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WE'RE SWITCHING

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RIGHT NOW.

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO OUR PRESENTATION PORTION OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING.

FIRST UP IS MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON.

WE PRUNE TO RECOGNIZE MAY RICHARDSON, THE SECOND ANNUAL 2, 2 5 FEST.

WHERE IS DWIGHT MAYOR? I LOST MY VOICE AGAIN, .

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR PROTI AND MEMBERS OF, UH, THE COUNCIL.

UM, TODAY WE HAVE SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS.

UH, ONE IS FOR THE 20 24, 2, 2 5 FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS, UH, STARTING WITH MYRA RICHARDSON, WHOSE REMARKABLE EFFORTS, UH, AND THE DEDICATED ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS BEHIND THE SCENES OF 2, 2 5 FEST FOR 2024.

AND WE ARE APPROACHING THE SECOND YEAR OF 2 2 5 FEST.

AND IT IS DEFINITELY POISED FOR IT TO BE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

THIS FESTIVAL STANDS AS A VIBRANT SHOWCASE OF BATON ROUGE'S RICH CULTURE, EMBRACING A DIVERSE RANGE OF ATTRACTIONS THAT TRULY EMBODY THE SPIRIT OF OUR COMMUNITY, FROM AN ARRAY OF VENDORS TO FOOD TRUCKS AND A SENIOR ZONE MUSEUM TOURS A KIDS ZONE, A MIDI HEALTH FAIR, AN ART WALK, LIVE PERFORMANCES, AND MUCH MORE.

TWO TO FIVE FEST IS A CELEBRATION THAT CATERS TO EVERY TASTE, EVERY AGE, EVERY INTEREST.

IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE DIVERSE AND DYNAMIC TAPESTRY THAT DIVINE DEFINES OUR BELOVED CITY.

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO MYRA RICHARDSON AND TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL A REALITY.

YOUR COMMITMENT TO SHOWCASING THE BEST OF BATON ROUGE IS TRULY COMMENDABLE.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AS THE FESTIVALS, UH, THE FESTIVITIES RATHER, ARE SET TO UNFOLD ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2024, AND IT CO INSIDES WITH THE ICONIC 2 2 5 DAY TAKING PLACE FROM 12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM IN DOWNTOWN BATON ROUGE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STATE CAPITOL.

SO LET'S COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE, UH, OUR COMMUNITY AND EMBRACE OUR CULTURE.

UM, MANY OF THE SPONSORS ARE HERE TODAY AND I'M GOING TO ASK THEM TO COME UP.

OF COURSE, I'M GONNA ASK MYRA RICHARDSON TO COME.

COX COMMUNICATION CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM, EMERGENT METHOD CARE, SOUTH MEDICAL AND DENTAL, PLANET FITNESS, LSU, MUSEUM OF ART, COCA-COLA AETNA, URBAN LEAGUE OF LOUISIANA, EAST BATON ROUGE, COUNCIL ON AGING, LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM VISIT, BATON ROUGE, DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

BRILLIANT CLAYTON ORIGIN HOTEL, RED REED, VODKA EAST, BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY, THE BATON ROUGE AREA, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIAMOND IN THE DIRT CAPITAL PARK MUSEUM, JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BATON ROUGE, OUR EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM.

UH, THE BATON ROUGE ALLIANCE FOR STUDENTS DRAFT PICKS BARBERSHOP, BOYLE AND RU B-B-R-C-C, BRAILLE ORANGE STRATEGY, LAFE EVENTS ATTORNEY JOHN COLLINS, ATTORNEY BROCK ION.

SO ALL OF THE SPONSORS ARE HERE, UH, RIGHT BEHIND ME AND LAST TIME WE HAD A HUGE GROUP AS WELL.

AND BEFORE WE PRESENT, UH, CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION, UH, TO ALL OF THESE SPONSORS, WHICH WE'LL DO, UH, AFTER, UH, THIS PRESENTATION, I AM GOING TO ASK MYRA RICHARDSON TO COME UP AND SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE ANNUAL 2 2 5 FEST.

LET'S START BY GIVING THEM A WONDERFUL ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

IS IT CRAZY THAT THIS ISN'T EVEN ALL OF THE SPONSORS? SOME OF THEM ARE MISSING, UM, BUT I JUST WANT TO ECHO THE APPRECIATION FOR THESE SPONSORS BECAUSE AGAIN, 2 2 5 FEST IS A FESTIVAL THAT CELEBRATES CULTURE IN THE CAPITAL REGION AND WE ARE SO EXCITED THAT LAST YEAR WE HAD 14,000 PEOPLE ATTEND THIS EVENT.

AND RIGHT NOW WITH PRE REGISTRANTS, WE'RE ALREADY AT 17,000

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PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-REGISTERED TO CELEBRATE CULTURE IN THE CAPITAL REGION.

AND IT'S ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEHIND US, WE WELCOME SOME MORE PARTNERS.

JUST LAST WEEK, WE HAVE SEVERAL OF OUR HISTORIC HIGH SCHOOLS WHO WILL NOW BE AT 2 2 5 FEST CREATING A HISTORIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ROLE.

AND WE ALSO HAVE SEVERAL DIVINE NINE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL BE THERE.

SO THIS IS GONNA BE TRULY SOMETHING THAT REPRESENTS EVERY ECHO AND SILO OF BATON ROUGE AND HOPING TO BRING THEM TOGETHER ON ONE STREET.

'CAUSE OFTENTIMES IN THE CAPITAL REGION, WE DO STAY IN OUR SILOS AND WE DON'T CELEBRATE THAT WE HAVE TOGETHER AND WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON.

SO AGAIN, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO EVERY SPONSORED PLANET FITNESS JUST WALKED IN THE ROOM.

I SAW THAT IN THE LIBRARY, BUT UM, AGAIN, WE ARE JUST SO GRATEFUL AND WE WILL AFTER THIS BE TAKING A PICTURE OVER HERE AND ONE IN THE FOYER.

BUT AGAIN, LET'S GIVE A ROUND APPLAUSE TO MAYOR BROOM, WHO MADE SURE TO SUPPORT AND STEP UP.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS.

UM, WE'LL TAKE A BIG PICTURE RIGHT HERE SHORTLY AND THEN WE'LL TAKE ANOTHER BIG PICTURE RIGHT OUTSIDE THERE.

BUT WOULD YOU CELEBRATE OUR SPONSORS ONCE AGAIN? AND THANK YOU, UH, MYRA, YOU ALL CAN BE SEATED RIGHT NOW.

OKAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY, OUR SECOND PRESENTATION TODAY.

OUR SECOND PRESENTATION GOES TO OUR LSU TIGER GIRLS DANCE TEAM.

COME ON GIRLS.

COME ON LADIES.

MARK, MAKE SURE YOU READY.

ALRIGHT.

I'M EXCITED TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT BY THE LSU TIGER GIRLS DANCE TEAM AS THEY HAVE EMERGED VICTORIOUS AS THE WINNERS OF DIVISION ONE A KIPP HOP AT THE UCA AND UDA COLLEGE CHEERLEADING AND DANCE TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

WOO, THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS NOT JUST A TRIUMPH FOR THE TEAM, BUT ALSO A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR THE ENTIRE BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY.

THE DEDICATION, TALENT AND HARD WORK EXHIBITED BY THE LSU TIGER GIRLS NOT ONLY SECURED THEM THE TOP SPOT, BUT ALSO ELEVATED BATON ROUGE ON THE NATIONAL STAGE.

THEIR PRECISION, ENERGY AND COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE HAVE TRULY SET THEM APART, SHOWCASING THE SPIRIT OF OUR CITY AND THE CALIBER OF TALENT THAT RESIDES WITHIN.

ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE, I EXTEND HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LSU TIGER GIRLS DANCE TEAM.

UM, HERE, UH, WITH US WE HAVE ABIGAIL TRAMELL AND YOU COULD JUST RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALESSANDRA BROWN, ALEXANDRIA PRA, AMANI WILLIAMS, ARIANA BELMONT, BRIE POCHE, CHLOE IAN, I'LL BE GOING TO RECOGNIZE YOUR OUTSTANDING TALENT, DEDICATION, AND TEAMWORK, WHICH CULMINATED IN THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT AS DIVISION ONE A UCA AND UDA COLLEGE CHEERLEADING

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AND DANCE TEAM.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

YOUR VICTORY NOT ONLY BRINGS YOU IMMENSE PRIDE TO THE LSU COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE VIBRANT SPIRIT AND ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE OF BATON ROUGE.

THANK YOU MUCH.

Y'ALL NOT, DID YOU WANNA SAY IT? I CAN SAY HELLO.

WE JUST WANNA THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE AND HAVING US, UH, GET THIS OPPORTUNITY.

WE ARE SO HONORED TO BRING HOME ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BATON ROUGE.

WE LOVE WEARING PURPLE AND GOLD.

WE LOVE LSU AND WE LOVE BATON ROUGE AND WE'RE JUST SO HONORED TO BE HERE WITH Y'ALL RIGHT NOW.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

AND IF, IF YOU'LL WAIT ONE MOMENT AFTER WE DO OUR LAST, UM, PRESENTATION, WE'D LOVE TO TAKE A GROUP PICTURE WITH YOU ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS I KNOW WOULD AS WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IS GONNA START WORKING ON ALL OF Y'ALL'S NIL DEALS RIGHT AFTER .

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

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NEXT UP THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT WILL RECOGNIZE JORDAN AND LISA TABOR, PARENTS OF OWEN TABOR AND FOUNDERS OF RAIN WILL BRING FLOWERS FOUNDATION.

HELLO.

IT'S AN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE TWO EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TURNED PERSONAL TRAGEDY INTO A POWERFUL FORCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

JORDAN AND LISA TABOR, THE FOUNDERS OF THE RAIN, WILL BRING FLOWERS FOUNDATION, THEIR JOURNEY MARKED BY THE UNIMAGINABLE LOSS OF THEIR SON.

OWEN HAS TRANSFORMED INTO A BEACON OF HOPE SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE AWARENESS, PARTICULARLY AMONG OUR YOUTH.

JORDAN AND LISA HAVE BECOME PASSIONATE ADVOCATES FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

THEIR MISSION AIMED AT REACHING STUDENTS, STUDENT ATHLETES, COACHES AND PARENTS, UNDERSCORES THE URGENCY OF CREATING SAFE SPACES FOR OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES THAT AFFECT SO MANY IN SILENCE.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE FOUNDATION TEAMED UP WITH THE LSU ATHLETICS AND OUR LADY OF THE LAKE TO HOST THE IMPACTFUL PLANTING SEEDS OF HOPE EVENT AT THE L-S-U-P-M-A-C, INITIATING REAL CONVERSATIONS SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH, BREAKING DOWN STIGMAS AND FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE INDIVIDUALS FEEL SEEN, HEARD, AND SUPPORTED.

IN A WORLD THAT OFTEN SHIES AWAY FROM DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, JORDAN AND LISA TABOR HAVE BRAVELY STEPPED FORWARD CHANGING HOW WE TALK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN'S WELLBEING.

THEIR COMMITMENT TO CREATING A COMMUNITY WHERE MENTAL HEALTH IS PRIORITIZED, IS INDEED COMMENDABLE AND ALIGNS PERFECTLY WITH OUR CITY'S VISION FOR A HEALTHIER, MORE COMPASSIONATE BATON ROUGE.

LET US EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO JORDAN AND LISA FOR THEIR RESILIENCE, COMPASSION, AND UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I WOULD LIKE .

SURE.

THANK YOU MAYOR BLOOM FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT, UM, LISA AND I HAD TO FIND A WAY TO TRANSFORM OUR PAIN INTO PURPOSE AND PROTECT THIS COMMUNITY.

ITS FAMILIES AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR SON OWEN WAS POPULAR, NEVER BULLIED.

UM, ATHLETIC, GOOD LOOKING CAME FROM A VERY STABLE HOME WHERE HE WAS LOVED AND SUPPORTED IN EVERY WAY.

AND I JUST SAY THAT SO EVERYONE THAT'S LISTENING TO ME WILL KNOW THAT IF OUR SON COULD FALL VICTIM TO SUICIDE, THEN ALL OF OUR RISK, ALL OF OUR YOUTH ARE AT RISK.

AND WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE, UH, PROVIDE EDUCATION AND MESSAGING, UH, TO THIS COMMUNITY, TO, UH, CHECK, TO TRY TO AFFECT CHANGE TOGETHER.

UH, IT WILL ALL TAKE A VILLAGE AND WE NEED TO DO IT TOGETHER.

I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK RAIN WILL BRING FLOWERS FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS, UH, SHELLY MULLINAX, GORDY RUSH, GERALD CALLAGHAN, DR.

JAMAR MELTON,

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AND ALSO DONNIE JARROW.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH LSU, ATHLETE ATHLETICS, OUR LADY LAKE AND ALSO THE L CLUB AND OF COURSE MAYOR BLOOM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.

NEXT UP METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEMBER CAROLYN COLEMAN WILL RECOGNIZE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL KITTEN TROOP 1 0 5 5 1.

AND I SAY GOOD AFTERNOON TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ASSEMBLED HERE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

YES.

THERE YOU GO.

THERE YOU GO.

AND SO THIS AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO STAND HERE AND ACKNOWLEDGE SOME GIRLS THAT HAVE REALLY SHOWN SOME GOOD STUFF.

AND SO I'M ALSO HONORED TO BE STANDING HERE WITH MY GOOD GIRL WHO IS BLANCHE COLEMAN, WHO IS MY GRANDDAUGHTER WHO FOLLOWING ME BECAUSE WHAT SHE FOLLOWS THE BEST AND SO SHE WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO, HOW TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO.

ISN'T THAT RIGHT? UH, MAYOR PRO TEM.

ALL RIGHT.

HELP HIM OUT, MAYOR.

AND SO, UH, BLANCHE IS HERE AND BLANCHE IS A SENIOR AT ST.

JOSEPH.

AND YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR, UH, COME ON.

MAY I GET THIS PICTURE? THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE.

AND SO WHAT BETTER TIME THAN THIS? LOOK, BECAUSE BLANCHE WAS ONCE ONE OF THESE GIRLS HERE.

AND SO GIRLS, COME ON UP.

YOU ALL ARE THE LADIES OF THE HOUR.

YES INDEED.

Y'ALL MAKE ME JUMP.

AND SO THESE YOUNG LADIES HERE, YOU ALL IS THE EPITOME OF WHAT ALL OF US OUGHT TO BE ABOUT.

AND THAT IS THEIR GIRL SCOUT PROMISE.

THAT IS JUST THE BEST.

IT SAYS ON MY HONOR.

I'LL TRY TO SERVE GOD IN MY COUNTRY TO HELP PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES AND TO LIVE BY THAT GIRL SCOUT LAW.

EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE DOING THAT.

SO KNOW THAT YOU ALL ARE REPRESENTING VERY WELL AND WE'RE JUST GLAD TO HAVE ALL OF YOU HERE.

AND THEN MANY MAY WAIT, MAY ASK WHY THE BLUE? WHY THE GREEN? WHY THE DIFFERENT COLORS? BECAUSE WE HAVE DAISIES.

WHAT ELSE? WE HAVE BLANCHE, UM, BROWNIES.

EVERYBODY, CADETS LOVE BROWNIE, .

AND CADETS.

CADETS.

AND SO YOU GROW IN THIS THING, PEOPLE.

ALL RIGHT.

AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE, AND I'M GOING TO ASK MS. ANYA VARGAS TO COME ON UP HERE.

THIS IS TRUE.

1 0 5 5 1.

AND SO WE ARE GOING TO GIVE EACH ONE OF THESE YOUNG LADIES A CERTIFICATE.

OKAY? FIRST UP IS KENZIE WELSH.

SHE'S A DAISY.

GIVE IT UP FOR KENZIE.

ALRIGHT, KENZIE, THAT'S YOUR NAME.

ALRIGHT, AND KENZIE, YOU STAND RIGHT OVER.

NEXT IS CHARLIE HILLIARD.

SHE'S ALSO A DAISY.

UM, NEXT IS JOLIE HANDY? SHE'S NOT HERE.

THANK YOU.

AND SHE'S ALSO A DAISY.

GREAT.

THERE YOU GO.

AND NEXT IS VIOLET VARGAS.

SHE'S A BROWNIE.

WOO.

AND NOW CHLOE WRIGHT, SHE'S A CADET.

RILEY SEALS, SHE'S ALSO A CADET.

HI.

AND DEMI A AMOR VARGAS, SHE'S A CADET.

AND SO I'M TOLD THAT THE MEGA DROP, WHICH IS WHEN THE COOKIES WILL COME, WILL BE FEBRUARY THE 24TH.

YEAH.

YEAH, THE 24TH.

YEAH.

YES.

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AND ON THAT NOTE, KENZIE, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COOKIE? CHOCOLATE.

CHOCOLATE CHIP.

AH, AND WHAT ABOUT YOU CHARLIE? CHOCOLATE CHIP TWO FOR CHOCOLATE CHIP.

Y'ALL.

UM, JOLIE, THAT'S THE ONE THAT'S AND WHAT DOES SHE LIKE? I THINK JOLIE PROBABLY LIKES LEMONADE.

LEMONADE, OKAY.

VIOLET, SHE LIKES CARAMEL DELIGHTS.

CHLOE SHORT, SHORT BREAD.

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE THAT PLAIN BABY.

AND BRI BRILEY, UH, I LIKE TREY FALLS AND THEM.

I LOVE A GIRL THAT HAS TWO , JIMMY CARAMEL DELIGHTS AND SIMMONS.

GOOD JOB.

AND HERE THEY ARE.

COME ON YA.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

OUR TROOP TROOP 1 0 5 5 1 IS EXCLUSIVE TO THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL AND WE ARE SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER ANY COOKIES FROM OUR GIRLS, YOU CAN GO TO SU LAB SCHOOL.COM.

THANK YOU.

WE GONNA TAKE A PICTURE UP HERE.

WE NOT GOING OUTSIDE.

WE GONNA TAKE OUR PICTURE RIGHT UP THERE WHILE THEY'RE, UM, TAKING PICTURES.

WE HAVE THE FAVORITES FROM EACH OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND SO WE WILL BE ORDERING THEM AND GETTING THEM TO EACH OF THE MEMBERS.

I LIKE MACAROONS.

ALL RIGHT, SO WE WANNA DO MINE FIRST, THEN HE'S NEXT.

ALRIGHT, EVERYBODY LOOK RIGHT HERE.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

BIG SMILES.

HOLD FOR ME.

THIS DISTRICT 10, EVERYTHING THAT'S BEING ACKNOWLEDGED TODAY, EVEN ON THESE LSU GIRLS.

THE BEST DISTRICT 10 .

ALRIGHT, BIG SMILES ALL HOLD UP FOR ME.

GOOD.

THREE, TWO.

ALRIGHT.

OKAY, HERE WE GO.

1, 2, 3.

1, 2, 3.

GOT IT.

GOOD JOB.

SO GIVE IT UP FOR THESE GIRLS.

ONE MORE TIME.

EXCEPTIONAL.

NEXT UP WE'LL HAVE METRO COUNCIL MEMBER CAROLYN COLEMAN AND METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEMBER AARON MO TO RECOGNIZE ROBERT A BOGAN BATON ROUGE FIRE MUSEUM.

CAROLYN, GO TAKE OUT, UH, GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS.

UH, TODAY, UH, SOMETHING SPECIAL AND DEAR TO MY HEART, OF COURSE IS FIREFIGHTERS POLICE AND, UH, EMS, UH, BUT ESPECIALLY WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS, IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE ROBERT A BOGAN FIRE MUSEUM, IF YOU'VE BEEN TO AN EVENT THERE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, UH, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO GO TO.

I'M GONNA GIVE YOU A LITTLE HISTORY AND, AND AND BACKGROUND LIKE THAT.

BUT AS I WAS OUT THERE ONE EVENING, I NOTICED I LOOKED UP AND IT HAD, YOU KNOW, IT WAS GREAT.

IT'S A UNITED STATES FLAG ABOVE THE BUILDING, BUT IT'S THE BATON ROUGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, HIS HISTORICAL AREA.

SO I ASKED AND INQUIRED WITH THE BOARD, UH, WITH SOME OF THE EVENTS, UH, IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO, UH, RECEIVE IN ADDITION TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE ROBERT A BOGEN FIRE MUSEUM IS AN INSTITUTION COMMITTED TO PRESERVING THE RICH HISTORY OF BATON ROUGE FIREFIGHTING HERITAGE.

THE TEAM BRINGS PASSION, EXPERTISE, AND A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PROTECTED OUR COMMUNITY.

SO ROBERT A BOGDEN, DURING HIS TENURE AS CHIEF, HE ACCOMPLISHED MANY THINGS THAT BUILT WHAT COULD BE CALLED A MODEL FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HERE IN BATON ROUGE.

IN 1925, HE WORKED TO GET THE CITY TO ESTABLISH A FIREMAN'S PENSION FUND TO GIVE SECURITY FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

IN THE TWENTIES, HE BEGAN A SYSTEM OF INSPECTIONS TO REDUCE FIRE HAZARDS IN THE CITY.

HE ALSO WAS A TEAM THAT BROUGHT ONE OF THE FIRST MOTORIZED VEHICLES, UM, MOTORIZED FIRE TRUCKS TO BATON ROUGE.

UM, AND ALSO, UM, HE ARRANGED FOR ALL CITY FIREFIGHTERS TO RECEIVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN FIRST AID AND EQUIPPED ALL ENGINES WITH THE FIRST AID KIT, WHICH GOT INTO WHERE THE BATON ROUGE FIRE DEPARTMENT BECAME FIRST RESPONDERS BEFORE EVEN EMS, UH, WAS AROUND AND EVERYTHING.

SO THAT'S A QUICK HISTORY OF THE BOGAN EIGHT FIRE MUSEUM.

UH, THERE'S TWO BEAUTIFUL TRUCKS IN THERE.

THERE'S A FACILITY THAT

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THEY HOST DIFFERENT EVENTS.

UM, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE US INVEST IN MORE, UM, TO DO WITH THAT.

BUT RIGHT NOW WHAT I THINK WE CAN INVEST IN, WE, UH, I ASKED MS. CAROLYN TO JOIN ME AND FROM, UH, THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL AND FROM THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE, WE WANT TO PRESENT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BOMAN MUSEUM.

THESE TWO FLAGS TO HANG WITH THE UNITED STATES FLAG ABOVE THE FIRE MUSEUM.

BUT WE HAVE A LOUISIANA STATE FLAG TO PRESENT THAT RIGHT THERE IS A ROY AND, AND PROUDLY TO HANG ABOVE THE BATON ROUGE FIRE MUSEUM IS THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE FLAG.

I HOPE THEY'RE NOT BIGGER THAN THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

WE'LL HAVE TO GET YOU ONE OF THOSE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HANG WITH THAT.

BUT, UH, AT THIS TIME, UM, THIS IS MR. CHRISTIAN ROGERS.

HE IS ON THE BOARD AND IF HE HAS A LITTLE INFORMATION TO GIVE ABOUT THE FIRE MUSEUM, AND WE ARE VERY HONORED TO RECEIVE THESE FLAGS.

IT HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR REQUESTS FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF NOW.

SO WE'RE GLAD THAT IT'S FINALLY COME TO, TO FRUITION.

UH, AND AGAIN, THE FIRE MUSEUM, WE ARE REALLY HERE TO HONOR AND PRESERVE ALL THE HISTORY OF THE FIREFIGHTERS, NOT JUST IN BATON ROUGE, BUT ALSO ST.

GEORGE.

UM, AND REALLY WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS BECOMING THE STATE FIRE MUSEUM.

UM, WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY WITH, UM, CHIEF BOGAN REALLY SETTING THE PACE FOR REALLY ALL THE FIRE, UM, STATIONS AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WITH ALL THAT HE'S DONE WITH THE FIRE ACADEMY.

AND I AM PROUD THAT WE DO ACTUALLY HAVE THE VERY FIRST MOTORIZED VEHICLE IN OUR DISPLAY, THE 1919 LADDER TRUCK.

IT IS ACTUALLY ON DISPLAY IN OUR FIRE, UM, MUSEUM THAT THE STATE THAT THE STATE AND THE CITY DID PURCHASE FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS.

SO, UM, AS WE GET THROUGH MARDI GRAS SEASON, WE'LL BE OPEN ON SATURDAYS, UM, KIND OF TO KIND OF COORDINATE WITH THE, UM, THE DOWNTOWN, UM, FOOD MARKET ON SATURDAY MORNINGS.

SO WE'LL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FOR MOST OF THAT WE ARE FREE TO PUBLIC, UM, AT ANY TIME ON THE DAYS THAT WE'RE OPEN.

SO MORE TO COME CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THANK YOU.

AND ON THAT, UH, HEREBY AWARDED TO ROBERT A BODEN BA BOARD OF DIRECTORS BATON ROUGE FIRE MUSEUM.

YOUR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING THE CULTURAL AND HISTOR HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR COMMUNITY IS TRULY COMMENDABLE.

THE AESTHETICS OF THE MUSEUM SYMBOLIZES THE DEEP ROOTED CONNECTION BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND ITS FIREFIGHTING HERITAGE AS A VITAL ROLE IN PRESERVING THE HERITAGE OF OUR CITY.

WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THE BATON ROUGE FLAG AND THE LOUISIANA STATE FLAG TO BE HUNG ON TOP OF THE BATON ROUGE FIRE MUSEUM.

GIVEN THIS DATE, JANUARY 31ST, 2024.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I GET A PICTURE OF IT.

THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN? YES.

WHERE IS THAT MUSEUM? 4 27 LAURELS DISTRICT.

I WAS TRYING TO SET YOU UP.

COME ON.

I GAVE HER, I LIFTED IT RIGHT UP THERE.

FOUR, I MEAN, SET UP.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SHE CAN, SHE CAN, SHE CAN POO POOP, LAY ANYTHING.

SHE CAN LAY NEWSPAPER.

ARRIVED AT 10.

ANYTHING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NEXT UP WE HAVE METRO COUNCIL MEMBER CAROLYN COLEMAN TO RECOGNIZE BLANCHE M COLEMAN SENIOR AT ST.

JOSEPH'S ACADEMY COUNCIL MEMBER FOR THE DAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD TO DO THAT THOUGH.

I CAN DO THAT.

TELL HIM SUB NEXT.

I TOLD, TOLD, TOLD HIM THREE TIMES, I MUST SAY IN ALL.

OKAY.

I MUST SAY IN ALL OF, MANY OF MY PRESENTATIONS.

AND I MADE THIS ONE WHEREBY, UH, YOU KNOW, AT THE END OR WHATEVER PLAN, JUST ONE OF MY, THAT THE RECORD REFLECT WHAT I SAID.

BLANCHE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE GRANDDAUGHTERS.

UH, YES.

AND SO BLANCHE, AS I SAID BEFORE, SHE'S A SENIOR AT, UH, ST.

JOE'S ACADEMY AND THEN BLANCHE, UM, HAD TO HAVE OUR, AND SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, IT'S ON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SIRS.

AND SO BLANCHE IS A SENIOR AT, UH, ST.

JOSEPH.

AND, UH, I'M JUST PROUD OF THIS LITTLE GIRL HERE AND SHE WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, GET HER HOURS AND FOLLOW ONE OF THE

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BEST.

SO BLANCHE , I YIELD SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY.

IT'S YOUR DATE.

YOU GOOD? ALRIGHT.

SHE'S GOOD.

SHE'S GOING TO BE ATTENDING LSU AND MAJOR AND IN, UM, PRE-MADE PRE-MED.

ALRIGHT.

THAT SAYS IT ALL RIGHT THERE.

HE'S NOT DOING IT.

OKAY.

AND THAT CON PASS IT UP.

THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATIONS FOR THIS EVENING.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BRIEF FIVE MINUTE BREAK.

UM, SO THANK YOU.

WE'LL RECONVENE THE COUNCIL MEETING IN, IN FIVE MINUTES.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT, YOU WHEN I'M READY.

WELCOME.

[CALL TO ORDER]

WELCOME EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31ST, 2024 REGULAR METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING.

WE'LL HAVE OUR CALL TO ORDER.

UH, ASHLEY, DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? WE HAVE A QUORUM.

OUR INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE, UH, DONE THIS EVENING BY ZACHARY COUNCILWOMAN, JENNIFER BOYD, UH, AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE DONE BY THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL.

KITTEN TROOP 1 0 5 5 1.

STAND UP.

WE'RE PRAYING.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

PLEASE PRAY WITH ME TO HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH, FATHER, WE'RE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL, TALENTED PEOPLE.

GOD THANK YOU FOR THE TALENTS THAT YOU'VE GIVEN EACH OF US.

FATHER, I JUST PRAY THAT YOU STRIKE ANYTHING NEGATIVE OR ANY THOUGHTS OR ANYTHING FROM OUR MOUTHS, FATHER.

AND JUST HELP US POUR OUT NOTHING BUT POSITIVE ENERGY, FATHER AND OUR TALENTS AND USE THEM BEST TO THEIR ABILITIES, UH, FOR EACH OTHER, FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COMMUNITY.

FATHER, WE JUST GIVE YOU ALL THE GLORY.

FATHER, MAY, MAY WE JUST NEVER LOSE, LOSE YOUR WONDER, THE WONDER OF YOUR MERCY, GOD AND YOUR GRACE.

WE LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU.

WE GIVE YOU THE GLORY IN JESUS NAME.

AMEN.

AMEN.

YES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I DON'T HURT, RIGHT? THERE YOU GO.

HOW ABOUT THIS? HOW ABOUT Y'ALL STAND HERE.

HOW ABOUT Y'ALL STAND HERE IF YOU DON'T MIND.

STAND HERE.

Y'ALL HOLD ON.

OCH, SCOOT THIS WAY.

HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

WE GOT GOOD INSURANCE.

WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INTO COVER STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVIDUAL WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

YES WE DO.

YES WE DO.

UH, WE'LL

[ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

GO TO ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

ITEM ONE, APPROVAL AND ADOPTION OF MINUTES OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING OF JANUARY 10TH, 2024, THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ZONING MEETING OF JANUARY 17TH, 2024 AND THE SPECIAL METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING OF JANUARY 19TH, 2024 AND THE GREATER BATON ROUGE AIRPORT COMMISSION MEETING OF JANUARY 9TH, 2024 BY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR, TREASURER.

HAVE A MOTION TO, UH, APPROVE ITEM ONE BY ASO, SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE.

ITEM ONE PASSES INTRODUCTION.

[INTRODUCTIONS (Part 1 of 3)]

ASHLEY, PLEASE READ THE INTRODUCTIONS.

SECTION 2.12 INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER TWO, AMENDING THE 2024 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE ALLISON SAINT IRMA LEE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AS TO APPROPRIATE $146,780 FROM THE COLLECTION OF 2024 PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO INCREASE PAYROLL NEEDS FOR RECRUITING AND RETENTION BY ALLISON SAINT IRMA.

FIRE CHIEF NUMBER THREE, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO APPROVE THE ASSISTANT CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT TO INCREASE THE PAY OF ROBERT L JOINER, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER THREE, PAY GRADE 2290 FROM STEP 14 TO STEP 19 BY THE ASSISTANT CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR.

NUMBER FOUR, AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND LEVYING AN AVALOR PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE OF 10.0 MILLS IN THE CHENEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

NUMBER SEVEN OF THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE STATE OF LOUISIANA FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS COMMENCING WITH THE TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2024 AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER TO AND INCLUDING THE YEAR 2033 BY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR TREASURER NUMBER FIVE, AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND LEVYING AN VALOR PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE AT THE RATE OF 10.0 MILLS IN THE ALLISON ST.

ARLEE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NUMBER NINE OF THE PARISH OF EAST GUT ROOF STATE OF LOUISIANA FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS COMMENCING WITH THE TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2024

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AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER TO AND INCLUDING THE YEAR 2033 BY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR TREASURER.

NUMBER SIX, EXPRESSING THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL'S INTENTION TO REMOVE BRANDON WILLIAMS FROM THE MUNICIPAL FIRE AND POLICE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD FOR NEGLECTIVE DUTY AND OR MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE.

IN DIRECTING COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR TREASURER TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL NOTICE OF A HEARING TO BE HELD AT THE REGULAR METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING ON FEBRUARY 28TH, 2024 AT 4:00 PM BY COUNCILMAN DWIGHT HUDSON CONDEMNATION.

[CONDEMNATION INTRODUCTIONS]

INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER SEVEN, JOHN CARTER JUNIOR.

4 2 8 9 PRESCOTT COURT COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE, NUMBER EIGHT, LEON D JOHNSON AND TIJUANA G JOHNSON.

3 5 3 3 3 5 3 PRESCOTT ROAD COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE, NUMBER NINE, THOMAS L DANGERFIELD AT AL.

1 4 9 EAST WASHINGTON STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN ADJUDICATED

[ADJUDICATED PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS]

PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER 10 LOT ONE A SQUARE 12 SUBDIVISION BANKS COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 11, LOT SEVEN AND NINE SQUARE 47 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 12 LOT 24 SQUARE 1 0 2 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 13, LOT FOUR SQUARE FOUR SUBDIVISION NORTHDALE AND ADDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 14 LOT 45 SQUARE THREE SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE ADEN ADDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 15 LOT 44 SQUARE THREE SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 16 LOT 12 SQUARE 28 SUBDIVISION FAIRFIELD COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 17 LOT 11 SQUARE NINE SUBDIVISION STANDARD HEIGHTS COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 18 LOT 22 SQUARE 39 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 19 LOT 59 SQUARE 15 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 20 LOT 14 SQUARE FOUR SUBDIVISION VALLEY PARK ANNEX COUNCIL DISTRICT 12 ROCA NUMBER 21 LOT 10 SQUARE 35.

SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE EXTENSION COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 22 LOT 14 SUBDIVISION FAIRLAND COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HEARST NUMBER 23 LOT NINE PLUS SQUARE EIGHT SUBDIVISION FORTUNE COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HEARST NUMBER 24 LOT 14 PARTS SQUARE 36 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 25 LOT THREE SQUARE ONE SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 26 LOT 24 PLUS SQUARE FOUR SUBDIVISION BOGAN COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 27 LOT 35 SQUARE TWO.

SUBDIVISION COMBU COM I'M SORRY, COM BUZZ ZOO COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 28 LOT 30 SQUARE ONE SUBDIVISION DAYTON COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN.

ALL ITEMS REQUIRE READING HAVE BEEN READ.

AND A MOTION TO DELETE ITEM 48 AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT AND INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS IS ORDER A MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS WITH THE ITEM THAT REFERENCES BRANDON WILLIAMS. ALL RIGHT.

THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DO WE HAVE THE ITEM NUMBER 24? UM, NUMBER SIX.

NUMBER SIX.

ALRIGHT, IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

WE NEED, UH, WE DO NEED ITEM 48 DELETED.

COUNCILMAN DUN, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO ADD 48 TO YOUR MOTION? SURE.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

AND IT'S BEEN SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN COLE.

I'LL MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS SECONDED BY ASO EXCEPT 48 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 48.

YEP.

SO WE'LL VOTE ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION FIRST.

UM, ASHLEY OPEN MACHINE MACHINES ARE OPEN ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO DELETE ITEM 48 AND INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS. PUT YES, UH, MR. HUDSON'S IS THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

YEAH.

OH, WAIT A MINUTE.

OKAY, LET'S, LET'S, UM, I'M GONNA, I'M GONNA CLEAR THAT WE'RE GONNA VOTE FIRST ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION MOTION, WHICH IS TO DELETE ITEM 48.

THAT IS AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT.

OH, OKAY.

THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO DO WITH MR. WILLIAMS AND INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS. SO THE MOTION WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON IS DELETE 48.

INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS. SORRY.

THANK YOU.

MACHINES ARE OPEN, YES OR NO? MR. COLE IS ERRONEOUSLY SHOWED AS.

YES, THE MOTION STILL CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, WE'LL

[CONDEMNATIONS (Part 1 of 2)]

MOVE TO, UH, CONDEMNATIONS.

PLEASE SEE YOUR SEPARATE SHEET FOR DPW.

RECOMMENDATIONS.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DPW ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 49 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, AND 66.

UH, I HAVE REQUESTS FROM A FEW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO, UH, DEFER ITEMS 50 AND 63 FOR 30 DAYS.

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AND A REQUEST TO DEFER ITEMS 67 AND 55 FOR 90 DAYS.

UH, AND A REQUEST TO DELETE ITEMS 56, 56 50 AND 49.

UH, ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS ON CONDEMNATIONS? YES, I'D LIKE TO, UH, 30 DAY NUMBER, UH, 51, GIVE 'EM 30 DAYS TO COMPLETE SUCCESSION.

NUMBER 52, UM, SCHEDULE FOR SELF DEMOLITION.

SO I WANT TO DELETE 52, 53, 30 DAYS IS IN SUCCESSION.

AND 56, UH, WE CAN DELETE IT.

THE OWNER HAS ABATED IT 56.

OKAY.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS? YES.

UM, I NEED 90 DAYS FOR ITEM NUMBER 59, PLEASE.

90 DAYS.

THANK YOU.

90 DAYS.

DO WE HAVE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? SEEING NONE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

SO THE MOTION WILL BE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 49 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, AND 66 DEFER FOR 30 DAYS.

ITEMS 50 63, 51 53 DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEM 67, 55 AND 59.

AND TO DELETE ITEMS 50 56, 49 AND 52.

MOTION BY THE CHAIR? WE HAVE A SECOND.

UM, MR. HUDSON, I THINK YOU MISREAD.

OKAY.

UM, WE HAVE ITEM 50 AS BEING DEFERRED FOR 30 DAYS NOT BEING DELETED.

OH, IT'S ON HERE.

BOTH.

AND 59 WAS 90 DAYS NOT PROCEED.

SO I THINK WE'RE GONNA NEED TO REREAD THAT.

GOTCHA.

ALRIGHT.

SO MOTION TO PROCEED ON ITEMS 49 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, AND 66 DEFER FOR 30 DAYS.

ITEMS 63, 51 AND 53 DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEM 67, 55 AND 59.

AND TO DELETE ITEMS 56 49 AND 52.

MOTION BY THE CHAIR SECOND BY MRO.

SO DO WE HAVE NO, UH, SEE ANY OPPOSITION SEEING AND NONE AMAROSA THE ITEM CARRIES MOTION.

MOVE TO OUR PUBLIC HEARING.

UH, WE'VE BEEN HAVE A REQUEST TO TAKE ITEM ON HONOR.

YES, SIR.

I NEED

[INTRODUCTIONS (Part 2 of 3)]

TO GO BACK, MAKE A MOTION TO RECONSIDER NUMBER 40.

THE, THE INTRODUCTIONS.

I, IS IT A RECONSIDER OR WAS THE VOTE LIKE COUNCILMAN COLES, UH, SHOWN INCORRECT? WELL, ONCE WE, UM, RECONSIDER THEN WE, ONCE THE VOTE IS PRINTED, WE, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IT.

THERE'S A MOTION TO RECONSIDER A SECOND BY MR. COLE TO RECONSIDER.

IS THERE ANY OPPOSITION? SEE? AND NONE WE WILL RECONSIDER INTRODUCTIONS.

I'LL MAKE A MOTION THAT WE, UH, INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF I.

ITEM 48.

I'LL MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS WITH, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 48.

AND ITEM SIX, IS IT ASHLEY SIX? YES.

YES.

SECOND.

UH, THE FIRST MOTION IS SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN NOEL.

COUNCILMAN DUNN'S.

MOTION IS SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN COLE.

WE'LL VOTE FIRST ON IF THERE'S NO, IF THERE'S NO REQUEST TO SPEAK, WE'LL VOTE FIRST ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

UM, SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

ASHLEY, PLEASE READ THE MOTIONS.

UM, THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION IS TO DELETE ITEMS 48 AND SIX AND INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS BY COUNCILMAN DUNN.

SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN COLE.

I AM GOING TO OPEN THE MACHINES FOR THAT MOTION, PLEASE.

THAT'S THE SUBSTITUTE.

THAT'S THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

AND WE'RE VOTING FIRST ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

THAT WILL BE TO DELETE 48 AND SIX.

ASHLEY? YES.

QUESTION IF THESE TWO FAIL, DOES THE PREVIOUS VOTE STAND OR DOES THE RECONSIDERATION NO.

WIPE THAT OPEN.

OKAY.

OKAY.

YES.

MACHINES ARE OPEN ON THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION.

VOTE NO FOR ME, PLEASE.

YES.

MOTION FAILS.

[00:45:02]

NEXT, THE MACHINE'S GONNA BE OPEN ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION TO DELETE ITEM 48 AND INTRO.

INTRODUCE ALL OTHER ITEMS. I HAVE POINT OF ORDER.

YES.

POINT OF ORDER.

MR. GOEY, CAN WE DEFER THIS UNTIL WE HAVE ALL MEMBERS PRESENT? WE, WE CLEARLY, THEY'RE NOT GONNA REACH, UH, A CONSENSUS AND THAT MEANS WE'RE NOT GONNA INTRODUCE ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING.

AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT'S THE BUSINESS THIS COUNCIL WANTS TO BE IN.

SO CAN WE DEFER AND COME BACK TO THIS RECONSIDERATION? YOU? YES.

YOU CAN DEFER.

ALRIGHT.

WE'LL MOVE FORWARD, UH, WITH THE PUBLIC HEARING.

LETTING A MOTION NEED TO BE, WE'RE GONNA NEED TO MO WE NEED, NEED TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE ON THE MOTION THAT'S BEEN MADE ON THE FLOOR.

I'LL WITHDRAW MY MOTION.

OKAY.

I OBJECT TO RECON TO, UH, DEFER IT.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A MOTION TO DEFER TO LATER IN THE MEETING BY MR. GOE.

SECONDED.

BY.

SECONDED BY MR. NOLL.

MM-HMM.

.

SO I OBJECT.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS TO THAT MOTION? OBJECTION.

ARE THERE OTHER OBJECTIONS? OKAY.

WE'RE GONNA VOTE ON THE MACHINES ON THE MOTION TO DEFER MS ITEM THE INTRODUCTIONS.

THE MOTION TO DEFER NO, THE, THE MOTION TO DEFER THE INTRODUCTIONS TO LATER IN THE MEETING.

MR. HUDSON WITHDREW HIS MOTION.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WE'RE GONNA VOTE ON THE MACHINES.

THIS IS A MOTION TO DEFER THE INTRODUCTIONS TO, UH, LATER IN THE MEETING.

PROBABLY BEST PRACTICE TO PICK A TIME AFTER, AFTER CONDEMNATION.

I MEAN, UH, I'M SORRY.

AFTER PUBLIC HEARINGS, PERHAPS? YES.

CORRECT.

YOU DON'T HAVE 12 MEMBERS PRESENT.

.

OKAY.

I'M OPENING THE MACHINES.

MACHINES ARE OPEN ON THE MOTION TO DEFER INTRODUCTIONS TO LATER IN THE MEETING.

NO, PLEASE PUT ME AS YES.

TRY THAT NOW.

THERE WE GO.

PUT ME AS YES PLEASE.

MOTION FAILS.

ALRIGHT,

[68. 23-01591 ]

WE'LL MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PUBLIC HEARING.

UH, ITEM 68, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO EXECUTE A CEA WITH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR SUBSIDIES FOR INNER CITY RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN BATON ROUGE AND NEW ORLEANS BY TRANSPORTATION AND DRAINAGE.

DIRECTOR OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 68.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK.

SEEING NONE, WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

MR. RAFFORD, DO YOU WANNA SHARE? YES, SIR.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

I AM, I HAVE HAD A CHANCE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO ALL THE, THE MEMBERS HERE.

'CAUSE I DON'T CERTAINLY WANT TO MAKE SURE I DON'T TRY TO GET SOMETHING BY ANY COUNCIL MEMBER, BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M GONNA ASK TO ACTUALLY DELETE THE ITEM TODAY.

I'VE HAD A LOT OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE MAYOR'S OFFICE ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT WE MAY HAVE IN REFERENCE TO THE RAIL, UH, STATION AGREEMENT ITSELF.

I ALSO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND OUT THROUGH THE, THE LAST FEW WEEKS THAT THE, THE RAISE GRANT FUNDING THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT TO HELP FACILITATE BUILDING THE, THE ACTUAL TRAIN STATION ITSELF, UM, HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK IN REGARDS TO GIVE US MORE TIME IN REGARDS TO, TO LOOK AND EVALUATE THE ISSUES THAT WE WANT TO DO.

UH, THE REAL REASON, ONE OF THE BIG IMPORTANT REASONS FOR ME IS WE HAD THE TIME, BUT AFTER READING A LOT OF THE EMAILS THAT, THAT, THAT MANY OF THE COUNCIL PEOPLE, UH, SENT TO US, WHICH I DID PREPARE A PACKET OF A LOT OF INFORMATION FOR AS BEST I COULD BASED ON THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED.

BUT THERE WERE SOME THINGS THAT WERE STATED, UH, ALSO IN AN EMAIL, BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT AT A COUNCIL MEETING ABOUT WHAT'S, WHAT'S BEING LOOKED AT AND HOW WE WANT TO APPROACH THE, UH, OVERALL RAIL SYSTEM.

UM, I WILL TELL YOU THAT, THAT BASED ON, I'VE LISTENED TO THE MEETINGS PROBABLY 30 TIMES ON THE CABLE VISION OF THAT MEETING THAT WE HAD, OF THE ISSUES THAT WERE OF A CONCERN AND THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, COUNCILMAN DUNN AND ALSO COUNCILWOMAN BANKS EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, EQUITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND AGAIN, WHAT I WANT TO DO IS TO LOOK AND EVALUATE ALL THE OPTIONS AND, AND PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, A NEED PROCESS REQUIRES TO LOOK AT ALTERNATES.

AND I WOULD RATHER DO THAT AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS THAT IN GENERAL AND HAVE SOME FACTUAL INFORMATION THAT WE COULD HAVE TO BE PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL.

JUST AS IMPORTANT.

I THINK BECAUSE OF THE TIMEFRAME DISAGREEMENT, UH, OF THIS OVERALL RAIL CONSIDERATION WAS APPROVED IN 2016.

AND WE ARE HERE, WE ARE IN 2024.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT WE

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MAY HAVE AGREED TO OR WHAT'S ACTUALLY BEING CON UH, BEING BUILT.

THAT GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE PUBLIC MEETINGS, WHICH I THINK IS, IS CRITICAL TO GET INPUT AND HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.

THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE OVERALL PACKAGE.

SO WHAT I'M ASKING FOR IS TO, TO DELETE THE ITEM.

I WILL PROBABLY BE HOPEFULLY BRINGING IT BACK SOMETIME IN MAY, UH, UH, TO, TO, TO HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION HAVE MEETINGS.

I, UH, I KNOW COUNCILWOMAN BANKS HAS ALREADY STRUCTURED A MEETING FOR ME ALREADY TO, TO MEET WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA WHERE SHE WAS BROUGHT UP AND ASKED ABOUT.

AND, UH, I WANT TO DO THOSE THINGS SO I CAN AT LEAST PROVIDE YOU THE BEST INFORMATION TO MAKE A DECISION.

AND THAT INCLUDES THE COST ASPECT THAT FROM THE, UH, SUBSIDIES.

I KNOW THAT WAS AN ISSUE BY A LOT OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AND, UH, WHILE I SAID IT WAS AN ESTIMATE, I THINK WE NEED TO GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO WHAT THAT ESTIMATE MAY BE IN REGARDS TO THE OVERALL PLAN.

BUT I JUST WANTED TO, UH, REQUEST THAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND I WOULD HOPE YOUR SUPPORT IN, IN THAT HONOR.

THANK YOU.

THERE'S A MOTION BY THE CHAIR TO DELETE THE ITEM.

SECONDED BY COLEMAN.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE.

THE ITEM IS DELETED.

UH, WE'LL MAKE ANOTHER

[INTRODUCTIONS (Part 3 of 3)]

MOTION TO RECONSIDER.

INTRODUCTIONS SECONDED BY MR. THE COUNCILMAN DUNN.

ANY OPPOSITION TO RECONSIDERING, UH, INTRODUCTIONS? SEEING NONE, WE WILL RECONSIDER INTRODUCTIONS.

I WILL MAKE A MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM 48.

WHAT'S THE OTHER ITEM? NUMBER SIX AND ITEM SIX.

SECOND.

SECOND BY COUNCILMAN DUNN.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THOSE ITEMS ARE INTRODUCED.

WE'LL

[69. 23-01831 ]

MOVE NOW TO ITEM 69, AUTHORIZING THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL TO DECLARE LOT 1 34 SOUTH DAYTON SUBDIVISION MUNICIPAL ADDRESS 52 45 FRAY STREET, FRY STREET, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA AS SURPLUS PROPERTY AND NOT NEEDED FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE.

AND AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF SAME PURSUANT TO LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTE 33 47 12 UNTO TANISHA FLOWERS FOR THE SUM OF $9,600 BY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 69.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK.

SEEING NONE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING MOTION BY THE CHAIR.

WE HAVE A SECOND.

YEP.

UH, SECOND BY COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN.

ANY OPPOSITION SEEING AND NONE? ITEM 69 CARRIES ITEM 70, TEMPORARILY

[70. 24-00001 ]

MODIFYING TITLE SEVEN UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE.

CHAPTER 16.

SIGNS FOR EXISTING LEGAL NON-CONFORMING BILLBOARD SIGNS IMPACTED BY THE INTERSTATE 10 WIDENING PROJECT FOR A PERIOD TERMINATING 12 MONTHS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE INTERSTATE 10 WIDENING PROJECT BY COUNCILWOMAN JENNIFER ROCCO.

WE'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 70.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK SEE A NON WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING COUNCIL MEMBERS MOTION MOTION BY COUNCILMAN BANKS SECONDED BY COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE.

THE ITEM CARRIES.

ITEM

[71. 23-01835 ]

71, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD OF $30,802,100 UNDER LOUISIANA, O-C-D-C-D-B-G NON-FEDERAL MATCH PROGRAM FOR PROJECT WARD CREEK WATERSHED DETENTION BY HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 71.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 71? SEE AN NONE.

WE'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND MOVE TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

COUNCILMAN GODDE? I'LL GO.

THANK YOU.

I'M GONNA ASK CLAY IF HE'LL COME UP.

UM, AND IT, IF IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE THE ITEMS 71, 72 AND 73, I'LL DEAL WITH THE C-D-B-G-M-I-T GRANT.

I WAS GONNA ASK IF HE COULD JUST GIVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE THREE.

AM I OKAY TO GO FOR THE NEXT THREE ITEMS, CLAY? JUST THOSE THREE ITEMS. UM, YOU KNOW, SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING COMING FROM, I ASSUME FEDERAL SOURCES THROUGH THE STATE TO YOUR OFFICE.

DO I UNDERSTAND THAT CORRECTLY? RIGHT.

IS THERE A MATCH? AND IF YOU'LL TALK THROUGH.

SO, SO WHAT THIS IS COUNCILMAN, UH, NORMALLY THIS WOULD'VE BEEN UNDER, UH, THE HOMELAND, I MEAN HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM.

BUT, UH, OCD, THE OFFICE, THE STATE OCD OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IS MATCHING, UM, LOCAL FUNDING.

THE 25% THAT WE WOULD HAVE COME UP WITH.

BUT THIS IS THE 25% MATCH COVER.

SO NO, THIS IS A HUNDRED PERCENT.

OKAY.

SO WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THEY'RE SELECTING CERTAIN PROJECTS TO, TO DO THE GLOBAL MATCH FOR THE STATE.

GOOD, GOOD.

SO THERE IS NO LOCAL MATCH FOR THESE.

THERE'S NO LOCAL MATCH.

A HUNDRED PERCENT FEDERAL FUNDED? YES, SIR.

FOR WARDS CREEK OR GROOM ROAD.

AND AT MEMORIAL, IS THAT MEMORIAL STADIUM? CORRECT.

SAFE.

SO IT'LL BE, UH, THAT WILL BE A SAFE ROOM.

SAFE ROOM, BUT IT'LL BE DUAL PURPOSE.

AND THEN, UH, BRECK WILL PICK UP THE, UH, INELIGIBLE COSTS.

WONDERFUL.

YOUR OFFICE ADMINISTERS THESE GRANTS? YES, SIR.

OKAY.

THANK YOU,

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CLAY.

GREAT WORK.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS? SEEING NONE WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCILMAN GODDE.

SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN COLEMAN.

ANY OPPOSITION SEEING AND NONE? ITEM 71 CARRIES COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE'RE

[98. 24-00062 ]

GONNA TAKE ITEM 98 OUTTA ORDER.

THIS IS PAGE 19 REAL QUICK.

UH, ITEM 80 98, UH, CHANGE ORDER RUNWAY 1331, SAFETY AREA AND RPZ IMPROVEMENTS, LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 67 PLANK ROAD, PHASE ONE CONTRACTOR, BOOM.

SERVICES LLC, CHANGE ORDER AMOUNT, $999,653 41 CENTS.

WE'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 98.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK? COUNCIL MEMBERS? UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS? YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED ONE EMAIL, COMMENT AND OPPOSITION TO ITEM 98.

SEEING NO ONE FROM THE PUBLIC WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

OPEN THE FLOOR TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MOTION TO APPROVE.

MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCILMAN DUNN.

SECOND BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE ITEM CARRIES.

WE'LL MOVE BACK TO

[72. 23-01836 ]

PAGE 15, ITEM 72, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO ACCEPT THE GRANT AWARD OF $11,646,500 UNDER THE LOUISIANA O-C-D-C-D-B-G GROOM ROAD STORM SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT BY HOMELAND AND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR, OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING TO ITEM 72.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK, SEEING, AND NONE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

AND MOVE TO COUNCIL MEMBERS MOTION BY THE CHAIR.

SECOND BY COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE.

ITEM 72 CARRIES.

ITEM 73,

[73. 23-01838]

AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO ACCEPT THE GRANT AWARD IN THE AMOUNT OF $11,608,682 UNDER THE C-D-B-G-M-I-T MEMORIAL SPORTS COMPLEX SAFE ROOM BY HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR, OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR ITEM 73.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC SEE AND NONE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

COUNCIL MEMBERS MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCILMAN COLEMAN.

SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN ROCKA.

ANY OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE.

ITEM 73 CARRIES.

LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT I SAID C-D-B-G-O-O-C-D CORRECTLY ON ALL THOSE ITEMS. .

ITEM 74,

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AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE TO ADD, UH, TO AND FOR THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE TO ENTER INTO AN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT CONTRACT WITH EAST BATON ROUGE COUNSEL ON AGING.

AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $480,480 TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR THE YOUTH AND JUVENILE SERVICE DETENTION FACILITY FOR THE PERIOD OF FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024 THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST, 2024 BY JUVENILE SERVICES DIRECTOR.

OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING TO ITEM 74.

ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK COUNCIL MEMBERS? YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED TWO EMAIL COMMENTS AND OPPOSITION TO ITEM 74.

ALRIGHT.

NO ONE FROM THE PUBLIC WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND MOVE TO COUNCIL MEMBERS MOTION.

OH, UH, DO WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COUNCILMAN COLEMAN? UM, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND BY DONE WILL, UH, COUNCILMAN GODDE, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

UH, THANK YOU.

I WAS GONNA ASK DR. WADE TO COME UP.

DR. WADE.

I I WANTED TO THANK YOU.

YOU PROVIDED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION TO ME.

I POST SOME QUESTIONS ON THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT, UM, AS A RESULT OF SOME INQUIRIES I GOT FROM, UH, DISTRICT THREE RESIDENTS.

AND SO I WAS GONNA, UH, ASK YOU TO GIVE THE ADDITIONAL CONTEXT THAT HELPED ME COME TO A GOOD UNDERSTANDING ON THIS ITEM RELATED TO THE NEEDS YOU HAVE AT THE FACILITY FOR THREE MEALS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS, DISASTERS, ALL OF THE ABOVE.

AND HOW THAT NEED IS MET, UH, BEING, BEING MET BY THE COUNCIL ON AGING.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO FOR, UM, JUVENILE DETENTION, UH, WE ARE MANDATED TO HOUSE YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 20.

OUR FACILITY IS 24 HOURS, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

UH, BECAUSE WE ARE 24 HOURS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND THE YOUTH RESIDE AT THE FACILITY, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THREE NUTRITIONAL MEALS PER DAY, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER.

UM, THE THREE MEALS ARE ALSO INCLUSIVE OF THE STAFF PER THE UNION CONTRACT.

UM, BECAUSE OF THE CONT UH, CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS, WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW FOR A LUNCH BREAK THEN, I DON'T KNOW, FOR MAYBE THE LAST 15 TO 20 YEARS, UH, WE HAVE ALSO, UM, PROVIDED ONE MEAL PER SHIFT PER EMPLOYEE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND THE FOUR 80, THE 480,480 IS A NOT TO EXCEED AMOUNT THAT RELIES ON IF THE FACILITY WAS AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY 365 DAYS A YEAR.

UM, I HAVE, AM I CORRECT? ABSOLUTELY.

THE AMOUNT OF 480,480 IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT.

UM, THERE IS, UM, JUSTIFICATION AND FLEXIBILITY.

UM, IF WE HAVE 25 YOUTH, WE RECEIVE

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AND PAY FOR 25 MEALS.

YEP.

AND THAT FLEXIBILITY ALSO, YOU HIGHLIGHTED THAT FOR ME, THAT WAS APPRECIATED AS WELL.

I, I HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WORKING WITHIN A SCHOOL WITHOUT A KITCHEN FACILITY.

SO WE HAD MEALS DELIVERED AND UH, SO MY INTEREST IN THIS WAS PEAKED BECAUSE AT THAT SCHOOL WE HAD ABOUT 150 STUDENTS, PROBABLY 120, UH, EIGHT THAT PROVIDED MEAL OR, OR WERE SERVED, I SHOULD SAY, THAT PROVIDED MEAL.

AND WE HAD TO WORK WITH THAT VENDOR PRETTY CLOSELY BECAUSE SOME DAYS THE MEAL WAS NOT TO THEIR LIKING.

AND SO WHILE WE WERE PAYING FOR A HUNDRED, 20, 40 WOULD GET ACTUALLY EATEN, WHICH MEANS 80 GOES IN THE TRASH CAN AND WE'RE EXPENDING DOLLARS THAT, THAT WE DIDN'T WANT TO BE.

SO WE HAD TO MONITOR IT PRETTY CLOSELY.

AND, AND SO THAT DEFINITELY IMPRESS UPON YOU TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF OVERSIGHT THAT THE MEALS, WHICH I'M APPRECIATING ARE BEING PREPARED AS WELL FOR AN ELDERLY POPULATION IF THEY DON'T MEET THE NEEDS OF THE YOUNGER POPULATION THAT ARE HOUSED THERE.

UM, THAT YOU KNOW, THAT THAT FLEXIBILITY CONTINUES WHERE THAT'S CONCERN.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU AGAIN, DR. WADE.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

COUNCILMAN COUNCILWOMAN ADAMS. I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS.

DR. WADE.

UM, PREVIOUSLY, HOW HAVE Y'ALL BEEN SUPPLYING MEALS TO THE, UM, TO YOUR, TO YOUR RESIDENCE? SO PREVIOUSLY WE OPERATED AS AN ONSITE PROVIDER, WHICH MEANS WE HAD A FULLY STAFFED KITCHEN OF FIVE PERSONNEL.

UM, AS WE BEGAN TO SEE A HIGH TURNOVER RATE, UM, I'LL LET YOU TREAT IT, WE BEGAN TO PUT A PLAN IN MOTION, RIGHT? UM, WE SAW IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY, UH, TO COME IN WITH A BETTER METHOD WHERE WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A STAFF CALL IN, UH, HAVING A STAFF REDUCED TO ZERO, BUT ALWAYS HAVING IN PLACE A PLAN THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE MEALS.

AND SO, UM, WHEN YOU DID HAVE YOUR IN-HOUSE STAFF ABOUT WHAT WAS THE BUDGET A YEAR FOR, UM, FOR FOOD? SO THE BUDGET PER YEAR FOR THE FIVE STAFF CAME TO $214,000, UM, PER YEAR.

UM, THE 270,000 REPRESENTED THE ACTUAL FOOD EXPENSES.

AND SO IN TOTALITY, UH, WE DID IN FACT PAY MORE THAN THE COST OF THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT.

OKAY.

AND HOW, UM, HOW DID Y'ALL GO ABOUT FINDING THIS PARTICULAR VENDOR? WHAT WAS YOUR PROCESS? ABSOLUTELY.

SO THE DEPARTMENTS ARE CHARGED WITH FOLLOWING THE PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES, WHICH WAS PROVIDED TO US BY THE PURCHASING DEPARTMENT.

UH, WE USED THE EMERGENCY JUSTIFICATION, UM, PURCHASING ACT, AND WE FOLLOWED IT TO THE LETTER AND TO THE T.

ULTIMATELY, IT WAS DECIDED THAT THEY WERE THE LOWEST, MOST RESPONSIVE, UM, BID.

UM, I WOULD ADD THAT THE COUNCIL ON AGE AND SERVICES OFFERED ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITIES THAT WAS NOT, OR COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BY OTHER VENDORS, INCLUDING SERVICE IN OUR FACILITIES IN THE EVENING WITH THREE MEALS, HOLIDAYS, CLOSURES, AND IN NATURAL DISASTERS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN.

THANK YOU.

COUNCILMAN HURST.

UH, THANK YOU LADIES FOR COMING FROM COA.

Y'ALL DO AN AMAZING JOB.

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE COMMUNITY CENTERS, UM, YOU DON'T GET TO SEE THE KINDA WORK THAT THEY DO EVERY DAY, MAKING SURE THAT OUR GRANDMOTHERS, GREAT AUNTS, NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, COUSINS, HAVE THE RESOURCE THAT THEY NEED TO, TO LIVE AND, AND, AND WORK AND PLAY.

AND, UH, AS A PART OF THAT PROCESS, BECAUSE I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE ONE OF THOSE FACILITIES, WHEN THEY BUILT THE NEW HEADQUARTERS, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A TOUR.

NOW, WHEN I TOOK A TOUR OF THOSE HEADQUARTERS, THE ONE THING THAT I TOLD TASHA KMAR, THE CEO OF COUNCIL AND AGENT, EAST BROWN PARISH, SHE WAS A GENIUS BECAUSE SHE SAW THE, THE DISASTROUS TIMES THAT WE FACED IN THE PAST.

SHE THOUGHT ABOUT THE TIMES THAT WE POTENTIALLY FACE IN THE FUTURE.

AND HER WHOLE GOAL WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO PERSON THAT WAS UNDER HER PURVIEW WENT HUNGRY.

AND SO SHE CREATED THE MOST AMAZING KITCHEN WHERE THE ENTIRE BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING ALLOWS THEM TO DO WHAT WE CALL MICROWAVEABLE OR WHATEVER YOU CALL WHAT IT CALLED BACK IN THE DAY.

MY MIC.

YEAH.

MICROWAVE MEALS OR WHATEVER IT IS.

SO THEY, THAT MEALS ON WHEELS, BUT IT IS ONE OF THE MOST ASTOUNDING PRODUCTION FACILITIES THAT I'VE EVER SEEN.

AND SHE KNEW THAT ONE DAY WOULD COME AND SHE SAID, THERE ARE, WHILE I'M BUILDING THIS FOR MY SENIORS, I'M ALSO BUILDING THIS FOR MY CITY.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT, THAT ALTHOUGH WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HELP OUR SENIORS IN A DISASTROUS TIME, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS.

AND SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LENDING YOUR SERVICES, FOR LENDING YOUR RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO, UH, HELP THE, THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE IN CITY PARISH, UH, WITH THE RESOURCE THAT YOU PUT IN PLACE IN HEAVEN AT FORESIGHT.

THAT'S NUMBER ONE.

AND NUMBER TWO, YOU BROUGHT A POINT THAT WE TALK

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ABOUT EVERY DAY TODAY WE HAD A DPW THANK YOU LUNCHEON AT THE CHARLES R. KELLY COMMUNITY CENTER.

WE SERVE 245 WORKERS THAT ARE UNDERPAID, OVERWORKED, HAVE TO WORK LONG WEEKENDS, AND, UM, A LOT OF TIMES GO TO A SECOND JOB AFTER THEY WORK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR CITY PARISH BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF REVENUES THAT WE PAY.

SO ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THEY HAVE TO WORK SO MUCH IS BECAUSE WE STRUGGLE TO FIND EMPLOYEES NOT JUST IN THE DETENTION CENTER, BUT ALL OVER CITY PARISH, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE THE PAY STUDY GOING.

SO, UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TO THE RESCUE WITH Y'ALL SUPERMAN AND SUPERWOMAN TAPES ON.

AND, UH, DR. WADE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE DO HAVE YOUR BACK WHEN IT COMES TO THE EMPLOYEES THROUGH THIS PACE STUDY TO BE ABLE TO HOPEFULLY FIND A BETTER SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT.

AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU KUDOS FOR THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AS WELL TO CLOSE THAT GAP.

BUT, UM, WHILE YOU'RE BEING QUESTIONED, EVERYONE UP HERE KNOWS THAT WE CAN'T BACKFILL EMPLOYEES BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO MAKE EIGHT TO $10 AN HOUR.

UM, AND EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT MAKING THAT, THAT'S THE PUBLISH RATE.

SO NOBODY APPLIES FOR IT.

I WILL SPECIFICALLY SPEAK ABOUT A POSITION AT EMPLOYED VR THAT'S CRITICAL TO THAT BUSINESS.

THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING BUT BLACK BACK FLIPS AND PEOPLE JUST WILL NOT APPLY.

UM, SO IT'S NOT THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO HIRE PEOPLE, IT'S THAT PEOPLE ARE APPLYING BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'RE PAYING AND WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND SO YOU TWO, WORKING TOGETHER TO GOVERNMENT OR QUASI AGENCY AND A DIRECT AGENCY, THAT'S WHAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOOK LIKE.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

COUNCILMAN.

COUNCILMAN DUN.

THANK YOU.

PAUL NARCISS, COULD YOU COME TO THE MIC PLEASE? AS I ASKED DR. WADE A QUESTION.

I ACTUALLY HAVE A STATEMENT FOR YOU, DR. WADE.

YOU SAID SOMETHING EARLIER AND I JUST WANT YOU TO REPEAT IT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY HEARD IT THE FIRST TIME YOU SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT ABOUT FOLLOWING THE NORMAL, UH, PROCUREMENT PROCESS.

CAN YOU REPEAT THAT FOR ME AGAIN? YEAH.