Due to Stay Home Orders and in response to the Corona/COVID-19 virus, Governor Edwards authorized some temporary changes to Open Meetings Law that would allow Public Meetings via Video and/or Phone conference. Proclamations No. JBE2020-27 & JBE2020-30 provide language allowing these changes amidst the social distancing “Stay Home” orders.
The Attorney General rendered his Memorandum to “Public Bodies” suggesting that the Governor’s Proclamation is clear that while “the quorum requirement has not changed”, but that under Gubernatorial Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30, a Public Body may conduct business “via telephone conference or video conference” and that [it] “shall provide a written certification that the [Board] was otherwise unable to operate due to quorum requirements….” Therefore:
South Central Planning and Development Commission’s Loan Board
does call a meeting scheduled for
15 June 2021 @ 8:30 AM to be held at its office at 5058 West Main, Houma, LA
and With this Notice, SCPDC does Certify that agenda items require action from the LOAN BOARD and that due to the social distancing/travel/orders Proclaimed by JBE 2020-30 the LOAN BOARD would otherwise be unable to operate due to quorum requirements without members of the Board participating via telephone conference or video conference. While the public is invited to attend in person, the gathering shall be limited to less than 10 persons including staff. In lieu of this, the public can tune-in to the Zoom Meeting conference by: Please contact the Loan Department for details on registering and attending the meeting via zoom.
The Regional Steering Committee of Watershed Region 6 will hold a meeting on May 26, 2021 at 10:00 am. This meeting is in accordance with Louisiana Watershed Initiative activities and is integral to providing a sustainable, institutional basis to increase continuity, improve flood resilience, and enable more effective flood prevention within our region. In an effort to reduce and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, and to preserve the health and safety of all members of the public, the Governor has declared the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and ordered that it is necessary to limit public gatherings in a single place in an effort to avoid individuals being in close proximity to one another.
As a result of the public emergency, the limitations imposed on public gatherings and personal interactions, and the need for a number of members to travel to any physical meeting location from parishes where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred, South Central Planning and Development Commission does hereby certify that in order to protect the lives, property, health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Louisiana, it is giving the option to conduct the Regional Steering Committee Meeting on May 26, 2021 by teleconference or video conference in order to assure the presence of a quorum of the steering committee members along with the availability to attend in person at the SCPDC Office located at 5058 West Main Street, Houma LA 70360. Therefore, in accordance with Section 4 of Governor’s Proclamation Number 30 JBE 2020: Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Regional Steering Committee of Watershed Region 6 will hold its May 26, 2021 meeting in-person and virtually. Regional Steering Committee of Watershed Region 6 who participate virtually will utilize the online platform “Zoom” and livestream the meeting.
To participate in the web based meeting, please follow link below or you may dial in using your phone.
LA Watershed Initiative: Region 6 Steering Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (CDT)
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Due to Stay Home Orders and in response to the Corona/COVID-19 virus, Governor Edwards authorized some temporary changes to Open Meetings Law that would allow Public Meetings via Video and/or Phone conference. Proclamations No. JBE2020-27 & JBE2020-30 provide language allowing these changes amidst the social distancing “Stay Home” orders. The Attorney General rendered his Memorandum to “Public Bodies” suggesting that the Governor’s Proclamation is clear that while “the quorum requirement has not changed”, but that under Gubernatorial Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30, a Public Body may conduct business “via telephone conference or video conference” and that [it] “shall provide a written certification that the [Board] was otherwise unable to operate due to quorum requirements….
” Therefore: South Central Planning and Development Commission’s Loan Board does call a meeting scheduled for 18 May 2021 @ 8:30 AM to be held at its office at 5058 West Main, Houma, LA and With this Notice, SCPDC does Certify that agenda items require action from the LOAN BOARD and that due to the social distancing/travel/orders Proclaimed by JBE 2020-30 the LOAN BOARD would otherwise be unable to operate due to quorum requirements without members of the Board participating via telephone conference or video conference.
While the public is invited to attend in person, the gathering shall be limited to less than 10 persons including staff. In lieu of this, the public can tune-in to the Zoom Meeting conference by: Please contact the Loan Department for details on registering and attending the meeting via zoom.
South Central Planning & Development Commission is seeking a Planning Specialist with knowledge/experience in planning and its principals, grant writing, GIS, and technical reporting. The position includes a variety of duties in carrying out the objectives and projects. The projects include but are not limited to contracted projects by the Federal, State, and Local governments, special projects on behalf of the Commission and or a member jurisdiction, and any other special projects. The position involves professional-level duties and judgment, good communication skills, good computer skills, routine administrative tasks, occasional field work, and works well with the public and office personnel. The Planning Specialist is one who is capable of managing particular tasks with limited supervision. The position is an hourly employee with permanent status. The individual should possess a high school diploma as a minimum and have 5 years’ minimum similar work experience, or possess an Associate’s Degree from an accredited University. Salary will be approximately $15-$27 an hour depending on experience.
Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Send resume to: SCPDC Planning Specialist PO Box 1870, Gray, LA 70359 or email to: email@example.com SCPDC is an EOE/AAE
Louisiana Watershed Initiative – REGION 6 OUTREACH
Regional Steering Committee Process:
- Water doesn’t obey political boundaries. There is no water management framework currently in place with adequate resources to fully understand and solve mounting water risks statewide. The existing political authorities are highly fragmented or overlapping.
- Presented with this challenge, our region’s steering committee members have been working hard throughout the past year to build a framework for communities in our region to work together on addressing and reducing flood risk.
- This work was public and involved input from community members of all interests and backgrounds.
- The result of all this work is our provisional recommendation to set up a watershed coalition to provide coordination and expertise which provide the opportunity to link local entities together.
- We want to hear what you think about this recommendation.
Importance of Regionalism:
- Uncoordinated project planning across jurisdictions could reduce the impact of our flood control projects; we could accidentally work at odds with each other.
- When we share technical expertise or data resources, we can achieve an “economy of scale” where we can all benefit.
- When the region speaks with one voice, it will be easier to justify our project requests, such as to the USACE, CPRA and legitimize our input or communications with the state and federal partners.
Watershed Region 6 Provisional Recommendations:
The Regional Watershed Coalition or Coalition should conduct regional watershed management and assist local entities with watershed planning, policy, project prioritization, and data/modeling in the following ways:
- Planning and Development Regulation
- Develop and adopt regional watershed plans
- Align local ordinances/standards to manage development to reduce flood risk (e.g., stormwater regulations)
- Support local jurisdictions with technical assistance and provide capacity (e.g., assist with CRS program)
- Assist with FIRM map amendments, help with the administrative burden (i.e., noticing requirements)
- Advocate on behalf of localities at federal level (FEMA), coordinate with federal entities
- Project Implementation
- Serve as clearinghouse who can find supplemental funding for watershed projects
- Implement a regional project O&M plan
- Reviews major projects for upstream and downstream impacts
- Data and Modeling
- The coalition should be tasked with housing and operating the LWI watershed model for Region 6
- Create or update FIRMS based on models
- Outreach and Engagement
- The coalition should provide public outreach and education to residents and local leaders
- Recommended Authorities for the Coalition
- Authority to cooperate or contract with other governmental agencies
- Authority to finance, fund, plan, establish, acquire, construct or reconstruct, enlarge or extend, equip, operate, and maintain systems and infrastructure
- Authority to generate revenue (e.g.: issue/sell bonds, borrow money or accept grants, collect fees, levy tax/special assessments)
- Authority to adopt minimum development codes and allow localities to adopt stricter standards
- Authority to enforce minimum development codes if given permission by governmental agencies and allow localities to adopt stricter standards
ROADMAP TO IMPLEMENTING THIS RECOMMENDATION
In order to successfully implement the recommendation above, the RSC recommends the following implementation steps:
- South Central Planning and Development Commission shall facilitate all meetings of the Coalition and shall perform administrative functions related to the work of the Coalition.
- The coalition should be enabled by legislation under state charter.
- All of the watershed coalitions in the state should be authorized by a single charter that includes a list of minimum standards and authorities identified by all regions, wherein each region is able to choose which additional higher standards or authorities to implement and at what degree within individual coalition bylaws/regional charters.
- The coalition should be primarily composed of public entity representatives. These may include, but not limited to:
- Local Governments
- National Estuary Programs
- Levee Districts
- Drainage Districts
- Higher Education Institutes
- Research Institutes
- Water Districts
- Coastal Institutes
- The coalition can establish technical or advisory committees that may appoint public members to assist in the committee’s goals to report to the coalition.
- The coalition should have oversight by the established state agency for the Watershed Initiative that provides consistency and state-level management.
- An established working relationship between the Regional Coalition and the State Agency is vital to the success of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
- The regional watershed boundaries should be recognized by a legislatively authorized state agency, board or commission that has the authority to amend the boundaries at the request of the coalitions through a public process.
- The coalition should have the ability to explore and maintain all options for funding.
- The state should lead the effort in drafting the legal elements that reflect these recommendations while the regions collect feedback on provisional recommendations and the regions should be kept aware of continued progress.