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Water Main Flushing – June 16-19

The City of Ponchatoula Water Department will be performing water main flushing on the west side of the city, June 16-19. This work will include the operation of fire hydrants at flow velocities sufficient to remove naturally occurring minerals that have precipitated out of the water and settled. During this time residents and businesses may temporarily experience discolored water and/or low water pressure.

What  if I experience discolored water?

If you experience discolored water, run your cold water tap until it runs clear. If it does not run clear within five (5) minutes, turn the water off, wait fifteen (15) minutes and run the cold water tap until it runs clear. If it does not run clear within the next fifteen (15) minutes, please call 985-386-6484 during business hours (9am-4pm, Monday-Friday). If it is outside of business hours, please call 985-386-6548, and the police dispatcher will contact the on call Water Department personnel.

Can I do laundry during this time?

You may do laundry during this time, however we urge residents to wait until late evenings when possible; also, test your water at a sink, tub, or outside faucet first. We would also advise washing dark loads first, and if possible saving white or light loads until the flushing is completed.

 

Public Hearing On Rolling Forward Tax Rates- July 13

 

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7 Section 23(C) of the Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of the Ponchatoula City Council will be held at the regular meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council, 125 West Hickory Street, Ponchatoula Louisiana, in the City Council Chambers on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum. The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage is $972,493.35, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $1,766.03.

Mayor’s Court Postponements due to COVID-19 have been Rescheduled to July 8-9, 2020.

March 24, 2020 court rescheduled to July 9, 2020

April 7, 2020 court rescheduled to July 8, 2020

May 5, 2020 court rescheduled to July 8, 2020

*Arrive to court at 5:30 pm doors open at 6:00 pm.

 

We are still collecting Payplan payments, April 10 and May 10 Payplan payments have all been continued to July 10 date.

Payments can be made in the office, Online: www.cityofponchatoula.com, Mail: 125 West Hickory, Ponchatoula, La 70454

Call Clerk’s office with any questions and concerns (985) 370-7500.

 

 

CivicSource Auctioneer

City of Ponchatoula Partners with CivicSource to Auction Tax Delinquent Real Estate

The online adjudicated property auctions will eliminate blight while restoring significant, annually recurring revenues to the City from property taxes that had previously gone unpaid. “We are looking forward to our partnership with CivicSource to help return previously vacant land and properties back to use and commerce,” explains Ramona Tara’ Umbach, Tax Collector for the City of Ponchatoula.

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City of Ponchatoula Financially Sound and Debt Free

The mayor began with words few Louisiana municipalities ever hear about their own, “The city is financially sound and debt free.”
Careful planning, careful spending, and careful saving seemed to be the unspoken background of the presentation, showing how it’s possible for a city this size to maintain such a glowing record.

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City Clerk – Jeffrey Douglas

A graduate of Ponchatoula High School, Douglas brings to City Hall ten years of experience in mechanical seals, afterward earning degrees in Accounting and Economics. To stay current in his field, he is active in the Louisiana Municipal Association of which Ponchatoula is a member, The Louisiana Municipal Clerks Association, its national and its International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association.

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Governmental Agencies Work Together to Accomplish Much

Few people know that interdepartmental parish and city agencies often come together in cooperative agreements to solve problems and make improvements, saving considerable time, effort and expense for both.

Little did Jeff Daniels know he was in training for Ponchatoula City Councilman when he saw first-hand how interdepartmental agencies of the parish and the city came together to solve a major drainage problem in his Millville neighborhood over a year ago.

Neighbors grew concerned when each rain brought more standing water than ever before, over the streets and finally inches from houses. The city does not have the manpower or equipment for clearing canals, so working with Mayor Bob Zabbia and the city crew, and knowing so many people from his years with Entergy, Daniels contacted District Administrator Kylie Bates of the Tangipahoa Parish Gravity Drainage District Number 1.

Bates was joined by Chuck Spangler of Spangler Engineering to investigate. Walking every inch of ditches and canals, Spangler found blockage from erosion in a canal. (Constriction in a channel creates backwater which increases velocity causing more erosion.)

Further investigation showed the canal didn’t belong to the city or the parish, but to each homeowner along it.

This meant getting signed permission from each homeowner to do what was needed to clear the canal. Daniels collected the signatures for Parish Councilmen Bobby Cortez and Harry Lavine to present to the Parish along with a request for assistance. After approval, work was begun.

The parish did the work, the city assumed the responsibility and the canal was cleared, aiding drainage from properties even north of Millville.

It was because of his interest and help that Daniels was approached by numerous people asking him to run for City Councilman to fill an upcoming vacancy which he won.

Kiley Bates continues to be of valuable assistance from the parish in consulting due to his experience as well as his Industrial Technical education at Millsaps and engineering degree from Southeastern and LSU.

This example is one of many in which the city of Ponchatoula has partnered with other agencies.

To further illustrate: Each hurricane season since Katrina, Ponchatoula Fire Chief Rodney Drude and Mayor Bob Zabbia sign intergovernmental agreements with St. Bernard parish officials that should the lower parish need to evacuate, officials can bring their equipment, offices and important records here. (And they have, being housed at the Fire Department.) If needed, they will provide additional help to our community.

Another help is having Parish President Robbie Miller, Mayor Zabbia and neighboring leaders hold positions on the Regional Planning Commission which meets monthly in New Orleans, allowing area officials to know the latest in works and funding available.

Through this commission, the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa get certain allotted funds each year for projects such as transportation which include items such as feasibility studies and reports for sidewalks.

Just recently, the Barringer Road Sidewalk Project has been included in the Tangipahoa Improvement Program (TIP). Also, this commission has aided the city in hastening the widening of Highway 51, a project which has been anticipated for twelve years.

At the parish level, bids for road improvements and overlay require such a volume of work and expense that the city can “piggyback” onto the parish to obtain high quality work at a lower price through a co-operative agreement, allowing the city to stretch its dollar rather than bid out on its own. Thus, when a parish road and a city street meet, the work continues all at one time.

Another example is the way the parish Council on Aging and the city have worked together to provide daily bus transportation, allowing more Ponchatoula citizens to get employment, shop and get to medical appointments.

Ponchatoula city government and parish government continue to work hand in hand in mutual agreement resulting in major accomplishments for both.

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