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.


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.

mlukeMeeting Minutes, 5-19-2016