Military Road Alliance
What's Been Accomplished
Resolution on Education
At the March 21, 2012 meeting of the MRA delegates voted unanimously that all three education proposals on the ballot, which are not new but are for renewal only, should be approved by voters.
Tax Resolutions approved
At the June 15, 2011 meeting of the MRA the delegates voted against rolling forward the existing millage of the Harbor Center and against rolling forward the existing Fire District 1 millage as stated below. The MRA favored a proposal from the Fire District 1 to establish a parcel fee as stated below.
Resolution 1. The Military Road Alliance (MRA) is opposed to any rolling forward of the existing millage of the Harbor Center District and is opposed to any rolling forward of the existing Fire District 1 millage unless a plan is presented by Fire District 1 to improve the fire insurance rating.
Resolution 2. The Military Road Alliance (MRA) would consider a proposal by Fire District 1 to establish a parcel fee that would lower the millage rate.
Slidell Memorial Hospital Bond Renewal
At the April 20, 2011 meeting of the MRA the delegates voted in favor of a Resolution to support the Slidell Memorial Hospital Bond Renewal for a New Emergency Room. The public hospital is owned by the people living in Wards 6, 7, 8, and 9. Vote on Saturday, April 30th. For more information about the hospital and bond renewal go here.
Special Meeting on Miramon Appartment Proposal
A special meeting of the MRA was held at Honey Island Elementary School on 23 March 2010 to discuss the proposed apartments that Miramon Construction wants to build between Turtle Creek and the Honey Island Elementary School. The meeting was well attended and a presentation was made by representatives of Miramon Construction describing the apartments they wish to build. There was much discussion of the proposed apartments, mostly in opposition to the building of the apartments. After the discussion the 4 resolutions below were passed with overwhelming support by the MRA delegates:
Resolution 1. The MRA opposes the rezoning of property from A6 to A7 or to A8 for the new Miramon development on Military Road.
Resolution 2. The MRA wants any construction in the Miramon property to be compatible with existing structures in the area.
Resolution 3. The MRA asks that a traffic study and a drainage study be performed based on the development of the entire 15.5 acres along Military Rd tract.
Resolution 4. The MRA asks for alternate uses for the property, such as a senior citizen development, be developed and presented to the public as soon as possible.
MRA Passes Resolution on Roads
At a regular meeting of the Military Road Alliance on January 16, 2008, delegates unanimously passed a resolution to request the Department of Transportation and Development to establish this stretch of state highway as a priority for resurfacing. This area was already in poor condition before hurricane Katrina. The heavy truck traffic associated with clean-up efforts after the storm, and the ever increasing commuter traffic associated with population growth have combined to produce current road conditions that contribute to costly automobile repairs and compromise driver safety. To see a complete copy of the letter sent to public officials go here.
State-of-the-Art Cancer Center
The Military Road Alliance (M.R.A.) at the September 2007 meeting endorsed the State-of-the-Art Cancer Center proposed by Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH). For more information see the . Th public voted on November 17th to support the Cancer Center.
Press Release on Slidell Landfill Expansion Proposal
The Military Road Alliance (M.R.A.) at the September 20, 2006 meeting passed a resolution opposing the vertical expansion of a local landfill to a height of 125 feet, proposed by Slidell Landfill L.L.C. The site of the landfill is on the east side of Interstate 10 near LA Highway 433. The M.R.A. recommends that if the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) grants the extension at all, that the vertical height be limited to 40 feet. To learn more go to Press Release.
Press Release on Fire Protection Parcel Fee
Chief Larry Hess, Fire Protection District No. 1, spoke at the meeting on August 16, 2006. He addressed a proposal on the September 30, 2006 ballot to initiate a $39 parcel fee for each lot in the district to support current and future firefighting and fire prevention services. The fire district has been totally funded by a millage property tax to date. After hurricane Katrina destroyed many homes and businesses in the fire district, the tax base was radically reduced. The parcel fee is an attempt to diversify the funding for the fire department. After the presentation, the M.R.A. delegates voted unanimously to support the fire district's request for the fee. To learn more go to Press Release.
Parish Sales Tax Renewal
The Military Road Alliance supports renewal of the Pairsh Sales Tax. See Press Lease. Pleasse vote on Saturday, 16 July 2005.
The MRA Candidate Forum for Slidell City Court Judge will be held 7:00 - 9:00 PM Tuesday, August 31st at Boyet Junior High School (off of Pearl St.)
We will be also accepting donations at the forum for Operation We Care, a local effort to support the our troops in Iraq.
The MRA will collect non-perishable goods, cash or check donations which will be used for the purchase of needed items. All donations will be turned over to the fire department to support this drive.
Special Meeting on Tax Proposal
A special meeting was held at the old Levee Board Building on Military Road on Monday, 12 July, starting at 7:30 PM. Sheriff Jack Strain spoke to the MRA about the proposed 1/4 cent sales tax. Members of the community were invited to participate. Click on the 'map' link to the left for a map showing the location of the Levee Board building.
Officers for the 2004-2005 year were elected at the June meeting: the president-elect is Bob Golding, and treasurer-elect is Joe McCaffrey. The positions of Vice President and Secretary are presently open.
Recreation and Environment Discussion
The Recreation and Environment Committee met recently with representatives of the parish government. At the April meeting, we talked about some possibilities for our area: bike paths, ball fields, and so on. Presently, we're looking at paths along Military Road from Old River Road to the interstate. Ultimately a recreation district would need to be formed and a vote of the public in the area would be needed to enact a tax or millage to fund the effort.
Tax Renewal for St Tammany Parish Schools
Superintendent Gail Sloan and other representatives from the St Tammany Parish school system came to the March meeting to talk to us about the renewal of a millage and sales tax, after which the MRA voted unanimously to support the renewal of these taxes to support our school system. No additional taxes would be leveed - these are just renewals of existing ones.
Representatives from Coastal and Waste Management have been invited to the February meeting to discuss the new franchise districts and options for the interim. Click here for a map of the area with the meeting location (the old Levee Board Building) marked.
Land Conservation Tax
At the December meeting, the MRA delegates unanimously voted to support the proposed two mill property tax for open land conservation in St. Tammany Parish. The proposal will be voted upon by the public on January 17; the 20-year tax would go into effect starting in 2004.
The tax as proposed will go toward land preservation by acquiring, restoring, improving, and/or maintaining open land in the parish to facilitate flood control, protect drinking water sources and water quality, preserve wildlife habitat, provide for public parks and recreation, and avoid increased traffic in high growth areas.
Expenditures will be subject to review by a citizens' advisory committee and an annual independent audit.
December Meeting - Early Start
In order to have time for two guests and an informal Christmas party, we will be starting at 7:00 this month. Please see the agenda for details. We'll provide softdrinks, ice, plates and cups. If you'd like to bring something to share, please do!
Slidell Memorial Hospital
The MRA held a special meeting on 24 September at which we voted to support the SMH bond issue that will be on the 4 Oct ballot. If this issue passes, it will give the new hospital board the option of selling these bonds but does not require that they do so if they determine that other revenue and finance options become available.
The MRA held a forum on 17 September for candidates running in the October elections, in place of the regular meeting. The forum was held in the Northshore High School cafeteria starting at 7PM.
MRA officers for the 2003-2004 term were elected at the June meeting:
Slidell Memorial Hospital
The MRA held two well-attended public forums on this issue to hear both sides of the issue and spent hundreds of man-hours analyzing the purchase agreement and it's extensive supporting documentation. The delegates voted overwhelmingly to OPPOSE the purchase of SMH by Tenet. The MRA press release stating it's position is available here.
The main websites with information against and for the sale are:
www.sosmh.org - against the sale.
www.smhplus.org - for the sale.
UPDATE: the voters in the hospital district rejected the Tenet buyout by a 77% to 23% majority. An MRA press release on the outcome of the election and our hopes for the future has been released.
New Sign/Lighting/Landscaping Ordinances
After much effort on the part of citizens from the East Gause and Hwy 21 Planned Corridor Overlay areas, the proposed ordinances were revised to retain the most important standards in our areas. The only remaining controversy is whether variances should be handled at the Zoning Commission or by the Board of Zoning Adjustments. The MRA PCO committee recommended, and the MRA as a whole adopted, a resolution asking that the variances be handled by the BZA. The Parish Council will be considering adopting the ordinance at the 5 Dec 2002 meeting.
We are attempting to collect copies of all the restrictive covenants from our member subdivisions so that copies can be posted on the MRA web site. Please contact Steve Dixon at