- Approval of Meeting Minutes
- Selection of Accountant
- Selection of Lawyer
- Tax freeze
- Board of liquidations
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Cooperative Agreement
- Bank accounts
These minutes were approved on 3/19/2009. MCSD Monthly Board Meeting
March 1, 2009, 5:00 PM
- Colleen Boyle-Gannon
- Angela Henderson
- Susan Guidry
- Corey Tisdale
- Romney Richard
Also in attendance were 6 additional Mid-City residents.
Approval of Meeting Minutes
MOTION made by Angela Henderson to approve meeting minutes from April, seconded by Corey Tisdale, unanimous approval.
Selection of Lawyer
Ben Misko is leaving his firm and therefore is withdrawing his services.
Raymond Landry is the other option. His normal hourly rate $220 but will adjust rate. “For free on-up” is what he has said.
A rate of $125 is the “bottom dollar” of what Ben’s firm could do. He said that would be a very affordable rate although lawyers may be willing to do pro-bono work.
MOTION from Angela Henderson to select Raymond Landry, 2nd from Colleen. Unanimous approval.
Selection of Accountant
The position of accountant for the Mid-City security district was well advertised but received little response.
Becker Rutledge has shown an in depth interest and also has done good work for MCNO.
MOTION by Romney Richard to choose Becker Rutledge as our Accountant. Seconded by Angela Brenneke. Unanimous approval.
There are 842 households within the boundaries of the security district who have tax freezes on their property. That would total $168,000 in revenue for the security district.
Ideally we could have a group who could select and give exemptions in the case of hardship. However it would be impossible for the tax assessors to process the tax bills and this could not be passed through the legislature.
MOTION by Corey Tisdale to reevaluate this topic in Sept 2009. Seconded by Angela Henderson. Unanimous approval.
Board of liquidations
From what we can tell, collecting the tax money will not be a problem.
The other advantage to the board of liquidations is that they are able to give you stats on the collections.
MOTION from Angela Henderson to reevaluate the use of the board of liquidations next month based on the success we have in collecting money from City Hall this month. Seconded by Colleen Boyle-Gannon. Unanimous approval.
Roles and Responsibilities
The following is a preliminary set of roles and responsibilities. Of course additional roles will come up and we will divide up the work from there.
COMMUNICATIONS – Romney will be in charge of getting out newsletters and mailings, with the assistance of other board members.
OPERATIONS – Susan will be the liaison for accountant, lawyer, insurance. Also will assist Colleen in reviewing of the monthly reporting received from Ronnie Stevens.
SECRETARY – Angie will taking notes at meetings, printing the agenda for those who attend the board meetings. She will send them out after meetings and make corrections as necessary. Also in charge of the creation of a “job description” for Sgt. Ronnie Stevens (largely by using section II of the cooperative agreement).
CHAIRPERSON – Corey will facilitate meetings to keep us on time and on track. He will also send out the notices for when meetings will be held to the public through the MCNO discussion board, the Nola.com Mid-City forum and the newspaper.
WEBSITE MASTER – Corey will continue with website maintenance and posting of new information on the website.
BYLAWS – Colleen will research/create the bylaws for the Mid-City security to guide our organization.
OFFICER/CAR LIASON – Colleen will double check reports coming from Ronnie. She will be in charge of maintenance and upkeep of cars and will help us plan for additional purchases if necessary.
Originally we used Lakeview Crime Prevention District’s Cooperative Agreement with City as a guide to create our own.
After Susan Guidry reviewed it, she found a great deal of redundancy and vague areas that she was able to re-write to make more clear.
Largest substantive change was to make it plain that when it comes to determining what basic services the NOPD are giving us that they are not to change. So that if the city increases the number of officers in each district, that we also receive that addition. That we are kept on par with the rest of the city despite our own addition of the security district.
Currently we are waiting for feedback from FJ on our revisions.
MOTION made by Corey Tisdale to revisit the topic of changes made to the cooperative agreement after we have feedback from FJ Madary. Seconded by Angela Henderson. Unanimous approval.
Point was brought up that we may need to put the selection of the bank out to bid. This was brought up by Charles Ciaccio.
A second concern was brought up that we should probably put the money into some sort of account that will gain interest and have a guaranteed rate of return.
Finally, a further concern was aired that we may need to use several accounts due to the FDIC insurance limit of $250,000
ACTION – For Angie to contact Shelly Landrieu, Murray Nelson and Becker Rutledge to get their advice on this.
****Post-meeting, I learned that an institution like Citigroup could insurance our account up to $750,000 through three different banks. If we go with a local bank, they would not be able to do that. However, it is possible that the limit of $250,000 would increase since we are not an “individual” investor, but because we are a government entity. This will be confirmed and further understood per conversations with Shelly, Murray and Becker.****
MOTION to adjourn made by Angela Henderson at 6:30pm. Seconded by Corey Tisdale. Unanimous approval.