The following answers were provided by Pat Brister (Incumbent) running for Parish President in St. Tammany Parish:
The Parish currently owns and operates approximately 30% of the sewage and water systems in St. Tammany Parish. The system was purchased before I took office. I would not purchase more.
Economic Development is finding the businesses that are compatible with St. Tammany Parish and attempting to bring them to our Parish or help current businesses grow. Any exemptions should be based on the jobs and revenue a company brings to a Parish. I would support exemptions based on these factors.
I have no problem with the Council approving them.
We’ve requested additional signage and slow traffic notices be installed years ago. The state was not supportive of that request given the permitting process and plans to widen I-12 were already underway. Parish Government secured $25M in federal funds through a BUILD grant for the first phase of I-12 widening between LA21 and US190. We also worked with State officials to secure an additional $52M in federal redistribution funds to widen between US190 and LA59. Third and final phase between LA21 and LA1077 is under design and we are actively working to secure the funding for that portion now. The State is bidding this contract in November of 2019 and work will be underway soon after that.
The Parish does have a public transit system that is operated by COAST, Council on Aging St. Tammany. It services both rural and urban areas of St. Tammany and is a curb to curb, demand response program. Each vehicle is handicapped accessible and lift-equipped and all residents are eligible to book rides. Registered COAST clients ride for free and others pay a low fare. We do not currently have a revenue source to support a full service transit system across the Parish.