Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes, 4-21-2016

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 21, 2016
First NBC
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present
Jim Olsen
Jay Brinkmann
Harley Winer
Mike Riehlmann

Guests Present
Joe Laura
Jason Villemarette
Sidney Torrez
William Rafferty
Brad Cousins
Sam Palumbo
Becker Rutledge

6:30 – start of meeting. A quorum was present.

All Board Members and guests introduced themselves.

A motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting was made, seconded and approved.

Crime Report – Sgt. Palumbo gave the monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests. Specifically, Sgt. Palumbo answered questions about the possible use of certain auto-theft devices.

  • March Arrest Tally: 21
  • State Felony: 1
  • State Misdemeanor: 9
  • Municipal: 2
  • Traffic: 1
  • Summons: 7
  • Juvenile Felony: 0
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor: 1
  • Citations: 99

Financial Status Report: The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state. Additionally, Becker Rutledge reported on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities & Equity, as well as the Statement of Revenues & Expenses.

MCSD Vehicle Report: Jim Olsen reported that recent additions to the MCSD fleet of vehicles are being kitted out and should be available in the very near future.

Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office Review: Michael Riehlmann reported that since the correspondence with Mr. Williams’s office about undercharging certain parcels, an analysis of the Assessor’s Office online records reveals that many of the parcels in question now bear the correct classification.

Website Update: Jay Brinkmann reported that he will hire an individual in the near future to update and improve the website.

Security Light Review: Jim Olsen reported that Entergy is to repair one of the security lights that has gone out.

MCNO Representative Report: Brad Cousins reported to the Board and guests that the MCNO is now attempting to get MCSD residents to lease security cameras to install on homes and face to the street. To date, 22 grants have been completed and 11 more are in the process. A motion to provide MCSD grants to assist in the lease program was made, seconded and
approved.

Report on Crime Reporting App: Mr. Sidney Torrez and Jason Villemarette explained to the Board and guests the computer and smartphone app that he designed and put into use in the French Quarter. He indicated that the Downtown Development District will soon be using the app as well. The Board and guests posed questions to Mr. Torrez and Mr. Villemarette.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________, 201____.
________________________
Michael G. Riehlmann

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Meeting Minutes, 3-17-2016

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2016
First NBC
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present
Jim Olsen
Jay Brinkmann
Harley Winer
Mike Riehlmann

Guests Present
Topher Balfour
Patrick Armstrong
Julie Posner
Ben Classen
Joe Laura
Jason Villemarette
Hans Gauthier

6:30 – start of meeting. A quorum was present.

All Board Members and guests introduced themselves. A motion to approve the minutes from the February meeting was made,
seconded and approved.

Crime Report: Sgt. Palumbo gave the monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

  • February Arrest Tally: 18
  • State Felony: 0
  • State Misdemeanor: 11
  • Municipal: 2
  • Traffic: 2
  • Summons: 2
  • Juvenile Felony: 0
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor: 1
  • Citations: 55

Financial Status Report: The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state. There is currently a cash on hand balance of $542,111.68. Questions were asked by guests in attendance and answered by Jim Olsen.

MCSD Vehicle Report: Jim Olsen circulated a current roster of MCSD vehicles. He also explained to the guests in attendance the customary
deployment of these vehicles.

Letter to Director of Finance Re: Undercharging Certain Parcels: Michael Riehlmann reported on the response by Assessor Erroll Williams to the letter sent by MCSD concerning certain parcels not being properly assessed the MCSD fee.

Website Update: Jay Brinkmann reported on the current state of the commission’s website and the plan to retain a “Wordpress” professional to
improve the website. A motion was made, seconded and approved to hire such a person.

Cellphone Deactivation: Jim Olsen moved that the cellphone line previously used by MCSD be turned off. The motion was seconded and approved.

State Contract/Hiring Freeze: Jim Olsen explained that the Board is not affected by the hiring/contracting freeze recently announced by Governor Edwards.

Operation Clean Sweep: Additional discussion was had concerning whether the Board will participate in funding OCS operations. The matter was tabled indefinitely until the Board receives a proposed contract to review.

Auto Burglary Discussion: The guests in attendance voiced their concerns about the recent rash of car burglaries within the District and suggestions were made as to how to better deal with the police response.

MCNO Representative Report: Patrick Armstrong reported to the Board and guests that no new developments have occurred regarding the surveillance camera program. Guests asked questions about how they might obtain the camera fund assistance. Mr. Armstrong also reported on the recent S.O.S. meeting.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the
Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________,201____.
________________________
Michael G. Riehlmann

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Meeting Minutes, 2-18-2016

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 18, 2016
First NBC
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present
Jim Olsen
Jay Brinkmann
Ben Misko
Harley Winer
Mike Riehlmann

Guests Present
Alicia Serrano
Patrick Armstrong
Julie Posner
David Hand

6:30 – start of meeting. A quorum was present.

A motion to approve the minutes from the January 2016 meeting was made, seconded and approved.

Crime Report: Sgt. Palumbo gave the monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

In January, there were 17 reported crimes in the district for crimes against the person and 29 reported crimes against property. For comparison’s sake, in January of 2015, there were nine person crimes and 51 property crimes.

  • January Arrest Tally: 9
  • State Felony: 1
  • State Misdemeanor: 6
  • Municipal: 0
  • Traffic: 1
  • Summons: 1
  • Juvenile Felony: 0
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor: 0
  • Citations: 38

Financial Status Report: The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state. There is currently a cash on hand balance of approximately $585,000.

Purchase of New Vehicles: Jim Olsen informed the members that the Silverado to be used by Sgt. Palumbo has been delivered and that the new
Tahoe is to delivered by early March.

Letter to Director of Finance Re: Undercharging Certain Parcels: Michael Riehlmann reported on the status of the Board’s efforts to get certain parcels within the district correctly labeled for MCSD fee purposes.

Website Update: Jay Brinkmann reported on the current state of the commission’s website and the plan to include the recently compiled FAQs
on the site.

FAQ Draft: A draft of the FAQs for the website was circulated and approved by the members.

ALPR Transfer: The Automated License Plate Reader will be transferred to a newer car in the fleet as previously discussed. John Thomas of NOPD will attempt to transfer the machine and have CNO pay the costs.

State of the District Address: Jim Olsen advised Board members of the date he will address the MCNO regarding the state of the MCSD and asked all members to attend.

First NOPD District NONPAC Meeting: Jim Olsen reported on the recent 1st Dist. NONPAC meeting and that there has been an increase in robberies in Zones L and M. Discussion was had about efforts to have additional surveillance cameras installed in that area.

Operation Clean Sweep: Additional discussion was had concerning whether the Board will participate in funding OCS operations. The matter was tabled until next month when the Board hopes to have a proposed contract to review.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________,201____.
________________________
Michael G. Riehlmann

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Meeting Minutes, 1-21-2016

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2016
First NBC
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present
Jim Olsen
Jay Brinkmann
Ben Misko
Harley Winer
Mike Riehlmann

Guests Present
Alicia Serrano
Patrick Armstrong
Julie Posner
Megan Garhan

6:30 – start of meeting. A quorum was present.

A motion to approve the minutes from the November 2015 meeting was made, seconded and approved.

Elections for Board Executive Committee: The presently serving Chair, Jim Olsen, Vice-Chair, Ben Misko, and Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Riehlmann
were re-nominated and approved after a vote of the Board.

 Financial Status Report: Becker Rutledge delivered a report indicating that the commission essentially broke even in 2015 and there is currently a
reserve of approximately $600,000.

Crime Report – Jim Olsen gave the monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

  • December Arrest Tally: 14
  • State Felony: 0
  • State Misdemeanor: 6
  • Municipal: 2
  • Traffic: 4
  • Summons: 2
  • Juvenile Felony: 0
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor: 0
  • Citations: 71
  • 2015 Calls for Service: 30,660
  • Residential Checks: 4,183
  • Business Checks: 15,718
  • Traffic Citations: 885
  • Traffic Warnings: 1,052

Purchase of Chevrolet Tahoe: Jim Olsen informed the members that the Tahoe is expected to be delivered by the end of February 2016.

Cellphone for Escort Service: After a vote of the Board and for the reasons discussed, the cellphone for escort service was discontinued.

Website Update: Jay Brinkmann agreed to review current state of the commission’s website and deliver a report at the next meeting.

Letter to Director of Finance Re: Undercharging Certain Parcels: Michael Riehlmann circulated a draft of a letter to the Director of Finance for CNO asking for a meeting regarding parcel fees. The letter was approved and will be sent out forthwith.

Inclusion of Condos in Fee Collections: Jim Olsen explained that the commission’s attorneys opined that condominium owners can be made to
pay the parcel fee to assist in funding the commission’s operations.

MCNO Camera Program: It was reported that the MCNO has seen to it that 17 new cameras have been installed and that there is another $3000 in the bank awaiting applicants.

Commission Contracts: Renewal of contracts between the MCSD and Eye Want Media, Becker Ruthledge and Adams and Reese was proposed and
approved by vote of the Board.

Safe on Our Streets Meeting: A report was delivered by guest Patrick Armstrong on the Safe on Our Streets group and its upcoming meeting.

Hood Ford Refund: Jim Olsen reported that he would inquire about the possibility of additional refunds for Hood Ford overcharges.

Public Comments: Patrick Armstrong discussed the website of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District and its user-friendliness.
Julie Posner posed questions to the Board concerning the possibility of mass-texting crime alerts and the issue will be researched and discussed at a
future meeting.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the
Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________, 201____.

________________________
Michael G. Riehlmann

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Meeting Minutes, 1-15-15

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2015
First NBC
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present

Jim Olsen

Ben Markey

Mike Riehlmann

Harley Winer

Ben Misko

Guests Present
Sgt. Sam Palumbo
Becker Rutledge

Call to Order 6:30 p.m. A quorum was present.

A sign in sheet was passed around and all Board members and guests signed their names thereto.

A motion was made and approved to approve the minutes from the November 2014. No December 2014 meeting was had.

Crime Report — Sergeant Palumbo gave his monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

December 2014 Mid-City Crime and Arrest Stats:

57 calls on cell (18 during daytime when phones are not in service)

5 assaults – 4 were cleared with arrest

1 armed robbery cleared with arrest

2 stolen cars cleared by arrest (7 auto thefts, 4 were recovered)

Shooting on Tulane and Rendon (5 arrests —2 still at large)

18 arrests

State Felony – 0

State Misdemeanor – 7

Municipal arrest – 3

Traffic arrest -2

Summons arrests -6

Juvenile felony arrests – 0

Juvenile misdemeanor arrests – 0

MCSD Statement of Cash Position 2014 — A report was delivered by Becker Rutledge as to the Statement of Assets, Liabilities & Equity- Cash Basis and the Statements of Revenues and Expenses- Cash Basis for the Commission as of December 2014

Audit due June 30, 2015 (Audit will occur sometime in May)

Surveillance Camera RFP— Board will rewrite specs for on line storage and bidding. RFP to be modeled after the city and state requests for surveillance camera systems

CEA — Discussion was had as to a proposal that the Board ask its attorney to not pursue contacting city attorney office regarding the CEA. The proposal was made, seconded and approved by the Board.

Operation clean sweep — Discussion was had as to the continuation of the contract for graffiti remediation with Operation Clean Sweep.

The proposal to maintain the contract was made, seconded and approved by the Board.

Newsletter — A proposal was made to discontinue the current newsletter and find alternate means of communication. The proposal was seconded and approved by the Board.

Replacement of Sgt. Palumbo’s Car — Preliminary discussion was entertained about the possibility of using Sgt. Palumbo’s current vehicle as unmarked police car and replacing it with a new car. The discussion will resume when additional information is obtained.

Assessor’s Office — Discussion was had about whether the Inspector General should be asked to begin an investigation on the assessor’s office failure to collect all fees. Additional remedies could be possible mandamus action. S Jeanne Ward will get addresses of properties that could not confirm payments to discuss at next month’s meeting.

Neighborhood watch – post something on website for Feb. meeting.

Ethics training  — Make sure all board members conduct ethics compliance training online.

Prepaid credit card for Sam’s office supplies — table for later discussion.

Business cards — Discussion was had as to the wisdom of handing out business cards at bars. Board members concluded that this would not be appropriate use of MCSD resources.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE 

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this _______ day of ______________, 20____.

____________________

Michael G. Richlmann

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Meeting Minutes 11-20-14

Mid-City Security District

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 20, 2014

First NBC

4011 Canal Street

New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present

Jim Olsen

Harley Winer

Ben Misko

Michael Riehlmann

Guests Present

Jim Shuey

Della Hasselle

Call to Order 6:30 p.m. A quorum was present.

A sign in sheet was passed around and all Board members and guests signed their names thereto.

A motion was made and approved to approve the minutes from the October 13 and 16 meetings.

Crime Report

Sergeant Palumbo gave his monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

October 2014 Mid-City Crime and Arrest Stats

Felony0

State Misdemeanor  8

Municipal 2

Traffic 3

Summonses 3

Juvenile Felony 0

Juvenile Misdemeanor 2

Traffic Citations 134

Through the first nine months of 2014 there were 116 fewer crimes reported in Mid-City when compared to the same time period in 2013.

Pinnacle Security

A presentation was made by Chad Perez of Pinnacle Security and Investigations.

RFP Update

A brief discussion was had as to the Request for Proposal that has been made concerning crime surveillance cameras and the attendant rewording of the proposal.

Crime Camera Appropriations to Neighborhood Organizations

An appropriation of $9,500 has been made to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization for the implementation of a crime camera program.  A motion was made to offer a similar appropriation in the amount of $2,500 to the Parkview neighborhood Organization and said motion was approved by voice vote.

January Topics

Discussion was had of potential topics for the January 2015 meeting.

Friends of the Lafitte Corridor

Discussion was had by a request made to the MCSD Board by the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor for specific resources.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________, 201____.

________________________

Michael G. Riehlmann

 

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Meeting Minutes, 11-16-14

Mid-City Security District
Regular Meeting Minutes
January 16, 2014
First NBC
4011 Canal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

 

Guests:

Sgt. Sam Palumbo Jeanne Ward Joe Laura Fred Radtke Jason Gagliano

Becker Rutledge Della Hasselle Jamie Wynn

Start of Meeting 6:30PM
Call to order by Jim Olsen

MOTION: To approve November 21st and December 11th meeting minutes

Wirier Waltz 214

No opposition/ unanimous approval/ motion carries.

Presentation by Jason Gagliano with NOPD Auto Theft Unit on License Plate Reader Camera System.

Activity Report given by Sgt. Sam Palumbo

General monthly and year-to-date statistics

3077 calls for service, 695 assists, 95 citations, 249 warnings, 41 calls and 10 escorts, 668 Residence Checks,

1567 Business Checks.

Financial Report given by Becker Rutledge

General information of financials for December and 2013 Year End.

MOTION: To draft a resolution amending the 2013 vehicle budget from $35,000 to $30,000

Waltz l Misko

No opposition/ unanimous approval/ motion conies.

Consent DecreefOSE — MCSD should be able to maintain its current status and be separate from the OSE. January deadline for agreement has been postponed.

Cooperative Agreement — Contingent on DOJ and Consent Decree.

State of the District Presentation — Before the MCNO, meeting updated residents on current state of MCSD.

Parcel Fee Amendment — Amended Statute must be presented by February 28th. Susan Guidry sent letter to get information from the Assessor’s Office.

Crime Camera Project Waltz is working on a Project Scope.

Presentation from Fred Radtke with Operation Clean Sweep on eliminating graffiti in MCSD.

Next meeting: February 20, 2014.

MOTION: To adjourn

Misko, 2′1 Olsen

None opposed/all approved/motion for Adjournment carries

Meeting ended at 7:35PM.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid City Security District, Thereby certify that the forgoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly
and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have
not been rescinded, modified or recalled, and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature on this ____ day of ____________, 20 ____.

________________________________

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Meeting Minutes 10-16-14

Mid-City Security District

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 16, 2014

First NBC

4011 Canal Street

New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present

Jim Olsen

Harley Winer

Michael Riehlmann

Guests Present

Jamie Wynn

Della Hasselle

Becker Rutledge

Call to Order 6:30 p.m. A quorum was present.

A sign in sheet was passed around and all Board members and guests signed their names thereto.

Crime Report

Sergeant Palumbo gave his monthly report and answered questions put to him by Board members and guests.

September 2014 Mid-City Crime and Arrest Stats

Felony1

State Misdemeanor  13

Municipal 8

Traffic 6

Summonses 11

Juvenile Felony 0

Juvenile Misdemeanor 0

Traffic Citations 217

Through the first nine months of 2014 there were 86 fewer crimes reported in Mid-City when compared to the same time period in 2013.

MCSD Statement of Cash Position September 2014

Reports were delivered by Becker Rutledge as to the Statement of Assets, Liabilities & Equity- Cash Basis and the Statements of Revenues and Expenses- Cash Basis for the Commission as of September 30, 2014.

RFP Update

A brief discussion was had as to the Request for Proposal that has been made concerning crime surveillance cameras and the decision to re-let the bid.

CEA Update

Discussion was had pertaining to the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.

NOAC plans

Discussion was had as to the Commissioners ability to attend various Night Out Against Crime gatherings.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________, 201____.

________________________

Michael G. Riehlmann

 

 

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Meeting Minutes 10-13-14

Mid-City Security District

Special Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2014

4603 South Carrollton Avenue

New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present

Jim Olsen

Harley Winer

Ben Markey

Michael Riehlmann

Ben Misko

Guests Present

Roux Merlo

Bradley Cousins

Call to Order 6:30 p.m. A quorum was present.

A sign in sheet was passed around and all Board members and guests signed their names thereto.

2015 Budget

This Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners was called to consider the proposed 2015 Budget. Copies of the proposed budget were distributed and reviewed by all present.  A motion to approve the 2015 budget was made by Commissioner Markey, seconded by Commissioner Misko and approved by vote of the Board.

RFP

This Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners was also held for the purpose of considering the bids submitted by vendors in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) published on July 31, 2014 concerning a Surveillance Camera Program.  As only one bid was received, discussion was had on whether that bid should be opened and considered or whether the RFP should be re-released and new bidders sought.  Following this discussion, a motion was made to reopen the bidding process, it was seconded and approved by a unanimous vote of the Commissioners.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved and the meeting was concluded.

CERTIFICATE

As Secretary of the Mid-Security District, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes duly and legally adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District, after due notice, and that said minutes have not been rescinded, modified or recalled and are in full force and effect.

WITNESS my signature this ________ day of _________________, 201____.

________________________

Michael G. Riehlmann

 

 

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