Public Notice and Certification to Convene Virtual February Board Meetings (in accordance with RS:29:721and Proclamation 7 JBE 2022)

The Board of Commissioners of the Regional Planning Commission of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes (hereinafter known as the RPC), and the Transportation Policy Committee thereto, have scheduled Regular Monthly Meetings for Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

On March 11, 2020, the Governor of Louisiana issued Proclamation 25 JBE 2020, declaring a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana. Whereas RS 29:721, and additional measures to ensure public safety and limit the spread of COVID-19 were further enacted on January 19, 2022 by Proclamation 7 JBE 2022 which provides for public meetings via telephone and video conferencing in the event of an emergency proclamation by the Governor.

The Chair of the Board of the RPC and the Transportation Policy Committee thereto hereby certifies that in order to protect the welfare of the citizens of Louisiana, and in order to ensure the presence of a quorum of board members, which would otherwise not be possible under the present circumstances, it is necessary to conduct meetings on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 in a virtual setting. Therefore, in accordance with Proclamation 7 JBE 2022 and RS 29:721and in consideration of the safety and well-being of the Boards’ members, staff, and communities directly impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Boards’ February meetings will convene remotely, via teleconferencing or videoconferencing.

Further, and pursuant to the mandates of LA RS:29:721 the Chair of the Board of the RPC and the Transportation Policy Committee certifies that the agenda of said meeting is limited to items enumerated under RS:29:721. Agenda items introduced pursuant to RS: 29:721 will be subject to approval by the Board by two thirds vote prior to a vote for adoption.

Meetings on Tuesday, February 8th will begin at 12:30p.m. and will be livestreamed using the platform. Public comments will be accepted during the livestream through the use of the chat feature. Agendas for the meetings, as well as the public link to access the livestream of the meetings will be posted on the respective Board website and distributed to our public notification list, no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7th, 2022.

For questions regarding the virtual board meetings, please email Malissa Dietsch-Givhan at
[email protected]