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MOHSEP responds to severe weather, flood threat

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 CST

May 21, 2017

For media inquiries:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

Mayor-President’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness responds to severe weather, flood threat,flood threat

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Mayor-President’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is responding to severe weather in East Baton Rouge Parish. Earlier today, the National Weather Service predicted heavy rainfall for the area through Tuesday night, and issued a flash flood watch effective Monday at 7 a.m. through Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Rainfall totals of 3” – 6” inches, with localized higher amounts, are expected. This is in addition to the rain that has already fallen. Rivers and tributaries are expected to rise.

Possible impacts of severe weather could include strong thunderstorms, frequent lightning, damaging winds, and localized flash flooding. Motorists should use caution on roads and standing water should be avoided.

Sand and sand bags are available for residents to pick up at several Baton Rouge Fire Department stations:

• #7: 5758 Claycutt Road

• #9: 4025 Perkins Road

• #13: 835 Sharp Road

• #14: 4121 Harding Blvd.

• #15: 3150 Brightside Drive

For more information, follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook and Twitter, or call 225-389-2100.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor-President Broome addresses resignation of CAO; announces Dr. James Llorens as interim

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mobile: 504-913-9638

Mayor-President Broome addresses resignation of chief administrative officer; announces Dr. James Llorens as interim

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today addressed the resignation of her recent choice of chief administrative officer and ways she will move forward with the top office in her cabinet.

“Last week, I announced the appointment of Troy Bell as my chief administrative officer. As the week unfolded, more information emerged about his professional history and academic credentials,” Broome said. “It became obvious, even after a number of meetings and talking with the mayor of the last city where Mr. Bell was employed, that additional vetting should have occurred. I made a mistake with this important hire and I accept full responsibility.

Mr. Bell was not the person that this city and parish deserved. I immediately accepted his resignation before the close of business on April 21. This action was taken so that my administration could put this completely behind us, and continue to serve our fellow residents and move our city-parish forward.”

The mayor-president said she hopes to hire a permanent chief administrative officer soon.

Broome has selected Dr. James Llorens to serve as the interim chief administrative officer, effective Tuesday, April 25.

“I look forward to having Dr. Llorens join our team,” Broome said. “I know that he will ‘hit the ground running,’ and contribute immensely to the important work we do daily. He has spent several years serving this community in a number of capacities, including here in city hall.”

Llorens previously served of director of intergovernmental relations; director of human services; and director of human resources during the Screen administration. He also served as assistant chief administrative officer during the Holden administration, with management and oversight of community development, workforce development, social services, and human resources.

A native of Alexandria and longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Llorens has also had a long career in education, with many years spent at Southern University. His last position there was as chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus from 2011 to 2014. Prior, he served as professor and department chair in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2015, after chairing a feasibility study on establishing a new private Catholic high school for underserved communities, Llorens was appointed founding president of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School. He retired from that position in December 2016.

Llorens’ volunteerism in the Baton Rouge community has also been extensive. He currently serves on the boards of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority and Care South, a federally qualified health center. His previous board appointments include service on Baton Rouge General Health System, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Foundation.

Llorens received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans; a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in public policy and minority communities at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Three key positions filled in Department of Public Works

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mobile: 504-913-9638

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that three key positions in the Department of Public Works have been filled. All three employees have been part of day-to-day operations in the city-parish government.

William Daniel, who most recently served as interim chief administrative officer in Broome’s cabinet, has been named director of environmental services. Daniel also served as CAO in the Holden administration and directed the Department of Public Works. In his new position, Daniel will oversee the operations of the city-parish’s wastewater division, including wastewater collection, conveyance, storage and treatment systems. He will also supervise the city-parish’s sanitation division, including solid waste environmental functions, landfill management and recycling programs.

Landscape superintendent for the city-parish, Kyle Huffstickler, has been promoted to director of maintenance. In this role, he will be responsible for the management and operations of the drainage, landscape and streets divisions, which include canal debris removal, concrete repair work on storm drains and catch basins, landscape maintenance, and street maintenance. In his most recent position, Huffstickler — a state licensed arborist — managed debris pick up and removal, tree pruning, grass cutting along the interstates, and roadside and aquatic spraying. An experienced mechanic, he also worked for Dow Chemical Company in Plaquemine as part of URS Corporation. There, he was responsible for project planning, scheduling, cost estimating, and procurement of materials and equipment.

Another veteran of the city-parish government is Fred Raiford, also a former director of public works. He was named director of transportation and drainage. In this role, Raiford will be responsible for city-parish traffic engineering, operations, and signal and sign installation and maintenance; construction improvement projects; inspection and compliance for new roadway construction; peer reviews of design and engineering plans; bridge inspections and repairs; contractor oversight of engineering studies and design engineering; road rehabilitation programs; flood control, including levee permits and inspections; and capital improvement programs involving highways, bridges, drainage, and flood control. His most recent position was chief of staff to the mayor of Walker. There, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city, including the divisions of public works drainage and streets, water and sewage, gas services and more.

All three employees’ appointments take effect in the coming weeks.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




City to begin picking up flood debris on state highways

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Contact:Janene Tate, Communications Directorjtate@brgov.comDesk: 225-389-7957Mobile: 504-913-9638BATON ROUGE, La. – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that city-parish debris removal crews will soon begin picking up eligible flood debris located in the rights-of-way along state highways. This decision comes in response to the ongoing recovery needs of Baton Rouge residents impacted by the August 2016 flooding.“We understand many of our residents continue to have needs related to the collection of their flood debris following last year’s devastating flooding,” Broome said. “Our decision to pick up eligible flood debris along state routes is intended to address many of these remaining needs and provide relief to residents throughout East Baton Rouge Parish who live on state highways, helping them – like so many of us impacted by this flooding – continue on the path to full recovery.”The debris removal is being coordinated with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and FEMA to ensure compliance for federal reimbursement purposes. The project will involve areas throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, including Baker, Zachary, and Central city limits.Residents who were impacted by the August 2016 flooding and live along any of the following routes should move their flood debris curbside as soon as possible so that crews can collect it once these debris removal efforts begin: • Airline Highway (Hwy 61)• Ben Hur Road • Blackwater Road (Hwy 410)• Bluebonnet Boulevard (Hwy 1248)• Burbank Drive (Hwy 42)• Church Street (Hwy 64)• East Central Avenue (Hwy 1209)• Essen Lane (Hwy 3064)• Florida Boulevard (Hwy 190)• Gardere Lane (327 Spur)• Greenwell Springs Road (Hwy 37)• Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road (Hwy 64)• Highland Road (Hwy 42)• Highway 19 • Hooper Road (Hwy 408)• Jefferson Highway (Hwy 73)• Joor Road (Hwy 946)• Lavey Lane (Hwy 3006)• Liberty Road (Hwy 409)• Magnolia Bridge Road (Hwy 3034)• Main Street (Hwy 64)• Mount Pleasant-Zachary Road (Hwy 64)• Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30)• Old Baker Road (Hwy 1209)• Old Hammond Highway (Hwy 426)• Old Scenic Highway (Hwy 964)• O’Neal Lane (Hwy 3245)• Perkins Road (Hwy 427)• Perkins Road East (Hwy 427)• Plank Road (Hwy 67)• Pride-Baywood Road (Hwy 409)• Riley Road (Hwy 409)• Samuels Road (Hwy 61)• Scenic Highway (Hwy 61)• Scotland-Zachary Highway (Hwy 19)• Siegen Lane (Hwy 3246)• Sullivan Road (Hwy 3034)• Thomas Road (Hwy 423)• Wax Road (Hwy 3034)• Zachary-Deerford Road (Hwy 64)• Zachary-Slaughter Highway (Hwy 19)At this time and under current FEMA policies, construction and reconstruction waste materials — including those located along state routes — remain ineligible for FEMA reimbursement and 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-President Broome and city-parish officials remain in active discussions with FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to request a policy shift or exemption that would provide a financial mechanism and federal reimbursement for the removal of any such materials. Homeowners who opt to repair their homes themselves can dispose of these materials by either placing them in their garbage carts if they will fit, or transporting them to the North Landfill located at 16001 Samuels Road.City-parish debris removal crews have collected 1.92 million cubic yards of debris to date, representing one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of the city-parish’s debris removal program, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris. (from the office of: Mayor-President) [...]



Workshop to be held connecting BR businesses with garbage and recycling contracting opportunities

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

CONTACT

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

225-389-7957

Mayor-President Broome, Councilwoman Banks to co-host workshop connecting Baton Rouge businesses with garbage and recycling contracting opportunities

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Councilwoman Chauna Banks (District 2) will co-host a workshop on Monday, April 17 to discuss upcoming garbage and recycling contracting opportunities for Baton Rouge area businesses. The event is part of the mayor-president’s continued focus on engaging small, disadvantaged, or minority-owned businesses in City-Parish initiatives and contracted services through the Equity in Business program. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in the training room (first floor conference room) at the Advanced Traffic Management and Emergency Operations Center located at 3773 Harding Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

“The services we provide to residents through our solid waste program are not only some of the most critical and visible services our City-Parish government is tasked with overseeing, but they also represent some of the largest contracts we manage on an annual basis,” Broome said. “This workshop is designed for local small business owners to receive timely information about these significant opportunities. Our hope is that many attendees will be able to play a role in the delivery of these services for years to come, and work with our teams to ensure the delivery of reliable and on-time services to all our residents.”

Attendees will learn more about the City-Parish’s upcoming procurement of long-term contracts to collect recyclables, garbage, and trash; to supply and maintain garbage and recycling carts; and to process and market recyclables from residential properties throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. City-Parish officials will discuss the procurement timeline and share a listing of regional and national firms that typically respond to similar procurements around the country. They will also outline specific services that may be included in upcoming procurements and discuss how local businesses could support the delivery of these services, including cart maintenance, vehicle maintenance, janitorial services, facility and equipment maintenance, and technology solutions and support.

The current City-Parish solid waste service contracts, which are set to expire in 2018, consist of residential trash, garbage and recyclable materials. These contracts deliver approximately

$40 million in budgeted contractual services related to the collection and disposal of solid waste. Contracts can last up to 10 years, with potential extensions.

All firms, business owners, or business representatives interested in City-Parish contracting opportunities should complete the City-Parish purchasing department’s Vendor Business Profile Data form at http://brgov.com/dept/purchase/vendorrules.htm. For more information about City-Parish procurement policies and bid opportunities, call 225-389-3259. For more information on the workshop, contact Adam Smith, interim director of the Department of Environmental Services at 225-389-4865 or Tamiara Wade, City-Parish assistant chief administrative officer, at 225-389-3100.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Parish-wide 2017 Earth Day poster design competition for middle and high school students

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

CONTACT:Janene Tate, Communications Directorjtate@brgov.com225-389-7957Mayor-President Broome announces parish-wide 2017 Earth Day poster design competition for middle and high school students BATON ROUGE, La. — As part of her ongoing commitment to K-12 education, and to engage Baton Rouge’s youngest citizens in responsible environmental and waste disposal practices, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the Department of Environmental Services (DES) are promoting a 2017 Earth Day poster design competition. While a collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, this contest is open to all East Baton Rouge Parish middle and high school students in all school systems. “One of the most important ways in which we can engage our youth involves how to be good stewards of our environment and the responsibilities that come with being an informed citizen,” Broome said. “All eligible students are encouraged to participate in this competition and use it as an opportunity to learn how we can work together to build a Baton Rouge that we are proud to call home for years to come.”Through the competition, students will be tasked with creating posters that educate the public on ways to help prevent clogs and backups in the wastewater system through responsible disposal. For example, warm fats and grease, in their liquid form, easily flow through piping. However, when these liquids cool and solidify, they form clogs in our wastewater system’s piping that require work crews to clear the piping so that wastewater can flow freely again. “Fun and engaging projects like this poster design competition are critical in helping our students learn the importance of responsible waste disposal and sustainable environmental practices at a young age so they can pass their good habits along to family, friends and their own children one day,” said Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish School System superintendent. “Any time we can partner with the City-Parish to educate our students on important topics such as these, we help build a better future for Baton Rouge.”Posters, which can be designed by one or multiple students, must be completed and turned into the DES director’s office at City Hall — located at 222 St. Louis Street on the 8th floor, Room 809 — by Tuesday, April 18. All posters will be displayed and judged at the DES booth during Baton Rouge’s Earth Day celebration at the Baton Rouge Zoo on Saturday, April 22. Winners will be notified the following week and publicly recognized at a future Metro Council meeting. Through the department’s school outreach program, DES partners with schools across East Baton Rouge Parish on efforts like the mayor-president's 2017 Earth Day poster design competition. This program brings DES team members into K-12 science classrooms to discuss topics such as the City-Parish’s wastewater treatment system and garbage and recycling programs; partner with students on classroom projects and learning competitions; create mentoring relationships; and educate students on how they can contribute to a clean environment, free of unnecessary waste or debris. The initiative also serves as another example of Broome’s commitment to partnering with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System whenever possible to educate area youth on important topics like environmental sustainability and changing the litter culture in Baton Rouge, a core component of the mayor-president's Clean Sweep EBR clean-up event held April 1.For a full list of competition guidelines, go to http://brgov.com/earthdayposter.pdf or email Michael Lowe at mlowe@brgov.com. For more information on 2017 Louisiana Earth Day, to www.laearthday.org. (from the office of: Mayor-President) [...]



Mayor’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge set for April 8

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

CONTACT:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

Desk: 225-389-7957

Cell: 504-913-9638

Mayor’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge set for April 8

BATON ROUGE — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, along with Baton Rouge Bowling Proprietors, will host the “Mayor’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge to Strikeout Hunger” on Saturday, April 8, benefiting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Broome will be joined by television anchors and reporters, and other local celebrities at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The event begins with a VIP reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and bowling from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. More than 200 people are expected to participate.

“This is a fun event for the whole community and it raises money for a great cause,” Broome said. “The Food Bank was hit hard by the flood, so this fundraiser will help them move forward in their recovery efforts.”

The bowling challenge is a kickoff for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women’s Championships, which will be held in Baton Rouge starting April 23. The Mayor’s Celebrity Challenge was last held in 2012 during the USBC Open Championships in Baton Rouge.

The challenge is being sponsored by the USBC, Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, the Kiwanis Club of Cortana and others.

Tickets are also available for $50 per person for those who want to attend the event, but don’t want to bowl. For more information, contact call Marc Pater at 225-603-5914 or

paterm@bellsouth.net.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to participate in national Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service

WHO:

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

Community volunteers

WHAT:

The mayor-president will participate in the fifth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on Tuesday, April 4. The initiative is being led by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

According to the CNCS website, "AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact — making our cities and counties better places to live."

Photo and video opportunities will be available at the sites below.

WHEN and WHERE:

9:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

New Horizon Head Start

1111 N. 28th Street

Foster Grandparent Program

Mayor will read to children at the Head Start Center and thank the foster grandparents for their service.

10:45 — 11:45 a.m.

Pace Building

7436 Bishop Ott Drive

Senior Companion Program; RSVP Program; AmeriCorps State;

NCCC and Social Innovation Fund

Noon —1 p.m.

Baton Rouge General Hospital Mid City

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Leaders

Mayor will meet with new VISTA members and hear about new grants and projects. This will be a working lunch meeting.

For more information about this day of events, contact Janene Tate, communications director, at jtate@brgov.com or 504-913-9638.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome encourages residents to remain vigilant throughout the night, early morning

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

April 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (225) 389-2100

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

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

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and officials from the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) encourage residents to stay vigilant throughout the evening and the overnight hours.

According to the National Weather Service, East Baton Rouge Parish is under the threat of tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and potential flooding in the early morning hours from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. The area could get 3 to 6 inches of rain, but the weather should clear out before the early morning commute, weather officials say.

“We have been monitoring the situation very closely and will continue to do so throughout the night and into the early morning hours,” Mayor Broome said. “’We want our citizens to know their safety is our number one concern and we are on standby if anything changes.”

The Mayor recommends citizens keep their phones charged and nearby and monitor weather forecasts throughout the night.

MOHSEP officials along with other emergency personnel will continue to communicate with the National Weather Service for the latest updates.

For more information, visit www.redstickready.com or contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome urges residents to take precaution due to severe weather threat

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

April 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (225) 389-2100

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

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

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and officials from the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) urges residents to take precaution due to the anticipated severe weather threat which is expected today through Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, East Baton Rouge Parish is under an enhanced risk of severe weather until 7 a.m. Monday including damaging winds, tornadoes, and 3 to 6 inches of rainfall and potential flooding.

“We’re monitoring the weather closely and asking residents to do the same,” Mayor Broome said. “Please be careful when traveling this afternoon and evening.”

She also recommended that residents check on neighbors and friends; make sure flashlights and weather radios are in working condition and continue to monitor weather forecasts throughout the day.

MOHSEP officials along with other emergency personnel will continue to communicate with the National Weather Service to stay abreast of any changes.

For more information, visit www.redstickready.com or contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Commodity List April 2017 for Eligible Certified Families

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

According to information from the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge, Division of Human Development & Services/Office of Social Services in conjunction with the Greater Baton Rouge Parish Food Bank low income families who have been certified eligible for the April 2017 Needy Family Food Distribution Program may pick up their commodity food from their commodity site at the time listed. The Commodity Program began in 1981 to help needy persons by distributing to them surplus food products. Currently, the needy family food distribution program serves approximately 2,000 low income families in East Baton Rouge Parish. Families interested in applying for the needy family food distribution program should contact the distribution sites nearest their home. More information can be obtained by telephoning DHDS/Office of Social Services at (225) 358-4561. The DHDS/Office of Social Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or disabilities. Any person alleging discrimination may file a written or verbal complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination action with us. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/PROGRAM Auxiliary aids and services are available Upon request to individuals with disabilities Louisiana Relay Services 1-800-947-5277 East Baton Rouge Commodity Distribution Date: Date & Location & Time Tuesday, April 4, 2017Rural Program 6736 Rollins Road Zachary, Louisiana 707919:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m1:00p.m.-3:00p.mThe Center 2271 Mason AveBaton Rouge, Louisiana 708052:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Wednesday, April 5, 2017Central Fire Station 11646 Sullivan Road Central, Louisiana 707182:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Chaneyville Community Center 13211 Jackson Road Zachary, Louisiana 707919:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Charles R. Kelly Center 3535 Riley StreetBaton Rouge, Louisiana 708058:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Elm Street Apartment 4250 Elm Street Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708058:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Jewel Newman Community Center 2012 Central Road Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708079:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Thursday, April 6, 2017Alsen Community Center 2013 Central Road Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708079:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Jewel J. Newman Community Center 2013 Central Road Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708079:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.Martin Luther King Community Center 4000 Gus Young Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708028:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Sharlo I 4975 Alvin Dark DriveBaton Rouge, Louisiana 7081011:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.Friday, April 7, 2017Alsen Community Center 2013 Central RoadBaton Rouge, Louisiana 708079:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Assisi 7585 Bishop Ott Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana 708069:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Calasis House [...]



Mayor Broome, BRAVE Host “Gas for Guns” Exchange

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE – In an effort to reduce the number of unsecured firearms on Baton Rouge streets, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) and other law enforcement officials are hosting a “Gas for Guns” exchange program on Saturday, April 1.

The “no questions asked” gun buyback program, in partnership with the Circle K Corporation, BRAVE, and local and federal law enforcement agencies, will offer $50 to $300 in gas coupons for each qualifying handgun and assault weapon.

“We’re glad to partner with law enforcement and the community to host this great program which is helping to make our community safer,” Mayor Broome said.

The exchange program will be held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Elm Grove Baptist Church parking lot, 1069 N. 38th Street, in Baton Rouge.

Any functional, non-replica pistol or revolver smaller than 0.380 caliber can be exchanged for gas cards for $50. Pistols that are 0.380 caliber or greater can be swapped for gas cards totaling $100 in value. The program will pay $300 in gas cards for each “Assault Style” rifle, as long as they are a functional variant of an automatic or semi-automatic rifle that is currently in use by military forces with a caliber of 9 mm, 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm.

Any other firearm or ammunition may also be dropped off for safe disposal and destruction by law enforcement without a gas card exchange.

Officers will receive the firearms without asking questions about the donors’ identities or how they came to be in possession of the guns. The exchange program assists non-commercial, private citizens and is limited to two firearms per person until all gas cards have been exhausted.

Donors arriving by car should place their firearms in the trunk. Donors arriving on foot should place their firearms in a sealed or closed container, such as a bag, backpack or box.

Donors who are uncomfortable taking a firearm to an exchange site can call the local Police and Sheriff's office at any time to make arrangements for unwanted firearm and ammunition collection. However, gas cards will only be provided at the “Gas for Guns” program.

Every year, crimes are committed with unsecured guns that have been stolen or used without the owners’ permission. Similar Gas for Guns programs in Baton Rouge have collected 741 unsecured guns since 2010.

The East Baton Rouge “Gas for Guns” exchange program is made possible by the following community partners: Circle K Corporation, Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge City Police Department, Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Louisiana State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Baton Rouge Crimestoppers and Elm Grove Baptist Church.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




City-Parish, Senior GIS Analyst receives RTM Exemplar Award

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

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

BATON ROUGE – The City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge has received the 2017 RTM Exemplar Award – one of three 2017 international award winners named by the Rutgers Center on Public Security. The award honors the work of City-Parish Senior GIS Analyst Brandon Jumonville for his efforts in working with the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office to develop a risk-based policing model using geospatial technologies.

The Rutgers Center on Public Security, a leader in spatial risk analysis, established the RTM Exemplar Awards to highlight successful applications of “risk terrain modeling,” or RTM, which focus on the spatial dynamics of crime and related vulnerabilities that may lead to or attract crime incidents. Jumonville’s model identifies geographic areas with elevated risk for crime incidents based on data such as blighted properties, which is then utilized to help determine where increased patrols or the allocation of additional resources would most greatly prevent future crime.

“This award is yet another indicator of how we are using innovation and technology to improve our community, building exportable solutions to common civic problems that other municipalities across the world can utilize in their own efforts to build safer, more resilient neighborhoods,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “Data-based models like these are critical components to how we can work together to reduce crime while empowering our public safety teams and first responders with data to make informed decisions in serving our Baton Rouge residents.”

“Over the past several years, we have made tremendous progress in accelerating our GIS capabilities to the point where the City-Parish is now regarded as having one of the most advanced GIS programs in the southeast United States, ” said Eric Romero, Director of Information Services. “Though these efforts, our team remains hard at work to develop solutions such as these to improve our community and identify opportunities to create efficiencies in service delivery across all of City-Parish government."

For more information, visit: http://www.rutgerscps.org.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Volunteers encouraged to sign up for “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR” set for April 1

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in partnership with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup is hosting the inaugural “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR” parishwide cleanup on Saturday, April 1.

Residents are asked to join the Mayor along with community groups and businesses to help pick up litter at various sites throughout the community. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. for registration and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the cleanup, which will take place in targeted areas in each of the 12 Metro Council districts throughout the City Parish.

“I’m so excited about this event because we are bringing together a host of community groups and businesses so we can all make our City Parish better,” Mayor Broome said. “A clean city is not only great for our residents, but it also affects tourism, economic development, and it even affects crime. We need everyone working together to make our community a place we are all proud to call home.”

The Mayor is partnering with Visit Baton Rouge, Waste Management, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Downtown Business Association, Baton Rouge Lodging Association, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge 200, and the Downtown Development District.

Volunteers are asked to wear a red T-shirt in honor of BatonRouge200 bicentennial celebration. You can sign up as an individual or form a team. All cleaning supplies and water will be provided, thanks to the generous sponsorships provided by ExxonMobil and Formosa Plastics.

Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers an estimated $40 million yearly for disposal, enforcement of litter laws, and anti-litter education programs, according to Keep Louisiana Beautiful. Litter is also harmful to the environment and wildlife.

To sign up or for more information, go to http://kbrb.org/projects or call (225) 381- 0860.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s statement on officer shooting

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE - Today our hearts are breaking across this parish after such a needless loss of life. When someone who wears a uniform and vows to protect and serve is lost, we all mourn and recognize that this is a loss for our entire community and a very sad day in Baton Rouge.

The family of Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson should know that this community is united in expressing our deepest and most genuine prayers and condolences. Our community is united that this is unacceptable and we don’t want it repeated. We must stop the violence.

Scripture guides us to act in a time of tragedy saying, “Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”

Psalms also reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” We must turn our hearts to God as we seek solace and healing in losing an officer of the law in such a senseless manner.

My office will work diligently with law enforcement to assist in this ongoing investigation as appropriate. We recognize this is a very difficult time for our East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, which has lost a member of its law enforcement family. We express our deepest gratitude for their brave service, and assure them that Sgt. Anderson will always be remembered for his sacrifice to keep our community safe.

I’m calling for flags at all East Baton Rouge City Parish buildings to be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Sgt. Anderson. I’m also asking all of our citizens for your continued prayers, patience and thoughtfulness during this difficult time, as we are all in this together.

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Mayor, community leaders coming together for Inaugural Education Roundtable: City-Wide Dialogue

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is inviting education stakeholders to attend the City Parish’s Inaugural Education Roundtable: City-Wide Dialogue to help close the education gap in our community.

As part of the roundtable which will be held on March 21, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Dr. Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Members, Metro Council Members, and other educators will come together to share common goals, express challenges, and develop solutions to enhance the educational experiences of our children. Representatives from Southern University, LSU, and Baton Rouge Community College will also participate in the event.

“While education doesn’t fall directly into my realm of responsibility, it is a very important part of helping to move our City Parish forward,” Mayor Broome said. “My vision for this forum is to help support local systems and boards so all of our students have an opportunity to succeed.”

The education roundtable will take place at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Rooms 9 and 10 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. It will include two sessions:

• 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Information sessions will feature speakers discussing various topics including early childhood expansion, higher education connections, and future workforce demands.

• 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., a dialogue between Metro Council and School board members about proactive measures that can be taken to enhance the experiences of our children.

Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments. Participants should enter the River Center on the St. Louis Street side near the theater.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here: Attend Education Roundtable

For more information, please contact Dr. Tamiara L. Wade at (225) 389-3100.

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Mayor Broome announces City Parish’s $11 million disaster recovery plan, public meetings planned

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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 today details of the $11 million amended disaster recovery plan for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

The Mayor also released information regarding public meetings that will be held to solicit input regarding the new plan.

“We believe our new plan better meets the needs of our residents who have been impacted by the flood,” Mayor Broome said. “We’re excited to share it and get feedback.”

The money was awarded last year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds after the great August 2016 flood. The flood damaged more than 44,000 structures in the City Parish.

The previous administration developed a plan that was approved by the Metro Council, but the plan was amended by Mayor Broome’s team to help leverage the dollars more effectively and efficiently.

The plan will address homelessness prevention, rental repair, and home ownership. It will increase funding for rental housing repairs and leverage the state’s homeowner assistance program to serve homeowners who may not otherwise qualify for rebuilding assistance.

The new plan also reduces the city parish’s administrative costs so more money can go towards households that need it most.

As part of the rollout, the Office of Community Development (OCD) will host two public meetings. Public input is required before the plan can be finalized and resubmitted to HUD for final approval.

The meetings will be held:

• March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, in Baton Rouge

• March 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace Street, in Baton Rouge

Details of the proposed amendment can be found at www.brgov.com/dept/ocd/announcements.htm. If you can’t make the public meetings, comments can be submitted to the Office of Community Development, P.O. Box 1471, Baton Rouge LA 70821-1471 or emailed to ocd@brgov.com.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Development at (225) 389-3039.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome urges residents to remember to spring forward, check smoke detectors

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome reminds citizens to set your clocks forward one hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m.

“This is also a good time to check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order and change your batteries,” Mayor Broome said. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our families safe.”

Officials estimate more than 16 million households nationwide have smoke alarms that don’t work due to dead or missing batteries.

Baton Rouge Fire Department Chief Ed Smith adds that “a working smoke detector can increase a family’s survival by more than 50 percent. We also encourage all of you to practice your escape plans and establish your meeting place.”

The Mayor also recommends checking your carbon monoxide detectors and other household alarms.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome pledges continued support to help close gender pay gap

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

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

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

BATON ROUGE – In celebration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with the Governor’s Equal Pay Summit being held today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome pledges her continued support to help close the gender pay gap.

According to the 2015 U.S. Census, fulltime working men in Baton Rouge earn 1.6 times more than fulltime working women. The average salary for a male is $61,456 versus a woman at $38, 978. City Parish employee data shows the average salary for a male employee is $43,489 and the average salary for a female employee is $34,028.

“I have been a long time champion of equal pay and I will continue to do everything that I can to raise awareness and develop solutions to address this issue,” Mayor Broome said. “I’m also glad to support our Governor and First Lady’s efforts too because when we as a city and state come together, businesses and employees benefit --it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Some efforts are already in place in the City Parish to address the issue. Salary history questions were removed from City Parish employment applications about 15 years ago, according to Human Resources Director Brian Bernard. Our Human Resources department strongly discourages employees from asking salary questions during the interviewing process. Also, all classified employees, both men and women, are paid the same in accordance with the Rules Governing Employees in the Classified Service.

The Mayor is also committed to working with the City Parish to acknowledge the critical role businesses play in reducing the national pay gap; review hiring and promotion processes to remove bias and structural barriers; identify best practices; and partner with officials on the local, state and federal level to promote more equitable pay.

Mayor Broome believes that a more level playing field increases productivity and decreases turnover and when women are paid equally the whole family benefits. She plans to continue to fight to help end the wage gap.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




FUTUREBR OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED FOR UPDATE OF THE EAST BATON ROUGE COMPREHSNSIVE PLAN

Public Input Important to Assure Priorities are Implemented

The City-Parish Planning Commission will host public meetings for the update of the parish comprehensive plan, FUTUREBR. The Planning Commission encourages all community members to participate in the open house meetings to add their voice in our community’s vision for the future. The future land use plan provides predictability and fairness for elected officials, planning staff, residents, and developers; additional elements such as Transportation, Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, and Economic Development address issues critical to implementing our vision for an equitable, prosperous and sustainable City-Parish. While FUTUREBR’s recommendations, action items, and policy goals and objectives are integral to implement the City-Parish’s vision, public participation in formulating the Plan is the first and most important element.

Open house attendees will be invited to view maps and displays, talk with planning staff members and provide input on proposed changes to FUTUREBR.

All meetings will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the following locations.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH

GOODWOOD MAIN LIBRARY

(Joint open house with Capital Region Planning Commission)

7711 Goodwood Boulevard

TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH

SCOTLANDVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY

7373 Scenic Highway

TUESDAY, APRIL 11TH

BLUEBONNET BRANCH LIBRARY

9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard

TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH

CHANEYVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

13211 Jackson Road

TUESDAY, MAY 2nd

ST. GEORGE FIRE TRAINING CENTER

14100 Airline Highway

TUESDAY, MAY 16TH

NORTH BOULEVARD TOWN SQUARE

Downtown Baton Rouge

(from the office of: Public Info)