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GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME

[CALL TO ORDER]

TO THE PRESENTATION PORTION OF OUR METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING ON THIS THUR, EXCUSE ME, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2024 AT 3:30 PM FIRST UP, MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTERN ROOM TO RECOGNIZE MADELINE WIN WHITMORE EAST RIDGE PARISH, EIGHTH GRADE STUDENT OF THE YEAR, AND COMPETING STATEWIDE FOR LOUISIANA STUDENT OF THE YEAR ON APRIL 10TH, 2024.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TIM AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

COME ON DOWN.

MADELINE .

YOU CAN STAND RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

SO LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, MADELINE.

MADELINE WHITMORE IS AN EIGHTH GRADER.

SHE'S A SHINING STAR AT WESTDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

SHE EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE THAT WE HOLD DEAR IN BATON ROUGE.

MADELINE'S JOURNEY IS ONE MARKED BY DEDICATION AND ACHIEVEMENT FROM HER EARLY YEARS IN THE SPANISH FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAGNET PROGRAM TO HER CURRENT STATUS AS A BILINGUAL SCHOLAR, SHE HAS SHOWN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO HER EDUCATION.

HER LEADERSHIP ROLES IN VARIOUS CLUBS INCLUDE THE CODING, AGRICULTURAL AND BETA CLUBS, AND ALL OF THIS ATTESTS TO HER ABILITY TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE HER PEERS.

BUT MADELINE'S TALENTS EXTEND FAR BEYOND THE CLASSROOM AS A DANCER, ENTREPRENEUR, AND PET LOVER.

SHE BRINGS CREATIVITY AND PASSION TO EVERYTHING SHE DOES.

HER INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE ZACHARY MLK COMMITTEE AND THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY REFLECTS HER DEEP ROOTED BELIEF IN THE POWER OF EDUCATION AND SERVICE TO UPLIFT OUR COMMUNITY.

MADELEINE'S JOURNEY IS NOT JUST ONE OF PERSONAL SUCCESS, BUT ALSO OF RESILIENCE AND DETERMINATION.

SHE REPRESENTS THE VERY BEST OF BATON ROUGE'S YOUTH AND HER ACHIEVEMENTS FILL US WITH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE AS SHE COMPETES STATEWIDE FOR THE TITLE OF LOUISIANA STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

LET US RALLY BEHIND HER WITH OUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

MADELINE, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE, I WILL EXTEND MY HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR HONOR AS EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH STUDENT OF THE YEAR AND BEING THE EIGHTH GRADE FINALIST FOR REGION SIX IN THE LOUISIANA STUDENTS OF THE YEAR.

YOUR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS, DEDICATION TO STUDIES AND COMMITMENT TO LEARNING HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON WESTDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

WE DON'T WANT THE STUDENT OF HERE DON'T WANNA SAY NOTHING TO US.

CONGRAT SAY THANK YOU.

I WAS GONNA ASK HER TO SAY SOMETHING IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE OR SHE COMING BACK.

I WAS GONNA SAY THANK YOU OR SOMETHING, JUST SO WE CAN HEAR THAT IN LIKE SPANISH OR SOMETHING, WHATEVER.

.

OKAY.

GRACIA, UH, BATON ROUGE, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT EACH BATON ROUGE PARISH AND THANKS IN THE YEAR.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE HONOR.

THAT'S AWESOME.

THAT'S AWESOME.

THAT'S AWESOME.

THAT'S AWESOME, .

YEP.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING I KNOW HOW TO SAY.

I SPEAK IN TONGUE TOO.

.

ALRIGHT, UH, NEXT UP MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTERN ROOM TO RECOGNIZE MICHAEL AND KENYA BYRD, THE SCOTLANDVILLE BODEGA COMMUNITY DRIVEN INITIATIVE PROVIDING FRESH PRODUCE AND MEAT FOR RESIDENTS OF NORTH BATON ROUGE MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

YES.

UM, I AM EXCITED ONCE AGAIN, UH, TO SHARE, UH, AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO THE OWNERS OF SCOTLANDVILLE BODEGA.

THEIR INVESTMENT IN OUR CITY, UH, PARTICULARLY IN NORTH BATON ROUGE, IS TRULY COMMENDABLE AND SPEAKS VOLUMES, UH, ABOUT YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY.

THE GRAND OPENING OF SCOTLANDVILLE BODEGA REPRESENTS MORE THAN JUST THE OPENING OF A GROCERY STORE.

IT IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO FRESH, HEALTHIER OPTIONS FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SCOTLANDVILLE.

AND YOUR DEDICATION TO BRINGING SUCH ESSENTIAL RESOURCES TO OUR COMMUNITY IS BOTH ADMIRABLE AND INVALUABLE.

UM, BY CHOOSING TO ESTABLISH SCOTLANDVILLE BODEGA, YOU ARE NOT ONLY INVESTING IN BUSINESS, BUT OF COURSE YOU ARE INVESTING IN THE WELLBEING AND PROSPERITY OF OUR CITIZENS.

SO YOU ARE CERTAINLY MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS AND LIVES AND FAMILIES.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'VE HAD MANY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS

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WHO'VE COME OUT TO SUPPORT AND HELP IN THE, UH, PROCESS.

AND WE KNOW THAT, UM, THERE ARE GREAT THINGS AHEAD FOR THE SCOTLANDVILLE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF COMMITMENTS OF INDIVIDUALS, UM, LIKE THESE TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE, MICHAEL AND KENYA BIRD, WHO ARE COMMITTED TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

SO IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PRESENT YOU, UH, WITH A COMMENDATION, UH, THE OWNERS OF SCOTLANDVILLE, BODEGA MICHAEL AND KENYA BIRD IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR SUCCESSFUL OPENING, UH, AND BEING RECOGNIZING YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

THANK YOU.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO? YEAH.

WELL, I JUST WANNA THANK YOU MAYOR BROOM FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THIS PRESENTATION, AND IT IS TRULY A BLESSING TO BE A BLESSING IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE WE'RE SERVING.

AND, UM, I JUST ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, THANK YOU.

NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE GREAT, DO THEY HAVE FOOD, BUT THEY HAVE GREAT LUNCHES AS WELL.

SO, UM, AND BREAKFAST.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES.

SO PLEASE STOP BY.

WHO KNOWS, MAYBE ONE DAY THE MAYOR BRING LUNCH FOR EVERYBODY THAT'S AROUND.

OH, NOW I GET A RESPONSE, .

OKAY.

THANK YOU, .

NEXT UP.

CONGRATULATIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

HOPEFULLY I CAN COME GET A, A SANDWICH OR SOMETHING.

UH, NEXT UP MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON, WESTERN ROOM TO RECOGNIZE LYNN CLARK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER AND BATON ROUGE.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT, UH, LYNN, WOULD YOU COME ON DOWN PLEASE? SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

UM, YOU KNOW, I LOVE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I DO TOO.

YEAH, I KNOW YOU DO.

AND THAT'S WHY SHE'S RETIRING.

BUT HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO HABITAT FOR 20 YEARS.

20 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH CELEBRATING FOR LYNN CLARK.

SHE HAS BEEN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

UH, SHE'S BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY LEADER WHOSE DEDICATION AND PASSION HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, SHE'S WORKED TO PROVIDE OVER 300 NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES TO FAMILIES IN NEED.

UM, SHE HAS ALSO EXPANDED HABITAT'S HOME REPAIR SERVICES AND HELPED FAMILIES RECOVER FROM MANY NATURAL DISASTERS THAT HAVE IMPACTED THE CAPITAL REGION OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES.

AND UNDER HER GUIDANCE, HABITAT HAS FLOURISHED, TRANSFORMING COUNTLESS LIVES AND REVITALIZING NEIGHBORHOODS.

AS LYNN TRANSITIONS INTO HER RETIREMENT, WE WANNA REFLECT ON HER REMARKABLE CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE PROFOUND IMPACT SHE'S HAD ON BATON ROUGE.

WHILE YOUR PRESENCE CERTAINLY WILL BE MISSED, YOU ARE LEAVING A LEGACY.

AND YOUR LEGACY WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO STRIVE, UH, FOR A BETTER, MORE INCLUSIVE, UH, COMMUNITY.

WE ALSO WANNA WELCOME THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UH, RICHIE GOBEL.

GOBEL RICHIE, HOW YOU DOING, RICHIE? AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT YOU WILL BRING AS WELL.

UM, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU ALL HAVE EVER PARTICIPATED IN A HABITAT BUILD.

UH, I HAVE THE, I HAVE THIS WELL, AND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES OF, OF VOLUNTEERISM THAT I, UM, PARTICIPATED IN.

SO LYNN, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE.

AND LISTEN, ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT.

YOU DESERVE IT.

THANK YOU.

AND THIS IS IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATED SERVICE AS DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HABITAT FOR MEN.

THANK YOU, .

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO SERVE WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND SO GRATEFUL TO MAYOR BROOM FOR ALL HER SUPPORT, THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, WHO HAS MADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING A PRIORITY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU TO THE

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METRO COUNCIL FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT FOR GRANTING US ALL THOSE WONDERFUL GRANTS TO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE.

AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE BECAUSE WE ARE SO COMMITTED TO REVITALIZING NORTH BATON ROUGE, AND I'M JUST EXCITED ABOUT THE WORK THAT WILL CONTINUE.

SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

ENJOY RETIREMENT.

NEXT UP, WE'LL HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER DARRYL HURST TO RECOGNIZE THE GLEN OAKS ELEMENTARY BASKET.

GLEN OAKS PARK ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL TEAM, EAST PARISH PARISH DISTRICT CHAMP FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE.

COUNCIL MEMBER HURST.

THANK, UH, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

THE, THE, THIS SCHOOL IS BECOMING A FAMILIAR FACE IN THE COUNCIL.

THE FIRST DAY THEY CAME AND THEY LOOKED ALL NERVOUS, BUT AFTER THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP, THE THREE PEAK OF GLEN OAKS PARK, PANTHERS, MAN, THEY HAVE SET THE TONE AND ARE SETTING THE BAR FOR WHAT SPORTS AND EBR ALONG WITH EDUCATION LOOKS LIKE.

AND SO WE'RE EXCITED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM.

AND I, AND I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, YOU KNOW, EDUCATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, BUT SPORTS IS ALWAYS THE FRONT DOOR TO THE SCHOOL BEFORE THEY KNOW WHAT A CT SCORE YOU HAVE BEFORE THEY KNOW, UM, HOW GREAT THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS.

THEY KNOW WHO WON ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

AND SO YOU GUYS ARE SETTING AN AMAZING TONE OF WHAT AN ELEMENTARY FRONT DOOR SHOULD LOOK LIKE AND HAVE THE ACADEMICS TO SUPPORT AND BACK IT UP.

SO WE THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DOING, BEING HERE TODAY.

BUT WE GETTING TO CHEER FROM THE CHEERLEADER.

IS THAT WHY WE HERE TODAY? ALRIGHT, WE'RE GONNA START OFF WITH THEM, Y'ALL COME ON AND LET'S LINE IT UP IN THE FRONT.

5, 6, 7, 8.

AND LEMME TELL YOU WHAT THEY SAID.

BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN IS A EVEN BETTER WOMAN.

AND THESE YOUNG LADIES ARE THE BACKBONE FOR ENSURING THAT THE CROWD, FOR ENSURING THAT, UM, THE, THE ENERGY LEVEL OF THE PLAYERS GETS UP WHEN IT'S DOWN.

AND SO WE THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO.

AND TODAY LET'S SHOW THEM HOW YOU MAKE THE CROWD GO WILD.

ARE WE, NO.

ARE THEY COMING AS WELL OR NO? OKAY.

ALRIGHT, LET'S GO LATER.

WE LET, WE LET, GOOD JOB Y'ALL GIVE THESE PRINCESSES ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

IT TAKES COURAGE, BOLDNESS, TENACITY TO STAND UP IN FRONT OF PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW AND SHOW YOUR TALENTS AND GIFTS OFF.

SO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING THESE BOYS SPECIAL AGAIN FOR GLEN OAKS PANTHERS.

AND Y'ALL GOTTA COME DOWN WITH SWAG NOW.

ALRIGHT, Y'ALL READY? ALRIGHT, FIRST FOR THE EBR BASKETBALL TEAM CHAMPIONS, YOUR DEDICATION, TEAMWORK, SPORTSMANSHIP INSPIRES US ALL.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

AND FIRST UP, MR. KOBE, I SEE WHY WE NEED THE CHEERLEADERS.

I GOT NEED SOME SWAG FROM THE GUYS TOO.

NEXT UP, MR. MARLEY AMMAR.

I MISS, SORRY.

AND WALLACE, THIS IS THE COED TEAM.

I WILL TELL YOU, I'VE SEEN SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING YOUNG LADIES COME FROM THERE.

DO GREAT THINGS IN BOTH MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS, SO THEY'RE SETTING THE PRECEDENCE THERE AS WELL.

NEXT WE HAVE TORY BREYER.

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PAYTON DORSEY.

NOW LEMME TELL Y'ALL SOMETHING.

THIS BOY IS A MONSTER AND HIS BROTHER IS ONE TOO.

SO Y'ALL BE ON THE WATCH OUT.

I'VE SEEN HIM PERSONALLY.

NO SMILES.

I'M TELLING YOU DADDY BOY, I'M TELLING YOU.

DADDY.

SEE TRISTAN, YOU BANKS, TRENTON FISHER, ANTOINE MCCLURE.

I GUESS WHEN YOU'VE BEEN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP THREE TIMES, YOU JUST HAVE HUMBLENESS AND HUMILITY.

SO, UM, EISHA SMITH.

ELIJAH SMITH.

ALRIGHT, ELIJAH, ELIJAH SMITH.

ALRIGHT, MICHAEL THORNTON.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TYRAN.

WE, AND WE HAVE SOME AMAZING COACHES WHERE WE HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT BEING MADE FOR YOU GUYS.

'CAUSE Y'ALL ARE STILL BUYING FOR THREE YEARS, BUT IT WAS NOT HERE IN TIME.

SO WE'LL MAKE SURE WE GET THAT TO YOU.

BUT I WILL ASK ALL MY CHEERLEADER AND COACHES TO COME TO THE FRONT.

WE'LL TAKE A QUICK PICK.

I'LL ASK THE MAYOR TO COME UP THERE WITH US.

UM, AND IF THE COUNCIL CAN STAND UP, I'D APPRECIATE IT.

THE THREE P DESERVES EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

GOTTA STAND UP.

YEAH, Y'ALL GOTTA STAND UP.

STAND UP.

YEAH, SO YOU CAN, YEAH.

WELL, IF THAT PODIUM WASN'T THERE, IT'LL BE, YEAH, WE COULD DO IT.

BUT THIS IS BLOCK.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S GET A BIG SMILE FROM EVERYBODY.

EVERYBODY LOOKS STRAIGHT HERE.

ALRIGHT, HOLD IT.

ALRIGHT, ONE MORE GUYS.

LET ME GET ONE RIGHT HERE.

BIG SMILE.

ONE, TWO, AND THREE.

.

I GOT IT.

THANK Y'ALL.

ONE MORE.

GOOD JOB.

HOW YOU DOING? GOOD TO SEE YOU.

LOVE YOU ON CONGRATULATIONS.

I'LL SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR WHEN YOU WIN FOURTH IN A ROW.

NEXT UP, WE'LL HAVE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEMBER SHAUNA BANKS TO RECOGNIZE BRETT SUPERINTENDENT CORY WILSON.

THE BATON ZOO EARNS A PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS.

GOOD.

A NOON.

EVERYONE.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME ORGANIZATIONS WHEN YOU, UM, WHEN YOU COME UP HERE AND YOU RECOGNIZE THEM, YOU FEEL YOU HAVE TO BUILD THEM UP AND GIVE A LOT OF INFORMATION.

THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE DAYS AND NOT ONE OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND NOT ONE OF THOSE TOP UM, LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

TODAY.

WE HAVE, UM, THE BATON ROUGE, UH, ZOO HERE THAT IS TAKING CARE OF AND UNDER THE, UM, UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF BRE.

AND THAT'S LEADER IS SUPERINTENDENT CORY WILSON.

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AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HIM COME UP BECAUSE HE CAN GIVE MORE DETAILS, BUT I DO HAVE, UM, A CERTIFICATE AND I WILL JUST GO TOWARDS THE CERTIFICATE BECAUSE HE STAYS READY.

ALL RIGHT, WOULD CORY WILSON COME UP? ZOO DIRECTOR JIM F FLESHMAN.

AND I AM, UM, ALSO HAVING, UH, REID CHAR BECAUSE HE'S THE, THE MECHANICAL MAN THAT DOES ALL THE PLANNING.

AND SO WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT HIM.

SO IN HIS ABSENCE, I'M ALSO, UH, WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, BUT I HAVE A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PRESENTED TO CORY WILSON, SUPERINTENDENT OF BRECK, FOR YOUR EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE AND OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ASSISTING BREX BACKWOOD ZOO IN EARNING PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION AND IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE OF PATRONS.

YOUR WORK, YOUR DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN YOUR SUCCESS, AND WE ARE HONORED TO RECOGNIZE YOU BOTH FOR YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

AND THANK YOU FOR SO MUCH.

AND I KNOW YOU HAVE GREAT COMMENTS AND, UH, I WANT TO LEAVE A LOT OF TIME FOR THAT.

ALL RIGHT, SO THIS IS FOR YOU.

AND Y'ALL MAKE SURE YOU TELL RICK REID THAT I DID NOT FORGET ABOUT HIM.

AND THAT'S FOR YOU, JIM.

THANK YOU.

AND WE'RE GONNA, HUH? GONNA BE MAD AT ME FOR NOT TELLING.

I KNOW.

SO AFTER COMMENTS, AND I BELIEVE THE MAYOR HOUSEHOLD AS THE PRESENTATION WILL DO PICTURE.

YES.

WELL, THANK YOU, UM, COUNCILWOMAN BANKS FOR THIS, UH, SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND TO, TO MAYOR BROOM AND MAYOR PROTI AND ALL THE COUNCIL PEOPLE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE.

UH, TOMORROW IS OUR MARCH COMMISSION MEETING, AND SIX YEARS AGO AT OUR MARCH COMMISSION MEETING IN 2018, UH, MANY OF YOU, UM, CAME TO OUR BOARD MEETING, UH, TO LET US KNOW, AND ALONG WITH MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, UH, THAT WE WANTED TO KEEP THE ZOO AT ITS CURRENT LOCATION.

UH, THAT DECISION WAS MADE IN LATE MARCH OF 2018, AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER, ABOUT A WEEK, UH, WE GOT THE NEWS THAT WE LOST OUR ACCREDITATION AS WELL, TOO.

AND SO IT WAS A LOW POINT FOR BRECK.

UH, QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK IT HAD A LITTLE BIT TO DO WITH ME BEING SUPERINTENDENT RIGHT NOW, BUT I WON'T, I WON'T GO INTO THAT TOO MUCH.

BUT SHORTLY AFTER BECOMING A SUPERINTENDENT, WE COMPLETED A MASTER PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENTS OUT THERE.

AND IN JANUARY OF 21, WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BRING ON JIM FLESHMAN AS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR AT THE TIME.

UM, UM, AND, AND SO JIM, UM, HAS OVER 30 YEARS OF ACCREDITATION EXPERIENCE.

HE'S GREW UP IN THE ZOO.

HE'S SEEN A LOT OF IMPROVEMENTS MADE AT ZOOS.

AND SO, UM, JIM WAS A KEY CORNERSTONE IN, IN TERMS OF US GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE NOW.

I'LL LET JIM COME AND SHARE A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION, UH, REGARDING ACCREDITATION.

UH, BUT IT, IT INVOLVES EVERYTHING FROM LOOKING AT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, UH, TO HOW WE TAKE CARE OF ANIMALS.

THERE'S OVER 350 DIFFERENT STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE TO MEET, UH, AND JIM IS THE LEADER OF THE ZOO AND, AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE MET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE STANDARDS.

NOW, DON'T GO OVER ALL 350, JIM, BUT, UH, COME AND SHARE A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS AND WHY IT IS SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

THE, UM, ONE OF THE REASONS, WELL, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ALWAYS GET IS WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE A PART OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS? AND TO BE A ZOO, BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

YOU HAVE TO BE LICENSED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 2,700 LICENSED ANIMALS, SMART MAN EXHIBITS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THERE ARE ONLY 235 MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS. SO WE'RE IN THAT TOP 10%, AND THAT'S WHERE WE WANNA STAY.

IT'S SORT OF THAT SOME OF, YOU'LL REMEMBER WHAT THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL OF APPROVAL IS.

THAT'S SORT OF WHAT ACCREDITATION IS.

IT'S THE GOLD MEDAL FOR ZOOS.

WE'VE GOT A GREAT PARK SYSTEM.

WE NEEDED TO HAVE A GREAT ZOO.

AND SO I APPRECIATE WHAT BRECK LEADERSHIP DID FOR US, UH, BY ALLOCATING SOME FUNDS AND REALLY KIND OF PRESSING US TO, TO SEEK EXCELLENCE.

AND WE HAVE DONE THAT.

AND, UM, I, HOPEFULLY BRECK IS PROUD OF US, BUT THE GREENWOOD GOLF ZOO PROJECT, UM, HAS TOUCHED EVERY DEPARTMENT WITHIN BRECK.

WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT THEM.

WE GET THE ACCOLADES RIGHT NOW, BUT EVERY DEPARTMENT WITHIN BRECK REALLY PUT THEIR HEART INTO THIS AND REALLY WORKED HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

AND IT IS JUST A PROUD MOMENT FOR US TO BE HERE.

SO WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND SO WE NEVER, UH, LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, TO ASK FOR MONEY.

AND SO, UM, WE, WE, WE COMPLETED THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ZOO, UH, IN GREENWOOD PARK.

UM, WELL OVER $55 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NORD BATON ROUGE THAT HELPED COMPLETE THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ZOO IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PARK, THE

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GOLF COURSE.

UM, AS THE ACCREDITATION TEAM TOLD US, THERE'S, IT LOOKS LIKE TWO SEPARATE ZOOS.

THERE'S A NEW ZOO AND THERE'S A OLD ZOO.

SO THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.

UM, AND SO IF THERE'S ANY FUNDING THAT'S AVAILABLE TO YOU GUYS THAT YOU WANT TO PUT TOWARDS THE ZOO, WE ARE ALWAYS, UH, WELCOME TO RECEIVE THAT.

UH, THE MASTER PLAN IS WELL OVER $200 MILLION.

AND SO, UH, THE FIRST PHASE IS FINISHED, BUT THE SECOND AND THIRD PHASE INCLUDES BRINGING LIONS AND GORILLAS AND ALL THOSE SORT OF THINGS.

AND SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT, UM, THIS FIRST PHASE, BUT LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE PHASES AS WELL.

AND AS ANY OTHER SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IN THIS PARISH, IT'S GONNA TAKE ALL HANDS ON DECK COLLABORATION FROM PRIVATE, PUBLIC, STATE, LOCAL, FEDERAL DOLLARS, EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN FIND SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A GREAT ZOO.

WE ALSO LEFT SOME INFORMATION FOR YOU IN TERMS OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS ON APRIL 9TH.

WE'LL BE DOING A MASTER PLAN, UH, OUT AT ANATE JORDAN AS WE LOOK TO, UM, REVAMP THAT FACILITY EVEN MORE.

MAYOR BROOM WAS INSTRUMENTAL WHEN SHE WAS A STATE SENATOR AND GETTING CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THAT FACILITY.

AND SO THAT'S THE SORT OF THING I TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ZOO.

WE ALSO HAVE SOME UPCOMING MEETINGS IN CHENEY V, UH, FOR THE PRIDE PARK.

APRIL 2ND IS CHENEY V.

WE'LL BE, UH, IMPROVING PRIDE PARK, AND WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR INFORMATION THERE.

AND APRIL 5TH, UH, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT A LATE NIGHT HYPE, UH, MIDNIGHT SORT OF BASKETBALL PROGRAM THAT WE'RE WORKING, UH, WITH EMPOWER 2, 2 5 TO BRING THAT EVENT TO THE COMMUNITY AT GUS YOUNG, UM, AT SEVEN TO 11 ON APRIL THE FIFTH.

AND SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING THAT, UH, PROGRAM ALL ACROSS THE PARISH.

BUT THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF YOUR, UH, CONTINUED SUPPORT OF BRECK AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU GUYS AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO THE, UH, ACCOLADES AND COMMENDATION AND CELEBRATING THE, UH, ACHIEVEMENT OF THE ACCREDITATION OF THE, UH, ZOO.

UH, I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD.

I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ACCREDITATION, BUT I'M EVEN LOOKING FORWARD, UH, TO THE TOTAL, UH, FRUITION OF THE, OF THE ZOO.

AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK.

UM, WE'VE COME A MIGHTY LONG WAYS, AS THEY SAY, WHEN IT'S COME TO THIS ZOO SITUATION.

AND, UH, I AM EXCITED THAT IT REMAINS IN NORTH BATON ROUGE AND THAT WE ARE ELEVATING IT TO BE A FIRST CLASS ZOO, JUST LIKE WE HAVE A FIRST CLASS PARK SYSTEM.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CORY.

, HONOR.

YEAH, UP AND DOWN.

HEY, I FOLLOW YOUR LEAD.

ALRIGHT.

1, 3, 1, 2, 3.

1, 2, 3.

WHO'S THE STOOL FOR OH, YOUNG LADY.

OH, YOU, I THINK SO.

YOU FINISHED? YEAH.

AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS.

SUPERINTENDENT WILSON.

KEEP UP TO EXCELLENT WORK.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ZOO.

UH, NEXT UP WE HAVE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEMBER CLEVE DUNN, JR.

TO PROMOTE THE REDICK RIVALRY A NIGHT NIGHT OF LIVE PROFESSIONAL BOXING AND CELEBRITY MATCHES.

COUNCIL MEMBER DUNN.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE HERE IN THE CHAMBER AND THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING US ON, UH, LIVE TV.

I WISH I WAS HERE UNDER, UM, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

UH, MANY OF YOU GUYS HERE IN CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT HAS GOTTEN TO KNOW MY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND FRIEND JI JONES.

UM, HER DAUGHTER LIA,

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NINE YEARS OLD, UH, THEY FOUND TUMORS ON HER BRAIN ABOUT FIVE OR SIX WEEKS AGO.

UH, THEY'RE CURRENTLY AT ST.

JUDE RIGHT NOW GETTING TREATMENT AND WE'LL BE THERE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

UM, THE REST, THE RIVALRY WAS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

WE WAS WORKING ON PUTTING THIS TOGETHER ANYWAY.

UM, THIS IS THE THIRD FAMILY THAT MY FAMILY HAS SEEN AND KNOWN DIRECTLY THAT BENEFITED FROM THE RESOURCES OF ST.

JUDE.

UH, ALL THE MONEY THAT THEY POUR INTO THE FAMILIES, UH, THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR TREATMENT, FOR HOUSING, FOR LODGING, FOR MEALS.

THEY EVEN TRANSPORT FAMILY MEMBERS UP THERE TO VISIT THEM FROM TIME TO TIME.

UH, ME AND MY FAMILY WENT THERE THIS WEEKEND TO VISIT WITH GITA AND JIA AND KIND SEE FIRSTHAND THE THINGS THAT THEY DO.

SO WE WANTED TO DEDICATE A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS TO THE FAMILY DIRECTLY AND TO ST.

JUDE.

NOW WE CONTACT THE ST.

JUDE TO LET THEM KNOW, UH, WHAT WE WERE PLANNING.

THEIR TYPICAL TURNAROUND TIME IS 30 TO 60 DAYS TO APPROVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

UM, THEY APPROVED IT IN ABOUT A WEEK.

THEY LOVE THE IDEA.

THEY SAID LOUISIANA IS IMPORTANT TO THEM.

BATON ROUGE IS IMPORTANT TO THEM, AND THEY WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS.

SO ON, UM, APRIL 6TH, SATURDAY AT BRCC, WE PUTTING ON LIVE, UH, PROFESSIONAL BOXING.

AND WE HAVE SOME CELEBRITY MATCHES WITH SOME LOCAL OR REGIONAL, UH, CELEBRITIES.

SO YOU CAN GET YOUR TICKETS AT RED STICK, UH, RIVALRY.COM.

BUT SOME OF THE FEATURE MATCHES FROM THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE ARE BATON ROUGE'S OWN.

UM, CALEB GEORGE, WHO'S A BATON ROUGE RESIDENT.

YOU CAN SEE HIM FIGHT PROFESSIONALLY.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE BATON ROUGE'S OWN CAMERON HILL, AND WE ALSO HAVE COTON, UH, NATIVE VICTOR PARIS, AND A LAFAYETTE NATIVE, UH, KELAND FRANKLIN.

THESE ARE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE THAT EVENING.

AND WE ALSO BROUGHT ON SOME LOCAL REGIONAL CELEBRITIES TO KIND OF POSSESS THE THING UP.

OUR ROMAN BANKS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AND VIRG AUSBERRY ASSOCIATE, OUR EXECUTIVE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT LSU, ARE ACTUALLY GETTING IN THE RING FOR A EXHIBITION TO HAVE A LITTLE FUND TO LEVERAGE THEIR PLATFORM TO HELP US RAISE SOME MONEY FOR THIS FAMILY IN ST.

JUDE.

ALSO, UM, STATE REPRESENTATIVE LAUREN VAN VENTRELLA AND OUR COUNCIL COLLEAGUE JENNIFER ROCKER, ARE GETTING IN THE RING TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN TO LEVERAGE THEIR PLATFORM TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS FAMILY.

AND ST.

JUDE JEN JUST HAPPEN TO NOT BE HERE TODAY.

UH, SOME OF OUR OTHER, UH, MATCHES ARE, WELL, WE'RE NOT GETTING IN THE RING.

WE HAVE TEAM NEW ORLEANS VERSUS TEAM BATON ROUGE.

UH, THE COACH FOR TEAM BATON ROUGE IS OUR VERY OWN CONS, WILLIAMS. AND I'M THE TRAINER FOR TEAM BATON ROUGE.

WE WILL HAVE FIGHTERS GET IN THE RING ON OUR BEHALF.

WE WILL NOT BE, UH, FIGHTING TEAM NEW ORLEANS.

THE COACH IS LETANG SYLVESTER, WHO'S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND THE TRAINER IS COUNCILMAN OLIVER THOMAS.

EVERYBODY CALL HIM OT.

SO THESE ARE SOME EXCITING BOUTS YOU CAN COME OUT AND SEE.

UM, WE DO HAVE A POLL RUNNING ON THE WEBSITE ASKING WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE GOVERNOR GET IN THE RING WITH? AND, UH, RIGHT NOW YOU CAN GO ON THE POLL AND VOTE, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THE GOVERNOR, GET IN THE RING WITH WHOEVER WINS.

BUT THE BALLOT INCLUDES SENATOR CLEO FIELDS.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR HIM TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE GOVERNOR, ACTIVIST AND BUSINESSMAN GARY CHAMBERS, MY FRIEND, YOU CAN VOTE FOR HIM TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE GOVERNOR.

SENATOR CAMERON HENRY IS ON THE BALLOT.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR HIM TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE GOVERNOR.

UH, DISTRICT ATTORNEY TONY CLAYTON IS ON THE BALLOT.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR HIM TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE GOVERNOR, STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND BLACK CAUCUS CHAIR, UH, EDMUND JORDAN.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR HIM TO GET IN THE RING.

AND FINALLY, CONGRESSMAN GARY GRAVE, YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THOSE OPTIONS TO CONVINCE THEM TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE GOVERNOR.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

GOOD JOB.

PLEASE, PLEASE GO OUT AND SUPPORT THE REST OF ROBBERY.

UH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT CONCLUDES THE PRESENTATION PORTION OF OUR MEETING.

WE'LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL START MOMENTARILY.

THANK YOU.

THOSE WHO HAVE TO GIVE A PRESENTATION FOR THIS MEETING, STUDY YOUR NOTES.

HELLO EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH AND ON BEHALF OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN FOR TONIGHT'S MEETING THE 27TH OF MARCH, 2024, ALREADY SPRINGTIME, OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE HERE, THEY'RE READY TO GO.

AND AT THIS TIME HERE IS THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT PRO TEM OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, COUNCILMAN LAMONT COLE.

THANK YOU, DENNIS.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING ON THIS, UH, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2024 AT 4:00 PM AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO PASS

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IT TO COUNCIL MEMBER ROWDY GODDE OF DISTRICT THREE TO INTRODUCE OUR GUESTS WHO'LL BE LEADING US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND, UH, A MOMENT OF PRAYER.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS, I WANT TO INTRODUCE A COUPLE OF VERY SPECIAL GUESTS WHO ARE JOINING US TODAY.

UH, FIRST FOR OUR INVOCATION, MS. MARCELLA HERNANDEZ.

SHE IS THE PROGRAM AND ORGANIZING MANAGER FOR THE LOUISIANA ORGANIZATION FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS KNOWN AS LORI.

UH, UH, MARCELLA AND THAT ORGANIZATION HAVE BEEN VERY KIND TO ME AND A FEW OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, INVITING US TO SEVERAL, UH, EVENTS.

AND, UH, AND SHE AND I HAVE STRUCK UP A REALLY GOOD FRIENDSHIP.

AND SO I ASKED IF SHE WOULD COME AND GRACE US WITH, UM, THE INVOCATION TODAY.

UH, AND THEN AT ONE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT SHE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO INVITE ME TO, I GOT TO KNOW, UH, HER BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER VALENTINA.

AND SO I ASK THAT VALENTINA, WHO IS A KINDERGARTNER AT FLAME, WOULD GRACE US WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

NOW, COUNCIL MEMBERS, NORMALLY DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, SOMEONE STARTS WITH THE FIRST THREE WORDS AND THEN WE ALL JOIN IN.

BUT FOR PURPOSES OF MS. VALENTINA, SHE WOULD LIKE TO READ THE PLEDGE OF PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ALL BY HERSELF, AS WE HAVE OUR HANDS OVER OUR HEARTS AND FACE THE FLAG.

SO I'D ASK THAT WE IN THIS INSTANCE, UH, REFRAIN FROM REPEATING, BUT LET MS. VALENTINA LEAD THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

SO I'M GONNA ASK, UH, MARCELLA TO COME ON UP AND GET US UNDERWAY WITH THE INVOCATION.

GONNA START THIS.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

GOOD AFTERNOON, .

HOW ARE YOU? I HAVE NO IDEA.

ALL RIGHT.

SO AMIGOS.

JESUS.

AMEN.

AMEN.

DEAR FATHER, TODAY I COME TO YOU TO THANK YOU FOR OUR LIVES AND FOR YOU, INFINITE, MERCY AND LOVE TOWARDS US.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR EACH OF THE PEOPLE PRESENT HERE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, AND FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE A NEW DAY.

LORD, I WISH TO PUT OUR LIVES IN YOUR HANDS, THAT YOU GRANT US WISDOM TO SPEAK, ACT AND THINK.

I PLACE IN YOUR HANDS EVERY DECISION THEY MUST TAKE FOR THE WELLBEING OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I ASK THAT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE THEM ALONG THE PATH OF JUSTICE AND SOLIDARITY.

THANK YOU FATHER, FOR ALLOWING THEM TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE CITY.

AND I PLACE EVERY DECISION THEY WILL MAKE TODAY IN YOUR HANDS.

PROTECT US LORD AT ALL TIMES FROM ALL EVIL AND TEMPTATION, AND GUIDE US ALONG THE PATHS OF LIGHT IN THE NAME OF YOUR SON JESUS.

AMEN.

AMEN.

OKAY, .

OKAY.

YOU WANNA DO IT TOGETHER? CAN WE DO IT TOGETHER? YES.

OKAY.

YOU READY? I PLEDGE ALLIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

THANK YOU.

AWESOME JOB.

AWESOME.

AWESOME.

AWESOME.

ASHLEY, DO WE HAVE A QUORUM?

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WE HAVE A QUORUM.

I'D

[ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

LIKE TO MOVE TO ITEM ONE NOW, APPROVAL AND ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING OF MARCH 13TH, 2024, THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL'S ZONING MEETING OF MARCH 20TH, 24 BY THE COUNCIL, ADMINISTRATIVE TREASURER.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE ITEM? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER AMAROSA, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ASHLEY, WOULD YOU PLEASE

[INTRODUCTIONS]

READ THE INTRODUCTIONS? SECTION 2.12 INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER TWO, A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF A TAX EXEMPT LIMITED TAX REVENUE BOND SERIES 2024 OF CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NUMBER FOUR OF THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE STATE OF LOUISIANA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $1,500,000 BY COUNCILMAN AARON MOOCH.

NUMBER THREE, AUTHORIZING SETTLEMENT OF THE MATTER ENTITLED TINA CRANE VERSUS DANIEL BALDRIDGE IN THE AMOUNT OF $350,000 PLUS COURT COSTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $626 BY THE PARISH ATTORNEY.

NUMBER FOUR, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR PRESIDENT TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE WALLS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,000 TO STRENGTHEN THE EDUCATIONAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY MAYOR PRESIDENT CONDEMNATION

[CONDEMNATION INTRODUCTIONS]

INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER FIVE, ALVIN CARTER.

4 8 2 3 FORD STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HEARST.

NUMBER SIX, JOYCE LONG WILLIAMS, 5 1 5 3 ENTERPRISE STREET COUNCIL, DISTRICT FIVE HEARST.

NUMBER SEVEN, THE SUCCESSION OF CAROL RALLY JR.

6 3 5 NORTH 33RD STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE, NUMBER EIGHT, BEVERLY WADE BRISTER, 1 5 1 8 GOLDEN RIGHT AVENUE COUNCIL, DISTRICT SEVEN COLE, NUMBER NINE, LOUISE JACKSON BINGHAM AND FRANK BINGHAM.

1 9 3 8 ARIZONA STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 10, THE ESTATE OF GLADYS TAYLOR.

WALLS 2 5 6 1 DAYTON AVENUE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN.

NUMBER 11, TERRANCE M JACKSON.

1 3 6 NORTH BAXTER STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 12, ELIZABETH WASHINGTON, 2 0 2 6 TENNESSEE STREET COUNCIL, DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 13, CFB 1 9 5 6 LLC 4 7 3 6 LOYOLA DRIVE COUNCIL DISTRICT 12 ROCKA

[ADJUDICATED PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS]

UK.

PROPERTY INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER 14, LOT FOUR SUBDIVISION GOODWOOD HOME SITES COUNCIL DISTRICT SIX DUN JR.

NUMBER 15 LOT 13 PART SUBDIVISION SWOT EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 16 LOT 85 WITH PART COUNCIL, UH, I'M SORRY, SUBDIVISION NORTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 17 LOT 88 SUBDIVISION RIVERLAND COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GOD.

DAY NUMBER 18, LOT 62 SUBDIVISION SABLE CHASE COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GODDE NUMBER 19 LOT 48 B ONE SUBDIVISION SOUTH HIGHLAND INDUSTRIAL PARK COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HEARST NUMBER 20 LOT 87 SUBDIVISION RIVERLAND COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GOE NUMBER 21 LOT 52 SUBDIVISIONS.

CHASE COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, GODDE NUMBER 22 LOT EIGHT SUBDIVISION SHERWOOD MEADOW COUNCIL DISTRICT EIGHT, AMAROSA NUMBER 23 LOT EIGHT DASH 11 SQUARE 46 SUBDIVISION BANKS COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 24 LOT EIGHT SUBDIVISION SWOT EDITION COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 25 LOT 35 SUBDIVISION BAKERFIELD COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS NUMBER 26 LOT 40 PLUS SQUARE C SUBDIVISION DOHERTY PLACE COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 27 LOT 10 SQUARE 23 SUBDIVISION STANDARD HEIGHTS COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 28 LOT 26 SQUARE 37 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 29 LOT 65 SQUARE 10 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 30 LOT 18 SQUARE 42 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 31 LOT 21 SQUARE 42 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10, COLEMAN NUMBER 32 LOT 24 SQUARE 42 SUBDIVISION SOUTH BATON ROUGE COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN.

ALL ITEMS THAT REQUIRE READING HAVE BEEN READ.

AND A MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS AS AN ORDER.

IS THERE A MOTION TO INTRODUCE THE ITEMS? I'LL MOVE BY.

COUNCIL MEMBER A SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS? ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, IF YOU GO TO THE SEPARATE

[CONDEMNATIONS]

SEAT FOR CONDEMNATION, I'M GONNA READ DPW RECOMMENDATIONS AS THEY WERE GIVEN TO US.

THEY ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 62 63 AND DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEMS 58, 59, 60 AND 61.

AND TO DELETE ITEM 53.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ANY CONDEMNATION? ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD AND IF YOU COULD TELL US WHAT ITEM IT IS AS WELL, THE ADDRESS.

TELL US THE ADDRESS.

SPEAKING TO THE MIC MA'AM, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

ITEM 62 2.

YES MA'AM.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY, GOOD.

ALRIGHT, GO AHEAD MA'AM.

WHAT'S YOUR, YOUR, YOUR QUESTION WAS, WAS IT HERE FOR CONDEMNATION? IS THAT, WHOSE QUESTION WAS IT? YEAH, ARE YOU HERE FOR A CONDEMNATION? IS ANYONE YES.

I ASSUME THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR.

OKAY.

UM, I'M NOT CERTAIN, I'M NEW TO THIS, SO I'M ASKING YOU GUYS TO BEAR WITH ME ON THIS.

UM, I WAS TOLD TO, UH, BOARD UP THE HOUSE AT 2 54 LOUISE STREET IN WHICH I'VE DONE THAT.

I, I TRY TO KEEP THE, THE, UH, GRASS CUT AND EVERYTHING.

THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ANY, IN ANY ENDANGERMENT TO ANYBODY.

AND I AM, I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE I'M CONSISTENTLY BEING HARASSED BECAUSE THERE'S A PERSON IN THE AREA WHO WANTS TO BUY MY PROPERTY.

AND I'M GETTING THESE, UH, CERTIFIED LETTERS ALL THE TIME.

FOR EVERY LITTLE THING THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO, I DO IT, BUT BECAUSE THIS PERSON IS HARASSING ME OR JUST, YOU KNOW, FOR ANY LITTLE THING, I GET IT WITH BLIGHTED PROPERTY, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT IT TO BE BLIGHTED.

I'VE, I'VE WORKED FOR THE, UH, DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE FOR THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE FOR 32 YEARS, AND I RETIRED BACK IN 2009.

AND I'M BACK IN THE WORKFORCE.

BUT I WOULD LOVE TO, YOU KNOW, I'VE INQUIRED ABOUT GRANTS TO HAVE RENOVATIONS DONE FOR THAT PROPERTY SO IT CAN GENERATE AN INCOME FOR ME, BUT, UH, I'M BACK IN THE WORKFORCE.

UM, DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I WOULD BE WORKING, BUT IT WOULD BE AN INCOME FOR ME.

I'VE REACHED OUT TO DIFFERENT PLACES.

I'VE REACHED OUT TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

I'VE REACHED OUT TO THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE, BUT TO NO AVAIL EVERY TIME THE PROP, THERE'S NO MORE GRANTS.

I'M STRAPPED AND JUST TRYING TO KEEP MY OWN HEAD ABOVE THE WATER AND TRYING TO LIVE AND SURVIVE.

I AM A WIDOWED WOMAN AND ALL I'M ASKING, UH, IS FOR SOME TYPE OF ASSISTANCE.

I CAN'T TAKE IN A LOAN AT THIS TIME, BUT I COULD, YOU KNOW, LIKE IF IT'S SOME KIND OF WAY THAT I CAN HAVE A GRANT TO HELP ME, THAT I, THIS COULD BE A WIN-WIN FOR ME AND A WIN-WIN FOR SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS A PLACE TO STAY.

SO I'M BEING HARASSED AND I KNOW THAT THIS PERSON, ALL HE WANTS IS TO, HE MAY, YOU KNOW, HE MIGHT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO GENERATE THIS HOUSE TO WHAT, RENT IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE AND GENERATE AN INCOME.

I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO DO THAT MYSELF.

BUT I, IN THE MEANTIME, UNTIL THAT CAN TAKE PLACE, I, I DON'T WANNA BE HARASSED ABOUT WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO.

I'M DOING THE BEST THAT I CAN DO THAT I KNOW HOW TO DO.

I DON'T WANT IT BLIGHTED.

I THINK ABOUT THIS THING DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

SO YES, I'M HERE FOR CONDEMNATION, BUT I KNOW THAT EVEN IF YOU HAD SOME PIECE OF PROPERTY ON THE LAND, THAT IT WOULD BE WORTH MORE THAN JUST CLEARED LAND.

YOU SEE WHAT I'M SAYING? SO I'M, I I, YOU KNOW, THIS IS MY SECOND TRIP HERE.

I, I DO WHAT THEY ASKED ME TO DO AND I'M JUST BEING HARASSED AND IT'S JUST VERY TIRING AND TAXING ON ME.

MA'AM, WHAT, WHAT IS YOUR NAME? MY NAME IS CHARMAINE, C-H-A-R-M-A-I-N-E.

AND THE LAST NAME IS CAROL, C-A-R-R-E-L-L.

AND I'M MORE THAN CERTAIN THAT IT'S NOT THE ONLY BLIGHTED, UH, HOUSE IN THE DISTRICT.

R IN THE CITY.

THANK YOU MS. CARROLL.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN, WHAT'S YOUR PLEASURE? WELL, MY PLEASURE IS CHARMAINE, WHAT ARE YOU ASKING FOR? BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE OF THAT HOUSE AND COUNCIL PEOPLE, IF YOU LOOK AT THAT, UM, IT IS, UM, IN AND SOME CONDITIONS THAT, UH, IT JUST LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD TAKE A LOT.

AND YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T HAVE IT.

AND YES, YOU DID ASK ABOUT A GRANT AND I, UH, I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY GRANTS THAT, BECAUSE A LOT OF FOLK WOULD WANT THAT.

I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY HARASSMENT.

AND SO THIS IS THE REASON WHY IT'S ON THIS LIST.

UH, MAYOR PROTEL.

SO WHAT DO YOU, I MEAN, I DON'T HAVE ANY GRANT.

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HARASSMENT.

WHAT ARE YOU ASKING FOR? I'M LIKE, I SAID, UM, JUST GIVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY.

I AM TRYING AND, UH, LIKE I SAID, I'VE REACHED OUT TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

I'M TRYING TO FORM AND TAKE WHATEVER STEPS THAT I'M BEING ADVISED TO MAYBE FORM AN LLC THAT I POSSIBLY CAN GET A GRANT FOR RENOVATIONS OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE.

LISTEN, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME.

MM-HMM.

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AND I DON'T KNOW ALL THE NECESSARY STEPS TO TAKE.

MM-HMM.

.

BUT I AM TRYING TO TAKE SOME STEPS.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, LIKE I SAY, THE HOUSE IS NOT LEANING.

IT'S NOT DOING ANY OF THAT IS BOARDED UP.

IT'S IN BETWEEN TWO HOUSES.

IT'S NOT A, UH, IT'S NOT, IT'S IN BETWEEN MY MOM'S HOUSE AND ANOTHER HOUSE.

AND IT'S NOT IN ANY ENDANGERMENT.

THEY DON'T HAVE ANY DRUG ADDICTS UP IN THERE.

AND THE DOORS ARE NOT KICKED IN OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE.

NO.

IT'S NOT A PRETTY PICTURE.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

I MEAN, I GET IT WITH BLIGHTED.

LIKE I SAY, I DON'T WANT IT TO BE BLIGHTED.

I WOULD PREFER IT TO, TO TO BE RENOVATED AND OCCUPIED.

THAT'S WHAT I REALLY WOULD LIKE.

BUT AT THIS TIME, I DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO THAT.

SO I AM, AND I HAVE BEEN, I'M TRYING TO FIND SOME RESOURCES THAT I CAN GET IT IN, UH, A LIVABLE CONDITION, 30 DAYS, 60 DAYS.

I MEAN, THAT'S ALL THAT I CAN DO AT THIS POINT HERE.

SO I DON'T KNOW OF ANY GRANTS AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYBODY HARASSING YOU.

WELL, WHEN I SAY THAT'S WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER, WELL, I'M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ARE HARASSING ME.

I'M NOT EVEN MAKING THAT INDICATION.

NOT AT ALL.

NO.

THERE, THERE'S THIS PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY.

I UNDERSTAND THAT KNOCKS ON THE DOORS.

MM-HMM.

, MS. CARROLL, HOW MUCH TIME WOULD YOU LIKE ON THAT, THAT FACILITY? 30 OR 60 DAYS? WELL, I'M SORRY, WHAT WAS THAT? HOW MUCH TIME WOULD YOU LIKE? 30 OR 60 DAYS? 60.

ALRIGHT.

COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

IS THAT OKAY? AND IN THE RESULT OF, IF IT'S NOT DONE IN 60 DAYS, THEN WHAT IS THE REPERCUSSION OF THAT? REACH OUT TO COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN'S OFFICES IN HER DISTRICT AND HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE COUNCIL MEMBER AND SHE'LL WORK THROUGH, THROUGH THE PROCESS.

OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY KINDLY.

YEAH.

YES MA'AM.

SO IS THAT A MOTION FOR 30 DAYS ON 60 DAYS ON THAT ITEM? 60 DAYS? YES.

60 DAYS ON ITEM 62.

SECONDED BY THE CHAIR.

UH, IS THERE ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? COUNSEL MOORE? MA'AM, COULD YOU COME BACK UP? YES, MA'AM.

I AM GOING THROUGH THE PICTURES, THE FRONT AND THE BACK.

UH, I DON'T HAVE ANY INSIDE PICTURES.

HAVE YOU? AND THIS DOESN'T, I DON'T IMAGINE COST ANYTHING, BUT FIRST QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU DONE, OTHER THAN LOOKING FOR GRANTS, AND I ASSUME YOU'VE DONE THAT ONLINE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING PHYSICALLY BY HAVING A CONTRACTOR COME OUT THERE AND SEE ANYTHING, UM, HAVING NEIGHBORS COME BY AND, AND ASK FOR RENOVATION HELP OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? HAVE YOU HAD ANYBODY LOOK AT THE PLACE AND GIVE YOU ANY KIND OF IDEA OF THE FEASIBILITY OF ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING WITH THIS PROPERTY? I MEAN, AND WHEN I SAY PROPERTY, I MEAN THE HOUSE ITSELF.

YES, I UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THE, THE PROPERTY AND, AND YOU'RE, YOU'RE PROBABLY CORRECT.

THERE'S, THERE'S NOBODY LIKE HIDING IN IT.

UH, THERE'S PROBABLY NOT DRUG DEALS GOING ON IN IT.

UH, BUT WHEN, WHEN THEY GET TO THIS POINT, YOU HAVE NO ROOF, YOU HAVE NO, EVERYTHING STARTS ROTTING AND THEN YOU START HAVING INFESTATIONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

AND IT AFFECTS EVERY, AND, AND YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE RIGHT THERE ON SIDE OF EACH OTHER.

SO MY QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU HAD ANYONE PHYSICALLY COME LOOK AT THE PROPERTY AND GIVE YOU THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS THING ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO BE RESTORED? I HAD, UM, A GENTLEMAN TO COME OUT THERE AND HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE ROOF ON THE PROPERTY.

NO.

DID DID HE GIVE YOU A ANYBODY TO SAY YES OR NO? JUST CAN BE DONE AS CONTRACTOR? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SPEAKING OF? NO.

ANYBODY, I GUESS YOU WAS ASKING FOR FIRST STEPS OR WHATEVER.

MM-HMM.

MY RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU TO BE, AND, AND I DON'T, I DON'T IMAGINE IT WOULD COST YOU ANYTHING.

SOMEBODY COULD PROBABLY COME OUT AND GIVE YOU AN ESTIMATE.

MM-HMM.

.

OR WE COULD HELP YOU FIND SOMEONE POSSIBLY TO GIVE YOU AN ESTIMATE.

BUT I WOULD NOT ONLY ASK 'EM, HEY, CAN I GET AN ESTIMATE ON RESTORING THIS AND OR IS THIS EVEN FEASIBLE AT THIS CONDITION TO BE ABLE TO BE RESTORED? I THINK BEFORE YOU START GOING THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS OF GRANTS AND ALL THIS KIND OF STUFF, YOU NEED TO FIND OUT IF IT'S ACTUAL FEASIBILITY FE THE FEASIBILITY OF ACTUALLY RESTORING THIS.

BECAUSE I, I'M LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES HERE AND I, I MEAN, I, I JUST DON'T SEE, I, I WISH THE BEST FOR YOU.

I JUST DON'T SEE A GRANT BEING GIVEN WHEN IT COULD PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, MOVE THE HOUSE AND, AND HAVE SOMETHING BUILT FOR LESS THAN, YOU KNOW, WHAT IT WOULD BE TO RESTORE THIS.

SO I'M JUST GONNA GIVE YOU A LITTLE RECOMMENDATION AS TO GET A, GET SOMEBODY TO COME OUT THERE AND GIVE YOU A FREE ESTIMATE.

AND I

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DON'T EVEN THINK THEY HAVE TO GIVE YOU A COST TO REDO IT.

I WOULD JUST ASK THEM, CAN IT BE DONE? OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE CONDEMNATION? ANYONE ELSE HERE? COUNCIL MEMBERS? COUNCIL MEMBER DUN JR.

I HAVE YOU ANYONE ELSE? YES.

COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN, UH, NUMBER 51 30 DAYS AND OF CO UH, NUMBER 54 60 DAYS.

63 60 DAYS.

AND 62 60.

ANYONE ELSE? I'M GONNA READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE SENT TO US AS WELL AS CHANGES.

THEY OUGHT TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 55 AND 56.

THEY OUGHT TO DEFER FOR 30 DAYS.

ITEMS 51 AND 52 DEFER FOR 60 DAYS.

ITEM 54, 62 AND 63 DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEMS 58, 59, 60, 61 AND 57.

AND TO DELETE ITEM 53.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE A CON? EXCUSE ME, CONDEMNATIONS COUNCIL MEMBER HURST THE MOTION SECONDARY BY COUNCIL MEMBER AMAROSA.

ANY OBJECTIONS CONDEMNATIONS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, IF YOU WILL GO TO NOW, PAGE 14, ITEM 64,

[64. 24-00302]

A RESOLUTION PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT AND THE OF THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE, CITY OF BATON ROUGE.

AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE SUMMARY OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT ORDERING AND CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD IN THE PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE STATE OF LOUISIANA ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2024.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE VOTERS OF THE PARISH TO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE SUMMARY OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER ROWDY GODDE.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 64? ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 64? WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

COUNCIL MEMBERS REAL QUICKLY, UM, WE RECEIVED ONE EMAIL COMMENT IN OPPOSITION TO ITEM 64.

ALRIGHT, WE NOW GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 64? COUNCIL MEMBER DUNN JR.

COUNCILMAN GODDY, YOU AUTHOR THIS.

I KNOW YOU MAY WANT TO GO LAST, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO GO TO THROUGH SOME OF THE SUBSTANCES CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED AND THE CHANGES THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED.

YOU WANNA DO THAT LAST OR YOU WANT TO DO IT NOW? OKAY.

ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.

COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, GODDE, WHY DON'T YOU GO THROUGH IT NOW AND I'LL STILL GIVE YOU ALL OF YOUR TIME AT THE END.

SO IF YOU WANNA SPEAK LAST SO THAT WE CAN BE AWARE, FOR THOSE OF US WHO MAY NOT HAVE DUG DEEP.

YOU, YOU HAD THE PUBLIC HEARING.

YEAH.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

MM-HMM, .

UM, OKAY.

SO THE, THE ASK WAS FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES.

SO I'LL HIT, YOU KNOW, WHAT I'LL CALL A FEW OF THE HIGHLIGHTS, BUT LET ME JUST SAY THERE ARE AMENDMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF OUR PLAN OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT 12 CHAPTERS.

UH, AND THERE ARE WHAT, WHAT HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO AS ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES.

SO, UH, OUT OF DATE REFERENCES, TITLE UPDATES FOR DEPARTMENT LEADERS, UH, THOSE ARE, UH, FOUND THOSE AMENDMENTS ARE PROPOSED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE DOCUMENT.

UM, I THINK THE, WHAT'S WHAT'S GENERATED THE MOST ATTENTION AND DISCUSSION I WILL START IN, IN CHAPTER FOUR.

THAT IS THE CHAPTER FOR THE MAYOR PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, UH, IS NUMBER ONE, A RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR ANYONE WHO IS SEEKING THE OFFICE OF MAYOR PRESIDENT.

THAT IS A TWO YEAR RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT, MEANING THAT TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THE DATE IN WHICH THAT PERSON QUALIFIES TO RUN FOR OFFICE, THEY HAVE TO HAVE RESIDED IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

UH, AND THEN SECONDLY, UH, CHANGING THE TITLE OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO CITY PARISH MANAGER.

THE DUTIES OF THAT CITY PARISH MANAGER POSITION IS TO HAVE DEPARTMENT HEADS REPORT DIRECTLY TO, UH, THAT CITY PARISH MANAGER POSITION OR THEIR DESIGNEE.

AND, UH, THAT THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHALL MAKE THE APPOINTMENT OF THE CITY PARISH MANAGER SUBJECT TO METRO COUNCIL.

CONFIRMATION, UH, THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT MAY REMOVE THE CITY PARISH MANAGER AT ANY TIME.

UH, ADDITIONALLY RELATED TO THE CITY PARISH MANAGER, THERE ARE SOME EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS.

AND THOSE ARE AT LEAST FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY IN EITHER MUNICIPAL OR STATE GOVERNMENT OR IN AN EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT CAPACITY AND A BACHELOR'S OR MASTER'S DEGREE, PREFERABLY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE RELATED FIELD, OR A RELATED FIELD OF MANAGEMENT, OR WITH A DEGREE IN LAW.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, UNDER THE MAYOR PRESIDENT'S, UH, CHAPTER, IT ADDS TWO ADDITIONAL POSITIONS.

ONE, BEING A

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CHIEF OF STAFF, UH, THAT THAT POSITION HANDLES POLICY DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND RELATIONSHIP WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AND THEN SECONDLY, IT ADDS THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO FALL UNDER THE MAYOR PRESIDENT'S OFFICE TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE AND GUIDANCE.

THAT POSITION OF A, UH, EXECUTIVE COUNSEL WOULD NOT FALL UNDER THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, THAT POSITION OF EXECUTIVE COUNSEL WOULD NOT REPLACE ANY OF THE DUTIES THAT CURRENTLY FALL TO THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

UH, FINALLY UNDER THE MAYOR'S CHAPTER, I'LL REFERENCE THAT THERE IS A SECTION THAT ADDS A STATE OF THE PARISH ADDRESS, UH, IN THESE CHAMBERS BEFORE THE COUNCIL BODY, NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31ST OF EACH CALENDAR YEAR.

UH, I'LL GO BACK NOW TO CHAPTER TWO OF THE, UH, DOCUMENT THAT'S REFERRING TO THE GOVERNING BODY OR THE METRO COUNCIL, UH, UH, RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT HERE AS WELL, A CANDIDATE FOR METRO COUNCIL MUST HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE PARTICULAR DISTRICT THEY'RE GONNA RUN FOR, FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR BEFORE THEY QUALIFY FOR OFFICE.

UH, SECONDLY, UH, WE REMOVE THE REFERENCE TO A SPECIFIC COMPENSATION AMOUNT FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

PRESENTLY, THERE'S A REFERENCE, UH, THAT SAYS COUNCIL MEMBERS EARN $1,000 PER MONTH.

UH, THE, THIS PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD REMOVE THAT SPECIFIC REFERENCE, AND IT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE COUNCIL APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS BY ORDINANCE AT LEAST ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF EACH TERM, UH, WHICH IS HOW THIS BODY SETS THE SALARY FOR THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT, THE CONSTABLE, AND OTHER CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS.

UM, I WILL MOVE TO, UH, CHAPTER EIGHT.

THAT IS THE CHAPTER ON FINANCE.

WE CHANGED THE DATES THAT THE BUDGET IS DELIVERED TO THE METRO COUNCIL.

SO PRESENTLY, OUR PLAN OF GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT BUDGET MUST BE DELIVERED TO THE COUNCIL NOVEMBER, UH, ON NOVEMBER 5TH, AND THAT THIS BODY MUST PASS A BUDGET, UH, OR, OR PASS, PASS A FORM OF THAT BUDGET BY DECEMBER 15TH.

SO THESE CHANGES PROPOSE THAT THE BUDGET IS DELIVERED TO THE METRO COUNCIL BY OCTOBER 15TH.

SO IT BACKS THAT DATE UP BY AN ADDITIONAL 21 DAYS, AND THEN ON THE BACK END, INSTEAD OF DECEMBER 15TH AS THE DATE TO BE PASSED, WE HAVE UNTIL DEC THE COUNCIL HAS UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.

SO THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL 16 DAYS ON THE BACK END.

SO IN TOTAL, UNDER THIS PROVISION, AN ADDITIONAL 37 DAYS FOR BUDGET REVIEW EVALUATION AND PUBLIC HEARINGS RELATED TO THAT.

UM, THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY SEVERAL OTHER PROVISIONS IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE SPECIFICS ON THAT, BUT THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT, LIKE I SAID, HAVE GENERATED THE MOST BY ATTENTION AND DISCUSSION.

BUT I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO OUTLINE ANY OTHERS IF FOLKS HAVE SPECIFICS OR, OR WANT, UH, SPECIFIC PROVISIONS CALLED OUT.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

I'LL COME BACK TO YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER COLEMAN.

UH, AND AS I HEAR ALL OF THIS, I ASK THE QUESTION WHY NOW? THAT'S ME.

I ASK THE QUESTION WHY NOW, THE PART THAT SAYS THE MAYOR MAKES THE RECOMMENDATION, BUT THE COUNCIL MUST APPROVE.

YOU'RE THE MAYOR.

YOU HAVE CHOSEN WHO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH, YOU BASED ON YOUR VISION, YOUR WHATEVER, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL, WHOEVER THAT MAY BE, AND DEPEND ON THEIR APPROVAL.

AND THAT MAY NOT HAPPEN.

AND SO WE BACK AND FORTH AND UP AND DOWN.

THE OTHER BIGGER THING, CONCERN OF MINE IS I WENT TO THE CITY OF MAYOR'S CONFERENCE AND THERE WERE SOME MAYORS THERE THAT HAD THIS, UM, THE POSITION OF CITY MANAGER.

AND FROM WHAT I GATHERED IT, IT WAS A DIFFICULT SPOT TO BE IN.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE ALL THE MAYOR WOULD BE DOING IS KISSING BABIES AND CUTTING RIBBON, AND THE MANAGER WOULD RUNNING THE CITY, Y'ALL.

SO ALL OF THIS SOUNDS GOOD.

AND THEN ON TOP OF ALL OF THAT, THE CONSTITUENTS ARE THE ONE THAT VOTED FOR THE MAYOR.

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THAT'S JUST LIKE ANY ONE OF US UP HERE.

THE CONSTITUENTS VOTED FOR US.

AND THEN IF YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANT TO PUT A POSITION, UH, ON THE BALLOT OR IN THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT FOR US, I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW YOU'VE GOT THE CHIEF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, THE ASSISTANT CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, THE UH, UH, UH, UH, CHIEF OF STAFF.

SO ON ALL THESE THINGS THAT WERE TALKED ABOUT AND SENT TO ME ABOUT WHAT THE MANAGER WOULD DO, THEN ALL OF THIS OUGHT TO BE TAKEN CARE OF UNDER THAT THE CITY MANAGER SHALL REPORT DIRECTLY AND SHALL PERFORM THE FOLLOWING.

MANDATORY DUTY, SUPERVISED EXECUTIVE BRANCH, UH, DEPARTMENTS.

MAYOR, YOU OUGHT TO BE DOING THAT AS DESCRIBED IN THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT, MAKE STUDIES OF THE INTERNAL ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURES OF ANY OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OR BOARD, AND REQUIRES SUCH REPORTS FROM ANY OF THESE WHICH HE OR SHE DEEMS NECESSARY.

MAYOR, YOU OUGHT TO BE DOING THAT.

MAKE REPORTS, PRESCRIBING ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE FOR ALL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, DEPARTMENTS, AND BOARDS.

MAYOR, YOU OUGHT TO BE DOING THAT.

THEN PREPARE AN ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT OF CITY AND PARISH OPERATION FOR SUBMISSION TO US.

AND THEN THAT PERSON, THAT MANAGER GOING TO SUBMIT THAT TO US AND THE MAYOR, INCLUDING APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVISION AND CHANGES IN ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES.

THEN COORDINATE WITH THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

SO ALL OF THIS OUGHT TO BE IN