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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-These facilities will remain closed until further advised:

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

 

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

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn -34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site - 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn - 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn - 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn - 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The Tammany Trace

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

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

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

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

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

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

 

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

 

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Watch the August 24, 2020 Press Conference here.

View Emergency Declaration here

Watch the August 23, 2020 Press Conference here

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

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

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

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

-Northshore Beach has been closed to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tammany Trace

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

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Drive, Mandeville

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site

61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn  63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

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

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

                                                               

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