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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BOIL ADVISORY RESCINDED 1244 - 1264 Sycamore Place, 1803 Neva Court, and 1800 – 1857 Octavia Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana Briarwood Terrace Water System (PWS 1103079)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.

 

 

Council District 11 Community Meeting

The monthly meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 PM in the library of the Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     An Ordinance for Introduction to adopt the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and the National Fire Protection Association Fire Code (NFPA 1) and to allow certain St. Tammany Parish Fire Districts to adopt the most current edition of NFPA 101 and NFPA 1.
 
2.     A Resolution ordering and calling special elections to be held in (i) the Parish of St. Tammany, State of Louisiana, to authorize the extension and rededication of the Justice Center sales and use tax and to authorize the renewal of the Jail sales and use tax and (ii) St. Tammany Parish Lighting District No. 6 to authorize the levy of a special tax therein; making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.
 
 
 
3.     A Resolution approving the holding of an election in Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Tammany, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to authorize the renewal of a special tax and the levy of a parcel fee therein.
 
4.     A Resolution approving the holding of an election in St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 7, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.
 
5.     An Ordinance for adoption amending the Parish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 12 Licenses, Taxation, and Regulations, to exempt from local tax any and all sales at or for an event or events occurring at a public facility located in St. Tammany Parish, pursuant to authority granted by Louisiana Revised Statute 39:468.
 
6.     Any other items of interest or concern of Parish Council District 11 constituents.
 
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call District 11 Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik at 985-649-4580.
 

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.