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Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

Access St. Tammany Broadens Viewer Platform Options

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that two additional digital viewing platforms have been added; Fire TV and YouTube Live, to watch Access St. Tammany Television programming. Access St. Tammany is the third Public Education and Government  channel (PEG) in the nation to add the  Fire Tv app, and the first PEG channel to have the live feature. Access St. Tammany is the Government Access channel owned and operated by St. Tammany Parish Government. 

“We continue to move forward and keep pace with what residents need, in order to meet them where they are, as technology opens new doors for us,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “This is done at no additional cost to us, and so no additional cost to the taxpayer. We are increasing value and reach as we embrace technology.”

“Each viewer has their favorite platform and we are working to have a presence on all of them,” said Danny Zechenelly, Access St. Tammany Television Station Manager.

Viewers must have a Fire TV Device or a Fire Stick to use the Fire TV option. For YouTube live, simply go to https://www.youtube.com/user/accesssttammany and subscribe to the St. Tammany Parish Government channel. View our video tutorial on how to get started here. The Access St. Tammany Channel would like to hear viewer suggestions regarding the additional platforms, as well as any feedback regarding viewer requests. Please email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Access St. Tammany in the subject line. 

Access St. Tammany 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. You can also subscribe to our Roku channel. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition web stream at www.stpgov.org, or using the YouTube app. Subscribe to the St. Tammany Parish Government Channel. 

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Nearly One Million in Roadway Improvements Begin in the Madisonville / Covington Area

Nearly One Million in Roadway Improvements Begin in the Madisonville / Covington Area

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the start of a nearly $1 million roadway improvement project in the Covington area. Crews have begun this week the mill, overlay and repair of Keys, Lalanne and Dummyline Roads. The entire project will improve nearly five miles of roadway combined.

“Our primary goal in infrastructure maintenance is to improve the safety and convenience of travel for our residents. Projects like these are an excellent example of taxpayer dollars being invested well,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

This project is expected to take approximately 45 days barring any weather delays. Residents may be directed to alternate entrances of Keys, Lalanne and Dummyline Roads, between La 21, and La 1077 depending on the location of the work being done. Please use caution around work crews, plan for delays.

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St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

St. Tammany Warming Shelter Will Open as Freezing Temperatures Reach the Northshore

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, has announced a warming shelter will open beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., and will remain open through the morning of  Thursday, January 31, 2019, in anticipation of predicted freezing temperatures in the coming days. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the New Orleans Mission, will open the 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.

“We prepare year-round for events like this, and we encourage residents to be prepared as well. We also encourage anyone who may need a warm place to stay tomorrow night or Wednesday night to utilize the warming shelter at this facility,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Residents can shelter 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.

The St. Tammany Community Action Agency 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 them 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. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.

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St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared, So You Be Prepared!

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2019

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared

 

Parish President Pat Brister and Parish Government's emergency operations personnel are asking that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions, prepare for several days this week of extremely cold temperatures, and the possibility of frozen precipitation. With a Hazardous Weather Outlook being forecast by the National Weather Service in Slidell, conditions could deteriorate and should be taken seriously.

 

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is continuing to monitor the situation. Parish Government is practiced and prepared for these kinds of conditions, and is asking that it's residents also...

 

Be Prepared:

  • 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 them from freezing and potentially bursting.
  • Parish Government is also 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 well-being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government is Prepared, So You Be Prepared!

 

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Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President to Host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President to Host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President will honor law enforcement officers at her 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon on January 22nd. Just as in years past, the event is open to law enforcement officers at the Federal, State, Parish and Municipal levels. The purpose of the event is to show gratitude for the work law enforcement officers do day in and day out, to keep the community safe.

“This is a small gesture compared to the investment our law enforcement officers make on our streets and in our Parish every single day,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We have tremendous support and involvement from our local community to make this event happen, and this is what makes this day so special.”

Guests at the luncheon will enjoy a keynote address from U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser; an invocation by Dr. Michael Sprague, Louisiana State Chaplain with the Capitol Commission; live music from the John and Robyn Acoustic Duo; presentation of colors by Lakeshore High School Jr. ROTC; performances by members of the Fontainebleau High School Choir; a grand prize donated by event sponsors and Expedia CruiseShip Centers; door prizes by local sponsors (list attached); and food and beverages from generous local restaurants and vendors. The luncheon is made possible by volunteers, donations and local sponsors.

(List attached of local Sponsors and donors)

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Roadway Improvements Necessitate Extended Closure For Johnny F. Smith Avenue in Slidell Area

Concrete Improvements Lead to Extended Closure for Johnny F. Smith Avenue in Slidell Area

Beginning Monday, January 21, 2019, crews will begin the removal and replacement of concrete on Johnny F. Smith Avenue at the intersection of Highway 11 in the Slidell area.  This intersection on Johnny F. Smith will be closed for the duration of the work. This project is expected to take approximately three weeks barring any delays. Drivers will need to detour around the area by taking Highway 11 to Brownsvillage Road, to access Johnny F. Smith Avenue via Production Drive. Motorists are urged to use caution around work crews and to plan for delays.

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Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Parish Council's Drainage/Fill Workgroup Meeting will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, located at 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA.

This meeting will be to introduce all members of the workgroup, have a general discussion regarding the drainage/fill ordinance and suggested changes, listen to workgroup members concerns and to take some public comment.

For questions concerning this meeting, please call the Council Office at 985-898-2591.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Officials will Officially Allocate BUILD Grant Match at January Council Meeting

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced on January 3, 2019, that she has requested the St. Tammany Parish Council adopt a resolution to appropriate $7.2 Million in funding for the I-12 Widening project to satisfy St. Tammany Parish Government’s funding match as part of the BUILD Grant Award terms, at tonight’s Parish Council meeting.

“We entered into this nationwide competitive grant competition in 2018, with the intention of winning it, and so we set aside unexpended revenue in anticipation of needing our portion of the local match funding. Tonight, we will make this funding officially available,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “When the State is ready to move on this project, we will be ready on our end to make this project happen.”

The resolution proposes an amendment to the Capital Improvement Budget. A companion ordinance is also on the agenda for introduction to amend the Public Works Fund, the source of the $7.2 million match. This ordinance is expected to be adopted at the February 7, 2019 meeting, making the funding available for the end of February 2019, if adopted.

In early December 2018, Pat Brister announced that St. Tammany Parish won a competitive Federal BUILD Grant in the amount of $25 million. 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.

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, and made appeals through letters to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Choa.

State LADOTD officials said in a December press conference announcing the award that work could begin as early as 2020 on this project.

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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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