Two ordinances and a resolution on the Parish Council agenda for this Thursday’s meeting have the potential to positively impact traffic issues throughout St. Tammany Parish, Parish President Mike Cooper said.
Ordinance 6976, being introduced on Thursday, will amend the 2022 Capital Improvement Budget and Capital Assets to address several transportation projects throughout the parish. Ordinance 6978 also amends the 2022 Capital Improvement Budget with regard to the Parishwide Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Both will be introduced at the May 5 meeting and will lay over until voted on at the June Parish Council meeting.
Resolution No C-6601 will amend the Major Roadway System list, adding federal routes to the list of thoroughfares on which the Parish can spend impact fee revenue. If passed by the Council on Thursday it will take effect immediately, giving Parish Government latitude to expend impact fee monies for traffic projects along federal roads such as U.S. Hwy. 190, of which Gause Boulevard in the Slidell area is a part.
All three items are being offered by Parish Council Chairman Jerry Binder at the request of Cooper’s Administration.
“These might seem like relatively small agenda items, but every effort to streamline deployment of resources for priority traffic projects is another step towards alleviating congestion and improving public safety,” Cooper said. “I’m very appreciative of the Parish Council advancing these legislative items.”
The Parish Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are open to the public at the Koop Drive location, and stream live online at www.STPGOV.org.