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St. Tammany Parish Government Non-Emergency Offices Close for Mardi Gras Holiday

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 8, 2016, and Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in observance of Mardi Gras. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All offices will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, February 8, 2016, and Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in observance of Mardi Gras. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All offices will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 

St. Tammany Parish Sewer Repair Grant Program

The St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Sewer Repair Program for homeowners with Individual Mechanical Treatment ATU Sewer Systems. Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements: low to moderate income (see Program Income Limits Chart here), homeowner (no rentals), and reside within the municipalities of Covington, Abita Springs, Madisonville and in unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish.  Residents within the city limits of Mandeville, Slidell, Folsom, Sun, and Pearl River are not eligible. 

Applications can be accessed here. Applicants can call 985-898-3074, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or pick up an application at one of three locations. In Mandeville, the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, DHHS, Building B, 21454 Koop Drive, Rm. B327. In Slidell, the Towers Building Community Action Agency (CAA), 520 Old Spanish Trail, 3rd Floor. In Covington, the CAA, 1301 North Florida Street. The following items are required to complete your application: receipt of payment for 2015 Property Tax Assessment, proof of income verification for all household members, proof of residency — driver’s license, ID, or utility bill, copy of deed or current mortgage statement, and proof of flood insurance if in a flood zone. 

This repair grant will cover a sewer system pump out, aerator replacement, and minor repairs if required. All qualified applicants will be visited by an inspector from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services to identify problems. A licensed contractor, designated by St. Tammany Parish Government will perform the work determined, at no cost to the homeowner. 

For more information on programs administered by DHHS, visit www.stpgov.org/departments/hhs

Applicants Sought for Parish-Wide Boards and Commissions in St.Tammany Parish

Resumes are being accepted now from individuals who wish to be considered for one of the many Parish-wide boards and commissions that play a crucial role in providing guidance, input and oversight to a range of community agencies. These positions are strictly volunteer, require a time commitment, and a willingness to invest the volunteer’s knowledge, expertise and service. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the district that the board they wish to serve on oversees.

The complete listing and description of each board and commission in St. Tammany can be viewed at www.stpgov.org under the Government heading, access the drop-down menu, click on Boards and Commissions. Interested applicants should send a resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration by Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Please specify the board or commission on which you wish to serve. 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, Delivers 2016 State of the Parish Address

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, today gave a brief retrospective on her administration’s first-term accomplishments, and looked ahead to the goals for her second term. This State of the Parish address included discussion of the mission of St. Tammany Parish Government, and the ways in which her administration has worked and will continue to work to accomplish that mission.

Brister touted the preservation and provision of behavioral health services at Southeast Louisiana Hospital, as well as the purchase of the hospital property in 2015, which will yield many benefits for the Parish. She discussed the St. Tammany Advanced Campus, which will provide workforce training through the Northshore Technical Community College, and the STEM Campus, as well as the St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center, which will be able to house multiple agencies if necessary, during a disaster. She discussed successes in economic development, stormwater management advances, the State’s first of its kind Advanced Audit, to provide additional oversight of taxpayer dollars, the launch of Keep St. Tammany Beautiful and green initiatives including the ongoing implementation of energy saving efforts through the Cleco City Smart program throughout Parish-owned facilities.

She then went on to share the vision of Parish Government, and to discuss the future of St. Tammany Parish. Projects include, the Cultural Arts District — which will include a Performing Arts Center, and provide a venue for students and artists throughout  the Parish to showcase their work; Safe Haven — a comprehensive, continuum of care for behavioral health; the enhancement of the Parish’s Development Code to incorporate foundational resiliency; and the implementation of an integrated software system that will place internal Parish Government operations at the technological forefront and increase the efficiency of daily operations.

“Our vision is absolute,” Brister said. “As we work together through meaningful, civil discourse and interaction, we will continue to look at St. Tammany Parish as a whole, and invest our time, energy and tax dollars in projects that will serve many purposes and yield results that are multi-layered and long lasting. Our efforts must continue to lay the groundwork for the future of our citizens, and the continued success of our Parish for the next generation.”

 

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

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will close on Monday, January, 18, 2016, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Department of Animal Services will close on Saturday, January 16, 2016 as well. All offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 8 a.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting

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 12th 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, Director of Finance and Laura Reine Lyons, Senior Accounting Manager and Annie Perkins, Assistant Director of Financeare the recipients named on the award.

 

“This award is validation for St. Tammany Parish Government, as well as the taxpayers of our Parish, that we continue to exercise best practices when investing tax dollars,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We once again applaud our finance department for their impeccable record-keeping and for their work as a cohesive team.”

St. Tammany Parish Officials Sworn in at Inaugural Ceremonies

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members were sworn in today on the steps of the St. Tammany Justice Center located in downtown Covington. Before the inaugural ceremonies, formalities kicked off with an ecumenical service at the Furhmann Auditorium, with the theme,Pillars of a Healthy Community. The service included dignitaries and pastors from throughout St. Tammany. Festivities concluded at the St. Tammany Justice Center, where Congressman Steve Scalise served as Master of Ceremonies, students from the Talented Music Program from various St. Tammany Parish Public High Schools provided the music and vocals, and the candidates were formally sworn in among their families, friends and chosen oath administrators.

Following her swearing in by U.S. District Court, Judge Jay C. Zainey of Eastern District of Louisiana, President Pat Brister delivered her inaugural address, and spoke of the things that unify  St. Tammany Parish. “Together, we are St. Tammany. We are one St. Tammany. We may come from different towns, cities and villages within these 854 square miles, but we are bound by what matters most to us — our pasts, our present, and our future,” she said. “Our future, and its continued greatness depends upon everyone. It depends upon our ability to bring our ideas to the table through meaningful civil discourse and respectful interaction.  Starting now, we step into that future.”

She thanked the citizens of St. Tammany for entrusting her with four more years of service and concluded by saying, “Thank you for giving me another opportunity to open the door to our future.” 

St. Tammany Parish Officials Sworn in at Inaugural Ceremonies

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members were sworn in today on the steps of the St. Tammany Justice Center located in downtown Covington. Before the inaugural ceremonies, formalities kicked off with an ecumenical service at the Furhmann Auditorium, with the theme,Pillars of a Healthy Community. The service included dignitaries and pastors from throughout St. Tammany. Festivities concluded at the St. Tammany Justice Center, where Congressman Steve Scalise served as Master of Ceremonies, students from the Talented Music Program from various St. Tammany Parish Public High Schools provided the music and vocals, and the candidates were formally sworn in among their families, friends and chosen oath administrators.

Following her swearing in by U.S. District Court, Judge Jay C. Zainey of Eastern District of Louisiana, President Pat Brister delivered her inaugural address, and spoke of the things that unify  St. Tammany Parish. “Together, we are St. Tammany. We are one St. Tammany. We may come from different towns, cities and villages within these 854 square miles, but we are bound by what matters most to us — our pasts, our present, and our future,” she said. “Our future, and its continued greatness depends upon everyone. It depends upon our ability to bring our ideas to the table through meaningful civil discourse and respectful interaction.  Starting now, we step into that future.”

She thanked the citizens of St. Tammany for entrusting her with four more years of service and concluded by saying, “Thank you for giving me another opportunity to open the door to our future.” 

Community Action Agency Announces Availability Of Low Income Energy Assistance Program (Liheap)

TheLOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) funds are dedicated to assist eligible low income households with their energy payments through the Department of Health and Human Services, Community Action Agency.  All appointments are taken on a first come, first served basis.  Appointments will be scheduled beginning Monday January 11, 2016 until all appointments are filled.    An eligible household is one whose total income is at or below the levels listed in the table below and who have not received a previous benefit within the past six months.  

Benefits are based on several conditions including, total household income, the number of individuals living in the home, cost of one month energy usage, and whether or not the applicant receives a utility allowance. Applicants must provide, at a minimum, the following documentation at the time the application is taken: (1) Social security card(s) for all household members(2) Proof of income of all household members (3) a copy of an energy bill (must be within the last 6 months) (4) a Driver’s license or State I.D. of applicant and all household members 18 years of age and older (5) Proof of address if different than D.L. or I.D.. If it is determined additional documentation is required the applicant will be notified at the time of application.   Households reporting zero income must provide additional documentation.  All information provided is subject to verification.  Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution of the applicant and anyone assisting in the misrepresentation.

Applications are taken by appointment only. To schedule an appointment you may call: 985-646-2090 Slidell office or Covington office 985-893-3923.

 

 

 

Household Size

Maximum Gross Income

Per household per month

1

$1,859

2

$2,432

3

$3,004

4

$3,576

5

$4,148

6

$4,720

7

$4,827

8

$4,935

9

$5,042

10

$5,149

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District 9 Community Meeting

District 9 Community Meeting  will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016  and will start at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Boyet Jr. High School, on Rebel Drive (off Pearl St., off E. Gause Blvd.)
 
At these meetings, there will be a set agenda, but items may be added.  If you have an issue, please contact me in advance so I can research the issue and add it to the agenda.  Please send all e-mail correspondence to this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The primary discussion topics for the meeting will be: a discussion by F D #1 Fire Chief, Chris Kaufmann to provide an update on the financial status and operations of the Fire District now and in to the future; new Justice of the Peace (J P) Michael Tassin to discuss his new position and what the J P can and can’t do; discuss the special election for the renewal of the ¼ cent sales tax for the Jail and Justice Center Complex propositions; update on the widening of S. Military Road from Steele Road to just past Cross Gates Blvd. near the ramp over I-10; discuss the approval of Proposition #3 by the voters on November 21st;; possible openings for various boards and commissions in 2016; discuss the funding and construction of the upgrade to the Cross Gates Pond and discuss the voter approval of the Lighting District #9.
 
Also, provide an update on capital projects in District 9 and other concerns and other local and parish wide projects.  The next District 9 Community Meeting will be held on February 2, 2016.