Public Notice and Certification to Convene Virtual March Board Meetings (in accordance with RS:42.17.1 and Proclamation 18 JBE 2021)

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, March 9, 2021.

On March 13, 2020, the Governor of Louisiana issued Proclamation 27 JBE 2020, declaring a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana. Whereas RS 42.17.1, and additional measures to ensure public safety and limit the spread of COVID-19 were further enacted on January 15, 2021 by Proclamation 18 JBE 2021 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, March 9, 2021 in a virtual setting. Therefore, in accordance with Proclamation 18 JBE 2021 and RS 42:17.1 and 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’ March meetings will convene remotely, via teleconferencing or videoconferencing

Further, and pursuant to the mandates of LA RS 42:17.1(A)(2) 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:42:17.1(2)(a-c). Agenda items introduced pursuant to RS:42:17.1(A)(2)(d) will be subject to approval by the Board by a two thirds vote prior to a vote for adoption.

Meetings on Tuesday, March 9th will begin at 12:30p.m. and will be live streamed 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,March 8th, 2021.

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