Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana with a very interesting story behind its unique name. The name which is French for “red stick” refers to a Blood-stained pole that explorer, Pierre Le Moyne, Sieure d’Iberville found along the bank of a Mississippi River. There are several theories that try to explain the stick’s purpose. One assuming that it acted as a boundary mark between the hunting fields of the Houma and Bayougoula tribes of Native America. Another theory implying that the stick signified the passing of a prominent tribal elder.

The city was hoisted as state capital in 1846, replacing New Orleans thanks to its prime central location and close proximity to the former capital city. The cumulative population of Baton Rouge according to the 2020 US census was 456,781 which constitute more than half of Louisiana’s total population. It also stands as the 99-th most populous city in the US and impressively the 18th most populous state capital, also making it one of the largest cities on the Mississippi River. The large numbers consists of mostly Black Americans, Hispanic and non-Hispanic Whites, Asians among other ethnic groups.

Baton Rouge comes plenty of eclectic cultures thanks to the ethnic diversity and fascinating architecture. An interesting fact is that it is home to not just one but two state capitol buildings- the Old State Capitol that today serves as a museum and the Art deco tower that is currently the tallest capitol building in the US. Other remarkable art fixes in Baton Rouge include The Louisiana State University Museum of Art that focuses on an assortment of exhibits from different parts of the world and the USS Kidd Veterans Museum that was later renamed to Pirates of the Pacific after serving several campaigns and hopped islands to lobby support for Allied forces.

However, history is not all Baton Rouge has to offer. The city has the perfect climate for some outdoor too. Typically, the weather remains warm from May all through to September. Winter in this semi-tropical area is pretty short-lived and definitely mild and tolerable. Spring on the other hand, brings with it warm sunny days and cool nights. The climate is perfect for a visit to the Baton Rouge zoo, Biking expeditions on several bike trails or takes a swing at the Santa Maria golf course. Aside from these, you could also enjoy the beach on the Baton Rouge lakes; takes swamp tours and enjoy the wildlife while at it, or just stroll around in the parks such as the Perkins Road Extreme Park or gardens such as the Independence Botanical Gardens, among many other activities. You can surely never run out of things to do in the city.

Today, Baton Rouge is not only a historical city but also a major industrial, medical, motion picture, petrochemical and a fast growing technological hub. It is also important to note that, it plays home to the eminent Louisiana State University-the largest in the state- and the Southern University which historically has the only black college system in the United States.

The city is also a great place to do business due its robust economy that earned it a spot as one of the top places for young adults. It is also the furthest inland port along the Mississippi River with adequate clearance for deep-draft vessels, ocean-going tankers and cargo carriers. Its largest industry – petrochemical production and manufacturing also places it on the map for having the largest oil-refinery in the United States. Additionally, the city is easily accessible via rail, highway, and pipeline and deep-water, all these contributing substantially to the city’s economy.

Whether you are looking for a place to live or a place to call home away from home, Baton Rouge is a top contender. The economic, social and even political possibilities in this place are endless.

A look through the Baton Rouge Archives …

Baton Rouge is the capital and the largest city of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. Historically, Baton Rouge has been the second largest city in Louisiana behind New Orleans, but as of mid-2005, the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina have, at least temporarily, reduced the population of New Orleans such that Baton Rouge is currently the largest city in Louisiana. If you are looking at visiting, Baton Rouge certainly offers the best to its visitors. Whether you are looking at relocating, visiting this awesome city, or enjoying your community, Connecting Baton Rouge is here to aid in locating all the area has to offer.

Telephone book recycling currently underway with the delivery of telephone books in our area: The 17th annual “Recycle by the Book” telephone book recycling program is currently under way with the delivery of over 350,000 AT&T/The Real Yellow Pages directories. Each book weighs 5 lbs and contains residential listings for Baton Rouge as well as 18 surrounding cities. The Sunshine Pages directory will be delivered in January 2008, and the recycling guidelines below apply to both directories. Koota Landry, project manager, states “Residents in the curbside program in East Baton Rouge Parish can place old directories (AT&T/The Real Yellow Pages and the Sunshine Pages) in their recycling containers for pick-up on their regular recycling day any time during the year.”

Baton Rouge wins national recycling award. Release Date: 09/14/2007
Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Baton Rouge Recycling Program, a division of the City-Parish Department of Public Works, will be recognized by the National Recycling Coalition as a recipient of the “2007 Beth Brown Boettner Award for Outstanding Public Education,” at a ceremony to be held on Monday, September 17th at the 26th Annual Recycling Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado. Each year, the National Recycling Coalition presents eleven awards to different outstanding organizations in several different categories. The Outstanding Public Education award recognizes the best in recycling practices, honoring a program that shows innovation and leadership in public education and a recycling program that will become the standard for the future.

Mid City Clean Up. Release Date: 09/18/2009
Mid City Clean Up September 18, 2009. Contact Councilwoman Tara Wicker 317-1849 or twicker@brgov.com
Join Councilwoman Tara Wicker who is a member of the “Litter Getters” team, led by Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, along Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, and volunteers from
District 10 for the “Great Mid-City Clean-Up”, Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon. The clean-up will focus on the 62 block region of Mid-City which is the original core target area for the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance. Mid-City is another one of those “jewels” in our city that should be cleaned up, polished off, and well maintained. This neighborhood is in the center of Baton Rouge and is one of the most traveled areas in our city. Everything happens here, it’s Mid-City!! The area is filled with great merchants, wonderful schools, recreational spaces, and great neighbors. I know this personally because this is where I grew up and still live today. It’s also a very natural community connector to downtown. I want my four kids to enjoy this beautiful community the way I did as a kid, says Councilwoman Wicker.” Volunteers will meet at Sacred Heart School grounds located on the corner of Main St and North 22nd at 7:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

City-Parish Surplus Auction scheduled for Saturday October 31st. Release Date: 08/06/2009
City-Parish Surplus Auction scheduled for Saturday, October 31st. A list of auction items will be posted on this site for the next scheduled auction, as it becomes available.
Auction Surplus Items sold include everything from office equipment to autos, trucks and heavy equipment. A detailed surplus item listing will be posted approximately 2–3 weeks prior to the auction date. More information can be found on our website.

EBRP Mosquito and Rodent Control Press Conference. Release Date: 06/19/2009
EBRP Mosquito and Rodent Control Press Conference
Directors of numerous mosquito control programs in the state, the State Medical Entomologist from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health (LDHH OPH), the LDHH OPH Veterinarian, a Veterinarian from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Associate Director of the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine, a Medical/Veterinary Entomologist from LSU Department of Entomology, the President of the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association and the Regional Director of the American Mosquito Control Association will host a press conference at the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control District at 10:00AM June 22, 2009 to kick off Pilez Mosquito Week in Louisiana and observance of National Mosquito Awareness Week. Pilez is a Cajun word for “swat or crush”. Governor Bobby Jindal and Parish Presidents from numerous Louisiana Parishes have proclaimed the week of June 21 – June 27 Pilez Mosquito Week. The experts will use this event to remind people of Louisiana about the importance of reducing mosquito populations around their homes and taking protective measures against West Nile Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other mosquito borne diseases. The experts will also discuss the current status of mosquito borne diseases in people, horses, dogs, wild birds and other animals in Louisiana and they will be available to answer media questions. In addition there will be displays and demonstrations of equipment used in mosquito borne disease surveillance and control.

City Parish Human Development and Services and other area sites provde Free Tax Service. Release Date: 03/02/2009.
City Parish Human Development and Services and other area sites provde Free Tax Service. The East Baton Rouge/ Division of Human Development and Services/ Office of Social Services located at 4523 Plank Road will be open from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday,3-21-2009, to provide that extra service to taxpayers; particularly those who are experiencing difficulties during these stressful economic times. Staff will be available to complete both your Federal and State tax forms.
Other local sites that will offer this service on Super Saturday from 9 – 12noon include:
Belfair Baptist Church – 4444 Fairfield Ave. BR, LA 70802 – 355-9870
E. Iberville High School – 3285 Hwy 75, St. Gabriel, LA 70776 – 642-0032
Greater King David Baptist Church – 911 Lobdell, BR, LA 70802 – 927-0577
Jackson High School – 3501 Hwy. 10, Jackson, LA – 634-5931
Shiloh Baptist Church – 185 Eddie Robinson St. Drive, 343-0640
Southern University – 1 Steptoe Drive, BR, LA 70813, 771-2552
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center will be open from 9-2
2600 Citiplace Drive., Ste 375
Baton Rouge, LA 70808, 923-4210

Financial Stability Seminar Offered In Recognition Of National Financial Stability Week. Release Date: 02/20/2009
Baton Rouge – Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) is hosting a Financial Stability Seminar, Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Delmont Service Center located at 3525 Riley Street in Baton Rouge, LA. The meeting is free and open to the public and commences at 8:00am with a light continental breakfast. The theme of the seminar is “Getting Your House in Order” with the following topics covered by a diverse group of social service providers, financial planners, community development lenders, attorneys, faith based partners, and housing counseling agencies: Crisis Management, Burials & Funeral Planning; Wills & Living Trusts; Credit Reports & FICO Scores, Individual Development Accounts and Other Financial Incentives to assist in building assets and opportunity. The sessions will run every half hour from 9:00am until 1:00pm with light refreshments for lunch. Free income tax assistance will be provided from 1:00-3:00pm. Persons needing housing counseling in mortgage delinquency, default and/or foreclosure may attend and sign up for one-on-one follow up sessions with counselors. Co-sponsors and partners include: Representative Regina Ashford Barrow, Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards, Abounding Love Ministries, LA Asset Building Network, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, PREACH, Wells Fargo, Winnfield Holding

Join Metropolitan Councilman Trae Welch At Metro 1 District Meetings. Release Date: 01/07/2009.
Newly elected Metropolitan Councilman Trae Welch, who represents Council District 1 held his first Metro 1 Meeting on Tuesday, January 6th at the Zachary Branch Library. Metro 1 Meetings were organized in 1988 by Councilman Jewel “Duke” Welch, who is the father of Councilman Trae Welch. Keeping with tradition, Councilman Trae Welch would like to invite any citizen residing in District 1 to attend the monthly Metro 1 Meetings, which are held throughout the district. Council District 1 covers the northern part of the parish, including Pride/Chaneyville areas and the cities of Baker and Zachary and a small portion of Central. “My goal is to have public involvement, giving each and every person in Council District 1 an opportunity to voice their opinion, share ideas or suggestions and have Metro 1 serve as a clearinghouse for information”. Councilmember Welch will be moving around the district on a monthly basis in an effort to reach every citizen. Metro 1 meeting’s will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Look for the signs for a Metro 1 meeting coming to your area soon. Listed below are the upcoming Metro 1 meeting dates and locations scheduled throughout the year.

2008-2009 Christmas Tree Recycling Program. Release Date: 12/17/2008.
CONTACT: Susan Hamilton, Recycling Director
225.389.5194
2008 Christmas Tree Recycling Program: Make a Gift of your Christmas Tree!
The 2008-2009 Christmas tree recycling program features curbside collection of trees for East Baton Rouge Parish residents, as well as drop-off locations for businesses and residents who do not have curbside recycling services. Allied Waste will collect Christmas trees placed at the curb for recycling between January 5th and January 17th 2009 and deliver them to Natural Resources Recovery, the city-parish woody waste recycling contractor. The trees will be collected in rear loaders with other unbundled trash, sorted at the woody waste recycling center, and recycled into mulch or used in coastal restoration projects. Residents should remove tinsel, metal stands, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing at the curb, as these items can be harmful to marine life and contaminate mulch and compost products.

Donate a DVD or VHS for EBR Parish Head Start Children. Release Date: 11/24/2008
Join Councilwoman Lorri Burgess in making Christmas bright for Head Start children by donating a DVD or VHS children’s video to any Head Start Center in East Baton Rouge Parish. Councilwoman Burgess is donating fourteen TV’s with VHS/DVD combo’s to the Wonderland and Freeman-Matthews Head Start Centers. Decorated drop-off boxes, will be located at the following Head Start Centers around the parish and City-Parish employees wishing to donate, can drop off at the Public Information Booth, located on the first floor of the Governmental Building. For additional information contact the Public Information Office at 389-3121.

Hurricane Response Related Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. Release Date: 10/30/2008.
Hurricane Response-Related Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day to be held Saturday, November 15, 2008
East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) residents can deliver hurricane-related household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the upcoming EBRP Hurricane Response-Related Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day, to be held on Saturday, November 15th, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. The event is taking place through a FEMA/EPA/LDEQ partnership with the City-Parish and targets hurricane-related household hazardous materials and other recyclable household hazardous materials. This is a non-commercial, residential collection only. Vehicles will be checked to validate acceptable hazardous materials and EBRP residency. Hurricane-related household hazardous materials that will be accepted include: fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint only, and other common household products that contain hazardous materials and should not be disposed in the landfill. Liquids should be labeled and in closed containers.

Early Voting in East Baton Rouge Parish. Release Date: 10/20/2008.
Vote early for the November 4th elections at the following locations:
Governmental Building – 222 St. Louis St., 2nd Floor
Clerk of Court Building., Coursey Blvd.
Louisiana State Archives
Baker OMV
Early Voting Dates November 4th Election: October 21-28 8:30am – 6pm
For more information contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 389-3940

Trendy Shoppes: Shop Trendy, Shop Indie, Shop Handmade. October 3, 2008
SKJ Web Designs Inc. launches a new indie shopping website featuring trendy handmade items. Trendyshoppes.com features items including accessories, apparel, bath and body, earth friendly, household, jewelry, children’s items, and paper goods. Trendy Shoppes believes in supporting the indie designer. When you shop there you are supporting independent designers, artists and crafters as opposed to big corporations. The designers that make these products are dedicated to producing quality items and take great pride in the work they do. You will find a commitment to quality and creativeness among their wonderful vendors and designers. So if you are looking for something that you can’t get at the local mall, you are visiting the ideal online store. Trendy Shoppes offers easy online shopping, featured items, and a wish list. To learn more about Trendy Shoppes, please visit www.trendyshoppes.com. About Trendy Shoppes: Trendy Shoppes is a new online store where you will find unique, hip & trendy handmade items.

Mosquitoes from Hurricane Gustav. Release Date: 09/10/2008
As anticipated, large numbers of adult “Hurricane Gustav” pest mosquitoes made their appearance last night. Populations of several other pest species resulting from the rain events associated with Hurricane Gustav will continue to increase over the next few days. The EBRPMARC airplane and two aircraft contracted from Vector Disease Control, Incorporated sprayed much of the parish last night to reduce populations of pest mosquitoes. The EBRPMARC airplane and the two aircraft from VDCI will spray the remainder of the parish tonight, weather permitting.
It is very important that citizens dump water filled containers around their homes to reduce populations of the Asian Tiger Mosquito and the Southern House Mosquito. Unlike the pest mosquito species currently targeted by the aircraft, these two mosquito species do not fly far and develop in water filled containers around homes and businesses. The immature aquatic stages develop slower than the pest mosquito species we are spraying for now and we anticipate that very large numbers of adult Asian Tiger Mosquitoes and Southern House Mosquitoes will begin to emerge from water filled containers around homes Thursday night if citizens do not dump the water. The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a day time biter and the Southern House Mosquito likes to bite inside homes late at night.

West Nile Virus Fever Case. Release Date: 07/15/2008
LDHH advised mosquito control workers that a West Nile Virus Fever Case has been confirmed for East Baton Rouge Parish. The person lives in the Highland Rd area between Siegen Lane and Perkins Rd. Onset of the disease was one month ago. Matt Yates, Director, says “we do not have any information on travel history for the person so we don’t know if the infection was contracted in EBR Parish or elsewhere”. He also says that the Highland Rd area has been sprayed with the airplane and trucks several times since the middle of June but citizens should continue to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes. Citizens should: avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, as much as possible; check to ensure that weather proofing is intact to keep mosquitoes out of homes, and; eliminate water sources around homes and businesses which may serve as breeding sites for Southern House Mosquitoes and Asian Tiger Mosquitoes.
The area along Highland Rd is generally known for floodwater mosquito problems because it is located adjacent to a heavily vegetated low lying marshy area. Highland Road Park is within a mile of where the person with WNV Fever lives. Some floodwater mosquitoes, such as the Northern Floodwater Mosquito (Aedes vexans), may fly many miles from breeding sources. If the mosquito has bitten a wild bird infected with WNV it may then transmit the disease to people when it bites. Floodwater mosquito species are active primarily at night and peak activity is at dusk and dawn. So people who are outdoors during these times should apply insect repellent as often as needed to keep mosquitoes from biting them. There are several types of repellents available and information is accessible at the Centers for Disease Control

Voter Registration Drive – July 14 – 18. Release Date: 07/07/2008
The Registrar of Voters Office will be conducting voter registration drives during Voter Education Week, which will begin July 14 thru July 18, 2008. These drives will provide East Baton Rouge Parish residents with the opportunity to register to vote near their homes. All voter registration business, including new registrations, address changes, name changes, and changes of party affiliation, may be conducted at these locations. Voters should bring valid identification showing name and correct address. Acceptable identification includes a valid driver’s license, checkbook, any mail item, or other identification showing the correct address. New voters who are naturalized citizens must bring their naturalization certificate or a current U. S. Passport to show proof of citizenship. Further information may be obtained by calling the Registrar of Voters at 389-3940.

Deadline to Register to Vote for the July 19, 2008 Election. Release Date: 06/04/2008.
Voter registration ends Wednesday, June 18, 2008.
Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm.
There are three locations that you may register to vote:
Main Office: Governmental Building – 222 Saint Louis St. – Rm. 201
Southeast: Court Plaza Building – 10500 Coursey Blvd. – Rm.203
Baker: Motor Vehicle Building – 2250 Main Street, Baker, LA.

Public Auction Of City Surplus Equipment. Release Date: 05/06/2008
The City-Parish Purchasing Department will hold their Annual Public Auction of City-Parish Surplus Equipment on Saturday, June 21 at the City-Parish Auction Facility, adjacent to the DPW East Lot, 15202 S. Choctaw Extension. The sale/auction starts at 8:00 a.m., with preview days on June 18, 19 and 20, from 8am to 3:30pm. Equipment up for bidding will be cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s, motorcycles, 10yd dump trucks, slope mowers, tractors, air compressors, furniture, computers, copiers, large safe, car radio’s, concrete saws, hand tools, ex-mark laser Z mowers, boat motors, trash trucks and excavators. Terms of sale will be cash or guaranteed check to the highest bidders as is, where is and without warranty, all sales final. Removal of items to be at buyer’s expense. Additional information may be obtained from the Purchasing Division, telephone (225) 389-3259, Ext. 201. E-mail: purchasing info@brgov.com. A notary/handling fee of $5.00 will be charged for each titled vehicle. Contact Person: Berch Wilbert (225) 389-3259, Ext. 301

B.R. Youth Job Expo. Release Date: 04/16/2008.
Baton Rouge, LA, April 14, 2008 – This is a two-part employment event for high school students and recent high school graduates. There will be a Workshop (education and training) on Saturday, May 3, 2008 beginning at 10am at the Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley Street (Plank Rd near Hollywood). Also, participants will be scheduled to interview with three employers of their choice. The Job Fair will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Community Partners include: The Delmont Service Center (City of Baton Rouge), Jordan United Methodist Church and S.U. Career Services

Public Meeting Notice On Highland Road Proposed Ordinance. Release Date: 03/31/2008.
Please join the Highland Road Urban Design Overlay District Committee to hear details of a proposed ordinance created to strengthen the physical and economic character of Highland Road
There will be two community meetings that will be held at the Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard.
The first meeting will be held on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Members of the committee, City of Baton Rouge Planning Commission staff, Councilman Pat Culbertson and Councilman Mickey Skyring will be present to answer questions and address public commentary

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funds Available. Release Date: 03/17/2008.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds are made available under Public Law 105-78 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. The Office of Social Services is accepting applications at their main office, located at 4523 Plank Road and at Community Centers located throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
Alsen Community Center, 393 Old Rafe Meyer Road, Baton Rouge, LA.
Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary, LA.
Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley Street, Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Martin L. King Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA
North Baton Rouge Community Center, 2013 Central Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Rural Program, 5736 Rollins Road, Zachary, LA 70791
Dr. Leo Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
To be eligible for LIHEAP service (an energy payment), your household must meet the four requirements listed belos:
1. Meet the income eligibility requirement.
2. Have an active energy account.
3. You are responsible for the household’s energy Cost.
4. Have not received a LIHEAP payment in previous six (6) month period.
For more information, call The Office of Social Services at 225 358-4561

Deadline to Register to Vote for the April 5 2008 Election. Release Date: 02/26/2008.
Voter registration ends Wednesday, March 5, 2008.
Our office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm.
We have three locations that you may register to vote:
Main Office: Governmental Building – 222 Saint Louis St. – Rm. 201
Southeast: Court Plaza Building – 10500 Coursey Blvd. – Rm. 203
Baker: Motor Vehicle Building – 2250 Main Street, Baker, LA.

The Registrar of Voters Office Announces the Dates for Early Voting for the March 8 2008 Election. Release Date: 02/18/2008
Early voting for the March 8, 2008 election will be conducted at the Registrar of Voters Office’s beginning Saturday, February 23, 2008 through Saturday, March 1, 2008. Early voting hours are 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
Main Office: Governmental Building – 222 St Louis St – Rm 201
Southeast Office: Court Plaza Building – 10500 Coursey Blvd Rm 203
Baker Office: Motor Vehicle Building – 2250 Main St, Baker, LA
Early voters should bring a Louisiana driver’s license; a Louisiana special identification card or some other recognized photo identification and their voter registration card.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the Registrar of Voters Office at (225) 389-3940.

Registrar of Voters Office Announces Dates for Early Voting for Feb 9 Election. Release Date: 01/18/2008.
Early voting for the February 9, 2008 election will be conducted at the Registrar of Voters Office’s beginning Saturday, January 26, 2008 through Saturday, February 2, 2008. Early voting hours are 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
Main Office: Governmental Building –
222 St. Louis St – Rm 201
Southeast Office: Court Plaza Building –
10500 Coursey Blvd Rm 203
Baker Office: Motor Vehicle Building –
2250 Main St, Baker, LA
Early voters should bring a Louisiana driver’s license; a Louisiana special identification card or some other recognized photo identification and their voter registration card.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the Registrar of Voters Office at (225) 389-3940.

Martin Luther King City-Parish Holiday. Release Date: 01/15/2008.
Martin Luther Kings Birthday is an official City/Parish holiday and will be observed on Monday, January 21, 2008. All City/Parish offices will be closed on this day.
Solid waste collection (garbage and trash) in East Baton Rouge Parish will be made on Monday, January 21, 2008, by Allied Waste under their contract with the City/Parish for residential and governmental buildings. Recyclable material in EBR Parish will be collected as normal on Monday, January 21, 2008. The North Landfill will be open to all haulers both commercial and the general public on Monday, January 21, 2008.

East Baton Rouge Parish 2008 Budget Hearing Schedule. Release Date: 11/16/2007.
East Baton Rouge Parish Finance and Executive Committee Chairwoman, Lorri Burgess, has scheduled a public meeting outlining the Mayor’s Proposed 2008 Budget. The meeting will be held Monday, November 19, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the Metropolitan Council Chambers. Metro 21, the city’s Governmental Cable Channel will carry the meeting live on Cable Channel 21.
The Administration and Finance Department have been requested to make a presentation regarding the revenue and expenditure assumptions used in preparing the 2008 Budget. Citizens are invited to attend this important meeting to learn how their tax dollars are being spent. The 2008 Budget Message and summaries, along with the 2008 General Fund’s summary of estimated revenues and appropriations, City and Parish combined revenues, and expenditure comparisons by departments has been posted on the City-Parish’s web site at http://brgov.com/dept/finance/08Proposed Budget.htm. Questions regarding the budget can be emailed to brinfo@brgov.com or call Joe Toups, Council Budget Officer at (225) 389-5344.