Today, April 12, marks Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s 100th day in office after being sworn in and pledging to work towards a “new Baton Rouge,” a city of inclusiveness in which to live, work and prosper. Broome officially hit the ground running as Baton Rouge’s 38th mayor-president on Jan. 2. In her first 100
days in office, the mayor-president and her administration have made community outreach and public input a high priorities, hosting and attending more than 200 community events and meetings. As a new chapter begins for East Baton Rouge Parish, the goal remains to have a strong community of safety, unity and vitality.
Major Accomplishments of First 100 Days:
Fiscal Sustainability & Better Government
- Formed the transition leadership, operational review committees, and community input transition teams to review and provide recommendations for an improved City-Parish. Received the transition report recommendations.
- Appointed three new assistant chief administrative officers to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City-Parish.
- Maintains open lines of communication with Metro Council members and department leaders.
- Launched the Open Neighborhood BR web portal for easy community access to information on crime, permits, 311, fire and traffic in the City/Parish.
- Collaborated with citizens and law enforcement to update the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Use of Force Policy to align with national best practices.
- Participated in Baton Rouge Police Department patrol ride alongs.
- Hosted the Gas for Guns program along with BRAVE and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
- Met with the Restore Louisiana Task Force, expressing the need for additional recovery dollars and greater flexibility in the expenditure of those dollars.
- Revised the federally required Action Plan to more efficiently appropriate the $11 million in HUD disaster dollars that were appropriated to East Baton Rouge Parish, reducing administrative costs by nearly half.
- Continuing to maximize FEMA Public Assistance funds for reimbursement from flood-related damage. To date, EBR has expended nearly $57 million in flood-related repairs, and has been reimbursed more than $38 million. EBR continues to work with FEMA to get additional dollars reimbursed.
- Hosted staff members from the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform committee; meeting with EBR parish and municipal officials as well as Congressional delegation staff, to discuss flood response efforts.
- Pushed FEMA to provide reimbursement for debris pickup along state highways, which was previously the responsibility of DOTD. However, DOTD ended its pickup in March, so Mayor Broome worked with FEMA to receive approval for reimbursement, and collection along state routes that began on April 10.
- Announced a $167,478 emergency preparedness grant, in conjunction with the cities of Baker, Central and Zachary, as well as the EBR Sheriff’s office, for the purchase of critical communication equipment that will benefit all entities during times of disaster.
- Partnering with the National Weather Service, Baton Rouge Metro Airport and numerous first responder agencies to host the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Kickoff for EBR Parish, set for June 1.
- Partnering with the Mall of Louisiana on June 17 to host the 2017 Red Stick Ready Day to help prepare our community for all hazards.
- Drafted Equity in Business Opportunity plan.
- Entered into an agreement with the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce that now includes a focus on small businesses, and those owned by minorities and women.
- Hosting the Garbage and Recycling Bid Informational Session on April 17.
- Hosting the Entrepreneurship 101 Seminar at the Exxon Mobile YMCA on April 22nd.
- Initiated a transportation solutions summit.
- Led efforts to secure funding to keep the Pecue Lane and Interstate-10 interchange project on schedule.
Youth and Education
- Hosted an inaugural Education Roundtable with East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Warren Drake.
- Held first joint meeting with EBR School Board members and Metro Council members.
- Launched implementation plan for Cradle to K initiative.
- Preparing to implement the LSU Summer Wellness Ambassador program to provide positive youth behavior programming and career readiness support for 80 children within the BR Hope Zone.
- Appointed three new board members to the Healthy BR initiative.
- Partnered with HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two) to implement city-wide promotion of HIV/AIDS education and prevention initiatives.
- Hosted, in conjunction with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, the inaugural “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR” event with 355 volunteers.
- Partnered with the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge 2nd Annual Convening.
- Led mentoring kick-off for the Mayor’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.