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Holiday of Lights Events Cancelled For Saturday, December 8, 2018

Holiday of Lights Events Cancelled For Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Holiday of Lights events for tonight, Saturday, December 8, 2018 have been cancelled. Officials made the decision to cancel this evening’s events as a precautionary measure for safety reasons related to excessive rainfall, standing water in the event area and the electrical infrastructure of the event.

Barring any unforeseen issues, the final weekend of Holiday of Lights is scheduled to go on as planned, December 14 and 15, 2018 from 6p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville directly behind the Kid’s Konnection Playground.

St. Tammany Awarded $25 million BUILD Grant to Widen I-12

St. Tammany Awarded $25 million BUILD Grant to Widen I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany was awarded $25 million in BUILD grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the I-12 widening project.

“This is a huge win for all of us — the St. Tammany community and the people who travel this interstate. To see that the federal government has chosen to support our mission in making our interstate system safer by awarding this $25 million BUILD Grant, reinforces the necessity of this project. We can’t wait to get started. We also sincerely appreciate the leadership and efforts of our Congressman Steve Scalise and the rest of the Louisiana delegation on securing this funding.” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We committed to doing our part to find a funding source for this project, and this first step is a success, which means we can move forward in the plans to make the I-12 safer for travel. We will still continue to seek support and funding from every possible source, and we will continue to push for immediate action. The safety of St. Tammany and every person who comes through here is — and has always been— my top concern.”

"This $25 million grant to widen I-12 in St. Tammany has long been a top priority of mine, and the recent tragedy over Memorial Day weekend underscored why this project is needed, and why today’s announcement by DOT Secretary Chao is so important. I especially thank St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister for being a leader, ally, and strong local advocate for this critical project," said U.S Congressman Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip.

“These resources will go toward critical infrastructure projects in Louisiana that will create jobs and support economic growth. Widening I-12 will eliminate bottlenecks in St. Tammany Parish and improve highway safety,” said U.S. Senator, Dr. Bill Cassidy. “During our phone call this morning I gave a big thank you to Secretary Chao for listening to our needs and approving these resources.”

“The widening of Interstate 12 is critical to public safety.  After the Memorial Day weekend fatalities, I started working with state and local leaders to convince Secretary Chao that this funding was necessary to save lives. I want to thank St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and state Sen. Jack Donahue for working tirelessly with me on this project,” said U. S. Senator John Kennedy.

Brister has been pushing for the prioritization of the I-12 widening project since 2013. In early June of 2018, she appealed to Governor John Bel Edwards and the LADOTD to move up the timeline of the project, after the state had previously pushed back construction and in the wake of a fatal accident over Memorial Day weekend. She also met several times with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson to ensure the design of the project would continue as her search for funding continued, so that when the funding was identified, the project would be shovel-ready, as well as to request immediate short-term safety solutions. She announced the application for the BUILD Grant in mid-July and committed to $7.2 million in funding from Parish Government. The Louisiana Congressional delegation offered their written support in a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Choa.

The $36 million total application encompasses $25 million in BUILD Grant funding; $7.2 million match from St. Tammany Parish Government; and a $3.8 million contribution from LADOTD. The project start date is to be determined after consultation with LADOTD.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government Accepting Statements of Qualifications for Professional Services for 2019

St. Tammany Parish Government Accepting Statements of Qualifications for Professional Services for 2019

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government is accepting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for qualified vendors offering professional services, today through December 21, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 fiscal year.

“We want any qualified company to take part in doing business with Parish Government. We are looking for great companies to assist us in accomplishing great projects for the citizens of this Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want businesses to take this opportunity to submit their SOQs for consideration for our pre-qualified vendors list where they will be evaluated for their expertise and experience.”

Individuals and businesses wishing to be considered, can find the current SOQ form on the Parish’s website or by clicking here. SOQ documents will not be accepted after the deadline. Individuals or firms evaluated as qualified must be active and In Good Standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State and licensed to do business in the State of Louisiana. Find a comprehensive list of guidelines that must be followed for consideration here. All submissions will be considered for designation as Pre-Qualified Professional Vendors. Individuals and businesses will be notified by the St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Procurement with the results of their submission requests.

All individuals and firms who are listed on the existing Pre-Qualified Professional Service List will remain on the list through the remainder of 2018 through 2019. All vendors will need to resubmit for the 2020-2021 qualification period at a time to be determined in late 2019.

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ICYMI: Animal Services Millage Renewal on the December 8, 2018 Ballot

ICYMI: Animal Services Millage Renewal on the December 8, 2018 Ballot

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services millage renewal is on the December 8, 2018 ballot during the Open General/Special Primary Election. Voters will be asked to renew the ten-year, one mill property tax — expected to generate an estimated $2,021,348 a year — to continue to fund the maintenance, operations, equipment and capital improvements of the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter run by the Department of Animal Services. The current assessed rate is .82 mills and costs the owner of a property worth $200,000 in St. Tammany, with a homestead exemption, approximately $10.25 per year. 

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The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets.

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed Saturday, December 8, 2018

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, December 8, 2018 as it is a polling place for the 2018 Open General/Special Primary Election. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

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The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets.

19th Annual Holiday of Lights Kicks off in one Week — Friday December 7, 2018

19th Annual Holiday of Lights Kicks off in one Week — Friday December 7, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the 19th Annual Holiday of Lights in St. Tammany Parish kicks off on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:45 on Koop Drive in Mandeville. This free event runs for two consecutive weekends — Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; Friday, December 14; and Saturday, December 15, 2018. Enjoy entertainment from local schools and area performance groups, a special appearance by a live Reindeer on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 7:30 -8:30 p.m. , decorated Christmas trees by schools and other organizations, and free kiddie rides by Mitchell Brothers Amusement.  

Santa will be on-hand for pictures with the children at a cost of $20.00 each, printed while you wait, and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Holiday of Lights is open the weekends of December 7and 8, and December 14 and 15, 2018, from 6p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. at Koop Drive in Mandeville directly behind the Kid’s Konnection Playground.

For more information please call the Tammany Trace Trailhead at 985-867-9490.  

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U.S. Senator John Kennedy Visits Safe Haven Campus with Members of the Safe Haven Foundation

U.S. Senator John Kennedy Visits Safe Haven Campus with Members of the Safe Haven Foundation

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, joined U.S. Senator John Kennedy, and Louisiana State Senator Jack Donahue, for a presentation while visiting the Safe Haven campus in the Mandeville area. The visit was organized by Donahue, who is also the chairman of the newly formed Safe Haven Foundation — established to act as a support arm of the Safe Haven Project and to augment the funding of certain aspects of the project through volunteerism, fundraising and raising public awareness.

“This project is the result of leadership,” said U.S. Senator John Kennedy. “The leaders in St. Tammany took a problem —the closure of Southeast Hospital — and turned it into a long-term solution with the Safe Haven initiative.”

Louisiana State Senator Jack Donahue lauded the visit as an opportunity for Senator Kennedy to get an up-close look at the progress underway at the campus, and the work that is still needed.  “Safe Haven is making a difference on the North Shore and surrounding areas.  Senator Kennedy is coming to visit the facilities and to get an update on the great work that is being done.  His continuing interest in Safe Haven is another key to its success.”

“Even though Safe Haven is still in its early stages, we continue to work on bringing the entire campus to life,” Said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is absolutely essential that we make people aware of what is already available at the facilities out here — the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, Fontainebleau Treatment Center and Northlake Behavioral Health, to name a few. We still have much to accomplish at Safe Haven, and support from the top down is critical to achieving success with this model, and ultimately helping people with behavioral health needs.”

Initiatives underway include: The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, now open and providing transportation; in the first quarter of 2019, ground is expected to be broken on the Crisis Receiving Center— considered the anchor of the Safe Haven facility model; work is expected to begin in 2019 on the green infrastructure project grant-funded by the LA Safe initiative; and the Family Promise Day Center — the signature project of the Safe Haven Foundation. 

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FEMA Individual Assistance Teams visit Tallow Creek Residents at the Request of Parish President

FEMA Individual Assistance Teams visit Tallow Creek Residents at the Request of Parish President

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, requested through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) that FEMA Individual Assistance teams do an assessment of the homes and needs of the families in Tallow Creek, affected by the November 1, 2018 tornado that touched down in the Covington area subdivision.

“These teams assess the situation in the aftermath of a disaster, and determine if the people who were affected have any unmet needs, not covered by insurance,” Brister said. “This event, though it impacted a condensed area, was traumatic for those involved, and so we want to utilize every possible resource at our disposal to help these families make things right.”

Following her on-site visit to Tallow Creek the morning of the storm, Brister instructed EOC personnel to coordinate with faith-based groups to assist homeowners with temporary tarps for roof damage, and to request assistance from the Red Cross. The FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet these needs through other means. Parish Government will await the analysis from GOSHEP and FEMA following the completion of the assessments.

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Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

Holiday Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

The 19th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place over two December weekends: December 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2018, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Koop Drive in Mandeville. Keep an eye out for a complete entertainment lineup to be released soon.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road in the Slidell area, will close on Thanksgiving Day— Thursday, November 22, 2018.  On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Pier will close at 6p.m. for the winter months. The Pier is expected to reopen in the spring, on or around March 1st.

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

In November, the Tammany Trace and the Kids Konnection are closed on Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, November 22, 2018. These facilities re-open on Friday, November 23rd.  In December, these facilities will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening on December 26th.  Camp Salmen Nature Park will close on Friday, November 23, 2018.

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Thursday, November 22, and Friday November 23, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Tammany Trace Extension into Camp Salmen — Update

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the project to bring the Tammany Trace into Camp Salmen Nature Park is roughly 60% complete. The pathway within Camp Salmen is ready for asphalt and this will take place as soon base material installation is completed on the section of the path from Neslo Road and Highway 190.

“This long-awaited collaboration between the Parish, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the City of Slidell, is definitely taking shape, and crews are on schedule,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. We are definitely moving forward, despite small challenges with the weather, and we wanted to update everyone with the status so far.”

Crews are essentially constructing an entirely new path through a primarily wooded area, near an adjacent busy thoroughfare. The extension will span 1.5 miles from the end of the Tammany Trace at Neslo Road, and culminate where Melody Drive connects to Camp Salmen Nature Park on Parish Parkway.  The projected timeline estimates completion by January 2019, barring any other weather delays. 

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Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Business hours will resume on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Collaboration Between St. Tammany Parish Government and City of Slidell Brings Nearly $1 million in Improvements to Airport Rd./ Northshore Boulevard

Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President, and Greg Cromer, City of Slidell, Mayor, announced a $935,030.00 collaborative roadway improvement project on Airport Road in the Slidell Area will begin the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

“Our goal is to make the most of all of our resources to make improvements happen, no matter where the boundary lines end,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to continued collaboration with the City of Slidell to keep St. Tammany’s infrastructure sound, so that residents can enjoy safe, efficient travel.”

“The City of Slidell is very fortunate to be working with St. Tammany Parish for the mill and overlay project on Airport Blvd.,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “We have a great relationship with President Brister and St. Tammany Parish Government and we look forward to working with them on future projects to benefit all of our citizens.”

The project will extend from where Airport Road meets the Slidell Municipal Airport, to the intersection of Northshore Boulevard and U.S. 190 (Gause Boulevard), and will include the mill and overlay of the roadway, roadway striping, and sidewalk improvements. The project is expected to be complete in early 2019.

Photo Left to Right: Steve Stefancik, St. Tammany Parish Council, District 11; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; Greg Cromer, Mayor, City of Slidell; Val Vanney, Jr., Slidell City Council, Distirct D

 

 

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Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Local Agencies Benefit from Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training Offered by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, was proud to host live training sessions of mandatory Sexual Harassment and Ethics Training for local agencies throughout the Parish. Seven sessions were offered at four locations, on different days in late October, conducted by Parish employees who are certified trainers. In addition to the St. Tammany Parish President and over 400 additional Parish Government employees, employees from the City of Covington Public Works Department, Parish Planning Commissioners, Parish Board of Adjustment members and St. Tammany Parish Council members attended the training.

“This was a way for us to give all employees who are required to take this training, an opportunity to complete it at a dedicated time and place,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It also reinforces every employee’s right to work in a secure, safe workplace and lets them know what is expected of them, gives us assurance that our employees are receiving the required training, and lets us document their participation.”  

State Law requires public employees to complete one hour per year of Ethics Training, and one hour per year of Sexual Harassment Training. The Ethics Course has an online option, but the Sexual Harassment Training does not. The live training session, created by Adrienne Stroble, Director of Human Resources of St. Tammany Parish Government, satisfied the Sexual Harassment Training requirement.

 

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Offices Closed for the Congressional Primary Election

Offices Closed for the Congressional Primary Election

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the Congressional Primary Election, as many Parish Offices serve as polling places. Business hours resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the continuation of capital improvements to the Tammany Utilities (TU) water and sewer systems with the installation of ten auto-dialers at critical water wells and sewer lift stations across the TU service areas. A total of 80 auto-dialers will be installed over the next several weeks as weather permits, and additional auto-dialers are budgeted for 2019. The dialers are custom-programmed with emergency numbers so that if an issue occurs at a lift station, well, or with a pump, TU staff is notified immediately, no matter the time of day or night.

“With the installation of these auto-dialers, we may be able to lessen the frequency of boil advisories by addressing things that cause the well systems to lose pressure before the pressure drops to a critical point triggering those advisories,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “But this is just one plus to these devices. In addition, they will increase efficiency in our response time in the event of a failure, they add to the peace of mind for TU customers as well as our staff, and ultimately, they will save money. We will continue this capital improvement investment to enhance our maintenance and improve the system overall.”

The auto-dialers will give TU personnel advance warning of problems with water wells, with the hope that any issues affecting the well can be addressed before the system loses pressure, thereby preventing the frequency of boil advisories.  These dialers will also help identify problems with pumps before they fail due to a clog, or other malfunction, as well as immediate alerts to other issues which could lead to system spills.

Since the start of 2018, nearly $200,000 in capital improvements investments to the Tammany Utilities Water and Sewer System have been in progress.

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America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the first ever America Recycles Day event, will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.

“This event is the first of its kind in our community, and we are excited to offer a way for people to properly recycle their items. We hope residents will take this opportunity to do this,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. 

Residents can bring plastic, aluminum, tin, newspaper and cardboard. Please no glass. For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the following weekend on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics for this collection day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

 

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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the library of the Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road.

The following items will be discussed:

  • 1. Ordinances adopting and establishing the 2019 Operating Budget and 2019-2023 Capital Improvements Budget
  • 2. Ordinance for introduction authorizing the execution of an extension option and the amendment of the existing Contract Agreement, pursuant to LA R.S. 33:4791.1, between St. Tammany Parish Government and Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc for the provision of Emergency and Non-emergency Ambulance Services within specific service areas of St. Tammany Parish
  • 3. Ordinance for introduction amending Parish Code of Ordinances to add new Section 14-33 to 14-36 to regulate Fire Alarm Systems and provide for penalties for repeat false fire alarms
  • 4. Ordinance for introduction amending the Official Parish Zoning map to reclassify 20,000 square feet located north of South Street, east of Hickory Street, being lot 6, Slidell Manor Subdivision, 411 South Street, Slidell from A-4 (Single Family Residential District) to I-2 (Industrial District)
  • 5. Appeal of Zoning Commission Denial on October 2, 2018 to rezone 5.82 acres located north of LA Highway 433, west of Galatas Lane, east of Faciane Road, being 30425 LA Highway 433, Slidell, from A-2 (Suburban District) and RO (Rural Overlay) to NC-5 (Retail and Service District)
  • 6. Ordinance(s) for adoption providing for the sale of Utilities Revenue Refunding Bonds and Limited Tax Refunding Bonds
  • 7. Ordinance for adoption amending Sec 2-183 of the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances for the Reorganization of the Parish Legal Department
  • 8. Ordinance for adoption amending the St. Tammany Parrish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Parish Council, section 2-79 entitled: Council Personnel
  • 9. Ordinance for adoption amending the official Parish Zoning Map to reclassify 0.520 acre located west of Dixie Ranch Road, south of Idlewild Pines Road from A-2 (Suburban District) to A-3 (Suburban District)
  • 10. Any other items of interest concerning District 11 constituents

Anyone having questions concerning the meeting should contact District 11 Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

NAMI St. Tammany Day Center Now Offering Transportation

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, the first of many additions to the Safe Haven Campus, now has transportation available to and from the center— at no cost — to St. Tammany residents.

“This is an option we are happy to have now, because it means people who need to be here, now have a way to come here,” said Tom Rowan, Program Director. “It is as simple as a phone call to our dispatcher the day before you’d like to come. They will schedule your ride, pick you up, and bring your home afterward. It is a win for people in need and a win for us, because we get to share these valuable support services.” 

The busses run from early morning through 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. The dispatcher takes calls until 4 p.m. Monday – Friday (except on holidays). Residents should call 985-626-6518 to schedule rides and allow 24-hour notice for scheduling.

The NAMI St. Tammany Day Center program is staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists who will assist adults living with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders in St. Tammany Parish, in navigating access to appropriate support resources and providing alternatives for less costly behavioral health care in a less restrictive environment, leading to recovery. There is no cost to attend the program. The transportation services are partially funded by a grant.

To learn more about Safe Haven and the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center, click here.

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DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

DecamanUSA Makes its Debut in the Continental USA Right Here in St. Tammany

In early November, St. Tammany will host the upcoming DecamanUSA — the first event of its kind to take place in the continental Unites States.  The race is a multi-day triathlon expected to attract an international field of ultra-triathletes to compete in four separate ultra-distance triathlons. Fontainebleau State Park will be the home of the Athlete’s Village; the Tammany Trace the site of the running and cycling portions of the races; and Lake Pontchartrain and the University of New Orleans’ 50-meter pool, the site of the swimming portion of the race.

“We are proud to be the hosts of this exciting endurance event,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “There is no other place like St. Tammany — we have so much to offer. We welcome DecamanUSA and these ultra-triathletes to our community, and we want to thank the race directors for choosing our community as the setting for this event. We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we do.”

Wayne Kurtz, five-time finisher of the DECA, and Steve Kirby, both race directors, culminated their four-year search for the ideal race location right here, in St. Tammany with a base camp at Fontainebleau State Park.

“It’s been a long journey looking for a closed course venue that had an international airport, and we are so excited for the event to finally come to fruition,” said Kurtz.  “The local assistance has been amazing.”

“The St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission is thrilled to welcome these extreme athletes and their teams to our area for this 13-day event.  Many have traveled internationally to be a part of the DecamanUSA and we are excited to showcase St. Tammany Parish to our visitors,” said Donna O ‘Daniels, President and CEO of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission.

The Classic Deca triathlon consists of a continuous 24-mile swim, followed by 1,120-mile bike ride, and a 262-mile run.  Athletes are expected to race for up to 13 days with the top finishers completing the event less than 10 days. The three other events including a 1x10 Ironman format: 2.4- mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2- mile run x 10; continuous Quintuple: 12- mile swim, 562-mile bike ride, and 131-mile run; and 1x5 Ironman races. 

The first DECA was held in Mexico in 1992. In the November event, 46 athletes representing 16 countries will make up the largest field of athletes in the history of the Deca Triathlon.  Countries represented include:  USA, Hungary, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, New Zealand, Italy, Guernsey, Switzerland, Norway, Bosnia, Mexico and Guatemala.  Wayne Brown, a local, ultra- distance triathlete from Livingston, will compete in the Classic DECA. 

The events will span from November 6th- November 19th.  Visit decamanusa.com for complete race details, or to learn more about the race itself.

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell (And other important KSTB News)

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful to Host Fall Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in Slidell

(And other important KSTB News)

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Keep St. Tammany Beautiful will host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted. Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Important KSTB News

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful celebrated the three-year anniversary of its official launch on Friday, October 5, just one day after Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, accepted certification of the St. Tammany Chapter’s national affiliation with Keep America Beautiful.  

“Since we’ve launched Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, we have actively worked on producing measurable, visible results, and our efforts have gone exceedingly well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has collected 232 tons of Household Hazardous Waste and served 3,460 households at five separate Collection Days. We’re also proud of the fact that we’ve removed more than 265 tons of litter from the streets of St. Tammany. These efforts go hand-in-hand with our mission to preserve and appreciate our pristine resources.”

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful received its certification as an affiliation of Keep America Beautiful after completing a thorough list of required steps. As an official affiliate, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has earned national credibility, will have support of the national organization, will have access to their training and educational materials as well as their operational tools, and will now be eligible to apply for  grant funding through Keep America Beautiful.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, her administration and emergency operations personnel continue to monitor any potential impacts of Hurricane Michael, as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico. Parish Government is following its emergency planning, and has instituted its Storm in the Gulf protocols out of an abundance of caution. Although the predicted path of this system by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center modeling is not expected to have significant impact on St. Tammany at this time, Parish Government remains cautiously optimistic and prepared in the event conditions change. However, Parish Government will be pre-positioning high water signs in low-lying areas in the event tidal, wind and/or rain conditions make it necessary to close or post roads.

Parish Officials will continue to closely watch this system and are asking residents to do the same. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Michael as it gains strength in the Gulf.  

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

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St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

St. Tammany Parish Government Introduces 2019 Budget

The St. Tammany Parish Council introduced two ordinances for adoption last week — the proposed 2019 Parish Operating Budget, and the proposed 2019 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Program. Copies of both proposed budgets are available for public review at the Parish Council Office or online here.

An announcement will be made, as soon as budget hearings have been scheduled. The Parish Council will hold a Public hearing in Council Chambers at 6p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to review the proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets prior to adoption.

The 2019 Budget, was prepared by Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President and staff. A copy of the letter to the St. Tammany Parish Council is attached.

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Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Phase 2 of Three Rivers Road Widening in Covington Area Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the start of the second phase of road improvements to Three Rivers Road in the Covington area. The work includes widening of the roadway and the installation of subsurface drainage. This phase is expected to be complete in early 2019 at an estimated cost of $953,000.

“Our top priority is improving roads and drainage, as well as having a dedicated and well planned program to maintain these critical investments,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This road project will make travel easier and safer for our residents, and the subsurface drainage will cost us less maintenance in the future.”

The first phase was completed in January of 2017 at a cost of $1.8 million. At the completion of phase two, the road will be widened from Avenue St. Germain to the Wolverine Drive. Magee Excavation and Development is the contractor for this job. Residents are asked to be mindful of intermittent lane closures, and to expect delays because of these improvements.

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Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

Offices Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8 a.m.

 

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins

First Phase of Drainage Project in Covington Area to Benefit two Neighborhoods, Begins 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of two-part drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is underway. Phase I includes the installation of storm drain pipes on Magnolia Lane in the Riverwood Subdivision. In Phase 2, crews will install storm drain pipes on Laurelwood Drive.

“Every day we work to improve our existing drainage infrastructure not only for the immediate future, but long-term. This project does exactly that — it enhances flood mitigation overall — and we are so pleased to see it begin,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “Two neighborhoods will see benefits from this project; residents in the Riverwood subdivision, as well as residents of the adjacent subdivision, Covington Country Club Estates.”

The overall cost of the project (Phases 1 &2), is estimated at $3.2 million with Phase 1 estimated at $666,167.50. St. Tammany Parish Government will fund, approximately$1.7 Million, while the remainder of the funding, $1.49 million will come from a grant-funded initiative, the Statewide Flood Control Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). This Statewide Flood Control Program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience flooding losses.  Phase 1 is expected to be complete by spring of 2019.

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$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

$5.3 Million Grant Award Announced

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government, and the Safe Haven project,  will receive $5,310,000 in grant funding through the National Disaster Resiliency funding, facilitated through the State of Louisiana’s LA SAFE initiative. The funding from this competitive grant will be to implement the Safe Haven green infrastructure projects. As part of the grant process, LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State. The Safe Haven project was supported by the residents in public meetings, and voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.

“The Safe Haven behavioral health campus will have multi-layered benefits. The green infrastructure, water quality and stormwater management projects will enhance critical drainage and flood mitigation. To have Safe Haven recognized by a State and Federal program, and especially by our own citizens, is extremely gratifying for us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I again want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven.”

The Safe Haven Blue Green Campus project, located in the Mandeville area adjacent to Cane Bayou, is a community nonstructural Mitigation/Flood Risk Reduction and Public Services project that divert stormwater into existing forested land, illustrating how a multi-phase development with existing infrastructure in vulnerable environments can be repurposed to benefit surrounding areas.  You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here.

The first physical component of the Safe Haven Campus, the NAMI St. Tammany Day Center was opened to the public in June 2018. Construction on the planned Crisis Receiving Center could begin by early 2019.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi-faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

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Council District 10 Community Meeting Announced

A community meeting for Parish Council District 10 constituents will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30PM in the Council Chambers located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville 70471.

The following items will be discussed:

•             Proposed constitutional amendments - Reid Falconer, Louisiana State Representative
•             Update on St. Tammany Corp. formerly St. Tammany Parish Development District - Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corp. CEO
•             Update on 911 Communications - Rodney Hart, St. Tammany Parish Communication Director
•             Fire District No. 4 items on the upcoming ballot - Chief Kenneth Moore, Fire District No. 4
•             Update on Parish Government – Maureen O’Brien, District 10 Councilmember

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Maureen O’Brien
Parish Council District 10
985-807-3778

 

Proposed Ordinance Aims to Adjust Development Fees Proportionally to Current Market Rates

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that an ordinance regarding changes to St. Tammany Parish Department of Development fees is being introduced at the September 6, 2018 Council Meeting. The fee adjustment will establish rates that are commensurate with the market and fee structures in other jurisdictions, because these Development fees have not increased since 2004.

Evaluation and changes of the development fees were addressed in the Administration’s rewrite of the Development Code, currently in draft form. Additionally, the fee increase was one of the suggestions brought forth by the Streamlining Budget Workgroup at the beginning of the summer. As laid out in the ordinance change, Parish officials will evaluate these fees periodically to make changes incrementally as the market requires.

“As we grow, it is vital that those that develop land and build homes, pay the real value of the services they receive. Our Development Department does a great job of assuring homebuyers that the house they purchase was built to the highest codes and standards. In order for us to do this, the primary users of this service must pay their share of that cost,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Brister went on to say, “We re-evaluated every service we provide and thoughtfully applied market research to match the level of fees in other Parishes and Counties for these types of services. At the end of the day, only 10 of the 50 fees we currently charge will see an increase, but the changes we do make will put us in line with other jurisdictions.”

Among the proposed fee increases are: an increase of nine fees for service provided by the Department; the establishment of a credit card/e-check processing fee that the Parish is currently incurring for this service; and the reinstitution of a previous fee for the provision of Community Letter, suspended after Hurricane Katrina.

The increase in fees will cover the operational costs Parish Government incurs for providing certain services. Minimal fees will also be established to cover costs associated with three services which are currently free.

The revenue generated from the collection of these fees, estimated at just over $900,000 will enable the Department of Development to become a self-sustaining Enterprise Fund, which means the Department of Development will have its own funding source, and would no longer depend on subsidies from the Parish’s General Fund (approximately $868,000 in 2017) for operational costs.

If the Ordinance is adopted, the increases and changes will take effect immediately. To review the proposed changes to the Ordinance, click here.

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Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Parish President Pat Brister Names New Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is pleased to announce that Kelly Rabalais will be the new interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for St. Tammany Parish Government effective September 21, 2018. 

Gina Campo, Parish Government’s current CAO, is resigning and will be taking a position in State Government as the Deputy Executive Director of the State’s Office of Community Development.

“We appreciate the incredible work that Gina has accomplished, we appreciate her work ethic, and most of all we appreciate her leadership in my administration from the beginning,” said Brister. “We wish her the very best as she continues to serve the people of this Parish and State from her new position. Additionally, I am very happy that our operations will not skip a beat, and we will have a smooth transition, because of Kelly’s experience and institutional knowledge. She will build upon the great work we have accomplished thus far, and will serve this community well.”

“It has been an honor to work for Parish President Brister. She and her administration have a lot to be proud of, and I am very confident that Kelly will continue to lead Parish Government to achieving even more,” said Campo. “It hurts me to move on, but I am taking on a great opportunity to serve the citizens of Louisiana.”

“I am humbly accepting the job of Parish Government’s interim CAO, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead a great organization as we refocus and reorganize our operations,” Rabalais said. “I am pleased to have been chosen to serve Parish President Brister, and serve the people of this Parish.”

Rabalais has previously served as Executive Counsel to Brister, and has worked for Parish Government for over 10 years, under two different administrations.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Wednesday Due to the Unknown Impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish Government offices will remain closed Wednesday, September 5, 2018, due to the unknown impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground will remain closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Declares State of Emergency

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has made an emergency declaration for the entirety of St. Tammany Parish in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. 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 encourage residents to stay up-to-date on the forecast, and to cooperate with requests from emergency officials,” Brister said. “As this storm makes landfall we ask everyone to stay off of the streets if it is not necessary for you to be out, and to obey any traffic signs and barricades indicating impassable roads and high water. We will continue to monitor the storm and share information over Social Media, our website and through the local news media.”

All non-essential Parish Government offices are now closed. St. Tammany Parish Government is working in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Fire Districts, the National Weather Service, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Acadian Ambulance.

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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed Due to the Threat of Tropical Storm Gordon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the closure of St. Tammany Parish Government offices on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to the expected impacts from Tropical Storm Gordon. In addition the Board of Adjustment and Zoning meetings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and evening, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Tammany Trace and Kids Konnection Playground are closed as well. All branches of St. Tammany Parish Public Libraries are closed as well.

The Emergency Operations Center will be manned to carry out emergency response tasks. Residents are asked to continue to monitor the forecasts of this storm through the National Weather Service and local media outlets. In addition, residents are urged to monitor St. Tammany Parish Social Media sites as well as www.stpgov.org for continued updates.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols in response to Tropical Storm Gordon. Based on the projected path, St. Tammany Parish could see impacts from this storm. 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

We will continue to update the public about our emergency operations through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

We are asking all residents to stay tuned to forecast updates from the National Weather Service. In addition, 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. If you live in a low-lying area prone to flooding from heavy rain, or higher than normal tides, please pay attention to the forecasts. 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. 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 to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

St. Tammany Parish to Begin Sandbag Distribution at Five Locations, Monday, September 3rd

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced St. Tammany Parish will distribute sandbags at the following locations on Monday, September 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 6p.m., and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida St., Covington

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

Residents are asked to monitor National Weather Service 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 Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

St. Tammany Parish Officials Closely Monitoring Tropical Wave

Invest 91L, a tropical wave, is now located in the Southern Bahamas. There still exists some uncertainty as far as the path of this system, but forecasters expect it to enter the eastern Gulf of Mexico early Monday. Parish Officials are closely watching 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 of this system.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep, through social media on Facebook and Twitter. 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 pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico. 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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Non-Emergency Offices of St. Tammany Parish Government Closed in Observance of Labor Day

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close, Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, September 1, 2018 as well. Business hours resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

Nearly 140,000 Pounds of Household Hazardous Waste Collected at St. Tammany Parish’s Summer Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the collection of an estimated 139,113 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste, at the June, 2018 St. Tammany Parish Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHW Day), through the Parish’s Environmental Services Department and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful. Volunteers collected over 800 pounds of batteries, nearly 8,000 pounds of liquid pesticides and poisons, and an estimated 40,000 pounds of electronics from 748 vehicles. Over 900 households were served at this event. 

“Household Hazardous Waste Day is one more way we are protecting the environment. This growing and popular event allows our residents an opportunity to dispose of potential pollutants in a responsible way,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Environmental Services employees and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful do an impressive job. We are happy to organize it and offer it, and we encourage residents to utilize it, so the waste is disposed of and does not end up in our local environment.”

With the large demand for HHW Day and its continued growth in usage, St. Tammany Parish Government is exploring ways to make disposal of these types of waste items more convenient. The Parish is considering several constructive, innovative and cost effective ideas to make HHW Day more efficient.

Upcoming Keep St. Tammany Beautiful events include a second HHW Day in the Slidell area currently slated for November 2018.  More information on the event will follow as it gets closer. Keep St. Tammany Beautiful has information on upcoming events on their website: www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To organize a cleanup event for your neighborhood, or if you or your group would like to volunteer, call Rick Moore, Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, at 985.898.5214.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to protecting the environment and sustainability, through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

43 Pets from the Department of Animal Services Find Families during the 2018 Clear the Shelters Event

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced the adoption of 43 animals from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services shelter during their participation in the nationwide 2018 Clear the Shelters event, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. During this event, all adoption fees were waived.  According to www.cleartheshelters.com, over 90,000 pets were adopted nationwide on this day.

“In 2017, the Department of Animal Services adopted out nearly 1000 animals, and returned 362 lost pets to their owners,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We can only do this through the help of our neighbors and friends — our residents — who choose to adopt an animal in need. We encourage everyone to consider adoption first when choosing a pet.”

All animals adopted from the Department of Animal Services are socialized, spayed or neutered, up-to-date on their vaccines, and microchipped. Animals available for adoption can be viewed at www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services, click on the Pet Harbor and Pet Finder links. Animal Services is located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe, with adoption hours from 8 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.

See a photo gallery of animals who found their forever homes on Saturday, here.

 

 

 

The mission of Animal Services is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment, and promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter provides a safe and clean facility for stray animals or unwanted pets. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/animalservices.

 

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$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

$299,000 EPA Grant will Continue Water Quality Improvement Initiatives by St. Tammany Parish Government

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced an EPA grant award in the amount of $299,000 for Parish Government to continue water quality initiatives within St. Tammany. This proactive project, which will include nearly 3,000 inspections, will include pollution source tracking for water quality restoration in the Bayou Liberty Watershed and homeowner education on proper maintenance of their on-site aerated treatment units. Parish Government continues to replicate this program throughout St. Tammany, with significant, measurable water quality improvements.  In October of 2017, preliminary reports from the Ozone Woods neighborhood, where a similar initiative is underway, showed a nearly 400% improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, one of many indicators of water quality.
 
“As more individual units are repaired and the natural ecosystem stabilizes, we will continue to see the natural environment thrive. This is the result we hoped for and expected, as our water quality is paramount,” said Pat Brister, Parish President. “In the first subdivision we started this initiative, the failure rate of Aerated Treatment Units (ATUs) in the project areas, was close to 50 %. This number has been drastically reduced to 14% — so we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
 
St. Tammany Parish Government will partner with Southeastern Louisiana University on this upcoming project. There are thousands of individual ATUs and septic tanks installed in unincorporated St. Tammany, operated and maintained by homeowners. While these homeowner sewer systems are required to be permitted by the State Department of Health, many fail to meet current, more stringent design standards which could contribute to the decline of surface water quality in the Parish.  
 
As part of these initiatives, and through a decentralized management approach, inspectors have been performing individual, on-site sewerage system inspections in areas of known impaired water quality since October of 2016 with special focus on areas of greatest known impairment.
 
 Since October of 2016, inspections were started in the Bayou Liberty Watershed in Ozone Woods subdivision in Slidell and are now near completion. In the Abita River Watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision in the Covington area. In the Bayou Cane/Bayou Castine Watershed, DES recently completed inspections in the Hidden Pines subdivision in Mandeville and inspections are currently underway in areas of unincorporated Mandeville. As part of continued education and outreach, St. Tammany Parish today is hosting the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Enviroschool, to educate small commercial sewer systems owners on the most current standards required by the DEQ to operate these systems effectively, while being environmentally responsible.
 
Read more about our Water Quality initiatives here.
 

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

St. Tammany Parish Council Authorizes Animal Services Millage Renewal on December Ballot

The St. Tammany Parish Council adopted a resolution at their August meeting last night, to place the Animal Services millage renewal on the December 8, 2018 ballot during the Open General/Congressional Election. Voters will be asked to renew the ten-year, one mill property tax — expected to generate an estimated $2,021,348 a year — to continue to fund the maintenance, operations, equipment and capital improvements of the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter run by the Department of Animal Services. The one mill tax costs the owner of a property worth $200,000 in St. Tammany, with a homestead exemption, approximately $12.50 per year.  

“I thank the Parish Council for voting to put this measure on the ballot. This millage renewal is clearly important to our residents, and it is vital to the Department of Animal Services’ ongoing operations,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We encourage people to seriously consider this renewal and to go out and vote in the December election.”

 

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach Reopened

Northshore Beach in the Slidell area, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, is now reopened to the public after a brief one-day closure, as St. Tammany Parish Government’s Department of Public Works corrected erosion issues. Crews brought in several loads of sand to rebuild the beach and address the issues. The work was expected to take several days, however, due to the efficiency and diligence of Public Works crews, the job was completed in one day. Special thanks to Public Works for their efforts.

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

Temporary Closure of Northshore Beach Due To Erosion and Safety Concerns

St. Tammany Parish Government has temporarily closed Northshore Beach, in the Slidell area, due to significant erosion of the beach, and safety concerns caused by that erosion. Parish Government’s Department of Public Works began work today to correct the problem. Completion of the work is expected to take several days, which is dependent on weather and tidal conditions.

The beach, located off Carr Drive on Lake Pontchartrain, has seen a greater level of tidal erosion than it has historically experienced. Because of this erosion, underwater obstructions have become a safety hazard, making it necessary to close the beach temporarily to rebuild the beach and alleviate the potentially dangerous conditions.

Parish Government is asking citizens who use the beach to remain off the property and out of the area until the work is complete for safety concerns, and in order to not hinder or slow down the work being done by our crews. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the work is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our citizens.

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Warns Citizens of Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued a Heat Advisory for St. Tammany Parish and the surrounding area through the weekend, including  Monday, July 23rd.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that St. Tammany Parish citizens need to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat related illnesses.” Brister went on to say, “heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US, so we are urging all residents and visitors that it will be important to take precautionary measures to prevent illness or death because of the heat and heat-index over the next few days. ”  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps:

o    Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. 
o    If you do not have working air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. 
o    Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
o    Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
o    Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
o    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and always wear sunscreen.
o    Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked-open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying.

When traveling with children, remember to do the following:

    Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
    To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.  See the image included in this post  how you can learn to identify the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, as well as what the CDC suggest you do.
 

Additionally, precautions should also be taken for pets and livestock during the extreme heat conditions, such as keeping them out of direct sunlight, making certain they have a fresh water source, and never leaving a pet in a locked vehicle. For more information on pet heat safety visit the American Red Cross, or well-known pet related websites.

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St. Tammany Continues to Pursue the Prioritization of the I-12 Widening Project 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has submitted its application for a $36 million federal BUILD Grant to help fund the next phase of widening I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. This application follows her pledge to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and requests to the Governor and U.S. Senator John Kennedy to provide bi-partisan support for this grant as well as other funding sources. She has also committed $7.2 million dollars of match funding from Parish Government. 

“We want this project to become and remain a top priority until its completion. We will continue to seek support and funding from every possible source, until we see action,” Said Brister. “The safety of this community is my primary concern, and we will not rest until the project is complete.” 

The grant details the necessity of the project and provides a detailed analysis for its justification. It states that Interstate 12 is part of the National Highway Freight Network and Louisiana’s Tier 1 Freight Network. The segment between Louisiana State Highway 21 and U.S. 190 provides a level of service well below the national standards for that designation. Even non-fatal accidents can block traffic in this corridor for hours. In the past five years, more than 900 crashes have occurred in the corridor affecting approximately 2800 vehicle occupants. Congestion will only grow, with traffic forecasts predicting an average Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for this segment to be between 104,300 and 126,800 by 2038. 

Congress has dedicated nearly $5.6 billion for nine rounds of National Infrastructure Investments through the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant with $1.5 billion available through this round. These funds are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state in this round. Applications will be evaluated based on merit criteria, including: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for infrastructure investments. This project’s benefit cost ratio of 8 to 1 demonstrates a very high return on investment benefitting the residents of St. Tammany Parish. 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Asks Citizens to Help Do Their Part in Preventing West Nile

With the first human case of West Nile Virus in St. Tammany Parish confirmed today by the Louisiana Department of Health, it is even more important to do everything you can to prevent mosquito breeding, and to take precautions to protect you and your family.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, “that all St. Tammany Parish residents need to do their part in preventing other cases of the West Nile Virus by taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of mosquito breeding and bites.” Brister went on to say, “the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District personnel do a wonderful job, but we each have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”  

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the Parish is asking that all citizens drain standing water. A small amount of standing water can be enough for a mosquito to lay eggs and multiply. Look around your home and business for possible breeding places. Empty standing water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots and other items, as well as check to ensure rain gutters are not clogged. Clean pet bowls weekly, and if you store water outside or have a well, make sure it is covered. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Additionally, keep mosquitoes outside by fixing or installing window screens.

Families should take precautions to protect themselves by applying insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Permethrin sprayed on clothing provides protection through several washes. Products with a higher percentage of DEET as active ingredient generally give longer protection. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks sprayed with repellent while outdoors can further help prevent mosquito bites.

You can still enjoy the summertime activities St. Tammany has to offer, but you should take these preventative measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Do your best to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn, when many mosquitoes bite.

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Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Permit Numbers — Key Economic Indicator — Show Increase in First Two Quarters of 2018 over 2017

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, two of the Parish’s key economic indicators show a strong, healthy economy and reflect investor confidence in St. Tammany. Both single family new construction and commercial permits are up in the first two quarters of 2018 over the same time period in 2017. Single Family new construction totals rose by 8.8% from 635 from January – June 2017, to 691 in the same time period in 2018. Commercial construction permits showed a 16.58% increase, from 187 in the first six months of 2017 to 218 in the first two quarters of 2018.

“Permit numbers correlate directly to the economic health of our community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have an educated and ready workforce, and an unmatched quality of life. These elements attract businesses who are willing to make investments here. As these businesses invest today, they also invest in the futures of our children and families and their opportunities to live and work here.”

She went on to say, “In 2017, we had a benchmark year for permits and it looks like 2018 is slated to make its own history. We will continue to implement initiatives with a focus on these new investments in our Parish like our Path to the Future, which prioritizes road infrastructure projects, and our Development Code rewrite to ensure the continued streamlined establishment of standards, so that every structure built in St. Tammany reflects our vision to maintain our unique, identifiable qualities.”  

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

Public Notice Regarding Millages

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville — Council Chambers — to discuss setting the millage rates for the Coroner’s taxes under its jurisdiction.  A notice of this public hearing is available on www.stpgov.org under Public Notices, and in the St. Tammany Farmer, the Parish’s Official Journal.

This is not a new tax and the Parish shall not exceed the voter approved maximum millage rate.  The public notice provides information to the public that Parish Council is requesting input before setting millage rates.

The St. Tammany Parish 2018 Operating Budget is available at www.stpgov.org. The Adopted Ordinance regarding the budget can be reviewed here. The Coroner’s budget can be found on pages 5 and 9 of the adopted Ordinance.

St. Tammany Parish Government Hosts Collaborative Meeting to Coordinate Emergency Response Efforts

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday, hosted the Parishes and Municipalities Working Together meeting at the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center in downtown Covington. Representatives were present from local municipalities, as well as the Louisiana Office of Public Health, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coordination of the Parish, local municipalities, towns and villages in advance of Hurricane season — or any event that would require a widespread emergency response — and their collective work on initiatives which impact the entire community as a whole.

“We all serve the same constituency and we are all neighbors with the same goals — to do our best to keep this community safe,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Meetings like this give us the opportunity to share knowledge and bring all of our individual resources to the table, and put forth a united effort when one is needed.”

“It’s very important that all Parish and Municipalities pool their efforts when it comes to emergencies,” said Greg Lemons, Mayor, Town of Abita Springs. “After all we are citizens of St Tammany Parish, this allows us to maximize our resources.”

“As the Mayor-elect of Slidell I really appreciate being invited to this event. This type of overall community initiative is exactly what I campaigned on during my race for the mayor’s office,” said Greg Cromer, Mayor-Elect of the City of Slidell. “We look forward to partnering with the Parish and the municipalities of the parish to assure that we are well prepared for any emergency that we may face.”  

Among the topics discussed were work on implementing a FEMA High Water Mark Initiative in St. Tammany, roadway responsibility in the aftermath of a storm, shelter coordination and emergency response training.

 

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister Calls for Bi-Partisan Support to Widen Critical Stretch of I-12; Offers to Testify Before Senate Committee to Seek Federal Dollars

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister continued her appeal to accelerate widening of a 4.5 mile stretch of 1-12 by agreeing to testify before a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and by seeking bi-partisan support from Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy for a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Build Grant.

In a letter from Brister to Kennedy sent this morning, Brister thanked the Louisiana Senator for “…increasing funding for Louisiana road and transportation projects by $74 million.” She advocated for those dollars and more to be assigned to the I-12 widening project and cited the recent tragic accident that led to the death of four people and injured nearly one dozen as a clear reason why easing the traffic congestion in St. Tammany could no longer be ignored.  Wrote Brister, “It is unconscionable that the plea of my administration and the citizens of this Parish had largely been ignored until the fatal accident awakened transportation officials to the dire need for widening I-12 in St. Tammany.  Today, I am more encouraged than ever that this problem will be addressed and construction on widening this corridor will be accelerated.”

Brister noted in her letter that she was pleased to see the Governor and our U.S. Senator in agreement on this major capital improvement need.  Brister stated, “Senator, I am encouraged that you were able to raise funding levels … from the Federal Highway Trust fund to an estimated $814 million for Louisiana next year.  I also appreciated your outreach to Governor John Bel Edwards regarding the bi-partisan support for this critical measure.  We, too, are asking the Governor to approve a Build Grant request for this widening project, and we have agreed to work collaboratively and sign as co-applicants for the major infrastructure grant to address this portion of the roadway.”

Brister offered to assist the Senator in any way to help secure the needed funding to widen this critical stretch of roadway.  Wrote Brister, “… please let me know what is necessary to help St. Tammany begin building a safer, less congested roadway.  I am willing to do everything from contacting your fellow congressional leaders to launching a grassroots advocacy campaign for funding to testifying before a federal committee on the need for transportation funding.”

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Comment Period Open on Proposed Changes to Tchefuncte River Drawbridge Operating Schedule

Parish President Pat Brister, and St. Tammany Parish Council Vice Chairman, Mike Lorino (District 14), are urging St. Tammany residents to submit comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed changes to the Tchefuncte River drawbridge operating schedule which would restrict bridge openings during peak evening traffic hours. The comment period is now open and will be open until July 16, 2018. Residents who wish to weigh in can submit comments here .

“Your voice is critically important in order for changes to occur to the traffic challenges in this area,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are working closely with the Federal Government and the U.S. Coast Guard, so this is the time to make your voice heard, especially if the current bridge closure schedule impacts your travel time.”

“We need our residents to take a moment and offer your comments on these proposed changes,” said Lorino. “The more feedback officials receive, the greater the chance of seeing permanent change. We have heard residents voice their concern over the traffic issues because of this bridge, and we are in the next phase of making changes for the better happen, so your input is vitally important. Please take this opportunity to comment.”

In 2016, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Town of Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat, implemented changes to the drawbridge opening schedule as well as traffic study. The entire scope of proposed changes can be viewed here .

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The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

The 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup Presents Recommendations to Parish President Pat Brister

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met with members of the 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup and members of the local media today to discuss the budgetary recommendations presented by the group in a final letter to Brister. The group was given extensive budget and operational information, and over the course of five meetings, was able to ask Parish Officials and Parish staff members in-depth questions.

“This group voluntarily took on this task at my request, and I could not be more grateful,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I appreciate the weight of their questions, and their willingness to further understand the way St. Tammany Parish Government operates so that they could make thoughtful recommendations in consideration of many scenarios.”

“We will look at every suggestion they gave us with careful consideration, as we continue to create our 2019 budget,” Brister went on to say.

The group suggested, among other things, that Parish Government must free up monies in the General Fund to pay State-mandated costs of the St. Tammany Parish Jail and Justice Center and also stated, all outside agencies must be prepared to reduce operations to fit within general fund allocations or use other available revenue. The entire letter to the Parish President from the Workgroup can be found online stpgov.org, or by clicking here .

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President Pushes LADOTD to Widen I-12 Now

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President met today with LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson and members of his staff to press the Secretary, and Governor John Bel Edwards, to improve the I-12 corridor in St. Tammany. Parish President Brister felt it was important to meet face to face with the Secretary to lay out a plan to accomplish the much-needed I-12 widening project, as well as propose short-term solutions to improve safety in the area.

“I went in to the meeting with three clear objectives,” said Brister. “First, the Parish and State will each work towards the same goal of securing funding for this project, and once funding becomes available, the State will guarantee that this project is first in line for that funding. Second, I asked for Sec. Wilson’s commitment that the design for the widening would continue to completion, to make this priority project shovel-ready when funding is identified. Third, to formally request the State work collaboratively on a joint infrastructure grant application for federal funding to be submitted in July. I am pleased to say that we have gotten these assurances from the Secretary.”

Brister went on to say, “I requested that LADOTD immediately institute short-term safety solutions. We asked that their engineers take the necessary steps to install flashing lights and signage alerting motorist of traffic backups, as well as the other safety improvements they identified in their Road Safety Assessment from 2013, that have yet to be implemented.”

Parish President Brister is also in conversations with the Congressional Delegation to help obtain funding commitments for this critical project. She has repeatedly stated that this project should be void of all politics, but instead be based on data, need and safety.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Continues Unyielding Effort to Achieve Priority Status for I-12

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, remains unrelenting in her efforts to have the safety and infrastructure needs of St. Tammany prioritized by the State. In a written response to the Parish President’s letter sent last week asking the governor to have the widening of I-12 moved up in the priority list of State projects, Governor Edwards indicated funding issues must be resolved before the State can move the project to the top of their priority list.

Brister said, “Neither I, nor the people of St. Tammany care who is to blame for the delay.  The people of St. Tammany expect action to prevent further tragedies and to give commuters peace of mind.”

“Spending by the State over the last four years is a reflection on the previous administration,” said Brister, “however, planning, designing and programming funding for the future, is a reflection on the current administration. We want this widening project to become a priority for our Governor, leaders in State government and the State Legislature. This matter must be free of political retribution.”

Brister went on to say, “For years, we have tirelessly pressed the State and LADOTD to make this expansion a priority, and we will continue to insist that the groundbreaking timeline be moved up to 2019. We are eager to work with anyone who can help us make this project a reality as soon as possible. We will continue to have an open dialogue and a good working relationship with LADOTD. But make no mistake, this project is a priority and I am committed to convincing the State and Federal Governments of the same.”

Brister said she would continue her discussions with the Parish’s Congressional Delegation, as well as its State Legislators, to make this expansion a priority and to acquire the funding to make it a reality. She also expressed her appreciation of the efforts of LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson in his exploration of short-term solutions to make drivers more aware of road conditions. 

Additionally, Brister is asking that residents join her in her efforts by contacting our State leaders and ask them to prioritize the I-12 widening project in St. Tammany Parish. St. Tammany Parish citizens can help in this effort by calling the Governor’s Office at 225-342-7015.

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Editor’s note: Please follow this link to view a short video, which will be distributed widely via email, posted on social media sites and played extensively on the Parish’s access television channel.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols in Advance of Tropical System

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service and are monitoring the track of the broad low pressure system currently located south of the Gulf of Mexico. As the chance for tropical development and heavy rain is predicted, St. Tammany Parish Government has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols. This includes preparations by our Public Works Departments making sure that catch basins and culverts are free of debris, trucks and equipment are staged and ready, and retention ponds are pumped down so that they can retain more water. Additionally, Tammany Utilities is proactively monitoring its systems and lift stations to mitigate system issues brought about by storm water inundation. St. Tammany Parish Government personnel are poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary, as well as stand up the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with essential personnel and partner agencies, if needed.

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 and beyond. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they occur. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter and the local media. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

2017 Annual Report Released On-Line or In-Print

2017 Annual Report Released

On-Line or In-Print

St. Tammany Parish Government has released its 2017 Annual Report. The report pinpoints in detail, the revenues and expenditures of St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as accomplishments by departments within Parish Government. To save on cost, limited numbers of the Annual Report are printed, and the remainder of entire report can be reviewed at www.stpgov.org.

“In our 2017 Annual Report you will find the breakdown of our budget and statistics relevant to what we do every day, said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Roads, drainage and water quality are our top priority — as we paved over 131,000 linear feet of roadway in 2017.We also fulfilled 685 public records requests and provided over 91,000 pages of public records to the public for viewing. Several departments within Parish Government earned accolades as well. I encourage every resident to take a look at the Annual Report and contact us if you have questions.”

A digital copy of the report can be viewed at www.stpgov.org.  Printed copies will be available in St. Tammany Parish libraries by June 1, 2018.

 

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Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the St. Tammany East and West Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the Northshore Housing Initiative, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, will host the Make a House Your Home event on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11 a.m.-1p.m. at 520 Old Spanish Trail, in Slidell, on the 1st floor of the Towers Building. Interested parties are invited to come and learn about homeownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

This event is free and open to the public. It is kid-friendly. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions regarding this event, call 985-898-3074.

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8 a.m.

 

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that the 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 on Koop Drive in Mandeville from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. To read the flyer containing specifics, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. Residents are asked to please adhere to the guidelines, and to bring their patience, as this event is popular and wait times are anticipated. The Kids Konnection Playground and the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will open at 12 p.m. on the day of the event, because these facilities will be inaccessible until this time. The Tammany Trace will remain open.

Residents are reminded that this collection event is for residential household hazardous waste. No vehicles larger than pick-up trucks and no pull-behind trailers larger than 8-feet are allowed. No commercial vehicles carrying commercial waste are allowed. Also, white goods are not accepted.

Volunteers for the event are needed, so anyone wishing to volunteer should send contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announces streamlining workgroup  to assist with 2019 budgeting process; group to review spending and expenses

MANDEVILLE, LA. – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister today announced the formation of a budget workgroup comprised of community and business leaders to analyze Parish revenues and assist in streamlining expenses as the Parish prepares its 2019 operating budget. 

The move by Brister is in response to a pending $18 million budget shortfall which resulted from voters’ decision to reject two 1/5th cent, 10-year sales tax renewals.  Said Brister, “Our citizens have made it clear that they would prefer for us to operate within a more streamlined budget. I felt it was important to have fresh eyes look at our Parish government expenses and consider how best to allocate the financial resources that we have.   The team that I have assembled is made up of community and business leaders who understand our Parish Government, know the services we provide, and recognize the expectations of our citizens and business owners. I am calling on their expertise, and dedication to St. Tammany to help us consider every option.”

Brister began preparing to overcome the deficit in 2017 when she instituted an across the board hiring freeze and eliminated the possibility of merit or cost of living raises. Said Brister, “We will work within the resources we have and manage our finances responsibly while attempting to protect every service that we provide our citizens.  The streamlining workgroup will review every expense in Parish Government, meet with Parish leadership to attain important information, and will offer suggestions on how to best proceed with our 2019 budget while keeping every public service in mind.” The workgroup will present their recommendations to Parish administration by the end of May.

The Parish President’s 2019 Streamlining Budget Workgroup is comprised of the following citizens:

Northshore Technical Community College Chancellor, Will Wainwright; President and CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Patti Ellish; President Kehoe France Northshore, Kyle France; former St. Tammany councilman, former chairman of East St. Tammany Chamber and Vice President of First Bank and Trust, Al Hamauei; Gulf Coast Bank Vice President of Government Relations, Kim Carver; Republican Parish Executive Committee member and President of Leadership Northshore 2018, Pastor John Raymond; Pastor Michael Sprague; former Chairman of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman,  Dave Mannella; Finance Authority of St. Tammany Board member and St. Tammany Parish Schools’ Director of Accounting Services, Ron Randolph; and former Loyola University Board member and Coin du Lestin Homewoner’s Association President, Jim Walter.

 

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

St. Tammany Parish Awarded Funding to Support Resiliency Project at Safe Haven Campus

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that St. Tammany Parish Government has been awarded funding to support a resiliency project on the Safe Haven Campus, through the Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) initiative. The news came today through an announcement by Governor John Bel Edwards at a 10 a.m. press conference. The project was introduced by the citizens of St. Tammany Parish, supported by the residents in public meetings, and in the end, voted for by St. Tammany Parish citizens as one component of the competitive process.  LA SAFE held individual engagement events in 2017 to gather public input on six proposed projects in St. Tammany Parish, as well as other proposed projects throughout the State.

“I want to thank the residents of St. Tammany for participating in this process, because it is through your input, and your recognition of its value to our community, that we will see these dollars spent on Safe Haven,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Many thanks also to LA Safe for their work in generating public interest and for listening to our citizens. The concept of Safe Haven is something we are very proud of, and the Safe Haven facility is going to have an incredible impact on behavioral health care in St. Tammany.”

You can view the Safe Haven resilience project here. Ten projects across six parishes were identified. This initiative, of the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit, is done in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana. This funding is through a federal grant to promote resiliency.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

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St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

St. Tammany First Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to Partner with Local Communities to Complete U.S. Census Boundary Annexation Survey

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, applauded the work of the St. Tammany Parish Government Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team in their collaboration with five local communities, who do not have GIS capabilities, to complete the U.S. Census Bureau’s Boundary Annexation Survey (BAS).  As the first Parish Government in the State of Louisiana to collaborate with the Census Bureau through the Consolidated BAS Agreement, the Parish assisted four local communities in completing the required mapping of their municipal boundaries.  The St. Tammany Parish GIS team met personally with the Mayors, or their designees, in the towns of Abita Springs, Pearl River, Madisonville and the Village of Folsom.  The boundary work in the Village of Sun is still in progress. 

The work involved assessing boundary issues, creating reusable maps of record, and establishing clean and accurate boundary lines. Using electronic GIS capabilities, St. Tammany Parish Government was able to provide this service at no cost to the local communities. The benefits of establishing accurate boundaries include an accurate population count that helps to determine the allocation of revenue by the U.S. Census.  The Census estimates that for every individual added to the population of a jurisdiction, that municipality receives over $2,100 in additional federal funds that go to schools, roads and other critical needs.  One example of how an accurate population count benefits St Tammany Parish residents.

“We already have this capability, so when the time came for this survey — completed every ten years — we offered our GIS services to community leaders because it helps them to establish accurate numbers, but it also helps us for future planning,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany Parish is once again a pacesetter as the first Parish in Louisiana to partner with the Census and our local communities in this survey.”

The U.S. Census estimates the population of St. Tammany Parish at 256,327 , as of July 2017. Read more about the U.S. Census Bureau’s BAS here.

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The Department of Technology is responsible for the support of all electronic and computer functions of Parish Government and the maintenance of a secure and recoverable technical environment to ensure the delivery of information and services to the community and Parish workers. As a division of the Department of Technology — Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — provides maps and graphics by compiling and analyzing geographic data from various sources. GIS is also responsible for continuous database updates. Archive Management—also a division of the Department of Technology— department plans and develops archival collections. In addition they also advise and assist researchers in the application of archival materials in research activities, and recommend pertinent materials available in libraries, private collections, or other sources for inclusion in archives.

 

 

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

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Easter. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, March 31, 2018. All business hours resume on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8 a.m.   

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Tammany Trace Will Soon Extend Into Camp Salmen Nature Park

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, along with Mayor Freddy Drennan of Slidell, officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), The Trace Foundation and Friends of Camp Salmen, broke ground today on the project to connect the Tammany Trace to Camp Salmen Nature Park.

“We have never been closer than we are at this moment to seeing this long-anticipated project come to life, and we are thrilled,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “All of our hard work is paying off. We are looking forward to connecting all of Slidell to the Tammany Trace, and eventually, connecting all the way through to Heritage Park. This is an exciting day.”

The extension will span 1.5 miles from the end of the Tammany Trace at Neslo Road, and culminate where Melody Drive connects to Camp Salmen Nature Park on Parish Parkway. The estimated cost for the project is $649,510.95.A portion of this cost is funded through a grant award in the amount of: $360,551.24. The projected timeline estimates completion by fall of 2018, barring any unforeseen delays.

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St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, invites everyone in St. Tammany to watch the new video series: St. Tammany Proud — Our Progress, to learn more about how your roads, drainage and water quality projects are completed and the benefits they offer to residents in and around the areas they impact.

“We are extremely fortunate to have talented, educated and hard-working people who not only know how to create roads, design flood protection and water quality ponds, and improve our drainage systems, and who also know how to effectively keep them maintained,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our employees do this work every single day, and they do it with a sense of pride because they live here, and they raise their families here, and are deeply invested in ensuring our way of life for their own children.”

St. Tammany Parish will invest nearly $25 million in road and drainage work in 2018 alone. Every project will help preserve our quality of life, promote our Parish as a great place to do business, and increase the efficiency of travel and flood protection for many years to come.

The Progress videos can be watched here. To see projects currently happening in and around St. Tammany visit, www.stpgov.org/initiatives/progress. For more information on Parish initiatives visit: www.stpgov.org/initiatives.

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Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Access St. Tammany Television Now Offered on Roku

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Access St. Tammany Television is the only High Definition Government Access Station in the U.S. offered on the streaming service Roku. Only four other Government Access stations in the United Sates are currently available through Roku, and only one other beside Access St. Tammany, has the ability to offer live programming. This service was established at no charge to St. Tammany Parish Government.

“As technology changes, we work to find cost-effective ways to keep up with those changes,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Now, we are proud to offer residents yet another avenue to keep up with what’s happening in Parish Government and stay civically active.”

You must have a Roku device and account as well as internet access to add Access St. Tammany to your streaming service. Visit my.roku.com/add/Tammany to add Access St. Tammany. You can view our step-by-step instructional video on how to do it here.  Access St. Tammany is in the process of trying to add other streaming device options for viewers.

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Access St. Tammany (AST) began broadcasting in High Definition (HD) in 2011, the first Government Access Channel the State of Louisiana to do so, and the second in the U.S.  AST is available through multiple service providers. Charter communication subscribers can find us on Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box. AT&T U-verse subscribers can find us on Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org. Roku users can now add Access St. Tammany as a channel option.  

 

 

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Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Tchefuncte Parc Bridge Replacement Will Enhance Safety and Drainage upon Completion

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Tchefuncte Parc Bridge replacement in the Tchefuncte Parc neighborhood near Madisonville is underway and making progress. This project — a total bridge redesign and replacement — started in the fall of 2017, and includes the replacement of the existing bridge which was determined deficient, the widening of the roadway, and an increase in drainage capacity. Crews also relocated water lines. This project, when complete, will enhance the safety of the roadway, restore the integrity of the bridge, and add capacity for storm water to travel.

“Water is a fundamental challenge in our region and our infrastructure to manage that water is critical,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This newly designed bridge is built using precast boxes. This means minimal maintenance issues and a longer lifespan for the bridge itself.”

In the next several days, crews from Kort’s Construction will install the remainder of the precast boxes. During this time, there will be limited access to the bridge, however, the contractor will make every attempt to keep one lane open for traffic to pass. Residents are urged to continue to plan for small delays as the project continues. The budgeted investment for this project is $510,000 and it is expected to wrap up in mid to late spring.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

St. Tammany Parish Government Saves $150,000 in Insurance Premiums for 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will see a 3% discount on health insurance premium rates for the upcoming enrollment period. The $150,000 savings is, in part, thanks to employee participation in the Humana Go365 wellness program.

“Our employees absolutely contributed to this savings as 40% of our enrolled members reached a status that helped to trigger the reductions. We are incredibly proud of them as they continue to accomplish their health goals, in addition to contributing to cost-savings for the entire Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “I applaud and thank our Human Resources Department as well as all of our departmental representatives of the Wellness Committee, as they continue to educate our employees on the benefits of participation in the program, and also realize the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.”

The St. Tammany Parish Government Wellness Committee is made up of representatives from each department who meet periodically to discuss the Humana Go365 Program, who then share program information with their fellow employees. Humana is the insurance provider for St. Tammany Parish Government employees. Wellness committee members assist people in achieving their wellness goals, they offer technical support with the Go365 app, and they educate fellow employees on the overall benefits of participation in the program. In addition to overall premium reductions, employees earn personal incentives as well. Silver Status is reached when employees meet certain milestones related to the improvement of their personal health and well-being.

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Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Water Quality Adaptation Planned in Newly Acquired Pond

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Parish Government has purchased just over 30 acres of land containing a four-and-one-half-acre pond, near the Abita River north of Harrison Avenue in the Covington area. Plans for the property include:  the conversion of the pond into a water quality pond through aeration or plantings, and the redirection of stormwater flow from two adjacent subdivisions after the construction of inlets from the neighborhoods into the pond, and an outlet from the pond into the channel that drains into the river. Over time the water quality of the Abita River is expected to increase through enhanced oxygenation and filtration when stormwater drains into the river.

“Our water quality initiatives send cleaner runoff into our waterways, and over time increase the health of our natural ecosystems,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “This project, like most, will address more than one issue upon completion, and the return on our investment will be beneficial in several ways, and well worth it.”

The property is located just west of the Singing River subdivision in the Covington area. It was purchased at market value, for $630,000.

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Spring Season of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens in Two Weeks

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Fishing Pier will reopen two weeks from today on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 a.m., after a three-month seasonal closure. On opening day, admission to the Pier is free to everyone who comes out to fish or sightsee. Regular admission after opening day is as follows: all patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free.  Thursdays are Discount Days and senior citizens, active duty military and veterans fish for $1.

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, is open Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. – 6p.m. Because the Pier operates on a seasonal basis, hours are subject to change. To learn more visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

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

 

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Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 19, 2018, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Business hours resume on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Joint Litter Abatement Crew in St. Tammany Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today, the one-year anniversary of the St. Tammany Parish full-time, joint litter abatement crew in partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. In the one year since it’s been in operation, 1,048 miles of roadways have been cleaned and 474,740 pounds of litter have been removed from the streets of St. Tammany.

“Our litter problem was growing, so we tackled it. This crew has made serious progress, and will continue to do it,” said St. Tammany Parish President. “We would like everyone to look at these numbers and like we do, take pride in St. Tammany and our beautiful community by cleaning up when you see litter, and reminding your children and families to do the same.” 

The full-time Litter Abatement crew is a joint collaboration between St. Tammany Parish Government, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The crews use two litter abatement vans as well as St. Tammany Parish Jail trustees, who deploy Monday through Friday, and execute cleanup operations assigned to them by the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement office.

Parish officials continue to encourage local businesses to come together and show their love for St. Tammany and to encourage residents and employees to keep their parking lots and business sites clean by urging the proper disposal of trash and debris.  Littering is a crime under state law, as well as a violation of Parish Ordinances. State fines can range from up to $250 per incident to up to $1000 an incident for illegal dumping sites. Ordinance violations at the Parish level carry a fine of no less than $250 for a first offense. Residents can learn more about the various initiatives through Keep St. Tammany Beautiful or sign up to volunteer, at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

To report litter violations please complete a Litter Prevention Form found on the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful website, here. To request cleanup of a roadway in St. Tammany, please submit a Road Cleanup Request form found here.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

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Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews Move to Third Location of Trace Maintenance Project Monday, February 12, 2018

Crews will begin the third location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace on Monday, February 12, 2018, weather permitting, in the Lacombe area from Bremerman Road to John’s Road. Like the previous sections, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change.

The third location in the Lacombe area will span 574 linear feet. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Mardi Gras

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 12, 2018 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in observance of Mardi Gras. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Phase I of Two-Part Drainage Improvement Project Begins to Move Forward in one Covington Area Subdivision

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Phase I of a $3.2 million drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area is moving forward. In addition to the existing drainage infrastructure, Phase I includes the installation of storm drain culverts on Magnolia in Lane Riverwood subdivision. In Phase 2, storm drain culverts will be installed on Laurelwood Drive in Riverwood subdivision. The project will also indirectly benefit the adjacent Country Club Estates subdivision, as the drainage that will be installed will convey runoff from this neighborhood as well.

“This is another part of our ongoing drainage improvement initiatives, as we continue to address drainage challenges,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Water is a fact of life in St. Tammany, and as such, we will continue to design and implement the most effective, long-term solutions to enhance existing drainage throughout our community.”

This project is funded in part through the Statewide Flood Control Program administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). The LADOTD will fund roughly $1.49 million, while St. Tammany Parish Government will fund the remainder, approximately $1.7 Million. This program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience structural damages or agricultural losses. 

Phase I of this project is currently out for bid. Bids will be accepted until 2p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read.  No bids will be received after 2p.m. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Staff Conference Room, 3rd Floor, located at St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Complex, 21454 (Building B) Koop Drive, in Mandeville on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Work  is expected to begin on this project in early summer 2018, following the bid selection and award process. The work is expected to be complete by early 2019, barring any weather delays. 

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St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

St. Tammany Selected as Top Retirement Destination by National Magazine

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today St. Tammany has been selected as a premier retirement destination by Where to Retire Magazine in their March/April 2018 issue. As a lakefront community with several amenities like the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, Tammany Trace, rivers, swamps, beautiful landscapes, and diverse wildlife, the article describes St. Tammany as a place that offers outdoor recreation of every sort. It touts the “pure solace” of these things combined. According to Where to Retire magazine, approximately 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire.

“We certainly take pride in the fact that we have something for everyone, no matter your phase in life. It looks like they’ve discovered our secret — and we welcome anyone who wants to share in our abundant lifestyle,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have families here that are multi-generational, and this is the foundation for our strong, diverse identity and our ever-present sense of commitment to community.”

In January, Pat Brister presented a proclamation to the St. Tammany Council on Aging (COAST), which declared 2018 the Year of the Senior, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of COAST’s service to the 54,000 seniors in St. Tammany as well as their valuable contributions to Northshore communities. She called on residents to honor and respect our seniors in observance of this designated year.

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Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Slidell Area Road and Drainage Project That Benefits Several Residential Areas now Underway

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the road and drainage project in the Lake Village subdivision is now underway. Crews have started the first phase of this combined project which involves the installation of a subsurface drainage culvert from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl Drive, to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, to tie in the Lake Village area to the new culvert, creating another dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place.

“We ask all residents to be aware of this ongoing work, which, when complete will offer drainage improvements, improved motor vehicle travel, and a path for exercise and increased walkability,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to watching as it progresses and we thank the residents in the area for their cooperation while we make these improvements.”

Following completion of the drainage work, a new ADA compliant sidewalk will be installed along North Pearl Drive between Lake Erie and the drainage canal. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard. These sidewalk and roadway enhancements are designed to make pedestrian and vehicular travel smoother. The entire project will benefit the Lake Village, Pearl Acres and Hidden Oaks subdivisions.

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Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Water Quality Pond Project in Mandeville Area will Have Multiple Benefits

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the Bayou Chinchuba Water Quality Pond project in the Mandeville area, is now complete. The immediate benefits of this project are two-fold. Neighborhoods located downstream of this pond should see increased oxygen levels in Bayou Chinchuba, and increased storm water drainage capacity. Expected long-term benefits of this process include: the disintegration of waste products before they enter Bayou Chinchuba, resulting in higher oxygenation, which can result in a healthier ecosystem for native plants and animals to thrive. 

“This initiative, like most we undertake, was designed in-house by one of our own engineers and is multi-faceted; it has the benefit of increased water quality as well as added drainage capacity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “It is also expected to have long-term, positive, ecological impacts. Future generations will one day thank us for taking the time to preserve our remarkable natural amenities.”

This project partially EPA Grant-Funded, was to design and build a water quality pond within the footprint of the existing detention pond in the Oak Island subdivision in the Mandeville area. Components of the project include: a drainage pipe from Bayou Chinchuba into the pond; the construction of a weir connecting the existing pond; excavation; construction of a wrap-around berm; installation of a  bubbler, or aerator within the pond including the electrical mechanism for operation; fencing and sod. The bubbler aerates water that flows into the water quality pond from Bayou Chinchuba, and as a result, the water sees an increase in oxygen levels when it flows back into the bayou. The pond is located south of Sharp Road and north of Oak Island Drive. The cost of the project was $486,573.

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Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

Second Location of Trace Maintenance Project Begins Monday, February 5, 2018

The second location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace begins on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Mandeville area from Molitor Street to Rapatel Street.  Like the previous section, this area will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Contractors are in the final days of the first location in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street, and so this area remains closed. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed.

This second location will span 826 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

 

 

 

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer earns National Award from Keep America Beautiful

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Rick Moore, Solid Waste, Litter Enforcement Office and Executive Director of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was recognized on the national level with the 2017 Environmental Officer Award   at Keep America Beautiful’ s (KAB) national award ceremony in early January.  This award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

“Rick’s continued commitment to enforcing litter laws and his work in the innovative Litter Court which holds offenders accountable, coupled with his work with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and our full-time Litter Abatement Crew have made a significant impact on the cleanliness and safety of our community as a whole,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We also want to recognize the people he works with every day, who utilize every resource available to make these programs strong and effective. Congratulations.”

Rick Moore was touted by KAB for his role in organizing St. Tammany’s parish-wide litter court, as well as his participation with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality, in seven Litter Law Enforcement workshops. This workshop has become a model program for all Louisiana. He currently assists other parishes in setting up their own litter courts.  He was also recognized Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, the recently established Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, of which he is Executive Director.

He was one of more than 80 individuals and organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition. KAB’s National Awards recognize the passion, dedication and impact of KAB affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share their vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

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St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

St. Tammany has the Best Place to Escape in Louisiana According to National Travel Blog

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the travel company Expedia, named an area in St. Tammany, as the best place to escape in Louisiana. In their January travel blog — The Best Places to Escape in Every State — Expedia named the Mandeville area as the “Best Place to Escape” in the State of Louisiana. Expedia describes Mandeville as “….made for slowing life down to a drawl. Located on the placid shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the town is the right setting for sailing off into the sunset…” They go on to tout the lodging options, the opportunities to enjoy the surrounding natural and recreational amenities, paddle the blue ways and to take a moment to relax at a high-end spa.

“Mandeville has such a diverse array of amenities to offer, and this recognition by Expedia is well-deserved,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany as a whole has treasures that those of us who live here, appreciate and work with pride every day to preserve. We welcome all visitors to make us their vacation destination and experience our people, our culture, our great food, and our exceptional way of life.”

The entire blog from Expedia can be read here.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION Madisonville, Louisiana MAdisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MADISONVILLE WOODS SUBDIVISION

Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

 

St. Tammany Parish Justice Center Update for Thursday

The following information pertains to the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center status on Thursday, January 18, 2018:

- Only court that will be open will be Judge Swartz's Court for trial.

- Sheriff’s Office and Registrar of Voters will be open.

- District Attorney will open to the Public at 11 a.m.

- St. Tammany Assessor, Clerk of Court and St. Tammany Parish Government Offices are closed.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will remain closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018, due to the high potential for continued severe winter weather and icy road conditions. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead,  and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow. STAR Transit will open at noon on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Officials continue to urge people to stay off of the roads.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The freezing temperatures are not allowing the ice on the roads to completely melt, and so icy conditions remain in many places. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) have been working to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice. As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur.

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning, on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions, as roads may still have water on them from yesterday’s precipitation. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

100-135 Woods Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville Woods Water System (PWS 1103147)

On January 17, 2018, the Madisonville Woods Water System lost pressure due to the freezing conditions.  As a result of the pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Open

With temperatures  currently freezing,  and a Wind Chill Advisory in place, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, has opened a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways as the conditions are hazardous. “Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

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

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

 

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

Roadway Conditions Continue to Deteriorate — Residents Urged to Refrain from Driving

As roadway conditions continue to deteriorate, Parish and State officials are urging residents to stay off of the roadways. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) is reporting that I-12 is closed from LA 1077 to Baton Rouge, and I-55 is closed both Northbound and Southbound from Hwy 190 in Hammond to the Mississippi state line. Additional closures are expected. In addition, the Causeway Bridge is closed due to poor visibility.

“Residents are urged to stay off of the roads if you do not absolutely need to travel,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Pay close attention to weather forecasts and news outlets for updates on conditions as the weather moves through. Do not travel if you do not have to.”

The LADOTD posts road conditions at 511.org. In addition, stay abreast of weather conditions at www.weather.gov.  Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Remains Open as Freezing Temperatures Continue

With temperatures expected to continue to dip below freezing to possibly into the teens here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will continue to keep open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols for Parish Government Operations are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

Residents who need shelter can do so at the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of freezing temperatures. Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings. They are also reminding residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent fires.

The Parish’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety and offer them comfort.

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up to date with the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov,  and monitor local news outlets.

 

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Postpones January 16, 2018 Meeting

The St. Tammany Parish Planning Commission Meeting, scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, has been postponed due to the forecast of severe winter weather. The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6 p.m.in Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. For any questions, please call the Department of Development, Planning at 985-898-2591.

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

St. Tammany Parish Government Winter Weather Update and Closures

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. In addition to Parish Government Offices, the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Trailhead, and the Tammany Trace will also close tomorrow.

Crews with the Parish’s Department of Public Works (DPW) began working at 10:30am this morning to spread sand on 72 Parish, and some State, bridges to help mitigate the potential for ice.

As the weather turns colder and the possibility for ice forming on roads and bridges increases, the potential for delays in some emergency services may occur. Additionally, as tree limbs begin to break from the weight of the ice or snow, power lines may be adversely affected and temporary power outages could be possible. Any emergencies should be reported by calling 911. 

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center is advising citizens to use extreme caution while driving overnight, and tomorrow morning,  on area streets and highways due to the potential of ice on the roads. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for St. Tammany for tonight and these severe weather conditions, coupled with precipitation, are conducive to producing dangerous road conditions. Additionally, they are urging people to dress appropriately for “feels like” single digit temperatures from wind chill, coupled with the lower temperatures and moisture from precipitation.

 

 

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Meandering Trace Maintenance Project Kicks off Monday, January 15, 2018

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace will get underway on Monday, January 15, 2018 beginning in the Covington area from 7th Street to 11th Street.  Each of the four locations will undergo mill and overlay, and in some areas complete reconstruction. Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when the project is completed.

“Investing in the maintenance of amenities like the Tammany Trace is necessary to provide safety to those that use the Trace and to ensure it remains a feature in our community for years to come,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Trace, now in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, is a source of pride for our community, and we want it to remain a user-friendly recreational avenue for our own residents, who patronize it on a daily basis, as well as for the thousands of visitors who come every year.”

The project will encompass four areas along the Trace including the first segment, 1155 linear feet, in the Covington area; the second location expected to begin in February in the Mandeville area, 826 linear feet; and the third and fourth locations in the Lacombe area, expected to begin in March and April, a combined 1581 linear feet. Each location will take approximately 30 days to complete, barring any weather delays. Segments of the Trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish Government will release maps in advance of construction for each area (see attached), as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons, Inc. is the contractor.

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The Tammany Trace hosts more than 300,000 visitors per year from all over the United States and the world. St. Tammany Parish Government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor in 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars St. Tammany Parish Government has asphalted 27.10 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the separate equestrian path which parallels the Trace in several places. The trace was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in fall 2017.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, beginning at 4 p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open as determined by the duration of the freezing temperatures.  Parish Government will update as necessary. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use heat sources such as space heaters and fireplaces with care, to prevent  fires, and to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Selects Engineering Firm

Coastal Protection Project Moves Forward as St. Tammany Parish Government and the Levee Board Select Engineering Firm

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage, and Conservation District (St. Tammany Levee Board) have selected Neel-Schaffer, Inc., to begin the first phase of the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Protection Project— a collaborative initiative between St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee Board, made possible with $2 million in funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) through an Intergovernmental Agreement. This project is part of the ongoing flood mitigation efforts by St. Tammany Parish to increase protection for all residents, and to increase resiliency following natural disasters that impact our community.

“This is another step forward in creating a comprehensive flood protection plan for our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Levee Board has continued to work diligently, with limited resources, to get this project off of the ground, and we applaud them for their dedicated time and intensive efforts.”

“I am excited to share in the announcement of the selection of a consultant for this project,” said Henry Di Franco, Chairman, St. Tammany Levee Board. “The Levee Board will continue to work hand in hand with Parish Government to identify critical projects to enhance flood protection for all of the St. Tammany Parish coastal zone.”

During this first phase of the project, Neel-Schaffer, Inc., will be tasked with analyzing and updating the 2012 Northshore Hurricane and Flood Protection Study for St. Tammany Parish with newly completed and current proposed projects in the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Zone. A gap analysis will then be performed to identify new projects to further protect vulnerable areas. A benefit/cost analysis of proposed projects will then be completed to determine project priority and viability. Any funds remaining after completion of these tasks will go toward Engineering and Design of prioritized alternatives. 

Nine engineering firms submitted proposals which were evaluated by a team of St. Tammany Parish Government employees and St. Tammany Levee Board representatives. 

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The St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District is a nine-member board, created during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative session, populated by gubernatorial appointments from various communities throughout St. Tammany. It is a political subdivision of the state and has the primary duty to …establish, construct, operate, or maintain flood control works related to hurricane protection, tidewater flooding, saltwater intrusion, and conservation.

 

RESCINDED: January 6th 2018 -PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

REASCINDED JANUARY 6, 2018

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek,

Willow Wood and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Sometime on January 4, 2018, the tubing supplying the chlorine disinfection at the Willow Wood well failed causing the chlorine concentration in the supplied water to fall below the state mandated levels in some portions of the Cross Gates Water System.  The failure of this tubing was discovered on January 5th and repaired allowing normal disinfection to resume.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for Tammany Utilities (TU) customers in Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, Willow Wood, and Autumn Lakes Subdivisions.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call and notices on the Parish Government’s website and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will Accept Christmas Trees for Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin accepting Christmas trees to recycle for use in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rebuild the Big Branch Marsh. Trees can be brought to the Covington Fair Grounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours, from now until Friday, March 2, 2018. Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be accepted at the drop-off sites as they cannot be used for the project.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

St. Tammany Parish Announces Warming Shelter to Remain Open through Saturday as Freezing Temperatures Linger

With freezing temperatures expected to linger from the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore through the end of the week,  the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will extend the operations of the warming shelter through Saturday, January 6, 2018, for those in need. The shelter is currently open in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

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St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to twenties here on the Northshore over the coming days, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open until the morning of Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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

In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.  To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets.

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS Covington, Louisiana St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

ST. GERTRUDE HEIGHTS

Covington, Louisiana

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of the New Year

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January 1, 2018 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in observance of the New Year. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in observance of Christmas. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Business hours resume on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY St. Gertrude Heights in Covington St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

St. Gertrude Heights in Covington

St. Gertrude Water System (PWS 1103154)

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM a water main broke at the St. Gertrude water well causing a loss in pressure.  Once service is restored, and out of an abundance of caution, all Tammany Utilities customers in St. Gertrude Heights, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Slidell, Louisiana Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146) Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MEADOW LAKE AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Slidell, Louisiana

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.  Tammany Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience and will issue appropriate usage credits in the next billing cycle. Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at 985-643-1376 (East). 

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor will be re-installing the well column and pump tomorrow morning, December 19th.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES MEADOW LAKE WATER SYSTEM (PWS 1103146)

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  Our well contractor expects to receive the replacement parts for the water well today.  Once received, they will begin reassembling the well shaft in their shop and will install the well shaft early next week.  Once the well is put back in service, TU is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink. We expect that results from the sampling will be received by Thursday, December 21st.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.  We apologize for the inconvenience this event has caused.

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

UPDATE: PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY  MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES  Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

This is a boil advisory update

The Precautionary Boil Advisory remains in effect for Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and a portion of French Branch Estates.  On December 11th 2017, Tammany Utilities’ well contractor opened the well to perform maintenance.  They discovered that some parts had significant wear on them and needed replacement.  The replacement parts have been ordered and are expected to come in on Thursday December 14, 2017 or Friday, December 15th of this week.  Once the well is put back in service, Tammany Utilities is required to collect samples and submit them to the state laboratory for analysis.  The Boil Advisory will not be rescinded until results from the collected samples demonstrate that your water is safe to drink.  Please continue to check the St. Tammany Parish website for updates.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8 AM Tammany Utilities will be performing required maintenance on the Meadow Lake water well.  We do not anticipate a loss of water pressure during the work but out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, will be under a Precautionary Boil Advisory effective at 8 AM on Monday, December 11th.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government Extends Some Closures Due to Hazards Posed by Freezing Conditions

St. Tammany Parish Government officials announced today that, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will remain closed until noon on Saturday, December 8, 2017. STAR Transit will operate from 10 a.m. until 4p.m. on Saturday. The Holiday of Lights will resume as scheduled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 beginning at 6p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore


With temperatures expected to dip into the low thirties to mid-twenties here on the Northshore over the coming weekend, the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a warming shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Designated employees have been placed on notice for activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 1p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The warming shelter will remain open until the morning of Monday, December 11, 2017. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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


In addition, Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed Friday Due to the Threat of Severe Winter Weather

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Friday, December 8, 2017, due to the forecast of severe winter weather. STAR Transit, Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground and the Tammany Trace will close as well. The Holiday of Lights events is cancelled Friday, December 8, 2017, but is scheduled to resume on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Government designated personnel will be on-hand to handle any issues that may arise due to weather conditions.

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Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

Dropping Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations

With a Winter Weather Advisory going into effect this evening from the National Weather Service, and freezing temperatures predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, St. Tammany Parish Government has instituted its severe cold weather protocols. As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, the Parish’s Department of Public Works has placed designated employees on notice for activation if the weather dictates, and it becomes necessary to prep roads for freezing conditions.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. Tammany Utilities advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety. The Department of Animal Services asks pet and livestock owners to take precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

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Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00PM in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary school located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
The following items from this month's agenda will be discussed:

1. A Resolution to appoint a Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
2. A Resolution to appoint a Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for the calendar year 2018
3. An Ordinance adopting the 2018 Parish Operating Budget
4. An Ordinance to establish the 2018-2022 Parish Capital Improvement Budget and Grant Awards
5. An Ordinance to authorize St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to purchase or otherwise acquire burial space for indigent cremains
6. A Resolution to acknowledge the authority, pursuant to Home Rule Charter, Sections 1-04, 1-06, 3-01 and 3-09, for St. Tammany Parish Government, through the Office of the Parish President, to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the St. Tammany Parish Assessor and all other Tax Recipient Bodies for reimbursement of expenses pertaining to review of exemptions and assessment freezes
7. Any other items of concern to District 11 constituents

Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call Councilman Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

St. Tammany Regional Airport will get Lighting Upgrades through Grant Award

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that the St. Tammany Regional Airport has been awarded approximately $886,667 in combined funding from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Aviation Group (LA DOTD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for airfield lighting improvements. The project will be funded by an FAA grant in the amount of $798,000 combined with a 10 percent funding match from the LA DOTD Aviation Group in the amount of $88,667.

“As we continue to enhance the safety features and amenities of our regional airport, we, in turn increase the traffic and the economic viability of this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is another way we maintain our diverse economy.”

Improvements are set to include the installation of a new power generator, as well as the installation of runway and taxiway edge lighting, and all incidentals to facilitate operation of the lighting. Additional upgrades are slated for the airport, including: the extension of the existing runway, extension of the apron, a perimeter fence, a new access road, a new terminal and a new corporate hangar. The St. Tammany Regional Airport is located on Airport Road in Abita Springs. It is owned by St. Tammany Parish Government and maintained by the Department of Facilities Management.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana

 Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 910 – 987 Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

910 – 987 Richmond Court

in Mandeville, Louisiana

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On November 28, 2017 at approximately 11:00 Tammany Utilities (TU) turned the water off to the above customers to make an emergency repair to the water main at the end of Richmond Court in Mandeville, Louisiana.  As a result of the loss in pressure and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, a sign along Richmond Court, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Serves Nearly 500 Households

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Serves Nearly 500 Households

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President announced today that the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, held in early October, served 476 households. Volunteers collected a combined total of 95,497 pounds of paints and chemicals, batteries and e-waste. This event, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish Government and a program of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, was held in partnership with Keep Slidell Beautiful and the City of Slidell.

“This annual service is something we offer to residents at no cost and we appreciate that people take the opportunity to utilize it,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is a program of our Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Chapter. I applaud them on another successful event.”

To learn more about Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org. To volunteer for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful please email your contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Closes for Winter

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Closes for Winter

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will close on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. for the winter season.  It will reopen in early 2018. For more information on the Pier visit fishingpier.stpgov.org.

Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Business hours resume on Monday, November 27, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Ongoing Flood Mitigation Efforts Aided by Additional Grant Funding

St. Tammany Parish Ongoing Flood Mitigation Efforts Aided by Additional Grant Funding

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that approximately $6 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding will augment ongoing Parish Government initiatives to support the continued commitment to flood mitigation and resiliency within St. Tammany. In late September, St. Tammany Parish was awarded $2.3 million in (HMGP) dollars on the heels of the 2016 floods that impacted this area. This is in addition to the $3.7 million announced in December of 2016. This funding will be used to further flood mitigation efforts Parish Government works toward every day.

“Water is part of our daily life here, and as such, we must find ways to manage its impact when necessary, and this funding helps us to continue to do so,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “These projects are well thought out, and based on data we gather about how water impacts certain areas of our community. They are designed to have lasting protective impact.”

These initiatives include the elevation of 87 homes as of early August 2017. In addition, 17 home elevations are in progress, and 50 have had funding approved, but have not yet started. St. Tammany Parish Government has acquired five homes that have experienced losses through repetitive flooding. This process, the most permanent form of flood mitigation, is voluntary, and involves the purchase of the homes from the owners, removal of the structures, and maintenance of the property by Parish Government, thereby removing the home from a flood hazard area.

Applications have been submitted for the newly awarded grant- funded dollars, to utilize this money for projects like, the creation of a detention pond which will accommodate approximately 35 acres of flood plain storage within the Bogue Falaya Basin in the Covington area — a portion of St. Tammany that experienced severe flooding in 2016. Other projects include: road elevation projects in various areas near Slidell as well as lateral drainage improvement projects in the most heavily impacted areas of the Parish.  These projects are all pending approval from FEMA, before they can proceed.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED Myrtle Grove Subdivision 69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Myrtle Grove Subdivision

69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Emerald Forest Extension Roadway in Covington Area now Open

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the opening of Emerald Forest Extension in Covington. The roadway will now extend from Highway 190 through to 11th street. The extension was designed as part of ongoing infrastructure and drainage improvements.

“This roadway ties in to overall efforts to make travel for our residents more efficient, to increase connectivity throughout the Parish, and to improve drainage at the same time,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Residents in these surrounding neighborhoods now have an alternative route for travel that we hope will ultimately save them time.”

The project was completed in just over one year, at a cost of $1.7 million. The roadway was extended by 4700 feet from Garden Walk Drive through to 11th Street. In addition, subsurface drainage was installed. Plans are under consideration to extend the roadway even further to an existing street closer to Highway 59, and will be determined after the completion of a feasibility study.

Kids Konnection Scheduled Maintenance will Require Partial Playground Closures

Kids Konnection Scheduled Maintenance will Require Partial Playground Closures

Beginning Friday, November 10, 2017, scheduled maintenance and repair work on the playground tiles at the Kids Konnection Playground on Koop Drive in Mandeville, will get underway. The work will require sections of the playground, under repair, to be closed off to activity. In addition, a portion of the parking lot will closed off for the staging of equipment and the placement of a dumpster to dispose of waste.

Parents, caregivers and children should be mindful of the activity and avoid the areas under repair. The work is expected to take just under two weeks, weather permitting. The first area to undergo repair will be the 5-12-year-old area which is expected to take about five to seven days.

You can call the office at 985-867-9490 with any questions or to check the status. 

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

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

Non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Business hours resume on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8 a.m.  Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Parish Government when you sign up for email updates at www.stpgov.org. Follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Myrtle Grove Subdivision 69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Myrtle Grove Subdivision

69445 - 69531 Hwy 1077, 101 Brewster Rd., 140 and 146 President Madison, and 201-214 Muskogee Trail in Madisonville

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, beginning at 8:30 AM, Tammany Utilities (TU) will temporarily turn the water off to the above identified customers so that maintenance can be performed.  Service will be restored by 5 PM Tuesday, November 6, 2017.

Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health and Hospital regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.   The earliest TU expects to receive this confirmation from LDH is Thursday, November 9th. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by signs placed in the neighborhoods, notices on the Parish Government’s web and social media sites and hand delivered notices.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED  907-919 Cross Gates Blvd in Slidell Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

 907-919 Cross Gates Blvd in Slidell

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 500 Magnolia Ridge Court, and 201, 203, and 205 Hawthorne Hollow in Madisonville, Louisiana Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

500 Magnolia Ridge Court, and 201, 203, and 205 Hawthorne Hollow in Madisonville, Louisiana

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED Windermere Subdivision, Aldridge Oaks Subdivision, and 740, 746, 750, and 756 Brewster Road in Madisonville, Louisiana Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

Windermere Subdivision, Aldridge Oaks Subdivision, and 740, 746, 750, and 756 Brewster Road in Madisonville, Louisiana

Faubourg Coquille Water System (PWS 1103149)

 

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Government sees 400% Improvement in Water Quality Indicators in Preliminary Tests

St. Tammany Parish Government sees 400% Improvement in Water Quality Indicators in Preliminary Tests

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services (DES), in partnership with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) has nearly completed on-site sewerage system inspections in certain areas of Slidell, as they continue to implement grant-funded initiatives to study and improve the water quality in water bodies throughout St. Tammany. Preliminary testing results following these initiatives show a 400% improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, one of many indicators of water quality.

“Our focus is to improve and maintain the quality of our water, reduce pollution, and preserve our natural resources,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are meeting this challenge where it is, and taking proactive steps to address the issue.”

It is estimated that there are thousands of individual Aerated Treatment Units (ATUs) and septic tanks installed in unincorporated St. Tammany, operated and maintained by homeowners. While these homeowner sewer systems are required to be permitted by the State Department of Health, many fail to meet current, more stringent design standards which could contribute to the decline of surface water quality in the Parish.  

As part of these initiatives, and through a decentralized management approach, inspectors have been performing individual, on-site sewerage system inspections in areas of known impaired water quality since October of 2016 with special focus on areas of greatest known impairment.

Inspections were started in the Ozone Woods subdivision in Slidell and are now near completion with additional inspections to follow in the Bayou Liberty Watershed. In the Abita River Watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision. In the Bayou Cane Watershed, DES recently completed inspections in the Hidden Pines subdivision in Mandeville and inspections are currently underway in areas of unincorporated Mandeville.  

Systems that are found to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations will be required to make necessary repair/replacement to fulfill the requirements of the law. Financial assistance may be available for low to moderate income households for repair or replacement.  The inspector will leave information with homeowners on the types of financial assistance available and how to qualify.

Data collected in these inspections will be used to assist in determining the best courses of action to take to improve the water quality of our local watersheds for the protection of public health and water resources. In addition, this initiative will help ensure that existing and future on-site sewer systems are properly operated and maintained.

For more information on this project visit, www.stpgov.org/initiatives/water-quality.

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Parish President Brister Kills Sales Tax

Parish President Brister Kills Sales Tax

Today, Parish President Pat Brister moved to rescind the ¾ cent Economic Development District Sales Tax that was enacted on January 1st of this year.

“I have spent a great deal of time listening to taxpayers and business leaders across St. Tammany Parish, and it is clear that they are not in favor of this Economic Development Tax,” said Brister. “I have given notice to Sheriff Randy Smith to halt any collections on this tax, and will be asking that an ordinance be passed in the coming weeks to officially remove this new tax from being collected. While the revenue generated was helpful for economic development in the Parish, my primary job is to be responsible to the needs of residents of St. Tammany and it is clear that they do not want the tax.”

The 2016 Economic Development District Taxes were adopted by the Parish Council at the November council meeting, and took effect on January 1, 2017. There are six new Economic Development Districts along the I-12 corridor, which generated revenue to pay for infrastructure improvements, aesthetic changes and road construction inside these districts.

Thankful Thursdays Beginning October 19, 2017 at the St. Tammany Fishing Pier

Thankful Thursdays Beginning October 19, 2017 at the St. Tammany Fishing Pier

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that Thankful Thursdays will begin at the St. Tammany Fishing Pier beginning tomorrow, October 19, 2017. The pier will now open on Thursdays from 7a.m. until 6 p.m.  On Thankful Thursdays, veterans, active duty military and first responders fish free of charge, everyone 12 years old and over fishes for $3. The Pier could be unmanned during Thursday operations. Patrons who need assistance will need to call, 985-867-9490.

The schedule for the Pier is now as follows: Thursday –Sunday, 7a.m. -6pm. The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell.

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After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original I-10 Twin Spans, the Parish worked cooperatively with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to repurpose the structure for public use. After securing funding through local, state and federal sources, the 650 foot St. Tammany Fishing Pier was opened to the public in June of 2012, making history as the first public fishing pier in the region since the 1960s.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Completion of Oak Harbor Boulevard Elevation Project

St. Tammany Parish Government Announces Completion of Oak Harbor Boulevard Elevation Project

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the completion of the Oak Harbor Boulevard elevation project in the Slidell area. 

“This project was the result of many discussions based on data with Councilman Binder, the City of Slidell, the residents of Oak Harbor, and our own Public Works and Engineering teams regarding storm-season safety, and concerns of the residents in Oak Harbor,” Brister said. “Our primary focus was — and still is — the safety of our residents during any disaster situation, and flood protection.”

“I want to thank the St. Tammany Parish Government Public Works and Engineering teams for following through until the end on this endeavor,” said Jerry Binder, St. Tammany Parish Councilman, District 12. “We are grateful for their determination and resolve, and for the excellent communication between all parties involved— Public Works, Engineering and myself — which made the outcome all the more easy to attain.”

“While this is a Parish project, it benefits not only the citizens of St. Tammany, but also the residents of the City of Slidell,” Freddy Drennan, Slidell Mayor, noted. “This project is the result of agencies working together to benefit many.”

This project increases the protection of the Oak Harbor Ring Levee by raising the roadway to meet or exceed the height of the levee, seamlessly connecting the levee system. The cost of the project was $1,053,620.

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PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: S. Michele Blanchard, St. Tammany Parish Council Vice Chairman, District 13; Shannon Davis, Director, St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works; Freddy Drennan, Mayor, City of Slidell; Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; Jerry Binder, St. Tammany Parish Councilman, District 12; Val Vanney Jr., Councilman District D, City of Slidell; Mike Noto, Assistant Director of Public Works-Operations, St. Tammany Parish Government; Christopher Corvers, Project Manager/QC, Department of PW/Engineering, St. Tammany Parish Government

 

Sandbag Distribution Begins Friday in St. Tammany Parish

Sandbag Distribution Begins Friday in St. Tammany Parish

Parish President Pat Brister announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government will distribute sandbags on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 7a.m. – 6p.m.  and on and Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the following locations:

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

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

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

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 Facebook and Twitter.

 

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm Protocols

Tropical Storm Nate is now located near the 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 protocols. 
 
Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, through social media on Facebook and Twitter, and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.
 
Parish President Pat Brister, and the administration of St. Tammany Parish Government, are  asking all residents to prepare for the possibility of a tropical event. We ask that you clear storm drains and drainage ditches, and if you see a potential problem call our Public Works Department at 985-898-2557. 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. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.
St. Tammany Parish is poised to activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary.

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter, the local media and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

St. Tammany Parish to Participate in Statewide Hurricane Relief Effort for Puerto Rico

St. Tammany Parish to Participate in Statewide Hurricane Relief Effort for Puerto Rico

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that  the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, has joined in a State-wide donation drive directed by Governor John Bel Edwards and led by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Two drop-off locations are now open in St. Tammany: First Baptist Church in Covington located at 16333 LA-1085 will collect items Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, located at 360 Robert Boulevard will collect items Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The drive will run from today, until Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

This is a targeted, needs-based donation drive and organizers ask that only items that have been requested be donated. Those items exclusively include: diapers, non-perishable formula, baby wipes, bottles and nipples, and feminine care products.

To read more about the statewide relief effort, visit gov.louisiana.gov/page/PuertoRico.

 

Council District 11 Monthly Meeting

 
The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00PM in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary school located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
The following items will be discussed:

1. An ordinance for introduction establishing a no parking zone on Liberty Street and Jefferson Street
2. An ordinance for approval to amend the code creating a new section relative to Parish Road Overlay projects
3. An ordinance to amend Chapter 11 of the code to create a new section requiring operators of Tours on Waterways of the Parish to Provide Sanitary Facilities to Customers
4. An update on the lawsuit brought by the District Attorney against Parish Government
5. Any other items of interest to constituents of District 11

Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should contact District 11 Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.
Steve Stefancik
Parish Council District 11
 

Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

Make a House Your Home Event Will Explore Homeownership Opportunities in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the St. Tammany East and West Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the Northshore Housing Initiative, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation, will host the Make a House Your Home event on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1p.m. at 520 Old Spanish Trail, in Slidell, on the 5th floor of the Towers Building. Interested parties are invited to come and learn about homeownership opportunities in St. Tammany Parish.

This event is free and open to the public. It is kid-friendly. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions regarding this event, call 985-898-3074.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for October 7, 2017 in St. Tammany

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Scheduled for October 7, 2017 in St. Tammany

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2p.m. at Fritchie Park, located at 905 Howze Beach Road in Slidell. This event is a program of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful in partnership with Keep Slidell Beautiful and the City of Slidell, open to St. Tammany Parish residents, and provides an opportunity for residents of St. Tammany to dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste at no cost. Residents are encouraged to visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events to take a look at the flyer for specifics on what will be accepted. Along with Household Hazardous Waste, residents are also asked to bring patience as this event attracts a large number of people, and wait times can vary.

To volunteer for Keep St. Tammany Beautiful please email your contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Tammany Parish is committed to sustainability through initiatives like Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, launched in 2015, the implementation of green energy throughout our Parish-owned facilities, daily litter abatement crews, our Green Guide, elevated water quality standards, and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. To learn more or to volunteer with Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, visit, www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

Progress in Pavement in St. Tammany

Progress in Pavement in St. Tammany

All lanes of the Highway 21 Widening Project in Covington are currently being wrapped up by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and their contractor, and are now open to drivers. To view current LADOTD Projects in our area, District 62, visit their website at wwwapps.dotd.la.gov.

St. Tammany Parish Government is asking for the public’s input and ideas.  The Parish’s Path to the Future Program, introduced at a Public Input Meeting last week, is now available for review online at www.stpgov.org/path. Residents can view the plan, as well as watch the Thoroughfare Plan presentation video, to learn more about the plan.

Residents can also offer their input via email, through October 21, 2017, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include Path to the Future in the subject line.

 

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St. Tammany Parish Government recognized for energy saving success

St. Tammany Parish Government recognized for energy saving success

Receives $43,001 in incentives from Cleco’s CitySmart® Program

Pineville, La., Sept. 26, 2017 – Cleco awarded St. Tammany Parish Government $43,001.42 in cash incentives for its commitment to energy efficiency. 

St. Tammany Parish Government, a Cleco customer and participant in Cleco’s CitySmart Program, completed lighting upgrades that help improve energy usage and reduce energy costs.  In total, 2,208 fixtures were upgraded to LEDs across four buildings saving 430,014 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this is the equivalent of eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 34,005 gallons of gasoline or the electricity use of over 31.9 homes for one year. 

“This program has yielded incentives that we are touting today, but the ripple effect of these savings will continue for years to come,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The taxpayers will ultimately reap the benefits through the lowered energy costs which will be compounded through these energy-efficient enhancements to our facilities. I applaud our Facilities team for their hard work. ”

Since participating in Cleco’s City Smart Program, St. Tammany Parish Government has received $102,448.01 in incentives and is estimated to save over 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. This kWh savings is projected to continue over the extended life expectancy of the new LEDs that were installed.

Cleco’s CitySmart Program is designed to provide assistance and financial incentives for installing energy efficiency measures in large commercial and industrial facilities owned or run by municipal or parish governments.

“The CitySmart Program is one of many energy efficiency programs that provide assistance and financial incentives to Cleco customers for installing energy efficiency measures that reduce energy consumption,” said Richard Sharp, director of Cleco Solutions. “There also are programs available to residential customers, as well as small and large privately owned businesses.”

Launched in November of 2014, Cleco’s energy efficiency programs have awarded its customers over $4.5 million in incentives for completed energy efficiency projects which can lead to lower bills for customers.  Incentives include rebates for energy efficient improvements, such as duct sealing, air sealing, LED retrofits, insulation upgrades, air conditioning tune-ups and mail-in rebates for energy efficient appliances.  In addition to the monetary benefits, the programs have reduced energy consumption by over 48 million kWh which is the equivalent of eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 3,795,797 gallons of gasoline, according to the EPA.


For more information about Cleco’s energy efficiency programs, call 1-877-622-4047 or visit www.cleco.com

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About St. Tammany Parish Government

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About Cleco

Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.
 

St. Tammany will Unveil Proposed Major Streets Plan at Public Input Meeting Thursday Night

St. Tammany will Unveil Proposed Major Streets Plan at Public Input Meeting Thursday Night

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that a proposed major streets plan will be unveiled at a Public Input Meeting Thursday, September 21, 2017. Upon implementation, this plan will take a focused, systematic approach to making Capital Road Improvements. This is a visionary plan that includes improvements of existing roadways, and the design and creation of future roads to ultimately increase capacity, traffic flow and safety.

“We want our residents who drive these roads, to have a say in shaping this plan to fit our specific needs as a community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Increasing capacity efficiency on our roadways is a topic everyone is concerned about, and we are addressing this issue head-on.” 

St. Tammany Parish Government has begun to implement several road projects with the goal of increasing connectivity and drivability throughout St. Tammany. Projects pulled directly from the plan that are currently underway include: the Mandeville Bypass Road, which will link Highway 1088 and Highway 190 near Pelican Park; Harrison Avenue design, which is slated to widen Harrison Avenue,  add subsurface drainage and turning lanes to increase safety and traffic flow; the Highway 1077 Connector Road, which will connect to Highway 21 by way of Ochsner Boulevard; and  the proposed Seymour Meyers Boulevard Extension to Perrilloux Road in Madisonville, this road will connect Highway 1077 to Highway 1085 at this location. An additional project slated to begin in 2018, is the Stone Street Extension in Slidell, which will enhance connectivity and provide an alternate route for commercial traffic, to divert it from neighborhood streets. In addition various intersection improvements are planned to improve traffic flow in the Slidell area.

The public is invited to review the draft of the plan at the public meeting on Thursday at 6p.m. in St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Development and Planning, in coordination with the planning team from Freese and Nichols, Inc., drafted the plan.  

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Access St. Tammany Celebrates Trace Hall of Fame Induction with Special Weekend Programming

In anticipation   of the Tammany Trace’s Induction into the National Rail-Trail Hall of Fame on Monday, September 25, 2017, Access St. Tammany Television will air special programming featuring a trek along the Tammany Trace. Viewers can travel through 27 miles of the newest Hall of Fame inductee, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, and running continuously until 6 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017.

Access St. Tammany is available through multiple service providers. Charter communication subscribers can find us on Channel 197 SD, and Channel 710 HD with the digital cable box. AT&T U-verse subscribers can find us on Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. Web users and smart TV owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Fights Blight Through the Removal of Sunken Vessels

The St. Tammany Parish Government Office of Inspections and Enforcement has prompted the removal or retrieval of 11 sunken boats from the waterways in the eastern parts of St. Tammany , including the areas of Coin Du Lestin and Eden Isles, since early 2016, at no cost to St. Tammany Taxpayers. This was accomplished through a focused effort to increase owner compliance, and ultimately follow through by having the owners remove the vessels in question. According to Inspections and Enforcement officers, it would cost taxpayers a minimum of $3000.00 for Parish Government to remove and properly dispose of a sunken vessel. They add that many more sunken vessels remain in St. Tammany Waterways.

Sunken vessels pose several threats to navigational safety. These vessels can release pollutants into the waterways such as gasoline and engine fluids, they can move around during a severe weather event and especially during a storm surge. This displacement can cause a vessel to become a projectile during a storm event, or can move the vessel into the navigational path of other boats on the waterway.

“We will continue to fight blight every way we can, especially when it poses a threat to public safety, at as little cost to taxpayers as possible,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Inspections and Enforcement Department works closely with our Parish Council members, who regularly request action on behalf of constituents in their districts, as well as with individual residents who report these dangerous violations.”

The Office of Inspections and Enforcement asks that anyone who wishes to report a sunken vessel, to please call the 985-898-5214, where you can report this violation anonymously. 

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St. Tammany Parish will ask Voters to Consider Jail and Justice Center Sales Tax Renewals in Spring 2018

St. Tammany Parish will ask Voters to Consider Jail and Justice Center Sales Tax Renewals in Spring 2018

St. Tammany Parish Government announced today that voters will be asked to consider two 1/5 cent sales tax renewals dedicated to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, to satisfy State-mandated cost. The election will be held in March of 2018 on the Municipal Primary Election ballot. The renewals lost by a razor-thin margin last April of less than one vote per precinct, with a voter turnout of less than 10 percent.

“We have taken an even harder look at our operating budget since April, and we have implemented cost-saving measures, however, this is not sustainable for the long-term,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Without this revenue, our Criminal Justice System will be unrecognizable and very different from the efficient and extremely effective system we have in place today.”

The taxpayers of St. Tammany are required, by law, to provide funding for the Justice System through Parish Government. Without these dedicated funds, monies must be redirected to fulfill these State-mandated costs. Since the tax renewals failed last April, St. Tammany Parish Government has implemented a standstill operating budget; placed many large initiatives on hold; instituted a hiring freeze, including not filling positions that become vacant (currently at 71); consolidated offices; reduced operating hours at the St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier; Camp Salmen Nature Park; cancelled the annual Holiday of Lights; and other cost-cutting measures will be forthcoming. Additionally, Parish Government has requested impacted agencies, like the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Jail operations, to make appropriate cuts to their budgets and take actions similar to Parish Government’s, in order to reduce spending.

“Financial support of our criminal justice system is just that important. I ask the voters to seriously consider these two tax renewals,” said Brister. “I urge all voters to educate themselves on the impact on our justice system that the loss of revenue from these taxes will have, and inform their friends and families as well.”

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The original taxes were passed at a rate of ¼ cent each, with a term of 20 years, and to fund the construction, operations, and maintenance of the St. Tammany Jail and Justice Center. The renewal rate has been reduced to 1/5 cent each, and the term reduced to 10 years. The debt for the construction will be paid by the end of the current tax but the operations and maintenance costs will remain. In addition, a portion of the sales tax revenues will be dedicated to the 22nd Judicial Specialty Courts such as Veterans Court and Drug Court.

 

St. Tammany Parish Monitors Hurricane Irma

St. Tammany Parish Government’s Administration and Emergency Operations Center are monitoring Hurricane Irma. 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.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through local media, through social media on Facebook and Twitter, and, if necessary, through or Parish-wide notification system, 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 continue to monitor the situation and check their family disaster plans, and make updates to their plans if necessary. For more information on storm preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov.

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

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District 11 Community Meeting - September 6, 2017

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday, September 6 in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road west of Slidell.
The following items will be discussed:
1. An Ordinance for introduction amending the Parish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Road and Bridges, Article I, in General, by creating a new Section, Procedures and Specifications Relative to Parish Road Overlay Projects.
2. An Ordinance for introduction amending Chapter 11 of the St. Tammany Parish Code of Ordinances, entitled Health and Sanitation, to create Section 11-004.00 Requiring Operators of Tours on Waterways of St. Tammany Parish to Provide Sanitary Facilities to Customers.
3. A Resolution supporting the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1, doing business as St. Tammany Parish Hospital, utilizing a property within the boundaries of St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 2, doing business as Slidell Memorial Hospital.
4. An Ordinance for Adoption adopting and enacting a new 2017 Code of Ordinances of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana; providing for the repeal of certain provisions not included therein; providing penalties for the violation thereof; providing for the manner of amending such code; and providing when such code and this ordinance shall become effective.
5. An Ordinance for Adoption amending the Official Parish Zoning Map to reclassify 1.74 acres located on the northwest corner of Antler Street and Sticker Street, being Lot 30, Deer Haven Subdivision from A-2 (Suburban District) to A-3 (Suburban District).
6. An Ordinance for Adoption declaring multiple tax adjudicated properties as surplus property and to authorize St. Tammany Parish to proceed with the process for the advertising and sale of such adjudicated properties.
7. A Notice of a Public Meeting that will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00PM at Council Chambers discussing plans to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling an election to be held within the Parish of St. Tammany, State of Louisiana, to authorize the levy of sales and use taxes.
8. Any other items of interest to District 11 constituents.
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should contact District 11 Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.

St. Tammany Parish Announces Cancellation of 18th Annual Holiday of Lights Due to Funding Issues

St. Tammany Parish Government announced today that the annual Holiday of Lights celebration, which would have marked its 18th year in 2017, will not take place this year due to a lack of funding. This change is part of an overall cost-savings approach in order to achieve a balanced operating budget for 2018, as Parish officials wrangle with an anticipated $18 million revenue shortfall after the razor-thin failure of two sales tax renewals last April. This includes a standstill 2017 operating budget with several initiatives now on hold, a hiring freeze, reduced manpower and operating hours at some facilities, and the consolidation of offices.

The celebration, held at the Koop Drive Trailhead in December, spans two weekends and features entertainment by local school groups, kiddie rides and a tour of the light display on Koop Drive, at no charge to the general public.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President has said in the past that all areas of spending are under assessment, and some areas including recreation may in be in jeopardy for the foreseeable future as officials reprioritize.  She emphasized that state-mandated obligations and necessary and required priorities are the focus as her team prepares the 2018 budget.

Ben Thomas Road in Slidell Area to see New Sidewalk Soon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today a $330,000 project to install a sidewalk along the south side of Ben Thomas Road in the Slidell area, from Highway 11, to just west of Bryan Road. The sidewalk will span approximately 2,000 linear feet and is slated to be four feet in width. It will give residents safe pedestrian access and add to the walkability and aesthetic appeal of the area. In addition, the ditches along this stretch will be subsurface to accommodate the new sidewalk.

The design and planning phases of the project, funded through a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant, are currently complete. Following the bid process, contractor selection, and construction time accounting for weather delays, the project has an estimated completion date of early summer of 2018.   

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017, in observance of Labor Day. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday September 2, 2017. Office hours resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8 a.m.

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2017-2018 Decentralized Arts Funding Grant Announced for St. Tammany & St. Bernard

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding grant awards for the 2017-2018 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.

 

St. Tammany Parish

Organizational Support

 

St. Tammany Art Association

 $9,000

Slidell Little Theatre

$7,500

Playmakers, Inc.

$3,750

                                                                                                               

Project Assistance

 

STARC of Louisiana, Inc.

$3,350

City of Mandeville

$3,250

Slidell Heritage Foundation

$2,825

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

$2,250

Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition

$2,038

City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events

$1,000

Cutting Edge Center for the Arts

$1,000

                                                               

               

St. Bernard Parish

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Library

$2,523

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools

$2,000

St. Bernard Parish Government $1,000

 

 

The purpose of the Decentralized Arts Funding program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. 

 

Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in March 2018, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit http://www.stpgov.org/arts-grants.

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

St. Tammany Parish Implements Storm in the Gulf Protocols

Tropical Storm Harvey is now located in the 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, we will announce any emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, through social media on Facebook and Twitter, and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org.

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 and drainage ditches, and if you see a potential problem call our Public Works Department at 985-898-2557. 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. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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

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Stay connected to St. Tammany Parish Government and learn about emergency preparedness plans as they happen through social media on Facebook and Twitter, the local media and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Residents can also call 985-809-2300 for recorded updates. Sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish on our website, www.stpgov.org. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

 

OPEN HOUSE: Tchefuncte River Drawbridge Regulations Proposal 

 

 

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that residents who live in the Lake Village subdivision of Slidell, will soon see a drainage improvement initiative begin to take shape via a roadway just to the south — North Pearl Drive. Simultaneously, residents who live along and travel North Pearl Drive, will see roadway and sidewalk enhancements designed to make vehicular and pedestrian travel smoother.

“By combining these two projects into one master project, our engineering department has found a way to save time, maximize funding, and create an efficient, beneficial product that will give residents relief in two separate but closely placed areas,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “In addition, pedestrians in the area will see sidewalk improvements that will increase the walkability of the path overall.”

Crews will lay a subsurface drainage pipe from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, and tie in the Lake Village area to the new pipe, creating a dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Avenue will remain in place. Following completion of the drainage work, crews will replace the section of the sidewalk that the drainage pipe is located under on North Pearl, from Lake Erie, north to the drainage canal, with a new sidewalk that will bring it into ADA compliance. In addition, North Pearl Street will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard.

The bid process for this project opens at the end of this month. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019, barring any unforeseen delays.

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To learn more about this, and any other road or drainage projects in your area that your Parish Government is working on visit, www.stpgov.org/progress and use our interactive map. You can also learn more about these projects when you sign up for Parish emails at www.stpgov.org.

 

 

 

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Combined Road and Drainage Project in Slidell Will Benefit Two Residential Areas

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that residents who live in the Lake Village subdivision of Slidell, will soon see a drainage improvement initiative begin to take shape via a roadway just to the south — North Pearl Drive. Simultaneously, residents who live along and travel North Pearl Drive, will see roadway and sidewalk enhancements designed to make vehicular and pedestrian travel smoother.

“By combining these two projects into one master project, our engineering department has found a way to save time, maximize funding, and create an efficient, beneficial product that will give residents relief in two separate but closely placed areas,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “In addition, pedestrians in the area will see sidewalk improvements that will increase the walkability of the path overall.”

Crews will lay a subsurface drainage pipe from Lake Erie Drive and North Pearl to the existing drainage canal in the Lake Village subdivision, and tie in the Lake Village area to the new pipe, creating a dedicated drainage avenue for the subdivision. The dedicated drainage for North Pearl Drive will remain in place. Following completion of the drainage work, crews will replace the section of the sidewalk that the drainage pipe is located under on North Pearl, from Lake Erie, north to the drainage canal, with a new sidewalk that will bring it into ADA compliance. In addition, North Pearl Drive will be milled and overlaid from Lake Erie to Gause Boulevard.

The bid process for this project opens at the end of this month. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019, barring any unforeseen delays.

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To learn more about this, and any other road or drainage projects in your area that your Parish Government is working on visit, www.stpgov.org/progress and use our interactive map. You can also learn more about these projects when you sign up for Parish emails at www.stpgov.org.

 

 

 

Hours Cut at St. Tammany Recreational Facilities as Parish Officials Continue Budget Modifications

As summer winds down, and school is back in session, the hours at two, Parish-owned and operated recreational facilities will be reduced beginning Sunday August 20, 2017, as Parish officials continue to hammer out a balanced budget as required by the St. Tammany Parish Home Rule Charter.

“We are currently assessing all areas of spending as we adjust to the anticipated loss of revenue from the razor-thin failure of two critical sales tax renewals last April,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This significant funding loss, an $18 million shortfall, will result in budget cuts across Parish government, as our Parish Home Rule Charter requires a balanced budget. We have state-mandated obligations that we must meet and though we are doing everything possible to preserve all the services our residents enjoy, certain areas, such as recreation, may be in serious jeopardy for the foreseeable future.”

Camp Salmen Nature Park, located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. The St. Tammany Fishing Pier, located at 54001 Howze Beach Road near Slidell, will now open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. – 6p.m.

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Long-awaited Drainage Project in Slidell Steadily Moves Forward

Long-awaited Drainage Project in Slidell Steadily Moves Forward

The Lower W-15 Area/Lower French Branch Basin Drainage Improvement Project in Slidell, formally announced by St. Tammany Parish Government last January, continues to move forward as the design for the detention pond is complete, and the bid to construct the pond is now open.

“This first step, building the 54-acre pond will, on its own, improve the movement of the water out of the residential areas during heavy rain events or flooding situations, and improve the conveyance capacity of the surrounding canals,” said Pat Brister St. Tammany Parish President. “As a result, it will offer multiple benefits to the entire French Branch area including increased drainage upstream and downstream.”

Construction of the detention Pond is just one component of the overall drainage improvement project that also includes the widening of the W-15 Canal, expected to go out to bid by the end of 2017. The pond, designed by Duplantis Design Group, PC, is a 54-acre gravity storage pond, with an average depth of over six feet, which is equivalent to over 107 million gallons of water when filled to capacity. The Lower W-15 Area/Lower French Branch Basin Drainage Improvement Project is funded in part by a $7.9 million Hazard Mitigation Grant, and $1.8 million in Parish funds. Construction of the pond is expected to be complete in early 2019.

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PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, and Willow Wood Subdivisions Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek, and Willow Wood Subdivisions

Cross Gates Water System (PWS 1103053)

Due to a failure of a well pump and motor, Tammany Utilities has been providing water from a secondary source and on Saturday, August 5, 2017 Tammany Utilities is installing a replacement well pump.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary boil advisory is in place for customers in Cross Gates, The Bluffs, The Landings, Turtle Creek and Willow Wood Subdivisions.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities. It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:
Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.) Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe. We anticipate that the earliest the Boil Advisory will be rescinded will be Tuesday, August 8th.

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites. If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

  

Safe Haven Continues Forward Momentum as Search Begins for Operator

Safe Haven Continues Forward Momentum as Search Begins for Operator

With accessible, sustainable behavioral health care at the forefront of its mission, Safe Haven, continues to move forward in St. Tammany Parish as the search for a facility operator begins in earnest this week.

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, in 2015 assembled a team to create Safe Haven, a local, multi-agency behavioral health facility that will address the needs of not only St. Tammany and the surrounding region, but also serve as a replicable model for the state as a whole. “The Safe Haven Advisory Board has worked tirelessly to bring our vision to life,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The dedication of each member from various areas of the public and private sectors, has resulted in this endeavor clearly beginning to take shape, and with each phase brings our community closer to an accessible, collaborative, continuum of care of behavioral health services.”    

In addition to the search for a full-time operator of the facility, plans are currently underway for renovations of various buildings on the campus; one to house a peer-run drop-in facility in partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, St. Tammany Chapter, and one to house the Family Promise Day Center.

The Safe Haven operator is expected to be selected in early fall of 2017. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

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In 2015 Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced her administration’s vision of developing a comprehensive system of behavioral health care in St. Tammany. Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Alton Community in Slidell Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On August 1, 2017, a broken water line and its subsequent repair, caused the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is in place for Tammany Utilities customers in the Alton Community.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise. Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Alton Community in Slidell Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On August 1, 2017, a broken water line and its subsequent repair, caused the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is in place for Tammany Utilities customers in the Alton Community.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise. Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Government Demonstrates Good Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

St. Tammany Parish citizens are reaping the dividends from their Parish Government’s modernization over the last six years. Taxpayers will see an estimated $1.45M decrease in property taxes paid to run Parish Government in 2017, with the decision by Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish Council to keep taxes lower for residents.

Parish Government has changed and upgraded its use of technology, and realized efficiencies and cost savings through revamping its organizational structure. All while trying to keep pace with the Parish’s explosive growth, and the demands to do more with less.

“The responsibility and privilege of public service involves the good stewardship of taxpayer dollars, and as such we continue to work every day to fulfill that responsibility, and respect that privilege in every fiscal decision we make,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to provide services to our residents in the most efficient, cost-effective ways possible, and more importantly, to give our residents the most value for their tax dollars.”

For another year, ad valorem tax millage rates in St. Tammany Parish Government will remain at the rolled back rate adopted by the St. Tammany Parish Council. The estimated savings to taxpayers earned by keeping the millage rates in place, is estimated to be approximately $2.9 million over a two-year period.

The assessed ad valorem tax millage rate to run Parish Government is 7.25. These funds are allocated to general government, drainage maintenance, Public Health, and the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter.

Additionally, Parish Government, through responsible fiscal management, earned a Triple A (AAA) Bond rating from Standard and Poors in 2015, and continues to have one of the highest and most favorable bond ratings of Parish Governments in the State.

 

The St. Tammany Parish Council plans to adopt the resolution to establish these rates at the July 13, 2017 Parish Council Meeting.

Ochsner Health System to Revitalize Recently Closed Louisiana Heart Hospital

Lacombe, LA (JUNE 23, 2017) – Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) has reached an agreement to lease the recently closed Louisiana Heart Hospital property from Stirling Properties. Ochsner, working together with each of its partners, St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) and Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH), plans to repurpose the recently closed building to open a Post-Acute Care Hospital to include long-term acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation services in one convenient St. Tammany location. This effort will also result in job growth and expanded administrative services in the region by opening a dedicated North Shore Service Center.

“We are excited that this facility will once again be opened and provide much-needed medical services for our residents as well as jobs for our local health care workforce,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate Ochsner’s commitment to St. Tammany Parish, and we look forward to another leading-edge healthcare facility, providing high-quality medical care.”  

The new facility represents an opportunity that is the first of its kind in the parish. One that allows Ochsner, along with each of its partners, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Slidell Memorial Hospital, to work together and more cost effectively integrate the full continuum of care for patients.  Along with increased access to more post-acute care services, this is better for patients because it connects them to a larger, organized network of care.

“With each of our partners, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Slidell Memorial Hospital, we are deeply committed to the North Shore region and providing patients with increased access to post-acute care services close to where they live and work,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “Over the next five years, we expect to invest nearly $15 million to deliver new and innovative models of care while also growing jobs and expanding administrative services in St. Tammany.”

Over the next 12-18 months, Ochsner, working with its partners, plans to open a 30-bed long-term acute care unit to provide intense specialized care for patients with serious medical conditions; a 25-bed skilled nursing facility to provide highly skilled medical care for patients working through a short-term rehabilitation or for those suffering with a chronic condition who need longer-term care; a 30-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit for patients who need intensive rehabilitative care in an inpatient setting to help them regain the highest degree of independence; and an occupational rehabilitation area.

“Since we formed a strategic partnership with Ochsner in 2014, we have been able to add new services, expand and enhance oncology infusion services, launch a comprehensive Neuroscience program and open a thriving pediatric subspecialty clinic in Covington,” said Patti Ellish, CEO, St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “Our announcement today further illustrates Ochsner and St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s joint commitment to enhance access to quality healthcare services across the continuum of care.”

In addition to expanding healthcare services, the new facility will house a North Shore Service Center with a focus on non-patient care office functions, keeping vital back-office support jobs in St. Tammany Parish. Today, the organizations provide nearly 7,000 jobs in the parish, and with this addition, the potential to retain 190 jobs and add 125 more.

“Together, with Ochsner, we have been able to build upon our strengths at Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore, bringing additional access, value, expertise and technology to our patients in east St. Tammany,” said Bill Davis, CEO, Slidell Market SMH-Ochsner Partnership. “Now, through each of our service district’s partnerships with Ochsner, we have the opportunity to make a significant investment in our community by offering critical post-acute care services, growing jobs and expanding administrative services on the North Shore.”

 

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About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide. Each year Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees, nearly 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts nearly 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About St. Tammany Parish Hospital

A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by Leapfrog, Hospital Compare, Healthgrades, CareChex and Women’s Choice. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no ad valorem tax funding. Learn more at stph.org.

About Slidell Memorial Hospital

Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. The hospital’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and Pearl River County, Miss. The Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center also provides comprehensive care to patients across the Gulf Coast. Other SMH facilities include the SMH Imaging Center, SMH Heart Center and the SMH Sleep Center. For more information on all of SMH’s services, visit slidellmemorial.org. The hospital’s main phone number is (985) 280-2200.

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 1901 – 1935 Henry Clay; 1551, 1555, 1571, and 1607 Gerard; 1521 & 1920 Marigny; and, 1910 – 1936 Labarre Streets in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Parish Council Appoints Replacement for the Late Dennis Sharp

The St. Tammany Parish Council welcomed its newest member tonight with the appointment of David R. Fitzgerald. The Council District 2 seat was left vacant by the passing of Dennis Sharp earlier this month. The nomination and vote to elect an interim Councilman was held at a special meeting this evening. The Council also passed a resolution to call for an Fall election to be held in October, with a runoff in November (if necessary), for a replacement to serve out the remainder of the term.
 
"Thank you for your votes of confidence.  Dennis & I were raised and grew-up together.  I plan on serving as Dennis would have to carry on his legacy," said Councilman Fitzgerald.

The Council accepted resumes from the public last week, and conducted interviews with the list of potential nominees to fill the open seat.

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

Tammany Utilities has received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 643-1376.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY Alton Community in Slidell Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

 Alton Community in Slidell

Alton Water System (PWS 1103145)

On the evening of Tuesday June 6, 2017, an electrical surge during a thunderstorm damaged the well motor and pump causing the Alton Water System to lose pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY is in place for Tammany Utilities customers in the Alton Community.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.) Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Thursday, June 8th

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed throughout the neighborhood and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

MEADOW LAKE SUBDIVISION AND PORTIONS OF FRENCH BRANCH ESTATES

Meadow Lake Water System (PWS 1103146)

 

During thunderstorms the evening of June 5, 2017, Tammany Utilities’ (TU) Meadow Lake well site experience an electrical surge that knocked out the well motor and resulted in a loss of water pressure.  Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the Louisiana Department of Health regulations, all Tammany Utilities customers in Meadow Lake Subdivision and portions of French Branch Subdivision, as indicated in the image below, are under a Precautionary Boil Advisory.

This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.) Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Wednesday, June 7th. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by an automated phone call, signs placed at the entrances to neighborhoods and subdivisions, press releases and notices on the Parish Government’s social media sites.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

 

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Business hours resume on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8 a.m.

 

2016 Annual Report Released On-Line or In-Print



On-Line or In-Print

St. Tammany Parish Government has released its 2016 Annual Report. The report pinpoints in detail, the revenues and expenditures of St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as accomplishments by departments within Parish Government. To save on cost, limited numbers of the Annual Report are printed, and the remainder of entire report can be reviewed at www.stpgov.org

“Your government paved approximately 150,000 linear feet of roads, routinely maintained drainage ditches and detention ponds, assisted families in their times of need, kept tens of thousands of pounds of hazardous waste from entering into our environment, and helped over 800 animals find new homes,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have and will continue to work hard to be good stewards of your tax dollars, and we are committed to making Parish Government more efficient each and every day. As always, we welcome and encourage residents to be engaged in the work of your Parish Government.”  

Printed copies of the reports are available for pickup at Parish Government Offices, and a digital copy of the report can be viewed at www.stpgov.org.  Printed copies will be available in St. Tammany Parish libraries beginning the week of May 15, 2017.

St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services Closed on Saturday, April 29, 2017

The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, located at 31078 Hwy. 36 in Lacombe, will close on Saturday, April 29, 2017 because this location is a polling place for the Municipal Primary Election. Business hours resume on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Over 50,000 Pounds of Trash Cleared from Parish Roadways in the Month of March in St. Tammany



St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement crews and Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, cleared 52,090 pounds of litter over 133 miles, in the month of March — the first full month of the implementation of two full-time crews utilizing St. Tammany Parish trusties. In addition, the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement team regularly deploys a third crew and a claw truck. The third crew is a Community Service Crew made up of litter violators who have earned a sentence of picking up the litter they have been a part of creating, as well as persons convicted of crimes through the 22nd Judicial District Court, such as DWI convicts, and misdemeanor offenders. 305 workers participated in the cleanup during the month of March.

“Our Litter Abatement team, part of the Department of Environmental Services (DES), Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, have taken the resources available to us at a low cost to taxpayers, and made an astounding impact, in such a short time, upon the entire community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The residents of St. Tammany spoke up about the litter problem, and we listened and took further action. The results speak for themselves. As we continue to address this ongoing issue, we hope that our residents will join us in this fight to put an end to litter.”

“We are utilizing trusty labor in a positive way that directly impacts our quality of life here in our Parish. This, in turn, keeps the cost of this program at a minimum expense to our taxpayers,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff.

The full-time Litter Cleanup crew, utilizing trusties from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. Tammany Parish Government Litter Abatement employees, has been operational since early February, 2017. The DES — Community Service Crew has been operational since May of 2001. 

Among the debris collected were 241 tires, 850 pounds of miscellaneous items, 2,327 filled orange disposal bags, and 127 filled large gray bags. The claw truck pulled in 13, 160 pounds of trash.

Visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org  to sign up as volunteer for upcoming events, to report litter violators, or to report a roadway or dumping area in need of cleanup

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Good Friday

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Friday, April 14, 2017 in observance of Good Friday. In addition, the Department of Animal Services, located at 31078 Highway 36 in Lacombe, will close on Saturday, April 15, 2017. All offices resume business hours on Monday, April 17, 2017. 

LIMITED WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION & PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 1521, 1550, 1541, Coffee St. and 2272, 2264, Henry Clay St. in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, beginning at 9:00 AM, Tammany Utilities (TU) will be turning the water off to the customers identified above so that necessary work can be performed on the water system.  Water service will be restored by 5 PM Thursday, April 20th.

Once water service is restored, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Department of Health regulations, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

Tammany Utilities will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health ‑ Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our system have shown the water to be safe.  We anticipate that the earliest the BOIL ADVISORY will be rescinded will be Friday, April 21st. 

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 1667 – 1671 Foy; 1610 – 1800 Lamarque; 1549 – 1845 Labarre; 1605 – 1637 Marigny; and, 1551 – 1632 Clausel Streets in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY

1667 – 1671 Foy; 1610 – 1800 Lamarque; 1549 – 1845 Labarre;

1605 – 1637 Marigny; and, 1551 – 1632 Clausel Streets in Mandeville, Louisiana

Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On April 1, 2017 at approximately 2:30 PM, a contractor broke a water main near the the intersection of Labarre Street and Foy Street in Mandeville, Louisiana.  To repair the line, Tammany Utilities (TU) had to turn off the water to the customers identified above on Foy, Lamarque, Labarre, Marigny, and Clausel Streets.  As a result of the line break and subsequent pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

 

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

 

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany 5th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta and EGGStravaganza

The fifth annual Rubber Duck Regatta and EGGStravaganza, takes place this year from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Admission to the event is just one dollar per person. Join us at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville on the green, for an event filled with fun for the entire family.

The day is filled with family-friendly festivities, which include an Easter Egg hunt with 15,000 eggs for three separate age groups: ages nine-12, ages four and under, and then ages five to eight; live entertainment; arts and crafts from Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery as well as the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, and the famous Quack-Off beauty contest, all for a nominal fee of $1 per person. Of course there will be a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Walgreens will even be on hand taking photos with the Easter Bunny at a cost of $3.

The day culminates with the Rubber Duck Regatta when one lucky duck will win $500 if he crosses the finish line first. Adopt-a-duck tickets can be purchased at the Kids Konnection playground on Koop Drive, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary Gift Shop, The Duck’s Nest, or at www.kidstownsttammany.org. For more information on this event call 985-867-9490.

All proceeds from this event go to the construction of Kids Town, a western-style railroad town designed for interactive play. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call 985-867-9490 if you would like to sponsor this event. 

St. Tammany Parish Government Launches Interactive Informational Page on Ongoing Infrastructure Initiatives

Residents of St. Tammany can now utilize an interactive map on the newly launched Progress page, at www.stpgov.org/progress. This map pinpoints infrastructure projects that are in the works, near completion, or have recently culminated, as well as information on several other larger initiatives that will impact roadways and drainage that are currently underway, or prepared to launch. Collaborative initiatives with other agencies will also be included. Visitors can click on the icons featured in the map, and learn about what is happening at that location, how far along the project is, and what the expected end date will be.

“Your Parish Government works daily to put your tax dollars to their best use, to ensure that our infrastructure is sound — to facilitate the needs of our residents, to welcome new growth, and to accommodate economic development,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Progress does take time, but we want residents to know that this work on the foundational needs of St. Tammany is ongoing in how we handle scheduled maintenance, road and drainage improvements, and the implementation of new projects as needed.”

Every day, St. Tammany Parish Government Maintains 4348 Parish Roadways (equivalent to 1548 miles of roads), 1208 lateral ditches, 64 detention ponds, 144 bridges. In 2016, St. Tammany Parish Government paved nearly 150,000 linear feet of roadways.

For more information on these and future infrastructure projects, visit www.stpgov.org/progress.

St. Tammany Gateway Overlay Project Implementation Vision Workshop Held

St. Tammany Parish Government and project facilitators from Design Workshop held a project implementation vision workshop focused on the St. Tammany Gateway Overlay Project, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Koop Drive Council Chambers. This workshop, which was open to the public, gave participants the opportunity to review design alternatives and offer input, to further the establishment of the vision for each of the six Economic Development Districts located at I-12 interchanges throughout the Parish. 

“The vision for each of these districts is to underscore the distinctive identities of each of these communities, and to entice the visitor, or the resident driving by to come into that community,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is a proven strategy for increasing economic development by enhancing the attractiveness of the community and the businesses within the community, and as a result, commerce and revenue are increased.”

In addition, the Gateway Overlay Project will develop green space, and set up design standards which will elevate future development for new businesses. At the culmination of this process, the Parish hopes to have identified specific projects and put development standards in place to create a vibrant destination with a mix of existing establishments and new businesses. To view the design alternatives, click here

Faubourg Coquille Water System Water Main Flushing

Faubourg Coquille Water System Water Main Flushing

 
Tammany Utilities will be flushing the Faubourg Coquille Water System from March 6th   to March 13th.  The flushing is anticipated to follow the below schedule but is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  Tammany Utilities customers living in these areas can expect to experience low water pressure when flushing is initiated.  If you are not a Tammany Utilities customer or if you do not live in one of the subdivisions/areas identified below, this notice does not apply.
 
 
Monday, March 6th          9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Hwy 1085, Willowbend, Del Sol, Tuscany West, Diversified, Beau Arbre, Savannah Trace
 
Tuesday, March 7th          9:00PM – 5:00 AM
I-12, Camellia Blvd, Seymour Meyers, Madison Farms
 
Wednesday, March 8th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Madisonville Market, Post Oak, Stonebridge, Heritage Oaks, Myrtle Grove, Madisonville Elementary
 
Wednesday, March 9th   9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Tchefuncte Trace, Tchefuncte South, South Down, Arbor Walk, Arbor Walk Business, Natchez Trace
 
Thursday, March 10th      9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brewster Road, Les Bois, Ruelle Du Chene, Rex Ave, Palm Courts, Fairfield Oaks, Tchefuncte Parc
 
Thursday, March 10th      9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Dominion, Fox Branch, Highland Oaks, Windermere, Dummy Line Road
 
Monday, March 13th       9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Black River, Black River Estates, Claiborne Oaks, Autumn Creek
 
 
 
 
Tammany Utilities flushes the water mains periodically to:
 
-          Maintain good quality water.  Over time, naturally occurring minerals accumulate on the interior of our pipes.  Flushing scours the pipe and removes these deposits.
 
-          Provide required fire flow data to the Fire Department.  While flushing, Tammany Utilities personnel measure and record the fire flow data at each hydrant.  This data is then given to the Fire Department who then uses the data to calculate fire insurance ratings for the area.
 
-          Ensure that all fire hydrants are in good working order.
 
We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience this maintenance causes.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier Opens for Spring Season Tomorrow

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier reopens tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 a.m., for the spring season. Pier patrons are invited to come out and enjoy free coffee to kick off the spring season, and Military (active and retired) as well as Senior Citizens fish for only $1 on opening day, as every Wednesday at the Pier is Military and Senior Citizens Day. All other patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free. The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell. Spring hours for the Pier are Wednesday through Sunday, 7a.m. – 7p.m.

 

To learn more about the St. Tammany Fishing Pier visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

St. Tammany Fishing Pier to Open for Spring Season One Week from Today

St. Tammany Fishing Pier to Open for Spring Season One Week from Today

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier will reopen one week from today, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 a.m. Pier patrons are invited to come out and enjoy free coffee to kick off the spring season, and Military (active and retired) as well as Senior Citizens fish for only $1 on opening day, as every Wednesday at the Pier is Military and Senior Citizens Day. All other patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free. The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell.

To learn more about the St. Tammany Fishing Pier visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

 

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 1623 - 1674 Orleans, 1010 — 1280 Clausel, 1003 & 1041 Foy, and 1499 — 1631 America Street in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED
1623 - 1674 Orleans, 1010 — 1280 Clausel, 1003 & 1041 Foy,
and 1499 — 1631 America Street in Mandeville, Louisiana
Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)
Today (February 18, 2017), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the
Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for
consumption. Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.
If yâu have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 1623 - 1674 Orleans, 1010 – 1280 Clausel, 1003 & 1041 Foy, and 1499 – 1631 America Street in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On February 17, 2017 at approximately 7:00 AM, a water leak developed in our water line near the intersection of Clausel and Orleans in Mandeville, Louisiana.  To repair the line, Tammany Utilities (TU) had to turn off the water to the above customers on Orleans, Clausel, Foy, and America Streets.  As a result of the line break and subsequent pressure loss and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

Camp Salmen Education Series Returns with A Spring 2017 Session

For Release: February 17, 2017

Contact:  Ronnie Simpson, 985-898-5243

Camp Salmen Education Series Returns with A Spring 2017 Session

The Camp Salmen Education Series, designed to accentuate the inherent beauty and wonder of Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell, and to teach students and the general public about the natural and human history of the park and the Bayou Liberty/Bonfouca Basin, returns in March of 2017.

“Camp Salmen Nature Park is in itself, an outdoor classroom,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Collaborations like these, that help to educate our youngest citizens, are essential to keeping the history of places like Camp Salmen Nature Park alive in our community.”

4th and 5th grade students from Brock, Alton and Bonne Ecole Elementary Schools will participate in the series, Spring B-Wet Watershed Training Program, which will be patterned after the successful 2016 fall programs conducted for 4th and 5th grade students from Carolyn Park and Mayfield Elementary Schools. Students will explore a wide range of topics this spring including: wetlands ecology, water quality, watershed history and a special census of macroinvertebrate critters mucked from the muddy banks of Bayou Liberty.

These educational programs are made possible through a collaborative partnership by St. Tammany Parish Government, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the St. Tammany Parish School Board, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, LSU-Ag Center, Louisiana Sea Grant and the citizen’s support group, Friends of Camp Salmen Nature Park.

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

All non-emergency office of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents’ Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Office hours resume on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8 a.m. 

Madisonville Library to be Named after Long-Time Public Servant Peter “Pete” Gitz

Reid Falconer, the Louisiana State Representative or District 89, will introduce a bill, at the request of Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, to name the Madisonville Public Library after former long-time Madisonville Mayor, Peter “Pete” Gitz. Brister consulted with Donald Westmoreland, Director of St. Tammany Parish Libraries, and Jean Pelloat, current Madisonville Mayor, before making the request. The bill, which seeks to “…name the library in honor of a living person,” will be introduced in the next regular Legislative Session, which begins on April 10, 2017.

“The contribution Mayor Gitz has made to Madisonville is remarkable,” said Pat Brister. “He has helped shape this community into the place that it is today — a place full of history that has a family-friendly atmosphere —and we felt it very fitting to name this public gathering place after him.”

“It is my honor to draft this bill for introduction and bring it to the State Legislature,” said Representative Falconer. “Mr. Gitz is a model public servant. I am proud to support this effort to honor his unending commitment and devotion to his community.”

Peter Gitz served the Town of Madisonville for four consecutive decades. He has seen the Town of Madisonville through growth change, hardship and plenty. He has been a mentor and a friend to many. His accomplishments include a concrete bulkhead along the Tchefuncte River spanning 1400 feet; his part in helping to open the Maritime Museum, the launch of the Wooden Boat Festival, and the newest branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.

Hurricane Katrina damaged the Madisonville Branch of the library located on Cedar Street, and a temporary branch was opened in a rental facility on Highway 22. The Town of Madisonville then donated 1.5 acres on Main Street to the library for the construction of a new library branch, which began in 2012. This facility was opened to the public in September of 2013. 

St. Tammany Parish Officials Announce Their Litter Abatement Labor of Love

St. Tammany Parish Government, Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office announced today the kickoff of a full-time, joint, litter abatement initiative to clean up Parish roadways. The collaborative endeavor, and labor of love, will utilize two litter abatement vans as well as St. Tammany Parish Jail trustees, who will deploy Monday through Friday, and execute cleanup operations assigned to them by the St. Tammany Parish Litter Abatement office. The Litter Abatement cleanup crew kicks off on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 8 a.m. 

 

“We are committed to maintaining our quality of life here in St. Tammany, and as such, we must be committed to continued beautification which includes purposeful, consistent and uncompromising litter abatement efforts,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany President. “When we collaborate with other agencies in our Parish, we can use complementary resources to achieve continual, extraordinary results.”

 

“We take litter seriously here in St. Tammany,” said Randy Smith, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff. “It is an eyesore and a tax burden. This joint operation will give our crews, the opportunity to give back to the community, and at the same time, help to tackle a challenging issue here in St. Tammany.”

 

In addition, Brister also announced plans to roll out litter abatement initiatives including: the increased awareness of the trash hauling regulations, and penalties that will be incurred when regulations are violated, for local hauling companies; work with local dumps and transfer stations to help enforce their own rules as well as Parish ordinances; litter sweeps by Parish Code Enforcement officials; and to work with Justices of the Peace and Constables, who enforce litter laws, to encourage them to stay the course and maintain aggressive enforcement.

 

Residents can learn more about the various initiatives through Keep St. Tammany Beautiful or sign up to volunteer, at www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org.

 

Parish officials also encouraged local businesses to come together and show their love for St. Tammany and to encourage residents and employees to keep their parking lots and business sites clean by encouraging the proper disposal of trach and debris.  Littering is a crime under state law, as well as a violation of Parish Ordinances. State fines can range from up to $250 per incident to up to $1000 an incident for illegal dumping sites. Ordinance violations at the Parish level carry a fine of no less than $250 for a first offense.

 

To report litter violations please complete a Litter Prevention Form found on the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful Website, here. To request cleanup of a roadway in St. Tammany, please submit a Road Cleanup Request form found here.

President Brister Announces Parish-Wide Emergency Declaration

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, made an emergency declaration Tuesday evening for the entirety of St. Tammany Parish, in response to the impact of the Severe Weather Event that impacted this area on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. 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 and recovery.

Any homeowner, commercial business, school, or church who incurred damage during this event is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at, (985) 898-2359 to report the damage so that preliminary damage assessments can be completed. 

The State announcedan emergency declaration for the state of Louisiana the afternoon of Tuesday, February 7, 2017, following the destruction of a severe storm system that moved through much of southeast Louisiana, including Ascension, Livingston, Orleans, St. James, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.

 

District 13 Monthly Meeting

Councilwoman S. Michele Blanchard’s District Meeting for Parish Council District 13 constituents will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Board Room located on the 5th floor of the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell, LA 70458.  
 
The following items will be discussed at the meeting:
1. Issues pending the Council;
2. Guest Speaker- Donna O'Dell: W 15 Project
4. Councilwoman’s monthly report;
5. Community Concerns; and
6. Any other items of interest and concerns to District 13 constituents.
 
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should contact District 13 Parish Councilwoman, S. Michele Blanchard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Opens Public Comment Period Regarding Louisiana Wetlands Rapid Assessment Method

St. Tammany Parish Government is asking citizens to provide public commentary to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District (CEMVN), regarding the Louisiana Wetlands Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM), used to calculate compensatory mitigation requirements when wetlands, streams and other aquatic resources are adversely affected through unavoidable, impacts through authorized activities. Authorized activities can be found under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The interim version of the LRAM, released in early 2016, replaced the Modified Charleston Method as the accepted wetlands credit calculation tool. Comments on the LRAM will be accepted through Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Written comments regarding the LRAM should be submitted to CEMVN by March 8, 2017 at: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District CEMVN-OD-S 7400 Leake Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70118-3651 Comments may also be submitted electronically to Mr. Stephen Pfeffer of the Regulatory Branch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who can be reached at (504) 862-2099.

The LRAM Guidebook and associated spreadsheets are available on the RIBITS webpage at: http://ribits.usace.army.mil. To navigate to LRAM, select “New Orleans” under Filter View for District and then click on the “Assessment Tools” navigation bar.

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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 1244 - 1264 Sycamore Place, 1803 Neva Court, and 1800 – 1857 Octavia Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

Today (February 2, 2017), Tammany Utilities received confirmation from the Louisiana Department of Health that the water we provide you is safe for consumption.  Therefore, the Boil Advisory is rescinded.

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

St. Tammany Fishing Pier to Open for Spring Season One Month from Today

St. Tammany Fishing Pier to Open for Spring Season One Month from Today

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier will reopen four weeks from today on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 a.m., after a three-month seasonal closure.  Military (active and retired) as well as Senior Citizens will fish for only $1 on opening day, as every Wednesday at the Pier is Military and Senior Citizens Day. All other patrons 12 years of age and older fish for $3 and sightsee for $1. Children under 12 are free. The Pier is located at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell.

To learn more about the St. Tammany Fishing Pier visit: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com or keep up with the Pier on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sttammanyfishingpier.

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SERVICE INTERRUPTION AND LIMITED PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ADVISORY 1244 - 1264 Sycamore Place, 1803 Neva Court, and 1800 – 1857 Octavia Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)

On January 31, 2017, at approximately 9 AM, Tammany Utilities will be turning the water off to the above referenced customers in Quail Creek Subdivision to make a repair on a leaking water main near the intersection of Octavia and Sycamore.  Water service will be restored by 5 PM.  As a result of the leak and subsequent pressure loss for the repair, and in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regulations, TU is issuing a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY for the above referenced addresses serviced by this water system.

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

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

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

We anticipate that the earliest this advisory will be rescinded is Thursday February 2nd. Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded $7.9 Million Hazard Mitigation Grant

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded $7.9 Million Hazard Mitigation Grant 

St. Tammany Parish Government has been awarded $7.9 million dollars through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, to fund the Lower W-15 Area/Lower French Branch Basin Drainage Improvement Project in Slidell. As part of ongoing flooding mitigation efforts Parish-wide, this grant will fund improvements to the W-15 Canal including: Widening the W-15 Canal, and the construction of a 54-acre regional detention pond (Tenet Pond) which will create approximately 324 acres of floodplain storage adjacent to the W-15 just north of Gause Boulevard in Slidell. The project will accomplish two main objectives: it will reduce peak runoff to the W-15 Canal downstream of the Tenet Pond, and increase the conveyance capacity of the W-15 Canal, and thereby reduce impact to homes and businesses throughout the W-15 Basin. 

“We work every day to address flood mitigation and drainage challenges unique to our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This grant award moves this multi-layered project forward, and as a result, we will see increased movement of water away from homes during a flooding event.”

This award, ties back to Hurricane Ike which impacted the coast of Louisiana in September of 2008, is a matching grant, which means St. Tammany Parish Government will absorb 25 % of the cost of the $10.6 million project. Pending approval by the St. Tammany Parish Council at the February 2, 2017 Council meeting, Parish Government will fund the remaining $ 2.6 million. This project is currently in the design phase and construction is expected to begin in the latter part of 2017.

 

 

Three St. Tammany Parish High School Students Advance to 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

The 2017 Parish-level St. Tammany Parish Poetry Out Loud Competition was held on Tuesday, January 17, at Covington High School.  Eight St. Tammany Parish High Schools with a total of 23 students, competed in the eighth annual competition. The top three finalists who advanced to the State Championship coming up in March, at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, are as follows: First Place, Dejeune Richardson of Covington High School; Second Place, Jane Kent of Lakeshore High; and Third Place, Camryn Caserta of Covington High.

Winners from each state who advance in their respective competitions, will then compete for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington D.C.

Created by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. The inspiration for this competition is to promote the art of poetry in both the classroom and the community. Participants are scored on performance and accuracy by a panel of judges. The St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs coordinates this competition for the students in our Parish.

To learn more about the Poetry Out Loud Competition and what students and schools can win through this competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org/about.

Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Business hours resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 8 a.m.

You can learn more about St. Tammany Parish Government at www.stpgov.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

St. Tammany Parish Warming Shelter Opens as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

With temperatures expected to dip into the mid to low twenties here on the Northshore over the coming weekend, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open a shelter for those in need. Severe cold weather protocols are also in place. Critical employees have been placed on notice for emergency activation if the weather dictates.

On Friday, January 6, beginning at 4p.m. residents can shelter in the Giving Hope Retreat Center of the New Orleans Mission located at 31294 Highway 190 in Lacombe. The shelter will remain open until the morning of Monday, January 9, 2017. Citizens should bring bedding, comfort items, prescription medication, and any personal hygiene items. Citizens are reminded that household pets, alcohol and firearms are not allowed. The Northshore Hotline of the Giving Hope Retreat Center is 985-218-9485.

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

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


In addition, Tammany Utilities is asking, not just its customers but all St. Tammany residents, to wrap their pipes and take the necessary precautions to prevent pipes from bursting. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

Out of an abundance of caution, non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close at 3p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017, in advance of potential hazardous winter weather. The Department of Animal Services will also close on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  Offices will resume business hours on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8 a.m.

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

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

Once water service is restored and out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary BOIL ADVISORY will be in place for the customers identified above.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by Tammany Utilities.  It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

 

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

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

Customers affected by this advisory will be advised when it is rescinded by hand delivered notices, signs placed in your neighborhood and posts to the Parish’s social media sites and webpage.  If you have any questions, please call Tammany Utilities at (985) 276-6400.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Parish Christmas Tree Recycling Program

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

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Close in Observance of Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Receives Hazard Mitigation Grant Monies for Spring Floods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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