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Informational public meetings scheduled for Green Light Plan 2 set for this week

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 29, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information contact:

Stephen Bonnette, Department of Transportation and Drainage Director: (225) 389-3158

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

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

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden has scheduled a series of nine public meetings in November and December to provide information and gather public input about the next phase of the Green Light Plan.

The proposal calls for a parish-wide, 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated $452-million in road and street improvements. An estimated $260 million of the project funding would come from bond sales, with the other $192 million coming in the form of pay-as-you-go revenue.

The proposed Green Light Plan property tax would free up the existing half-cent sales tax for rehabilitation and community road enhancement projects that include neighborhood road overlays, advanced signalization, pedestrian and bicycle safety features and beautification.

The proposed property tax would allow the Green Light Plan to continue at the same pace as it has for its first 10 years, when a portion of the half-cent sales tax was used for road improvements.

The Mayor has scheduled the following nine public meetings with each council district in November and December to provide information about the proposed Green Light Plan 2 and funding for the next phase. The meetings will follow an “open house” setting that will include one-on-one discussions and feedback between the public and the staff.

Following the public meetings in August, the Metro Council approved a resolution for two measures to be added to the ballot in the December election for voter consideration:

(1) A new 5 mill property tax for 30 years for new road and street improvements

(2) Rededicate the existing ½ cent Green Light Plan sales tax (approved in 2005) to street rehabilitation and enhancement projects through its remaining term, ending in 2030.

Date Time Council District/Location

Tuesday, November 15 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 1

Zachary Branch Library

1900 Church Street, Zachary

Wednesday, November 16 5:00-6:00 p.m. Council District 4

Central Branch Library

11260 Joor Road

Thursday, November 17 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 8 & 9

Jones Creek Branch Library

6222 Jones Creek Road

Tuesday, November 29 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 11

Main Library

7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Wednesday, November 30 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 5

Charles R. Kelly Community Center

3535 Riley Street

Thursday, December 1 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 10

Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center

950 Washington E. Street

Monday, December 5 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 12 & 3

Bluebonnet Branch Library

9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Tuesday, December 6 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 6 & 7

Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center

4000 Gus Young Avenue

Thursday, December 8 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 2

Scotlandville Branch Library

7373 Scenic Highway

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Holden’s My Brother’s Keeper – Baton Rouge hosts Reading Kickoff

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Gail Grover, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-5350

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

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

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced today that his office’s My Brother’s Keeper - Baton Rouge (MBK-BR) Reads kickoff will be held on Nov. 22 at Barnes and Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court, in Baton Rouge.

MBK-BR Reads is part of the community challenge to improve life outcomes for children, especially boys of color. MBK-BR Reads will recruit volunteers to be Reading Friends to children to help ensure they read on level by third grade. Volunteers are asked to spend one hour per week reading with a child at various schools within the MBK-BR targeted areas.

“Reading really is fundamental so it’s important for us to help our kids in the community learn to read and encourage them to read as much as possible,” said Mayor Holden. “This program is an important step in that direction.”

As part of the kickoff, the Mayor along with partners – Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and sororities and fraternities -- will read stories and talk about the importance of being MBK-BR Readers. Volunteers will be able to sign up to be a MBK-BR Reader and there will be book giveaways for the kids. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MBK-BR is also the recipient of the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive which runs through Jan. 1, 2017. Participants can make monetary donations at the store. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase books that will be donated to MBK-BR.

For more information, contact Gail Grover at (225) 389-5350 or Erin Porche’ at (225) 389-4222 or send an email to mbkbr@brgov.com.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Holden announces winner of EBR school recycling competition

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

After a month-long recycling competition through which more than 7,000 pounds of recyclable materials were collected by Baton Rouge area schools, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced Kenilworth Science and Technology School as the winning school today, with 3,291 pounds collected by students during the month of October.

The competition – held in honor of a national initiative to promote recycling called America Recycles Day – served as a core component of the Department of Environmental Services’ Adopt-A-School Program, which Mayor Holden launched earlier this year as part of a pilot program to educate and engage area K-12 students in the mission and core functions of the department tasked with overseeing the East Baton Rouge parish wastewater system, garbage collection, recycling services, and environmental compliance issues throughout Baton Rouge.

“I’m continually amazed by what can happen when our youngest citizens can come together to learn about the importance of positively contributing to the Baton Rouge environment while in the process learning more about the work our City-Parish does on a daily basis,” said Mayor Holden. “I want to congratulate the work of the students at Kenilworth Science and Technology for their efforts through this competition, and my hope is that all the students across East Baton Rouge Parish who participated will be able to carry the lessons they have learned about recycling well into the rest of their lives.”

In honor of the work of the Kenilworth students through this recycling competition, Mayor Holden proclaimed Nov. 15, 2016 as “Kenilworth Science and Technology School Day.” In total, participating students and schools – which also included Scotlandville High, and Scotlandville Middle, The Dunham School, and Westdale Elementary – collected 7,379 pounds of recyclable materials, which were then delivered to the East Baton Rouge Parish recycling facility in coordination with Waste Connections, Inc., the City-Parish recycling contractor.

"The recycling contest created an opportunity for students to see the reality of how much recyclable material could have been wasted in just a month,” said Hasan Suzuk, Principal of Kenilworth Science and Technology Principal. “Students directly got to see the important role the Department of Environmental Services plays in Baton Rouge and now are instilled with a desire to continue recycling efforts.”

This Adopt-A-School program provides educational support and helps to create meaningful connections between City-Parish staff and Baton Rouge area elementary, middle, and high school students related to STEM concepts and other key topics involving services or functions overseen by the Department of Environmental Services.

“Through this program, our team at the Department of Environmental Services has been able to work closely with students across Baton Rouge to educate them on the importance of creating a sustainable environment and future for Baton Rouge, creating a win-win for our community in the process,” said Adam Smith, Interim Director of the Department of Environmental Services. “It’s so critical for students to learn these habits at a young age, and I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do throughout the semester in helping to incorporate a positive, intentional mindset about recycling through school engagement and classroom activities.”

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Baton Rouge named Top 10 Digital City in America for second consecutive year

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact: Eric Romero, Department of Information Services: (225) 389-3070Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957 Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden announced today that Baton Rouge has been named a Top 10 Digital City for the second consecutive year, moving up the rankings from 10th overall in 2015 to 5th in 2016. Each year, the Center for Digital Government recognizes leading cities across four population categories using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies with a focus on citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. Through a comprehensive Digital Cities Survey process in which surveys are distributed to all U.S. cities, towns, villages, and consolidated city/county governments, responding cities are then judged based on various criteria related to the prior year’s accomplishments, ranging from open government, transparency, and open data to citizen engagement and innovative best practices. “Over the past several years, we have made tremendous progress in how we are utilizing technology to create a more transparent, engaging, and efficient City-Parish – efforts that have put Baton Rouge squarely on the map and in a leadership position among our peers when it comes to digital innovation,” said Mayor Holden. “When we established a vision of turning Baton Rouge into a digital city, we were very serious and had a roadmap in place to make it happen. This latest announcement and a Top 10 Digital City ranking for the second year in a row is validation that we are well on our way to achieving that vision, which has only been possible through a commitment to hard work, technology, teamwork, and innovation wherever and however possible.” Baton Rouge placed as a Top 10 Digital City within the Center for Digital Government’s third-largest population category, ranked ahead of cities such as Pasadena, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Scottsdale, Arizona; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and more. “I can’t say enough about the work of our entire team throughout the past year in terms of all the strides we’ve made with technology, particularly given some of these advances have come during one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the U.S.,” said Eric Romero, Interim Director of the Department of Information Services. “Whether it is through how we now use social media or GIS technologies to both engage and inform Baton Rouge residents or investments in new platforms or systems that help our City-Parish departments serve the public more efficiently than ever before, we are committed to continue taking the necessary steps to keep Baton Rouge at the forefront of how local government can and should utilize technology to most effectively serve citizens through a digital city model for innovation.”A number of City-Parish initiatives supported this year’s Top 10 Digital City ranking, including:• The launch of a dedicated smartphone application and website for residents to use in requesting services and reporting issues through the City-Parish 311 system• A formalized data-sharing partnership between the City-Parish and Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers – joining 65 other communities around the world as global partners within the Waze Connected Citizens Program to promote greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens in Baton Rouge• The City-Parish’s use of social media in innovative ways, such as using the City of Baton Rouge Facebook page to coordinate search and rescue operations immediately following the August 2016 flooding with emergency phone lines, cell towers, and call centers either overloaded or non-operational• A number of advancements made through the eBRGIS program, including how geographic information systems (GIS) technologies are utilized to assist[...]



City Parish selects three companies to manage downtown public parking

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

William Daniel, Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

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

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

As part of the City-Parish’s ongoing efforts to help improve and transform downtown Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced today that three companies have been selected to manage the City-Parish public parking downtown. The companies will help improve street and garage parking by providing better facility management, customer service, and security as well as modernizing the entire downtown parking system - automating downtown parking services to allow payment by credit cards and cell phones and utilizing the latest technology to help drivers find available parking spaces.

The companies are Lanier Parking Solutions, SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Center Management , and The Aaron Group.

“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said Mayor Holden. “These companies are worldwide experts in offstreet parking and venue management. They will help make our parking system more user-friendly as well as help generate more revenues so that our parking system can be self-funded. ”

The Selection Committee for the Downtown Parking Management RFP selected the companies after reviewing various submissions. The recommendation will be submitted to the Metro Council in December for approval. Once approved, the contract will go into effect in early 2017.

Downtown has 850 on street metered spaces, 1,350 spaces in the River Center parking garages, and 446 spaces in garages B-1 and B-2 at City Hall.

For more information, call (225) 389-5100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Second round of informational public meetings scheduled for Green Light Plan 2

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information contact:

Stephen Bonnette, Department of Transportation and Drainage Director: (225) 389-3158

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

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

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden has scheduled a series of nine public meetings in November and December to provide information and gather public input about the next phase of the Green Light Plan.

The proposal calls for a parish-wide, 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated $452-million in road and street improvements. An estimated $260 million of the project funding would come from bond sales, with the other $192 million coming in the form of pay-as-you-go revenue.

The proposed Green Light Plan property tax would free up the existing half-cent sales tax for rehabilitation and community road enhancement projects that include neighborhood road overlays, advanced signalization, pedestrian and bicycle safety features and beautification.

The proposed property tax would allow the Green Light Plan to continue at the same pace as it has for its first 10 years, when a portion of the half-cent sales tax was used for road improvements.

The Mayor has scheduled the following nine public meetings with each council district in November and December to provide information about the proposed Green Light Plan 2 and funding for the next phase. The meetings will follow an “open house” setting that will include one-on-one discussions and feedback between the public and the staff.

Following the public meetings in August, the Metro Council approved a resolution for two measures to be added to the ballot in the December election for voter consideration:

(1) A new 5 mill property tax for 30 years for new road and street improvements

(2) Rededicate the existing ½ cent Green Light Plan sales tax (approved in 2005) to street rehabilitation and enhancement projects through its remaining term, ending in 2030.

Date Time Council District/Location

Tuesday, November 15 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 1

Zachary Branch Library

1900 Church Street, Zachary

Wednesday, November 16 5:00-6:00 p.m. Council District 4

Central Branch Library

11260 Joor Road

Thursday, November 17 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 8 & 9

Jones Creek Branch Library

6222 Jones Creek Road

Tuesday, November 29 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 11

Main Library

7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Wednesday, November 30 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 5

Charles R. Kelly Community Center

3535 Riley Street

Thursday, December 1 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 10

Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center

950 Washington E. Street

Monday, December 5 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 12 & 3

Bluebonnet Branch Library

9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Tuesday, December 6 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council Districts 6 & 7

Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center

4000 Gus Young Avenue

Thursday, December 8 5:30-6:30 p.m. Council District 2

Scotlandville Branch Library

7373 Scenic Highway

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




George O’Neal at Jones Creek Road will close, Coursey Boulevard at Jones Creek Road will reopen

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Stephen Bonnette, Department of Transportation and Drainage, (225) 389-3158

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

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

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

City Parish officials announced today that George O’Neal Road will be closed to through traffic just east of Jones Creek Road starting Nov. 6 at noon. The closure is part of an ongoing construction project. It will reopen Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

Additionally, Coursey Boulevard at Jones Creek Road will be reopen on Nov. 6 at noon.

Drivers are encouraged to take an alternative route:

· The primary detour for the George O’Neal Road closure will be to and from Jones Creek Rd, Harrell’s Ferry Road, and O’Neal Lane.

· Access to local businesses will be maintained at all times.

· Jones Creek Road as well as Coursey Boulevard will remain open.

Advanced signage will be in place to direct detoured traffic around the closed section of the roadway. The closure will enable the construction of the Coursey Boulevard, Jones Creek Road and George O’Neal Road intersection improvements in a timely manner. It will reduce the construction of this portion of the intersection from several months to 12 days.

For more information, call Project Engineer Mike Olson (225) 389-3202.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




City-Parish hosting community conversations about policing

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Kia Bickham, Chief Service Officer, (225) 389-3100

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

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

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced that the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge is hosting community conversations to discuss and review police policy and provide recommendations for a community action plan. The discussions will be led and facilitated by Synthia Taylor, Regional Director for the Department of Justice Community Relations Service –Southwest Region.

Topics include community policing, police accountability, body cameras, police civil service rules as well as training, recruitment, retention, residency requirements, and pay incentives.

“This is an opportunity to enhance community relations and develop more resources as we strive to continue to improve community policing,” said Mayor Holden. “We welcome the public’s input on these very important topics.”

The conversations will be held on Nov.3 from 6 p.m. to 8 at the Raising Cane's River Center, Exhibition Hall, meeting room 9. The room can be accessed from St. Louis Street. Remember St. Louis is now one-way southbound between North Boulevard and Government Street. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to register at https://ebrcommunityconversation.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call (225) 389-3100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Holden Announces Plans for Baton Rouge Bicentennial Kick-Off

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

For release: IMMEDIATELYFor more information contact:Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced today that Baton Rouge will kick-off a year-long Bicentennial celebration on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the city’s 200th year since becoming an incorporated city. The Baton Rouge Bicentennial will officially kick-off at the 2016 Red Stick Revelry New Year’s Eve celebration at The Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza and the North Boulevard Town Square when the Red Stick drops at midnight. “We’re asking all of Baton Rouge’s great events that take place throughout 2017, as well as our organizations and institutions, to adopt the Baton Rouge Bicentennial logo and let everyone know it’s a great time to visit Baton Rouge,” Holden said. “There won’t be one single party next year – there will be many!”Earlier this year, Holden appointed a Bicentennial Committee, with honorary co-chairs Andre Moreau and actress Lynn Whitfield, to plan ways to recognize and celebrate Baton Rouge’s 200 years of history. The committee members represent a broad base of organizations throughout the city who have been working to incorporate the Bicentennial into wide-ranging programming in 2017.Holden noted that Visit Baton Rouge will incorporate the Bicentennial into its 2017 marketing, letting tourists, group meetings and conventions know it’s a great time to visit. The East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries are documenting the Bicentennial, working with Baton Rouge’s arts, cultural and educational organizations. “We endured a civil war, organized America’s first bus boycott against segregation back in the 50s, and boomed with the petrochemical industry in the 70s,” Holden told the crowd at a press conference in Town Square. “We welcomed over 200,000 displaced people from New Orleans after its devastation by Hurricane Katrina eleven years ago. And along the way, we became a boom town in our own right, landing new jobs and corporate facilities in technology, television and film production, digital arts and many other sectors.”Paul Arrigo, President of Visit Baton Rouge and Mary Stein, Assistant Director of the EBR Library system, provided additional details on how local groups can follow the celebration on social media, download the Bicentennial logo and plan events and celebrations to commemorate the Baton Rouge Bicentennial. More information about the Baton Rouge Bicentennial will be available as it develops at www.BatonRouge200.com, www.facebook.com/BatonRouge200 and on Twitter @BatonRouge200. BATON ROUGE BICENTENNIAL PRESENTING SPONSORS:Visit Baton Rouge Cox Communications Entergy Raising Cane’s Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Bicentennial Committee members are:• Paul Arrigo, Visit Baton Rouge• Mary Stein, EBR Library• Renee Chatelain, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge• Fairleigh Jackson, Foundation for Historical Louisiana• Adam Knapp, Baton Rouge Area Chamber• Stacy Simon, Visit Baton Rouge • Karron Alford, Visit Baton Rouge• Davis Rhorer, Downtown Development District• Kia Bickham, Office of the Mayor-President• Rannah Gray, Red Stick Revelry• Bishop Ivory Payne, The Weekly Press• Eric Dexter, Forum 35 President• Carolyn Bennett, community volunteer• Dr. F. King Alexander, Louisiana State University • Patricia Flood, Southern University• Philip Smith, Baton Rouge Community College• Carolyn McKnight, BREC• John Sykes, Magnolia Mound Plantation• Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian• Verdi Adam, community volunteer• Melissa Eastin, EBR Library Archivist• Faye Phillips, former archivist for LSU(from the office of: Mayor-President) [...]



Mayor’s office My Brother’s Keeper Initiative will be recipient Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CST

Nov. 1, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

Erin Porche, Youth Project Manager, (225) 389-4222

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

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

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced that his office’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK-BR) initiative will be the recipient of the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive which kicks off today, Nov. 1.

The book drive will run through Jan. 1, 2017 at Barnes and Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court, in Baton Rouge. Customers can make monetary donations at the store. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase books that will be donated to MBK-BR. Last year, Barnes and Noble donated more than 1.5 million books to 650 local charities nationwide.

“We are so excited to be the recipients of this program,” said Mayor Holden. “Giving our children more books to read will not only improve their reading skills, but also help to expand their imagination.”

The books will be distributed to children up to eight years old at various community events. The books will also be used to help support literacy initiatives such as Volunteers in Public Schools and Line 4 Line- Books in Barbershops.

In February 2014, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people reach their full potential. He also issued a challenge to mayors across the country to implement the program locally. Mayor Holden accepted the President’s community challenge and established MBK-BR, a community call-to-action to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

For more information, contact Erin Porche’, Youth Project Manager at (225) 389-4222 or go to www.mbkbr.com.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Fall Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day set for Oct. 29

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For release: IMMEDIATELYFor more information contact:Susan Hamilton, City Parish Recycling Director: (225) 389-5194Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101 Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957 East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. City Parish Recycling Director Susan Hamilton emphasized that this event is only for the collection of residential household hazardous materials. The City-parish will not accept materials generated by businesses and other commercial sources or by people who live outside East Baton Rouge Parish. All vehicles entering the drop-off site will be stopped to verify that the occupants are East Baton Rouge residents. In addition, the items to be dropped off will also be checked to make sure they are among the household hazardous materials that are accepted at the event. The following household hazardous materials will be accepted: fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint and paint products, automobile tires, auto products including used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, diesel, oil and fuel filters; cooking oil; fluorescent tubes, ballasts and compact fluorescent bulbs; lead acid, nickel-cadmium and alkaline batteries; stereos and televisions. To be accepted, liquids should be in labeled, closed containers holding five gallons or less. Items that will not be accepted include: ammunition, explosives, fireworks, non-residential waste, radioactive devices (smoke/fire/detectors), large gas cylinders such as helium, acetylene or Freon, Styrofoam peanuts, school lab waste, fire extinguishers, appliances (white goods) or furniture, copiers, construction and demolition debris, asbestos-containing building materials, biomedical hazardous material, computers, computer monitors, computer components and fax machines. A complete list of items accepted at the event can be found at www.brgov.com/recycle Hamilton said that although household hazardous materials comprise only one percent of the waste stream, they can negatively impact almost every aspect of the environment, polluting the air, water and soil. Over the past 28 years, East Baton Rouge residents have safely disposed of more than three million pounds of household hazardous materials through local collections like this one. Hamilton said that although latex paint is not considered hazardous, it is one of the main materials brought to the collection for disposal. As an alternative, residents can safely dispose of small amounts of left-over latex paint by mixing it with equal parts kitty litter, allowing it to dry out, and then placing the can in their garbage cart. Habitat Restore also accepts full or partially full cans of Latex Paint or Stain, and full cans of Oil Paint year round. Call (225) 355-1895 for details. For further information on paint disposal, visit our website at www.brgov.com/recycle . Residents should enter the drive-through drop-off site from Scenic Highway at Foss Street. Police officers will be on hand to keep traffic moving steadily. Sponsors and Partners: City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge: Department of Environmental Services, Recycling Division, Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazardous Materials Division, Baton Rouge City Police, Emergency Medical Services, Stericycle Environmental Solutions, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, ExxonMobil Exc!te, Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Habitat for Humanity, Southern Recycling, Waste Connections, Interstate Batteries of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, East Baton Rouge Pari[...]



City-Parish officials announce final flood debris set-out deadline Nov. 6

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

With East Baton Rouge Parish flood debris collection efforts moving into their final stages, City-Parish officials announced today that crews will soon conduct a final collection pass and asked residents to move any remaining flood debris curbside to the public right-of-way by Sunday, Nov. 6.

Debris removal teams will continue to collect flood debris in the weeks following this set-out deadline, at which point a final collection pass will be initiated across all flood impacted areas in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Any flood debris that is not curbside by Nov. 6 may not be collected by debris removal crews, based on when trucks initiate their final pass within certain neighborhoods or streets. City-Parish officials are urging any residents who are unable to meet this final flood debris set-out deadline to contact the Department of Environmental Services as soon as possible by dialing (225) 389-4865.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris. Residents who have moved their debris curbside should continue to use this form through Nov. 6 to report the location of their flood debris, or by calling 1-888-721-4372.

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

More than 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected by City-Parish crews since efforts first began Aug. 20, which represents one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these ongoing clean-up efforts, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




City-Parish initiative lets electric car owners charge for free

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information contact:Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957Program begins in downtown with chargers in public parking spacesToday Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden unveiled a new City-Parish initiative called “Green Park Baton Rouge”, a program that will let drivers of electric cars charge their vehicles for free at prime public parking spots, starting in downtown and spreading to private businesses across the parish. Electric vehicles parking in metered spots must pay normal parking fees, but may use the charging station for free for up to four hours. Entergy is the lead sponsor of Green Park, providing a $75,000 grant to purchase and install the charging stations and covering the cost of electricity. Holden was joined for the announcement by Phillip May of Entergy, John Davies of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation which helped coordinate the program for the city, Ann Shaneyfelt of Louisiana Clean Fuels, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District. “With more individuals and companies buying electric cars, this will allow Baton Rouge to greatly expand access to charging stations and provide the same convenience we offer to drivers of gas powered autos,” Mayor Holden said. “We welcome these quiet, environmentally friendly electric cars so it just makes sense to accommodate the needs of all types of vehicles on our streets.”“Entergy is proud to be one of the cleanest power producers in the country,” said May. “These electric charging stations will be beneficial to people who drive electric cars and may even spur others to give them a try. In the long run, it can provide economic benefits for the drivers, as well as environmental benefits for all of us.” Holden announced the program at the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge, where the first 10 Green Park spaces will be located. Pointing out that electric cars are no longer an oddity, Holden said price drops have made them affordable to more motorists. The Foundation and City-Parish officials are talking with private businesses and large institutions about adding Green Park charging stations at work locations. Though still a niche market, sales of electric cars are expected to rise rapidly as manufacturers produce cars that can travel farther without a charge, prices continue to decline and federal and state incentives are often available.Also at today’s press conference, Bill Deville, CEO of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS), announced the purchase of three electric buses to add to the existing fleet. “Our three new electric buses will not only reduce our emissions, they will also bring new energy to the aging CATS bus fleet,” said Deville. “We are committed to working with our city, state and federal partners to bring efficiency not only to our energy use, but also to our routes and services.”CATS has been awarded more than $2.3 million by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to purchase three electric buses and charging systems to support them. CATS will cover 20 percent of the total cost of the project, which will cost more than $2.8 million. The three new buses, which should arrive in Baton Rouge in early 2017, will help support a planned Bus Rapid Transit line on Florida Boulevard.“Our plan is to use the three electric buses on our busy Florida Boulevard route through a Bus Rapid Transit project that’s being designed to support our rider base and the businesses that depend on CATS for their [...]



Mayor Holden urging residents to use licensed contractors for home construction or reconstruction

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

As Baton Rouge residents continue to rebuild and recover following the recent devastating flooding, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden is urging those who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts at their homes to use licensed contractors to perform this work and to secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To determine whether or not a contractor is properly licensed, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, located at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button, where users can search for a contractor’s name or license number, filter results by type or parish of contractor, and more.

“The unfortunate reality in any disaster recovery situation is that there is often much construction, reconstruction, and rebuilding work that inevitably takes place throughout that process – much like what we are now seeing here in Baton Rouge,” said Mayor Holden. “Residents looking to hire a contractor to assist in this work should take every measure possible to ensure the contractor they may be working with is licensed by the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors, and that the contractor clearly communicates the full extent of the work that will be done, the material they plan to use, the equipment to be installed, and how they plan to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials used in their work.”

While the City-Parish’s flood debris removal efforts are still underway, with approximately 85 percent of flood debris estimated to have been collected thus far, any new construction or reconstruction materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. As such, LSLBC representatives recommend residents require a written contract with a licensed contractor for any related work or projects, including a clause about the disposal of construction or reconstruction waste materials as part of their contractor’s scope of work.

“Consumers should always hire a licensed contractor,” said Michael McDuff, executive director of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. “Homeowners are highly encouraged to request a written contract with the licensed contractor that includes a detailed description of the work to be done. As far as construction waste is concerned, this should be included in the scope of work on that contract.”

McDuff also advised residents not to make a large down payment when hiring a contractor, avoid making cash payments and not to make a final payment until the work is complete.

Both Mayor Holden and McDuff urged residents to find out if a contractor is licensed or registered to do construction work in Louisiana by using the “Contractor Search” function of the LSLBC website, or by downloading the free LSLBC mobile application in the Apple iTunes or Google Play Store.

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Disaster Recovery Resource Fair to help residents impacted by the flood set for Oct. 15

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:

Gail Grover, Mayor’s Assistant Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389- 5350

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

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

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair to help residents impacted by the flood set for Oct. 15

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Southern University Law Center, the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Mayor-President’s Office, and others are hosting a Disaster Recovery Resource Fair for homeowners and renters who were impacted by the flood.

The fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southern University Law Center, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive in the A.A. Lenoir Hall, on Southern University’s campus. It will feature one-stop shopping for information and resources from a variety of federal, state, local and not-for-profit agencies to help residents in the recovery efforts. Participants will find information on the Shelter at Home program, flood insurance, foreclosure prevention, title issues and successions, disaster tax relief, loans, unemployment, housing counseling, legal services, and more.

The event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language interpreters as well as Spanish and Vietnamese language translators will also be available. Similar events are being planned in Ascension and Livingston parishes in the near future.

For more information, call (225) 389-5350.

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City-Parish officials asking EBR residents to assist in reporting debris collection needs

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

Oct. 11, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

As part of the City-Parish’s continued flood debris removal efforts, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden is asking residents for help in identifying where debris still needs to be collected following the devastating flooding of August 2016.

Any residents whose flood debris is currently placed curbside and in need of collection should contact the City-Parish by completing a web-based form the Department of Information Services – GIS Division has established specifically for these remaining debris collection needs. The form, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris, allows residents to easily report their address, contact information, type of debris in need of collection, and – if available – attach a photo of the debris pile so that responding crews know exactly where to go and what to expect when they arrive.

“Now that we have moved into this next phase of our debris removal operations, we are similarly seeing a shift in both the overall volume of flood debris left to be collected and the more targeted debris collection needs that now exist throughout East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor Holden. “Even though our latest estimates indicate more than 75 percent of this flood debris has been collected thus far by our teams, we know there is still much work left to do. We’re now turning to our residents to help inform this next phase of operations, so that our crews know exactly where debris needs to be collected and can respond to those needs as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Residents with limited or no internet access can also report their debris collection needs by calling 1-888-721-4372 with their address, contact information, and a description of the debris that has yet to be collected.

In an effort to most efficiently direct debris removal trucks and resources throughout impacted areas, City-Parish officials are asking residents to only place flood debris curbside and to do so in separate piles according to the type(s) of debris needing collection. Any construction or re-construction materials should be disposed of by the contractor performing this work in accordance with the typical approved manner of disposal.

Last week, debris removal operations officially moved into their second phase, which now involve more targeted flood debris collection passes based on any debris known to have not been collected during the first phase of operations. Nearly 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected since efforts first began August 20, which continues to serve as one of the largest ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind.

Residents interested in tracking the progress of these efforts can go online to access a web-based, interactive map identifying areas where debris is picked up during this second phase of operations. This map, updated daily, can be accessed by clicking the following link: http://gis.brla.gov/debris

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North Landfill operating hours to return to pre-flood schedule effective Monday, Oct. 17th

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

October 11, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

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

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

City-Parish officials announced this morning that operating hours at the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road, will soon fully return to the landfill’s pre-flood operating schedule. Effective Monday, October 17, the North Landfill will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

The landfill’s return to normal operating hours follows an expanded schedule Mayor Holden put in place immediately following the August flooding event due to citizen need and demand. Moving forward, residents may drop off garbage at the landfill Monday through Saturday during the listed hours of operation, a service that is free to East Baton Rouge Parish residents with proof of residence such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

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Private Property Debris Removal Program Application Deadline set for Friday, Oct. 7th

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

Oct. 4, 2016

For release: IMMEDIATELY

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

City-Parish officials are reminding eligible homeowners throughout East Baton Rouge Parish to apply for the City-Parish’s Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) program ahead of the program’s application deadline, set for Friday, Oct. 7. The PPDR program provides residents affected by the recent flooding with extended curbside collection of flood-related debris removal services, provided the debris is placed within approximately 30 feet from the public right-of-way and the City-Parish has received a signed Right-of-Entry (ROE) agreement from the homeowner.

Since launching Sept. 1th, more than 1,150 homeowners have submitted ROE agreements in applying for the PPDR program, with extended curbside collection services for eligible residents currently underway in the following ZIP codes: 70805, 70811, 70817, 70814, and 70819. As the program moves forward and additional ROEs are received, PPDR crews will be moving into other ZIP codes and impacted areas based on where these extended curbside services are needed.

Residents interested in applying for this program and these extended curbside flood-related debris removal services can do so online by downloading an ROE form – located at www.brgov.com/roe – and emailing their completed ROE form along with a valid Louisiana ID or driver’s license to BRdebris@thompsoncs.net, or in-person by visiting one of the active PPDR intake centers below prior to the Friday deadline and during the listed hours of operation:

• PPDR Primary Application Center – Cypress Building, 10201 Celtic Drive, Suite B

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Jones Creek Branch Library – 6222 Jones Creek Rd.

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Fairwood Branch Library – 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents in need of support or assistance related to the PPDR program who are unable to visit one of these PPDR intake centers are encouraged to contact program representatives directly by dialing 1-888-721-4372. These same program representatives are available to meet individually with homeowners as necessary and upon request to discuss the program and assist residents in completing their ROE.

As a reminder, City-Parish crews are only able to collect debris from residential properties located in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. City of Baker, Central and Zachary residents should contact their local municipality for information on their local debris removal program. Residents in need of extended curbside debris collection who are renters, members of a homeowner’s association, or live in a private community should contact their landlord, homeowner’s association president, or landowner to request that they complete a ROE form for the property in need of debris removal.

For more information or questions about the PPDR program, please contact 1-888-721-4372 or email BRdebris@thompsoncs.net.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




EBR debris removal efforts officially move into second phase of operations

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

Oct. 6, 2016For release: IMMEDIATELY For more information, contact: Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services:(225) 389-4865Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957This morning, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced the City-Parish’s debris removal operations have officially moved into their second phase, with a first parish-wide collection pass now complete and crews already in the process of moving back into impacted areas to conduct additional flood debris collection passes. “As of this morning, our debris removal teams have collected more than 1.5 million cubic yards of flood debris in just over six weeks – an astounding number and one that points to the tremendous devastation our residents have experienced following the recent flooding,” said Mayor Holden. “That said, we know that there is much more to be collected and our crews are working hard to do just that. For those who we may have missed during our first pass, please know that we’re on our way back to each of your neighborhoods and homes – or for those who haven’t been able to move your flood-related debris curbside yet, please do so as quickly as you can, and we’ll be there soon to pick it up.”The City-Parish’s latest estimates indicate a total of 1.8 to 2.0 million cubic yards will be collected as part of this debris removal effort, with current collection totals suggesting more than 75 percent of flood-related debris having already been collected through first collection pass efforts. As part of this next phase of operations, debris removal trucks and monitors will be working through impacted areas as quickly as possible to both identify and collect any remaining flood debris homeowners may have moved curbside. These multiple pass efforts will continue until all flood-related debris has been collected from residential properties located in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish.Residents are able to track the progress of this next phase of the City-Parish’s debris removal efforts online, where the Department of Information Services – GIS Division has worked with City-Parish debris monitors to establish a web-based, interactive map identifying areas where debris is picked up during this second phase of operations. This map, which is updated daily, can be accessed by clicking the following link: http://gis.brla.gov/debrisAdditionally, Mayor Holden is urging residents in need of extended curbside debris collection services to apply for the City-Parish’s Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) program as soon as possible, which allows debris removal crews to enter a resident’s private property – up to 30 feet from the public right-of-way – to collect flood debris, provided the City-Parish has received a signed Right-of-Entry (ROE) agreement from the homeowner. The deadline to apply for this program is Friday, October 7th. Residents interested in applying for this program and these extended curbside flood-related debris removal services can do so online by downloading an ROE form – located at www.brgov.com/roe – and emailing their completed ROE form along with a valid Louisiana ID or driver’s license to BRdebris@thompsoncs.net, or in-person by visiting one of the active PPDR intake centers below prior to the Friday deadline and during the listed hours of operation: • PPDR Primary Application Center – Cypress Building, 10201 Celtic Drive, Suite BMonday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.• Jones Creek Branch Libr[...]



City-Parish Officially Decommissions Central Wastewater Treatment Plant

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST

For more information, contact:Adam Smith, Interim Director, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865Susan Boudreaux, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-5101Michelle McCalope, Mayor’s Office: (225) 389-7957 This morning, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and other public officials held a ceremony to recognize the closing of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of the Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control and Water Facilities Program (SSO Program). The decommissioning of this plant and its related infrastructure, made possible through a number of capacity improvements and upgrades to the City-Parish’s other two wastewater treatment plants, marks a critical milestone for the City-Parish and the SSO Program.“With the decommissioning of our Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, we have now reached a pivotal point in our work to invest in sound and sustainable infrastructure that will benefit our children and grandchildren for years to come,” said Mayor Holden. “Through programs like our Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program, we’re creating new opportunities for development, growth, and sustained quality-of-life – particularly in an area like the Nicholson Corridor, which we expect to be one of the next great hubs for economic growth and activity in the coming years – while significantly enhancing the capacity and efficiency of our East Baton Rouge Parish wastewater system.”Since 2005, the City-Parish has been working to design, develop, and construct the 110 projects that comprise the SSO Program, which is focused on improving quality-of-life for Baton Rouge residents through strategic infrastructure investments and capacity upgrades to the East Baton Rouge sewage infrastructure and wastewater system. Work being done as part of the SSO Program includes capacity projects, which increase the capacity of pump stations and pipes eliminating overflows, thus allowing for growth; rehabilitation projects, which rehabilitate various elements of the wastewater system; and treatment projects, such as the more than $250 million invested in state-of-the-art upgrades to the South Wastewater Treatment Plant, thus enabling the decommissioning of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant.“By eliminating the need for the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, we expect to realize approximately $25 million in savings over the course of the next 20 years through better resource utilization, investing in and maintaining newer assets like those at the South Wastewater Treatment Plant, while enhancing quality-of-life and economic opportunity throughout the area,” said Adam Smith, Interim Director of the Department of Environmental Services.Since 2001, the City-Parish has operated under a consent decree issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focused on improving quality-of-life for Baton Rouge residents through enhanced wastewater treatment and eliminating the occurrence of sanitary sewer, or wet weather, overflows. The SSO Program has been the guiding force behind the City-Parish’s efforts to achieve these goals in coordination with this consent decree, as well as to equip the East Baton Rouge Parish wastewater system with the necessary technology and infrastructure to withstand larger flow volumes during emergency situations. Recently, during the devastating August 2016 flooding events, the system’s pump stations and collection processes sustained some damage due to flooding but gener[...]