Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agenda, July 20 2017

Mid-City Security District

Board Meeting Agenda

July 20, 2017 – 6:30 – 7:30 PM

New Orleans Public Library

2nd Floor Conference Room

4140 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

 

 

Announcements: 5 Minutes

Quorum Present – Call to order

Roll Call –

Welcome Visitors

Review/Approve Minutes of June, 2017 Meeting

 

Reports: 10 Minutes

MCSD Crime Trends – May 2017

 

Reports:  10 Minutes

Financial Statement as of 6/30/2017

Review 2016 Audited Financial Statement – Becker Rutledge

 

Old Business:  10 minutes

Website /  Facebook Page / Point to Point proposal – Houston Hoskins

Dash cams for MCSD

Status of vehicles

Discussion of location of board meeting

Surveillance Camera program

 

New Business:  5 Minutes

Review and modify Bylaws – Discussion

 

Public Comments:  5 Minutes

MCNO Rep

Guests

 

Announce:  5 Minutes

1st NONPACC  8/15/17 at 6:00 PM

3rd NONPACC 8/02/17 at 6:30 PM

MCSD meeting 8/17/17 at 6:30 PM

 

Adjourn Public Meeting 7:30

 

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Meeting Minutes, June 15, 2017

Mid-City Security District

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 15, 2017
4603 S. Carrollton Ave.

New Orleans, La. 70119

Board Members Present

  • Jim Olsen
  • Mike Riehlmann
  • Houston Hoskins
  • Harley Winer
  • Megan Misko

 

Guests Present

  • Claire Bynum

 

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

Crime Report – Sgt. Palumbo presented the monthly crime trends report to attendees. There was an increase of 18 reported crimes in May 2017 when compared to May 2016. There were 8 crimes against the person and 40 property crimes last month. Eight arrests were made by the MCSD officers and 9 citations were written. Calls for service: 1559. Residence checks 237. Business checks: 1028. Traffic citations: 9. Traffic Warnings: 27.
Financial Status Report The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state.
The District’s cash on hand at the end of May was $956,644.34.

Audit
The 2016 budget amendment was approved by the board and has been submitted to the authorities. The auditor’s fees is expected to be approximately $4,000.
Assessor Data
Due to the poor response from the Treasury Department, the Board will seek to have a representative of the department appear at a future meeting to answer our questions.

IT Personnel
The contract has been executed and Point to Point will begin website maintenance immediately.

Dash-cam and Body Cameras for MCSD personnel
Dash cams will be installed in all marked MCSD cars at the expense of CNO.

Outlook Email Service

This has been cancelled.

MCNO Surveillance Camera Grant

The fate of the unused camera grant money will be tabled for 60 days in another effort to have residents install the cameras.

Future Location of Board Meetings
Given the developments with First National Bank of Commerce, the Board will find a new place to convene its monthly meetings. The Canal Street Public Library Branch has a large meeting room upstairs and Jim Olsen will investigate whether it could be available.

Future Banking
The Board considered various banks and decided to continue doing business at FNBC/Whitney. A motion was made, seconded and approved to that end. Vehicles
Unit 13005 has broken motor mounts and it is being repaired.

Insurance
The liability insurance policy is up for renewal. Jim Olsen will complete and submit the application.
A motion to adjourn was made by Harley Winer, seconded by Houston Hoskins 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 Agenda, March 16, 2017

Mid-City Security District

Board Meeting Agenda

March 16, 2017 – 6:30 – 7:20 PM

First NBC Bank

4011 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

 

 

Announcements: 5 Minutes

Quorum Present – Call to order

Welcome Visitors

Roll Call

Review/Approve Minutes of February, 2017 Meeting

 

Reports: 10 Minutes

MCSD Crime Trends – February 2017

 

Reports:  5 Minutes

Financial Statement as of 2/28/2017

 

Old Business:  15 minutes

Vehicle Status –  All vehicles in service

Assessor Data – Status Mike

Website /  Facebook Page / Point to Point proposal – Jay

 

New Business:  5 Minutes

Statute renews 2019  Need sponsor

Cell phone

 

Public Comments:  5 Minutes

MCNO Rep

Guests

 

Announce:  5 Minutes

1st NONPACC 3/21/17  at 6:00 PM

3rd NONPACC 3/22/17 at 6:00 PM

MCSD meeting 4/20/17 at 6:30 PM

Adjourn Public Meeting 7:25

 

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Meeting Minutes, Feb. 16, 2017

Meeting Minutes

Mid-City Security District

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2017

First NBC

4011 Canal Street

New Orleans, La. 70119

 

Board Members Present 

Jim Olsen

Mike Riehlmann

Jay Brinkman

Harley Winer

Megan Misko

Guests Present

Michael Fredrick

Claire Byun

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

A motion was made, seconded and the minutes from the January meeting were approved.

Crime Report – Jim Olsen presented the monthly crime trends report to attendees.  Crime was static compared to January 2016; in both months, 46 crimes were reported. There were two homicides within the district in January. In one, the alleged perpetrator was arrested by MCSD officers. In the other, the perpetrator remains at large.  MCSD officers also arrested the alleged perpetrators in a carjacking, an auto theft and a simple robbery. Sex offenses and assaults saw increases, but this was likely due to a change in the sex crimes reporting procedures used by NOPD.  Three sex crimes were cleared by arrests.

Financial Status Report The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state.

Approximately $321,000 was on hand at the end of January and an additional $590,000 has been received from the City so far in February.

Vehicle Status

Unit 1304’s computer has been repaired and that unit is back in use.

Assessor Data

Mike Riehlmann reported that a survey of properties along Carrollton Avenue revealed four commercial properties that the Assessor’s Office has mischaracterized as residential.  The Assessor will be notified and the survey of commercial properties will continue.  Additionally, the Assessor’s Office will be asked to provide the total of MCSD parcel fee assessments for 2017. Finally, the Assessor’s Office will be asked whether commercial tenants in certain tax exempt developments within the district are being assessed the commercial MCSD parcel fee.

Replacing IT Personnel

A presentation was given by Michael Fredrick of “Point to Point” as to a redesign of the commission’s website and maintenance thereafter.  He is to provide the board with a proposal to be considered at next month’s meeting.

Cellphone Proposal Jim Olsen reported on the continued complaints at neighborhood association meetings regarding the board’s decision to discontinue the cellphone/escort service. Jim Olsen will contact local private security firms to determine whether any one of them would be interested in monitoring the cellphone calls and providing escort services at a reasonable cost.

Possible Executive Director Jim Olsen asked the board to consider hiring a part-time employee to serve as the executive director of the board.  This proposal will be investigated by Jim and discussed at next month’s meeting.

 

The meeting for next month will be on March 16.

 

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

 

Posted Agenda

Mid-City Security District

Board Meeting Agenda

February 16, 2017 – 6:30 – 7:15 PM

First NBC Bank

4011 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Announcements: 5 Minutes

  • Quorum Present – Call to order
  • Welcome Visitors
  • Roll Call
  • Review/Approve Minutes of November, 2016 Meeting

 

Reports: 5 Minutes

  • MCSD Crime Trends – January 2017

 

Reports:  5 Minutes

  • Financial Statement as of 1/31/2017

 

Old Business:  15 minutes

  • Vehicle Status – B-13004 approved for repair
  • Assessor Data – Status Mike
  • Website /  Facebook Page – Jay and guest speaker

 

New Business:  5 Minutes

  • Boards and Commission Online Database
  • Change signer on checking account for new board member

 

Public Comments:  5 Minutes

  • MCNO Rep
  • Guests

 

Announce:  5 Minutes

  • 1st NONPACC 2/21/16  Canceled
  • 3rd NONPACC 2/23/16 at 6:00 PM Moved to 3rd Thursdays – May be cancelled.
  • MCSD meeting 3/16/17 at 6:30 PM
  • Adjourn Public Meeting 7:35
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Meeting Agenda, 9-15-16

Mid-City Security District
Board Meeting Agenda
September 15, 2016 – 6:30 – 7:20 PM
First NBC Bank
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Announcements: 5 Minutes
Quorum Present – Call to order
Welcome Visitors
Roll Call
Review/Approve Minutes of August, 2016 Meeting

Reports: 10 Minutes
MCSD Crime Trends – Sgt Palumbo

Old Business: Deferred to October Meeting

New Business: 30 Minutes
2017 Budget

Public Comments: 5 Minutes
MCNO Rep
Guests

Announce: 5 Minutes
1st and 3rd NONPACC 10/18/16 at 6:00 PM
MCSD meeting 10/20/16 at 6:30 PM
Adjourn Public Meeting 7:20

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Meeting Minutes, 5-19-2016

Mid-City Security District
Board Meeting Agenda
May 19, 2016 – 6:30 – 7:15 PM
First NBC Bank
4011 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

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

Guests Present
Jason Villemarette
Sam Palumbo
Topher Balfour

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

A motion to approve the minutes from the April 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. Sgt. Palumbo explained that April 2016 was statistically improved from April 2015.

  • April Arrest Tally: 21
  • State Felony: 0
  • State Misdemeanor: 4
  • Municipal: 1
  • Traffic: 1
  • Summons: 1
  • Juvenile Felony: 0
  • Juvenile Misdemeanor:
  • Citations: 58

Financial Status Report: The monthly Cash Transactions Statement was distributed and discussion was had as to the District’s financial state. Jim Olsen reported that the MCSD carried a balance of slightly more than $1,000,000 in its account as a result of recent payments from the City of New Orleans and that will enable the MCSD to increase patrols.

MCSD Vehicle Report: Jim Olsen reported that the new vehicles are lacking just two pieces of equipment before they will be ready for deployment.

Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office Review: Michael Riehlmann reported that he has continued his comparison of the Assessor’s Office website records to the list of properties the Board compiled and that many of the properties in question now bear the correct classification. His review will continue.

Website Update: Jay Brinkmann reported that the recently hired IT expert is in the process of updating and improving 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: Jim Olsen deferred further discussion of the FQTF app until Bob Sims and two other speakers can appear and share their views. It is hoped that this will occur at the June meeting.

Surveillance Camera Lease Program Proposal: Jim Olsen reported that he discussed the proposed MCSD involvement with the MCNO surveillance camera lease program with the Board’s attorneys. Upon their advice, the Board will delay its participation until additional information is gathered.

Ratification of IT Contract: A motion was made, seconded and approved to ratify the contract of employment for a computer expert to improve the Board’s website.

Public Comments: Guest Jason Villemarette voiced concerns about suspicious individuals he has observed. The information will be relayed to Sgt. Palumbo.

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.

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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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