The city of Covington lifted its boil water advisory on Friday morning, according to Mayor Mark Johnson.
The Louisiana Department of Health has authorized the city to revoke the advisory, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, according to city councilor Mark Verret.
The city enforces building permit requirements for damaged property, but temporarily waives permit fees, Verret said. It also waives special use permit fees for portable storage containers on damaged properties and has temporarily suspended permit requirements for tree felling and clearing to remove storm damaged trees and to other debris.
The St. Tammany Parish School Board unanimously approved a budget of $ 452.8 million for the 2021-2022 fiscal year when it met on September 9 in Covington.
Contractors charging fees for providing services to residents must have a valid state contracting license.
In the historic district, the city will not require certification of suitability to return the property to the same condition it was in before the storm, he said in an email.
The Covington branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library has also reopened, with hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and visitors will have access to electricity to charge devices and air conditioning.
Verret said the Cleco has asked residents whose power is not restored but whose neighbors have the authority to complete a building permit application, which is available at the town hall foyer or online. There is no charge, and residents are encouraged to put their Cleco account number in the app.
This will allow the city to send an inspector who will report to Cleco that the building is ready to be reconnected or if there is a problem on Cleco’s side or on the owner’s side.