Will Frederick Letter to the Editor on Tangipahoa Parish Government Session
We live in a great Parish. I was repeatedly impressed at the formal introduction I received one day last week as I attended the first of nine days that are a part of the Leadership Tangipahoa Program. On this particular day, we were introduced to the intricacies of Tangipahoa Parish Government, beginning with an address from Parish President Gordon Burgess and a few of his staff, then reviewing emergency preparedness operations, hearing from different department heads, and touring a variety of amazing operations housed not far from where we live, ranging from the Tangipahoa Parish Landfill to Animal Control.
Under the impressive leadership of Chip Dietz, the Animal Control department was one of the most interesting parts of my day. For instance, did you know that in spite of the fact that Animal Control only has room for a few hundred animals, the facility receives about 700 pets per month? This staggering fact begged the question that Chip answered next: they "euthanize" between 20 and 65 pets per day. As unpleasant of a fact as that is, I was sincerely surprised at how much criticism Animal Control receives for this entirely necessary process - performed with no small remorse by the parish employees. These employees love animals more than most, and are only forced to euthanize because of the carelessness of breeding througout the parish - evidenced by their constant entreaties to spay or neuter.
I am thankful to Leadership Tangipahoa for the opportunity to become acquainted with these lesser known parts of the Parish in which I live, and I would encourage all to get involved and find out more about the great things that Tangipahoa has to offer. I would also like to thank my sponsor, Restoration House, and encourage everyone to attend their upcoming fundraising Gala free of charge. For more information, please visit the website at www.resthse.org, where you can RSVP for the event!
Will Frederick, Realtor with Bobby Drude & Associates, GMAC