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General Membership Meetings - Summary

WHEN: Meetings held on the second Thursday of each month (December meeting on the 1st Thursday).

TIME: Meeting starts at 7PM and usually lasts 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Where: Virtually on ZOOM (until covid restrictions are lifted)

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2021 Meetings (monthly dates, upcoming topics & completed meeting summaries)

Dec 2nd  Tentative Agenda:   Due to the recovery response for Hurricane IDA,  the September meeting was canceled thereby delaying a number of business related activities required in the By-laws.   To catch up,  a shortened Annual Business meeting is proposed for December.  Topics will include voting on Board of Directors and a Year in Review presentation will be made,  along with soliciting nominations for annual Federation recognition awards.   

Nov 11 Tentative agenda Short Term Rental ordinance proposal, as well as introducing the Neighborhood Contact Registry and the 5G preferred location website.  We will also share the tracking status of Federation recommendations for the May flood event  and announce the slate of director candidates for 2022.

Oct 14   Discussion included:  Detention pond inspection and maintenance requirementsFEMA substantial damage assessment and requirements presented by Robert Joyner, C-P Floodplain Manager.    The annual solicitation for board of director candidates,  recognition award nominees and the Federation's focus for the balance of 2021.  To view the meeting recording, click October Zoom Meeting

Sep 9   The September meeting was Canceled due to Hurricane IDA impacts to Baton Rouge  

Aug 12 Our annual Flood and Drainage Forum was CANCELED due to Covid concerns with in person meeeting.   The Federation did hold its routine monthly virtual meeting - topic is the Stormwater Master Plan - current status,  presented by Melissa Kennedy, HNTB.  This was the same presentation as the local response topic that would have been shared during the Drainage Forum, if held.  Also, Councilman Rowdy Gaudet will provide insights into the Moratorium resolution discussed at the Aug 11th Metro Council meeting. To view the meeting recording, click August Zoom Meeting.

July 8 Discussion Included: a presentation by the Federation's Drainage committee to educate our members on the recent statement by the Federation on the May flood event. This was an educational presentation (see presentation link) by Ed Lagucki, entitled Drainage 101 - how we got here. The dialogue also focused on what should be included in the August Flood and Drainage Forum. Sherry Guarisco lead a discussion on proposed amendments to the By-laws and Articles and the members voted unanimously to approve. To view the meeting recording, click July Zoom Meeting

Jun 10 Discussion Included: BR drinking water aquifer - Save our Water. Allison Woolverton, Campaign Organizer with LEAN & Gary Beard, Exec Director of the Capital Groundwater Conservation Commission provided a very informative presentation and fielded numerous questions from the audience. Sherry Guarisco introduced amendments to the Federation by-laws and articles of incorporation. Activities of the Drainage committee, addressing the May flood event, were shared. Results from a recent survey of HOA insurance and dues collection methods were presented. Updates on legislative bills impacting our members and status update on STR and 5G activities were also shared. To view the meeting recording, Please contact the Board to access June Zoom Meeting

May 13 Discussion Included: Discussion on numerous Blight related initiatives, including Federation's Blight Committee, LA Stormwater Coalition and Office of Neighborhood Revitalization. See this link for the presentation The annual report out of the 2020 financial review, monitoring LA legislative session bills impacting homeowners, update on short term rental status activities, and update on 5G preferred location acivities. To view the meeting recording, Please contact the Board to access the May Zoom meeting

Apr 8 Discussion Included: Councilmember Rowdy Gaudet (and a few other guests) presented the proposed amendments to the CIty Parish Plan of Government See this link for the presentation. The POG is a very important proposal which will ultimately be decided by the voters of E Baton Rouge. Key elements include: addition of an at large council districts, term limits for the Mayor, additional key senior staff in the Mayor's office, moving the Planning Department under the Mayor's office - the Mayor appoints the Planning director and approximately 35 minor changes. There was a brief status update on 5G preferred locations activities and Short Term Rentals study group and financials. To view recording, Please contact the Board to access ZOOM meeting recording

Mar 11 Discussion included: Neighborhood surveillance camera directory & camera share - BRPD partnership (Connect Blue BR), See this link for presentation. 2021 focus areas conversation with Metro Council members, 5G - preferred locations (see link) status update, Short Term Rentals (see link) study group status update, Federation member survey of association insurance cover & dues collection methods and February/YTD financial report. To view the meeting recording, Please contact the Board to access archived Zoom recording.

Feb 11 Discussion Included: Federal Income Tax and non exempt filling requirements as well as LA State franchise and corporate taxes for HOAs presented by Sara Downing. See this link for presentation. An update on 5G preferred location activities in the Dept of Development, status update on the ongoing MetroCouncilperson discussions, several upcoming C-P initiatives that the Federation is involved with. Also, an upcoming member survey on HOA insurance coverage and methods for collecting membership dues. Please contact the Board to access archived Zoom meeeting recording

Jan 14 Discussion included: 2020 - Year in review presentation which high lighted all the accomplishments and activites the Federation was involved in. An update on the 5G ordinance was presented. The discussion included changes in the ordinance and next steps for HOAs - with emphasis on the preferred designated locations. Several business matters were handled, including approval of the 2021 operating budget and the 2020 Recognition award for Lifetime Service was presented to Elliott Atkinson. Link to ZOOM meeting: Due to the confidential nature of some of the presentation, please contact the Federation for access link if you are a member. Contact info on Home page.

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