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[Presentations and Special Recognitions]

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE'RE GETTING READY TO START.

CHIEF DUNN.

YES, SIR.

FROM THE GRACE CITY OF BAKER.

WE CAN WE, CAN WE BEGIN, SIR, IS IT ALREADY? YES, SIR.

OKAY.

WAIT, I JUST WANNA CHECK WITH YOU, SIR.

THEY DO A PRESENTATION.

NO, I ANSWER YOU SIR.

COUNCIL, WE'RE LIVE IN FIVE SECONDS.

GREAT.

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

I WANNA WELCOME EVERYONE WHO IS, WHO IS HERE, AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE AT HOME.

UH, FIRST UP IS GOING TO BE MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTERN BROOME TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH, CITY OF BATON ROUGE, PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE.

I DO NOT SEE MAYOR BROOM AS OF YET.

WE GOT, BUT I DO SEE, WE GOT BAKER IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT.

WE GOT THE MAYOR DARNELL.

WAIT, WE HERE FROM THE, THE METROPOLIS OF BAKER AND WE GOT THE CHIEF, THE CHIEF OF BAKER, CHIEF CARL DUNN, MY MENTOR HERE IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE COMMUNITY.

YES, SIR.

AND, AND, AND I'M JUST FILIBUSTERING UNTIL MAYOR BROOM WALKS IN.

JUST FILIBUSTERING.

I GOT A LOT MORE MATERIAL, BUT I HAVE TO GOVERN MYSELF ACCORDINGLY 'CAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE ON TV SAYING SOME STUFF.

I AIN'T GOT NO BUSINESS SAYING, YOU KNOW, I COULD TELL Y'ALL THE ONE ABOUT THE TWO DOGS, BUT THAT MIGHT NOT BE MOST APPROPRIATE AT OUR MEETING.

SO WE'RE GONNA HOLD FOR A FEW SECONDS AND WAIT FOR MAYOR BROOM TO WALK IN.

UH, BUT IT IS THREE 30 AND I LIKE TO START ON TIME.

I DON'T LIKE TO WASTE PEOPLE TIME.

I TELL THE KIDS BEING EARLY AS BEING ON TIME AND BEING ON TIME IS BEING LATE AND BEING LATE.

IT'S LIKE NEVER SHOWING UP AT ALL.

SO, AND, AND I CAN'T EVEN MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE MAYOR BROOM HAS ALL THE PRESENTATIONS.

OKAY.

HMM.

NO, DENNIS, DID YOU CHECK WITH HER? I'M GONNA GO OVER THERE, COUNCILMAN.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.

WHY DON'T Y'ALL, UH, FIND SOMEONE IN THE CHAMBER YOU DON'T KNOW AND MAKE YOU A NEW FRIEND WHILE WE WAIT FOR, UH, MAYOR BROOM AND THEN WE'LL, WE'LL COME BACK TO IT.

I ALWAYS HATE WHEN THE PASTORS TELL US THAT I MIGHT NOT, MY NEIGHBOR MIGHT NOT BE THE, WE'RE GONNA BE SET TO START IN ABOUT ONE MINUTE.

YEAH.

MY NEIGHBOR MIGHT NOT BE THE PRETTIEST ON.

LOOK AT, LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR TO YOUR RIGHT AND SAY, WELCOME TO THE METRO COUNCIL.

.

Y'ALL HARD HEADED.

I PUT SOME ON, I BOUGHT THINGS JUST SO WE COULD ALWAYS HAVE, BECAUSE I ALWAYS GET EATING AT DINNER.

I STICK HERE.

REALLY DID IT FOR ME.

.

ALL RIGHT.

GO TO BACK.

SMOKE SOME FOOD AND STUFF ON YOUR FINGERS.

MM-HMM.

COUNCILMAN? UH, THE MAYOR'S ON HER.

WHY? SHE'LL BE HERE IN, UH, 15 SECONDS.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO OPEN IT THOUGH.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW.

AND HERE'S AND HERE'S MAYOR BROOM TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH.

CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT BREW.

HELLO, HELLO.

HELLO EVERYONE.

READING, UH, MAYOR PRO TIM AND COUNCIL MEMBERS I, IN OUR CITY'S HISTORY, UH, WE HAVE KNOWN THE DEVASTATION AND THE IMPACT, THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF FLOODS.

UH, WE'VE SEEN THE IMPACT THAT THEY CAN HAVE ON OUR HOMES, ON OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR LIVES.

AND SO IT IS A REMINDER OF THE RISK WE FACE AND THE RESPONSIBILITY WE SHARE IN SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE ACKNOWLEDGING MARCH AS FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH IN THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO COMMEND THE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS AT THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SUBDIVISION ENGINEERING OFFICE.

THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN OUR FLOOD PREVENTION AND MITIGATION EFFORTS, WORKING TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND RESILIENCE OF BATON ROUGE FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH IS NOT ONLY A TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES WE CONFRONT, BUT ALSO TO CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITY'S RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

BATON ROUGE HAS SHOWN REMARKABLE STRENGTH COMING

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TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER DURING THIS MONTH.

LET'S CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OUR CITIZENS ABOUT FLOOD RISKS, PREPAREDNESS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE STRATEGIES.

WE WANT EVERYBODY TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FROM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANS TO FLOOD INSURANCE OPTIONS.

SO I'M PROUD TO SHARE THAT OUR COMMUNITY'S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM PROGRAM HAS EARNED US A CURRENT CRS CLASS SEVEN RATING.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THIS ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS IN 15% REDUCTION IN FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR THE RESIDENTS OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

AND THAT PLACES US AMONG THE TOP COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE OF FLOOD RESILIENCE.

THAT'S A GOOD THING.

THANK.

AND SO BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN ENSURE THAT BATON ROUGE REMAINS RED STICK READY, PREPARED TO FACE ANY CHALLENGES, UM, THAT COME OUR WAY.

AND I THINK WE HAVE SOME FOLKS HERE FROM OUR ENGINEERING, UH, DEPARTMENT THAT ARE HERE.

THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR.

OKAY.

I GUESS THEY'RE NOT FRED.

FRED, YOU REPRESENTING FLOOD AWARENESS MONTH? OH, TRINA, THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

YOU COULD GIVE IT TO THEM.

OKAY.

THIS IS A PROCLAMATION, UM, UM, WHERE WE STATE THAT MARCH IS BLOOD AWARENESS MONTH AND WE RECOGNIZE THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DRAINAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION, AND THE MAYORS OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.

SO YOU CAN RECEIVE THIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS? YES.

I'LL THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PROTE, YOU READY FOR ME TO DO THE NEXT ONE? YOU READY TO GO AGAIN? THAT'S IT.

OKAY.

HERE WE GO.

NEXT UP AGAIN.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WINSTON BROOM TO RECOGNIZE ZURI WATTS 2024 ENGINEERING STUDENT OF THE YEAR AND CIVIL ENGINEERING ENGINEERING SENIOR OF THE YEAR, SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY A AND M COLLEGE.

COME ON DOWN, ZURICH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

GOOD TO MEET YOU.

SO I'M GOING TO TAKE A MOMENT TO PROUDLY ACKNOWLEDGE THIS YOUNG WOMAN AND CELEBRATE ONE OF OUR OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES WHO'S ALSO A DEDICATED ENGINEERING STUDENT FROM THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.

ZURI WATTS ZURI IS A STUDENT INTERN IN THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DRAINAGE.

ZURI HAS BEEN NAMED THE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING STUDENT OF THE YEAR FOR 2024 AND THE CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SENIOR OF THE YEAR.

THAT IS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

AND THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT REFLECTS NOT ONLY HER PERSONAL EXCELLENCE, BUT ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE CALIBER OF TALENT NURTURED WITHIN OUR CITY.

ZURI IS AN ASSET TO OUR TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION, SHOWCASING EXCEPTIONAL DEDICATION AND EXPERTISE.

SO WE WANT TO CELEBRATE Z'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS SHE IS MAKING TO OUR CITY.

SO CONGRATULATIONS, ZURI, ON THIS WELL DESERVED, UH, RECOGNITION.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU WANNA SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THIS? UM, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE, UM, FOR THE SUPPORT, SPECIFICALLY CINDY AND TREVOR.

THEY'RE THE REASON I'M STANDING HERE.

UM, I WANNA THANK THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY ALL THE WAY FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AND TO CONTINUE DOING THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU ALL ARE DOING HERE.

ARE YOU GONNA STAY IN BATON ROUGE ? I DUNNO.

YET I'M STILL WEIGHING CAN FIND A JOB FOR YOU.

.

I APPRECIATE.

WHAT'D YOU SAY BACK? SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T STAY.

SHE DIDN'T SAY THAT.

SHE DIDN'T SAY THAT.

NEXT, SO I'M SORRY.

MAYOR PATEL.

OH, NEXT MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON.

WE ROOM TO RECOGNIZE MANISHA PATEL.

RUBIN PATEL, TI PATEL, PEYTON DEF FALCO AND MORGAN MOON.

THAT'S THE EASIEST NAME IN THE LIST.

UH, 2024 ALI FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

YOU WANT ME TO DO IT AGAIN? ,

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COME ON DOWN.

ALL THE ORGANIZERS OF THE HOLY FESTIVAL.

SO I AM SO THRILLED TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND EXTEND MY APPRECIATION TO THE ORGANIZERS OF THE UPCOMING HOLY FEST IN OUR VIBRANT CITY.

HOLY, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS OR THE FESTIVAL OF LOVE, IS ONE OF THE MOST REVERED AND JOYOUS CELEBRATIONS IN INDIA, SYMBOLIZING THE VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL AND THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING.

THE HOLY FESTIVAL OF BATON ROUGE HAS REALLY BECOME A UNIQUE CHERISHED EVENT GROWING IN POPULARITY EACH YEAR.

IT GOES BEYOND CULTURAL BOUNDARIES.

IT EMBODIES VALUES OF HARMONY AND FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE.

AND THIS FESTIVAL PROVIDES A BEAUTIFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR, UH, DIVERSE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER, CASTING ASIDE RESENTMENTS AND EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF UNITY.

IT IS SET TO TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 9TH AT REPENTANCE PARK.

HOLY FEST PROMISES TO BE A DAY FILLED WITH VIBRANT COLORS, JOY, AND A CELEBRATION OF THE TIDES THAT BIND US AS A COMMUNITY.

SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS, REGARDLESS OF YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND, TO REALLY, UM, BE A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL EVENT AND EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF UNITY AND DIVERSITY.

I WANT TO THANK THE ORGANIZERS FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS, UH, IN BRINGING THE CELEBRATION TO BATON ROUGE AND IT IS TRULY COMMENDABLE.

SO THANK YOU FOR FOSTERING AN ATMOSPHERE OF INCLUSIVITY AND JOY IN OUR CITY.

AND MAY HOLY FEST 2024 BE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, FOSTERING CONNECTIONS AND SPREADING THE SPIRIT OF LOVE AND COMRADERY THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

I JUST WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY WHO COMES.

IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO HOLY FEST, DON'T WEAR YOUR BEST CLOTHES, WEAR YOUR JEANS, WEAR YOUR SHIRT.

AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT, UM, WHEN I FIRST BECAME MAYOR, I HAD A TRADITIONAL, UH, PORTRAIT IN MY, UH, WHEN YOU COME IN THE OFFICE, BUT IF ANYBODY HAS BEEN IN THE OFFICE, THEY WILL SEE.

THE PICTURE THAT IS IN MY OFFICE IS FROM HOLY FEST AND EVERYBODY LOVES IT.

AND IT IS ONE OF THE MOST JOYOUS, UH, EVENTS THAT I HAVE EVER PARTICIPATED IN.

SO I CERTAINLY, UH, WANT TO GIVE THE ORGANIZERS A COMMENDATION AND ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY HERE, EVERYBODY WHO'S WATCHING TO PARTICIPATE.

SO BEFORE I GIVE YOU THE COMMENDATION, PLEASE FEEL FREE, FREE TO SHARE A FEW WORDS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THIS.

UH, IT'S SUCH AN HONOR AND YOUR SUPPORT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS FESTIVAL HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE.

UM, AND LIKE MAYOR ST.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT WAS SAYING, WE'VE BEEN GROWING EVERY YEAR SINCE, SINCE THE FIRST YEAR.

THIS IS OUR FOURTH, UM, ANNUAL YEAR AND WE JUST CONTINUE TO GROW.

BUT IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS YOU GO EXPERIENCE IF YOU COME AND JUST SMILES EVERYWHERE AND JUST EVERYBODY'S HAPPY FACES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

JUST TAKE A PICTURE.

YEAH, I DON'T GET IN THAT TIGHT.

THANK YOU.

AND NEXT UP, COUNCIL MEMBER CLEVE DUNN JR.

AND MAYOR PRESIDENT SHARON WINSTON BROOM TO RECOGNIZE LATOYA JOHNSON RICHARDSON, OWNER OF BR SOCIALITES AND STAFF.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE HERE WITH US AND THOSE VIEWING, I WANNA, UH, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY AND IT IS AN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE, UH, A YOUNG LADY, A BUSINESS OWNER IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT'S MAKING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE.

UH, SOME TWO WEEKS AGO THERE WAS THE ANNUAL BR MASQUERADE BALL PUT ON BY LATOYA AND HER TEAM AND HER BUSINESS, THE BR SOCIALITE.

UH, SOME 3000 INDIVIDUALS CAME TO THE RIVER CENTER AND ENJOYED OUR MARDI GRAS SEASON, OUR CARNIVAL TIME, AND JUST A GOOD OLD BATON ROUGE TIME.

AND I WANNA RECOGNIZE AND HONOR HER AND HER TEAM.

UH, I'LL READ THE PROCLAMATION OF THE CERTIFICATE.

IT SAYS, YOUR HARD WORK AS A BUSINESS WOMAN WATCHING YOU WORK FOR OVER 10 YEARS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS AND STILL BREAKING BARRIERS,

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CREATING A PLATFORM FOR BATON ROUGE RESIDENTS TO DRESS UP IN THEIR BEST ATTIRE, TO FEEL A SENSE OF PRIDE, CELEBRATE THEIR CITY IS NOTHING SHORT OF ADMIRABLE.

YOUR CREATION OF THE BR MASQUERADE BALL GIVES OUR CITY SOMETHING SPECIAL TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

AND WATCHING IT GROW FROM 2018 CONTINUOUSLY GROW BIGGER AND BIGGER EACH YEAR IS REMARKABLE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU.

I WANT TO, UH, ECHO WHAT, UM, COUNCILMAN DUNN SHARED.

UH, ALTHOUGH I DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO ATTEND AFTER I SAW THOSE PICTURES ON INSTAGRAM, I'M LIKE, WHAT I THINK I REALLY MISSED, UH, THIS EVENT.

BUT JUST HEARING ABOUT YOUR VISION FOR WANTING TO HAVE THIS EVENT, HOW YOU'VE CERTAINLY BEEN STEADFAST AND HAVING IT EVERY YEAR, AND I'M SURE YOU'VE SEEN IT GROW AS WELL.

SO I TOO, UH, WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU AND COMMEND YOU, UH, FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND COMMITMENT IN HOSTING THE ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL.

AND, UM, THIS, OF COURSE, IS NOW BECOMING A CHERISHED TRADITION IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU, UH, HAVE DONE, UH, AS THE OWNER OF BR SOCIALITES AND ENTREPRENEUR AND CREATOR OF THE BR MASQUERADE BALL.

THANK YOU.

I'LL SAY SOMETHING.

WE GONNA GIVE HER AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SOMETHING FIRST.

I WANNA RECOGNIZE HER TEAM BECAUSE LIKE ANYTHING, THERE'S A LEADER, BUT THERE'S ALWAYS A TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT HELP THE LEADER MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AND MAKE THINGS GO.

WE ALL KNOW THAT IN OUR CAPACITIES, WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS WE DO AS COUNCIL PEOPLE AND AS A MAYOR WITHOUT OUR TEAM.

AND SHE HAS A MAGNIFICENT TEAM AND THEY'RE ALL HERE WITH HER.

I GOTTA FIRST START.

ROBB, IF YOU WOULD COME UP AND RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND ROBIN.

SHE'S THE, UH, SHE'S KINDA LIKE THE SHERIFF FOR THE WHOLE OPERATION .

SO I WANNA RECOGNIZE ROBIN AND CONGRATULATE HER.

THANK YOU.

AND I'M NOT GONNA READ ALL OF THEM, BUT WE'RE GONNA CALL EVERYBODY'S NAME.

AND ROBIN GONNA HELP ME OUT.

COUNCILMAN COLE SO I DON'T BUTCHER NOBODY'S NAME.

I GOT WELL IN THEIR COMMENTS.

I NEED TO KNOW WHY I WASN'T INVITED TO PERFORM THIS YEAR.

YOU HAD PLY.

I'M ALWAYS DEVELOPING.

I'M LOCAL SO HE WANNA REPLACE PLY NEXT YEAR.

I GOT COOL.

BRITTANY JOHNSON.

GIVE BRITTANY A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

SHEIKA SAMPSON.

SHEIKA SAMPSON.

SHAMEIKA SAMPSON.

GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

AMBER, NORTHERN ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

SIP DEVONTE SIPS.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

JAQUI JAKIRA, WEST.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

DEREK RICHARDSON.

DERRICK RICHARDSON, ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

TRACY JOHNSON.

TRACY JOHNSON.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

ANTONIO JOHNSON.

ANTONIO.

ANTONIO JOHNSON.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

WHITNEY JOHNSON.

WHITNEY JOHNSON.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

CHAKA COLLINS.

CHAKA COLLINS, ROUND OF HIGHLANDS.

RONALD APPLAUSE.

JOHNSON.

MILTON TANETTE JOHNSON.

MILLER MILTON.

PATRICK MILTON.

PATRICK MILTON.

YES.

AND THAT'S EVERYBODY.

SO WE'LL TURN IT OVER AND AS I TURN IT OVER TO HER, I THINK IT IS, IT IS, IT IS, UH, RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE THE CITY OF BAKER WITH THE MAYOR BEING HERE AND THE CHIEF BEING HERE.

THE BR UH, SOCIAL BR SOCIALITE MASQUERADE BALL ACTUALLY STARTED AT THE BAKER MUNICIPAL CENTER, BUT I'LL TURN IT OVER TO HER.

I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW THIS BUSINESS.

IT WAS A DREAM AND REALITY NOW IT WAS IN HONOR OF MY GRANDMOTHER AND I'M JUST HAPPY.

SO THANK Y'ALL.

IT WAS AN HONOR.

AWESOME.

AWESOME JOB.

AWESOME JOB.

AWESOME JOB.

I'LL PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH MY MANAGER FOR NEXT YEAR.

AWESOME JOB.

THANK YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE'LL BE IN RECESS AFTER THIS PHOTO UNTIL FOUR O'CLOCK.

YEAH, WE HAVE A MEETING AFTER.

VERY MUCH, DENNIS.

GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO

[CALL TO ORDER]

OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED A METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING, UH, THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2024.

UH, I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

ASK YOU DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? WE HAVE A QUORUM.

WE WILL BE LED THIS AFTERNOON IN OUR INVOCATION BY THE MAYOR OF THE GREAT CITY OF BAKER DARNELL WAITS AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BY THE POLICE CHIEF

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OF THE CITY OF BAKER, OR MR. CHIEF CALLED DON DON.

MAYOR.

WAIT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

AND I WAS JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR THE INVITE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, BANKS, THANK YOU ALWAYS FOR, FOR JUST THINKING OF US THIS BOW HERE, YOU GUYS, LORD, HEAVENLY FATHER, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY.

LORD GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY.

AND GOD WE PRAY RIGHT NOW FOR EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM, EVERYONE LISTENING, UH, ON THE TV OR ON THE RADIO.

WE PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES, GOD, THAT YOU JUST CONTINUE TO BLESS THEM AND LIFT THEM UP.

AND GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS GREAT CITY, EAST BATON ROUGE, THE CITY AND THE PARISH.

WE THANK YOU FOR THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL, LORD AND GOD RIGHT NOW WE ASK YOU TO REMOVE ANYTHING FROM OUR HEART THAT IS NOT OF YOU.

AND PLEASE FORGIVE US FOR OUR SIN.

BLESS THIS MEETING.

BRING US TOGETHER IN UNITY.

IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

AMEN.

A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STAND.

ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

THANK YOU.

ALL VOTES.

THANK YOU MAYOR.

THANK YOU CHIEF.

DO WE HAVE, UH, WELL WE GOT THREE MINUTES.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO PICTURES, DO I? DO YOU STEP OUT AND DO PICTURES IF YOU WANT.

Y'ALL ALL PICTURES, HUH? THEY WON'T.

WHO THE CHIEF IN THE MAYOR WANT US TO.

OH, OH.

THE MAYOR OF OF THE GREAT CITY OF BAKER AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE COUNCIL.

LET'S TAKE A PICTURE.

IS TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE MAYOR.

OH, WITH ALL OF MAYOR.

MAYOR.

I LEAVE THAT QUICK.

QUICK.

DID HE, HE TOOK HIS CAMERA MAN.

HE MUST HAVE LOOK OUT ON, READY TO GO.

ALRIGHT, THAT'S EVERYBODY.

YOU GET YOUR YES SIR MAN, FOR REAL.

ALRIGHT.

SIX FIVE FROM EVERYBODY.

ONE ITEM NUMBER

[ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ONE, APPROVAL AND ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ZONING OF FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024, THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ZONING MEETING OF FEBRUARY 21ST, 2024 BY THE COUNCIL ADMINISTRATORS.

ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM COUNCIL MEMBERS? IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM ONE? SO MOVED.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ASHLEY, WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE

[INTRODUCTIONS]

INTRODUCTIONS SECTION 2.12 INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER TWO AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HYBRID CONTINGENCY CONTRACT WITH DREW M TALBOT AND ALEJANDRO R PERKINS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICES REGARDING THE ELIGIBILITY TO COLLECT TAXES ON COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL ROOMS LOCATED IN CASINOS IN THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE.

SO AS TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT FROM $50,000 TO A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN APPROPRIATING $50,000 PER SUB PURPOSE BY THE PARISH ATTORNEY AND FINANCE DIRECTOR.

NUMBER THREE, AMEND THE 2024 PAY PLAN FOR THE CLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED NON-CLASSIFIED CONTRACT.

FIRE AND POLICE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH SHOULD EAST BATON ROUGE SO AS TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AMENDMENT TO MUNICIPAL POLICE.

APPENDIX ITEM 19, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION INCENTIVE PAY FOR NEW HIRE POLICE OFFICERS, NEWLY HIRED POLICE OFFICERS WHO COMPLETE THE 2023 POLICE ACADEMY OR 2024 POLICE ACADEMY AND RECEIVE A SATISFACTORY REVIEW FROM THEIR SUPERVISOR BY NOVEMBER 15TH, 2024, WE'LL RECEIVE A RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION INCENTIVE.

PAY IN INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS TOTALING $10,000 FOR NON POST CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS AND TOTALING $15,000 FOR POST CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS.

AMEND.

ITEM 14, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION INCENTIVE PAY FOR NEW HIRE POLICE COMMUNICATION OFFICER ONE NEWLY HIRED POLICE

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COMMUNICATION OFFICER ONE EMPLOYEES WHO COMPLETE THE INITIAL TRAINING AND RECEIVE A SATISFACTORY REVIEW FROM THEIR SUPERVISOR BY NOVEMBER FOUR, 15.

2024 WILL RECEIVE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, INCENTIVE PAY IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,000.

POLICE COMMUNICATION OFFICER ONE EMPLOYEES MUST BE HIRED ON OR AFTER JUNE 17TH, 2023 BY POLICE CHIEF AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR.

NUMBER FOUR, AMEND THE 2024 PAY PLAN FOR THE CLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED, NON-CLASSIFIED CONTRACT, FIRE AND POLICE EMPLOYEES AT THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE.

PARA CITY EAST BATON ROUGE.

SO AS TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES EFFECTIVE MARCH 23RD, 2024 AMENDMENT TO CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED.

APPENDIX ONE, ADD ITEM 28, CRITICAL RETENTION HIRING OF JUVENILE SERVICES EMPLOYEES TO ADD OPTIONAL SPECIAL RECRUITING RATE IS ALLOWABLE UP TO STEP 14 FOR JUVENILE SERVICES DETENTION SERIES.

JUVENILE DETENTION CLASSIFIED ARE IDENTIFIED.

CLASSIFICATIONS ARE IDENTIFIED AS FOLLOWS.

DETENTION, COOK LAUNDRY WORKERS DETENTION FACILITY COUNSELOR, DETENTION FACILITY MANAGER DETENTION FACILITY, SENIOR SHIFT SHIFT SUPERVISOR DETENTION FACILITY SHIFT SUPERVISOR, FOOD AND LAUNDRY SERVICE SUPERVISOR, JUVENILE DETENTION OFFICER ONE, JUVENILE DETENTION OFFICER 20 HOURS A WEEK.

AND JUVENILE DETENTION OFFICER TWO BY MAYOR, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, DIRECTOR OF JUVENILE SERVICES AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR NUMBER FIVE, AMEND THE 2024 PAY PLAN FOR THE CLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED NON-CLASSIFIED CONTRACT.

FIRE POLICE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE.

SO AS TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES EFFECTIVE MARCH 23RD, 2024, AMENDMENT TO THE CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED APPENDIX ADD ITEM 29, CRITICAL RETENTION HIRING OF DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYEES.

AN OPTIONAL SPECIAL RECRUITING RATE IS ALLOWED UP TO STEP 14 FOR DEVELOPMENT CLASSIFICATIONS.

THOSE CLASSIFICATIONS ARE IDENTIFIED AS FOLLOWS.

CODE ENFORCEMENT MANAGER BY MAYOR PRESIDENT'S OFFICES AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR NUMBER SIX, AN ORDINANCE ACKNOWLEDGING AND RECOGNIZING THE BENEFITS OF THE PROPOSED TIGER ATHLETIC FOUNDATION PROJECT TO BUILD AN LSU ARENA AND THEREBY RESTRICTING CERTAIN USES BY CITY PARISH OWNED BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE RAISING CANES RIVER CENTER AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO IDENTIFY ONE OR MORE STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING ADDITIONAL CONVENTION CAPACITY AND SOLICITING A DEVELOPER DEVELOP A CON CONVENTION HOTEL BY MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTON BROOME COUNCILWOMAN CAROLYN R. COLEMAN COUNCILWOMAN JEN ROCKA, COUNCILMAN DWIGHT HUDSON.

COUNCILMAN CLEVE DUNN JR.

COUNCILMAN ROWDY GODDE AND COUNCILMAN AARON MO.

NUMBER SEVEN, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR.

PRESIDENT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH SHOULD EAST BATON ROUGE TO EXECUTE A CEA WITH THE EAST BATON ROUGE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY RELATING TO THE LEVY COLLECTION USE AND APPLICATION OF SALES AND USE TAX COLLECTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXXONMOBIL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND FUNDING OF DEDICATED TAX PROJECTS BY MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTON BROOME COUNCILWOMAN CAROLYN R. COLEMAN.

COUNCILMAN CLEVE DUN JR.

COUNCILMAN ROWDY GODDE CONDEMNATION.

[CONDEMNATION INTRODUCTIONS]

INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER EIGHT, JOHN CARTER JUNIOR.

4 2 8 9 PRESCOTT COURT COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER NINE, LEON JOHNSON AND TANA JOHNSON.

3 3 5 3 PRESCOTT ROAD COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 10, THOMAS DANGERFIELD AT AL 1 4 9 EAST WASHINGTON STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN ADJUDICATED

[ADJUDICATED PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS]

PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER 11 LOT 13 SQUARE THREE SUBDIVISION MAGNOLIA PLACE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 12 LOT FIVE SQUARE ONE SUBDIVISION PARK VIEW COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 13 LOT 22 SQUARE 43 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 14 LOT 16 PLUS AND 18 SQUARE 43 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 15 LOT 20 AND A SQUARE 43 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 16 LOT 49 A SQUARE 17 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 PULLMAN NUMBER 17 LOT 12 B SUBDIVISION SOUTH HIGHLAND INDUSTRIAL PARK COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GOD A NUMBER 18 LOT NINE SQUARE 27 SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE EXTENSION COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 19 LOT 18 SUBDIVISION LANG LAW PLACE COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HEARST NUMBER 20 LOT 11 SUBDIVISION ROSEBERRY COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 21 LOT ONE SQUARE 14 SUBDIVISION SCOTLAND EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 22 LOT TWO SQUARE 14 SUBDIVISION SCOTLAND EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 23 LOT EIGHT LOT THREE SQUARE 14 SUBDIVISION SCOTLAND EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 24 LOT 34 SQUARE 26 SUBDIVISION EDEN PARK COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 25 LOT 29 SQUARE 35 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 26 LOT 13 SQUARE 13 SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE EXTENSION COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 27 LOT 14 SQUARE 13 SUBDIVISION GREENVILLE EXTENSION COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN NUMBER 28 LOT 12 SUBDIVISION SORT EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 29 LOT 12 SUBDIVISION GUARD VIEW COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE GODDE NUMBER 30 LOT NINE SUBDIVISION RIVERLAND COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GODDE NUMBER 31 LOT 12 SUBDIVISION RIVERLAND COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GODDE NUMBER 32 LOT 35 B SUBDIVISION SOUTH

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HIGHLAND INDUSTRIAL PARK COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE .

ALL ITEMS REQUIRE READING HAVE BEEN READ.

AND A MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS AS AN ORDER.

IS THERE A MOTION TO INTRODUCE? SO MOVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HUDSON.

SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OBJECTIONS? ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD GO TO YOUR

[CONDEMNATIONS]

SEPARATE SHEET FOR CONDEMNATIONS.

I'M GONNA READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THEY'VE BEEN SENT TO US.

THEY ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 54 56, 61, 62, 63 65, DEFER FOR 90 DAYS ITEMS 53, 58, 59, AND 66.

AND DELETE ITEMS 55, 57, 60 AND 64.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS NUMBER.

I GOT YOURS.

GO AHEAD GREG.

COUNCIL MEMBER NUMBER 63.

UM, 30 DAYS.

UH, 53 90 DAYS PLEASE.

ALRIGHT, GOTCHA.

NUMBER 61 30 DAYS.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

LEMME READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE CHANGES.

THEY ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEM 62 AND 65, DEFER FOR 30 DAYS.

ITEMS 54, 56, 61 AND 63 DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEMS 53, 59 AND 66.

AND DELETE ITEMS 55, 57, 58 60 AND 64.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE ALL CONDEMNATIONS? SO MOVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER A SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN CONDEMNATIONS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, LET'S GO TO PAGE 16.

PAGE 16.

AUTHORIZED

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AM MAYOR PRESENT TO EXECUTE A SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT NUMBER ONE TO THE CONTRACT OF THE MUGU ARCHITECTURE LLC FOR ADDITIONAL DESIGN SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR CONTRACT FOR THE PRIDE FIRE DISTRICT NUMBER EIGHT IN ENDING AMOUNT STATION IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $108,666 BY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DIRECTORS.

ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 67? COUNCIL MEMBERS? IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM 67, THE MOVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HUDSON.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER NOLL.

ANY OBJECTIONS WE REGARD TO ITEM 68?

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AUTHORIZED THE MAYOR OF PRESIDENT TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WITH BAKER TEXACO NOT TO EXCEED 200 $200,000 BY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 68? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER NOR SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE NOW GO

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TO ITEM 69.

AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO ENTER TO A CONTRACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WITH SOLUTIONS GROUP.

NOT IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $200,000 BY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KODY.

AND ANY OBJECTIONS? WE

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NOW GO TO ITEM 70, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR.

PRESENT ATTENTION TO A CONTRACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WITH SOLUTIONS GROUP IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $420,000 AND APPROPRIATING $420,000 FOR SET PURPOSE BY THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 70? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER OSA.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? ITEM 70 HAS BEEN APPROVED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, IF YOU RETURN TO PAGE 17, WE'RE GONNA GO TO ITEM 78,

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AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT TO, TO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF THE E-S-R-I-G-I-S SOFTWARE IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $98,000.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER GOEY.

SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

AND ANY OBJECTIONS? WE

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NOW GO TO ITEM SEVEN NINE.

AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT, AND OR CHAIRMAN OF THE AIRPORT COMMISSION TO ACCEPT AND EXECUTE A STATE SPONSOR AGREEMENT FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT AND AIR SERVICE PLAN PROGRAM.

AND AN AMOUNT NOT, AND AN AMOUNT OF $30,000 BY THE AVIATION DIRECTORS.

ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER DUNN, TAKING IT BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE NOW GO TO ITEM 80.

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AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH COMMUNITY WELLNESS VENTURE IN AN AMOUNT OF $90,000 TO ADMINISTER AND OPERATE COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE INTERVENTION.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE ITEM? SO MOVED.

EXCUSE ME.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED ONE MAIL, COMMENT AND OPPOSITION TO ITEM 80.

SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OBJECTIONS? ITEM 80 HAS

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BEEN APPROVED.

WE GO TO

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ITEM 81.

AUTHORIZED THE MAYOR PRESIDENT INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH BROAD INNOVATION MARKET AFFIRM IN AMOUNT OF $75,000 TO ADMINISTER AND OPERATE COMMUNITY-BASED ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC MEETINGS BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER DUNN.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? ITEM 81 HAS BEEN APPROVED.

WE

[82. 24-00151]

GO NOW.

TITLE 82 AUTHORIZED THE MAYOR PRESENCE.

EXECUTE ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND TRANSFER A GRANT RECEIVED BY THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THEIR AIR SUPPORT UNIT, WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN DISBANDED TO THE EAST BATON RIDGE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE OFFICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $500,000 BY POLICE CHIEF.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 82? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HUDSON.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE GO NOW TO ITEM 83.

AMENDING TO 2024.

CAN I GET SOMEBODY FROM BRPD OR THE ADMINISTRATION ON 82? ON 82 WE ARE BACK TO 82.

SOMEONE FROM BRPD.

MM-HMM? DANTE.

YES SIR.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT, YOU KNOW, BOTH VERSED ON THIS, YOU CAN GET, GET BACK TO ME.

I JUST WANT TO GET A, SOME CLARITY ON THE DISBANDING OF IT AND TRANSFERRING THE UNIT TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

YES SIR.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

UM, SO IN 2022 FOLLOWING A, A PRETTY TRAUMATIC INCIDENT WITH THE BPDS AVIATION UNIT, A DECISION WAS MADE, UM, TO DISBAND BPDS UNIT AND CONSOLIDATE WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PROVIDE THAT AERIAL SUPPORT FOR THE ENTIRE PARISH VERSUS JUST BEING HOUSED IN PD AND CITY LIMITS.

UM, SO WITH THAT, UH, CONSOLIDATION, WE'RE JUST PROVIDING THIS FUNDING THAT WOULD'VE OTHERWISE GONE TO THIS UNIT, TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

SO WHAT HAPPENS WITH OUR UNIT OR THE UNIT WE HAD, WAS THAT OWNED BY THE CITY? WAS IT LEASED? YEAH, I BELIEVE WE, UM, AND APOLOGIES FOR NOT HAVING ALL OF THIS OFFHAND, BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE DID OWN THE ACTUAL HELICOPTERS AND THOSE HAVE BEEN SOLD TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, IS THAT CORRECT? I GOT DEPUTY CHIEF NOELLE COMING UP AS WELL.

I'M SORRY.

APOLOGIES.

UM, SO, SO THE SECOND HELICOPTER, BRPD HAD, WAS PART OF THE 10 33 PROGRAM, WHICH IS A FEDERAL ASSET SHARING PROGRAM.

SO WE ONLY PAID A FEE FOR IT, BUT IT WAS NEVER REALLY THE DEPARTMENTS.

ONCE WE DECIDED TO, TO MAKE THOSE ADMINISTRATIVE MOVES, WE THOUGHT IT PRUDENT, UH, TO SUGGEST TO THE 10 33 PROGRAM.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WAS LOOKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL HELICOPTER, WE HAD TO RETURN IT 'CAUSE WE WERE NO LONGER GONNA USE IT.

SO THEY SIMPLY TRANSFERRED OWNERSHIP, UM, IN THE FEDERAL DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO TRANSFER, UM, THAT 10 33, UH, PIECE OF PROPERTY TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU FOR THAT POINT OF CLARITY.

BUT AS A FOLLOW UP, NEIL, IF YOU REMEMBER, UM, WITH ALL OF THESE AS ACCIDENTS OR INCIDENTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITH, UM, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, SPECIFICALLY BRPD RESPONDING TO, UM, SERVICE CALLS OR, OR CHASES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WAS THAT THE, UM, THE OFFICERS WOULD, WOULD GET MORE GUIDANCE FROM SUPERVISORS TO DETERMINE DO THEY PURSUE OR DO THEY NOT PURSUE.

BUT ONE OF THEM WAS ALSO THAT YOU WOULD UTILIZE THE AERIAL UNITS AND HELICOPTERS TO TRACK A MONITOR OR FOLLOW, UH, VEHICLES VERSUS, YOU KNOW, PUTTING PEOPLE IN DANGER AND, AND RACING OR FOLLOWING ON THE STREETS.

SO HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THAT RECOMMENDATION OR THAT BEST PRACTICE THAT CAME OUT OF THOSE FINDINGS? SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING TO SUPPLEMENT THAT IS TO, UH, LOOK AT OUR DRONE PROGRAM.

UH, WE ARE PROBABLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY FROM, UH, A PILOT TO HAVE, UH, DRONES IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE CITY THAT COULD MANAGE THAT.

I THINK BY EARLY SUMMER WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE, WE'RE GONNA ENGAGE A COMPANY TO HAVE ONE IN, UM, IN A STRATEGICALLY ADVANTAGEOUS PLACE THAT WILL HAVE A FIVE MILE RADIUS.

IF, IF, IF THAT WORKS WELL FOR US, WE THINK WE CAN COVER THE CITY WITH FOUR ADDITIONAL.

AND FROM A SERVICE STANDPOINT, WE, WE, THE COST BENEFIT IS, IS THERE TO HAVE THAT AS OPPOSED TO AN AVIATION UNIT.

AND UM, WHEN IS THIS PROGRAM GONNA BE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN? HOPEFULLY WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

OKAY.

WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

NOW WE, WE DO HAVE A DRONE PROGRAM.

WE ARE RUNNING DRONES, UH, QUITE A FEW.

UM, BUT WE DON'T HAVE THEM STRATEGICALLY LOCATED AT

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THE READY THAT CAN BE CONTROLLED OR MANNED FROM THE CRIME CENTER OR AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.

THEY ARE MISSION DIRECTED AT THIS MOMENT.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

YES SIR.

WE GO NOW WE GO

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NOW COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ITEM 83 AMENDING THE 2024 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE ALLISON SAINT ER LEE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

SO AS TO APPROPRIATE $16,070 ON ALLISON'S FUND BALANCE UNASSIGNED FOR THE PURCHASE OF A MOTOROLA RADIO UPGRADE AND PRESSURE WASHER BY ALLISON SAINT ERMAN LEE, FIRE CHIEF.

IS THERE ANYONE YOU WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM WHEN I GO TO COUNCIL MEMBER'S? MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HUTCHINS.

GO AHEAD.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

UH, SECONDED.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER BATES.

ANY OBJECTIONS WILL

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NOW GO TO ITEM 84, AMENDED TO 2024 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE BROWNSFIELD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

SO AS TO APPROPRIATE $89,700 FROM THE BROWNSVILLE'S FUND BALANCE UNASSIGNED TO FUND THE EXPENSE OF THE BROWNFIELDS FIRE STATION.

NUMBER 72 BY BROWNSFIELD FIRE CHIEF.

ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS SECONDED BY THE CHARITY OBJECTIONS WE OWE.

NINE TO

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85.

AMEND THE 2024 PAY PLAN FOR THE CLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED NON-CLASSIFIED CONTRACT.

FIRE POLICE EMPLOYEES FROM THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARIS OF EAST BATON ROUGE.

SO AS TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES, ADD NEW CLASSIFICATION, CHIEF PROGRAM ANALYST AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER $52,473 TO $88,604 BY HUMAN SERVICES DIRECTOR AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS.

ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE? SO MOVED BY THE CHAIR.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE GO NOW TO

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ITEM 86, AMENDED 2024 ALLOTMENT OF POSITIONS FOR THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE.

SO HAS TO CHANGE THE ALLOTMENT OF THE MAYOR PRESIDENT'S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LEAD ONE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER.

ADD ONE ASSISTANT URBAN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, CHIEF PROGRAM ANALYST, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER.

ONE PROGRAM ANALYST AND TWO SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST BY HUMAN SERVICES DIRECTOR AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS'.

MOTION TO APPROVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER BANK.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE NOW GO TO ITEM 87,

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AMEND THE 2024 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE CHARGE KELLY COMMUNITY CENTER.

SO AS TO APPROPRIATE 25,000 FROM THE ANTICIPATED RENT OF REVENUES GENERATED BY THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR EVENTS AND EQUIPMENT AT THE CENTER BY CHARLES KELLY COMMUNITY CENTER.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM WE NOW WITH TO COUNCIL MEMBER? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HURST.

SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL.

I MEAN WE GO TO ITEM 88.

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AUTHORIZED THE MAYOR PRESIDENT EXECUTE A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE LSU FOUNDATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $500,000 TO ASSIST WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THE BURTON WELCOME CENTER AND PLAN MULTI-USE SPACE THAT WILL SERVE AS THE GATEWAY TO THE BURTON MUSEUM GARDEN BY MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? COUNCIL MEMBER SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED ONE EMAIL COMMENT IN OPPOSITION TO ITEM 88.

SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ROCK.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? WE NOW VOTE 89

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AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT TEXAS.

THE CONTRACT WITH BEN INFORM LLC AND THE AMOUNT EXCEED 77,500 FOR DATA ANALYTICS SUPPORT SERVICES AND ENHANCES THE TRANSPARENCY REGARDING THE ALLOCATION OF UTILIZATION OF FUNDS RECEIVED THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 BY MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE A MOTION? SO MOVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HUDSON.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? ITEM 89 HAS BEEN APPROVED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS WE'RE

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GONNA TAKE A REPORT.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A REPORT ON PAGE ON PAGE 1 23, RECEIVING AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE BRIDGE CENTER OF HOPE BY COUNCIL MEMBER DENISE OSA.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE THE REPORT FIRST, THEN WE'RE GONNA HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND THEN WE'LL COME TO COUNCIL.

UH, IS THE BRIDGE CENTER READY? COME ON DOWN ON YOU.

OH, OKAY.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

IT'S BEEN ABOUT SIX MONTHS SINCE I LAST ADDRESSED THE COUNCIL, SO, UM, GIVE ME JUST A FEW SECONDS.

I WANNA DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME.

A LOT OF TIMES WHEN, UM, I'M HERE OR I ENCOUNTER INDIVIDUALS, THEY WANT TO KNOW THE OUTCOMES OF THE CENTER.

THEY WANNA KNOW HOW WE'RE DOING, HOW IS THE FACILITY OPERATING, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO COME THERE.

SO I THINK THE BEST WAY FOR ME TO DO THAT IS I WOULD LIKE TO READ A LETTER THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE BRIDGE CENTER, UM, BY A PARENT.

IT SAYS, MS. CLAYBORNE AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE.

WE ARE WRITING A LETTER OF THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF FOR EXCEPTIONAL CARE YOU PROVIDED TO OUR 27-YEAR-OLD SON WHO STRUGGLES WITH PARANOIA.

SCHIZOPHRENIA, IT IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THE CARE AT

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THE BRIDGE SAVED OUR SON'S LIFE AS WELL AS LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR SON TO BE WILLING TO RECONNECT WITH THIS FAMILY AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS OF SILENCE, BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN INVOLUNTARILY HOSPITALIZED SIX TIMES PRIOR TO ENTERING THE BRIDGE CENTER, HE AND OUR FAMILY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH ACUTE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND UNTIL THE BRIDGE, OUR EXPERIENCE WITH CARE HAS ALL BEEN POOR.

THE STAFF AT THE BRIDGE CENTER, PARTICULAR SOCIAL WORKER, SHAVAN DE POINDEXTER NURSE ASHLEY CROSBY, WERE THE FIRST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS TO GIVE NOT JUST OUTSTANDING MEDICAL CARE, BUT ALSO COMPASSIONATE CARE DURING HOSPITALIZATION AND AFTERWARDS, THROUGH AFTERCARE PLANS, WHICH THEY SUPPORTED THE BRIDGE STAFF, TREATED OUR SON WITH HIM AS A HUMAN BEING STRUGGLING WITH AN ILLNESS THAT IS NOT HIS FAULT.

MET HIM WHERE HE WAS, GAINED HIS TRUST.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS ILLNESS TOOK OVER WHEN HE WAS 22-YEAR-OLD, 22 YEARS OF AGE, GOT HIM TO TAKE MEDICATION, ACCEPT HELP.

IN ADDITION, BRIDGE STAFF GOT HIM TO AGREE TO CUT HIS LONG HAIR BEHIND WHICH HE HID FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

PRIOR ACUTE CARE CENTERS HAD GROWN FRUSTRATED WITH THE LACK OF INSIGHT ABOUT HIS MENTAL ILLNESS AND THUS HIS UNWILLINGNESS TO AGREE AND PARTICIPATE IN HIS HEALTH, IN HIS CARE AND GIVEN UP ON HIM.

THEIR AFTERCARE PLANS CONSISTED OF RELEASING HIM WITH A SHORT PERIOD OF MEDICINE, A PRESCRIPTION, A MEETING WITH A COMMUNITY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, A BUS TICKET, AND NO COMMUNICATION WITH HIS FAMILY.

THIS RESULTED IN ONE CASE OF FOUR MONTHS OF HOMELESSNESS IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER PRIOR TO THE BRIDGE CENTER'S.

EXCEPTIONAL CARE, OUR SON HAS BEEN HOMELESS FOR THREE SEPARATE STRETCHES TOTAL IN A YEAR.

RATHER THAN RELEASE HIM BACK TO INTO HOMELESSNESS.

BRIDGE STAFF PARTICULARLY MS. POINDEXTER WORKED TO FIND HIM A STABLE HOUSING SITUATION AND COMMUNICATED CLOSELY WITH US ABOUT THE CARE NEEDED.

MS. POINDEXTER FOUND OUR SON A SUPPORTED GROUP HOME.

THESE STEPS HELPED HIM TO BEGIN TO RECOVER FROM HIS ILLNESS AND A BRUTAL SEVEN MONTHS OF HOMELESSNESS AND BETTER CONNECT TO OTHERS A VITAL PART OF HIS RECOVERY.

HIS HOSPITALIZATION AT THE BRIDGE CENTER WAS UNFORTUNATELY NOT HIS LAST.

DURING THE TWO YEARS THAT HE WAS IN BATON ROUGE, OUR SON HAD NINE TOTAL INTERACTIONS WITH THE BRIDGE CENTER.

DUE TO HIS STRUGGLES WITH THIS DEVASTATING MENTAL DEVASTATING SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS.

EACH TIME THE BRIDGE TEAM TREATED HIM WITH EXPERTISE AND COMPASSION AND EACH TIME THEY COMMUNICATED TO US ABOUT HIS CARE AND WORK TO FIND STABLE HOUSING OPTIONS THAT WOULD REDUCE HIS PARANOIA AND WOULD ALLOW HIM TO ALLOW HIM CARE AND SUPPORT TO ASSIST HIM WITH HIS ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING.

MIRACULOUSLY, AT ONE TIME OUR SON WALKED OUT OF THE GROUP HOME IN WHICH HE WAS NOT COMFORTABLE.

HE VOLUNTARILY RETURNED TO THE BRIDGE CENTER TO THE ONLY HUMAN BEINGS.

HE TRUSTED HIS CARE PROVIDERS PRIOR TO THIS TIME.

HE HAS NEVER VOLUNTARILY ENTERED INTO A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FACILITY AND HAS NEVER RETURNED TO PEOPLE WHO ASSISTED WITH HIS PRIOR CARE.

PRIOR WITH HIS PRIOR CARE.

THIS IS THE TESTAMENT TO THE TRUSTED RELATIONSHIP THAT THE BRIDGE CENTER STAFF HAS BUILT WITH SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH PARANOIA STEMMING FROM ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESSES AS HIS PARENTS.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT A MOMENTUM WHAT A MONUMENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS IS.

NOT ONLY DID THE BRIDGE CENTER TEAM NOT GIVE UP ON OUR SON THE FIRST TIME THEY TREAT HIM, BUT THEY DID NOT ALSO GIVE UP ON OUR SON THE NINTH TIME THEY TREATED HIM.

OUR SON CALLED US SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THANKSGIVING 2022 AFTER THREE YEARS OF SILENCE TO ASK US TO PICK HIM UP AND BRING HIM TO HIS HOME IN WILLIAMSBURG V VIRGINIA.

PLEADING FOR US TO PLEADING WITH PLEADING FOR US THE FIRST TIME THAT HE WOULD ENGAGE IN TREATMENT.

WHEN HE CALLED US BAREFOOT FROM A PARK IN BATON ROUGE AND KNOWING THAT IT WOULD TAKE US 48 HOURS TO GET TO HIM, WE CALLED SHAVONDA ON A SATURDAY MORNING, ASKED HER TO PICK UP OUR SON AND TAKE HIM TO A HOTEL.

SHE DID SO IMMEDIATELY, ALWAYS PRIORITIZING OUR SON'S HEALTH AND SAFETY WHETHER SHE WAS WORKING THAT DAY OR NOT.

AS SOON AS WE ARRIVED IN BATON ROUGE, MS. POINDEXTER WAS ON THE PHONE ARRANGING HIS INTAKE AT A COMMUNITY BASE HEALTH SERVICE BACK IN WILLIAMSBURG.

ONE OF OUR PRIORITIES WAS TO MEET IN PERSON HIS EXCEPTIONAL CARE TEAM AT THE BRIDGE CENTER TO THANK THEM IN PERSON FOR THEIR CARE OF OUR SON.

WE DID SO ONE AFTERNOON WITH THE MANY HUGS AND TEARS AND HAPPINESS IN THE LOBBY OF THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE AND EXPERIENCE.

WE WILL ALWAYS TREASURE OUR SON EVEN ALLOWED US TO TAKE PICTURES WITH HIM AND SU HIS SUPPORT HEROES AND SOME WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THE BRIDGE CENTER CARE OF OUR SON AND THE CARE PROVIDED TO SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THOUGH STRUGGLING WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS, THE BRIDGE CENTER IS A, A SHOOTING STAR IN A GALAXY FACILITY THAT TOO OFTEN FAIL TO TREAT PEOPLE STRUGGLING THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS.

AS HUMAN BEINGS DESERVING THE LIFE DESERVING TO LIVE THE BEST LIFE THEY ARE POSSIBLE FOR THEM RATHER THAN TREAT THEM LIKE A PROBLEM TO BE TOSSED OFF TO SOMEONE OR ANYONE ELSE.

THE BRIDGE CENTER HAS TREATED HIM LIKE HUMAN, LIKE A HUMAN WITH A POTENTIAL AND HAS DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SUPPORT HIM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY CARE.

WE'LL BE WILLING TO PROVIDE YOU WITH MORE DETAILS IF YOU'RE INTERESTED BY CALLING OR EMAILING US.

WE FEEL PRIVILEGED TO HAVE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION AND ONLY HOPE YOUR INNOVATIVE MODEL WILL MAKE IT TO VIRGINIA SOMEDAY IN THE FUTURE.

THE MENZIES, I READ THAT BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE FEW TESTIMONIES THAT WE GET.

I GET A LOT OF THEM VERBALLY.

I GET

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PEOPLE COME UP TO US A LOT OF TIMES TELLING US THAT THEY EITHER HAVE GONE THROUGH THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE OR THEY HAVE A LOVED ONE THAT HAS GONE THROUGH IT.

NOT EVERY OP, NOT EVERYONE THAT COMES THROUGH THE FACILITY IS GOING TO HAVE THAT OUTCOME.

AGAIN.

LIKE YOU, LIKE THE LETTER STATES, IT TOOK NINE TIMES.

WE KNOW THAT MENTAL HEALTH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE AND THEREFORE WE DON'T DISCRIMINATE WHEN WE PROVIDE CHAIR TREATMENT.

THE BRIDGE CENTER IS STILL LOUISIANA'S ONLY CRISIS RECEIVING CENTER.

DESPITE OUR MANY OBSTACLES, WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH RESIDENTS TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE UH, MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND SUBSTANCE USE SERVICES.

TO DATE, THE CENTER HAS PROVIDED CARE TO OVER 8,000 INDIVIDUALS IN CRISIS AND WE'RE STILL COUNTING.

THAT'S AS OF AS OF ALL.

JANUARY 31ST IS 8,304 TO BE EXACT.

WE ARE A SUB-RECIPIENT OF A SAMHSA GRANT WORKING WITH CAPITAL AREA HUMAN SERVICES AS THEIR CRISIS PROVIDER FOR THEIR C-C-B-H-C, WHICH STANDS FOR THEIR CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC.

WE'VE PARTNERED WITH VARIOUS MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE AGENCIES FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO ENTRUST US WITH THEIR RECOVERY.

AND UPON DISCHARGE, WE HAVE STILL HAVE A LOT MORE TO DO.

FUNDING FOR THE BRIDGE CENTER STILL REMAINS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES IN ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH A SUSTAINABLE MODEL FOR LOUISIANA, WHICH INHIBITS THE PARTICIPATION OF MANY PROVIDERS.

BUT YET WE STILL FORGE AHEAD, HOPING TO CREATE A PATHWAY FOR MANY TO FOLLOW.

IN LIGHT OF THIS PLIGHT, WE HAVE MET WITH SENATORS CASSIDY CARTER, CONGRESSMAN GRAVES SECRETARY ABRAHAM, AND PRESENTED BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND WELFARE.

AT PRESENT OUR FOCUS IS EXPANDING OUR MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM BY ESTABLISHING A PARTNERSHIP WITH EMS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PARAMEDICS TO BE DISPATCHED IN RESPONSE TO 9 1 1 EMOTIONAL DISTURB PERSONS CALLS.

WE ARE ALSO HOSTING OUR FOURTH ANNUAL BRIDGING THE GAP COMMUNITY EVENT.

THIS MAY 21ST, WHICH WILL PROVIDE RESOURCES NOT ONLY TO THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, BUT TO THE PROVIDERS TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT SERVICES WE HAVE IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

AND THEN THIS YEAR WE'RE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHERE WE WILL BE GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY CENTERS 'CAUSE I'VE SENT YOU ALL EMAILS AND ALSO WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH BRECK PARK TO GO TO THE LOCATIONS TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THERE SO THAT WE KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE CAN'T COME TO THE GOODWILL LIBRARY.

SO WE'RE GONNA COME TO THEM THIS YEAR TO DATE.

UM, THE BRIDGE CENTER CELEBRATED ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY ON FEBRUARY THE 11TH.

WE HAVE HAD 8,304 PRESENTATIONS, 7,000 890 95 EMISSIONS, 409 RESOURCE INFORMATIONS.

77% OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT COME TO THE BRIDGE CENTER ARE MALE.

23% ARE FEMALE.

72% OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE COME TO THE BRIDGE CENTER IN THE LAST THREE YEARS WERE INDEPENDENT.

28% WERE SCORED BY FIRST RESPONDERS.

AND IF YOU WANT ME TO GIVE YOU A BREAKDOWN ON THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS, I CAN.

UM, BUT THE AVERAGE HANDLE TIME WITH FIRST RESPONDERS STILL REMAINS UNDER FIVE MINUTES, WHICH IS 3.14 MINUTES.

60% OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE COME TO THE FACILITY HAVE BEEN TREATED FOR MENTAL ILLNESS.

WHILE 40% HAVE COME IN EITHER WITH A SUBSTANCE USE OR A CO-OCCURRING DISORDER, WHICH MEANS SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH.

37% OF THE PATIENTS THAT COME TO THE FACILITY ARE TRANSFERRED TO OUR IN PSYCHIATRIC.

OUR INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC CARE UNIT, 27% ARE STABILIZED AND THEN THEY ARE TRANSFERRED TO A 28 RESIDENTIAL DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM AND 36% ARE STABILIZED WITHIN THE FIRST 23 HOURS.

AND THEN, UM, GIVEN OUTPATIENT REFERRAL CARE, EITHER WITH A IOP OR WITH UM, JUST A REGULAR APPOINTMENT.

ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE I KEEP GOING? OKAY, I'M ALMOST FINISHED.

UM, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, AND I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, IS THAT 79% OF LOUISIANA IS WITHOUT ENOUGH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, WHICH IS 3.6 MILLION, WHICH SHINES A LIGHT ON THE CRISIS SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE.

UM, BEING THE ONLY STATE CRISIS SERVICE PROVIDER, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE WE'VE SELL, WE'VE SERVED AS 51 OF THE 64 PARISHES.

UM, THE INDIVIDUALS THAT COME THROUGHOUT OUR PASSING THROUGH EBR, SOME NOT NECESSARILY, BUT THEY HAVE COME BECAUSE AGAIN, WE'RE THE ONLY CRISIS PROVIDER IN THE STATE.

IN RESPONSE TO THAT, UM, LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS PROGRESSING WITH THEIR LOUISIANA CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM, BUT IT'S STILL IN ITS INFANCY STAGES, WHICH IS TRYING TO EXPAND CRISIS SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

AND RECENTLY GOVERNOR LANDRY, UM, ANNOUNCED HIS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE HEALTHCARE AND HOSPITAL POLICY.

AND IN THAT NUMBERS THREE AND FOUR OUTLINED WITH WHAT THE BRIEF CENTER IS ALREADY DOING.

AND THAT IS TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STATEWIDE MASTER PLAN FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES DELIVERY, RESULTING IN A SHORTER STAY OPTIONS FOR, UM, THE URBAN AND THE RURAL AREAS.

AND THEN

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ALSO TO INCREASE ER DIVERSIONS FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ACCESS WRAPAROUND SERVICES.

AGAIN, THAT IS WHAT THE PARISH CENTER IS ALREADY DOING.

SO IN STATE OF ALL OF THAT I WANT TO STOP AND JUST SAY THANK TO THE RESIDENTS OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

THANK YOU METRO COUNCIL.

THANK YOU TO THE MAYOR FOR BEING ABLE TO ALLOW THE BREW CENTER FOR HOPE TO, TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES TO THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION.

WE STILL HAVE A LOT MORE TO GO, BUT CONSIDERING WE'VE ONLY BEEN OPEN THREE YEARS, WE HAVE FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR HAVE, UM, TREATED OR ADMITTED MORE.

WELL LEMME SAY THIS, WE HAVE, WE ARE THE SECOND HIGHEST ADMISSION FOR PSYCHIATRIC AMONG THE HOSPITALS.

WHY YOU DID THAT? QUESTIONS? WELL, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE WE GO TO COUNCIL.

CAN I, UM, HAVE ONE PERSON COME UP AND SPEAK REAL QUICK IF POSSIBLE.

IT IS PART OF THE REPORT.

YEP.

FROM THE BRIDGE CENTER OR JUST FROM THE BRIDGE CENTER? IT'S UH, IT'S THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR RA INTERNATIONAL.

ALRIGHT, TELL ME, COME ON.

OKAY.

THIS IS FIRST METRO COUNCIL MEETING, SO BE EASY.

NO, FIRST ONE IS ALWAYS CHALLENGING.

, I'M AN OUTSIDE, I'M AN OUTSIDER.

I'M NOT FROM HERE, BUT I LOVE TO COME VISIT SO I CAN EAT YOUR WONDERFUL FOOD, UM, HERE.

UM, AND THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME TO SPEAK.

I'LL BE VERY BRIEF, BUT I ALSO WANT TO ECHO, UM, YOU KNOW, I'M ONE OF THE MAIN WRITERS OF, OF CRISIS NOW IN SAN GUIDELINES FOR HOW TO DO CRISIS CARE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT'S DESIGNED TO HELP CREATE AN EQUIVALENT PARODY SYSTEM LIKE WE HAVE FOR EMERGENCY PHYSICAL HEALTHCARE FOR, UH, FOLKS IN CRISIS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES.

AND SO THE CONGRATULATIONS AND UM, AND GRATITUDE THAT WE HAVE AT RECOVERY INNOVATIONS AS BEING THOUGHT LEADERS IN HOW TO DO THIS IN THE COLLABORATION WITH THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE AND EAST BATON ROUGE AND WORKING US BEING ABLE TO DO THIS CENTER HERE, UM, IS JUST THE IMPACT OF IT.

JUST THOSE STORIES, BUT THE NUMBERS AND THE THINGS THAT Y'ALL ARE DOING COMPARED TO WHEN IT'S NOT EVEN BEING DONE STATEWIDE YET AND IT'S NOT BEING DONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SO FOR MY GENUINE THANKS TO YOU AS SOMEBODY WHO TRAVELS AND SPEAKS INTERNATIONALLY AND AROUND THE COUNTRY AND CONSULTING WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT STATES ABOUT HOW TO DO THIS AND THEN THEM WANTING TO COME VISIT THIS SITE TO SEE HOW IT'S DONE AND HOW TO DO IT RIGHT.

AND THE LAST THING AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, I ALWAYS, THE OTHER LEADERS ACROSS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY FROM SOME OF OUR SITES GET TIRED OF ME ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THIS.

BUT THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE THAT SERVE IN, UH, IN, IN THIS AREA FOR THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE, OUR STAFF ARE SO MUCH ENGAGED AND CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY, THE PEOPLE WE SERVE.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S PART OF THAT REASON WHY THEY HAVE THAT CARE PIECE.

AND SO I JUST REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR AREA AND THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND WHAT THEY DO AND THANK Y'ALL VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALRIGHT.

COUNCILMAN MADISON, COUNCIL, COUNCIL MEMBER ANDERSON.

RIGHT, RIGHT THERE.

Y'ALL GOT IT.

ALRIGHT, FIRST OF ALL, UH, GOOD AFTERNOON TO EVERYBODY.

UM, AS USUAL, I HAVE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS.

THERE ARE TWO REPORTS THAT COME OUT EVERY YEAR THAT TO ME ARE THE BENCHMARKS OF WHAT ACCOUNTABILITY ARE.

THE FIRST ONE IS THE REPORTS WE RECEIVE EVERY YEAR FROM THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY.

THE SECOND ONE IS THE REPORTS WE RECEIVE FROM THE EAST BATON ROUGE COUNCIL ON AGING, DOWN TO HOW MANY MEALS, DOWN TO COSTS, METRICS, OUTCOMES.

VERY SPECIFIC.

AND I HAVE NOTHING, NOTHING AGAINST THE WONDERFUL STORYTELLING THAT GOES WITH EVERY PROGRAM, BUT I HAVE ASKED SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN THIS PROJECT WAS BROUGHT TO THE COUNCIL AND THIS WASN'T THE ONLY WAY IT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE, COULD HAVE BEEN UNDER THE COUNT, THE CAPITAL AREA HUMAN SERVICES COULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS.

BUT WHAT WAS SOLD WAS THIS WOULD BE A DIVERSION TO KEEP PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH OUT OF THE JAIL.

I WANT THOSE NUMBERS.

I WANT TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WE ARE KEEPING OUT OF THE JAIL.

I WANT THE DEMOGRAPHICS BY BOTH DISTRICT AS WELL AS ZIP CODE.

WE HEARD FOR MANY, MANY YEARS ABOUT HOW THEY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.

AND NOW IN THIS LATEST