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Household Hazardous Material Day - April 29th

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

The Spring Household Hazardous Material Day will be on April 29th. Please visit http://www.brgov.com/dept/recycle/ for more information.




Making a Positive Step (MAPS) - Work Experience Program

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

EmployBR Youth and Young Adult Services in partnership with the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge and Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome’s Office is offering a wonderful opportunity to East Baton Rouge Parish out-of-school youth ages 16-24 with identified barriers to participate in a work experience program. These youth will gain on-the-job training while getting paid to work with some of our locally thriving private, non-profit and governmental agencies.

We are asking you to join us in spreading the word to these deserving youth so they can take advantage of this experience. Please see attached the flyer detailing when and where applications will be available at various venues throughout the parish next week. Should you have any questions or are interested in being a worksite please contact our office at (225) 389-8901.

Thank you for your interest in helping us help the youth of East Baton Rouge Parish!




Mayor Broome announces next phase of EBR debris removal program, extended until Aug. 13

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services, (225) 389-4865

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced this afternoon that the next phase of the EBR debris removal program, following recent authorization and an extension granted by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to continue with eligible flood debris removal activities.

Mayor Broome requested the extension, which sustains federal cost-share reimbursements for Category A debris removal activities, on Jan. 18 in response to a number of remaining issues across East Baton Rouge Parish associated with debris removal following the August 2016 flooding event.

The new deadline of Aug. 13 provides the City-Parish with additional time and resources to implement a multi-faceted program as a continuation of existing efforts focused on addressing sustained public health and safety issues associated with flood debris.

“We know the very difficult path toward long-term recovery for our residents is one that continues for so many of us who were impacted by the August 2016 flooding,” said Mayor Broome. “This extension provides a much needed opportunity to utilize federal resources to support that recovery process across our most heavily impacted neighborhoods while continuing to address the needs of our residents associated with the flood debris that still remains across Baton Rouge.”

As part of this program, City-Parish officials are focused on addressing condemned residential housing units inundated by the recent flooding, where homeowners have abandoned their property and the structures represent significant short- and long-term concerns associated with neighborhood blight and public health and safety. Utilizing existing City-Parish condemnation processes and ordinances, these homes are set to be demolished in the coming weeks and months with all resulting debris cleared from the public right-of-way following the demolitions.

Additionally, crews will continue to identify and address needs associated with flood debris removal across the City of Baton Rouge and the unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish most heavily impacted by the flooding. Moving forward, residents still in need of flood debris collection should contact the Department of Environmental Services at (225) 389-4865 with as much information as possible to help inform the allocation of debris removal resources in the coming weeks, including the type and location of the debris.

At this time and under current FEMA policies, construction and reconstruction waste materials remain ineligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews, as the disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Mayor Broome and City-Parish officials are in active discussions with FEMA and GOHSEP – in coordination with other local, state, and federal officials – to request a policy shift or exemption that would provide a financial mechanism and federal reimbursement for the removal of any such materials. However, no timetable exists for when and if any policy changes regarding the removal construction and reconstruction waste materials may be enacted and, until such a change is announced, it remains the homeowner’s responsibility to dispose of such materials and/or in accordance with any contract that may be in place with the contractor performing the work.

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Curbside Christmas Tree collection begins Jan. 9, drop-off sites open until Jan. 28

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City Of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Jan 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Susan Hamilton, Recycling Director, (225) 389- 5194

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- The City-Parish Christmas tree recycling program will collect trees curbside for East Baton Rouge residents, except in Baker and Zachary. Several drop-off locations are available too.

Trees should be placed on the curb between Jan. 9 through Jan. 21. There will only be one pickup in each area, so leave your tree out at the curb during those two weeks.

“The trees will be collected in rear loaders or brush trucks,” said Susan Hamilton, the city’s Recycling Director. “The trees are then delivered to Natural Resources Recovery, the City-Parish woody-waste recycling contractor, where they are mulched for beneficial re-use.”

Christmas trees should be separated from other unbundled trash and woody waste. Residents should also remove tinsel, stands, lights, ornaments or plastic tree bags from the trees because those items can contaminate mulch and compost.

The following drop-off collection sites are open until Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017:

•Independence Park, parking lot off Lobdell between tennis courts and Liberty Lagoon

•Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road

•Memorial Stadium, grassy lot near the corner of Scenic and Foss

•Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road

•LSU, Skip Bertman Drive in lot across from Vet School

Sponsors of the Christmas tree recycling program are the Environmental Services Division, East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office, Waste Connections, Republic Services, Natural Resources Recovery, BREC, and LSU.

For more information, go to www.brgov.com/recycle.

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EBR debris removal operations will end Feb. 7

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City Of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Jan. 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced this morning that debris removal operations related to the August 2016 flooding are set to conclude Tuesday, Feb. 7 as crews work to complete their final collection pass, which began Nov. 7. This deadline corresponds to FEMA’s deadline for debris removal activities eligible for federal reimbursement, which is 180 days after the disaster event. Residents who live in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish and are still in need of flood debris removal services must move any such debris curbside by Monday, Jan. 16 for crews to collect it as debris removal teams make their final progression through these impacted areas.

Once debris is placed curbside, officials are strongly urging residents to immediately report the location of their debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372. This will help to ensure debris removal teams have a record of residents’ locations where flood debris still needs to be collected.

If debris is not placed curbside and reported to the City-Parish through the online web form or hotline number by Monday, Jan. 16, there is no guarantee it will be collected during this last phase of the EBR debris removal program.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

Once debris removal operations have concluded, residents will be responsible for bringing any remaining flood-related debris to the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road, or placing smaller debris items into garbage carts for normal residential garbage collection.

Since debris removal efforts began Aug. 20, more than 1.78 million cubic yards of flood debris has been collected as part of the City-Parish’s flood recovery process, representing one of the largest flood debris removal efforts in U.S. history.

For more information on debris collected during current and previous phases, and to track the progress of the remainder of the debris removal effort, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris.

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EBR will temporarily suspend debris removal during holidays, operations will resume Jan. 3

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CST

Dec. 22, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced this morning that debris removal operations related to the recent flooding will be temporarily suspended during the holidays, effective Dec. 23, with operations scheduled to resume Tuesday, Jan. 3. The EBR debris removal program is currently in the final phase of operations, with crews continuing final debris collection pass efforts across all flood-impacted areas of the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Residents in impacted areas should continue moving flood debris curbside during this timeframe in order for crews to collect it as part of their final pass once operations resume Jan. 3. Once flood debris has been placed curbside, residents should immediately report the location of this debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To continue tracking the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Progress Update: EBR debris removal final collection

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 29, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced today that final flood debris collection pass efforts have now moved into 70770, 70802, 70805, and 70812, with final pass efforts now completed in 70819, 70722 and 70791. Additionally, debris removal crews continue to be active in 70808, 70810 and 70820 to collect flood debris on an as-needed basis.

With this latest progression, crews are either active or have completed final flood debris collection pass efforts in all flood-impacted areas in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or completed.

•Final flood debris collection pass in progress: 70811, 70814, 70815, 70770, 70802, 70805, 70812

•Final flood debris collection pass completed: 70714, 70739, 70816, 70817, 70819, 70791, 70722

City-Parish officials are urging residents who live in active ZIP codes to move flood debris curbside as soon as possible in order for crews to collect it during their final pass along flood-impacted areas and streets. Once flood debris has been placed curbside, residents should immediately report the location of this debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and completed once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Holiday Garbage Collection, Recycling Schedule

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 23, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information contact:

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

Mayor-President Melvin L. Kip Holden announced today that the landfill is closed Nov. 24 so garbage will not be collected. Garbage collection will resume on Friday, Nov. 25. The landfill will be open normal hours from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Also, recycling will not be collected on Thursday, Nov. 24. A make up day will be provided on Saturday, Nov. 26.

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EBR debris removal final collection pass progress update -70811

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced this morning that final flood debris collection pass efforts have now moved into 70811. Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or complete.

•Final flood debris collection pass in progress: 70791, 70811, 70814, 70815, 70819

•Final flood debris collection pass complete: 70714, 70739, 70816, 70817

In the coming days and weeks, debris removal crews will continue to move into impacted areas as final pass efforts progress throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The following is the order in which final pass debris removal crews are moving into additional ZIP codes: 70722, 70770, 70802, 70812, and 70805. Additionally, crews will be active in 70808, 70810, and 70820 to collect flood debris on an as-needed basis.

City-Parish officials are urging residents who live in these ZIP codes to move flood debris curbside as soon as possible in order for crews to collect it during their final pass along flood-impacted areas and streets. This schedule and progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass. Once flood debris has been placed curbside, residents should immediately report the location of this debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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EBR debris removal final collection pass progress update and schedule overview

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 17, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

This morning, City-Parish officials announced that final flood debris collection pass efforts have now moved into the 70814 and 70714 areas. Additionally, officials released a full progression schedule outlining the order in which final collection passes will be initiated in remaining ZIP codes impacted by the recent flooding.

Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or complete.

•Final flood debris collection pass currently in progress: 70815, 70816, 70819, 70814, 70714

•Final flood debris collection pass complete: 70817

In the coming days and weeks, debris removal crews will continue to move into impacted areas as final pass efforts progress throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The following is the order in which final pass debris removal crews will move into additional ZIP codes: 70739, 70722, 70791, 70770, 70802, 70811, 70812, and 70805. Additionally, crews will soon be active in 70808, 70810, and 70820 to collect flood debris on an as-needed basis.

City-Parish officials are urging residents who live in these ZIP codes to move flood debris curbside as soon as possible in order for crews to collect it during their final pass along flood-impacted areas and streets. This schedule and progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass. Once flood debris has been placed curbside, residents should immediately report the location of this debris by going online to http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris or by calling the EBR debris removal hotline at 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Final flood debris collection pass progress update

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 14, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced that final flood debris collection pass efforts have now moved into the 70819 area. Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or complete.

• Final flood debris collection pass currently in progress: 70815, 70816, 70819

• Final flood debris collection pass complete: 70817

Debris removal crews began their final pass efforts on Nov. 7, which involve the collection of all flood debris currently placed curbside across flood-affected ZIP codes in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Once crews conduct a final pass for flood debris collection through each street in each active ZIP code, they will not be returning. As these final pass efforts are completed within each ZIP code, additional ZIP codes will be activated for final collection passes. This progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Final flood debris collection pass progress update: 70817, 70815, 70816

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

This morning, City-Parish officials announced that final flood debris collection pass efforts are now underway in the 70815 area. Listed below are the ZIP codes where final collection pass efforts are either in progress or complete.

• Final flood debris collection pass currently in progress: 70817, 70815

• Final flood debris collection pass complete: N/A

Debris removal crews began their final pass efforts on Nov. 7, which involve the collection of all flood debris currently placed curbside across flood-affected ZIP codes in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Once crews conduct a final pass for flood debris collection through each street in each active ZIP code, they will not be returning. As these final pass efforts are completed within each ZIP code, additional ZIP codes will be activated for final collection passes. This progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Final flood debris collection pass set to begin Monday, Nov. 7

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

City-Parish officials announced this morning that flood debris removal efforts are moving into the final stages, with crews slated to begin their final flood debris collection pass on Monday, Nov. 7. Through these efforts, debris removal crews will make a final pass through all flood-affected ZIP codes in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish, beginning with 70817. Once crews conduct a final pass through each street in each active ZIP code, they will not be returning; therefore, residents with flood-related debris that should be collected must place it curbside no later than Sunday, Nov. 6 to guarantee collection.

As final pass efforts are completed within each ZIP code, additional ZIP codes will be activated for final collection passes. This progression will continue until all streets in all flood-impacted service areas have received a final debris collection pass.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris. Residents who have moved their debris curbside should report the location of their flood debris through Nov. 6 by using this form or calling 1-888-721-4372. Once a resident submits his or her address for debris collection, additional debris collection requests for the same residence do not need to be made.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

To track the progress of this final debris collection pass, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. ZIP codes are considered active when the collection crew is currently picking up debris in that area, inactive if the crew has not yet reached that area, and complete once the crew has finished its final pass.

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Mayor Holden announces 311 Citizen Requests for Service data now accessible to public

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Eric Romero, Department of Information Services: (225) 389-3070

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

As part of the City-Parish’s ongoing commitment to improve public sector digital innovation while fostering government transparency and civic engagement, Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden announced today the addition of the 311 Citizen Requests for Service data to the Open Data BR portal. The data is now easily accessible to the general public through the Mayor’s open data initiative.

The data features all citizen requests for service submitted through the City-Parish 311 Call Center, including requests submitted by phone as well as online via 311.brla.gov and through the Red Stick 311 mobile application.

“Our efforts to transform Baton Rouge into a leading digital city and hub for technology and innovation are directly tied to how we’re able to open up government for citizens to better understand how and why government operates; for technologists and developers to use in developing real-world, data-based applications; and for all our public sector agencies to utilize in making decisions on a daily basis,” said Mayor Holden. “When it comes to government, knowledge is power – and open data, freely accessible to the public, is knowledge. By moving our 311 data into an open data environment, we’re taking the next step in our efforts to create a more open and digital city while providing another data-based input that puts knowledge in the hands of our citizens.”

Within the 311 Citizen Requests for Service system, more than 100 individual “service request types” are used to capture, organize, and route each individual request for service or reported issue, which can range from tall grass and damaged traffic signs to trash on private property and missing garbage carts. Earlier this year, the Department of Information Services led an effort to streamline the manner in which these requests for service were captured and managed by public works staff, resulting in a much more efficient system for both routing and response purposes, including the launch of the Red Stick 311 web platform and mobile application. As such, this dataset only contains full service request records dating back to January 1, 2016. Moving forward, all citizen requests for service will be uploaded on a daily basis to this dataset within the Open Data BR web portal.

Launched in January 2015 and established as a model for how mid-sized communities can approach this concept of open data, Open Data BR serves as Baton Rouge’s official open data portal with a repository of nearly 100 public datasets, charts, filtered views, and more ranging from EBRP Tax Roll and animal control incident data to police and traffic incident data. For more information and to explore Open Data BR, visit http://data.brla.gov.

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Baton Rouge awarded five Gold Medals for Healthy Initiatives

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

Oct. 6, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Andy Allen, Outreach Officer, (225) 389-3100

Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101

Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced that Baton Rouge was awarded five gold medals by the National League of Cities (NLC) for the completion of key health and wellness goals as part of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) program. Mayor Holden worked with the NLC and First Lady Michelle Obama through his Healthy City Initiative while chair of the NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families to address childhood obesity and today’s announcement celebrates Baton Rouge achieving top status in each LMCTC goal area.

The LMCTC program is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative to ensure that kids can grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to adopt policies that improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their constituents across five goal areas.

“We’ve long worked with the National League of Cities and the First Lady to promote healthier lifestyles and policies in Baton Rouge. These medals are another recognition of our commitment to our Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative’s vision of a healthier Baton Rouge for all,” said Mayor Holden.

In participating in the LMCTC program, Baton Rouge is part of a nationwide movement to support health and wellness. The Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative has been recognized by the American Hospital Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a national example of an effective and innovative collaborative movement and with today’s medals, Baton Rouge has again been spotlighted for taking actions to improve access to healthy, affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity.

In the LMCTC program, all participants have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal to which they commit to as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on their achievements in each of the following five goal areas:

•Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.

•Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.

•Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.

•Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

•Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.

More than 500 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC, and 80 million Americans are now living in LMCTC communities that are dedicated to helping young people eat healthy foods and be physically active. Each month, NLC recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five LMCTC goals. Since July 2012, NLC has awarded 3,243 bronze, silver, and gold medals to recognize local elected officials across the country for their LMCTC progress.

For more information go to http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/places/#Baton+Rouge2CLA.




Right of Entry for Debris Collection Form

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST

Right of Entry for Debris Collection Form

http://brgov.com/emergency/files/2016Flood/roe.pdf




EBR Stream Debris Survey

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST

EBR Stream Debris Survey

http://arcg.is/2cP62Pz







Loop Capital Justice Center Study

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 CST

On behalf of Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services (“LCFCS” or “Loop Capital”), we are pleased to provide the final report on the Baton Rouge Justice Center Study. In December 2015, LCFCS was engaged to review current local processes that affect the jail population against national best practices in order to identify improvements that could expedite the classification and processing of individuals from their first encounter with law enforcement through the time they are released from custody. The goal of the engagement is to provide a report that assists policymakers in decisions about the size and scope of a new facility and that will provide a menu of options for more detailed implementation steps in each of the recommendations.




Mayor Holden Releases Locally Preferred Alternative for Proposed Streetcar

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 CST

Environmental Assessment will Evaluate Route Alignment, Stops and Maintenance Sites

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden said the City-Parish has identified a Locally Preferred Alternative for the TramLinkBR project. The Locally Preferred Alternative is based on the project team’s recommendations for a route alignment, streetcar stops and potential maintenance facility locations with input from the public and stakeholder groups the project team has been working with over the past few months.

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