shaping the way our community evolved over the years, while staying true to the distinct needs of St. Tammany, and the citizens in his district,” said Mike Lorino, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman. “He served in many roles over his lifetime and because he did, he had a positive and lasting influence on many lives. Our condolences are with his family at this difficult time.”

In addition to his roles in education and as an elected official, Mr. Tanner also coached little league baseball, was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and served at one time, as President of the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association. 

Mr. Tanner died July 2, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 78 years old. Arrangements are pending.

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St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes Over 50 Pups Through Wings of Rescue Partnership

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes Over 50 Pups Through Wings of Rescue Partnership

Earlier this week, 49 pups from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services were rehomed along with pups from other Parishes around the region, through a Wings of Rescue transport flight. The pups were flown to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, Delaware, where they will be adopted into forever homes. This is the second Wings of Rescue transport flight of 2020 with our Department of Animals Services, as Wings of Rescue transported five pups on a separate flight from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter last month.

Wings of Rescue, a 501(c)3 charity founded in 2012, has flown 99 transport flights to transport animals from high-intake shelters. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services takes in every animal brought in whether owner-surrendered, stray, or picked up by an Animal Control Officers on staff.  In 2019 alone, the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter took in over 4,000 animals. The June 2020 transports included pups from neighboring parishes as well.

“These partnerships with credible, compassionate rescue groups are among the many ways our dedicated Animal Services staff works every day to give these animals loving care, and a loving home,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “Their hard work and outreach efforts have seen nearly over 300 animals transported or pulled for adoption through these group partnerships in the first six months of 2020 alone.”

In the first six months of 2020, in addition to the 357 animals rehomed through rescue group partnerships, 368 animals have been adopted directly from the Animal Shelter.  All animals who leave the shelter for adoption have a complete checkup, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The Department of Animal Services is open by appointment for anyone wishing to adopt and animal, or foster an animal to adoption. Call (985) 809-0183 to make an appointment, and visit, www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services to view animals available for adoption.

 

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Masks

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Masks

“Medical experts agree that when you wear a mask, you protect others by preventing the spread of your own germs.  Employees of businesses and restaurants who serve the public are required to wear masks through the current proclamations issued through our State, and Parish Government. 

“In the last few days, several parish and municipal leaders in southeast Louisiana have issued mandatory mask orders for the general public in the ongoing effort to protect the public from the COVID-19 pandemic.  While I respect their decisions, I have chosen not to issue such an order here in St. Tammany at this time.  I am, however, going to continue to stress to every citizen, the importance of wearing a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I’m going to continue to ask that citizens, particularly those who have contact with large numbers of people wear masks. I am going to ask that patrons of our local businesses wear masks. 

“Unless the numbers warrant otherwise, I will continue to support the right of businesses to open with limited capacity, and I will support the free movement of our citizens within the guidelines of Phase 2.  I continue to ask each of us to recognize the vital importance of taking personal responsibility at this crucial time to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I want our businesses to remain open and eventually reopen fully. I want us to continue to move forward. I also want to keep St. Tammany healthy. To do all of these things, we need each and every citizen of St. Tammany to do their part. We need each and every citizen to make the commitment to be a part of the solution as we slow the spread of this virus.

“I continue to gather expert medical opinions and data to make decisions on what is best for St. Tammany.  I ask each and every citizen to continue to maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands frequently and please — wear a mask. I trust each and every citizen of St. Tammany will do their part to keep our community and our economy healthy.”

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$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins in Early July

$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins in Early July

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, announced the upcoming start of a $2.2 million infrastructure enhancement project in the Slidell area beginning July 6, 2020, barring any unforeseen delays.

“This investment in our infrastructure will improve travel for motorists at all levels, improve drainage, and upgrade two bridges to the most current standards with increased life-span in mind,” said Cooper. “This money was allocated for multi-faceted projects like this with layers of sustainable upgrades incorporated for the long-term.”

The project, part of a $30 million Bond Package announced in March of 2019, will include the replacement of two bridges on the I-10 Service Road in the Slidell area south of Lake Village Boulevard, drainage improvements, and the mill and overlay of the entire roadway. The roadway will be closed before each bridge from just south of Sign Lite to just north of Louisiana Log Homes to all motor vehicle traffic for the expected duration of the 224 – day project.

Motorists are asked to plan to use North Pearl Drive and Lake Village Boulevard as alternate routes until the project is complete in early 2021.  McDonald Construction of Slidell is the contractor for this project.

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Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

We are aware of the stories circulating on Social Media about our St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Many residents have contacted us with their concerns as well. I have personally spoken with many people who have voiced their concerns. Since taking office, I have been gathering information regarding all Parish Government Departments. At Animal Services, I have been evaluating their processes and protocols, addressing staffing needs, and learning about where deficiencies may exist to identify areas that need improvement as we work to finalize our Strategic Plan. As a result, changes will be forthcoming soon for the benefit of the welfare of the animals at the shelter, the dedicated employees, and St. Tammany Parish as a whole. I have been committed to making changes and I recognize there are deficiencies that must be addressed.  These are the changes that are already in progress:

Shortly after taking office, I authorized an independent animal welfare group to visit and evaluate the Shelter and make recommendations. While this visit was originally scheduled for May, it was pushed back due to COVID-19. This visit will take place within the next few weeks.

We are actively seeking a new Director of Animal Services as part of our plan moving forward to address staffing. This appointed position is posted on our website to fill the current vacancy. I invite qualified candidates to apply.

I have been seeking input from local veterinarians, animal welfare groups, and invested parties into how we can improve operations at the Shelter and we are reviewing best practices from other public Animal Shelters to determine if there are protocols and processes we can adopt to implement in our own Shelter.

We have a working strategic plan which we are finalizing, and expect to continue to build upon as we grow and improve.

We are purposely assessing the situation in an in-depth and methodical way, so that we retain the processes that work, and improve in the areas that do not, to implement lasting change and so that we can make this shelter the model shelter we know it can become. It is my ultimate goal to work toward a day when animals will not suffer because of abuse and neglect, and that every pet born into our community is assured a good home and loving care its entire life. We will continue to work to ensure the legal protection of animals from mistreatment and to promote in our community responsible pet ownership through education, motivation, and enforcement. 

I would like to thank the dedicated employees at the Animal Shelter who are committed every day to the continued care of the animals in their charge. I would also like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as we move to bring new leadership and make improvements. 

 

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St Tammany Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

St Tammany Parish to Hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Covington, LA – St Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is in the process of updating the St Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan and will hold a public meeting on the plan update process. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually to keep the steering committee and public participants safe and following the guidelines set by both the CDC and our Governor.

The Public Meeting will be held on June 18th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM through a virtual platform.  Meeting details: Zoom Meeting
https://lsu.zoom.us/j/99617973759?pwd=RVZMcVV3VmI0OTNpVytrZUNGM3pHUT09

Meeting ID: 996 1797 3759
Password: 513833
 

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation - sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property. These actions are things we do today to be more protected in the future.  Some examples of mitigation actions include elevating buildings in flood hazard areas, installing hurricane clips and storm shutters, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas, and using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks to these hazards. While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will gradually, but steadily, make our communities more sustainable and disaster-resilient.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard mitigation plans must be: (a) implemented on an ongoing basis, and (b) updated every five years to ensure that they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies.

Residents of St Tammany Parish are asked to participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish.  The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. This short web-based survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sttammanyhm2020

St Tammany Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

St Tammany Parish to Hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Covington, LA – St Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) is in the process of updating the St Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan and will hold a public meeting on the plan update process. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually to keep the steering committee and public participants safe and following the guidelines set by both the CDC and our Governor.

The Public Meeting will be held on June 18th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM through a virtual platform.  Meeting details: Zoom Meeting
https://lsu.zoom.us/j/99617973759?pwd=RVZMcVV3VmI0OTNpVytrZUNGM3pHUT09

Meeting ID: 996 1797 3759
Password: 513833
 

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation - sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property. These actions are things we do today to be more protected in the future.  Some examples of mitigation actions include elevating buildings in flood hazard areas, installing hurricane clips and storm shutters, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas, and using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, they can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks to these hazards. While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will gradually, but steadily, make our communities more sustainable and disaster-resilient.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard mitigation plans must be: (a) implemented on an ongoing basis, and (b) updated every five years to ensure that they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies.

Residents of St Tammany Parish are asked to participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish.  The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. This short web-based survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sttammanyhm2020

St. Tammany Parish Government Tropical Storm Cristobal Updates

St. Tammany Parish Government Tropical Storm Cristobal Updates

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close until 1 p.m. tomorrow due Tropical Storm Cristobal and the forecast by the National Weather Service of severe weather and possible flooding. In addition, the Tammany Trace and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will remain closed until both are inspected and deemed safe to open.

Parish officials continue to monitor Tropical Storm Cristobal and ask residents to continue to do the same. For continued updates, visit www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep and monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Tropical Storm Cristobal as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Southeastern Louisiana. Forecasters are predicting weather conditions deteriorating beginning late Saturday evening into Sunday, June 7, 2020 as Cristobal approaches the Louisiana coastline and the continued deterioration of conditions including heavy rain and high winds as the storm moves inland Sunday evening.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness protocols. The Emergency Operations Center will partially activate the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2020 with additional emergency operations liaisons operating virtually to maintain social distancing. Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions worsen. Parish Government will also be pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post signs on roads. 

In anticipation of tropical storm force conditions, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed today.  The Tammany Trace will also close today, Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 2p.m. These facilities will reopen when Parish Officials determine it is safe to do so. The Lacombe draw bridge will close at 12 p.m. , Saturday June 6, 2020 to marine traffic.

 In addition, six sandbag locations are open until dusk Saturday, June 6, 2020:

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

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


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

The Old Levee District Site – Self-Serve Only - 61134 Military Road (Hwy 1090) Slidell, La.

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track and intensity of Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Residents are asked to prepare by clearing storm drains, updating and enhancing your emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and gloves, and continuously monitoring local news stations for the most up-to-date information.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/; the local media, our website - www.stpgov.org, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in advance of the anticipated landfall of Tropical Storm Cristobal. This declaration is a procedural process that enables Parish Government to better coordinate any and all local, state or federal resources necessary to support public safety.

“We are prepared for this early tropical storm, and we ask residents to be prepared also. Please have an enhanced plan to account for COVID-19 precautions, make sure elderly family members and neighbors are safe and have adequate shelter, clear storm drains around your neighborhood, and secure loose items in your yard,” Cooper said. “In addition, please stay tuned to STPG-TV, your local news and the weather channels for the most up-to-date information on Cristobal.”

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St. Tammany Parish Government Begins Phase Two Reopening

St. Tammany Parish Government Begins Phase Two Reopening 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Executive Order today, to reopen St. Tammany Parish and St. Tammany Parish Government beginning June 5, 2020 as Phase 2 openings begins across the State of Louisiana.

“Phase 2 means we are making positive progress.  I am looking forward to seeing our businesses gain more capacity for revenue and seeing businesses who have not yet had a chance to reopen, do so safely,” Cooper said. “This next phase of recovery is a hopeful sign. I want to again thank our St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Council for their continued outstanding and tireless work throughout this crisis.”

Under Phase 2 guidelines, St. Tammany Parish Government offices will be open to the public by appointment only. Members of the public who wish to enter Parish Government buildings will be required to adhere to the same screening requirements as Parish Government employees. These include:  completing an entrance questionnaire and having their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer. They will also be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the buildings. The Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed.

Other changes of note in Phase 2 include: Bars and Breweries without an LDH food permit may operate with strict requirements at 25 % capacity, all businesses open in Phase I may continue operations with existing protocols at 50% capacity; close contact businesses like massage, spa, esthetician, and tattoo establishments may open with strict guidance from their State governing boards. Recreational sporting leagues and non-contact sporting events at public ball fields, gyms, parks and facilities may open under strict guidelines.

Cooper’s proclamation also includes Phase 2 reopening guidelines for businesses as outlined in the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan.  Which may be found at sttammanysafe.com.

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Executive Order Implementing Phase Two Of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan  May 15, 2020

sttammanysafe.com

Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal

St. Tammany Parish Government Opens Self-Service Sandbag Locations in Advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal

St. Tammany Parish Government announces the opening of six self-service sandbag locations. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. The locations will be open from dawn to dusk.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34783 Grantham College Rd. Slidell, LA


The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 1090) Slidell, La.

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 STPG-TV — Channel 710 Charter, Channel 99 AT&T U-VERSE, www.stpgov.org,  Facebook and Twitter.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

Tropical Storm Cristobal is now located in the extreme Southern Gulf of Mexico. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of this system. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is monitoring the track of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its Storm in the Gulf protocols. 

Based upon the forecast track, emergency preparedness plans will be announced to the public as they happen through the local media, through STPG-TV — Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/; the local media, our website -www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a localized rain event, assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from any potential foul weather. We ask that you clear storm drains, follow your family plan for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, we ask that you enhance your emergency preparedness plan to include masks, hand sanitizers and to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government 2019 Annual Report Online

St. Tammany Parish Government 2019 Annual Report Online 

St. Tammany Parish Government has released its 2019 Annual Report. The report pinpoints, in detail, the revenues and expenditures of St. Tammany Parish Government. The entire report can be reviewed at www.stpgov.org.

“The 2019 Annual Report gives a snapshot of significant accomplishments and completed initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We look forward to continuing many of these initiatives and to the start of many more in 2020.”

A digital copy of the report can be viewed at www.stpgov.org.  Printed copies of the report will be made available to the public following the reopening of public buildings. Parish Government will announce when and where the public can obtain printed copies as they become available.

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Louisiana Department of Health Opens COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites in St. Tammany Parish

Louisiana Department of Health Opens COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announces the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has opened mobile COVID-19 testing site locations in St. Tammany. The sites will open in St. Tammany for four consecutive weeks, at various locations. 

“The LDH is working in coordination with our Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to stand up these locations, and offer this testing to citizens 18 years of age and older,” Cooper said. “I urge residents to utilize these sites. The more information we have about the status of our community, the more we are able to plan for our recovery.”

The testing sites will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day they are open. To be tested, residents must be 18 years or over and have a valid Louisiana ID. Each site has a limited number of kits. The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.  Those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. Walk-up testing is not preferred due to safety concerns. 

Testing locations will be updated through the local media, on www.stpgov.org/COVID19 , Social Media, and Emergency Operations Update emails from St. Tammany Parish Government.                               

 

Wednesday

5/27/2020

Slidell

St. Tammany

Journey Fellowship Church

3127 Pontchartrain Dr, Slidell

Thursday

5/28/2020

Slidell

St. Tammany

North Side Plaza

163 Gause BLVD

Friday

5/29/2020

Pearl River

St. Tammany

Jubilee Foods

64109 LA 1090

Saturday

5/30/2020

Sun/Bush

St. Tammany

Village Casino and Bingo

84418 LA 21

           

Monday

6/1/2020

Mandeville

St. Tammany

Community Center

3090 East Causeway Approach

Tuesday

6/2/2020

Mandeville

St. Tammany

Community Center

3090 East Causeway Approach

Wednesday

6/3/2020

Mandeville

St. Tammany

Church of the King

22205 Little Creek Rd

Thursday

6/4/2020

Mandeville

St. Tammany

Premier Center (Tentative)

Hwy 190 and N. Causeway Blvd

Friday

6/5/2020

Lacombe

St. Tammany

Recreational Dist #4

61100 N.12th St

           

Monday

6/8/2020

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Ball Park

1007 Pine St.

Tuesday

6/9/2020

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Ball Park

 

Wednesday

6/10/2020

Madisonville

St. Tammany

Coquille Rec. Center (Tentative)

13505 Hwy 1085

Thursday

6/11/2020

Folsom

St. Tammany

Fendlason Community Center

13296 Hwy 40,

Friday

6/12/2020

Float

St Tammany

   
           

Monday

6/15/2020

Covington

St Tammany

Pinnacle Mall  (Tentative)

7205 Pinnacle Pkwy

Tuesday

6/16/2020

Covington

St Tammany

Planet Fitness (Tentative)

401 North Hwy 190

Wednesday

6/17/2020

Covington

St Tammany

Fair Ground

1301 N. Columbia St,

Thursday

6/18/2020

Abita Springs

St Tammany

Recreations Center

22517 LA-36

Friday

6/19/2020

Abita Springs

St Tammany

Recreations Center

22517 LA-36

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Enters Phase One Reopening

St. Tammany Parish Government Enters Phase One Reopening

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Executive Order, to reopen St. Tammany Parish and St. Tammany Parish Government as Phase One openings begins across the State of Louisiana.

 

“Our goal is to open up St. Tammany Parish Government gradually, while protecting our employees, and continuing to serve the public,” said Cooper. “We are happy to open the Tammany Trace, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, and Camp Salmen Nature Park, giving our citizens the opportunity to utilize them in the safest ways possible. We ask that every citizen continue to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others.”

 

As a portion of St. Tammany Parish Government employees return to Parish Government campuses to work in offices, each will go through a screening process in order to enter the buildings. A portion of employees will remain working remotely.  Measures will be in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and employees will be required to wear masks. Parish Government buildings will remain closed to the public.

 

The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier reopen beginning Friday, May 15, 2020.

 

  • The Tammany Trace will open from 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. every day.
  • The Bayou Lacombe Bridge closes at 7 p.m.
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier will open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Patrons are advised the Pier will be manned sporadically.
  • Camp Salmen Nature Park will open from 9a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Playground is closed to the public. Patrons are advised Camp Salmen Nature Park will be manned sporadically.
  • The Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed
  • Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. Patrons should plan to exercise best practices for prevention when using these facilities, including: social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.

 

Read the entire Executive Order here.

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Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan  May 15, 2020

sttammanysafe.com

Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

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Residents asked to Report Structure Flooding After Continuous Heavy Rainfall Inundates St. Tammany

Residents asked to Report Structure Flooding After Continuous Heavy Rainfall Inundates St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper surveyed damage Thursday evening, May 14, 2020 and Friday morning, May 15, 2020, after the National Weather Service estimated rainfall totals reached up to 16 inches in portions of western St. Tammany. This heavy rainfall inundated western and northern St. Tammany Parish, reportedly flooding homes and businesses, stranding motorists, and closing roadways.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted rescues from flooded homes and vehicles.

“Forecasters reported what is known as a training effect, and this caused the rain to repeatedly fall in the same area over a long period of time. Unfortunately, we have homes and businesses that have been flooded,” Cooper said. “We are working now to assess damage and prepare for more expected rainfall over the next couple of days. There are several roads that remain closed, or have high water signs posted. Residents are asked to please choose an alternate route if the road is closed, and do not go around barricades.”

Residents are asked to report flooded structures, both residential and businesses, through one of two ways. Call 985.898.5214, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Subject line: May 14, 2020 Structure Flooding. Residents who are displaced because of flooding should contact St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security at 985. 898.2359 to report it.

Residents who live near the Bogue Falaya River and the Little Tchefuncte River who have experienced high water in past weather events, are asked to continue to monitor the river levels. For information on rivers please see river gauges here .

Residents are asked to stay tuned to the local news for weather updates throughout the day.  St. Tammany Parish Government will post updates on www.stpgov.org; Facebook - @sttammanyparish; Twitter - @STPGOV; and Instagram – St. Tammany Parish. In addition, please tune in to STPG-TV for continued updates. Channel 710 on Charter, and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition webstream at www.stpgov.org.

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St. Tammany’s Final Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan and Companion Website Announced

St. Tammany’s Final Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan and Companion Website Announced 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today the details of St. Tammany’s Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan set to launch Friday, May 15, 2020 in accordance with the Governor’s Phase One reopening announced Monday, May 11, 2020. Details of the Plan are fully fleshed out on the newly launched website, sttammanysafe.com.  Anyone with questions can use the website or call the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Hotline at 1-985-809-1411 to get technical assistance.

“Over the past weeks, we’ve been strategically and thoughtfully preparing our Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan in anticipation of this announcement, through research, focus groups, and the help of industry regulating boards —and I can honestly say we are ready with a sustainable reopening plan. I applaud the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council — especially Chris Masingill and his team at St. Tammany Corporation — for leading this effort, particularly on such an accelerated timeline. I also want to thank our citizens for their input through email, phone calls and focus groups. Your engagement shaped this plan,” Cooper said. “What I want to continue to stress is that we need to reopen responsibly, using precautions already in place, so we continue to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy. This is crucial to keeping our numbers down.”

“Everybody understands that there is some risk when we begin to get back together. Our job is to mitigate that risk,” said Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany Parish Coroner. “It’s the same message you’ve heard — wash your hands, cough in your elbow, social distance, and wear a mask. Every single citizen is encouraged to comply with that.”

“We look forward to launching Phase 1 of the Action Plan on Friday, as it provides St. Tammany with a strong opportunity to begin a sustainable economic recovery,” says Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO. “Balancing the economic vitality of our community with public health and safety requires all of us to be nimble and vigilant. We understand that our community is ready to get back to work and to open their businesses in a responsible, safe, and sustainable manner. The guidelines and recommendations outlined in the Action Plan provide for the phased reopening of our economy while prioritizing public health and safety.”

Phase One of the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan is expected to be fully implemented on Friday, May 15, 2020. The plan is evidence-based and data-driven with contingencies built in should adjustments need to future phases due to fluctuations in cases throughout the course of the pandemic response. 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper will announce reopening plans for St. Tammany Parish Government in the coming days.

 

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sttammanysafe.com

Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

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Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan Submitted by Advisory Council to Parish President Cooper for Final Review – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO

Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan Submitted by Advisory Council to Parish President Cooper for Final Review – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO

“In accordance with the accelerated timeline I requested, I received the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Draft Action Plan from the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council this afternoon. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Advisory Council for their commitment to creating a plan that focuses on the safe, swift, sustainable reopening of our local economy while carefully monitoring the ongoing pandemic and the impacts on public health.”

Cooper went on to say, “I commend their dedication to hearing the concerns of our local business community through a dedicated email address for receiving public comments, a series of industry-specific focus groups, and elected official briefings. This engagement from the public shaped the Action Plan.”

“I look forward to reviewing the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. draft Action Plan with my team over the course of the weekend and providing detailed feedback to the Advisory Council on Monday. The draft submitted to me today is also publicly available for all businesses and communities in the Parish to begin making plans to prepare for the possible expiration of the Governor’s extended statewide Stay-at-Home order on May 16, 2020.”

“We will all be watching the Governor’s press conference on Monday afternoon to understand what the plans for Louisiana will be moving forward. My team, in collaboration with the Advisory Council will then review the guidance from the Governor alongside this draft action plan to determine next steps for St. Tammany and its phased reopening under the new business normal. I do intend to hold a comprehensive press briefing on Tuesday to share the final Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan with St. Tammany.”

“Getting this plan together to reopen our economy has been an important endeavor and the members of President Cooper’s Advisory Council have taken this initiative very seriously,” says Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO. “Working with healthcare experts, business professionals and receiving public feedback from various sectors of our economy directly shaped the recommendations included in this action plan. The plan positions St. Tammany Parish with a strong opportunity for sustainable economy recovery.”  

The Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan can be downloaded at http://sttammanycorp.org/live-safe-work-safe-shop-safe-action-plan/.

St. Tammany Parish Officials Announce Completion of $3.7 Million Bootlegger Road Project in the Covington Area— Road is Open 

St. Tammany Parish Officials Announce Completion of $3.7 Million Bootlegger Road Project in the Covington Area— Road is Open 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the $3.7 million Bootlegger Road (formerly Highway 1085) bridge replacement and road enhancement project in the Covington area is complete. Bootlegger Road was officially opened Friday morning, May 8, 2020 to vehicular traffic.

“We are happy to announce the completion of this project. This essential investment in our infrastructure will provide multiple uses and will enhance traffic flow between Hwy. 21 and Hwy 1077. It also provides a safe option for physical activity and walkability in the area,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the patience of residents of our community during this important infrastructure improvement project.”

The project included complete 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 Bootlegger Road 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. Magee Excavation and Development completed the project.

The roadway is now officially open. Crews have minimal items to complete which could disrupt traffic on the road in the coming weeks. The road is expected to remain open while these items are complete.

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PHOTO A: Left to Right: Brian Hill, Baker Pile Drive ; Lucas Hill , Baker Pile Drive; Robert Baker , Baker Pile Drive; Blake Roussel, Stanley Consultants ; St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper; Jason Cambre; St. Tammany Parish Government Project Engineer; Jay Watson, Parish Engineer, St. Tammany Parish Government; Chris Corvers, Project Manager , St. Tammany Parish Government

 

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government to Hold Virtual Parish Council Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Government to Hold Virtual Parish Council Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Michael Lorino, Jr. announced today that the St. Tammany Parish Council will conduct the May 7, 2020 Parish Council meeting virtually. The Parish Council will utilize the Zoom platform to livestream the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The public can participate by calling in through an Audio Bridge Conference call the night of the meeting. The Conference Bridge will open approximately five - 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. In addition, the public can submit public comments to be read into the record, or speaker cards, to speak on agenda items during the meeting via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by 4: 30 p.m., Wednesday May 6, 2020.

“We are committed to keeping government moving and this is an opportunity to continue to go forward even through this crisis,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “We’re utilizing the technological infrastructure we have in place to facilitate this meeting. I applaud ‘Team Tammany’  for their hard work. I also commend the St. Tammany Parish Council for their leadership in organizing this meeting and keeping government moving during this time. We hope for a great deal of participation from our citizens.”

“During this difficult time, I want to extend my thanks to my fellow council members and the parish employees that have worked so hard to keep our government moving forward,” Chairman Lorino said. “We can expect some small issues as we work through our first virtual meeting, but I hope we can also expect public participation and hold a productive meeting.” 

To participate by phone from the start of the meeting, residents should call: 985-629-3196 and use the Conference ID 339879, the evening of Thursday, May 7, 2020 approximately five-10 minutes prior to 6p.m. Participants will be able to join the conference while the meeting is in progress.

The livestream of the meeting can be viewed on regular broadcast channels (Charter Channel 710; U-verse Channel 99) , on the Parish website: www.stpgov.org , or on ROKU  — St. Tammany Parish Government Channel, beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020.  To learn how to add the St. Tammany Parish Government Channel to your Roku device, click here. Please note, when watching the livestream, viewers should expect a slight delay on all streaming formats.

The Public Notice for the meeting can be viewed here.

For questions regarding the virtual Council meeting, please call the Council Office at 985-898-2591.

Additional COVID-19 updates

STAR Transit

STAR Transit has created a Face Mask Policy. In an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, STAR Transit requires all passengers to wear a facemask that covers their nose and mouth while on board. Customers who do not wear a mask will not be permitted on board. The facemask requirement is currently in effect and will continue until further notice. The masks are not required to be hospital grade.  They can be bandannas, fabric masks or neck gaiters.  Other safety measures are already in place, including additional vehicle cleanings and social distancing of passengers on the vehicles.

Sewerage Inspection Permit Program

The Department of Environmental Services begins Tuesday, May 5, 2020, performing sewerage inspections for applicants who are attempting to buy or sell a home and who have already submitted the required application and payment.  Environmental Services will continue to accept new applications but those who have already submitted their information will have priority.

The requirement for a Sewerage Inspection Permit for those seeking electrical service will continue to be waived until May 17, 2020.  This waiver only applies to those needing electrical service before May 17th. New applications along with a check or money order payable to St. Tammany Parish Government in the amount of $50.00 may be mailed to:

The Department of Environmental Services

P.O. Box 628

Covington, Louisiana 70434

Or, the application and payment can be placed in one of two Tammany Utilities drop boxes located at:

350 North Military Road, Slidell; and, 21454 Koop Dr., Mandeville (next to the pavilion)

If you have questions or need further assistance, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Planning Zoning and Board of Adjustments Meetings

The May 2020 Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments meetings are canceled. The meetings are anticipated to resume in June. More information will be provided when made available.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

 

 

 

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St. Tammany is Ready for Business: Balancing Health of the Community and the Economy is Key, Cooper Says

St. Tammany is Ready for Business: Balancing Health of the Community and the Economy is Key, Cooper Says

Today, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the draft framework for the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe Action Plan will be made publicly available for all businesses and communities in the Parish to begin making plans to prepare for the possible May 15, 2020 expiration of his extended Stay At Home Order (signed today) which runs concurrently with the Governor’s extended statewide Stay At Home Order, announced Monday.

President Cooper’s extended Stay At Home Order includes specific guidelines for non-essential retail businesses that mirror the language in the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan. Cooper is committed to having St. Tammany Parish poised and ready to slowly and gradually reopen, when data shows it is suitable to do so, in every effort to restart the St. Tammany economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is vital that we balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and we are working to strike this balance every day. Parish Government is prioritizing the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe Action Plan to ensure that all residents and businesses in St. Tammany Parish can operate as comfortably and as safely as possible,” Cooper said. “Beginning Friday, we will maximize the opportunities we have— the resumption of some elective surgeries in our medical facilities, the opening of non-essential retail businesses and professional offices with 10 or fewer people inside — as well as those opportunities presented in the changes put forth in the new order, and the utilization of new options for restaurants to allow patrons to eat on-site without tableside service.”

Cooper announced the formation of the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council, to establish the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan and re-opening strategy on April 20, 2020, led by Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO. 

Cooper went on to say, “I cannot express enough my gratitude for the dedication this Advisory Council has shown in completing this draft, and the time they have sacrificed to work on this plan to enhance the recovery of our community.”

In the first phase, Cooper tasked the Advisory Council with developing short-term re-opening framework to address the needs of St. Tammany Parish, while at the same time, taking into consideration the health and safety of St. Tammany residents and the needs of our entire region.

“The work that the Economic Recovery & Resiliency Advisory Council is doing to make recommendations to position the Parish to balance public safety and economic conditions for our communities and businesses is critical,” says Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO.

“We are working with representatives from all sectors of our economy and healthcare experts to make sure we have the most robust plan in place that prioritizes public health and safety as we

re-open our business operations under a new normal. President Cooper has made it clear that this Council should balance the health of our people and the health of our economy. This is what we will continue to do as we work on the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan. The Council is designing its recommendations to protect, grow and respond to the needs of St. Tammany so we can continue to be the destination of choice for our people, our businesses and our communities to thrive.”

To date, the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council has held five meetings, and collected significant amount of community and business input through a telephone briefing with elected officials, a business survey to solicit feedback from business and industry, and the request for public comments through a dedicated email address. The Advisory Council anticipates hosting additional telephonic briefings, as well as the continued solicitation of public input submitted to the Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Advisory Council used standards put forth by the White House, the Governor’s Office and other industry-related resources, to draft preliminary recommendations including: the timelines for the phased re-opening of the business and the recommended protocols for businesses using state and federal guidelines as well as industry recommendations. 

St. Tammany Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council submitted their initial draft of the Live Safe, Work Safe, Shop Safe Action Plan to Parish President Cooper on Friday, April 24, 2020. This framework is intended to provide local parish guidance in the absence of specific federal or state guidance. Individual industry sectors will also need to consider the guidelines and operational requirements but forth by their industry organizations and regulatory boards and councils.

Over the course of next week, the Advisory Council will hold a series of sector-specific focus groups to gather additional feedback and concerns from local industry representatives. For dates and times, refer to St. Tammany Corporation website. The Advisory Council will continue to meet to review the public comments and focus group insights, review direct feedback on this draft preliminary framework from Parish President Cooper, and edit and expand this document accordingly prior to final submission of the framework recommendation to the Parish President on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Though the pandemic is an ongoing and ever-evolving situation, Parish President Mike Cooper recognizes the opportunity to maintain public health and safety while gradually and responsibly opening up our local economy in thoughtful, intentional phases, when data shows it is suitable to do so. 

The Live Safe.Work Safe.Shop Safe Action Plan can be downloaded at http://sttammanycorp.org/live-safe-work-safe-shop-safe-action-plan/.

Based on the White House’s Reopening America Plan, the Governor’s executive order and adjusted for local guidelines, each phase in the timeline is tempered with the condition of continued decline; at any time, if cases trend upward again, restrictions may temporarily be enforced again. This should especially hold true even after the community achieves Phase III in case a second wave of cases emerges in the fall.

Cooper urges businesses to take this time to maximize this opportunity to plan for the implementation of guidelines of the new normal into their existing business operations and position themselves for the strongest economic success possible. Feedback is welcome and the public’s patience is appreciated while best practices continue to be identified in the fight against COVID-19.

Draft guidelines from the St. Tammany Reopening Plan Continuum for the current phase, in correspondence with the existing the Executive Orders, to note for businesses can be seen here

As stage two unfolds throughout May, the Advisory Council is expected to be expanded to continue the build out of the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan, with their primary focus on understanding and mobilizing long-term recovery efforts and ensuring the resilient return of public and economic health locally. The expanded Advisory Council is expected to include a complete spectrum of local industry and business community partners, including public and private sectors such as: primary and continuing educational leadership, religious leaders, community stakeholders, the hospitality industry, and personal care and lifestyle businesses, to name a few. 

St. Tammany is READY!

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about COVID-19 updates as they happen at www.stpgov.org/COVID19 and through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

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About St. Tammany Corporation: As the lead economic development organization for St. Tammany, the St. Tammany Corporation functions as the comprehensive resource center for business formation throughout the parish. The services provided by the St. Tammany Corporation include, but are not limited to, business retention, site selection, workforce development, research and data services, state and local incentives, business attraction, talent retention, certified site development, relocation support, and marketing St. Tammany.

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 30, 2020 (Available at www.stpgov.org/covid19-declarations by end of day 04/30/2020)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Obtains Masks for Distribution

St. Tammany Parish Government Obtains Masks for Distribution
 
St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will furnish approximately 90,000 donated masks to municipalities and Parish Fire Districts this week for distribution to the public. The washable, reusable masks were given to St. Tammany Parish Government by Hanes through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP).
 
“We are certainly grateful to GOSHEP for making this possible, and to Hanes for their donation. We are asking everyone to wear masks when out in public to continue to help slow the spread, and this will give people a chance to get a mask if they don’t have one,” Cooper said. “Our catch phrase is ‘Slow the pace, cover your face,’ and we appreciate the chance to give these out to help facilitate this preventative step.”
 
“These masks will fill a need for some who may not have access to masks, or who have not had a chance to get a reusable mask,” said Clarence Powe, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “As we continue to work with our municipalities and partner agencies, we continue to come together to slow the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the public’s help in this community response.”
 
The individual municipalities and Fire Districts will distribute the masks to the public following their receipt of the masks. St. Tammany Parish Government will share the distribution information when it becomes available.
 
For information on the dos and don’ts of wearing a face covering, visit the Centers For Disease Control website, here, for more information. For information on how to make your own mask, visit this link from the St. Tammany Parish Library.
 

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St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020
 
COVID-19 Links
St. Tammany Parish Government
CDC
Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Department of Health
 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Members of Newly Formed Advisory Council

Today, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced his appointments to the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council. This Advisory Council was formalized on April 20th to establish the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan and re-opening strategy following the Governor’s April 30, 2020 expiration of the concurrent Stay At Home Orders for the state and parish. Cooper tapped Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation, to spearhead the two phases of the Advisory Council’s scope of work.

Members of the Advisory Council are:

Sandy Badinger – Chief Executive Officer, Slidell Memorial Hospital 

Rhonda Bagby – Market Vice-President, Humana Health and Chairwoman, Northshore Business Council Board of Directors

Susan Bonnett Bourgeois – Chief Executive Officer, Northshore Community Foundation

Tiffany Carrasco – CAO and Deputy Chief, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office

Alan Case – Vice-President, Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency and Board Member, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce

Joan Coffman – Chief Executive Officer, St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Kyle Cooper – Cooper Homes and President, Northshore Homebuilders Association

Bonnie Eades – Executive Director, Northshore Business Council

Chief Chris Kaufmann – St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District #1 and St. Tammany Fire Chiefs Association President

Marty Mayer – President and Chief Executive Officer, Stirling Properties and Chairman, St. Tammany Corporation Board of Commissioners

Gretchen McKinney – Owner & Principal Consultant, increment, LLC and Vice Chairwoman, St. Tammany Society for Human Resource Management Board of Directors

Mark Myers – Attorney, Resolutions by Mark A. Myers, P.L.C., Chairman, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission and Chairman, Harbor Center Board of Directors

Donna O’Daniels – Chief Executive Officer, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission

Lacey Osborne – Chief Executive Officer, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Charles Preston – St. Tammany Parish Coroner

Mike Tillman – Vice-President of Global Strategy & Raw Materials, Rain Carbon and Vice-President, St. Tammany Corporation Board of Commissioners

“The health and well-being of our community is the most important aspect of our recovery, and I feel confident that every member of this group is focused on what is best for St. Tammany on all fronts. I want to thank them for their time and service, Cooper said. “We have worked hard as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we plan to gradually re-open, I want to remind everyone that we need to stay the course over the coming days. We each have the choice to either detract from our progress or to contribute to our recovery. Let’s all choose to move toward recovery, so our plan can be implemented.”

“We are living through unprecedented times; both for public safety and economic conditions for our communities and businesses. We are proud to be asked by President Cooper to help lead the efforts to coordinate St. Tammany’s back to work plan that balances the health of our people and the health of our economy,” says St. Tammany Corporation CEO Chris Masingill. “We will be working with all sectors of our economy and healthcare experts to make sure we have the appropriate plan in place that prioritizes public health and safety as we gradually re-open our business operations under a new normal. We take our role and responsibility to the people of St. Tammany very seriously and the St. Tammany Corporation will continue to dedicate its focus and energy to protect, grow and respond to the needs of St. Tammany so we can continue to be the destination of choice for our people, our businesses and our communities to thrive.”

In the first phase, the Advisory Council is tasked with developing short-term re-opening framework to address the needs of St. Tammany Parish, while at the same time, taking into consideration the health and safety of St. Tammany residents and the needs of our entire region. The Advisory Council will use standards put forth by the White House, the Governor’s Office and other industry-related resources, to draft recommendations including: the timelines for the phased re-opening of the business and the recommended protocols for businesses using state and federal guidelines as well as industry recommendations.  During phase one, the Council will include representatives from both the private and public sectors, including the private and healthcare and hospitals, public agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and the business community.

As phase two unfolds, the Council will be expanded to include elected officials and a broader spectrum of business, healthcare, and community partners to plan long-term recovery strategies.

St. Tammany Corporation is soliciting public comment and feedback to help shape the back to work and re-opening plan for St. Tammany Parish. Submissions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every submission will be read and given to the Advisory Council for consideration.

The Advisory Council is expected to submit preliminary guidelines for phase one to President Cooper by Friday, April 24, 2020.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

 

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Forms Advisory Council to Establish Re-opening Action Plan

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Forms Advisory Council to Establish Re-opening Action Plan

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the formation of the St. Tammany Economic Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Council, to establish the Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe.  Action Plan and re-opening strategy following the April 30, 2020 expiration of the concurrent Stay At Home Orders for the state and parish. Cooper tapped Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation to spearhead the two phases of the Advisory Council, and he has reached out to local hospitals for their advisement as the strategy is assembled.

“We are looking ahead to prepare to move forward with the health and economic recovery in our Parish. We have worked hard as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we plan to gradually re-open, I want to remind everyone that we need to stay the course over the next ten days,” Cooper said. “We each have the choice to either detract from our progress or to contribute to our recovery. Let’s all choose to move toward recovery, so our plan can be implemented.”

Cooper went on to say, “I am grateful for our community where so many people from across every sector are willing to step up and come to the table to find solutions and offer their time and expertise to contribute to our recovery.”

In the first phase, the Advisory Council is tasked with developing short-term re-opening framework to address the needs of St. Tammany Parish, while at the same time, taking into consideration the health and safety of St. Tammany residents and the needs of our entire region. The Advisory Council will use standards put forth by the White House, the Governor’s Office and other industry-related resources, to draft recommendations including: the timelines for the phased re-opening of the business and the recommended protocols for businesses using state and federal guidelines as well as industry recommendations.  During phase one, the Council will include representatives from both the private and public sectors, including the private and healthcare and hospitals, public agencies, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and the business community.

As phase two unfolds, the Council will be expanded to include a broader spectrum of business, healthcare, and community partners to plan long-term recovery strategies.

The Advisory Council is expected to submit preliminary guidelines for phase one to President Cooper by Friday, April 24, 2020.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Recognizes Emergency Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Recognizes Emergency Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper signed a proclamation today for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 12-18, 2020. This week recognizes emergency dispatchers for their work as the first responders who make the first point of contact with people in an emergency situation and route the appropriate help while managing the emergency call.

“Right now, our dispatchers and call takers are on the front lines during this pandemic. They make sure our first responders arrive in the right gear for optimum protection. They calm fears and are the lifeline to help. While we recognize this week every year, this year we especially want them to know just how vital of a link they are in our emergency response team.  We are extremely grateful for the lifesaving work they do,” Cooper said.

The St. Tammany Communications District #1 houses dispatchers representing law enforcement, fire protection and emergency responders from throughout St. Tammany. 

 

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For resources and information about the COVID-19 pandemic visit www.stpgov.org/COVDI19. Watch STPG-TV at Charter Channel 710 and AT&T U-verse interactive channel 99. In addition, all updates are housed on our YouTube Channel here.

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St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 Operational Updates

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the extension of his Stay At Home Order through April 30, 2020. Parish Government will continue to operate remotely to best serve its employees and its citizens. The extension includes additional provisions essential stores and retail establishments must do to ensure safety as they continue to operate including: provide hand sanitizer and/or sanitizer wipes to all customers at entrances and exits; provide markings on the floor at registers indicating six-foot distances between customers waiting to checkout; instruct customers to maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times; and restrict group shopping with a few noted exceptions.
 
“This pandemic has impacted us in so many ways. I cannot emphasize enough how critical these next two weeks are in order to slow the spread of this virus. That’s why we’ve again chosen to lead by example, extend our Order, and ask our employees to continue to work remotely,” Cooper said. “We want to get on the road to recovery, and if we stick to our mission to stop the spread, we will see this road open up sooner than later.”
 
The extension of the Stay At Home Order continues closures already in place including the Kids Konnection Playground, Camp Salmen Nature Park, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, the Tammany Trace, and Northshore Beach.  The Lacombe draw bridge on the Tammany Trace will remain in the upright position for the duration of the closure, to allow marine vessels to get through. All Parish Government buildings remain closed to the public. Non-emergency intakes have been suspended at the Department of Animal Services, and Animal Control Officers will answer emergency calls only. 
 
St. Tammany Parish Government’s Access St. Tammany STPG-TV is broadcasting a COVID-19 Dashboard with up-to-the-minute information from St. Tammany Parish Government, the Louisiana’s Governor’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the CDC. Viewers can watch it on Charter at Channel 710, or on AT&T U-Verse, Channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. It is also live-streamed here. Here’s a link to our YouTube Channel COVID-19 Playlist. Find additional COVID-19 information at www.stpgov.org/covid19.
 

 

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 St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay At Home Order issued April 7, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020
Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

 
COVID-19 Links
St. Tammany Parish Government
CDC
Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Department of Health


 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update April 3, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update April 3, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper urges residents to continue to comply with the Governor's Stay At Home order, now extended through April 30, 2020, as well as St. Tammany’s Emergency Declaration, and Stay At Home Order, as positive cases and deaths in St. Tammany continue to increase. St. Tammany Parish has seen an increase in confirmed positive cases from 111 one week ago, Friday, March 27, 2020, to 435 today, April 3, 2020. The number of COVID-19 deaths in St. Tammany has risen to 10. 

“I want to offer my sincere condolences to all of the families who have lost loved ones to this virus. I know staying at home and physically distancing from one another is hard for us to do when the sun’s shining, we all have electricity, and our roads are passable—unlike a hurricane when we can see the threat,” said Parish President Cooper. “The threat of COVID-19 is invisible — but it’s just as real. I’m asking everyone to show respect for each other and for our first responders, and respect the Stay At Home order. Using these resources to remind people of something they already know is wasteful”

In addition, Parish President Cooper thanked the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for working to address reports of large groups on the waterways through beefing up patrols, and having deputies from the Marine Division out in full force. He also commended all of the municipalities for actively enforcing the Emergency Declaration and the Stay At Home Order.

He asked residents who have underlying medical conditions to stay in, as they may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. He suggested residents shop safely, sending one shopper per household, using one cart, and making one trip per week for essentials. He reminded residents of the 24-hour Keeping Calm Through COVID Hotline from the Louisiana Department of Health, urging residents to use it if they feel overwhelmed.

For accurate updates, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

 

COVID-19 Links

St. Tammany Parish Government

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

coronavirus.la.gov

ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus -Daily Updates by Parish 
www.coronavirus.gov

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St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 Operational Updates

St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 Operational Updates 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the decision to take additional measures to more closely adhere to Stay-At-Home orders. All St. Tammany Parish Government employees who are able to work remotely, will do so starting Monday, March 30, 2020.

“Plans that we put in place are now being fully implemented to protect our employees, while maintaining Parish Government operations,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want to keep our employees and their families healthy, and utilize the remote options we have at this time.” 

St. Tammany Parish Government has deployed nearly 100 laptops to employees over the past three weeks, enabling this transition. St. Tammany Parish Government operations will continue, with Tammany Utilities and Public Works Crews prepared to respond to immediate needs. Building code and drainage inspections will see a suspension during this time. Litter Abatement crews will continue to stand down. The Tammany Trace will close effective Monday, March 30, 2020. The Lacombe draw bridge will remain in the upright position for the duration of the closure, to allow marine vessels to get through. The Kids Konnection Playground, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and Northshore Beach remain closed.

St. Tammany Parish Government’s Access St. Tammany STPG-TV is broadcasting a COVID-19 Dashboard with up-to-the-minute information from St. Tammany Parish Government, the Louisiana’s Governor’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the CDC. Viewers can watch it on Charter at Channel 710, or on AT&T U-Verse, Channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. It is also live-streamed here. Find additional COVID-19 information at www.stpgov.org/covid19.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Holds Virtual Press Conference

St. Tammany Parish Government Holds Virtual Press Conference With Telephone Interaction

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, invited the media to join him by telephone today for a media briefing in an effort to update residents about the COVID-19 situation in St. Tammany Parish, while adhering to social distancing recommendations.

“We are doing our best to limit not only our exposure, but also to limit the exposure of the media who also have a job to do,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We felt like this was a good way to share what needs to be shared, while keeping our citizens as informed as possible with regular updates.”

In today’s update, President Cooper assured the public he has spoken with grocery store owners, as well as wholesalers, who have assured him that the supply chain is intact. He urged residents to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines of purchasing only a one-week supply of groceries during this time.

He reminded residents that today began the closure of Parish Government buildings to the public including: the Koop Drive campus, the Tyler Street Complex, the Towers Building, and the Courthouse Annex. The St. Tammany Parish Justice Center has limited access for the public with the exception of emergency courts, the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, and the Clerk of Court. He also reminded residents that the Kids Konnection Playground and Camp Salmen Nature Park are closed until further notice.

He recapped portions of the Governor’s announcement that the Louisiana Workforce Commission has relaxed some requirements for obtaining unemployment benefits, and the Governor has requested assistance from SBA for all 64 Parishes in the State.

President Cooper asked that residents continue to be part of the community response by helping their neighbors who may need assistance, following best practices for prevention, and doing their part to flatten the curve as we work to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Continued updates are available at www.stpgov.org. Watch the briefing here.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Shares COVID-19 Updates

St. Tammany Parish Government Shares COVID-19 Updates

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Clarence Powe, Director of the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, held a news briefing to discuss closure updates that will affect the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, St. Tammany Parish Government buildings including the Koop Drive Campus, and the Tyler Street Complex will be completely closed to the general public. The Department of Animal Services will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 including no animal intakes or adoptions. Fosters who need supplies or vaccines should call Animal Services at 985-809-0183, and they will arrange an appointment. The St. Tammany Parish Justice Center is closed to the public with the exception of emergency courts, the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, and the Clerk of Court. The Towers Building will be closed to the public completely, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All public meetings are postponed pursuant to Parish Government’s Emergency Declaration. Officials are asking that all other Parish business be done online or by phone. Camp Salmen Nature Park and the Kids Konnection Playground are closed. Parish officials are working closely with St. Tammany Corp. to determine what economic needs the Parish will face and what resources can be available moving forward. St. Tammany Parish Government remains activated at Emergency Operations level.

“We know there will be a definite impact to our local business community, and we will work with economic organizations to minimize that impact,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish Government. “I will continue to work with State and Federal officials to get these much-needed resources for our business community.”

Parish Officials also announced several closures from other municipalities, as well as other agencies in St. Tammany Parish, all of which are listed at www.stpgov.org

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St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Operational Changes Amid COVID-19

St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Operational Changes Amid COVID-19  

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President announced the following updates regarding COVID-19:
 
“Our number one priority is the safety, health and welfare of our citizens,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Parish Government is currently activated at our Emergency Operations level while continuing to maintain essential services at this time. Things may change depending on the severity of the situation, and as new information is obtained.”
 
• State of Emergency declaration made Friday, March 13, 2020.

•Parish Government Employees are being screened to assess any risk factors that may preclude them from coming into work. Reduced work force was implemented, Friday, March 13, 2020.

•The Permits Department is asking residents to handle permit transactions online.

• Tammany Utilities is accepting payments through a drop box. There will be no disconnections for non-payment until further notice.

•The Department of Animal Services has limited adoption and take-in hours to between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers are asked to refrain from coming in to Animal Services until further notice.

• They are asking animal Fosters to call and make an appointment for vaccines or supply needs.  
         
•Animal Control Officers will respond to emergency calls only.

•The Kids Konnection Playground on Koop Drive is closed.

•Parish buildings are being sanitized multiple times each day.

•STAR Transit will reduce rides to accommodate only essential transports; work or essential medical appointments. STAR Transit will not transport residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

• St. Tammany Parish Public Schools announced beginning Wednesday, March 18, schools will offer “Grab and Go” hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on weekdays at their eight high schools. 

•The Governor has announced the ban of gatherings of more than 50 people. He has also closed casinos, bars and movie theaters and limited restaurants to delivery, take-out and drive through only.

•The changes take effect at midnight and may be lifted April 13.

•We are going to comply with the Governor’s orders, and in addition, we are going to close skating rinks, bowling alleys and adhere to the other closures in St. Tammany.
 
Updates are continually released at www.stpgov.org and on Social Media. We want to slow the spread of the virus by prevention. We are asking all citizens to continue to monitor local information about COVID-19 in our community. Adhere to current CDC recommendations. Help Prevent the Spread.  Be a part of the community response.
 

Cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick. Citizens looking for information about COVID-19 can dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available. For updates on the state’s response to the coronavirus situation, visit LDH.louisiana.gov/Coronavirus.

Additional resources are also available from the CDC at www.coronavirus.gov.
 

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St. Tammany Parish Leaders Hold Press Conference to Discuss COVID-19 Response

St. Tammany Parish Leaders Hold Press Conference to Discuss COVID-19 Response

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President was joined by leaders from agencies around St. Tammany, to discuss the Parish’s emergency response. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in St. Tammany Parish, initiated a reduced work force, asked residents to adhere to the Governor’s declaration and to avoid large crowds. He has asked recreational districts to postpone scheduled activities for the next four weeks, and assured residents that Tammany Utilities, the Parish-owned utility company, will restore water service to any resident who has been shut off, and they will refrain from shutting water off for the coming weeks until this emergency is over. In addition, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Animal Services will limit the intake of stray animals and pet adoptions to the hours of 9am to 12pm daily.

“This is an unprecedented situation. Our primary concern is health, safety and welfare of our citizens business owners and visitors,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to be a part of the community response required to slow the spread of this virus.”

St. Tammany Parish Public School Superintendent Trey Folse addressed the Governor’s proclamation regarding school closures for the next four weeks, stressing the importance of taking the proper time to evaluate the situation, review the Governor’s proclamation, and work with BESE to make the best decisions for our St. Tammany community.

“It is really important to me that we find a way to feed students — many of them rely on our cafeteria meals, so we’re working on that,” Folse said. “We will need some additional guidance from the Department of Education on what distance learning will look like. We want to make the best decisions for everyone while at the same time being considerate of what a hardship this may be for many of our parents.”

Fire District #1 Chief Chris Kaufmann stressed the importance of residents being forthcoming with first responders with regards to any symptoms they may be experiencing when they call 9-1-1, so that first responders can dispatch the appropriate responding agency, and the appropriate number of responders, so that they limit their exposure to COVID-19, and are able to continue to serve the public.

For complete details and updates, visit www.stpgov.org . See the press conference in its entirety here.

 

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St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens for Spring Sunday, March 1, 2020

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens for Spring Sunday, March 1, 2020

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, announces the St. Tammany Fishing Pier spring season begins Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 7 a.m. The Pier will open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.

“We are happy to reopen the Pier for spring, and welcome everyone back,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “The Pier is a great family-friendly asset to St. Tammany and we hope Pier patrons reel in some big ones this season.”

Pier personnel will have a periodic presence. As stated in the rules governing the use of the Pier in the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances, public use of the Pier is, and always has been, at the patrons' own risk. The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will have a proactive presence in the area. Because the Pier is seasonal, hours may be adjusted going forward. To see the complete rules when using the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, click here.

The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Rd. in the Slidell area.

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The St. Tammany Fishing Pier is a testament to the resilience of the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original I-10 Twinspans, the Parish worked cooperatively with other agencies to repurpose the structure for public use. After securing funding through local, state and federal sources, the 650 foot pier was opened to the public in June of 2012, making history as the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture in Advance of Predicted Crest of the Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture in Advance of Predicted Crest of the Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Government officials and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of the National Weather Service’s (NWS) current prediction of the anticipated continued rise of the Pearl River at Pearl River to near 19.0 feet (Major Flood Stage) by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.The National Weather Service is anticipating the threat of moderate flooding along the lower portions of the West Pearl River, as well as areas south of I-10 and East of Military Road.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning. Self-service sandbag locations will open Thursday, February 20, 2020 and Friday, February 21, 2020, after 7 a.m. in the Slidell area at the Fritchie Barn located at 63119 Hwy. 1090, Pearl River; and 34783 Grantham College Drive, Slidell. Sand and bags will be provided for residents to fill. Residents should bring shovels, and be prepared to fill and load the sandbags.

“St. Tammany Parish Government and our Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in continual communication with the NWS, and we are prepared for the potential impacts from the crest of the river,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We urge residents in these areas to prepare for the possibility of riverine flooding, and to stay tuned to local media for the latest advisories and updates.”

Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel are on stand-by, out of an abundance of caution. Partner agencies have been contacted and are ready to assist residents should the need arise. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event predictions change to indicate worsening.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed for Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, February 24, 2020, and Tuesday, February 25, 2020, for Mardi Gras. In addition the Department of Animal Services is closed Saturday, February 22, 2020. Business hours resume on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8 a.m.
 
Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras!

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Join WWII Veteran Ernie Andrus on a Portion of his Cross Country Hike

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Join WWII Veteran Ernie Andrus on a Portion of his Cross Country Hike

96-year-old WWII Navy Veteran Ernie Andrus was in Pearlington Mississippi bright and early this morning about a half- mile from the Louisiana State Line gearing up for another leg of his Coast-to-Coast, on-foot journey. Just moments later he and members of his team, flanked by Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, and an escort provided by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office, resumed their cross-country hike to raise funds for LST Ship Memorial. Ernie was escorted over the Pearl River swing bridge across the State Line. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, Randy Smith also joined Ernie for a segment of his walk shortly after.

“Ernie is an inspiration to those who have served and he is determined to bring attention to the restoration of the LST Ship Memorial,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “It was an honor to escort him into St. Tammany. If you see Ernie in St. Tammany in the coming days, stop and say hello, or join him on his way.”

“It was a pleasure and an honor meeting Mr. Ernie Andrus this morning as he entered into St. Tammany Parish. I was humbled to walk a small segment with this remarkable man as his trek across the nation takes him through our Parish,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff.  “I encourage everyone to go visit his Website and learn about and support his cause and to look for Mr. Andrus as he continues to make his way across St. Tammany this month.”

You can learn more about Ernie, and the mission of his Coast-to- Coast trek here.

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Governor John Bel Edwards Allows Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister

Governor John Bel Edwards Allows Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister

Governor John Bel Edwards today, issued a letter to Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President, stating that flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana, may be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and institutions in St. Tammany from now, until sunset on Monday, February 10, 2020, “To honor the memory of Patricia Phillips “Pat” Brister for her distinguished service to the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish…”

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Statement From Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President

Statement By Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President on the Passing of Pat Brister, Former St. Tammany Parish President

Pat Brister was a woman of vision, drive and commitment, who fought for St. Tammany at the local, state and national levels through her many roles in public service.

“Pat leaves behind a legacy of service, philanthropy, and entrepreneurialism. I, along with the employees of St. Tammany Parish Government and all citizens, extend deepest sympathies to Pat’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

-Mike Cooper St. Tammany Parish President

 

 

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Three St. Tammany Parish High School Students Advance to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Three St. Tammany Parish High School Students Advance to 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

The 2020 Parish-level St. Tammany Parish Poetry Out Loud Competition was held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Covington High School.  Eight St. Tammany Parish High Schools with a total of 22 students, competed in the ninth annual competition. The top three finalists who advanced to the State Championship coming up at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2020 are as follows: First Place, Justin Basse of Covington High School; Second Place, Jessee Gille of Pearl River High School; and Third Place, Jacob Simmons of Covington High.
 
“I’d like to congratulate these three students and wish them luck at the State level in their bid for a spot in the national competition,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate your time and preparation for this chance to proudly represent St. Tammany.”
 
Winners from each state who advance in their respective competitions, will then compete for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington D.C.
 
Created by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. The inspiration for this competition is to promote the art of poetry in both the classroom and the community. Participants are scored on performance and accuracy by a panel of judges. The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs coordinates this competition for the students in our Parish.
 
To learn more about the Poetry Out Loud Competition and what students and schools can win through this competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org/about.
 

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PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs (CCA) Chair Laura Prisco; 1st Place Winner Justin Basse of Covington High), 2nd Place winner Jessee Gille of Pearl River High, 3rd Place winner Jacob Simmons of Covington High, CCA Vice Chair Kelly Elliott
 

Offices Closed Monday January 20, 2020 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Offices Closed Monday January 20, 2020 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs to host the 11th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs to host the 11th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

The 2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud competition will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Covington High School. Twenty three students representing eight St. Tammany Parish high schools will compete in the poetry recitation competition. First, second, and third place winners will advance to the state competition to be held in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Museum on March 7, 2020.
 
Poetry Out Loud is a competition that offers each participant great opportunities and a chance to meet students from all around St. Tammany,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are fortunate to have the partnership between our schools and our hard-working Commission on Cultural Affairs, to host this event.”
 
A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages thestudy of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.


 

St. Tammany Parish Officials Sworn in at Inaugural Ceremonies

St. Tammany Parish Officials Sworn in at Inaugural Ceremonies

Michael B. Cooper was sworn in for his first term as St. Tammany Parish President Monday, January 13, 2020, alongside 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members, at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. District Attorney Warren Montgomery served as Master of Ceremonies. The event was moved from its planned outdoor location because of inclement weather.

The candidates were formally sworn in among their families, friends and chosen oath administrators. Dignitaries, local clergymen, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, and Covington High School Talented Music students participated in various roles during the ceremony. The event was open to the public.

Following his swearing in by 22nd Judicial District Court Judge Peter Garcia, Parish President Michael B. Cooper delivered his inaugural address, which focused on Trust, Accessibility and Community. “St. Tammany is a place where the most important things are still our families, our friends, and our neighbors. Our deep, strong sense of community has never changed,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are all in this together, and together, we will go forward into the next four years to shape St. Tammany through trust, accessibility, and community. I am humbled and grateful to have been chosen to lead us there.”

A reception, opened to the public, followed at the Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government officials and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of the anticipated severe weather slated to move through the region within the next 24-48 hours.

The National Weather Service is anticipating the possibility of damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 – 70 mph, straight line winds, damaging hail and possible tornadoes as the primary threats. These factors could result in downed trees or power lines, and cause damage to other structures. Forecasters also anticipate rainfall totals in the amount of 1-2 inches.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning. Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on stand-by, out of an abundance of caution. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen.

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service on this storm system.

Residents are urged to secure loose items around your homes, heed emergency alerts, and stay tuned to the National Weather Service for updates to the forecast. 

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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St. Tammany Parish Inaugural Ceremonies Slated for Monday, January 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Inaugural Ceremonies Slated for Monday, January 13, 2020

UPDATE: January 13, 2020

Due to the forecast of continued rain throughout the morning, the inaugural ceremonies of President-Elect Michael B. Cooper and 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members, have been moved to the Fuhrmann auditorium located at 128 W. 23rd Ave.in Covington. The reception will take place at the Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. This event is open to the public.

 

 

On Monday, January 13, 2020, fifteen St. Tammany Parish Officials will take their respective oaths of office at 12 p.m. on the steps of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, located at 701 N. Columbia Street in Downtown Covington. Warren Montgomery, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Michael B. Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President-Elect, will be sworn in for his first term. The following Parish Council members will also be sworn in:    District 1 – Marty Dean (incumbent); District 2 – David R. Fitzgerald (incumbent); District 3 – Martha Jenkins Cazaubon (newly elected); District 4 – Michael R. Lorino (incumbent); District 5 – Rykert O. Toledano, Jr.  (incumbent); District  6 – Richard E. Tanner (incumbent); District 7 – James "Jimmie" Davis III (newly elected); District 8 – Christopher Canulette (incumbent); District 9 – Michael "Mike" Smith (newly elected); District 10 –Maureen “Mo”  O’Brien (incumbent); District 11 – Steve Stefancik (incumbent); District 12 – Jerry Binder (incumbent); District 13 – Jacob “Jake” Airey (newly elected, unopposed); District 14 – Thomas J. “T.J.” Smith (incumbent).

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Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Holiday Closures and Christmas Tree Recycling

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, December 25, 2019, for Christmas. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection will close Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, 2019, reopening Thursday, December 26, 2019. Office hours resume Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 8 a.m. Non-emergency offices will close, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year. Office hours resume Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees for recycling after Christmas.  Trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours. Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees will not be accepted at the drop-off sites.

Adopt ‘til you Drop! Pairs 32 –plus Pets with Forever Homes

Adopt ‘til you Drop! Pairs 32 –plus Pets with Forever Homes
 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the first ever Adopt ‘til you Drop! pet adopt-a-thon was a successful event, finding homes for at least 32 pets from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter on the actual day of the event, and for an additional 11 pets during the week that followed.
 
The event, held December 7, 2019, showcased just over 40 animals on a live stream broadcast. In lieu of fees, adoptions were finalized with a donation to the Northshore Food Bank. Visitors to the shelter who adopted pets had their photos taken, and had an opportunity to take a photo with Santa. Three collection boxes of food were donated to the Northshore Food Bank.
 
“We want to thank every volunteer as well as our Animals Shelter employees for making this day possible,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to thank every person who came out and adopted a pet. As the only shelter in St. Tammany to take in every animal brought to us, we are grateful to those who help us place these animals into permanent homes.”
 
The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter is located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adoption fees are waived through the end of 2019. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on their vaccines. To see adoptable pets, visit www.stpgov.org/pets.


To see a gallery of pet adoptions from Adopt 'til you Drop! click here.

 

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I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

I-12 Widening One Step Closer To Starting

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the State of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected a contractor for widening the first section of the I-12, from US Hwy 190 to LA Hwy 59. DOTD has chosen James Construction Group to handle the $54 Million improvement to one of the most traveled sections of I-12. Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2020.

“The widening of I-12 is, and always has been a priority of my administration. This step brings us closer to seeing this phase of the project take shape,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I am thrilled to see it moving forward so quickly, and I want to thank the DOTD for working so closely with us to make this widening a reality.”

Parish President Brister, along with Governor John Bel Edwards and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, announced in September that the funding for this expansion was secured through a State LADOTD allocation of Federal Redistribution Funds. This funding is in addition to the $25 million in Federal BUILD Grant funds Parish President Pat Brister secured in December of 2018 for the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190.

Plans for the I-12 expansion include the addition of a third lane in each direction, as well as the widening of bridges over US Highway 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Little Creek/Tammany Trace. In December of 2018, Parish President Pat Brister announced the award of a $25 million BUILD Grant to fund the widening of I-12 from LA Highway 21 to US Highway 190. Design plans for this phase are underway.

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Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

The 20th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place over two December weekends: December 6, 7 and 13, 14, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. A complete entertainment lineup will be released soon.

Non-Emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019. The Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, November 30, 2019 as well.

Christmas closures for Parish Government are as follows: non-emergency offices will close Tuesday, December 24, 2019 and Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road in the Slidell area, will close on Thanksgiving Day— Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Pier will close Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6p.m. for the winter months, and is expected to reopen in the spring, on or around March 1, 2020.

In addition, the following closures will take place at other St. Tammany recreational facilities during the holiday season:

In November, the Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, November 28, 2019. These facilities re-open Friday, November 29th. In December, these facilities will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening Thursday, December 26th. Camp Salmen Nature Park will close Thursday, November 28, 2019 and will reopen Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Crews in Final Week of Debris Pickup

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the final day for debris pickup by the Parish’s Public Works crews, for debris caused by Tropical Storm Olga, will be Friday, November 22, 2109. Residents are asked to place un-bagged, vegetative, non-construction debris, curbside in the right-of-way for crews to easily access.  Anyone who has questions, is asked to fill out a work order request form here.

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitoring Weather And Following Protocols For Freezing Temperatures 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with the Parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continue to be in regular contact with the National Weather Service and other agencies to monitor the potential for freezing temperatures over the next several days. Additionally, Parish Government has also been in contact with representatives from CLECO and WST power companies to ask that they take every mitigative measure to lessen the impact that freezing temperatures and strong winds could have on their customers, as well as be prepared for the potential for power outages.

Because of the strong possibility of temperatures below freezing for several hours overnight tomorrow, Parish President Brister has decided to open a warming shelter for those that might need assistance.

Residents can shelter, beginning at Noon, Tuesday, at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed. 

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St. Tammany Officials Asking Residents to Prepare for Cold Temperatures Over the Next Week

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is asking residents to prepare for what could be several of the coldest nights the Parish has seen this Fall.  

“Forecasters are predicting possible wind chills in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and temperatures in the low 20s Wednesday morning,said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are advising everyone to plan for the forecasted weather and to protect people, especially the elderly, pipes, pets and plants.”

She went on to ask that residents should check on their elderly relatives and neighbors, make sure these folks have a reliable, and adequate heating systems. Tammany Utilities advises all residents that in the preparation for a possible hard freeze, residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping exposed pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.

The St. Tammany Community Action Agency is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety.

The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

 

 

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 9, 2019 as well.

Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Announces Debris Pick-Up Schedule and Signed Emergency Declaration as Part of Olga Disaster Response

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that Parish Government has started vegetative,  non-construction debris pickup in unincorporated areas, as well as signed an Emergency Declaration as part of the response to the ongoing impacts of Tropical Storm Olga.

“Parish Government has worked all weekend to maintain our water systems infrastructure in affected areas, remove debris blocking roads, and inform residents of the headway the power companies are making to restore electricity in the wake of this powerful storm,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “Property damage and power loss in St. Tammany has been widespread, resulting from the unpredicted severity of the high winds that caused a massive number of fallen trees, limbs and branches.”

Parish President Brister ordered crews to begin debris pickups this morning, and they will continue through tomorrow evening. A follow-up round of pick-ups will happen later this week. These crews will only remove vegetative, non-construction debris, where the debris is placed in the right-of-way, as Parish workers cannot enter private property to accomplish this task.

Parish Government has had Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews working in the field since before daybreak Saturday morning. These crews were placed on standby Friday afternoon as a precaution, and as part of Parish Government’s Emergency Operations Plan. Tammany Utilities’ water system operations remained uninterrupted due to the diligence of crews who were dispatched as the storm subsided. These crews brought generator power to 15 wells in our system with electricity losses in order to maintain water pressure. As a result of this action, enough pressure was maintained throughout the systems so that no boil advisories were issued by Tammany Utilities. In addition, 35 lift stations went down, however, crews were able to deliver generator power, or manually service the stations to keep all 35 up and running.

Public Works crews were dispatched Saturday morning to perform damage assessments and begin removing trees and debris from Parish roadways. Our crews worked in conjunction with first responders and the power companies to make these roads passable for power company repair crews and the public. Public Works also assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with tree removal on State Highways. Crews have begun today removing the debris from the sides of the road and from residences, and will continue to remove downed trees once they are freed from power lines by the utility companies. The Public Works crews also assisted law enforcement and public safety agencies by placing stop signs at busy intersections where the traffic signals were not operating.

Parish President Brister continues to monitor and stay on top of utility companies still working to restore power to affected customers. These utility companies are providing updates to Parish Public Works crews to update their progress on removing power lines tangled in fallen trees, so that Public Works may remove debris as soon as it is safe.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

St. Tammany Parish Government Officials Addressing Storm Damage

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel are currently responding to storm-impacted areas following the overnight landfall of Tropical Storm Olga.

“I have spoken with officials from our power companies, and they have assured me that they are working as quickly as possible to restore power to their customers. Our personnel are on the ground working to remove debris, restore power to our utility facilities and monitoring river levels. We are working in conjunction with local municipalities, State agencies and the public to ensure that services are back as safely and as soon as possible. We will update information as it becomes available,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Any resident who sees a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed, please call the non-emergency dispatch line of your local police department, or the non-emergency dispatch line of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

- Tammany Utilities (TU) crews who were on stand-by, were activated early this morning to bring generators to well pumps to ensure continuity of water service to Tammany Utilities customers. They are working to provide gas-driven pumps to lift stations in certain areas, as many lift stations were left without power from the storm. TU customers in the Goodbee, Madisonville and Covington areas are asked to conserve water if they can to ease the burden on the lift stations without power. TU customers in water systems with multiple wells, may notice lower water pressure as some wells may be without power, and the remaining powered wells are maintaining system pressure. TU customers who need to report water issues should call: 985-276-6400.

- Public Works crews who were on stand-by were activated early this morning at daybreak to begin removing downed trees, power poles, and debris blocking roadways. Approximately six, two to three man crews are currently working. Crews have removed approximately 30 trees from multiple roads in the Covington, Abita Springs, Bush, Talisheek, Mandeville and Hickory areas. In addition, crews assisted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in removing trees. Crews are waiting to remove trees from several locations that are entangled in power lines. The crews will work with power providers (Cleco, WST or Entergy) to safely remove the trees once power lines are removed. Residents who need to report trees blocking the road should call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at: 985-898-2338. The Sheriff’s Office will relay the message to Public Works crews.

- Tammany Trace crews have been out since daybreak assessing downed trees and power outages on the Tammany Trace. The Lacombe Drawbridge is currently in the up position because of a power outage. Trace patrons must turn around when they get to the bridge. There are numerous trees and considerable debris in several areas along the Trace. Crews are removing the debris as fast as possible. Trace patrons should use caution and be mindful of crews working to remove the debris.

- St. Tammany Parish Government engineers continue to monitor river gauges.

- CLECO, Washington St. Tammany Electric and Entergy are reporting power outages throughout St. Tammany, which they are working to restore.

- The City of Mandeville is reporting that the Lakefront is closed to traffic.

- Parish officials will continue to monitor the weather situation in conjunction with the National Weather Service.

Parish Government will updates through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Rescheduled Due to the Forecast of Severe Weather

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day— originally scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 — is rescheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 as forecasters are predicting possible severe weather.  The time and location of the event will remain the same—the Centerpoint Park and Ride adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard in the Lacombe area from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

“Safety is our main concern for our volunteers, our vendors, and our residents,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather including rain and high winds, so we felt it was best to err on the side of caution and reschedule. Thank you to our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful staff, our vendors, and our volunteers, for their hard work and efforts in making this possible. “

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Tropical Storm Olga - St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Tropical Storm Olga as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Tammany Parish through the afternoon of Saturday, October 26, 2019.

 

“We ask that residents continue to monitor this storm as it moves closer inland.  In addition, please drive with caution, especially in areas that have standing water,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to implement our storm protocols as needed.”  

 

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning, and will have its Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on call if needed, out of an abundance of caution. In addition, our engineers are monitoring river gauges. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government is monitoring roadways and has positioned high water signs in areas throughout the Parish where needed. The Public Information Office continues to update these locations through the Waze app.

 

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service, and is closely monitoring the track and intensity of Tropical Storm Olga in the Gulf of Mexico. 

 

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

 

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Wings & Wheels Cancelled

Wings & Wheels Cancelled

The annual 2019 Wings & Wheels scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, is cancelled because of the National Weather Service forecast of inclement weather on Saturday.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Wings & Wheels on Tap for Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. Tammany

Two free events opened to the public, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, are slated for Saturday, October 26, 2019. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste, and Wings & Wheels gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classic cars and airplanes and at the same time visit the St. Tammany Regional Airport.

“Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day offers our residents the chance to take advantage of the proper disposal of things that would otherwise be very costly to get rid of, and do so in an environmentally conscious way. Wings & Wheels is a leisurely way to spend a Saturday, while appreciating classic cars and airplanes, and the people who work to keep them in pristine condition” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to come out and enjoy both events.”

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Plan to come to the Centerpoint Park and Ride, adjacent to Northshore Technical Community College located at 65556 Centerpoint Boulevard in the Lacombe area. For a full list of sponsors, as well as a list of what is and what is not accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Stop by Wings & Wheels 2019 at the St. Tammany Regional Airport in Abita Springs, from 10 a.m. – 4p.m., for a free event featuring local area classic cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. See experimental, high performance aerobatic, WWII and general aviation aircraft on display. This event is dedicated to the preservation of general aviation, classic cars and motorcycles. Airplane rides, food and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Wings & Wheels is sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government, Air Reldan and Camellia Beans.

To see more information about these events, visit our Facebook page, @sttammanyparish.

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen (PTC), as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River, as forecasters predict there is potential for PTC Sixteen to develop into Tropical Storm Nestor over the next 24 hours.

Parish Government is following its emergency preparedness planning, and will have its Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel on call if needed, out of an abundance of caution. Parish Government remains prepared in the event conditions are predicted to worsen. Parish Government will also be pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads. 

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service, and is closely monitoring the track and intensity of PTC Sixteen in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

A non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed, Monday, October 14, 2019, in observance of Columbus Day. The Department of Animal Services will also be closed Saturday, October 12, 2019, as it is a polling place for the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
 
Office hours resume on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

FY20 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

 

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) grant awards for the 2019-2020 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.
 
St. Tammany Parish

 

Organizational Support

 

City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs

$8,250

Slidell Little Theatre

$7,352

Playmakers, Inc.

$4,200

St. Tammany Art Association

$3,574

 

                                                                               

Project Assistance

 

STARC of Louisiana, Inc.

$5,000

Cutting Edge Center for the Arts

$4,750

City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events

$1,837

North Shore Chapter, American Harp Society

$1,000

 

                                                                               
St. Bernard Parish
 

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Library

$2,200

St. Bernard Parish Government

$1,800

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools

$1,523

 

 

The purpose of the DAF program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is 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 as administered by St. Tammany Parish Government. 
 
“The arts are vital to our heritage and our identity, and these competitive grants are one small way we can ensure that this heritage is preserved for the next generations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have tremendous talent here locally, and so many of our native sons and daughters have gone on to share their gifts with the rest of the world. This program helps us continue to fuel the arts here in St. Tammany.”
 
Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in Spring 2020, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit http://www.stpgov.org/arts-grants.

 
 

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