Parish President

Robby Miller



Tangipahoa Parish offers recycling every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, from 9:00am to 12:00 pm. There are two locations where you can bring your items; in Hammond at 44512 West Pleasant Ridge Road, and in Roseland at 63101 Commercial Street.

Plastics: Plastic bottles that have #1 through #7 inside the triangle shaped recycling symbol located typically at the bottom of the container. Beverage bottles, food containers, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, prescription bottles, baby wipe containers, household cleaner containers, bleach bottles, flower pots, and buckets with handles removed. Metal: Aluminum, tin, and metal alloy beverage, food, and pet food cans, metal lids. Labels do not need to be removed. Cardboard: Corrugated and paperboard boxes, drink cartons, shoe boxes. Paper: Junk mail, coupons, white or colored paper, gift wrap, envelopes, paper grocery bags, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, paperback books, telephone books, shredded paper.

Plastic bags, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic film, household garbage, yard trimmings, woody waste, building materials, tires, batteries, clothes hangers, soiled paper (tissues, diapers, paper towels, etc.), toys, 6-pack rings, chemical containers, packing material, plastic wrap, pizza boxes, waxed cardboard, aerosol cans, take-out food containers, photos, hard cover books, carbon paper, rubber bands.

Miller says the parish will begin work on continued improvements at the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse and build a new open-air but roofed small animal barn/warm up area at the Florida Parishes Arena using grant funds.

These are the first two grant-infused projects the administration will start in 2016, Miller said.

The Amite Courthouse improvements mark a continuation of more than a $500,000 investment in the facility over the last three years. This year, the parish will renovate the courthouse restrooms, making them more user-friendly and bringing them into compliance with updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A local contractor, Brunt Construction of Independence, recently submitted the low bid, and the Tangipahoa Parish Council will likely award the contract on this project in the next 30 days, Miller said.

In addition to the courthouse improvements, the parish will soon begin construction of the new warm-up barn at the Florida Parishes Agricultural Event Center in Amite.

The 1800 square foot project will be paid primarily through grant funds with a 25% in-kind local match from parish government. The expansion represents a $318,000 improvement at the Arena, which will also seek a new water line extension between the Arena and its new Event Center indoor meeting facility.

The Event Center, Miller said, provides the area with a “unique” space for meetings, conferences, and special gatherings. The parish president said he predicts that the Event Center will become a “major draw” in Northern Tangipahoa Parish, bringing large numbers of visitors and events to the Amite area.

Going into the final fiscal quarter of the year, Tangipahoa Parish Government has been awarded nearly $200,000 in state and federal grant funds to make local infrastructure improvements.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess said the parish has received six new grant awards totaling $197,359 to make improvements on various projects, including the Florida Parishes Arena, the Animal Shelter, two Hammond fire stations, and several public well sites.

“We are grateful to the support of our local legislative delegation for their assistance in delivering these grant dollars to the people of Tangipahoa Parish,” Burgess said.

The projects that will be funded include:

*The Florida Parishes Arena in Amite will receive $14,896 to purchase equipment and make audio-video improvements. The State is also providing $9,500 in grant funds to extend the Arena’s water lines to service the facility’s new Small Animal Barn.

*The Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter in Hammond will receive $14,986 to make repairs and improvements. This is in addition to $25,000 in FEMA funding dedicated toward wind-hardening and safety improvements at the facility.

*FEMA funding has also been awarded to complete wind-hardening improvements at two Hammond Fire Stations. Wainwright Construction is the low-bidder on that project and will complete the improvements for $115,000.

*Louisiana Community Water Enrichment Funds (CWEF) in the amount of $18,067 will be used to install chlorine water analyzers at several public well sites in the parish. This project is being completed in partnership with the Tangipahoa Parish Water District.

AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish leaders are using more resources than ever before to combat the area’s litter problem, relying now on the additional manpower of criminal offenders to clean up our parish.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess says that since the first of the year, nearly 3,200 bags of garbage have been collected by community service workers and inmate crews who are cleaning up along local roadways.

The programs, strategic partnerships between parish government and law enforcement, ensure additional manpower for litter pick up, which is happening on a nearly six-day-per week schedule.

“The parish relies on two different partnerships with the Sheriff’s Office and the courts to help our Road and Bridge program get trash off the roads and out of drainage ditches and laterals,” Burgess said.

The first partnership, the DWI Community Service Workers Litter Pick Up Program, represents a cooperative effort between the parish and the court system. In this effort, the court system sentences a DWI offender to 16 hours of community service which is performed over the course of two eight-hour days picking up roadside litter.

Burgess said offenders report to parish’s maintenance yard at 7 a.m. and ride caravan style with parish workers to the clean up sites. There, they put in a full eight-hour day.

In the first six months of this year, the DWI Community Service Workers have collected 1,155 bags of trash. The program only operates on alternating Saturdays, and so far this year, an estimated 1,592 service hours have been performed by DWI offenders to clean up local roadways.

The second partnership is the parish’s Inmate Litter Abatement Program, which works Monday through Friday each week to collect litter off parish roads. Inmate labor is utilized, under the direct supervision of a retired TPSO deputy who works for the road and bridge office.

The goal of this crew is to clean up local roadways prior to the Road and Bridge mowers coming through to cut grass and ditches. 

“This way, our workers can get right to the heart of their jobs, keeping them on task with keeping the grass cut while preventing the garbage in the overgrowth from being mulched with the yard waste,” Burgess said.

Although these teams are taking large quantities of litter off parish roads, Tangipahoa has a long way to go in the litter abatement battle, Burgess said.

Burgess said statistics from the first half of this year show that many of the roads where major clean ups have taken place continue to collect trash even after the litter crews come in.

“We had one road in the south end of the parish where these crews picked up 21 bags of trash over a two-day period in April. Two months to the day later, our crews returned and picked up 14 more bags of litter. I think that speaks volumes about the problem we are facing with litter in our parish,” Burgess said.

Not only is litter ugly, but trash clogs up drainage outlets, creating major issues when it rains.

“It’s an unending cycle,” Burgess said, noting that his office gets calls both litter and drainage problems caused by the trash along our roadsides.

Burgess said education programs and awareness campaigns have not made a dent in this overwhelming problem.

“The community has to get on board,” Burgess said, adding that without everyone pitching in, the problem is likely to continue to worsen.

For more information on how you can help with litter abatement in Tangipahoa Parish, contact Parish Government at (985) 748-3211.

The Tangipahoa Parish Government will hold its second public meeting related to its proposed multi-year plan and future application for Restore Act funds for Tangipahoa Parish. The public is invited to attend. The public meeting will be at 5:00 pm Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in the Parish Courthouse Annex (the Parish Council Offices) at 206 E. Mulberry Street in Amite. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public views on eligible Restore Act activities in the Gulf Coast region, which include: restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, beaches, wetlands and fisheries; workforce development and job creation; improvements to or on State parks located in coastal areas; infrastructure projects benefiting the economy or local resources such as the project proposed by the Parish Government -the rebuilding of the Lee’s Landing boat launch; planning assistance; promotion of tourism in the Gulf region; and promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region. The above related activities and following items will be discussed at the public meeting:

 The amount of RESTORE Act funds available from the federal government to Tangipahoa Parish, which at this point is estimated to be $574,705.

 The goals and purposes and type of activities that may be undertaken through this program

 The projects or activities proposed by the Parish in its multi-year plan, such as the proposed boat launch, or projects suggested by the public

All residents or organizations are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.
Accommodations will be made for person with disabilities and non-English speaking individuals provided that a 3 day notice is received by the Parish.
Those citizens unable to attend this meeting may submit their written views to the Parish, starting today, until June 7th, 2015 at 3 PM. The Parish multi-purpose plan and narrative may be requested to be viewed by contacting the Parish, coming to the public meeting, or checking the Parish website at For questions or comments, see below.

Office of the Parish President
Tangipahoa Parish Government
c/o Missy Cowart, Parish CPA-Grants Coordinator
P.O. Box 215, Amite, La. 70422
(985) 748-3211

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess announced today that the parish has been awarded $100,000 in Emergency Shelter Homeless Assistance grant funds for the 2015 calendar year.

Burgess said the funds, which are administered by the Tangipahoa Parish Housing Assistance (Section 8) office in Amite, will be used for two primary categories of homeless assistance: homeless prevention and to assist those who are already without shelter.

If someone finds himself or his family in a situation where they may be facing an eviction from their home or apartment or if that family is already in need of re-housing assistance, they can contact our office for an appointment to complete an application.  Applications are approved based on income and need.   Burgess said. 

"The goal is to help move the applicant family to a place of independence and security by providing them with the services they need," Burgess said.

This year's award is the highest the parish has ever received since the federal ESG program started working with Tangipahoa in the late 1990s.

"We anticipate that we will have the new funds available within the next 30-45 days," Burgess said, adding that he hopes to be able to help 40-50 households with these new funds.

For more information, contact Tangipahoa Parish Government at (985) 748-2250.

Thanks to a grant from Tangipahoa Parish Government, through its Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Amite and Rosalind Police officers will become the first law enforcement agencies in Tangipahoa Parish to use police body cameras.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess and the parish’s OHSEP Director Dawson Primes delivered the cameras to Roseland Police Chief Henry Wright and Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona this week.

“I believe this is a great step, because this level of technology brings heightened accountability for both our law enforcement officials and the public,” Burgess said in presenting the cameras to the chiefs.

“We are in the forefront on this issue, thanks to Mr. Burgess,” Trabona said.

Between the two departments, 14 officers will be outfitted with the cameras, which will be in use almost immediately, the chiefs said.

“This is going to make a difference in our community,” Wright said of the four cameras that he and his officers will wear at all times in Roseland. 

“We sincerely appreciate Mr. Burgess and the parish making this possible for our department,” Trabona said. Wright agreed, noting that the cameras, which cost almost $800 each in hardware alone, would be cost-prohibitive for smaller departments like his.

In Amite, officers have already experimented with body-mounted cameras. Officers received extensive training and will be assigned cameras which they will wear throughout their 12-hour shift, Trabona said. By awarding 10 cameras to APD, that department will be able to equip each officer in the field with a camera while an equal number of cameras remain in the office being charged for the next shift.

Trabona says once a shift is completed, those officers will begin the process of downloading the day’s recordings and recharging the cameras. By the time the next shift is over, that group of cameras will be charged and ready to go back in the field, and the process begins again.

In Roseland, officials are completing their policy and procedures for use of the body cameras. Wright says his department plans to require all officers to keep their cameras recording throughout the duration of their shift. Officers who do not will face suspension or even termination, depending on the situation.

Both chiefs say that they expect the cameras to enhance the level of police work their departments do.

“Bottom line, the cameras don’t lie,” Wright said, noting that the cameras will add a new layer of accountability in all that his officers do.

The move to equip police officers with body-mounted cameras is a growing trend among law enforcement agencies. While many point to high-profile cases like the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting involving an unarmed teenager, most agencies describe the use of this new technology as a way to build trust in the community and offer a greater level of transparency in police activity. Earlier this week, officials in Los Angeles, California announced plans to equip their police department with 7,000 body cameras. President Barack Obama recently announced plans to help fund upwards of 50,000 body cameras in law enforcement throughout the nation.

PHOTO: Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess presents Roseland Police Chief Henry Wright and Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona new body cameras for use in their departments. Amite and Roseland Police will be the first local police departments to equip their officers with body cameras, thanks to a grant provided by Parish Government through its Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness. Also shown is OSHEP Director Dawson Primes, whose office administers the grant that funded this project.


Christmas came a couple days early for Tangipahoa Parish where Parish President Gordon Burgess today announced an infusion of state and local funding toward major road and infrastructure improvements in the new year.

Burgess said the state will provide partial funding to assist with two important new road projects in southern Tangipahoa Parish.

Improvements to Wardline Road just west of I-55 north of Hammond and safety work on North Hoover Road from I-12 south to LA 22 east of Ponchatoula will be made possible by an infusion of state and local funding starting next year, Burgess said, crediting three local lawmakers for their role in steering those appropriations back to Tangipahoa Parish.

“This would not be possible without the efforts of Sen. Bodi White and Rep. Chris Broadwater and Steve Pugh,” Burgess said.

The state awarded an initial appropriation of $115,000 for the Wardline Road project, which will include engineering design services for drainage and road safety improvements.

East of Ponchatoula, the North Hoover Road project will take an estimated $2.6 million in state and local funds to complete design, engineering, and various traffic safety improvements that should begin in 2016.

“We are still seeking additional funds for both of these projects so that more work can be done in the near future,” Burgess said.

Also in 2015, the parish will be completing approximately $400,000 in ADA, exterior and interior safety, and climate control improvements to the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse in Amite. Funding for this project includes both state and local dollars.

The parish will wrap up 2014 with the newly-completed Sheriff’s Office evidence room building project. Located at the parish’s Club Deluxe Road substation site, the new building will provide TPSO with a secure site to store and catalog evidence. That project was funded using $37,000 in state appropriations and a $30,000 match from local coffers.

Its reputation on the state and regional level is unparalleled, but now the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill can add to its list of honors an international recognition.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess announced today that a technical paper, outlining the latest improvements at the landfill took first prize at the 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics.

The congress is considered one of the most prestigious as it gathers the top professionals in the area of Environmental Geotechnics from all over the world, Burgess said.

There, professionals discuss the advances that have been achieved in recent years, focusing on current and future challenges and how those challenges can be met by the profession. The congress meets every four years and was most recently held last month in Melbourne, Australia.

Burgess said consultant Richardo C. de Abreu, senior engineer at Solo Environmental, and Juene Franklin of Franklin Engineers and Consultants, submitted their technical paper about Tangipahoa’s new ClosureTurf for the conference.

The paper, “Design and Installation of a Geosynthetic Final Cover Utilizing Artificial Turf in Louisiana,” describes the engineering design and techniques used to close Cells 10 and 11 at the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill. The paper also discussed the viability of the system for closing solid waste facilities.

The paper was selected for oral presentation and at the close of the conference was awarded the best theme paper in waste facility closures and aftercare.

Burgess said this is the latest recognition the award-winning landfill has received in recent years. It has been considered a “model” facility and honored as such on the state and regional levels.

Parish officials are taking a tough stand against a longtime problem:

theft of traffic signs.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess said Tuesday his office will actively work to investigate thefts of stop signs and the such-and they will pursue charges against individuals who have stolen or are in possession of stolen traffic signs.

"What is typically described as a 'prank' is a criminal act that can lead to injury or even death on our roadways," Burgess said.

The parish president said the end of summer traditionally sees a spike in the number of traffic signs that go "missing" on parish roads.

"This year we are going to actively investigate and prosecute these cases,"

Burgess said, noting that the charges could range from vandalism and criminal mischief to theft and even reckless endangerment in cases where the lack of signage results in an accident with injuries, or worse.

Burgess said individuals found in possession of stolen signage are guilty of a crime as well.

"These signs are not free. They are produced, acquired, and installed at taxpayer expense. We have an obligation in parish government to protect public property, and we will take action against those who destroy taxpayer property," Burgess said.

Anyone who sees missing traffic signs should contact Parish Government at

(985) 748-3211. Anyone with information about the theft of traffic signs can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa at 1-800-554-5245.

It’s campaign time in Tangipahoa Parish, and Parish President Gordon Burgess has a message he’s sending to candidates—posting election materials on parish rights-of-way is not only illegal, it’s also litter.

Burgess said Louisiana law prohibits posting campaign signs in public rights-of-way.

“Signage of any sort, whether it’s election signs or even materials for youth sports or other activities, cannot be legally placed in the area between the ditch and the roadway, on median grounds between divided highways, or on utility poles,” Burgess said, citing Louisiana Revised Statute 18:463, which outlines the rules and penalties for placement of materials on a public right-of-way.

“All candidates agree to abide by this prohibition when they execute their notice of candidacy, but traditionally, this single issue is probably the most violated campaign law on the books,” Burgess said.

The Tangipahoa Parish President said he is standing firm on his own campaign promise to beautify the parish we call home—and he’s taking on the illegal signs immediately.

“The fact remains that the practice of putting campaign signs within public rights-of-way is illegal, and it’s trashing up our parish. We are not going to sit back and do nothing about this,” Burgess said.

Starting this week, illegal signs will be removed by parish crews in the course of their weekly road and bridge maintenance tasks. The illegal signs will be taken to the parish’s public works facilities, located in Hammond on W. Pleasant Ridge Road, and in Roseland off U.S. 51. Candidates who wish to reclaim their signs may do so at those locations.

“We are taking a firm stand on these illegal signs,” Burgess said, adding that state law offers additional penalties after election day, when the abandoned signs are officially considered a violation of the state litter law.

“The people of Tangipahoa Parish have sent a strong message that they want to live in a litter-free environment. We are doing our part to help clean up the parish. We ask that those who wish to serve our community by seeking a public office do their part by keeping our rights-of-way litter-free,” Burgess said.

AMITE---Tangipahoa Parish 9-1-1 officials will officially launch the parish's new Smart911 on Monday July 7, 2014 at 10 A.M.

Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  

Once enrolled, residents who use the Smart911 program when they call 9-1-1 will have their Safety Profile automatically display on the call taker’s screen, saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.

This free service is now available to all citizens in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes on line at

We are requesting you and/or members of your agency be present at the news conference.


Tangipahoa 9-1-1 Center
211 Campo Lane
Amite, La. 70422

If "location, location, location" is the key to every good business plan, then having a plan to find the right site is crucial to generate economic development prospects, says Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess.

Burgess and the parish's economic development leaders are building a database identifying potentially the "best industrial and commercial sites in Tanigpahoa Parish," and the process, referred to as "site suitability," has classified at least 31 such locations, primarily along the I-55/I-12 corridor.

"This is a long-range goal to identify key tracts of land and provide property owners with the resources they need to attract potential industry," Burgess said.

The Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development Foundation (TEDF) contracted with LEO, LLC, a firm that specializes in site identification. Using engineering and GIS data, LEO developed a series of potential land tracts based on a series of "suitability" characteristics, emphasizing access to infrastructure, water, sewer, gas, electricity, fiber, and of course, modes of transportation.

The sites range from 25 to 250 acres each, TEDF Director Stacey Neal said, noting that the 31 prime locations were further vetted to avoid potential zoning questions, like placing an industrial site next door to a school.

Neal said TEDF then contacted Entergy's Research and Engineering Services department, who helped develop site-specific maps of the 31 locations, outlining their specific attractions, from elevation grades to utility infrastructure, wetlands and environmental determinations, as well as any other considerations. Entergy is the process of creating site-by-site videos of the parcels, and those tools will all be available for use by economic development officials to help showcase the available sites in the area.

"These are tools, additional resources, our office can provide free of charge to the landowner," Neal said, noting that while her office is not a real estate sales office, TEDF does act as a liaison to introduce business developers with property holders.

Thusfar, six "top sites" have been identified. Those locations, including the Fluker "Megasite", two tracts in Hammond, and one apiece in Kentwood, Amite, and Ponchatoula, are all well on their way to becoming Louisiana "certified" industrial sites. That distinction will make the land easier to market and easier to match with potential buyers.

"There are currently six certified sites in St. Tammany; we have three here in Tangipahoa," Burgess said, adding that the site suitability database work will enable our parish to better market itself for incoming industry.

"Tangipahoa is taking proactive steps to aggressively market itself as business-ready, industry-ready," Neal said.

The parish continues to partner with other groups, like the Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. SBDC can research additional demographics that appeal to industry heads.

"They can provide data on work force, market name it. That's the data we need to drive our sales pitch and land these companies," Burgess said.


Parish President Gordon Burgess has announced that if you are a property owner that has had multiple flood claims provided through FEMA, had flood insurance at the time of the claims, and are included in the FEMA Repetitive Loss list, you may qualify for a partial building elevation grant through the use of FEMA grant funds provided to Tangipahoa Parish.  However, an eligible elevation project must include the required minimum 25% propertyowner cash contribution to pay the project costs, along with a maximum of 75% grant funds from FEMA for eligible costs if the project qualifies for assistance.  If you have an interest in this program, please notify Tangipahoa Parish Government by calling Andy or Nic at the Parish Building Permit Office at (985) 542-2117 on or before Monday June 17th at 3 PM (call Monday- Friday during office hours). A full application must be completed before qualifying.

While some consider the winter months the “off-season,” Tangipahoa Parish Government is using the cooler months to pilot a project on the south end of the parish.

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess announced today that the parish is sub-contracting with Foster’s Tree Care to cut back tree limbs that are hanging low across parish streets and rights-of-way.

The tree trimming service is working south of I-12 in the Sisters’ Road area to cut back limbs and remove debris on site. The goal is to create clear passageways for large trucks, trailers, and recreational vehicles that also utilize these parish roadways.

Burgess said the project began this week and will continue for a limited pilot period.