Parish President

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robby Miller
 

Recycling

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.

THE FOLLOW ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED :
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.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT ACCPETED:
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.

The Landfill will be open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:00pm Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm and Closed on Sundays until further notice.

AMITE—Two south Tangipahoa Parish bridges will be closed until further notice due to severe structural damage caused by the August flood.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the Walsh Road bridge and the Stein Road bridge are going to be closed effective immediately due to structural damage caused by the August flood.

“Our Public Works Department continues to inspect our local roads and bridges to insure that they are in sound, working order in the aftermath of the floods earlier this month,” Miller said, adding that crews are making repairs where needed.

Miller said traffic will be re-routed and detoured around these bridge closures.

Both Stein Road and Walsh Road are located off Happywoods Road, on the west side of the Hammond city limits.

There is no immediate timetable for when these bridges will be reopened to the public, Miller said.

For Current CONFIRMED Road Closures please click on the link below for Parish Roads.

Road Closures

Click link below to view interactive map. Then zoom into your area for current closures.

TanGIS

All damage should be reported directly to FEMA. Tangipahoa Parish Gov. will no longer be taking the assessment information. Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov

All Tangipahoa Parish Offices will reopen August 16th, 2016. The Parish landfill hours will be from 6:30am - 6:00pm.

AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish officials are advising residents and businesses who utilize the French Settlement Water Company to boil their water prior to using it until further notice.

Earlier today, the utility company issued a boil order advisory for the 16 areas they serve, including five water systems in the Tangipahoa Parish area. Those systems include the Oakwood, Hammond Heights, Blackcat, Brady Place, and Velma water service connections.

A boil order means residents should boil any water they plan to use for at least three minutes prior to consumption. Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices, food preparation, and even brushing teeth.

FSWC officials say that due to widespread flooding, the company is not able to obtain daily chlorine residuals, as required by the Emergency Rule to disinfect water. The boil order is a precaution the company is using until the flood water recede and they can safely allow their employees to resume testing the system.

Parish officials said FSWC will notify customers once the boil order expires.

 

AMITE—As heavy rains continue to pound the area, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller is urging a voluntary evacuation for residents who experienced flooding earlier this year, during the March rain event.

“The National Weather Service forecast suggests this rain event will be equal to or worse than the March flood,” Miller said midday Friday.

“We urge those who live along the river and who can safely evacuate to higher ground to do so now,” Miller said. He also encouraged anyone who experienced flooding in March to consider getting to higher ground now.

“We have daylight for a few more hours. If you need to move to higher ground and can do so, now is the time,” Miller advised.

Thus far, the parish has conducted 140 active water rescues. The Louisiana National Guard has staged two high water vehicles at the parish’s Emergency Operations Center, and they will be deployed, as needed. Over a dozen state highways have been closed and more than 62 parish roads are impassable by water.

Miller advised, “Do not wait for conditions to deteriorate later tonight. If you experienced flooding in March, make your plans now to get to higher ground while we still have daylight."

 

Two bridge replacement projects scheduled in Tangipahoa Parish have been postponed until further notice, officials reported Wednesday.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said he was notified Wednesday that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has postponed bridge replacement projects on North River Road in Kentwood and on Durbin Road in Natalbany.

Although planned to begin this month and continue through the fall, the projects are now on hold until further notice, according to information provided by DOTD.

Miller said he will continue to monitor the situation and notify residents of any updates to the construction schedule.

“These bridge replacements remain a top priority for our administration, and we continue to work with our state partners to insure that these projects are completed in a timely manner for our residents,” Miller said.

For more information, please contact Tangipahoa Parish Government at (985) 748-3211.

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to put “toes in the sand,” this Wednesday, July 20, is going to be that day—and you won’t have to drive very far to experience pristine sand.
    
Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announced today that on Wednesday, July 20, the Florida Parishes Arena (located at 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite) will be home to a one-day only beach party, open to all ages from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    
Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Miller said the Arena has literally been transformed into a 10,000 square foot indoor sandbox.
     

    “We’re thinking it’s quite literally Louisiana’s Largest Sandbox,” Miller said. Last week, when the Arena took delivery of truckloads of sand, which will be needed for an equestrian event scheduled next weekend at the facility. officials jokingly referred to the multipurpose facility as a “sandbox,” and an idea was born.
    
    “Our team is so creative. In thinking about all that sand and staying true to our purpose of looking for ways to both serve and involve our community, the Arena staff asked to host a play day for our area. The sand is immaculate—it’s literally the most pristine ‘beach’ you’ll find, and because we can host this event under roof, it’s a safe, family-friendly environment close to home and offered at zero cost to our residents,” Miller said.
    
    The Arena staff will have a volleyball net set up and beach music to add to the atmosphere. Tangi Tourism has donated door prizes that participants can register to win, and there’s ample parking.
    
    Participants are asked to bring their own beach balls, sand pails and shovels, and other sandbox-style toys.
    
    Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but the Arena concession stand will be open.
    
    “We are looking forward to a great day, offering lots of fun-filled activities and memories for our residents,” Miller said.
    
    On Saturday, July 23, the Deep South Amateur Cutting Horse Association will hold their annual show at the Arena. Admission is free to spectators, and the show begins at 9 a.m. at the Arena. After Saturday’s equestrian event, the sand will be repurposed once more, as officials utilize it to enhance footing at the new “warm up arena” currently under construction, adjacent to the main arena floor.
    
    For more information, contact the Florida Parishes Arena offices at (985) 748-5914

The Tangipahoa Parish Government has been issued an application package for the homeless prevention and assistance for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) funds, administered by the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC).  Click here to download.

A Resolution providing support for the Restore Act local Multi-Year Plan, as amended, and selected projects, and authorizing the Tangipahoa Parish President to execute documents and agreements required in connection with the Tangipahoa Parish Restore Act Program through the U.S. Dept. of Treasury.

Whereas, the Tangipahoa Parish Government is making an application for use of Restore Act funds in the amount of approximately $668,361.25 provided through the BP Settlement-Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, and use of such funds and projects must be reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury in line with the eligible activities outlined in the “Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012”; and

Whereas, in order to qualify for these funds, Tangipahoa Parish must submit an application package that includes the amended Multi-Year Plan with projects and narrative that document the eligible activities selected by the Parish, and that allowance for public input was provided; and

Whereas, the Tangipahoa Parish Council shall provide a resolution of support and designation of the Parish President as the authorized representative to sign the application, related documents,  and to be the authorized representative for the project; and

Whereas, the Parish has designated several primary projects to be funded within the Plan and with these Restore Act funds, shown as Attachment “A”.

Now Be It Therefore Resolved; that the Tangipahoa Parish Council hereby endorses the Parish’s proposed Restore Act projects and  the Multi-Year Plan, and also hereby designates the Parish President as the authorized representative of Tangipahoa Parish to execute documents and agreements in connection with this program, application and subsequent project documents and agreements that may be forthcoming.

Public input is encouraged at this meeting. The public may also call the Parish office Grants Coordinator at 985 748-3211 for further information or comments.

  • Lee’s Landing Boat Launch- repairs and reconstruction ($558,257)

 

  • Tangipahoa River preliminary dredging study for channel at Lake Pontchartrain ($25,000)

 

  • Parish Tourism project for “Parish Branding” and Greenway project from Ponchatoula to Manchac- Celebrating and Preserving Natural Resources  ($45,104.25)

 

  • Biodiversity inventory and study- Southeastern La. University ($40,000)

This is only a preliminary application and does not constitute a guarantee that funding will be provided or that a grant will be approved.

Tangipahoa Parish President, Robby Miller, would like to encourage flood victims interested in elevating their residence to fill out a preliminary application.
The parish would like to have these applications on file should we receive Hazard Mitigation Funds from FEMA in the future.  These grants typically require a cost share from the homeowner.  The time required to get these projects funded can be lengthy; however, collecting this information is vital towards the recovery process during a disaster.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Tangipahoa Parish Permit Office. 985-542-2117.

 

REQUEST FOR ELEVATION ASSISTANCE

AMITE---Tangipahoa building and environmental health officials are doing their part to streamline the permitting process, a top goal of new Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller.

Miller announced this week that electrical permits are easier to get now than ever before, pointing to simple steps the permit department is taking to make the process simpler for applicants.

“With the proper paperwork in place, the application process for electrical hook up can be done over the phone in many cases,” Miller said.

The key item to the process is an approved sewer inspection, which is obtained through the state Environmental Health Department, which has offices in Hammond and Roseland. If the sewer meets health department standards, an electrical hook-up can literally be scheduled over the phone with a credit card.

“Our permitting team is working hand-in-hand with the homeowner and the Environmental Health Department to expedite the process every step of the way,” Miller said, adding that the offices, which are located across the hall from each other at the Hammond Environmental Services Building on Club Deluxe Road, are now communicating one-on-one to make the process move smoother.

“Increased communication between our agencies delivers faster, better service for our customers,” Miller said.

Miller says the department is already looking forward to an even better-streamlined process, working toward an online permitting system in the next year. An information technology specialist by trade, Miller said the new computerized permitting system will be similar to those used in larger metro parishes.

“Our goal is to streamline the process for homeowners and contractors alike,” Miller said, adding that this is one of his top goals in his first year as Parish President.

For more information on the permitting process, go to http://www.tangipahoa.org/permitoffice.aspx, or call (985) 542-2117.

 

AMITE---The Federal Transit Administration has awarded Tangipahoa Parish Government $409,000 to continue its “urban" bus service for the next two years.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller says the grant focuses on the south end of the parish, which meets FTA qualifications as an urban area. Several years ago, the southern half of the parish was designated as an independent Metropolitan Statistical Area, due to that population density.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the transit operates in the Hammond-Ponchatoula area, through a partnership with the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging.

The bus service runs both inside the municipalities and in the adjacent rural areas.

The grant is used to upgrade the TVCOA’s bus routes in the southern “urbanized” portion of Tangipahoa Parish. The grant also provides for the purchase of new transit vans and additional bus stop shelters to provide better protection from weather elements for passengers.

Local matching funds are provided by the TVCOA, as well as the Cities of Hammond and Ponchatoula, to enhance the service.

Miller said the parish will continue to operate a rural public van service throughout the remainder of the parish, using DOTD grant funds allocated to the TVCOA.

Our goal moving forward is to seek new avenues and additional grant funds to provide better transportation options for our residents in our densely populated rural areas on the north end, Miller said.

Currently North Tangipahoa is not eligible for the FTA grant funding because it is not considered an “urban” area.

 

 

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.

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.

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 research..you name it. That's the data we need to drive our sales pitch and land these companies," Burgess said.