City Hall doors are now open to the public. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and team members. Therefore, until the next phase of reopening, here are tips and facts on what to expect during this phase of reopening:
We ask that NO ONE having symptoms of COVID-19 and/or fever enter City Hall. Please stay home for the protection of everyone else.
While we have physical measures in place to help protect you and team members, we ask that transactions or interactions with City Hall take place via telephone, email, or website whenever possible.
Please wear a mask into City Hall if you must enter. Masks are not required but highly encouraged.
Please use hand sanitizers when entering City Hall. Hand sanitizer is provided in City Hall.
Until further notice, public restrooms inside City Hall will remain closed.
We will be cleaning commonly touched surfaces at regular intervals in all common or public areas of City Hall.
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 May 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.
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.
The City of Ponchatoula has joined the almost 700 cities nationwide in going smoke-free. The City’s new smoke-free ordinance goes into effect on May 12, 2019. In addition to smoking restrictions that already exist under state law, there will be new restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in many locations across the city.
The City of Ponchatoula will host a smoking ban town hall educational meeting in the City Council Chambers May 1, 2019, at 5:30 PM. We encourage anyone wishing to learn more about the new law to attend.
This ordinance protects the public’s health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work are more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer, and approximately 1,000 children and adults in Louisiana die each year from secondhand smoke exposure. Tobacco use-the leading preventable cause of death in the United States-causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as emphysema) and diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have died from smoking-related diseases since 1964, including 2.5 million nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Common areas of multi-unit housing, including apartment complexes and condos Buildings and vehicles owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the City or State
Vehicles with children under the age of 13 present as per State Law R.S.32:295
Most other public places (enclosed by two or more walls/barriers)
Examples: hospitals, nursing homes, public buses, retail stores, and retail service businesses
State Law – With twenty-five (25) feet of public entrances and wheelchair ramps of office buildings owned by the State, City or any of its agencies and within 200 feet of entrances, exits, and outdoor areas of elementary and secondary schools
City playgrounds and parks, except in designated areas
Any service line in a public place during times in which the public is invited and permitted, within five (5) feet of service window if in vehicle
Every person who violates the ordinance shall be liable for a fine of up to $50.00 for each violation.
A business that violates the ordinance for a first violation shall be liable for a fine of not more than $100.00; or a second violation committed within a period of twelve (12) months the business will be liable for a fine of not more than $200.00; for a third violation, all of which occurred within 12 months, shall be liable for a fine up to $500.00. Any business that violates the ordinance five or more times within a 12-month period shall be subject to a revocation of the occupancy permit for the location in which the violation occurs.
Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance will be introduced at a meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council on April 8, 2019:
AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A TAX ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF PONCHATOULA FOR THE YEAR 2019.
The City Council will meet on May 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St., at which time a public hearing will be held on the adoption of the ordinance. Anyone with comments may appear before the council at this time. Proposed ordinances may be reviewed at City Hall.
Contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) Hotline if you suspect the misappropriation (theft), fraud, waste, or abuse of public funds by anyone.
Information provided to the LLA Hotline may result in an investigation, audit or other reviews.
When providing information to the LLA Hotline, please include sufficient detail (describing who, what, where, when, why, and how) to allow us to fully evaluate your information. Although we will consider anonymous information, providing us with your name and telephone number will allow us to contact you with any additional questions that we have.
Your name and telephone number, as well as the status of complaints, are confidential.
You may also call toll-free: 1-844-50-FRAUD (1-844-503-7283)
Or FAX to: 1-844-40-FRAUD (1-844-403-7283)
Or report via U.S. Mail: LLA Hotline P. O. Box 94397 Baton Rouge, LA 70804
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.