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ALL RIGHT.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THE APRIL 20TH, 2023 EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY BOARD OF CONTROL MEETING TO ORDER, UH, MS. WATTS, PLEASE LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE.

YES,

[EBR Library Board of Control on April 20, 2023.]

I PLEDGE THE LEADERS TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE REPUBLICATION UNDER GOD VISIBLE LIBERTY, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

UH, PLEASE CALL ROLL.

SURE.

UH, MR. JASON JACOB HERE.

MS. CANDACE TEMPLE.

MS. MARTHA STICKLE.

MR. DOLORES WATTS.

PRESENT MR. DONALD LUTHER? HERE.

MS. KATHY WASCOM.

HERE.

MS. NICOLE ALAMAN.

LARSON QUORUM IS PRESENT.

AYE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING.

MARCH 16TH, 2023.

I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE.

ONE SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED.

UH, THERE ARE NO SPECIAL ORDERS REPORTS BY THE DIRECTOR.

MS. PENNETT WILL GIVE THE FINANCIAL REPORT FOR 2023.

OPERATING EXPENDITURES THROUGH MARCH 31ST ARE $10,698,716 AND 79 CENTS ARE 20.97% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET THROUGH MARCH.

WE SHOULD HAVE SPENT NO MORE THAN 25% OF THE BUDGET CASH COLLECTIONS FROM PROPERTY TAXES FOR 2023.

REMAIN AHEAD OF THOSE COLLECTED IN 2022 AS WE ARE APPROXIMATELY 2.1 7000004.45% AHEAD OF THE SAME DATE LAST YEAR.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS? THANK YOU.

SYSTEM REPORTS.

MS. MARY STEIN.

WE'LL GIVE THE, AROUND THE PARISH REPORT.

OKAY.

ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL EXTRA LONG GOOSENECK MIC WHILE I FIND THE REPORT.

YAY.

YAY.

AWESOME SAUCE.

OKAY, SO BEFORE WE GET TO PRETTY PICTURES, I WANT TO, UM, TELL YOU THAT, UH, KRISTEN, PATRICIA, AND MYSELF JOINED BAKER BRANCH MANAGER ASHLEY BRUCE SAR A FEW WEEKS AGO FOR A PRESS LED BY THE GOVERNOR AND, UH, MAYOR SH SHARON WESTON BROOM WAS THERE.

THE MAYOR OF BAKER WAS THERE.

UH, A VARIETY OF OTHER NOTABLE OFFICIALS WERE THERE.

AND THEY BASICALLY ANNOUNCED THE BROADBAND, UH, BIG MONEY GRANT, UH, THAT'S GOING TO DELIVER CAPACITY FOR, I WANNA SAY, AND I ALWAYS GET IT WRONG, IS IT 500,000 HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA, UH, TO CONNECT THEM WITH BROADBAND.

SO WE WERE PROUD TO BE PART OF THAT.

AT AND T WAS THE HOST.

THEY LATER, UH, BROUGHT PEOPLE INSIDE TO DO SOME CLASSES WITH THE COUNCIL IN AGING, UH, HELPING OUR SENIORS WITH DIGITAL LITERACY.

SO IT WAS REALLY NICE TO BE PART OF THAT EVENT, UH, AS WE ROLL OUT THIS NEW PHASE OF, UH, OF AN ATTEMPT TO BRIDGE THAT DIGITAL DIVIDE.

AND KRISTEN AND I ALSO MET WITH BLUE BONNET BRANCH MANAGER, KELLY YOUNG, FOR A VISIONING EXERCISE OUT AT THE SWAMP WHERE BLUE BONNET IS ASSESSING THEIR FACILITIES.

AND YEARS AGO, YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT WHEN WE FIRST BUILT THE BLUE BONNET BRANCH LIBRARY, IT WAS IN THE NINETIES.

UH, THE SWAMP WAS, IT WAS AN EXCITING NEW TIME FOR US, AND WE HAD INTERESTING IDEAS ON HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER.

AND SO WE HAVE BEEN REVISITING SOME OF THOSE IDEAS AND, UH, LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THAT.

UM, OTHER THING, UH, THAT I WANTED TO TELL YOU THIS NOT IN THE SLIDES WE'LL BE HEARING, UH, FROM CS S PRESIDENT TIM BARFIELD ON THE NEXT STRICTLY BUSINESS VIRTUAL TALK, AND WE'RE ALL INTERESTED IN THESE BIG CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

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WE'RE ALL INTERESTED IN ALL THE CHANGE, UH, THE TRUE INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGES HAPPENING ALL OVER THE PARISH.

SO THIS WOULD BE AN INTERESTING THING TO LISTEN TO.

HE'S, UH, HIS, THE FOCUS OF HIS TALK IS ENSURING THAT HIS COMPANY THRIVES IN AN ERA OF CONTINUAL DISRUPTION.

SO I HAVE THAT ON MY LIST.

UM, WE'VE ALSO BEEN APPEARING AT A NUMBER OF JOB FAIRS, CAREER FAIRS.

UH, SOME WERE GIGANTIC, SOME ARE INTIMATE.

SO THE, UH, CAREER STAFF, THE OUTREACH STAFF, AND THE SMALL BUSINESS STAFF HAVE BEEN NOT AT THEIR DESKS.

AND ONE LAST THING I WANTED TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION BEFORE WE START LOOKING AT PRETTY PICTURES.

UM, PERHAPS YOU SAW COUNTRY ROADS ONLINE AND GET A LITTLE OF, UH, UH, EESS FROM THEM ON OCCASION.

UH, THE ONE EARLIER THIS WEEK WAS EPISODE ONE.

WELL, WE'VE DONE IT.

HAVE YOU? AND THAT WAS AT THE HEADING.

AND THEN THERE WAS THIS BIG PICTURE AND I SAID, HMM, THAT'S OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY RHODES PUBLISHER, JAMES FOX SMITH'S FIRST PODCAST EMANATING FROM THE RIVER CENTER, BRANCH LIBRARY'S, UH, RECORDING STUDIO.

SO, UH, HE'S JOINING THE LIST OF OTHER WONDERFUL AGENCIES WHO ARE, UH, BROADCASTING, UH, MAYBE NOT LIVE, MAYBE TAPE FOR LATER DISTRIBUTION, BUT, BUT USING THE SERVICES AT THE RIVER CENTER BRANCH LIBRARY'S MAKER SPACE.

THEY WERE TRAINED, YOU KNOW, WE WERE ALL EXCITED TO GET 'EM ONLINE.

AND SO NOW THEY HAVE LAUNCHED ALL RIGHT, NOW PRETTY PICTURES.

OH, GOOD.

IT WORKS.

YES.

SO I'VE BEEN TALKING TO YOU ALL SPRING ABOUT THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE.

WELL, WE, WE HAVE WRAPPED IT UP, HOPEFULLY NOT OUR EXPLORATION OF SCIENCE, BUT AT LEAST THIS SERIES THAT WE DID IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LOUISIANA SPACE, UH, LAW SPACE, UH, THE, THE LSU DEPARTMENT OF, UH, PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, THE LSU DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ARTS, THE LSU, UM, MASS COM, UH, WHICH HAS A FANCY NAME, MANSHIP SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS.

UH, AND THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN IT AS WELL.

ON THIS PICTURE, WHAT I'D LIKE TO SHOW YOU FIRST, REMEMBER LAST MONTH, I INSISTED THAT YOU ALL GO LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL RENDERINGS OF THE HUBBLE VERSUS JAMES WEBB.

KIND OF DING IT OUT ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

UM, SO HERE'S THE PILLARS OF CREATION, AS SEEN BY HUBBLE, AND THEN AS VISUALIZED BY THE JAMES WEBB.

SO WE HAD THOSE, UH, THEN THE LSU MASS COM STUDENTS CREATED WHITE, UH, WHITEBOARDS OR POSTER BOARDS.

UH, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAME ABOUT IN THE LAST 20, 30 YEARS IN COLLEGES WHERE IT'S AN EXERCISE IN DISCERNMENT ANALYSIS AND THEN COMMUNICATION.

SO THEIR ASSIGNMENT WAS FOR NON-SCIENCE STUDENTS TO RESEARCH THINGS ABOUT THE JAMES WEBB TELESCOPE OR OTHER, OTHER SUBJECTS THAT WERE PART OF OUR SOUNDS OF SCIENCE SERIES.

AND THEN SPIT IT BACK OUT IN A, IN A WAY THAT I, AS A LAYMAN COULD UNDERSTAND.

AND THEY WERE ALSO, UH, INVITED TO COME HERE AND PRESENT THEIRS, UH, THEIR, UH, MAJOR ADVISOR, FREE, FREE TO WRITE THERE.

AND IT WAS LOVELY.

AND PEOPLE DID STOP AND LOOK, AND I'M JUST SO PROUD TO KNOW THEM.

THERE WITH CUDDLES IS OUR COMPOSER, DAVID WALTERS.

UH, HE WAS HERE FOR EVERY EVENT.

AND FOR THE FINALE DAY, WE HAD THAT FULL DAY OF, UH, SCIENCE EXTRAVAGANZA OUTSIDE AND INSIDE.

WELL, WE HAD THE MARS VAN.

WE MADE THINGS, WE BLEW UP THINGS.

WE COLORED THINGS.

WE CR WE CREATED THINGS.

WE HAD A GOOD TIME, WAS HAD BY ALL CUDDLES, WAS EVERYWHERE.

AND THEN AT NIGHT, Y'ALL LOOK OVER HERE, YOU SEE THOSE WINDOW SHADES.

THEY LOWERED THEM TO THE GROUND.

THERE THEY ARE LOWERED TO THE GROUND.

THE GRAND PIANO WAS IN PLACE.

THE OTHER SIX MUSICIANS WERE IN PLACE.

AND THEN THEY TURNED THE LIGHTS OFF , AND THEY PROJECTED ONTO OUR NEW PROJECTION SCREEN.

WHO KNEW? BUT I'M NOT GONNA FORGET THAT.

THERE WAS A FABULOUS PANEL WITH THE PROFESSORS, UH, TALKING ABOUT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY, THE HOLISTIC NATURE OF WHAT WE'VE TRIED TO DO WITH THIS SERIES, HOW SCIENCE

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INTERSECTS, UH, AND INTERPLAYS WITH ART MIND BLOWN.

IT WAS WONDERFUL.

I AM A BETTER PERSON FOR IT.

SO THEY'RE LIKE, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO NEXT? AND I'M LIKE, OKAY, LET'S THINK ABOUT THIS.

SO YOU MAY HEAR MORE, HEAR MORE FROM THEM LATER.

UH, DAVID'S WORK THAT HE PRODUCES TONIGHT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE.

AND I SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, DAVID, YOU NEED TO DO YOUR NEXT ONE OVER AT THE WATER INSTITUTE.

WOULDN'T THAT BE COOL? MAYBE, MAYBE I'LL BE HIS PRODUCER.

.

SO NOW YOU'VE NOT FORGOTTEN ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY.

WE'VE BEEN READING ABOUT THE BLUES.

WE'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE BLUES.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE BLUES.

UM, IT'S GOING VERY WELL.

PEOPLE ARE REALLY ENJOYING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THINK OF THE BLUES IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

AND THEY TRULY ENJOYED COMING TO THE KICKOFF.

UH, IT SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME AGO, BUT IT WAS JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.

UH, THE MICHAEL FOSTER PROJECT, UH, PHENOMENAL AS ALWAYS.

THERE YOU SEE JOHN GRAY WITH OUR AUTHOR CHRIS THOMAS KING.

PEOPLE WERE WRITING WHAT THEY LOVED ABOUT THE BLUES.

OUR STAFF WAS OUT HERE ENGAGING PEOPLE IN THE BLUES.

BLUES WAS CHECKING OUT, TOES WERE TAPPING.

IT WAS GREAT.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO FEATURED, UH, PERFORMANCE BY JONATHAN BOOGIE LONG.

WE'VE HAD JOHNNY PALOALTO AND THE ORIGINAL KING BEE, THE DOCUMENTARY THAT, UM, HE HELPED PRODUCE, WHICH YOU NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

YOU HAD TO COME HERE.

UH, LLOYD TEDDY JOHNSON OF TEDDY'S DUKE JOINT, JOHN WERT, AND HUEY PIANO SMITH AND THE ROCKING PNEUMONIA BLUES.

LOVE IT AGAIN.

I'VE LEARNED SO MUCH IN EACH ONE OF THESE EVENTS.

LAST NIGHT WE HAD, UM, A LITTLE BIT MORE SCHOLARLY TOP TALK, AND NEXT WEEK, CHRIS THOMAS KING WILL BE HERE, UH, TO, TO WRAP IT ALL UP.

AND HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE WRITING OF THE BOOK BOOK.

AND HE MAY BRING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WITH HIM.

AND I CAN PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE THAT YOU MAY HEAR A LITTLE SOMETHING FROM HIM.

UM, HE'S ALSO BEEN ON SOME RADIO SHOWS AND SOME TELEVISION, UH, UH, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO HIM.

SO IT'S, AGAIN, IT'S GIVEN THE WHOLE COMMUNITY A FRESH LOOK AT A TOPIC THAT, UM, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE DO IT.

SO I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT.

THE FARMER'S MARKET HAS RETURNED TUESDAY AFTERNOONS THREE TO SIX.

SO WHETHER YOU'RE JUST GETTING OFF WORK AND SCOOTING IN OR COMING BEFORE YOUR EVENING PLANS, UM, I MYSELF HAVE EATEN QUITE HEARTEDLY, UH, FROM A NUMBER OF THESE VENDORS.

UH, DELICIOUS AS ALWAYS.

AND THEY'VE ALSO BRINGING, THEY'VE ALSO BEEN BRINGING, UM, THEY HAD THE BALLOON MAN COME, UH, THEY'VE HAD MUSIC.

UH, THEY'VE TRIED TO MAKE IT A VERY COMFORTABLE, FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT.

SO TUESDAYS FROM THREE TO SIX, AS LONG AS THE WEATHER LASTS.

NOW, Y'ALL, I I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON AS WE DID OUR SECOND EDIBLE BOOKS FEST.

THE FIRST ONE WE DID WITH LIKE 10 DAYS NOTICE THIS YEAR.

I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR MONTHS.

AND WE DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THAT THE ENTRANCE RANGED FROM.

I SWEAR IT WAS FOUR YEARS OLD CHILD TO SOMEONE WHO WILL NOT SEE 80 AGAIN.

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS THIS BIGGEST PICTURE, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

AND THE, THE DAD SAID, I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD.

FOLLOW THE JELLO BRICK ROAD.

FOLLOW THE JELLO BRICK ROAD.

IT WAS, THEY MADE THE ROAD OUT OF YELLOW JELLO.

UM, THE BUN, THE IS THE WONDERFUL WIZARD.

SO THE WIZARD'S MADE OUT OF A BUN.

HE'S ON A BUNCH OF GREENS.

THAT'S THE GREEN EMERALD CITY.

UM, THERE'S GREEN, WONDERFUL THINGS MADE OUT OF BROCCOLI AND THE POPPY FIELD RIGHT HERE.

AND THEY HAD SOME LITTLE CHARACTERS OF DOROTHY, THE GARROW, THE TIN WOODMAN, AND, UM, MAYBE TOTO.

WE MAY HAVE EATEN HIM.

I'M NOT SURE.

UH, THE PRETTIEST ONE, I MUST TELL YOU, WAS THE SIX OF DOS.

INSTEAD OF THE SIX OF CROWS.

AND THEY CRAFTED E THERE'S THE CROW.

AND THEY CRAFTED EACH LETTER OUT OF BROWNIE DOUGH.

AND THEY WERE SAD.

THEY SAID THEY WERE REGRETTING IT BY THE TIME THEY GOT TO THE THIRD LETTER.

BUT IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL, AND WE DID WANT TO EAT IT.

DON KTE AND Y'ALL, HE'S RIDING IN, NOT ON A HORSE, BUT ON HORSE RADISH.

UM, HE WAS MADE OUT OF AN AVOCADO.

AND, UH, LITTLE KEISHA'S WERE HIS WINDMILL.

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UH, THIS WAS TRULY BEAUTIFUL.

IT, YOU CAN'T QUITE SEE THE TINY LITTLE EYES, BUT THIS IS THE BLUEST PIE INSTEAD OF THE BLUEST EYE.

IT, IT WAS ACTUALLY A DELICIOUS PIE.

UM, YOU DON'T NORMALLY THINK OF BLUE FOOD AS BEING DELICIOUS, BUT IT WAS REALLY GREAT.

AND THE GROSSEST, ONE OF ALL, WHICH WAS THE CROWD FAVORITE, Y'ALL, WAS IN COLD BLOOD.

TRUMAN CAPOTE'S CLASSIC REALIZED IN FROZEN, I WANNA SAY GASPA.

SHE HAD A, UM, A A A SKULL, AN ICE SKULL THAT SLOWLY MELTED.

PEOPLE ATE THESE CHUNKS OF FROZEN SOUP.

AND SHE USED THIS LOFT TO SHAVE THE ICE.

SO IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS A CANNIBAL.

IT WAS REALLY, TRULY TERRIBLE.

AND WE LOVED IT.

.

UH, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE BRINGS NEXT YEAR, BECAUSE THIS IS, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A CULT FOLLOWING FROM THIS, Y'ALL.

UM, AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER, AND SOMETIMES THEY WERE PROUD SOLOISTS.

BUT, UM, IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALKS COMING ON STRONG.

WE ARE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM, UH, WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER NEXT.

AND THESE ARE PICKING UP STEAM PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY.

UH, THE MODERATOR IS EXCELLENT AND THE VARIETY.

THESE, THESE BOOKS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.

SO I, I REALLY LIKE BEING PART OF THIS CONSORTIUM COMING UP.

OKAY, SATURDAY THE 22ND, THERE'S NOTHING, WE'RE NOT DOING .

THE OUTREACH FOLKS ARE SO BUSY.

THEY'VE BEEN ASKING FOR HELP.

UM, PRIDE CHENEY WILL HOST THE SPORTSMAN'S LIFE AS THEIR 13TH COMMUNITY HISTORY FESTIVAL.

AT THE SAME TIME, AUTHORS ROWE IS TAKING PLACE AT JONES CREEK.

THEY HAD A PAUSE FOR C O V I D AND NOW THEY'RE COMING BACK AT THE SAME TIME.

THE BLUES FEST IS DOWNTOWN AT THE SAME TIME.

THERE'LL BE AUTHORS HERE.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF, AT THE SAME TIMES ON SATURDAY THE 22ND.

SO, UM, YOU CAN'T SAY THERE'S NOTHING TO DO.

UH, WE'LL ALSO THE VERY NEXT DAY INVITE YOU TO START NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK.

WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE OPEN HOUSE HERE AT THE LIBRARY.

WE'VE MADE SOME, UH, SOME YARD SIGNS THAT PEOPLE ARE PICKING UP AT ALL BRANCHES TO PLANT IN THEIR YARD.

WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO TELL US HOW THEY LOVE THE LIBRARY OR WHY THEY LOVE THE LIBRARY.

AND WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE OPEN HOUSE HERE SPONSORED BY OUR FRIENDS GROUP, PATRONS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THREE.

AND WE'LL REPEAT THAT SAME THING ON WEDNESDAY AT THREE AND SEVEN.

WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IN THAT OPEN HOUSE IS INTRODUCE KRISTEN, INTRODUCE PATRICIA, INTRODUCE OURSELVES, UM, UH, SHOW THEM SOME EXCITING THINGS GOING ON WITH THE SOUTH AND THE SCOTLANDVILLE BRANCHES.

UH, TALK ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN.

UM, DO A LITTLE LISTENING AND JUST KIND OF, UH, BASICALLY BRING WHOEVER CARES UP TO SPEED ON WHERE THE LIBRARY IS RIGHT NOW.

UM, SO THAT, AH, ONE LAST THING TO TELL YOU.

I BROUGHT THE, THE BANNER JUST CAME IN FOR THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY, THE MINUTE ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY IS OVER, WE ARE HEADED INTO THE SUMMER MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

SO THE SUPPLIES ARE COMING IN, THE LOGS ARE COMING IN, THE T-SHIRTS ARE COMING IN, THE INCENTIVES, REMEMBER, THEY'RE NOT PRIZES.

THEIR INCENTIVES ARE COMING IN.

AND WE ALSO JUST CEMENTED OUR, UH, OUR SCHEDULE WITH EBR R SCHOOLS.

UH, THE EBR R SCHOOL'S CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM WILL COME BACK THIS SUMMER TO NINE LOCATIONS WITH SUMMER FEEDING.

THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO DO SUMMER FEEDING EVERY DAY.

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT FOUR DAYS AT THE MAIN LIBRARY, CARVER BRANCH AND JONES CREEK.

AND THESE BRANCHES WERE PICKED BECAUSE OF THE, THE, THE CENSUS OF CHILDREN WHO SEEM TO COME, UH, REGULARLY.

AND THEN THEY'LL BE SEVERAL DAYS AT MONT, AND THEN THEY'LL, UH, GO TO BLUE BONNET ONCE, THEY'LL GO TO EDEN PARK ONCE FAIRWOOD, ONCE RIVER CENTER, ONCE IN SCOTLANDVILLE, ONCE, UM, OTHER, OTHER BRANCHES ARE NOT IN THE PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT PART OF EBR R SCHOOLS.

AND THEN GREENWELL SPRINGS GRACIOUSLY GAVE UP ITS VISIT SO THAT DELMONT COULD HAVE IT BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T SEEING THE TRAFFIC.

AND WE KNOW DELMONT CAN, CAN CARRY THE TRAFFIC.

SO THAT'S GOING TO START MAY 24TH.

AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED

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TO BE IN THIS PROGRAM WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THAT'S ENOUGH FOR ME.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

I'M GONNA GET THANK YOU, MARY.

OKAY.

OTHER REPORTS.

SO MANY REPORTS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO TODAY IN THE WORLD OF MAINTENANCE AND OTHER CAPITAL, UH, IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, WE HAVE COMPLETED ALL DOOR CONTROL, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE, UM, AT BAKER BLUE BONNET, CARVER CENTRAL, BELMONT GARDENS, EDEN PARK, FAIRWOOD, GREENO SPRINGS, JONES CREEK, MAIN PRIDE RIVER CENTER IN ZACHARY.

UH, MOST OF THE DOORS WERE IN GOOD CONDITION.

THEY DID FIND A PART THAT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AT, UM, JONES CREEK.

AND OOPS.

AND THAT WAS, UM, SO AGAIN, EV EV EVERYTHING ELSE WAS IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION.

DOUBLE, UH, THE RIPPED CEILING TILE IN CHILDREN'S WAS REMOVED ON APRIL 8TH.

AND THE REPLACEMENT TILE IS SCHEDULED TO BE INSTALLED, UM, THIS COMING SUNDAY MORNING BEFORE WE OPEN.

SO, UM, AND AS FAR AS MAINE GOES, WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON THE REPLACEMENT PLANTS AND THAT PLAN FOR THE TERRACE.

UH, IT'S BEEN A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH TRYING TO FIND A CRANE COMPANY THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE, UH, SIZE CRANE THAT WE NEED, AS WELL AS THE PROTECTION THAT IS NEEDED FOR SUCH A LARGE CRANE TO BE DRIVEN BACK HERE BEHIND THE BUILDING WITHOUT TEARING UP ANY OF THE PROPERTY.

SO, UM, I'M STILL WAITING ON ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION AND THEN HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET THAT ON THE SCHEDULE BEFORE THE HEIGHT OF THE SUMMER.

AND, UH, I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THE WORK SHOULD ONLY TAKE TWO DAYS TO BE COMPLETED AND WE WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN THE TERRACE WHEN THAT IS ACTUALLY, UM, SCHEDULED.

UH, IN THE FALL, WE WERE APPROACHED BY FORUM 2 25 TO DO A, UM, PARTNERSHIP ON BRINGING A COMMUNITY FRIDGE TO THE DELMONT GARDENS BRANCH LOCATION.

UM, THEY WOULD BE THE ONES TAKING CARE OF, UM, SERVICING THE REFRIGERATOR, PURCHASING THE REFRIGERATOR, PURCHASING THE SHED THAT GOES AROUND IT, MAKING SURE IT'S STOCKED FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND CLEANING IT.

WHAT WE WOULD BE PROVIDING IS THE SPACE AND, UM, PAYING FOR THE UTILITY.

SO WE HAVE, UH, A SPOT PICKED OUT NOW AT THE BACK OF THE BRANCH THAT CAN ACTUALLY FIT WITHIN THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE, THE GUIDELINES OF, OF WHAT THEY HAVE, UH, FOR THE SIZE FRIDGE THAT THEY NEED AND FOR THE, THE SHED THAT WILL GO AROUND IT.

AND NOW WE ALSO HAVE A QUOTE FOR, UM, DOING THE ELECTRICAL WORK THAT WILL, UH, NEED TO BE DONE IN ORDER FOR US TO POWER THE FRIDGE.

SO I'M, UH, TRYING TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH THEIR VICE PRESIDENT OF SERVICE AND THEIR SERVICE CHAIR SO THAT WE CAN COORDINATE.

CAUSE WE DON'T WANNA PUT IN A CONCRETE SLAB AND AN OUTDOOR, UM, OUTLET AND JUST HAVE IT SITTING THERE FOR WEEKS ON END BEFORE THEY'RE READY TO ACTUALLY BUILD THE STRUCTURE AND PUT THE FRIDGE IN.

SO THAT'S GONNA BE, UM, HAPPENING NEXT WEEK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET IT ON EVERYBODY'S, UH, SCHEDULES ACCORDINGLY.

ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS SO FAR? MM-HMM.

, KEEP GOING.

OKAY.

OUTREACH.

UM, PHASE TWO OF THE PARKING LOT IS PROGRESSING VERY NICELY.

THE DUMPSTER CONCRETE PAD WAS POURED AND ALSO THE WALLS CONSTRUCTED, CONSTRUCTED FOR THAT ENCLOSURE.

THEY ALSO HAVE BALLARDS, UM, UP AROUND IT.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE EXTERIOR WORK BEGINNING ON THE SERVER ROOM BECAUSE WE ARE BUILDING A VESTIBULE TO MAKE THAT, UM, TO MAKE THAT ENTRANCE TO THE SERVER ROOM MORE SECURE AND MORE SERVICEABLE FOR OUR COMPUTER SERVICES STAFF.

SO THEY'VE RIPPED OFF SOME OF THE EXTERIOR, UM, EXTERIOR.

I THINK THEY'RE METAL, UH, PANELS UP TOWARDS THE TOP.

AND, AND, UM, SOME OF THE STUCCO WORKED SO THAT THEY CAN START CONSTRUCTING THAT THE STAFF BATHROOMS HAVE BEEN DEMOED SO THAT THEY CAN PUT IN THE NEW FIXTURES AND MO WORK AND, UH, GET THOSE WORKING IN A MUCH BETTER ORDER FOR OUR STAFF.

THE DEMOING OF THE CEILING GRID IN THE SHELVING AND WORKROOM AREA, UM, POSED EXPOSED SEVERAL UNCON UNKNOWN CONDITIONS ABOVE THE, UM, CEILING GRID.

THERE WERE A LOT OF, UM, FORMER

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FORMERLY USED OUTLETS, JUNCTION BOXES, AND LIGHT FIXTURES THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY JUST KIND OF BEEN TUCKED UP THERE.

UM, AND SO THEY WERE NOT IN THE QUOTE CUZ THEY WERE UNEXPECTED CONDITIONS.

SO THEY ARE WORKING WITH THEIR ELECTRICAL SUB TO BRING US A QUOTE TO COMPLETELY GET RID OF THOSE, UM, THOSE ITEMS THAT WOULD NOT BE COVERED IN THEIR CURRENT SCOPE OF WORK.

SO WE HAVE A PROGRESS MEETING TOMORROW MORNING AND I EXPECT TO HAVE THE QUOTE FOR THAT WORK TO BE DONE BY THEN.

ALONG ALONG WITH THAT, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF EXCITEMENT OVER THE ACTIVITY AT THAT VERY PROMINENT CORNER AND IT SPARKED SOME MORE MEETINGS WITH COMMUNITY, UH, GROUPS AND INTERESTED PARTIES.

SO, UM, MARY AND I MET WITH THE BATON ROUGE GENERAL AND FRANKLIN AND ASSOCIATES ON, UM, MARCH 28TH TO GIVE THEM A BASIC RUNDOWN OF WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT, WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT.

AND, UM, THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE OF PUTTING SOME OF THAT SPACE BACK INTO PUBLIC USE AT THE CORNERS, UM, WAS DISCUSSED WITH THEM.

UH, IT IS NOT ACTUALLY A PART OF THE CURRENT PROJECT TO DO THAT POCKET PARK AS WHAT WE'RE CALLING IT, BUT THEY WERE EXCITED TO HEAR THAT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE HAD PLANNED ON DOING BECAUSE, UM, BAT ROUGE'S GENERAL JUST RELEASED THEIR PLAN FOR A FORMER PARKING LOT ON FLORIDA BOULEVARD TO BECOME THE BATON ROUGE GENERAL PLAZA.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UM, SO THEY'RE HOPING THAT WHAT WE DO CAN KIND OF REFLECT WHAT, UM, THEIR PLANS ARE.

UH, SO WE SCHEDULED A, A FOLLOW UP MEETING THAT WAS HELD YESTERDAY, WHICH MARY ATTENDED SINCE I WAS NOT IN TOWN.

AND, UH, WE ALSO INVITED OUR ARCHITECTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE OUTREACH PROJECT, WHICH IS DOMAIN ARCHITECTURE PLUS OUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES BECAUSE ALSO, UH, DURING THIS PROCESS THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THE PERMITTING PROCESS AND WHAT EXACTLY WE HAD TO DO AS FAR AS THE MOVE BR PROGRAM GOES.

SO, UM, THERE ARE SOME CONCESSIONS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE BY TO, TO ADHERE TO THE MOVE B STANDARDS THAT WERE NOT INITIALLY IN THE PROJECT.

SO IT WILL, I DON'T KNOW THAT IT WILL, UM, HAVE A CHANGE ORDER THAT WE'LL HAVE TO GO TO COUNCIL CUZ I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE THE AMOUNT YET, BUT WE DO HAVE TO ADD SOME BIOSWELLS ON THE WESTMORELAND SIDE OF THE PROPERTY.

AND WE ALSO HAVE TO ADD IN A HEAT ISLAND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PARKING LOT THAT WILL TAKE UP ONE PARKING SPACE AT MARY.

REALLY WANTED FOR OUR, OUR BOOK MOBILES AND OUR PATRONS FOR THE, FOR THE BOOK SALE.

BUT IT WILL PROVIDE, UM, SOME ADDITIONAL SHADE AND IT WILL PROVIDE SOME, UM, NICE MORE, MORE NATURE FOR THE POCKET PARK IDEA THAT WE HAVE ANYHOW.

SO, BUT REGARDLESS, WE HAVE TO DO IT NOW.

WE'RE, WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE PRICE WILL BE, UM, FROM THE CURRENT, UH, CONTRACT IN THE MEETING THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY, IT WAS DISCUSSED THAT IT WOULD BE BEST FOR THE REST OF THE WORK FOR THE POCKET PARK TO BE BID OUT BY ITSELF SEPARATELY AFTER WE WRAP UP, UM, THIS PROJECT WITH SIENNA CONSTRUCTION.

SO, UM, LOOKING AT INCORPORATING WHAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO WITH THE MOVE VR AND THE IDEAS THAT WE HAD BEFORE, UM, I BELIEVE DOMAIN WILL WORK WITH ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES TO, TO SQUARE THAT AWAY.

WE WILL DO MORE NATIVE PLANTS THERE, UM, BECAUSE THERE IS NO IRRIGATION AT THAT LOCATION.

SO WE WANT STUFF THAT'S GONNA BE HARDY AND GROW AND WE WON'T HAVE TO, UM, INSTALL IRRIGATION LINES AND ESPECIALLY SEEING HOW WE JUST REPLACED THE PARKING LOT AND THAT WOULDN'T BE VERY COST EFFECTIVE.

UM, SO WE WILL WORK ON THAT AND IT'LL BE A, A PHASE THREE FOUR FOR THE OUTREACH BUILDING.

WHERE WOULD THE POCKET PARK BE? I'M TRYING TO MM-HMM.

ENVISION THAT AREA.

SO THE CORNER OF NORTH BOULEVARD AND ACADIAN, WE HAVE ALREADY TWO EXISTING, UM, ISLANDS ON EACH CORNER.

AND SO THEY'RE PRETTY, THEY'RE A DECENT SIZE.

SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE'RE SHIFTING THE, UM, THE FENCE LINE, WHICH RIGHT NOW CUTS RIGHT OUT TO THE CORNER, BUT THERE'S NO REASON THAT CAN'T COME INSIDE.

SO THAT, THAT HEAT ISLAND IS NOW ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FENCE OF THE PROPERTY LINE.

SO THE HEAT ISLAND WILL BE PART OF THE POCKET PARK? CORRECT.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE POCKET PARK ANSWER MY QUESTION IS GONNA BE.

YEAH.

SO, UM, THEY'RE ALSO GONNA PLAY AROUND WITH SOME ADDITIONAL AREA,

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UM, CLOSER TO THE ENTRANCE OF, FOR THE, UM, WHAT IS IT? THE, THE LOADING DOCK THAT'S OFF OF ACADIAN, CUZ THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL ISLAND THERE AS WELL THAT'S ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE DUMPSTER.

UM, SO WE MAY, UM, TAKE IN A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE PARKING LOT CLOSE TO THE CORNER BECAUSE THEN WE HAVE THAT OTHER, UM, ISLAND TO PLAY WITH TO, UM, TO GET BACK THE PARKING SPACE THAT WE MAY LOSE WITH, UM, WITH THE POCKET PARK.

IS, IS MIDC CITY WORKING WITH Y'ALL ALSO? OR THAT CITY REDEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE? PERRY.

PERRY.

OH, PERRY FRANKLIN.

SO MIDCITY, UH, REDEVELOPMENT, I KNOW.

NOPE.

UH, I, THIS IS BAT ROUGE GENERAL AND, UH, I MEAN, YOU MET WITH BATON ROUGE GENERAL AND I THINK AT SOME POINT, UM, BATON ROUGE GENERAL WORKED WITH MID-CITY.

I JUST WAS WONDERING IF THEY WERE PART OF THE GROUP MEETING, UH, WITH YOU, BUT NOT FRANKLIN AND ASSOCIATES IS PART OF MID CITY AND FRANKLIN AND ASSOCIATES WAS AT THAT MEETING.

OKAY.

AND I MET WITH BERNARD TERRACE, CIVIC ASSOCIATION BOARD, UM, BECAUSE THEY WERE ALSO, THEY THOUGHT THAT WE WERE GONNA, AND THAT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED ON THAT CORNER AND SAID, THAT'S AN INTERESTING RUMOR.

THAT IS NOT TRUE , THERE WILL NOT BE A BURGER KING ON THAT CORNER.

SO, UM, I SHOWED THEM THE, THE CURRENT DESIGN, WHICH WILL VERY MUCH CHANGE, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST LET THEM KNOW THE INVESTMENT THAT WE'RE MAKING ON THAT CORNER AND THAT, UM, THINGS WILL, WILL COME THAT WILL BRING SOME OF THE PROPERTY OUT MORE INTO PUBLIC USE.

AND WE DISCUSSED THE OPTION OF EVENTUALLY HAVING WIFI, UM, ACCESS POINTS THAT WOULD HAVE, UM, WIFI SERVICE IN THOSE, IN THOSE AREAS.

SO.

ALRIGHT.

UM, BLUE BONNET, WE RECEIVED THE CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AROUND APRIL 5TH, AND WE HAVE PROVIDED SOME COMMENTS TO THE ARCHITECT, UH, WHICH WE HAD SEVERAL COMMENTS AND, UM, WE REALIZED THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED SAMPLES OF THE PROPOSED CERAMIC TILE OR NEW FLOORING IN THE TEEN ENTRANCE.

AND THEY STATE THAT THEY, THEY SHOULD BE READY TO GO OUT TO BID FOR MAY.

UM, BUT AFTER REVIEWING THE COMMENTS AND AFTER REVIEWING THE DOCUMENTS AND GETTING THE COMMENTS BACK, WE DON'T REALLY THINK THAT THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE THE CASE, BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

THE ROOF REPLACEMENTS, TECHNICALLY WE DO HAVE ALL NEW ROOFS, BUT, UM, THE ACTUAL CONTRACT ITSELF CONTRACT WORK IS STILL NOT DONE.

UM, THEY ARE CONTINUING TO PURSUE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES, UM, SINCE OUR LAST MEETING, SOME PRESSURE WASHING AND SOME EXTERIOR PAINTING HAS HAPPENED AT JONES CREEK AND BLUE BONNET.

THE LARGEST THING THAT IS LEFT IS THE CUPOLA WORK AT JONES CREEK.

WE APPROVED THEIR WORK, UM, PROPOSAL, HOW THEY WOULD GET THE MATERIAL OFF OF THE ROOF SAFELY AND DEPOSIT IT IN THE DUMPSTER.

UM, HOWEVER, WE SUGGESTED PERHAPS THAT THEY COULD DO IT OVER THE EASTER HOLIDAY AND WE WOULD CLOSE THAT SATURDAY SO THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY BEING AT THE BUILDING, BUT THEY COULD NOT GET PEOPLE TO WORK.

AND THEN THEY STILL HAVE NOT PROVIDED US WITH AN ALTERNATIVE DATE OF WORK FOR US TO APPROVE.

UM, SO IT'S REALLY KIND OF AT A STANDSTILL AND I'M LETTING ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES IN THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE KIND OF HANDLE, HANDLE IT FROM THERE.

WE WILL HAVE A, ANOTHER PROGRESS MEETING SUPPOSEDLY NEXT WEEK WEDNESDAY, THOUGH I'M NOT SURE WHAT, WHAT THEY'RE REALLY GOING TO, UH, REPORT FOR US TO HAVING BEEN DONE.

ALL RIGHT.

THE MISCELLANEOUS REPAIR PACKAGE WORK BEGAN ON MARCH 29TH AT PRIDE AND THEN ON APRIL 6TH AT ZACHARY.

UM, THAT WORK CONSISTED OF PAINTING INTERIOR WALLS AND STEALING SURFACES.

UM, THEY'RE STILL CONTINUING WORK AT ZACHARY, BUT EVERYTHING AT PRIDE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE.

THOUGH WE HAVEN'T ACCEPTED THE WORK.

UH, WE STILL HAVE TO HAVE A WALKTHROUGH.

UM, OUR MONTHLY MEETING IS NEXT WEEK ON THE 27TH

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THAT WILL, UM, THAT WILL SERVE AS THE WALKTHROUGH OF THE WORK FOR, UM, PRIDE, WHICH, UH, THEY WERE, THEY ALSO PRESSURE WASHED, PRESSURE WASHED THE ENTIRE EXTERIOR AND THE STUCCO WAS PAINTED.

UM, AND THEN THEY WENT BACK AND FINISHED A FEW SMALL AREAS ON THE INTERIOR WHERE THERE WAS SOME WATER DAMAGE OUTSIDE OF THE MEETING ROOM AND SMALL TRIM PLACES IN CHILDREN'S AND THE PERIODICALS ROOM AND THE STAFF RESTROOM.

BUT FOUR, THE LOVELY PRIDE HISTORY, ANNUAL HISTORY FESTIVAL, COMMUNITY HISTORY FESTIVAL, THE BUILDING SHOULD LOOK MUCH IMPROVED FROM THE LAST YEAR'S EVENT.

SADLY, WE COULD NOT SCHEDULE, UM, A REFRESH OF THE LANDSCAPING ALSO BEFORE THE ANNUAL COMMITTEE HISTORY FESTIVAL, BUT I AM WORKING ON GETTING THAT WORK, UM, SCHEDULED AS WELL WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

THAT IS ALL FROM MAINTENANCE.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? YEAH, ABOUT THE COMMUNITY REFRIGERATOR? MM-HMM.

, IS THAT BEING DONE SOMEPLACE ELSE? IS THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL ON, ON GOVERNMENT.

THIS WOULD REALLY BE THE FIRST ONE THAT IS NOT ON GOVERNMENT STREET.

THERE'S ONE AT YES, WE CANNIBAL THE RED SHOES.

I THINK THAT'S IT.

OR IS THERE ONE OTHER ONE? NO, I THINK THAT'S THE TWO.

SO THIS WOULD BE THE FOURTH ONE.

AND THEN REMEMBER WE HAD MENTIONED THAT WE WERE GONNA PUT IN A COMMUNITY FRIDGE IN SCOTLANDVILLE A AFTER THE RENOVATION, BUT THERE WASN'T MUCH SENSE IN, WE DIDN'T WANNA DO IT BEFORE THERE WAS GONNA BE ALL OF THIS ACTIVITY UP AT SCOTLANDVILLE FOR THE RENOVATION.

OKAY.

AND, AND WHO MANAGES THAT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT, IT, IT'S RUN SMOOTHLY.

AND THAT'S UP, THAT'S UP TO FORM 2 25.

SO FORM 2 25.

YES.

DID THEY PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF AN INSURANCE OR ANYTHING FOR, UH, ANYTHING THAT MIGHT GO WRONG? MIGHT GO WRONG? SO I'M NOT SURE WHO DESIGNED THE ORIGINAL COMMUNITY FRIDGE, UM, PROJECT, BUT THERE IS LIKE A BASELINE OF THIS IS WHAT WE ACCEPT.

UM, AND VOLUNTEERS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING THINGS THAT MEET THE, THE CRITERIA.

SO LIKE NO OUTDATED FOOD, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GOING IN AND CHECKING ON A REGULAR BASIS TO DISPOSE OF ANY FOOD THAT MAY HAVE GONE BAD.

UH, IS, IS THIS, I MEAN, I'M, I'M TRYING TO, IS THIS JUST LIKE A, WHEN YOU SAY COMMUNITY REFRIGERATOR IS, IS THIS LIKE A FOOD DISTRIBUTION AREA? I MEAN, WHAT, WHAT IS IT? I MEAN, SO THERE'S USUALLY A PANTRY AREA THAT HAS SHELF STABLE ITEMS THAT PEOPLE CAN TAKE AWAY, AND THEN THERE IS A REFRIGERATOR THAT THEY CAN GO AND PICK UP PRE, UM, USUALLY LIKE PREPACKAGED ITEMS, LIKE, UH, LIKE A SINGLE SERVE.

SO, SO THERE'S SOMEONE LIKE THEY'RE MONITORING THIS OR IS THIS JUST KIND OF OPEN TO ANYBODY WHO JUST SHOWS UP AND JUST GOES IN THERE? EVERYBODY WHO SHOWS UP AND NEEDS, NEEDS SOMETHING OPEN.

YEAH.

OKAY.

WORKED WELL.

IT DID.

YEAH.

AND OTHER COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ARE DOING THIS AS WELL.

MM-HMM.

, I MEAN, THERE'S LIKE ENTITIES LIKE ST.

VINCENT DEPAUL AND ALL THESE SHELTERS.

ARE THEY TIED IN WITH THIS OR IS THIS A, THE GROUP THAT'S RUNNING IT, WHO ARE THEY? YEAH.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I'M JUST TRYING TO, THE, THIS GROUP, THIS FORM 2 25.

I MEAN, WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE MANAGE THAT'S THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION IN, UH, THEY USED TO DO THE ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY, UM, KICKOFF PARTY WITH US.

THEY, IT USED TO BE CALLED FORM 35 35.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW IT'S, I WAS LIKE, WHAT IS THIS NEW GROUP? I'VE, IT'S LIKE I'VE NEVER, I HAVEN'T HEARD OF THIS BEFORE.

OKAY.

GAMES SO THAT PEOPLE DIDN'T THINK THAT THEY COULDN'T BE ACTIVE AFTER AGE 35.

YEAH, THEY DID 2 25 FOR THAT.

YEAH.

I, I, I DIDN'T KNOW.

I'M LIKE, OKAY, WHAT, ALL RIGHT.

I TOLD 'EM, I SAID, GUYS, YOU REALIZE I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE A MEMBER IF IT WAS 35 .

I'M WELL PAST THAT.

SO, UM, SO YEAH, SORRY.

FORM 35, NOW FORM.

SO THEY, THEY OPEN UP THESE AREAS AND IT'S JUST AN HONOR SYSTEM.

THEY STOCK THESE THINGS WITH LIKE, CANNED GOODS AND, AND THOSE KIND OF FOODS, I ASSUME NON-PERISHABLE TYPE STUFF.

NO, THAT'S THE POINT OF THE HAVING THE REFRIGERATOR AND THE REFRIGERATOR IS JUST, IS THAT OPTION FOR HAVING PERISHABLE ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO GET A PERISHABLE ITEM

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AT A FOOD BANK.

IT'S, THAT'S ALWAYS DRY GOODS.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULD HAVE, UM, A WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND THAT WAS THE OTHER, UM, THE OTHER PART THAT WE HAVE TO BE PRESENTED WITH.

AND, UM, I WAS GOING TO INVITE THEM HERE SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE.

UM, PERHAPS NEXT MONTH OR JUNE.

YEAH, JUNE MAY BE BETTER.

OKAY.

UM, BECAUSE THEY'RE FOOTING THE BILL FOR THE, THE STRUCTURE AND THE FRIDGE.

I, I, I'M JUST, AND KNOWING HOW THAT WORKS AND IN PRACTICE RIGHT.

IN MY OFFICE, IT DOESN'T WORK WELL, , UM, ONE THING TO REMEMBER IS, UH, FORUM 35 NOW, FORUM 2 25 HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SERVICE OKAY.

WITH THE FOOD BANK.

OKAY.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS A NEXUS THERE.

I MEAN, I WAS TRYING TO, SO FORUM 2 25 HAD THEIR FIRST, UM, LUNCH SERVICE WITH ST.

VINCENT DEPAUL ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS PAST WEEK.

OKAY.

AND THEN THEY QUARTERLY GO TO ST.

VINCENT DEPAUL AND DO BAGS OF HOPE AND THEY QUARTERLY GO TO THE BATON ROUGE AREA FOOD BANK OKAY.

TO DO A, UM, ASSORTING THING.

AND I WAS THERE WITH THE SERVICE VP LAST TUESDAY AT, UM, THE FOOD BANK SIP AND SORT TO KIND OF DISCUSS, CUZ I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, THE PLACEMENT CORRECT OF THE OUTLET BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT IT BEING TAMPERED WITH AND MASKED WITH AND ALL THAT.

AND THEY HAVE SOMEONE THAT'S GONNA BE DONATING THE MATERIALS TO DO THE SHED STRUCTURE.

SO THEY ARE ALWAYS ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR NEW SERVICE IDEAS.

AND THEY WANTED TO DO THIS BECAUSE IT WAS A WAY THAT THEY THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW, CONTROLLED THE SCHEDULE VERSUS HAVING TO GET ON THE FOOD BANK SCHEDULE OR HAVING TO GET ON ST.

VINCENT DEPAUL'S.

IT WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE, UM, THEY COULD CONTROL WHO'S GONNA SIGN UP TO GO AND TAKE CARE OF THE FRIDGE AND MAKE SURE THAT IT'S CLEAN.

EVERYTHING'S, UM, YOU KNOW.

OKAY.

STILL, STILL ALL TOGETHER.

SO, WORTHY ENDEAVOR, I, I WAS JUST, I, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW THAT WORKED IN, IN PRACTICE.

WHO WAS THE GROUP THAT APPROACHED US FOR SCOTLANDVILLE? UM, DANG IT.

A GROUP.

A GROUP.

YES.

UM, IT WOULD BE A SIMILAR SITUATION.

AGAIN, WE'RE PROVIDING THE SPACE, THE POWER, MARY, YOU'LL THINK ABOUT IT.

AND, AND WHO'S RESPONSIBLE CLEANING UP THE AREA? THEY, THEY, THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT? YES.

OKAY.

YES.

CAN YOU CHECK TO SEE IF THEY'VE GOT AN INSURANCE POLICY AND IF THEY CAN ADD US AS AN ADDITIONAL INSURED? SURE.

THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

AND WE'LL GET TO Y'ALL'S INSURANCE.

, WE'RE ALL ABOUT INSURANCE.

.

OKAY.

UH, WE'LL GO OVER OUR COMPUTER SERVICES NEXT.

SO YES.

OKAY.

ARE WE DONE WITH MISCELLANEOUS? NO, WE'RE NOT.

WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH THAT.

NO.

WE FINISHED MAINTENANCE AND ADDITIONAL CAPITAL PROJECT.

NOW WE'RE ON MIS NOW WE'RE MISCELLANEOUS.

OKAY.

YES.

I JUST WON'T, UNLESS THERE ARE ANY OTHER FURTHER QUESTIONS.

WE'RE GOOD.

OKAY.

UM, COMPUTER SERVICES.

SO, UM, THERE IS NO UPDATE ON THE WEBSITE.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, REACHED A AGREEMENT WITH, UM, COX FOR OUR E RATE FIBER SERVICES.

UH, THE INTERNET SPEEDS WILL INCREASE FROM 10 GIGABYTES TO 50, UM, SPEEDS AT THE BRANCH.

AND REGIONAL BRANCHES WILL INCREASE FROM ONE TO FIVE.

AND, UM, IT STAFF ARE WORKING TO PROCURE AND DEPLOY THE SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT THAT ARE GONNA BE NEEDED FOR THAT INCREASED BANDWIDTH SPEED, WHICH ALL APPROVED IN THE BUDGET.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE THE CONTRACT IN PLACE YET, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON REVIEWING THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS AND WE'LL BE GETTING THAT BACK OVER TO COX FOR THEM TO SIGN.

THE CURRENT SERVICE IS NOT UP UNTIL JULY 1ST.

SO, UM, TSG INSTALLED THE LOVELY NEW SCREEN BEHIND US, THIS WONDERFUL NEW GOOSENECK, BUT I'M STILL GONNA USE THE LAIER MINE .

UH, THEY ALSO, UM, UPGRADED THE SPEAKERS ON THE TERRACE.

SO THEY ARE NOW BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS.

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MARY WENT THROUGH THE, THE TRAINING.

SHE SAYS THEY WORK LOVELY.

UM, AND THEY HAVE MOVED THE OLD SMART BOARD FROM THE BOARDROOM INTO THE CONFERENCE ROOM.

IS IT CONFERENCE ROOM? C TWO B TWO B? MINE TWO B.

UM, SO THE, UM, SO THE PATRONS CAN NOW USE THE SMART BOARD IN THAT ROOM INSTEAD OF THE TV.

THAT I GUESS NEVER REALLY WORKED VERY WELL.

THEY'RE WORKING ON THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR.

UM, THE UPGRADING TO TBSS SOLUTIONS FOR MOBILE PRINTING AND RESERVATIONS.

THE CONFIGURATION WORK IS COMPLETE.

THEY HAVE BEEN TESTING THE COIN APP AND THE MOBILE PRINTING.

WE'RE ALL GOOD TO GO.

TRAINING IS SCHEDULED FOR STAFF EARLY NEXT MONTH.

UH, ALSO FROM TECHNICAL SERVICES KEEPING LOUIS KEEP LOUISIANA BEAUTIFUL.

THEIR SUPPLIES FOR THEIR, UM, CLEANUP PROGRAM HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND WE ARE WAITING ON FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH CIRCULATING THOSE ITEMS TO OUR PUBLIC.

ANY QUESTIONS SO FAR? ALL RIGHT.

THE STRATEGIC PLAN, THE DETAILS THAT HAVE THE ACTUAL ACTION ITEMS AND TASKS THAT THE STAFF NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO FULLY REALIZE THE STRATEGIC PLAN HAVE BEEN FINALIZED AND RULED OUT TO THE STAFF.

UM, SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW THEY CAN PLAY THEIR PART AND THE ROUGH TIMELINE THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THESE ITEMS. OUR ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW CONSULTANT, WE HAVE BIWEEKLY MEETINGS, UH, SCHEDULED WITH HER THOUGH SHE DID CANCEL MONDAY'S MEETING.

SHE DIDN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO, UM, TO GIVE TO US, BUT SHE SENT US A, UH, QUICK REPORT.

UM, SHE HAS REACHED OUT TO 15 PEER LIBRARIES TO, UM, DO HER RESEARCH FOR THE SALARY STUDY PORTION OF THIS REVIEW.

UM, AND SO THIS WILL COME IN VERY HANDY WHEN WE DO HAVE OUR FOLLOW UP MEETING WITH THE MAYOR AND, UM, GLENN CURTIS TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT TO THEM AND HOPEFULLY, UH, HAVE BETTER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR INCREASING SALARIES FOR THE DIRECTOR AND ALL LIBRARY PERSONNEL.

AND WHEN IS THIS GONNA HAPPEN? THIS MEETING WITH THE MAYOR? SOMETIME AFTER MAY WHEN WE RECEIVED THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE REPORT.

OKAY.

UM, THE STAFF SURVEY, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, GETTING EVERYONE'S INPUT THAT IS WENT OUT AND THEY HAD TO COMPLETE IT BY Y BY YESTERDAY, UM, SHE WILL HAVE US A DRAFT OF A FULL REPORT BY MID-MAY WITH A FINAL DRAFT AT THE END OF MAY.

UM, SO YOU ALL WILL RECEIVE COPIES OF THE FINAL DRAFT FOR THE BUDGET MEETING OR THE BUDGET WORKSHOP THAT WE NEED TO SCHEDULE IN, UM, JUNE.

SO, UM, ANY PERSONNEL REQUESTS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE WILL BE BASED OFF OF THIS REPORT.

SO IT'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE CONTEXT TO ANY OF THOSE REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE.

CHA HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT? I'LL BE VERY CURIOUS WHAT THAT COMES, WHAT THEY COME BACK WITH.

YES.

SO WE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL LIBRARY TO HER, UM, SALARY STUDY.

WE ADDED ASCENSION PARISH AS THEY ARE A DIRECT, YOU KNOW, AREA COMPETITOR.

SHE HAD LIVINGSTON AND JEFFERSON PARISH AND THEN 12 OTHERS THAT SHE IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES.

BASING IT OFF OF, YOU KNOW, POPULATION.

UM, SIMILAR COSTS OF LIVING, I THINK SERVICE HOURS AS WELL.

SO, ALRIGHT.

UH, MARY AND I BOTH, UH, ATTENDED CEP TRAINING FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES.

UM, THERE, THERE WERE SOME UPDATES TO THE LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTES AS FAR AS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GOES.

SO THEY'RE KIND OF, THEY'RE REQUIRED TO GO AND GIVE TRAININGS THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE PARISHES

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BECAUSE THAT, UM, UPDATE HAPPENED.

SO, UH, WELL WE HAD AN APPROVED JANITORIAL CONTRACT ON THE 12TH OF THIS MONTH, BUT, UH, WE WERE JUST TOLD THAT THE, UM, THE VENDOR DECIDED NOT TO SIGN THE PROPOSALS.

SO WE WILL NOW BE GOING BACK TO COUNCIL NEXT WEEK TO ACCEPT THE NEXT, UH, LOWEST BIDDER AFTER THAT.

BUT, UM, WE HAVE A CONTRACT IN PLACE THROUGH THE END OF THIS MONTH AND WE SHOULD BE OKAY AND HAVE, UH, THE NEW CONTRACT BY MAY 1ST.

UM, SO ALL KINDS OF FUN LATELY.

ALL RIGHT.

LIBRARY SECURITY STAFF, THE INCIDENT REPORTING COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK ON A NEW DRAFT OF THE PATRON POLICIES.

THEY HAVE GIVEN IT TO LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION.

WE NEED TO SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT IT ALL TOGETHER TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY ADDITIONAL TWEAKS THAT WE NEED TO, UM, TO MAKE.

BUT WE WILL THEN PASS THAT ON TO THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, WHICH I SPOKE WITH THEM THIS MORNING AND I JUST LET THEM KNOW THAT IT SHOULD BE COMING AND THAT WE NEED THEM TO REVIEW IT AND MAKE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR CHANGES SO THAT WE CAN INCORPORATE IT SO THAT BY NEXT MONTH'S MEETING, YOU ALL CAN HAVE IT TO BE ABLE TO VOTE ON IT OR MAKE ANY CHANGES AND THEN VOTE ON IT.

UM, SO KIND OF IN IN GOOD TIMING WITH, UM, WITH THAT PROCESS AND WITH SOME UNFORTUNATE RECENT INCIDENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED AT RIVER CENTER, WE HAVE ALSO, UM, DECIDED THAT MYSELF AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ATTENDING THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SAFETY SUMMIT NEXT WEEK IN COLUMBUS, OHIO.

IT IS BEING HOSTED BY THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY AND LIBRARY JOURNAL.

WE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT BY, FROM ONE OF OUR VENDORS.

UM, AND SEVERAL, UH, LARGE URBAN LIBRARY DIRECTORS OR CITY LIBRARIANS WILL BE THERE, UM, PRESENTING ON THE TOPIC CUZ IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS, UM, THAT HAS BEEN FRONT OF MIND FOR LIBRARY STAFF, UH, ESPECIALLY SINCE COVID AND CIVILITY SEEMS TO NOT BE A THING THAT PEOPLE SEEM TO PRACTICE VERY WELL, UM, THESE DAYS.

SO WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR, FOR US COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO GO AND, AND TRY AND GET EVEN MORE INFORMATION TO SEE HOW WE CAN MAKE OUR PRACTICE OF, UH, REPORTING INCIDENTS ANY BETTER.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT WE COULD INCORPORATE TO, IN THOSE PATRON POLICIES BEFORE, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY, UM, GET THEM FINALIZED.

SO, UM, WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING THAT.

UM, WE'VE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON, UH, UPDATING THE SCOPE OF DUTIES FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT SERVE AS, UM, OUR BACKUP HERE WHEN WE NEED THEM.

WE MET WITH GLARE LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS SOME OF, UM, THOSE CHANGES AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE UP TO DATE AND EVERYBODY GETS ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED, WHICH PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING WHAT, WHO INITIATES WHAT.

AND, UM, AND MAKING SURE THAT, THAT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE GOAL OF THE LIBRARY AND, UH, AND WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO.

SO WE WILL BE WORKING ON UPDATING THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, AND GETTING THAT TO BLAIR AND THEM PROBABLY MEETING WITH THE OTHER, UM, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT ALSO WORK IN OUR LIBRARIES AT ZACHARY AND BAKER AS WELL.

ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT? THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, THE EARL KING, EARL K LONG DEVELOPMENT, UM, PEOPLE WILL ATTEND NEXT MONTH'S BOARD MEETING IN MAY, UM, TO SHARE THEIR PLANS ON HOW THE START BRANCH, UM, PLAYS INTO THAT.

WHO'S THAT AGAIN? I'M SORRY.

UH, THE FOLKS FROM THE EARL K LONG REDEVELOPMENT, DO YOU HAVE THEIR NAMES? MARRIED.

REDEVELOPMENT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, THE DELMONT GARDENS FUTURE DELMONT GARDENS, UH, SITE, UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER REVIEWING THE INITIAL PROPOSED PLOT OF LAND, IT'S REALLY NOT GOING TO WORK FOR US.

IT DOES NOT MEET OUR NEEDS AS FAR AS THE SIZE OF THE BUILDING AND THE AMOUNT OF, UM, PARKING.

AND THEY

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WERE UNABLE TO ACQUIRE A STRIP OF LAND THAT IS ON THE MOST PROMINENT PART OF THE PROPERTY THAT PERSON WILL NOT SELL.

AND SO WE WOULD BE BEHIND THIS STRIP MALL THAT HAS TAX AND SOMETHING, SOMETHING ELSE ALREADY IN IT.

SO, UM, THEY ARE TRYING TO LOOK FOR OTHER, UM, PIECES OF PROPERTY ALONG THAT, UM, PLANK WORLD REDEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT MIGHT WORK FOR US.

THEY ACTUALLY, I THINK THEY JUST SENT US A, AN INVITATION TO YEAH.

TO REVIEW WHAT THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH SINCE WE SENT THEM AWAY AND SAID WE NEED SOMETHING ELSE.

UM, THAT WILL WORK.

ALL RIGHT.

SO ROSIE THOUGH SHE IS NOT HERE, SHE'S BEING TOLD THAT SHE SHE WILL BE SENDING AN OUT A POLL TO YOU ALL TO SET THE DATE FOR THE BUDGET WORKSHOP.

UM, BUT WE'VE GOTTA GET IT IN BEF AFTER LABOR DAY, BUT BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR ELA MEMORIAL DAY AFTER, WHAT DID I SAY? LABOR DAY? YES.

AFTER MEMORIAL DAY, BUT BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR ALA AT THE END OF JUNE.

SO KIND OF KEEP THAT IN MIND.

PENCIL US IN FOR LIKE EVERY DAY.

, KEEP YOURSELVES AVAILABLE.

WHERE'S A LA THIS YEAR? IT'S IN CHICAGO.

AND SO PART OF THAT IS BECAUSE AFTER THAT IS THEN 4TH OF JULY AND THEN AFTER THAT L LA IS IN BATON ROUGE HERE, AND THEN IT'S BASICALLY Y'ALL'S NEXT BOARD MEETING.

SO THERE'S NOT REALLY A WHOLE LOT OF WIGGLE ROOM FOR HAVING IT IN JULY THIS YEAR, SO.

OKAY.

UM, ONE LAST THING IS, UH, MY MEETING TODAY WITH THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DID ALSO FOCUS ON, UM, WHAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT AS FAR AS THE DIRECTOR'S SALARY AND WHAT OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE, WHICH ARE NOT REALLY MANY.

UM, WE CANNOT DO A CONTRACT JUST FOR THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR AND SETTING THE SALARY THAT WAY.

UM, THAT WILL NOT PASS MUSTER AS FAR AS FEDERAL CLAUSES GO WITH THEM BEING IN CHARGE OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY PARISH, BUT THEM BEING A CONTRACT WORKER.

SO, UM, SO THAT BASICALLY EITHER WE GET A, WE GET CITY PARISH TO FILE ON THE A PAY RAISE OR THAT'S IT.

YES.

I MEAN, YOU CANS AND THAT HYBRID WHERE PART OF ITS CONTRACT AND PART OF ITS, THEY'D STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CITY PARISH EMPLOYEES, BUT THEY THEMSELVES WOULD NOT BE A CITY PARISH EMPLOYEE.

AND THAT REALLY WON'T WORK.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE CAN SET THE SALARY BASED OFF OF THE PAY SCALE, BUT IT HAS TO, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF ROOM SO THAT THEY WOULD STAY AND GROW AND HAVE SOME PLACE TO GO.

UM, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL OF ASKING FOR THE DIRECTOR TO BE PLACED ON A HIGHER STEP THAN THEY ARE, BUT THAT IS A REQUEST.

UM, AND THAT MAY BE SOMETHING THAT WITH THE CONSULTANT'S ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW REPORT, WE CAN ARGUE FOR, BUT IT'S STILL NOT GREAT BECAUSE ALL OF THE CITY PARISH PAY SCALES AREN'T GREAT.

SO.

WELL, I I, I HAD HEARD, UH, I I THINK AS ONE OF THE NEW LOCAL NEWS STATIONS HAD INDICATED THAT, UH, THEY HAD DONE A, A REPORT REGARDING THE, THE, OUR, OUR BOARD BEING UNABLE TO HIRE A, A DIRECTOR AND, AND, UH, I I, I BELIEVE WITHIN THE REPORT, THE, THE, THE MAYOR INDICATED SHE WAS WAITING TO HEAR FROM US.

I ASSUME THAT'S WHAT THIS STUDY IS.

YES.

IS I, IS THAT RESPONSE CORRECT.

OKAY.

SO INVESTIGATING FIRST, IF, IF WE COULD ACTUALLY MAKE THEM A CONTRACT WORKER BEING TOLD THAT IS NOT THE CASE NOW, UM, WHAT DOES THE SALARY STUDY SAY? UM, AND WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THAT ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW? UM, THAT WILL GET US ANYWHERE AND WITHIN OUR

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OWN BUDGETARY PROCESS.

OKAY.

WE, WE WILL LOOK INTO THE LOUISIANA LIBRARY, UM, STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS CERTIFICATION TO SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO WITH THAT.

BUT IT'S SEEMS THAT ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO WOULD STILL BE JUST A, UM, BUMP ON THE EXISTING PAY SCALE.

LIKE AFTER COMPLETING YOUR FIRST SIX MONTHS OF SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT, WE COULD GIVE YOU ANOTHER STEP.

BUT THAT'S, AGAIN, STILL ALL TIED TO THAT CITY PARISH PAY SCALE.

AND HOW FAST DO YOU WANNA GET 'EM TO THE TOP.

OKAY.

THAT BRINGS UP ANOTHER THING.

MM-HMM.

, UH, WE'VE GOT A DEPUTY LIBRARY DIRECTOR ACTING AS AN ACTING LIBRARY DIRECTOR.

UM, AND I'VE HEARD OTHER PEOPLE IN THE CITY PARISH, WHENEVER THEY MOVE UP TO A ROLE OR WERE DOING MULTIPLE JOBS, HAD MULTIPLE TITLES THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY FELT LIKE NO ONE EVER TOLD THEM, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU MUCH LESS PAID THEM FOR IT.

SO THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

UH, BUT, UH, IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO FOR ANYONE THAT STEPS UP INTO THAT KIND OF A ROLE? WE HAVE, UM, I AM GETTING PAID AT SPENCER'S ON, ON AT SPENCER'S LEVEL? LEVEL? YES.

OKAY.

AT MY, AT MY STEP THAT I WAS AT BEFORE I WAS BUMPED UP TO THE DIRECTORS.

OKAY.

WELL THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S GOOD.

SO, EXCELLENT.

CONGRATULATIONS.

I HOPE THAT WAS A SIGNIFICANT .

.

THANK YOU.

I WILL TAKE IT.

I WILL TAKE IT.

DO Y'ALL HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MISCELLANEOUS STUFF SO I CAN TURN IT OVER TO PATRICIA? DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT TITLE OTHER THAN DEPUTY DIRECTOR OR INTERIM LIBRARY? DIRECTOR.

DIRECTOR.

INTERIM INTERIM.

OKAY.

YES.

I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET USED TO SAYING THAT INSTEAD OF DEPUTY LIBRARY DIRECTOR, WE, AND SIGNED OFF ON OUR THING TODAY.

IT'S DEPUTY SENATOR.

YEAH.

CURIOUS.

YEAH.

YES.

I THINK IT'S UP UPDATED IN LIKE HALF OF THE STUFF THAT I HAVE, AND THEN IN THE OTHER HALF IT'S STILL DEPUTY DIRECTOR, SO.

EXCELLENT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, BEFORE MOVING ON, IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY OF THE ITEMS LISTED UNDER ROMAN NUMERAL FOUR ON THE AGENDA REPORTS BY THE DIRECTOR? SEEING NONE, THERE ARE NO COMMITTEE REPORTS.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS UPDATE ON SOUTH BRANCH LIBRARY, MS. PATRICIA HUSBAND WILL DELIVER THIS REPORT.

OKAY.

THIS IS GONNA BE SHORT AND SWEET.

UM, LIKE THAT.

YEAH.

FOR THE SOUTH BRANCH, THE ARCHITECT SENT FINAL CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS TO ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES ON APRIL 3RD.

THE PROJECT WAS ADVERTISED APRIL 14TH, I FOUND IT IN THE ADVOCATE.

SO THERE IT IS.

AND IT'S SCHEDULED TO BE ADVERTISED APRIL 21ST AND 28TH.

A PRE-BID MEETING WILL BE HANDLED APRIL 25TH ON THE SITE, THE CONSTRUCTION SITE.

AND THEN, UH, BIDS WILL BE DUE MAY 11TH, UH, IN PURCHASING.

SO WE HOPE TO HAVE THE PROJECT AWARDED, HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF MAY SO THAT WE CAN BREAK GROUND THIS SUMMER.

SO THERE IS MOVEMENT.

AND YOU TALKING ABOUT BREAKING GROUND THIS SUMMER? YES.

MM-HMM.

.

WOW.

OKAY.

SO THERE YOU ARE.

UM, SCOTLANDVILLE BRANCH.

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SOUTH BRANCH? I'M JUST EXCITED.

YEAH, WELL THEY'RE, THEY'RE ALREADY FOLKS IN MY AREA ALREADY ANTICIPATING THE END OF JUNE .

THEY'RE SO, UH, JUST THERE, THERE AS THE CONSTRUCTION GOES ON, UH, OVER IN THAT AREA.

WELL, I'VE BEEN ASKED IF THE PARKING GARAGE IS THE LIBRARY, WHERE'S THE LIBRARY GONNA BE? WHEN'S IT GOING TO? UM, SO RIGHT NOW MY ANSWER HAS BEEN, WE THINK THE END OF JUNE.

SO, SO WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE'RE HOPEFUL.

SO, WE'LL, WE'LL HAVE THE SHOVEL CEREMONY SOMETIME THIS SUMMER.

YES.

YES.

OKAY.

THAT'S THE PLAN.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

FIRST, NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE IT .

FINE.

VERY GOOD.

FOR SCOTLANDVILLE, WE RECEIVED THE PHASE ONE, UH, CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AT THE END OF MARCH.

I'VE COMPLETED A REVIEW OF THE FLOOR PLANS AND I'M FINISHING UP THE SPECIFICATION REVIEW.

UH, ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DID GIVE US, UH, A FORMAL SCHEDULE FOR THAT, UH, BY APRIL 24TH.

WE NEED TO SEND THE, OUR COMMENTS AND ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES COMMENTS WILL GO TO THE, UM, THE ARCHITECT AND MAY 8TH, WE'LL RECEIVE THE FINAL CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FROM THE ARCHITECTS.

MAY 19TH,

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MAY 26TH, AND MAY.

UH, AND, AND JUNE 2ND WILL BE THE ADVERTISING DATES.

AND THERE'S A PRE-BID CONFERENCE ON, UM, MAY 30TH, AND THEN THE TENTATIVE BID OPENING WILL BE JUNE 15TH.

SO PROBABLY, PROBABLY AUGUST, EARLY AUGUST, MAYBE FOR A BREAKING GROUND ON THAT.

AND THAT'S GONNA BE JUST THE ARCHIVES.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I'VE GOT TO REPORT.

ANY QUESTIONS? A LOT OF GOOD NEWS THERE.

YEAH.

SO, ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

UH, IS THERE, UH, THERE'S NO COMMENT BY THE BOARD.

UH, IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY OF THE ITEMS UNDER ROMAN NUMERAL SIX ON THE AGENDA? UNFINISHED BUSINESS, SEEING NONE.

NEW BUSINESS DISCUSSION OF OBTAINING NON-PROFIT LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, THIS TOPIC CAME UP ACTUALLY ON ANOTHER BOARD THAT I SIT ON, ON THE BOTANICAL BOARD, UH, BOTANICAL BOARD, UH, UH, MEAT, UM, THAT I SIT ON RIGHT HERE FOR THE BOTANICAL GARDENS.

AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT INSURANCE ALSO.

SO IT GOT ME THINKING ABOUT THE LIBRARY, AND SOMEHOW IN MY MIND, I ALWAYS THOUGHT WE HAD INSURANCE FOR THIS, BUT I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH SPENCER, AND SPENCER AT THE TIME TOLD ME IT WAS A LITTLE PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE.

HE DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS WORTH IT.

UM, BUT I WANTED, UH, KRISTEN TO GET SOME INFORMATION ON IT TO, TO SEE IF, UM, IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PUTTING INTO THE UPCOMING BUDGET.

AND I, YOU KNOW, I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO, TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT.

SO, UM, KRISTEN, DO YOU HAVE, WHAT INFORMATION HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO GET AS FAR AS PRICES? UM, SO WE HAVE ONE QUOTE THAT WE JUST GOT TODAY.

I, I DON'T THINK IT IS PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE.

IT'S PROBABLY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN, UM, YOU KNOW, SPENCER INITIALLY THOUGHT, BUT IT IS BASED OFF OF OUR OPERATING BUDGET.

SO SINCE WE PAY FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, WE HAVE A, YOU KNOW, LARGER OPERATING BUDGET THAN OTHER, YOU KNOW, LIBRARY SYSTEMS WHERE THEIR, THEIR PARENT GOVERNMENT COVERS THINGS.

AND SO THEY DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE TO PUT THAT NECESSARILY WITHIN THE APPLICATION THAT RHONDA FILLED OUT TO GET THE QUOTE.

SO, UM, AND IN MY CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPUTY STATE LIBRARIAN, MOST OF THE SMALLER PARISHES AND THEIR LIBRARY BOARDS DO HAVE INSURANCE.

SHE WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT.

WE DID NOT, AND SHE CERTAINLY, UM, RECOMMENDS THAT Y'ALL DO.

SO, UM, THE QUOTE THAT WE HAVE HERE, AND WE'RE GONNA TRY AND, UH, ATTEMPT TO GET ANOTHER QUOTE IS, UM, ABOUT $17,000 SOUNDS FOR THE WHOLE BOARD.

YES.

AND THAT'S WITH, UH, A MILLION DOLLAR LIMIT AND 25,000 DEDUCTIBLE.

YEAH, A $0 DEDUCTIBLE FOR ONE AND 25 FOR THE OTHER TWO AGREEMENTS.

SO WE JUST GOT THIS TODAY, SO WE HAVEN'T HAD A WHOLE WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO, TO DIG INTO IT, BUT, UM, IT COVERS, I WOULD THINK THAT WE MIGHT ASK IF THE OTHER, UH, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS OF, UH, IN THIS CITY PARISH OR LIKE BRICK OR THE AIRPORT COMMISSION OR OTHER BOARDS HAVE, UH, WHAT THEY CALL DIRECT D O INSURANCE.

THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION I SENT ON ALSO HAS, UM, D UH, D O INSURANCE.

WE, WE PURCHASE THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERY YEAR.

SO YEAH, THOSE OF US WHO ARE ON OTHER BOARDS OFTEN, UM, HAVE THAT TYPE OF INSURANCE.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE REFERRING TO.

BUT OTHER, YOU SEE WHAT OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS LIKE THE BRECK BOARD OR ANY OF THOSE, UM, UH, OTHER BOARDS AND, AND WE, WE CAN CERTAINLY, WE CAN CERTAINLY CHECK, AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ASKED FOR WAS D AND O INSURANCE.

THAT'S THE QUOTE THAT WE RECEIVED.

AND IF, UH, MOST OTHER LIBRARY BOARDS IN THE STATE ALREADY HAVE IT, UM, AGAIN, I'M HAPPY TO ASK ABOUT BRACKEN AND THOSE OTHER, UM, ENTITIES.

UM, I BELIEVE I REACHED OUT TO

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BRAF, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER IF I HEARD BACK WHETHER OR NOT THEY RECOMMEND VIA, I DID HEAR BACK, I WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK AND CHECK, BUT, UM, I KNOW THAT I HAD ASKED SOMEONE AT BRAF IF THAT IS A RECOMMENDATION THAT THEY DO FOR ALL OF THE NONPROFITS THAT, UM, THEY WORK WITH.

SO IT, IT DOES SEEM PRETTY STANDARD.

WELL, IT, IT'S DIFFERENT BEING A, A, A GOVERNMENT ENTITY AS OPPOSED TO A, A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION.

AND THEY'RE, THEY'RE, UM, AND, AND I DON'T KNOW THE LIABILITY FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, UM, PEOPLE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AT COMMISSIONS THROUGH THE CITY PARISH OR THROUGH THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THROUGH OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT, UH, HOW THAT WOULD, WOULD, UH, WORK WITHOUT LOOKING INTO ASKING THIS, THE CITY PARISH ATTORNEY, UH, WELL, THEY'RE THE ONES THAT GAVE US THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMPANY THAT WE HAVE.

OH, OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

YEAH.

YEAH.

I I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF BRING THIS TOPIC UP.

UH, I DIDN'T KNOW IF Y'ALL WERE AWARE.

I, I, I KNOW I WASN'T.

SO I WAS CURIOUS TO GET