Parish President

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robby Miller
 

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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.

With public schools closed for Spring Break, Tangipahoa Parish road contractors will be working to replace cross drains on four roads in the Loranger area.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said road crews will be working the week of April 17-21 on Easley Road, Puls Road, East Cooper Road, and Turnpike Road. All four roads will be closed during the construction process

Detours will be posted, Miller said, and he encouraged travelers to utilize alternate routes, if at all possible.

Miller also reminds residents that Vitrano Lane in Independence will be one-lane only on April 18-19 as DOTD crews continue their geological assessment of local bridges. The Vitrano Lane closure will begin at 7 a.m.Tuesday and continue, weather permitting until the close of business on Wednesday.

For more information on local road projects, call Tangipahoa Parish Government at (985) 748-3211 or check out the parish website, www.Tangipahoa.org.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller reminds the public that all Tangipahoa Parish Government offices, except the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill, will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday.

The Good Friday closure is one of the parish’s traditional holidays and was authorized by the Tangipahoa Parish Council late last year.

Miller said in addition to the Good Friday closure, the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter will be closed this Saturday, April 15.

“Of course, this Sunday, April 16, is Easter Sunday, and on behalf of the Parish Council, our administration, and the entire team here at Tangipahoa Parish Government, I’d like to wish everyone a blessed, safe and happy Easter,” Miller said.

All Tangipahoa Parish offices will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 17.

If you are looking for a fur-ever friend or if you would simply like to help the community while doing something positive for parish’s homeless pet population, this Saturday is the time to get involved with Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the parish animal shelter will hold a special adoption day event this Saturday, April 8, in Amite, and a community blood drive at the shelter’s offices in Hammond.

The mobile adoption event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie store, located at 804 W. Oak Street (LA 16) in Amite. Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control officials will be on hand, along with a selection of dogs who are available for adoption from the parish animal shelter. Adoption applications will be available at the event. The fee to adopt a dog is $70, and the cost includes having the pet spayed/neutered, as well as administering the rabies vaccine and other shots.

In Hammond, the shelter, located at 15847 W. Club Deluxe Road, will host the Blood Center for a “Food for our Furry Friends” Blood Drive. That event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the animal shelter. The Blood Center has committed to donate a bag of dog or cat food to the shelter in the name of each person who donates blood on Saturday during this event.

The Hammond office will also be open for pet adoptions during this event. The office hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information on these or any activities at the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter, please Animal Control at (985) 543-0215.

Utility work at the intersection of Old US 51 and Holden Circle will force a road closure, weather permitting, next Tuesday, April 4.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the road crew will assist Atmos Gas as they lower a gas line and a culvert at the northernmost intersection of Old US 51 and Holden Circle, north of Independence.

Miller said the intersection will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., as work progresses.

Detour signs will be posted, and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction, Miller said.

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

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Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announced today that the new Jerusalem Church Road bridge west of Ponchatoula is now open to through traffic.

The bridge, located between Pumpkin Center Road and Adams Road, was closed last May. Construction on the project persisted through the devastating August floods and into the new year.

"We are pleased to have this much-traveled thoroughfare open and operational once again,” Miller said. “This is just another example of the great team effort between our parish crews, DOTD, and the Tangipahoa Parish Council and our administration."

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Emergency road repairs will force alternating lane closures today on a portion of Weinberger Road near Ponchatoula.

Tangipahoa Parish road contractors were preparing to overlay the road when they discovered multiple structural failures just below the surface.

Officials will close alternating lanes on Weinberger Road between Sawmill Road and Esterbrook Road as the emergency repairs are completed. Officials encourage motorists to avoid the area, if possible.

AMITE---Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announces that flood victims will soon be able to apply for home repair grants offered through the State of Louisiana.

The Restore Louisiana Task Force, in conjunction with the State’s Office of Community Development, will soon be qualifying eligible property owners for grant assistance for eligible home repairs related to damage from the 2016 floods.  

Miller said this application process is strictly through the State.

"This is not FEMA funding, but money that originates with federal HUD disaster recovery programs given to the State of Louisiana,” Miller said.

To apply, flood victims must first complete a short online survey, which will be available starting in April.

Homeowners (including mobile homes and rental homes) that are interested in this financial help should sign up for email and application notifications at the restore.la.gov website. Miller advises that if you do not have an email address, then try to use someone in your family’s email address so you can receive these notifications from the State. 

Miller said the Restore Louisiana Task Force is making these grants available for households that are deemed eligible, regardless of whether they had flood insurance at the time of the 2016 flooding.

Tangipahoa Parish will continue to provide any information to the public when it receives it. The Parish however, will not be the entity taking applications. Applications will be processed and qualified by a State agency.

AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announced today that the parish has launched its enhanced anti-litter campaign, “Operation Clean Sweep.”

Miller said his office and the Tangipahoa Parish Council are embarking on “an aggressive, full-scale program” to educate the public, eradicate litter from roadsides and drainage laterals, and develop enforceable laws to prosecute those who trash our communities.

A recent University of New Orleans survey of likely Tangipahoa Parish voters indicates that more than one-quarter of those polled believe Tangipahoa Parish has a serious problem with litter.

“Those results do not shock me,” Miller said, noting that litter was one of the top issues he heard during his 2015 campaign, and stricter litter enforcement was a priority identified by last year’s transition team committees. As a result, Miller has made litter abatement one of his administration’s top priorities.

In his first year as Parish President, Miller has focused a lot of the parish’s anti-litter efforts in conjunction with citizen groups like Tangi Clean, North Tangi Clean, and Keep Hammond Beautiful to eradicate litter and beautify the parish.

E.J. Forgotston of Hammond chairs the Tangi Clean effort, and she said the parish has made excellent progress in their litter abatement program so far. She pointed to the increased number of litter officers, the parish’s expanded litter pick up crews, and a greater effort to enforce litter laws as just a few of the parish’s more recent accomplishments. She also applauded the parish’s partnership with groups like the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center to bring anti-litter education programs into local schools.

“The parish has increased their number of Code Enforcement officers from two to five. The number of litter crews have doubled. I’m very pleased with the progress,” Forgotston said, adding that she’s “thrilled” at the active interest of the new administration in significantly reducing litter in Tangipahoa.

Miller said groups like Tangi Clean have set the bar very high, but he believes that if we all pitch in, Tangipahoa can absolutely overcome this problem.

“While we have a big job ahead of us, I’m excited to have the opportunity to work together, not only with our citizens and our parish resources, but also with state and regional groups to tackle and solve this challenge," Miller said.

To that end, the parish is also joining forces with state agencies to address the problem head on.

“We’ve met with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who will each be partnering with us on litter abatement projects,” Miller said.

In the case of DOTD, the parish will enter into a joint effort with the state to keep our interstates litter-free.

“I want to personally thank DOTD for coming in and immediately working with us to pick up litter along our interstates. Over the last several days, crews have been working extended days to collect and remove litter on I-55 from the state line south, and we appreciate their immediate response to help us in this area,” Miller said.

Similar clean ups are scheduled for I-12, and Miller said he has been told these enhanced collection efforts will become more frequent over the course of this year.

LDWF is going to help parish leaders tackle the litter problem on local tributaries.

“On April 29, Tangipahoa Parish in conjunction with Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a river clean up,” Miller said. “Our goal is to purge the river of trash, flood debris, and old camps and boats that are sinking into the river.”

Miller said he invites everyone to pitch in and help our parish become litter-free.

“I have no doubt that if we all do our part, Tangipahoa will be a model for litter abatement for our entire state,” Miller said.

To report litter and illegal dump sites, call the new Tangipahoa Parish Litter hotline, (985) 748-2265.

AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish residents seeking to file permit applications with the parish will not need to drive to Hammond any longer.

On Tuesday, the parish’s north Tangi branch of its permit office reopened, albeit in a different location than it was prior to the August 2016 flood.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the office is now located inside the former Ponchatoula Homestead building at 113 North Bay Street in Amite. The office is on the corner, directly across the street from the Amite Courthouse.

Services offered at this location will include sewer inspections, Public Works and Road & Bridge Department inspections, as well as all types of residential and commercial permitting.

“Like many of our residents who suffered water damage in their homes, our north Tangi Permit office in Roseland was also impacted by the August flooding. After months of sharing facilities with our Hammond offices, today we take another step in the parish’s recovery by reopening a north end branch of our permitting offices. We are also consolidating our Public Works and sewer inspection services into this facility as we continue to determine what steps will be taken to restore our Roseland office complex,” Miller said.

Hours of operation for these offices will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phone number is (985) 748-2024.
 

The District now offers the service for customer alerts via their website, www.TangiWater.com.

Sign up is free; however, for text alerts on your phone, standard message and data rates through your cellular carrier may apply.

To sign up for alerts, customers should go to the home page and scroll down the right side of the page to the “SIGN UP FOR ALERTS” button. Clicking on that icon will direct customers to a brief online form whereby the customer inputs his name. The customer can choose to submit his email or cell phone number and carrier company to receive messages via email or text, per each customer’s preference.

The final step is to click the “SUBSCRIBE” button, which will add the customer’s info to the district’s alert distribution service.

Once subscribed, customers receive alerts as soon as they are posted to the district website. Those notices include outage reports, boil advisories, and more.

For more information, contact the Tangipahoa Water District at (985) 345-6457

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.