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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Decision on 2021 Mardi Gras Parades

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that 2021 Mardi Gras Parades will not roll in St. Tammany. The decision was finalized early Thursday, after consultation with Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany Parish Coroner, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, local fire districts, local police departments and a consensus of local mayors.

“This decision was made after much discussion and thoughtful deliberation. We have taken in to consideration the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and the fact that we remain in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with numbers continuing to rise,” Cooper said. “We want to discourage any event that will draw large crowds and possibly endanger the health of our citizens or possibly put our first responders at risk.  I want to thank every leader within our Parish who participated in this conversation. I will continue to do what is right to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

Cooper hosted two conference calls with the above-mentioned parties on separate occasions to discuss the 2021 Mardi Gras season.

 

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21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights Starts Friday, December 4, 2020

21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights Starts Friday, December 4, 2020

The drive-thru version of the 21st Annual Holiday of Lights kicks off Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. Guests should plan to drive into Koop Drive and follow the directional signs where they will be guided through the light display for sightseeing from the comfort of their vehicles (see map).

The drive-thru Holiday of Lights display will be open on Koop Drive in Mandeville, Fridays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. beginning December 4, 2020 through Christmas night.

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — December 1 – December 4

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — December 1 – December 4

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Slidell area —Tuesday, December 1, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The testing site is open 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 Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

St. Tammany Parish Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) that St. Tammany Parish’s multi-jurisdictional, updated 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved. This approval secures St. Tammany’s eligibility for Hazard Mitigation grants administered by FEMA including: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) post-disaster-funding; pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), a nationally competitive program for mitigation projects and planning grants; and; Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), a nationally competitive program for Flood Mitigation projects.

“Work to update this plan was a collective and concentrated effort — especially in light of COVID-19,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Several municipalities as well as our citizens — through public input meetings — worked together to formulate, update, and prepare this plan. I want to thank everyone involved for making sure St. Tammany remains prepared with a working plan moving forward.”

“I am very appreciative of the efforts of all of the representatives from every jurisdiction, and I am grateful for all that they do to protect St. Tammany Parish” said Clarence Powe, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “Continued eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants administered by FEMA — both pre and post-disaster — is vitally important to the resilience of our community.”

The approved, participating jurisdictions include: unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Abita Springs, the City of Covington, the Village of Folsom, the Town of Madisonville, the City of Mandeville, the Town of Pearl River, the City of Slidell, and the Village of Sun. The current plan expires November 3, 2025 and will need to be updated and approved at that time.

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 implemented on an ongoing basis, and must be updated every five years to ensure they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies. Updating a plan involves preparing the plan and meeting specific criteria throughout the updating process including public involvement and stakeholder meetings.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines implementation strategies community can take to make them more disaster-resilient. It identifies various natural hazards that may impact a community and outlines mitigation strategies, projects, and actions for reducing risks to these identified hazards.

 View the St. Tammany Parish 2020 Hazard Mitigation plan here.

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St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Updates

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Updates

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes 46 Greyhounds Removed from Pearl River Area Rescue 

The 46 pups removed from a Pearl River rescue in early November by St. Tammany Parish Animal Control officers, have been rehomed. Acting on a report and subsequent photos, Animal Control Officers, accompanied by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, visited A Grey Area Greyhound Adoption Inc. near Pearl River.  The conditions in the facility warranted the seizure of the pups, most of them Greyhounds. Eleven of the pups were returned to their owners, and the remaining 35 were taken in by rescue groups.

“I am very proud of the work by our Department of Animal Services team. They quickly assessed all of the pups — and placed them with their rightful owners, or with reputable rescue groups who so generously offered to help,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our shelter population is such that this sudden influx of pups was easily managed, and I attribute this to the hard work of our staff under the proactive leadership of our Director, Beth Brewster.”

“Our focus is safety of the public, and the well-being of the animals in our care. There are occasions, like this one, where we step in to lend a hand,” said Beth Brewster, Director of the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. “We want to encourage citizens to call us if they are in a situation that they find unmanageable, or if they see something they feel needs our attention. We are here to help.”

Several reputable rescue groups worked closely with the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services to pull 35 pups. These groups are:  GPOA- Greyhound Pets of America, National Borzoi Rescue Foundation, Afghan Club of America, STOLA National Saluki Rescue, and Whippet Rescue and Placement.

Find Your Fur-ever Feline, Barks Giving, Adopt A Shelter Pet Stocking and Home for the Holidays Adoption Event

During the months of November and December, you can take home a cat six months or older for FREE from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Kittens— or cats under the age of six months — are now $25. The cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Our first ever Barksgiving is coming up. With the help of our partners from Mardi Paws, as well as our sponsors: Piggly Wiggly, Baldwin Subaru, Tito's Vodka For Dog People, and Cupcake Concepts, all shelter pets will be provided a Barksgiving dinner. It’s a pet-friendly menu with the animals’ health in mind.

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, plan to visit us at our Home for the Holidays Adoption Event at Baldwin Subaru located at 1730 N Hwy 190, Covington from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There are several opportunities to help the shelter this Christmas season. Visit unleashjoy.org to learn more about the following: 12 Days of ChristMUTTS; Adopt a Shelter Pet’s Stocking; Christmas Wishlist promotion of much-needed shelter items; and Christmas Dinner for shelter pets.

If you wish to purchase a Kuranda bed for our shelter pups, visit this link: shelterbeds.org .

Pets currently in adoption can be found at www.stpgov.org/pets. Please choose the Pet Finder or Pet Harbor tab to search the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. You can also find many of our adoptable pets on Facebook.  The Shelter will be closed, Thursday, November 26, 2020 through Saturday, November 28, 2020, for Thanksgiving. Business hours resume Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

 

“I want to wish every citizen of St. Tammany a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We know these holidays are going to be different due to COVID-19.  Each one of us can play a part in helping to protect the most vulnerable among us through personal responsibility. We can do this with a few simple steps. Please keep COVID-19 protective measures in mind when planning your holiday.

“When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please continue to physically distance, avoid large gatherings — especially gatherings with people you have not been in contact with recently. If you are out in the community wear a mask — especially when inside local businesses and restaurants. As I have said in the past, there are several ways to support our local restaurants and small businesses. Shopping with them is one and helping them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when you are inside their establishments is another.

“I continue to work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and I ask each and every citizen to continue to work with me to achieve this balance. By protecting ourselves and one other, we can all contribute to the recovery.  Please take personal responsibility as we enter into the holidays. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.”

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Slidell This Week — November 17 – November 20, 2020

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week in the Slidell area —Tuesday, November 17, 2020 through Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The testing site is open 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.

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

Find your Fur-ever Feline at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

During the month of November, take home a cat six months or older for FREE from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Kittens, or cats under the age of six months, are now $25. The cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

“Our shelter has come a long way in 2020, and our population is less than 150 right now — that’s less than one quarter of what it was in the first half of 2020. We want to keep the positive momentum going,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “If you are looking for a pet, now is a great time to find one.”

Additional changes at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter include: a mentorship with Best Friends Animal Society — a national animal advocacy group and partner; reduced euthanasia rates — euthanasia rates of animals who were either ill or a danger to the public, dropped to less than eight percent during the month of October; a high placement rate — since the start of 2020, over 1600 pets have been placed through adoption, rescue groups, or reunification with their owners.

Pets currently in adoption can be found at www.stpgov.org/pets. Please choose the Pet Finder or Pet Harbor tab to search the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. You can also find many of our adoptable pets on Facebook.

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St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the first round of public involvement opportunities for New Directions 2040 — the update to the Parish’s Comprehensive Plan. These events will introduce the initiative, explain the role of the Comprehensive Plan in decision-making on land use and infrastructure, and show how residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can participate. St. Tammany citizens will learn about upcoming opportunities to express their vision, values and priorities for the Parish over the next 20 years.

“As I stated when we kicked off this initiative, 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. These information sessions are the start of developing this vision,” said President Cooper. “This is where the opportunity begins for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future. I invite everyone to have a seat at the table and offer input.”

The combination of in-person “pop-up” events and virtual informational sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Kickoff and Info Session - Registration required
  • Friday, November 13 from 2-6 PM  // Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA-1085, Covington
  • Saturday, November 14 from 10AM - 1PM // Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell
  • Sunday, November 15 from 10 AM-3 PM // Madisonville Maker’s Market, Madisonville Ball Park & Playground, Pine Street, Madisonville
  • Monday, November 16 from 10 AM-1PM // Folsom Farmers Market, Giddy Up, 82292 LA-25, Folsom
  • Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Info Session #2 - Registration required

Today the Parish also launches the project website, where a visioning survey, ideas board, interactive map, and more information is available: www.newdirections2040.com.

All pop-up events will occur outdoors. Project team staff will follow Louisiana Department of Health guidelines with respect to wearing protective facial coverings.  Social distancing measures will be followed.

The planned outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process 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. 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.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/heQOrv.

 

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21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

21st Annual Drive-Thru Holiday of Lights will Take Place this Christmas Season

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper announced that a modified version of the 21st Annual Holiday of Lights will go forward this Christmas season as a drive-thru only event.

“We are all ready for something positive. What could be more positive than keeping this tradition alive even through COVID-19,” Cooper said. “While we know the experience will be slightly different, we will still have the experience, and that is the most important thing for us — to give our citizens the Holiday of Lights event in 2020.”

The Holiday of Lights display will be open on Koop Drive in Mandeville, as a drive-thru only sightseeing event, Fridays through Sundays from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in December, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Dates and drive-thru procedures will be announced closer to the kick-off of the event.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Takes a Hit from Hurricane Zeta

 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will remain closed until early spring 2021, as the Pier sustained significant damage from Hurricane Zeta.
 
“The Pier suffered damage that has made it unsafe for patrons, and that must be repaired before work on Phase II can begin. Therefore, we have made the decision to close now for the winter,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the patience of our patrons, and we look forward to reopening in 2021 with a more expanded Pier and even more fishing opportunities.”
 
Crews will work to repair the Pier in the coming weeks. Following the repair, construction on Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier is expected to begin in early December. $390,000 in funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project earlier this year. 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 one of the twin spans (WEST side) 2500-foot section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shade structures with benches, portable restroom structures with cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, and exterior lighting. Cost estimates to repair the damage from Hurricane Zeta have not been finalized.
 
 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup – November 4, 2020St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020EO Update Sunday, November 1, 2020EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine TrafficEO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park
Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020
Press Conference October 30, 2020
Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020
Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020
Press Conference October 28, 2020
St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency
St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  
 
 
 

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St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish Government will Facilitate Multi-Layered Project to Preserve the Shoreline at the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Protection Project for Educational Outreach will go forward with funding from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Councilman Chairman Mike Lorino introduced an ordinance at the October 2020 Parish Council meeting, which was adopted at the November 2020 Parish Council meeting, allocating approximately $1,593,700 in GOMESA funding to complete the project.

“When we were approached by the Town of Madisonville and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum with the project to preserve this important coastal habitat unique to our community and to help facilitate access to the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse for public education purposes, we knew it would make a lasting impact on generations for years to come,” Cooper said. “The historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse has a storied history, and will now continue to have a lasting future, as we invest in its continued preservation.”

“The approval and funding of this project to protect the Tchefuncte River Range Light Station here in Madisonville is very appreciated. This project has been in the works for years, with your assistance our community and St Tammany Parish will be preserving a landmark to be enjoyed for years to come,” said Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat. “The original building, built before the Civil War still provides boaters guidance into the Tchefuncte River. We want to thank each of you for your support of this Historic Building and Landmark in our community!”

Anticipated benefits of this shovel-ready project include coastal protection and restoration, recreational usage, educational outreach, navigation, and preservation of the historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse peninsula shoreline. Design elements include: a proposed shoreline reduction bulkhead; a proposed dock and pier reconstruction; and a proposed rock breakwater. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation administered the design with funding by the Environmental Protection Agency secured by Senator Bill Cassidy.

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park Reopens After Hurricane Zeta Cleanup

Camp Salmen Nature Park in the Slidell area will reopen at noon , Wednesday, November 4, 2020 after extensive cleanup from Hurricane Zeta. Parish Government asks that patrons please refrain from using areas that remain closed.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced on Tuesday, October  27, 2020 the official opening of the Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen, as well as the new park hours --- seven days per week from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Read details here.

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell.

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14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

14th Annual President’s Arts Awards Slated for November 19th

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that the 14th Annual President’s Arts Awards recipients will be honored at the President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, Thursday, November 19, 2020, at an outdoor ceremony at the Koop Drive Trailhead Pavilion. Attendance will be limited to recipients and their families as COVID-19 protective protocol will be in place.

“We are happy to be able to host this event at the Koop Drive Trailhead. I want to thank the Commission for their hard work and their attention to every detail in keeping safety in mind in planning this event, for the honorees,” Cooper said. “The arts are a vital part of our community.  I look forward to celebrating my first Arts Awards as Parish President and recognizing the wealth of artistic talent here in St. Tammany. I offer sincere congratulations to every recipient.”

The honorees are as follows:

  • Visual Artist – Gretchen Armbruster
  • Literary Artist – Mike Artell
  • Culinary Artist – Abita Brewing Company
  • Performing Artist – Mel Rogers
  • Musical Artist – Lee Hicks
  • Patron of the Arts – Painting with a Twist
  • President’s Award (Posthumously) – Gardner Schneider Kole
  • Native Son Award – Lesslee Fitzmorris Mitchell
  • Lifetime Achievement – Patricia “Pat” Clanton
  • Outstanding Service Award – Kim Bergeron

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update – November 2, 2020 – P.M.

 

Citizens in need of blue roof tarps can pick them up at the following locations in St. Tammany during business hours:

 

  Town of Abita Springs - (985)892-0711

                22161 Level Street, Abita Springs

                Village of Folsom - (985) 796-5607

                82378 June Street, Folsom           

               Town of Pearl River – (985)-863-5800

                City Hall, 39460 Willis Alley, Pearl River

                City of Slidell – (985)-646-4258

                Slidell Public Operations Complex, 1325 Bayou Lane, Slidell

                Mandeville - (985) 624-3169

                Mandeville Public Works, 1100 Mandeville High Blvd., Mandeville

 

Recreational Facilities

 

These facilities remain closed:

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

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

 

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

 

Citizens are asked to report storm damage to residential and commercial structures to St. Tammany Parish Government through the following means:

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

include your address and phone number

Or call (985)898-5214

Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

Additional Information

 

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

EO Update Sunday, November 1, 2020

EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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

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

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week from Tuesday, November 3, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020, at the Fritchie Park Gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road, in Slidell, 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.

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed November 3, 2020

Non-emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed November 3, 2020

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for election day. Business hours resume Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8 a.m.

 

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – November 1, 2020

 

Power Outages:

As of Sunday, November 1, 2020 11 a.m., utility companies are reporting 32 customers remain without power.

Precautionary Boil Advisories:

These advisories and any other updates are posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices.

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146) – Boil Advisory Lifted October 31, 2020 

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079) – Boil Advisory Lifted October 31, 2020 

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) – Boil Advisory Lifted November 1, 2020

        Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) – Boil Advisory Lifted November 1, 2020

Debris Pickup:

St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will continue picking up green, vegetative, storm-related debris in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany. Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up.

Recreational Facilities

The Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville is now open.

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458 is open.

The Tammany Trace is now open.

The Bayou Lacombe Bridge on the Tammany Trace is open to marine Traffic.

These facilities remain closed:

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

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

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

St. Tammany Parish Government inspectors have identified 550 homes that suffered some damage from hurricane ZETA. The majority of the homes are located in the south Slidell area.

Citizens are asked to report storm damage to residential and commercial structures to St. Tammany Parish Government through the following means:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

include your address and phone number

Or call (985)898-5214

Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Public Works

73 Parish-maintained roads, and 10 state highways had downed trees and /or power lines throughout Hurricane Zeta. Utility crews are still working approximately 15-20 Parish-maintained roads.

As of midday, Friday, October 30, 2020 Public Works crews hauled more than 475 cubic yards of vegetative debris to disposal sites.

Public works continues to clear debris from roadways.

Additional Information

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded – November 1, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference with Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

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EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded

EO UPDATE Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) and Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105) Boil Advisories Rescinded

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Alton Community 

Alton Water System (PWS #1103145)

 

Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in in the Alton Community as indicated in the image below.

ALTON BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Ben Thomas Community 

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

 

Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in the Ben Thomas Community as indicated in the image below.

BEN THOMAS BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED

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

 

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted October 31, 2020

Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020

Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Now Open to Marine Traffic

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is now open to marine traffic and bathroom facilities at the Lacombe trailhead are open.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

St. Tammany Parish Government appreciates the patience of citizens as we work to restore facilities to pre-storm condition.

 

Additional Information

 

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

 

 

 

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EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

EO UPDATE Meadowlake and Briarwood Terrace Boil Advisories Lifted

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

Today, Saturday, October 31, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision as indicated in the image below.

MEADOWLAKE

 

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

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Briarwood Terrace Water System

(PWS 1103079)

 

Today, Saturday, October 31, 2020, Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded for Tammany Utilities customers on the Briarwood Terrace Water System including the following subdivisions and as shown in the image below:

Briarwood Terrace

 

Abita Terrace                                     Alamosa Park                                     Autumn Wind

Briarwood Terrace                           Brookstone                                        Campbell Business Park

Casa Bella                                            Covington Meadows                      Emerald Pines

Falconbridge                                      Fern Creek Estates                           Forest Brook

Fountains                                            Grand Maison                                    Grand Terre Park Estates

Koop Drive Office Park                   Lexington Place                                 Marigny Plaza

Nature Walk                                       New Canaan Hills                              Northshore Commercial

Parc du Lac                                          Parkington Luxury                            Portico Estates                                 

Quail Creek                                        Remington Court                              Six G’s                                  

Stonebrook                                        Tanglewood                                       Trailwoods

Twin Oaks                                           Westwood                                          Wisteria Manor

Woodcrest                                          Woodlands

 

 

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

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 31, 2020 Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

Tammany Trace Opens from Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park

The Tammany Trace is now open from the Slidell Trailhead to Dove Park in Mandeville. The Lacombe drawbridge remains closed to marine traffic and there are no bathroom facilities at the Lacombe trailhead as power has not yet been restored.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

St. Tammany Parish Government appreciates the patience of citizens as we work to restore facilities to pre-storm condition.

Additional Information

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

 

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Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Press Conference October 30, 2020

Press Conference With Governor John Bel Edwards – October 29, 2020

Emergency Operations Update: 11 a.m. Update – October 29, 2020

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Ben Thomas Community  Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Emergency Operations Update: How To Report Damaged Structures – October 29, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – October 28, 2020

Press Conference October 28, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

Hurricane Zeta – Executive Order State of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta – October 26, 2020  

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 30, 2020

Power and Cable Outages:

As of Thursday, October 29, 2020 utility companies are reporting approximately 15,860 customers remain without power. St. Tammany Parish Government has partnered with local Fire Districts to assist citizens who have no power and need to use electricity for oxygen regeneration purposes for homebound people. These citizens may go to any fire station in Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, Covington, Abita Springs, Folsom, Lacombe and Bush Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service will be unavailable after 4 p.m. A map of Oxygen Refilling Stations is located on www.stpgov.org/storm. To report incidents such as downed trees, blocked roads, etc., citizens may call 985.898.2323 until 4:30 p.m. today.

Cable Outages

Charter Communications reporting: Nearly complete with their assessment and look forward to sending in crews as they continue to coordinate with power companies in their efforts to restore service. AT&T Reporting: assessing outages – Cell towers are all back on temporary power – Customers in 258   zip codes (including St. Tammany) won’t be charged for any talk/text/data overages through November 2nd, 2020.

Damage Assessments and Reporting:

St. Tammany Parish Government inspectors have identified 550 homes that suffered some damage from hurricane ZETA. Damage assessment teams are today working other areas. The majority of the homes are located in the south Slidell area.

Citizens are asked to report damage to residential and commercial structures from Hurricane Zeta to St. Tammany Parish Government

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
include your address and phone number
Or call (985) 898-5214
Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Debris Pickup:

St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works is currently picking up green, vegetative, storm-related debris in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany, Friday, October, 30, 2020, and Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up.

Precautionary Boil Advisories:

These advisories and any other updates will be posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices 

While your water service has been restored, the sewage lift stations in many areas are still without power.  Without power at the lift stations, sewer backups and spills can occur. TU is working to keep the systems pumped down as best we can and conservation of water will dramatically help our efforts.  Please conserve water by performing only necessary functions until your power is restored.  Thank you!

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)  Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Samples will be collected today in accordance with LDH policy, to transport to the State lab in Amite. We hope to have results within the next couple of days. We will update as soon as we have them.

Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)  Ben Thomas Community
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Power has not been restored to the well and it is currently operating on generator power. Once power is restored, TU will coordinate with the State on collection of the samples.

Alton Water System (PWS #1103145) Alton Community 
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Power has not been restored to the well and it is currently operating on generator power. Once power is restored, TU will coordinate with the State on collection of the samples.

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
Boil Advisory remains in-place. Samples will be collected today in accordance with LDH policy, to transport to the State lab in Amite. We hope to have results within the next couple of days. We will update as soon as we have them.

  • Abita Terrace
  • Alamosa Park
  • Autumn Wind
  • Briarwood Terrace
  • Brookstone
  • Campbell Business Park
  • Casa Bella
  • Covington Meadows
  • Emerald Pines
  • Falconbridge
  • Fern Creek Estates
  • Forest Brook
  • Fountains
  • Grand Maison
  • Grand Terre Park Estates
  • Koop Drive Office Park
  • Lexington Place
  • Marigny Plaza
  • Nature Walk
  • New Canaan Hills
  • Northshore Commercial
  • Parc du Lac
  • Parkington Luxury
  • Portico Estates 
  • Quail Creek
  • Remington Court
  • Six G’s
  • Stonebrook
  • Tall Timbers
  • Tanglewood
  • Trailwoods
  • Twin Oaks
  • Westwood
  • Wisteria Manor
  • Woodcrest
  • Woodlands
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This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

Recreational Facilities
The Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville is now open.
Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458.
The Tammany Trace is open from the Koop Drive Trailhead to Covington only. The remainder of the Tammany Trace remains closed.

These facilities remain completely closed:

  • Camp Salmen Nature park, located at 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

Public Works

73 Parish-maintained roads, and 10 state highways had downed trees and /or power lines throughout Hurricane Zeta. Utility crews are still working approximately 15-20 Parish-maintained roads.

As of midday, Friday, October 30, 2020 Public Works crews hauled more than 475 cubic yards of vegetative debris to disposal sites.

Public works continues to clear debris from roadways and assist power companies in identifying trees with power lines.

Additional Information

 

Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

Updates will be posted on www.stpgov.org/storm , as well as all social media channels.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update - October 29, 2020 PM

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update - October 29, 2020 PM

 

  • Parish Government Offices will open Friday, October 30, 2020.  
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  • As of Thursday, October 29, 2020 utility companies are reporting approximately 48,718 customers remain without power.  
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has partnered with local Fire Districts to assist citizens who have no power and need to use electricity for oxygen regeneration purposes for homebound people. These citizens may go to any fire station in Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, Covington, Abita Springs, Folsom, and Bush to Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service will be unavailable after 4 p.m. A map of Oxygen Refilling Stations is located here on www.stpgov.org/storm . 
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  • To report incidents such as downed trees, blocked roads, etc., citizens may call 985.898.2323 until 4:30 p.m. today, and tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. 
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  • St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will pick up green, vegetative, storm-related debris Friday, October, 30, 2020, and Monday November 2, 2020. Citizens are asked to please place un-bagged, green, vegetative, storm-related debris by the roadside in the right-of-way for pick up — separate from regular garbage and recycling — by the Public Works Department. Public Works will not go onto private property so debris must be in the right-of-way. Green, vegetative debris mixed with construction and demolition debris will not be picked up. 
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  • Citizens are asked to report storm damage to St. Tammany Parish Government
    • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • include your address and phone number
    • Or call (985)898-5214
    • Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
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  • Precautionary Boil Advisories in place:

 
These advisories and any other updates will be posted here: http://www.stpgov.org/TU-notices

  • While your water service has been restored, the sewage lift stations in many areas are still without power.  Without power at the lift stations, sewer backups and spills can occur. TU is working to keep the systems pumped down as best we can and conservation of water will dramatically help our efforts.  Please conserve water by performing only necessary functions until your power is restored.  Thank you!

 
Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)
     Meadow Lake Subdivision and Portions of French Branch Estates
     Ben Thomas Water System (PWS #1103105)
      Ben Thomas Community
 
Alton Water System (PWS #1103145)
Alton Community 
 
Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
Abita Terrace                                     Alamosa Park                                     Autumn Wind
Briarwood Terrace                           Brookstone                                        Campbell Business Park
Casa Bella                                            Covington Meadows                      Emerald Pines
Falconbridge                                      Fern Creek Estates                           Forest Brook
Fountains                                            Grand Maison                                    Grand Terre Park Estates
Koop Drive Office Park                   Lexington Place                                 Marigny Plaza
Nature Walk                                       New Canaan Hills                              Northshore Commercial
Parkington Luxury                            Portico Estates                                  Quail Creek
Remington Court                              Six G’s                                                   Stonebrook
Tanglewood                                       Twin Oaks                                           Wisteria Manor
 
 
Due to the loss in power caused by Hurricane Zeta on October 28, 2020, both the Briarwood Terrace Water System and Meadow Lake Water System experienced low water pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for all Tammany Utilities customers in these systems.
This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:
Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)
Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.
 
Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.
 

  • These facilities remain closed: 
  • 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.

 

  • Public works continues to clear debris from roadways and assist power companies in identifying trees with power lines.

 

  • Residents are advised to call places of business before heading out to them to determine if they are open, and to determine if they are accepting all forms of payment or cash-only.

 

 
 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – October 27, 2020

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

  • Parish President Mike Cooper signed an Emergency Declaration in advance of Tropical Storm Zeta
  • Parish Officials continue to monitor Tropical and the potential impacts on St. Tammany Parish
  • The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at 7 a.m.  Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Six Self-Serve Sandbag locations will be open from 7: 30 a.m. until 12 p.m. tomorrow. There will be someone to assist the elderly and the disabled at each location, with the exception of the Old Levee District site.
  • Sandbag Locations
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
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  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
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  • The Old Levee District Site (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
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  • 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

  • Non-essential Parish Government Offices will close Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at noon. Essential personnel are expected to report as assigned. Animal Services will be closed to the public.
  • The October 28th Agenda Review and Special Council Meeting has been cancelled due to the  approaching storm.
  • The following will close Wednesday, October 28, 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.
  • 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.
  • STAR TRANSIT will run until 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and then once the storm has passed and road conditions are reassessed they will let us know when services will resume.
  • 22nd JDC, Clerk of Court, St. Tammany Assessor and District Attorney will be closed tomorrow.

-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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Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen Officially Opens — Camp Salmen Nature Park now Open Seven Days Per Week

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen Officially Opens — Camp Salmen Nature Park now Open Seven Days Per Week

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park and the Bayou Liberty Association officially marked the opening of the Tammany Trace into Camp Salmen Nature Park. In addition, President Cooper announced that beginning today, Camp Salmen Nature Park will open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We want to thank DOTD for their partnership on this project. We are happy to officially open the one and a half miles of Trace spanning from Neslo Road to where Melody Lane connects to Camp Salmen. This investment of approximately $750,000 was funded through a combination of grant funding from both DOTD and the Federal Highway Administration, and local Parish funding. It was a team effort,” Cooper said. “We hope citizens will enjoy the extension of the nationally recognized, Rail Trail Hall of Fame — Tammany Trace all the way into the Park.”

“Today is a good day for all St. Tammany Parish residents,” said DOTD District Administrator Larry Sharp. “We are grateful for the partnership with St. Tammany Parish and the federal government to help make this project possible. I look forward to future projects together that will benefit our neighbors.”

With the addition of this extension, the Trace now spans 28.34 miles throughout St. Tammany Parish. To learn more about Camp Salmen Nature Park please visit: www.campsalmennaturepark.org. To learn more about the Tammany Trace please visit: www.tammanytrace.org.

 

Photos:

Group 1: Left to Right: Louisiana State Representative District 90,  Mary DuBuisson; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 11, Steve Stefancik; St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper
Back row: St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 14, T.J. Smith; Slidell City Councilman-at-Large Bill Borchert; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7, James Davis; Larry Sharp, District Administrator, DOTD.

Group 2: Left to Right: Larry Sharp, District Administrator, DOTD; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7, James Davis; Dr. Lee Domangue, President: Bayou Liberty Association; Darrell Noveh, President: Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park ; St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper;  Louisiana State Representative District 90,  Mary DuBuisson;

Jeanne Stangle,(Board member) Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 14, T.J. Smith; Sara Sharp, St. Tammany Parish Government Project Engineer; St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 11, Steve Stefancik; Jay Watson, St. Tammany Parish Government Parish Engineer - Back Row: Slidell City Councilman-at-Large Bill Borchert

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta  

St. Tammany Parish Government Prepares for Hurricane Zeta
 
St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor, and prepare for, any anticipated impacts of Hurricane Zeta as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Zeta will move over the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.
 
The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Zeta could bring tropical storm force conditions to our area late Wednesday into Wednesday Night. The severity of the threats is dependent on the exact track and intensity.  The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Hurricane Center, and coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local partner agencies.
 
The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirmed. Citizens are asked to bring their own shovels, should the ones provided be in use.
 
 
Sandbag Locations
 
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 (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)
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
 
 
Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  
 
Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.
 

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Road Projects Begin Monday, October 26, 2020

Road Projects Begin Monday, October 26, 2020

Mill and overlay work on Krentel Road in the Lacombe areas is  currently underway, however, beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 the bridge on Krentel Road between Hwy 434 and Fish Hatchery Road  will be closed as bridge repairs begin. Motorists are asked to please use alternate routes in this area until work is complete. As the job begins, and the extent of repairs is assessed, more information will be provided as to the expected duration of the project.

Krentel Road

Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 construction will begin on Stirling Boulevard in the Covington area. Lanes will be milled and overlaid. Lanes will be open, however, motorists will likely experience delays, and should use caution.

Stirling Boulevard

 

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Patrons Reminded: A Portion of the Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

Patrons Reminded: A Portion of the Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

Tammany Trace patrons are reminded that a portion of the Tammany Trace will close beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. The closure is part of the I-12 widening project in partnership with the DOTD. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.

“The safety of citizens is the most important reason for this closure. There will be overhead construction with heavy equipment and concrete, as well as equipment staging in the closure area, and we want to ensure this area is free from pedestrian and bicycle traffic for that reason,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We thank citizens for their understanding and ask for your help in raising awareness about the closure.”

“We are asking citizens to have patience as we work on this project. We asked for this closure, and felt it was necessary, so that we minimize the risk to Trace Patrons as we work overhead. We thank Parish Government for working with us to help secure the closure and get the word out to the community,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary, Shawn Wilson, Ph.D.

Patrons wishing to travel to Mandeville via the Trace can access the portion of the Trace south of the closure and park in the lot adjacent to the Tammany Trace on Dove Park Road. Patrons wishing to travel to Abita Springs/Covington via the Tammany Trace can access the Trace north of the closure and park at the Koop Drive Trailhead to access the Trace there. The safety of St. Tammany citizens while this project proceeds is paramount, and as such, there will be no way to utilize the entire length of the Trace on this stretch while the closure is underway. Parish Government suggests using the access points available on the Trace to enjoy it.

Any changes will be updated through our websites: www.stpgov.org, and www.tammanytrace.org . Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Saturday, October 10, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Saturday, October 10, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the St. Tammany Parish Government Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is continually assessing impacts from Hurricane Delta and preparing for deactivation of the Emergency Operations Center when the all-clear is given by the National Weather Service.

“We are grateful that we were spared major damage to life and property from Hurricane Delta. We have crews working on a handful of problem areas, and we know some of our citizens experienced power outages, but overall our impacts are manageable,” said Cooper. “I ask everyone to join me in praying for our neighbors to the west of us, as they deal with impacts from a direct hit. This season has been active and we still have a few weeks left. I encourage everyone to stay prepared.”

            - Public Works crews continue to assess damage and respond to obstructed roadways as need. All road  closures are posted and updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .

- Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, and Kids Konnection Playground are

  re- opened. The Lacombe Drawbridge over the Tammany Trace is open to marine traffic.

- The Tammany Trace will open at noon, Saturday, October 10, 2020. Patrons are asked to avoid the Trace

  until then as crews are working to clear debris.

- Northshore Beach remains closed and will remain closed until crews deem it safe to re-open.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Friday, October 9, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Friday, October 9, 2020: Hurricane Delta 

  • - The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain at Partial Activation by the Crisis Action Team  throughout the remaining  response to Hurricane Delta.
  • - The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier are closed and will remain closed until the Hurricane Delta has passed and these facilities have been assessed. Northshore Beach remains Closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed, and crews are able to assess any damage.
  • - The Kids Konnection playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville is closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and crews are able to asses any damage.
  • - The drawbridge in Lacombe on the Tammany Trace is closed and will remain closed until the wind threat from Hurricane Delta subsides.
  • - Citizens have secured 13,365 sandbags over the span of three days.

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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Portion of Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period as I-12 Widening Project Proceeds

Portion of Tammany Trace to Close for a Prolonged Period as I-12 Widening Project Proceeds

The widening of I-12 is currently underway. This is a significant infrastructure project through the DOTD in partnership with St. Tammany Parish Government. The safety of St. Tammany citizens while this project proceeds is paramount, and as such, as part of this project, a portion of the Tammany Trace in Mandeville will close beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. This closure is expected to last for approximately 265 days due to the construction overhead as well as equipment staging. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.

Trace patrons are asked to be aware of this closure. Any changes will be updated through our websites: www.stpgov.org, and www.tammanytrace.org . Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Visit the Tammany Trace website at www.tammanytrace.org to learn more about the nationally recognized Tammany Trace.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Thursday, October 8, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Thursday, October 8, 2020: Hurricane Delta

  • - All Parish Government Offices will be open Friday, October 9, 2020
  • - The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center will remain at Partial Activation by the Crisis Action Team throughout the remaining response to Hurricane Delta.
  • - The Tammany Trace, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will close Friday, October 9, 2020, and remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and these facilities have been assessed. Northshore Beach remains closed and will remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed, and crews are able to assess any damage.
  • - The Kids Konnection playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville will close Friday, October 9, 2020 and remain closed until Hurricane Delta has passed and crews are able to asses any damage.
  • -The drawbridge in Lacombe on the Tammany Trace will close Friday, October 9, 2020, and remain closed until the wind threat from Hurricane Delta subsides.

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to 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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government are closed Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Columbus Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Office hours will resume Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish Government Emergency Operations Update, Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Hurricane Delta

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for St. Tammany Parish in response to Hurricane Delta and potential impacts. In a news conference earlier today, Cooper outlined the Parish’s emergency response plan.

Sandbag Locations

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 (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn) - 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

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Bars May Re-open for On-Premises Consumption

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Bars May Re-open for On-Premises Consumption

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announces that bars may reopen in St. Tammany for on-premises consumption as of today, October 7, 2020, under Phase 3 guidelines as our percent positivity rate has fallen below 5% for two consecutive weeks. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, from 9/17 – 9/23, St. Tammany Parish had a Percent Positivity Rate of  3.5 %; and for the week of  9/24 – 9/30, 4.30 %. Cooper submitted an opt-in request to the Governor’s Office Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in anticipation of the percent positivity rate in St. Tammany falling below the required threshold for bars to reopen under Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 requirements, received official approval from the Louisiana State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and subsequently signed an amended Executive Order reflecting the change.

“Opening another sector of our economy is a big win for us, and for the businesses who will get to open their doors to the public again. We were set to proceed as quickly as possible to do so,” said Cooper. “As I have said since this pandemic began, my goal is to balance the health of the community with the health of our economy.”

Bars may open under the following guidelines:

  1. Bars may reopen and offer tableside service only. Standing and bar service will be prohibited.
  2. Indoor capacity shall be limited to a 25% occupancy rate or fifty (50) people, whichever is less.
  3. Outdoor capacity shall be limited to fifty (50) people and only for tableside service.
  4. Tables shall be spaced in accordance with SFM social distancing guidelines.
  5. Bars and other Class AG permit holders including daiquiri shops must cease all sale and service of alcoholic beverages and close no later than 11 P.M.
  6. No person under the age of twenty-one (21) shall be allowed on to the premises.
  7. Live music is allowed outside only. Indoor Live music is prohibited.

See complete guidelines here.

Per Phase3 guidelines, if at any time St. Tammany Parish’s percent positivity rate subsequently exceed 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in St. Tammany Parish will then be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks.

 

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Executive Order Amending Phase Three of the Recovery Plan – Reopen Bars, October 7, 2020  
State of Louisiana : Advisory to all Bars and Restaurants  
Executive Order Amending Phase Three Of The Recovery Plan September 21, 2020
Executive Order Implementing Phase Three Of The Recovery Plan September 14, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020
Executive Order Requiring Masks Or Facial Coverings In Public Spaces
Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020
Executive Order Implementing Phase Two Of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020
Executive Proclamation: State Of Emergency For Covid-19 Phase 2 Of Resilient Louisiana 
Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan  May 15, 2020
Extended Stay At Home Order April 30, 2020
Extended Stay At Home Order 
Executive Order Stay At Home 
Emergency Declaration 03172020 
Emergency Declaration 03132020 
Stay Home Information From The Governor 
Gov. Edwards Signs Proclamation Moving Louisiana's Elections Back Several Weeks

 

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Hurricane Delta - St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper, his administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor, and prepare for, any anticipated impacts of Hurricane Delta as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Delta will enter the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday as a major hurricane and likely impact portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi at the end of the week. The National Hurricane Center is advising all residents along the northern Gulf Coast to closely monitor the forecast of Hurricane Delta. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Hurricane Center, and coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local partner agencies.

“We have been through many storm threats this hurricane season, and I am again asking residents to prepare for Hurricane Delta and the possibility of a localized heavy rain event, damaging winds, and coastal flooding. 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 across the Gulf of Mexico,” said Mike Cooper, Parish President. “Also stay tuned to local news and local officials as we monitor this system and its potential impacts.”

All Emergency Operations liaisons are currently on stand-by. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is prepared to physically activate the Emergency Operations Center. Public Works personnel are 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, in addition, crews are clearing debris from drainage ditches and lowering the levels of retention and detention ponds. Tammany Utilities is ensuring all equipment is operational and back-up systems are in place.   

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works will open six self-serve sandbag locations beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. All locations (with the exception of the Old Levee District Site) will have personnel on-hand to assist the elderly or infirmed. All will remain open until 6 p.m. All locations will re-open Wednesday, October 7, 2020 and Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m.

Sandbag Locations

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 (those who need assistance, visit Fritchie Barn)

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

Emergency preparedness information will be available to citizens, contingent on the forecast, through our television station: STPG-TV —Channel 710 on Charter, Channel 99, AT&T U-VERSE, or livestream at www.stpgov.org/, through our storm page: www.stpgov.org/storm, through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and through the local media. Citizens can also subscribe to automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Citizens are reminded to enhance emergency preparedness plans to include masks, hand sanitizers and other items needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Introduces Proposed 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets

St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces Proposed 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the St. Tammany Parish Council introduced two ordinances for adoption of the proposed 2021 Parish Operating Budget, and the proposed 2021 Parish Capital Improvement Budget. President Cooper has outlined in his budget several key initiatives including: the streamlining of public services to increase efficiency, save money, and better serve St. Tammany citizens; the restoration of trust between Parish Government and citizens through increased transparency and access to public officials; the update of the current comprehensive plan — last updated in 1999; and the creation of partnerships with local and State leaders on issues that impact all citizens, including infrastructure and economic development.

“When I took the oath of office at the beginning of this year, I committed to providing a more streamlined and responsive government, to place sensible controls on unbridled development and avoid mistakes of the past, and to use our public monies wisely and efficiently on priorities which address our basic and most pressing needs,” said Cooper. “This year’s budget reflects the continued effort to improve the financial accountability of Parish Government and to meet the service demands of our citizens and the infrastructure needs of our Parish. Considering the economic uncertainties in our parish, our state, our nation, and our world, in the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, the proposed budget is conservative and fiscally prudent.”

The 2021 Budget, was prepared by St. Tammany Parish Chief Financial Officer, Leslie Long and staff under the direction of St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. According to the October 1, 2020 St. Tammany Parish Council agenda, the Parish Council will hold a public hearing in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 to review the proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets prior to adoption. The Parish’s paperless version of the proposed budgets is available for review online at the St. Tammany Parish Government website at this link.

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Infrastructure Investment of Nearly $800,000 to Begin Soon in Black River Estates in the Madisonville Area

Infrastructure Investment of Nearly $800,000 to Begin Soon in Black River Estates in the Madisonville Area

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that a bridge replacement project on Black River Drive in Black River Estates subdivision in the Madisonville area will begin November 2, 2020. This $759,582 investment is expected to be complete in May of 2021.

“When we make investments like this in our infrastructure — particularly bridge replacements — benefits are twofold in that end of life materials are replaced, and the structure is modernized with the most advanced, durable material available,” Cooper said. “This enhances not only the safety of the bridge, it also extends its lifespan, and as a result improves travel for citizens.”

Residents who live North of the Bridge on Black River Drive and visitors to Black River Estates who wish to get to this area, should plan to use an alternate route.  Access through Black River Drive from Highway 22, beginning November 2, 2020 will be open only to residents who live South of the Bridge. Brown Industrial is the contractor for this project.

 

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St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking citizens to continue to exercise best mitigation practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that St. Tammany can continue to move forward.

“I am urging people to continue to wear masks in public, physically distance, and avoid large gatherings to prevent an increase in positive cases and to bring our percent positive case numbers down. We are in Phase 3 — our children are back in school, businesses are opening up at greater capacity, and we are starting to see things slowly return to a sense of normalcy, however, our percent positivity rate remains above 5%, which means our bars cannot yet open under the Governor’s criteria,” Cooper said. “I am asking citizens to help us bring this number down by doing the things medical professionals advise to slow the spread. It’s our goal to continue to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

St. Tammany Parish Government employees have returned to Parish Government offices in Phase 3, and Parish Government, like many establishments, can operate at 75% of total occupancy. Cooper said provisions are in place to accommodate employees who are most vulnerable, or who may have a medical condition that will necessitate continued remote working. St. Tammany Parish Government staff continues to meet with the public by appointment, and everyone must complete a screening process and wear a mask in order to enter Parish Government buildings.

Currently, Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 proclamation which you may review here, contains the criteria for bars to reopen. St. Tammany Parish does not yet meet these criteria. The Louisiana Department of Health updates the Percent Positivity of Tests by Parish numbers every Wednesday. These numbers can be found at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus.

President Cooper aligned his declaration with that of Governor John Bel Edwards, addressing identified establishments opening at 75% of total occupancy, a continued mask mandate and physical distancing requirements. The entire proclamation containing Phase 3 guidelines may be viewed here. All COVID-19 information can be found at www.stpgov.org/covid19.

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Executive Order Amending Phase 3of the Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase 3 of the Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

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

St. Tammany Parish Government

CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

OpenSafely 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) are closely monitoring Tropical Depression Beta, expected to move over Louisiana later this week. St. Tammany Parish is currently under a Coastal Flood Warning. According to forecasters, Tropical Depression Beta is slow-moving and the prolonged persistent onshore flow of tidal water will continue to produce above normal tides and coastal flooding.

“As we continue to see the onshore tidal flow, we ask citizens who live in low-lying areas to stay tuned to the weather forecast and to prepare for a prolonged event with periods of rainfall. We ask all citizens to please adhere to roadway signage and to refrain from unnecessarily driving through neighborhoods with water in the streets to prevent the movement of this water into homes,” Cooper said. “We are prepared and we ask residents in these impacted areas to stay vigilant. We ask everyone to drive with consideration for others in these impacted areas.”

Self-serve sandbag locations will open today, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 and Thursday, September 24, 2020, as required. 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 during the hours of 7 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.  at the following locations:

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 N 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

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website — www.stpgov.org/storm , 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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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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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 parameters. 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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  • 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.

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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.”

You may read the declaration here.

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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.

 

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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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