Mayor Greg Cromer, the members of the Slidell City Council and Police Chief Randy Fandal would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

In observation of Independence Day, city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. Essential personnel will remain on duty. If Slidell residents experience problems with their water or sewer service, they should call the City Services 24-hour emergency hotline at (985) 643-6140.

Just a reminder, it is illegal to buy, sell or shoot fireworks in the City of Slidell limits.

City of Slidell Code of Ordinances: Sec. 14-35. – Fireworks.

(a) Defined. The term “pyrotechnics,” whenever used in this section, shall be held to mean any sparkler, squib, rocket, firecracker, Roman candle, signal lights, fireworks, or other devices or composition used to obtain visible or audible pyrotechnic display.

(b) Possession or sale. It shall be unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, manufacture, offer to sell, handle or transport any pyrotechnics within the corporate limits except as provided in this section; it being the intention of this section to prohibit the sale of,

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Starting on Friday, June 19, free COVID-19 tests will be available in Slidell in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot (located at 167 Northshore Blvd.) and will be conducted is a safe, touch-free environment in the patient’s vehicle. Testing will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7 to 9 a.m. until further notice. Testing is free and patients must schedule an appointment at https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/mycovid19test to secure a time for their test.

 

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces upcoming, double lane closures on Interstate 10 eastbound, between the Twin Spans and LA 433 (Old Spanish Trail).

The continuous closure will last from 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 19th, through 4 p.m., Monday, June 22nd. There will also be another closure from 7 p.m., Friday, June 26th, through 4 p.m., Monday, June 29th. All work is weather permitting.

The double lane closures are necessary for crews to replace the approach slab at the flat deck bridge east of the Oak Harbor Boulevard overpass on I-10.

One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

There will be no vehicle restrictions, and emergency vehicles will have access on I-10. Motorists may encounter a slight delay during this time.

As an alternate route, drivers can follow these turn-by-turn instructions:

Take I-10 EB to Exit 254 (North Shore / Irish Bayou)
Turn Right (South) onto US 11
Turn Left (East) onto US 90
Turn Left (West) onto US 190
Continue Straight (West) onto US 190 Business
Turn Right (East) onto I-10 EB on-ramp

Detour signs will be in place during the closure.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

With Tropical Storm Cristobal moving through the Gulf of Mexico and predicted to hit Louisiana on Sunday, the City of Slidell is expecting heavy rain and wind over the next several days. Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer is asking people to start taking precautions for severe weather.

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Shared on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana. Grab-N-Go meal service will start at the Slidell Unit on Wednesday, June 10.

 

Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, all city offices have reopened to the public during normal business hours, subject to capacity restrictions and following social distancing guidelines.

Citizens can still conduct business with city departments via phone and email. 

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at CDC.gov. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, please visit the city’s website at MySlidell.com. Important information from other government organizations and community groups will also be shared on the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” Facebook page.

 

The Slidell City Council will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the in the City Council Chambers, Suite 319, 2045 Second Street.
 
The chambers shall be subject to reasonable capacity and distancing restrictions in light of COVID-19.
 
Questions or comments from the public on any agenda item for this meeting may be submitted to Thomas Reeves by 5:30 p.m. on May 26, 2020 by emailing treeves@cityofslidell.org. Questions will be presented at the meeting when the agenda item is brought up. Members of the public may also follow the meeting through a telephone conference call-in number: 978-990-5000; access code: 459052#, and the public may make comments or ask questions on agenda items through that medium at appropriate times during the meeting.
 
The meeting will also be streamed live on the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” Facebook page, but questions will not be accepted through that medium.
 
The agenda can be found here: https://myslidell.com/city-council/agendas/
Keep Slidell Beautiful and the Slidell Tree Board will host their annual Tree Giveaway on Saturday, May 23, starting at 8 a.m. at Fritchie Park.
 
“We have over 400 Cleveland Select Pear Trees to giveaway to the public,” said Trey Brownfield, director of Keep Slidell Beautiful. “The Tree Giveaway was postponed from earlier in the year due to COVID-19 concerns. We will be practicing social distancing, so we ask that the public remain in their vehicle at all times. Since March, the trees have grown considerably and they are now over 10 feet tall. You will definitely need at pickup truck or a vehicle with a trailer to bring these trees home. “
 
Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one tree is allowed per vehicle. Because of the size of the trees, citizens in cars or SUVs will be asked to return with a truck or trailer. 
 
Sponsors for the Tree Giveaway include CLECO, Slidell Memorial Hospital and Oschner, Coastal Environmental Services, Mike Rich CFP with Pontchartrain Investment Management and the Keep Slidell Beautiful Board.
 
For more information, please  contact Trey Brownfield by phone at 985-646-9564 or by e-mail at tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org. For information about City of Slidell news and upcoming events, you can sign up for our email news list on our website at www.myslidell.com or visit the  “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook. You can also follow Keep Slidell Beautiful on Facebook.

From Sunday, May 17, 2020, through Friday, May 22, 2020, there will be nightly alternating lane closures on I-10, both Eastbound and Westbound between I-10/I-12/I-59 interchange and the I-10 twin spans. These closures will be from the hours of 7:00 PM – 5:00 AM nightly, weather permitting. This is for crews to continue asphalt paving operations on I-10 in Slidell.

There will be no work or closures over Memorial Day weekend.

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The City of Slidell invites public review and comment regarding substantial amendments to its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and FY 2019 Annual Action Plan, and amendments to its CDBG Citizen Participation Plan. These amendments are in response to and in compliance with the CARES Act, which awarded the City of Slidell $104,599 in CDBG-CV funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
Proposed substantial amendments to the Consolidated and Annual Action Plans include:
• adding a new strategic goal related to disaster response and recovery
• adding the CDBG-CV funds as an available resource
• adding a new activity – Urgent Needs: Public Services
Proposed amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan include:
• adding provisions to allow flexibility in public notices during disasters
• updates to complaint notifications
To request a hard copy of the full proposed amendments, please email cdbg@cityofslidell.org or call the Department of Planning at (985) 646-4320.
The city invites public comment through Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

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