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Welcome Mayor Johnson and Covington City Council

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Mayor Mike Cooper took his last photograph with the Covington Police Department last week during their annual departmental inspections. The Covington Police Department expressed thanks to Mayor Cooper for his 8 years of dedicated service to the City of Covington and the Covington Police Department.

The City of Covington’s Inaugural Ceremonies for Mayor Mark Johnson, Councilman at Large Patrick McMath, Councilman at Large Larry Rolling, Councilman Peter Lewis, Councilman Joey Roberts, Councilwoman Cody Ludwig, Councilman John Botsford, and Councilman Mark Verret took place on Monday, July 1st at the Fuhrmann Auditorium. Welcome to Mayor Johnson and the Covington City Council, and we all look forward to a bright future for the City of Covington.

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Bogue Falaya Park Dedication Event

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Mayor Mike Cooper invites you to join the City of Covington along with Digital Engineering, Gill’s Crane & Dozer Service, and other partners on Thursday, May 23 @ 10:00am for a dedication event to celebrate the completion of The Bogue Falaya Park Shoreline Protection & Paddler’s Launch. Bogue Falaya Park is located at 213 Park Drive in Downtown Covington.

The completion of this exciting phase of the award winning Bogue Falaya Park Master Plan was aided by a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered by the National Park Service.   Thank you for supporting the City of Covington!

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Covington Fire Station 2 Fully Staffed, Operational

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Mayor Mike Cooper and CFD Chief Gary Blocker are proud to announce that as of the morning of Tuesday, March 19th, Covington Fire Department Station 2 is fully staffed and operating on a 24-hour basis. It had previously been operational on a part-time basis.
Thirty-five (35%) percent of all Covington calls originate in the area that will now be covered by Station 2, which is located on Philip Drive near Ronald Reagan Highway. With growth continuing in that portion of the city, this percentage is expected to continue to rise. While opening the second station may contribute toward improving the City’s PIAL rating, which is now at Level 3, it will also better distribute the Fire Department’s resources. Most importantly, it will enable even faster response times to all Covington citizens by having emergency response personnel closer to call locations.
Chief Blocker stated, “A lot of hard work by our Department staff and our team within the City of Covington have made this second station possible. On behalf of the Covington Fire Department, I would like to thank Mayor Cooper and the City Council for their support in making our second station on a full-time basis a reality.”
The hiring of three (3) additional firefighters was required in order to fully staff Station 2. Funding for these positions became available at the beginning of the year with the consolidation of the Covington Fire Department’s dispatching services with Fire Protection District No. 1 which is now located at the new 911 Communications Center in Lacombe.
“This is a perfect example of how creative thinking and intergovernmental cooperation can provide improved services to the citizens with no additional taxes,” stated Mayor Cooper.

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Mayor Cooper Appoints Culotta to Chief of Police

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Mayor Mike Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Culotta as Police Chief for the City of Covington.  Stephen, who is a member of the Covington Police Department for over twenty (20) years, replaces Chief Tim Lentz who resigned in October to pursue other opportunities. As Deputy Chief, Culotta has led the CPD since Lentz’s departure.
During his tenure with CPD, Stephen has progressed in earning promotions in rank with increased duties and responsibilities culminating with his appointment as Deputy Chief by then Chief Lentz in 2017.  He has consistently demonstrated a wide range of leadership abilities and has built strong relationships with the residents and business owners in our community.


Chief Culotta is uniquely qualified to hold this top appointed position with the City of Covington, having earned over thirty (30) Police Service certifications and local merit/service awards during his career.
“I am confident that Chief Culotta will build upon the foundation and culture established over the past several years with the continued commitment to maintain safety in our community” said Mayor Cooper.
The Covington City Council approved Mayor Cooper’s appointment of Culotta at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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City of Covington: Excellence in Financial Reporting

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Mayor Mike Cooper has announced that for the seventh consecutive year the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Covington by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and management.
“The City of Covington is tremendously proud to once again be recognized as a recipient of this prestigious award.  I, and members of the Covington City Council, wish to acknowledge and commend Chief Administrative Officer Gina Hayes and Finance Director Alisa Faciane for their adherence to the best financial practices.  They are an asset to our City and to my administration.  My thanks are also extended to the CPA firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, who formally submitted the annual financial report on the City’s behalf,” said Mayor Cooper.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 19,000 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.

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CPD Honors Retirees

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From Facebook, December 21, 2018 Covington Police Department

“Yesterday, we hosted a retirement party for longtime Covington Police Department Employees, Communications Officer Richelle Sharp, and Records Clerk Ann Harrison. Richelle and Ann were joined by family/friends, as we celebrated their careers.

Both Richelle and Ann have been employed with the police department for 26 years! We will truly miss them, and wish them well on their retirement!

Please join us in congratulating, and thanking both of these outstanding ladies on their retirement!” Chief Culotta, Covington Police Department

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The Ross Family in Early Covington

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Around 1915, the Ross family moved from New Orleans to Covington. Thy arrived by train, and their furniture was to arrive by schooner. Each morning the three children would venture down to the Columbia Street Landing to check the boats for the furniture. After three or four days, it finally arrived.
They scooted into town and told their father…who then borrowed a wagon from the Wallace Poole Livery Stable (corner of Rutland and Columbia) and delivered their furniture to their new home: 627 W. 23rd Ave. The oldest son, Louis, lived there until he married Helen Schopp. They moved across the back alley and he lived there until his death in 1996.

The younger brother, Alvin, being more adventuresome (he raced speed boats and airplanes) married Helen’s sister, Althea Schopp and moved a full block away (23rd Ave. and Harrison St.). The sister, Elma, never married – so she continued to live in the home from 1915 until after 2002. Her sight failing, she moved in with Alvin a block away, where both resided until they passed.

The Ross family was and continues to be an important part of Covington. As such, a petition was put before the City Council to name the unnamed alley “Ross Alley.” Thanks to Councilman Larry Rolling for presenting and thanks to Mayor Mike Cooper/ Public Works for the sing post and sign. – Mark Johnson, President, Covington Heritage Foundation

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Please join the Covington Heritage Foundation for its 2018 History and Holly Home Tour! This annual event has quickly become a northshore holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss.
Featured this year will be seven beautiful homes in the E. 15th Avenue neighborhood, with a focus on newer homes that exude historic Covington charm! This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route, touring the festively adorned homes, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from strolling carolers. Trams available.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today! On event day, exchange your online ticket for a required wristband at Jefferson House in Covington, our tour headquarters.

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SSA Teddy Bear Drive 2018

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SSA recently completed their 2018 Teddy Bear Drive, and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta had this to say: “We would like to thank the students and staff of St. Scholastica Academy for hosting their annual Teddy Bear Drive. These teddy bears are collected by students and given to the Covington Police Department for the kids in our community.

All too often, our officers see children who have been involved in some type of traumatic event, and these teddy bears help ease their pain and put a smile on their face.”
Stephen Culotta, Interim Chief of Police

Night Out Against Crime a Success

Covington Police, officials and residents participated in Night Out Agains Crime 2018. Show pictured, l – r: Councilman Rick Smith, Bruce Davidson, Mayor Mike Cooper, Kathy Davidson, Councilman Larry Rolling and Councilman Jerry Coner.

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CPD Chief Lentz Tenders Letter of Resignation

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Mayor Mike Cooper announced this week that he was presented a letter of resignation from Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, effective at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, October 3. In his letter to Mayor Cooper, Chief Lentz stated that he is “called to other pursuits that will require his full time and attention.” Earlier that day, Chief Lentz informed Covington Police Department staff of his impending departure.

Mayor Cooper stated “Chief Lentz has done a tremendous job for the people of Covington, and I am grateful for his efforts and many successes in the last five years. The Covington Police Department is a solid, professional and proactive law enforcement organization, and Tim’s departure leaves big shoes to fill. I wish him well in whatever his future pursuits might be, and thank him sincerely for his service to Covington.”
Deputy Chief Stephen Culotta will serve as Interim Police Chief while applications are sought for the permanent appointed position.

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Save the Date: Cynthia Kolls Exhibition

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The City of Covington’s Gallery at City Hall will open the solo exhibition of Cynthia Kolls with a reception. Mayor Mike Cooper invites the public to attend on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.
Cynthia Kolls is an artist that lives and paints in her Mandeville home.  She grew up in New Orleans and is inspired by the music, festivals and everyday things that she appreciates in the south.  Oyster shells, crabs and flowers are just a few of her favorite subjects to paint.

STAA Member’s Gallery Exhibition, White Linen Night

She creates bold, colorful paintings with high flow acrylics, inks, paper and resin epoxy.  When traditional canvases won’t do, she cuts out wooden silhouettes on her scroll saw to create unique foundations for her art.
Cynthia’s work can be found on Instagram…@cynkollsart and at Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights on Royal Street.
The exhibition opening reception will be held at The Gallery at City Hall located at Covington City Hall, 317 North Jefferson Avenue, Covington, Louisiana 70433.
For more information, contact Covington City Hall at 985.898.4715, Visit covla.com Find them on Facebook

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Blocker Named Covington Fire Chief

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Congratulations are in order to Gary Blocker, who is now Fire Chief for the City of Covington. From the desk of Mayor Cooper:
Team Covington: I am pleased to announce my appointment of Gary S. Blocker Jr. as Fire Chief for the City of Covington. Gary, who has been a member of the Covington Fire Department for over twenty (20) years, replaces Chief Richard Badon who retired in April.

During his tenure with CFD, Gary has progressed in earning promotions in rank with increased duties and responsibilities. He has consistently demonstrated a wide range of fire service and leadership abilities and has built strong relationships with the residents and business owners in our community.
Chief Blocker is uniquely qualified to hold this top appointed position with the City of Covington having earned over forty (40) Fire Service/EMS certifications and local merit/service awards during his career.
Chief Blocker has earned my respect and that of the of the firefighters and staff of the CFD, the members of the City Council, and the entire community.
Please join with me in welcoming Fire Chief Gary Blocker in his new role and wishing him success for many years to come! Regards, Mike Cooper, Mayor of Covington

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Covington Fire Department Utilizes New Lifesaving Equipment

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Mayor Mike Cooper and Chief Gary Blocker are happy to

announce that a local woman’s life was saved with the

combination of the quick actions of a bystander, the

Covington Fire Department, Acadian Ambulance and the use of

a new piece of life saving equipment. Vanessa Dolan, 60,

started feeling ill at a local pharmacy and collapsed.

Stacy Barney, who works for Florida Parish Detention

Center, jumped into action and started

performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) as others

called 911.
“CPR is so time sensitive and important to start

immediately… a few seconds make a crucial difference as

to whether or not someone comes home… if you think it’s

needed, just do it! There is no harm in administering CPR

if it’s not needed but there is a lifesaving difference if

you hesitate when it is needed.” – Stacy Barney
The City of Covington Fire Department arrived and

immediately took over performing CPR, hooked up the AED

(Automated External Defibrillator), and delivered one shock

to Mrs. Dolan. For the very first time, the Covington Fire

Dept. also used a new lifesaving piece of equipment called

a LUCAS device which was purchased and put into service

only a week prior to the incident.
The $21,000 device automatically performs CPR or chest

compressions to maintain the circulation of oxygen to the

heart and brain. CPR is a physically demanding task that

involves physical force to compress the chest which limits

the amount of time it can be used.
While the LUCAS device was working on Mrs. Dolan, it

allowed Acadian personnel and Covington Fire Dept.

personnel to perform other lifesaving tasks that were

needed concurrently. The American Heart Association and

The Red Cross teach the Chain of Survival. It consists of

five links; early access to the emergency response system,

early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advance care by

EMS and hospital personnel. Happily, Mrs. Dolan received

all five links.
“We would like to congratulate the Covington Fire

Department team for a great save!
We enjoy working with such a fine group of first

responders.” – Acadian Ambulance

Mrs. Dolan’s chance of survival would have decreased

dramatically without bystanders calling 911, Stacy Barney

performing CPR, The Covington Fire Department delivering

defibrillation and using the LUCAS device, and Acadian

Ambulance performing advance care and transportation.

Mayor Cooper, Chief Blocker and members of the Covington

Fire Dept. had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with

Mrs. Dolan’s family when her husband, Mr. Neville Dolan,

and two daughters visited the Covington Fire Department.

“I’m so grateful that they didn’t give up on my wife… it

was an absolute miracle that everyone was in the right

place at the right time, including the new LUCAS device.

Starting with a citizen of the community, Stacy Barney, who

didn’t have to help at all but administered CPR

immediately… and much gratitude to Covington Fire

Department, Acadian Ambulance and St. Tammany Hospital. I

hope to give more exposure to the importance of the

public’s willingness to help in emergency situations.” –

Neville Dolan
CFD Media Contact: Fire Prevention Joe Ard, phone 985-630

-9298 or email: jard@covla.com

Each year, the CFD answers more than 1,400 emergency calls.

CFD firefighters spend many hours on outreach for fire

prevention in the community. The CFD conducts fire

prevention programs in local schools simulating the

conditions of a fire, teaching students how to formulate

and execute an emergency exit plan. Visit covla.com.

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Mayor Cooper Names Provisional Fire Chief

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With the retirement of longtime Fire Chief Badon effective Wednesday, April 4, it is my responsibility and duty to make a provisional appointment for Fire Chief to serve until a permanent replacement is appointed. I am pleased to announce that Assistant Fire Chief Gary S Blocker Jr will serve in the capacity of provisional Fire Chief while the application and testing process for the permanent position under Civil Service guidelines and regulations moves forward. Chief Blocker will be eligible along with other qualified candidates to apply for the permanent position when it is officially posted and advertised in the weeks to come.

Gary has over twenty (20) years of experience with the Covington Fire Department, serving as a volunteer, then fulltime firefighter, and rising through the ranks to Chief of Prevention. I have my utmost trust and confidence in Chief Blocker to lead the CFD during the transition period which may last up to ninety (90) days or beyond, subject to the State Office of State Examiner (OSE) timeline for establishing a Fire Chief test and setting a date to administer same.
Finally, I want to commend Chief Badon for his years of dedication and service to our community. Through his leadership and mentoring of young firefighters, we have a professional Fire Department for which we can all be proud. I wish him the best as his well-deserved retirement begins. – Mayor Mike Cooper, Covington, LA

Each year, the CFD answers more than 1,400 emergency calls. CFD firefighters spend many hours on outreach for fire prevention in the community. The CFD conducts fire prevention programs in local schools simulating the conditions of a fire, teaching students how to formulate and execute an emergency exit plan. Visit covla.com.

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City Leadership Receives Crimestoppers Award

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Congratulations to Mayor Cooper and Chief Tim Lentz, who

accepted the Crimestoppers Award of Excellence for their

work on Operation Angel. Chief Lentz describes the event in

his own words following the picture below:

“Today (Thurs., March 15th), myself and Mayor Cooper were

honored to receive the Crimestoppers Award of Excellence

for our work on Operation Angel. Their 33rd Annual Awards

Luncheon took place at the Hyatt in New Orleans. We were

equally proud to share the spot light with our friend Trey

Folse as he received the Award of Excellence in School

Safety and Prevention.

We truly appreciate Crimestoppers and their Executive

Director Darlene Constanza for recognizing our efforts to

make a difference in the lives of those suffering from

addiction.” – Chief Tim Lentz

CPD is Open 24/7 Emergencies – 911 Assistance – 985-892-8500

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West 30’s Youth Care Program Launch Event

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St. Tammany: Please join us to celebrate the launch of an exciting and innovative pilot program designed to involve alienated and disaffected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in our community.

Inspired by the ongoing work of the West 30’s Task Force in central Covington, the St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Center committed funding and developed a strategy to reach out to and engage young people to develop the skills necessary to lead them to meaningful employment, and retention in the workforce.

The pilot, lead by Denise Davillier, Director of Youth Services, will include a group of 10 youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who will undergo a six-month program of intensive case management, including employment goals, work readiness skills, placement in various paid work experiences, and the opportunity to connect with mentors and employers in the community. Participants will be provided with direct connections to adult education and post-secondary opportunities. A central element of the program is a local community beautification project that will directly benefit the public spaces in the West 30’s.

Mr. Jerome “Bo” Elzy will serve in the role of supervisor and mentor to the program participants. Mr. Elzy has served the West 30’s community for many years in many capacities and has worked closely with the St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Center in the development of the curriculum for the West 30’s Youth Care Team.

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish School Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse III are invited speakers to the program launch and will be joined by representatives of the Workforce Development Board and St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Center and Mr. Elzy to present the details of the six-month program goals, strategies, and desired outcomes.

The launch event at the Groves at Mile Branch, 424 Purslane Drive in Covington will be celebrated with refreshments and music will be provided by generous sponsors of the community.

For further information or if your business would like to be considered to host a work experience opportunity, contact Denise Davillier, Director of Youth Services, St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Center, (985) 960-0320, or ddavillier@lwc.la,gov.

St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Centers, part of the Tri-Parish Works area represents the local public workforce development system serving St. Tammany, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parish. The Centers are overseen locally by the First Planning District Workforce Development Board and are part of a network of American Job Centers that work in conjunction with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Tri-Parish Works Business and Career Solutions Centers typically serve 500+ employers annually, posting more than 9,000 job openings and connecting employers to skilled, qualified employees. The Centers receive more than 20,000 visits per year and provides funding for occupational training to hundreds of area residents to connect them to high-demand, high-wage careers. Strategic training investments yield $9.3 million in annual wages, an 11 to 1 return on investment.

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Covington Hires Super Lawyers To Fight Big Pharma

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The Brylski Company 1/23/2018 – The City of Covington has hired the local Louisiana law firm Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson LLP to take on America’s pharmaceutical industry for knowingly mislabeling and misrepresenting their opiate-based drugs, resulting in a spiraling addiction crisis across the nation. On January 16, 2018, the Covington City Council gave Mayor Mike Cooper the authority to retain Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson LLP for representation in a civil action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
“Our law enforcement and criminal justice system is on the front lines of dealing with the crisis, which is impacting families from every spectrum of our society,” Cooper said. “We have chosen a local law firm, Porteous Hainkel & Johnson LLP, with 90 years of experience and four offices in Louisiana to help us seek reimbursement for the incredible public costs created by this rampant problem. Hopefully, we can recover some of the extensive costs that the City has incurred dealing with this rampant problem and put the money into treatment programs to address the addiction problem firsthand.”

Porteous, represented by local attorneys Ralph Alexis and Lozes, is part of a national leadership team of attorneys that includes lead consultant Stuart Smith LLC, Kevin Thompson, Kevin Malone and Kent H. Robbins. Their clients will consist of hospitals, parishes, counties, cities, non-profit health providers, drug rehab centers, coroners, foster care agencies, and other public third-parties like local police departments in states from Missouri, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and Texas.

“Due to extensive public indebtedness on federal and state levels, it seems reasonable and logical to conclude that those who profit off this health disaster should pay,” Smith said. “The American civil justice system is well suited for this purpose.”
“Facts show that pharmaceutical drug companies and their distribution partners exaggerated the benefits of opioids, downplayed risks and consequences, knew the drugs were being overly prescribed, yet failed to warn doctors of the extremely addictive nature of the narcotics and the need to strictly limit and monitor the dose,” Smith said.
The lawsuits also focus on distributors’ violation of the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report the unusual patterns associated with the opioid purchases and use. The attornes point to multiple on -the -record admissions of wrongdoing by many manufacturers and distributors of opioids. Many of these target defendants have pleaded guilty to criminal violation and/or paid massive fines; their liability is unquestioned, according to Smith.

The Center for Disease Control in 2016 disputed pharmaceutical company claims that opiate addiction is not possible in patients with chronic pain
CDC and Federal Drug Administration guidelines in 2016 also stated that the benefits of high opiate dosage for chronic pain are not established and not proven to increase patient function or have a long-term benefit in reducing pain.
“The legal team will help local governments like Covington in attempts to recoup the unreimbursed expenses for dealing with a drug crisis which is reducing America’s life-expectancy and resulting in a death-rate that now out-paces violent gun deaths in the nation’s largest cities,” Lozes said. “It’s time to help those like Chief Lentz, who are putting their lives on the line through programs like Operation Angel to deal with a problem that clearly (was) created in the name of profit.”
Read the entire release at brylskicompany.com

Ed: Will this set a precedent for every entity that neglects safety for profit?

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West 29th Ave. Closed For Repair @ Mile Branch

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In early March 2017, the City of Covington began the engineering design for the rehabilitation of the west 29th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch. During inspection by engineering consultant T. Baker Smith, LLC, the existing bridge was determined to need load restrictions based on the condition of the bridge. Since March 31, 2017, the bridge has been posted at a 3 ton limit to restrict heavy vehicle traffic on the structure.
Project plans were completed in September 2017 with bids received from contractors on October 12, 2017. The low bidder was Stranco, LLC, with a bid amount of $276,668.15. The rehabilitation project includes the removal of the existing bridge deck and substructure of the bridge. The contractor will install concrete bent caps, timber pilings, timber bulkhead, guardrails, and perform associated utility relocations.

The contractor has been issued a Notice to Proceed with construction to begin Monday, January 29, 2018, which is expected to take 90 days. While no delays are anticipated for construction, rainfall and the Mile Branch’s water levels may impact the duration of work. The contractor will establish detour signage and routing prior to bridge closure.
“We continue to invest in improving our roadway and bridge infrastructure for the safety and convenience of our citizens. It was important to keep the affected section of West 29th Avenue open until the contractor was ready to begin work.
We know the public will be inconvenienced while this busy roadway is closed and as that our citizens plan for alternate routes when traveling in this area,” Mayor Mike Cooper. For additional information contact:
Daniel Hill, PE, City Engineer
Phone 985-892-1811 ext. 721 eMAIL: dhill@covla.com

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Covington Crime Stats Down 22% in 2017

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Chief Tim Lentz has released the 2017 crime statistics for

the City of Covington, showing a 22% reduction in the

overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses.

In 2017, the Covington Police Department continued its

strategy of reducing crime through a community-oriented

policing philosophy.

This philosophy focuses on strengthening relationships with

our community through outreach programs and day-to-day

interactions with the public and our youth.

In 2016, the Covington Police Department responded to 440

crimes meeting the criteria for FBI Part I Uniform Crime

Reports. Through the hard work of the officers who serve

our community and their dedication to our philosophy of

community policing, that number fell to an astonishing 345

reportable crimes last year.

Mayor Cooper states, “I commend Chief Lentz and the

dedicated members of the Covington Police Department for

their hard work and dedication to the safety and service of

our community.”

Chief Tim Lentz Announces Operation Angel with Parish Wide Support

Drug abuse continues to be an epidemic that affects our

entire nation. In March of 2016, Chief Lentz led an effort

for the creation of Operation Angel, a program designed to

combat drug addiction. Through this program, anyone

seeking help for drug addiction can walk into any police

station in St. Tammany Parish and be admitted into a

treatment program. In 2017, the first full year that

Operation Angel was in effect, more than 50 people took

advantage of the program through the Covington Police

Department alone.

As with previous years, traffic crashes continue to be the

most common call for service. In 2016, the Covington

Police Department responded to 667 crashes, with 70 of

those resulting in injuries. Last year, in addition to the

crime rate, the number of crashes fell to 627, with 70 of

those resulting in injuries.

The Covington Police Department continues to work toward

increased driver awareness, through programs such as the “I

Got Caught” t-shirt campaign and mock DWI crashes as local

schools.

“While the importance of crime statistics cannot be

understated, and we are ecstatic about the fourth

consecutive year of reduced numbers of crimes reported, the

real success of our agency lies in the relationships we

have built with the citizens in our community. We are

truly blessed to live and work in a community that cares.”

– Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz

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CHF Membership Gala 2017

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Covington, LA – Two award presentations and a talk on the Red and Evelyn Talley family highlighted the Covington Heritage Foundation’s (CHF) annual Membership Gala, which was held December 5, 2017 at the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington.

CHF President Mark Johnson and Covington Mayor Mike Cooper welcomed more than 100 members to the festive event beginning with entertainment by Covington High School talented music students, small bites and wine.

The first of the awards was presented posthumously to former Covington City Councilman Lee Alexius, whose wife, Kathy, accepted the award. Lee Alexius served as CHF treasurer after playing an integral role in the formation of the organization in conjunction with the city of Covington’s bicentennial celebration in 2013.

Sharon Nunez was also presented with an award and named president emeritus of the group. Like Alexius, Nunez was instrumental in forming the foundation and was recognized for her many contributions to the CHF.

Johnson, who is often referred to as “Covington’s unofficial storyteller,” then entertained the crowd with “Good People: A Family Tale of the 20th Century.” He told the story of longtime Covington couple Red and Evelyn Talley, with highlights including details about Red’s military service, their store, Talley’s Feed & Seed, Red’s time on the local school board and more, much to the

delight of all , including the Talley’s three children — Carolyn Talley Pearce, Ted Talley, Jr., and Susan Talley — all of whom were present. The talk also included a slideshow with Talley family photos and recollections of discussions with Evelyn Talley in her later years.

To sit with Ms. Evelyn, flip through over 100 years of family photos and to hear the stories that went with the pictures was truly an honor,” Johnson said after the event. “She and Mr. Red embody ‘the greatest generation.'”

For more information on the CHF or to become a member, visit: covingtonheritagefoundation.com

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Business Resource Workshop Re-Cap

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The seventh installment of the award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series was held Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center (Covington City Hall Complex).
The workshop was hosted by the Covington City Council Economic Development and the City of Covington. The speakers included Councilman District D Larry Rolling, City of Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, and Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern William Joubert, City of Covington Human Resources Director Cheryl Andrus, Labor Law Attorney Michael Bush with Chaffe McCall, L.L.P, and Covington Business Association President Brad Schroeder.

Pictured L-R: Councilman Larry Rolling, Sandy Summers, Michael Bush, Mayor Mike Cooper, Cheryl Andrus, Pat Brister, and Brad Schroeder.