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Mayor Zabbia Declares State of Emergency

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601, et seq., has declared that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) constitutes a national emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 regarding the Public Health Emergency-COVID-19, declaring and imminent threat posed to Louisiana citizens by the virus, creating emergency conditions that threaten the lives and health of the citizens of the State of Louisiana, pursuant to La. R.S. 29:766; and

WHEREAS, the City of Ponchatoula in Tangipahoa Parish may be greatly affected or has been greatly affected by the virus “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes, Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19), and the disease may pose and imminent threat to the City of Ponchatoula and threaten the safety and security of the citizens of the City of Ponchatoula; and

WHEREAS, the City of Ponchatoula may activate any necessary emergency plans and activities in response to this event and that this may exceed the Parish’s capability to respond to this possibly life-threatening crisis, and as such the City of Ponchatoula takes this measure in order to participate in any response and recovery plan administered by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and their power to act as administrator, as per La. R.S. 29:767, and pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance Act as amended, La. R.S. 29:721, et seq.;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that beginning on March 11, 2020, and continuing until June 30, 2020, pursuant to the authority granted in La. R.S. 29:737, at State of Public Health Emergency is hereby declared for the City of Ponchatoula.

City of Ponchatoula Temporarily Suspends Water Disconnections

Due to the risks related to public health associated with the COVID-19 virus, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a statewide Public Health Emergency. Given the severity of these events, the City of Ponchatoula will not disconnect the water service for non-payment due to this event. We will resume disconnecting services for non-payment on April 21, 2020. The City of Ponchatoula is concerned for the well-being of its customers to ensure your ability to wash your hands by following the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to help prevent the spread of this virus. The City of Ponchatoula will continue other operations as normal. Below is a link to additional information about your drinking water. If you have any questions concerning this matter feel free to contact us during our normal business hours.

EPA Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Contract Signed with AmWaste of Louisiana

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Contract Signed with AmWaste of Louisiana

The Cities of Hammond and Ponchatoula received proposals for garbage and recycling pick up at the end of October. Then at a special meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council, it was approved to enter into contract for both garbage and recycling with AmWaste of Louisiana. Customers in Ponchatoula city limits will see a $1.50 increase on their utility bills, starting on their January bills due February 15. Residents will also start receiving new garbage carts and recycling carts delivered over the next two weeks.

Going out for proposals together with the City of Hammond helped in two ways; first, we were able to share resources for writing the proposal request and everything in between to the proposal opening. Second, and most importantly, by seeking proposals together with Hammond, we were able obtain the best pricing for a higher number of units to be served. For example, instead of proposers quoting 3000 units in Ponchatoula alone, we had them quote 9,300 units for both cities.

At a Special Meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council, on November 19, the council considered the proposals received.  The council decided on the option to have carts provided for and maintained by the contractor for both services. They then decided the most fiscally responsible choice; the lowest cost of all proposals for these services was AmWaste of Louisiana. All members present voted to pass a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an AmWaste contract, to begin January 1, 2020 until May 1, 2024. In 2024, the parish will be seeking proposals for curbside pick-up, and the cities of Hammond and Ponchatoula will join together with the parish to obtain the best possible pricing for our residents.

Residents inside the city of Ponchatoula will no longer have to provide their own trash cans or carry their recycling bins. 96 gallon carts will be provided for the garbage and 35 gallon carts will be provided for recycling. Garbage pickup will remain the same with twice a week pickups: West side of the tracks will be picked up on Monday and Thursday, the East side being picked up on Tuesday and Friday.  Recycling day pickup WILL CHANGE with once a week pickup, coinciding with the day AFTER your first garbage pickup day of the week for each side of the tracks; or West side of the tracks will be picked up on Tuesday and the East side being picked up on Wednesday.

Customers will see the increase of $1.50 per month starting on their January bill, which will be due February 15. This will bring the total cost for garbage and recycling to $17.50 per month per unit location.  With a three month cost to each unit of $52.50, this is a huge saving compared with what residents would have to pay if they were responsible for contract their own services.  Many local residents outside of city limits pay between $75-$85 every three months for once a week pickup and no recycling. So this is definitely another win for our residents!

Acceptable Recycling Items: –

Please place these items loose in the container:

  • Aluminum cans:  Cans shall be rinsed to avoid health and nuisance problems
  • Paper:  Clean, unsoiled newsprint‐type paper, magazines, catalogs, gift wrap, paper bags, junk mail, white or colored paper, envelopes. No bound books, paper bound/wrapped in plastic, rubber bands, or photos.
  • Plastics:  PET, HDPE and PVC containers should be rinsed and caps removed.
  • Tin Cans:  Steel food containers should be rinsed prior to placement in the recycling bin.

** No glass accepted**

Recycling

Waste Management of Louisiana, LLC announces the purchase of Livingston Waste’s residential services. Waste Management will immediately begin servicing all residential garbage and trash customers as well as residential recycling customers previously serviced by Livingston Waste.

Service days for all Livingston Waste customers will remain the same unless otherwise notified.

“Waste Management of Louisiana is proud to serve our valued customers throughout Louisiana. We look forward to providing safe, reliable and environmentally friendly service to our new residential customers in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes,” said René Faucheux, Waste Management manager of government and community affairs.

Current Livingston Waste customers can email [email protected] or call 1-866-604-5062 for additional information.

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MAYOR ZABBIA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that beginning on March 11, 2020, and continuing until June 30, 2020, pursuant to the authority granted in La. R.S. 29:737, a State of Public Health Emergency is hereby declared for the City of Ponchatoula.

City Hall business operations have been minimalized to essential services only.
City Hall has been closed to walk-in services, non-essential services, and non-emergency services.
Emergency services are being routed through the Ponchatoula Police Department
City of Ponchatoula payments is still available through the City Hall drop box and online
New account services are still being processed. Email Katherine Fagan for new account services.
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MAYOR ZABBIA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that beginning on March 11, 2020, and continuing until June 30, 2020, pursuant to the authority granted in La. R.S. 29:737, a State of Public Health Emergency is hereby declared for the City of Ponchatoula.

City Hall business operations have been minimalized to essential services only.
City Hall has been closed to walk-in services, non-essential services, and non-emergency services.
Emergency services are being routed through the Ponchatoula Police Department
City of Ponchatoula payments is still available through the City Hall drop box and online
New account services are still being processed. Email Katherine Fagan for new account services.
VIEW COVID-19 RELATED NOTIFICATIONS