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Holiday Garbage Collection, Recycling Schedule

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

According to Republic Waste, all garbage, trash, and recycling collection services WILL take place as regularly scheduled on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day.

For questions or concerns, contact the Department of Public Works at 225-389-4865.

(from the office of: Public Info)




FUTUREBR OPEN HOUSE

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR UPDATE OF THE

EAST BATON ROUGE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Public Input Important to Assure Priorities are Implemented

The City-Parish Planning Commission will host a public meeting for the update of the parish comprehensive plan, FUTUREBR. The Planning Commission encourages community members to participate in the open house 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 resilient City-Parish. While FUTUREBR’s policy goals, objectives, and action items 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 are invited to view maps and displays, talk with planning staff members and provide input on proposed changes to FUTUREBR.

This is the first open house in a second round of public meeting hosted by the Planning Commission to receive comments on the update to FUTUREBR. Additional meetings will be scheduled in the fall of 2017.

The open house will be from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

GOODWOOD MAIN LIBRARY

(Joint open house with Capital Region Planning Commission)

7711 Goodwood Boulevard

For more information on the FUTUREBR Update, visit http://brgov.com/dept/planning/.

(from the office of: Public Info)




Public Informational Meetings Scheduled for BTR Plan before November 2017 Ballot

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La.— This week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will host two public informational meetings about the Better Transportation and Roads (BTR) Plan.

On July 26, an introduction of a tax proposition was announced for a parish-wide 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated $445 million in regional area improvements that include constructing new public roads, improving existing corridors with increased mobility, constructing community enhancement road projects and improving the advanced traffic management center.

The public meetings will outline details about the proposed BTR Plan and funding requirements to launch the program. Meetings will feature one-on-one discussions and feedback between the public and staff. Following the public meetings scheduled, the Metro Council will decide if a resolution to rededicate the existing ½ cent sales tax and for a new property millage tax will be added to the ballot in the Nov. 18 election when voters will make the final decision.

More meetings are scheduled through September. For a full list of meetings and more information about BTR, go to www.brgov.com.

This week:

Monday, August 21

Council Districts 8 & 9

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Jones Creek Library, Adjoining Rooms 1-3

6222 Jones Creek Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Tuesday, August 22

Council District 7

6:00-7:30 p.m.

MLK Community Center

4000 Gus Young Ave.

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




2017 International GIS Day pre-registration now open for educators and students

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

For media inquiries, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

225-389-7957

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced that pre-registration is now open for the local celebration of 2017 International GIS Day. All middle and high school educators, students, and East Baton Rouge Parish residents are invited to participate in the annual educational event focused on geographic information systems, technology, and career opportunities. Educators interested in participating and coordinating field trips around 2017 International GIS Day, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the main branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood Boulevard, should pre-register online at gisdaylouisiana.com.

“In a world and economy where progress is driven by technology, acquiring a knowledge of computers and technological applications is vital for people of all ages,” Mayor-President Broome said. “Geographic information systems, or GIS, is a rapidly expanding technology field with endless applications in almost every industry, representing an incredible opportunity for students across East Baton Rouge Parish to expand their horizons and learn what is truly possible when we combine technology with active learning.”

Last year, more than 200 people attended International GIS Day to participate in hands-on educational activities led by industry professionals. They were also able to hear from speakers such as Alyssa Carson, astronaut-in-training and Baton Rouge native; Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools superintendent; and others.

This year’s day-long program will feature a “Baton Rouge 200” theme, in commemoration of Baton Rouge’s ongoing bicentennial celebration throughout 2017, and includes two educational events.

The first event, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., provides students with an opportunity to participate in engaging hands-on computer and outdoor activities while learning about mapping in a fun-filled, educational environment. Educators and teachers interested in planning field trips for this event should contact International GIS Day organizers soon, as space is limited.

The second event of the day, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is free to attend and open to adults of all ages and backgrounds. It features speakers focused on GIS and various applications of this technology.

International GIS Day events in Baton Rouge are organized and provided to residents at no charge by the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge; East Baton Rouge Parish Library; Louisiana Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (LARSGIS) Institute; and Baton Rouge Green.

“As industry practitioners, we have seen first-hand how GIS and map-based technologies can transform nearly every element of our respective professional worlds,” said Fran Harvey, founder of the LARSGIS Institute. “Each year, through International GIS Day, we are able to put those same exciting technologies in the hands of some of our youngest citizens and residents across our community, creating powerful awareness of educational opportunities and career possibilities in the process.”

For more information about Baton Rouge’s celebration of 2017 International GIS Day, email gis@brgov.com or call the LARSGIS Institute at 225-939-1091.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Voter Registration Week - either update or registration need before fall elections

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2017

To commemorate Voter Registration Week, Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn is reminding citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to make sure they are registered to vote and to either register or update their registration as needed before the fall elections.

The Registrar of Voters Office will also be conducting a voter registration drive during Voter Registration Week, August 21st through 25th. Citizens who need to register to vote or update their registration may do so online at www.GeauxVote.com or in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at the voter drive conducted at branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

In order to provide East Baton Rouge Parish citizens an opportunity to register to vote near their home or workplace, the Registrar’s office will visit library branches during the week of August 21st through 25th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the following dates:

August 21 Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library – 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

August 21 Scotlandville Branch Library – 7373 Scenic Hwy.

August 22 Central Branch Library – 11260 Joor Rd.

August 22 Fairwood Branch Library – 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.

August 22 Zachary Branch Library – 1900 Church St.

August 23 Carver Branch Library – 720 Terrace St.

August 23 Delmont Gardens Branch Library – 3351 Lorraine St.

August 23 Main Library – 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

August 24 Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library – 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Rd.

August 24 Eden Park Branch Library – 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd.

August 24 Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library – 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd.

August 25 Jones Creek Regional Branch Library – 6222 Jones Creek Rd.

August 25 Baker Branch Library – 3501 Groom Rd.

Applicants registering to vote in person should bring valid identification that establishes identity, age, and residency. You must submit your current Louisiana driver’s license, if you have one, or your birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age, and residency. If you have no picture ID, you may bring a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes your name and address.

To cast a ballot in the upcoming October 14, 2017 election, the last day to register to vote in-person or by mail is September 13, 2017. September 23, 2017 is the last day to register to vote online through the www.GeauxVote.com website. Early Voting will be held September 30 through October 7, 2017.

Voters may check the status of their registration at www.GeauxVote.com or by calling the Registrar of Voters Office at 389-3940.

(from the office of: Public Info)




More Public Informational Meetings Scheduled for BTR Plan before November 2017 Ballot

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome continues a series of public meetings next week to provide information and gather public input about the new Better Transportation and Roads (BTR) Plan.

On July 26, an introduction of a tax proposition was announced for a parish-wide 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated $445 million in regional area improvements that include constructing new public roads, improving existing corridors with increased mobility, constructing community enhancement road projects and improving the advanced traffic management center.

The proposed BTR Plan property tax would also free up the existing half-cent sales tax exclusively for repair and improvement of existing roads in and around the cities of Baton Rouge, Baker, Central, and Zachary.

The public meetings will outline details about the proposed BTR Plan and funding requirements to launch the program. Meetings will feature one-on-one discussions and feedback between the public and staff. Following the public meetings scheduled, the Metro Council will decide if a resolution to rededicate the existing ½ cent sales tax and for a new property millage tax will be added to the ballot in the Nov. 18 election when voters will make the final decision.

Below are confirmed meetings in each council district. More dates will be added to ensure all council districts are represented. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 17

Council District 5

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Charles Kelly Community Center

3535 Riley St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805

Monday, August 21

Council Districts 8 & 9

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Jones Creek Library, Adjoining Rooms 1-3

6222 Jones Creek Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Tuesday, August 29

Council District 1

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Zachary Library

1900 Church St, Zachary, LA 70791

Thursday, August 31

Council District 2

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Jewel J Newman Community Center

2013 Central Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Tuesday, September 5

Council District 12

6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Aloysius Parish Hall

2025 Stuart Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Thursday, September 7

Council District 6

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Broadmoor Methodist Church

Adult Educational Center – Room #101

10230 Mollylea Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor-President Broome Launches Cradle to K Peer-led Program for Parents

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — As part of her ongoing commitment to education at all stages in life, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced the launch of her Cradle to K initiative. The program focuses on early childhood development and school readiness for children up to the age of 5. The peer-oriented program consisting of expecting and current mothers will serve as a platform for parents to share ideas and advice.

“We now know that the first four to five years are the most important years of a child’s life,” Mayor-President Broome said. “This is why we are creating the Cradle to K parent community here. This is a space where parents can share the ideas and parenting practices that work for them. This is a community for parents in Baton Rouge created by parents in Baton Rouge.”

Cradle to K is a community for all parents in Baton Rouge, but it may prove especially valuable for parents of the 27 percent of children who are born into poverty and the 48 percent of children who are born into single parent homes. Currently, 52 percent of children in the East Baton Rouge School System start kindergarten already behind in their literacy skills. By creating a strong community amongst parents that is rooted in positive parenting practices, and then connecting that community with a variety of resources and opportunities in the parish, Cradle to K works to help parents create the stable and enriched environments their children need to be prepared for success in Kindergarten.

Cradle to K is a part of the East Baton Rouge Division of Human Development and Services Head Start program. According to Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, assistant chief administrative officer, Cradle to K is also beginning to bring together a coalition of government and non-profit organizations to find new opportunities for collaboration and identify ways to can align the work being done in Baton Rouge to better serve the children and families in the community.

The mayor's office encourages pregnant women, as well as parents and caregivers of children up to the age of 5 to participate in the community by joining the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/C2KBR/. The page includes a welcome message from Mayor-President Broome. Parents can connect with other local parents and in the months to come, there will be a hub of services and opportunities for families with small children in the community.

For more information about Cradle to K services and collaboration opportunities, contact William Minton at 225-362-0137 or C2KBR@brgov.com.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor-President Broome to host city-wide service to commemorate August 2016 flood

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2017

CONTACT

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

225-389-7957

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced a city-wide faith-based service to commemorate the historic flood of August 2016. “A Reflection of Resiliency and Recovery” will be held at Living Faith Christian Center on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Our area experienced an unprecedented disaster last summer,” Broome said. “We also experienced our families and neighbors coming together like never before to get through it — to survive. It is my hope that this service brings us together again to continue to lift up each other and move forward together.”

The service, open to the public, will feature remarks by Broome and other citizens recovering from the flood, prayers, as well as music by an interfaith choir.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




City-Parish to conduct final flood debris removal pass July 10 – August 11

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — City-Parish debris removal crews will begin their final debris removal pass across East Baton Rouge Parish on Monday, July 10. The purpose of this pass is to address any remaining debris collection needs for residents impacted by the August 2016 flooding. Debris removal operations are set to conclude on Friday, Aug. 11. The actions are in alignment with the six-month extension for eligible flood debris removal activities Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome secured earlier this year in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Per the terms of this extension, all debris removal operations in eligible areas served by the City-Parish must cease by Aug. 13 in order to qualify for federal cost-share reimbursements.

In addition to the areas City-Parish debris removal crews have serviced since the aftermath of the August 2016 flooding — which include city limits within the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish — this final pass will include the removal of eligible flood debris at residential addresses located along state highways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. In April, Mayor-President Broome announced the expansion of the City-Parish’s debris removal program to include all residences along state highways in East Baton Rouge Parish, recognizing that many residents living along state highways were still in need of debris removal support following last year’s devastating flooding event.

City-Parish officials are urging all residents still in need of debris removal to move these materials curbside as soon as possible. Residents can also continue to request debris removal by contacting the Department of Environmental Services at 225-389-4865. Eligible items include anything in the home that was damaged as a result of the August 2016 flood such as furniture, flooring, insulation and sheetrock.

Per standing FEMA policies, construction and reconstruction waste materials are 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. These ineligible items include boxes, containers of sheetrock mud, and cut-off pieces of wood or sheetrock. Homeowners who opt to repair their homes themselves can dispose of these materials by either placing them in their garbage receptacles if they will fit or by transporting the materials to the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road.

Once debris removal operations conclude, residents will be responsible for the disposal of any remaining flood debris. East Baton Rouge Parish residents can bring their flood debris to the North Landfill and dispose of it at no charge by showing proof of residence such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Since August 2016, City-Parish crews have collected nearly 1.97 million cubic yards of flood debris, representing one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these debris removal efforts through this final collection pass, go to http://gis.brla.gov/debris

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




MOHSEP monitors storm activity, urges residents to prepare

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CST

SHARON WESTON BROOME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 19, 2017

For media inquiries:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

jtate@brgov.com

Mobile: 504-913-9638

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness monitors threat of Tropical Disturbance ‘Invest 93L’

BATON ROUGE, La. — With the threat of a low pressure tropical system moving into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is consistently monitoring the system. The National Weather Service anticipates that this disturbance, called “Invest 93L,” has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours and a 90 percent chance of further development in the next five days.

At this time, the primary threat is heavy rainfall in East Baton Rouge Parish. This rainfall could result in some areas experiencing flooding. In anticipation of this, sandbags are available for residents to pick up at the following fire stations:

• Station #7 – 5758 Claycut Road

• Station #13 – 835 Sharp Road

• Station #15 – 3150 Brightside Drive

MOHSEP is evaluating additional locations for sandbag distribution.

As always, the agency urges residents to have an emergency plan in place, including a disaster supply kit. This kit should include: non-perishable food, water, extra medicine, important documents, cash, and emergency contact information. Residents should fill up gas cans, charge cell phones and other communication devices, and have extra batteries for radios. Also, they should plan to receive emergency notification alerts and stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the latest forecast information.

Residents who are living in a FEMA manufactured housing unit should take extra precaution and have an early evacuation plan and destination in place. While it is still undetermined exactly what inclement weather this system may bring to the Capital Region, these housing units are not built to withstand strong winds and rain events.

MOHSEP will continue to coordinate with the National Weather Service, parish municipalities, and local and state officials. For more information about the weather situation and assistance, MOHSEP can be contacted at 225-389-2100. Follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook and Twitter, or download the free mobile application for real-time updates.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




East Baton Rouge Parish EMS receives national awards

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2017

For media inquiries:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

225-389-7957

jtate@brgov.com

East Baton Rouge Parish EMS receives accolades from American Heart Association, international organization

BATON ROUGE, La. —East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services was recently honored by the American Heart Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International for exemplary service.

“I am extremely proud of our EMS professionals here in East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “These men and women selflessly provide optimum care for the citizens of this community, who are sometimes in the worst conditions of their lives. Our EMS team fully deserves accolades for all that they do.”

East Baton Rouge Parish EMS received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

According to the association, every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced that East Baton Rouge Parish EMS is its “Team of the Year,” as part of the 2017 Public Safety Communications Awards and Technology Leadership Awards. According to the organization, the East Baton Rouge Parish team, along with other winners in separate categories, demonstrated the highest levels of professional conduct and outstanding performance in the line of duty. This year, APCO received more than 275 nominations from across the country.

Award recipients will be recognized during the Opening General Session at APCO 2017, APCO’s Annual Conference and Expo taking place August 13-16 in Denver, Colo.

According to the APCO International website, it “is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals, and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide — and the welfare of the general public as a whole — by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.” APCO is based in Daytona Beach, Fla.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




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)




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[...]



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 Louisi[...]



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)