Meeting Minutes

Design Committee Meeting Minutes - November

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DESIGN COMMITTEE MEETING

Thursday, November 2, 2017

City Council Chambers

11:30 a.m.

 

Minutes

 

 

Call to order: Tom Pistorius, Chairman

 

Roll Call: Chelsea Tallo

 

Paul Murphy   Absent

Adam Perkins Present

Tom Pistorius Present

Cassie Ragan   Present (late)

Jeffrey Smith  Present

Pierre Theriot Present

Mary Zatarain           Present (late)

 

Tom Pistorius called meeting to order.

 

Cassie Ragan enters.

 

Approval of the minutes from last Design Committee Meeting, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

 

Motion made by Pierre Theriot and seconded by Tom Pistorius by to approve the minutes from Thursday, October 5, 2017.

 

Paul Murphy   Absent

Adam Perkins Yes

Tom Pistorius Yes

Cassie Ragan Yes

Jeffrey Smith  Abstain

Pierre Theriot Yes

Mary Zatarain           Absent

 

Motion carried.

 

Mary Zatarain enters.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Motion made by Tom Pistorius and seconded by Pierre Theriot to amend the agenda to include urban forestation.

     

    Paul Murphy   Absent

    Adam Perkins Yes

    Tom Pistorius Yes

    Cassie Ragan Yes

    Jeffrey Smith  Yes

    Pierre Theriot Yes

    Mary Zatarain           Yes

     

    Motion carried.

     

    Urban Forestation

    Jeffery Smith discussed the need to follow up with previous efforts to revitalize the trees and urban forestation plans downtown. Trees are being removed, dying, being abused, and not being maintained fully to ensure that they are able to thrive. Adam Perkins briefed the committee on the most recent progress made with Bayou Tree Service to serve as a point of reference for the efforts that had been made previously. Chelsea Tallo discussed complaints about the trees that touched on the height and lack of maintenance negatively effecting business signage. It was also mentioned that empty tree grates are a danger to pedestrians. It was decided that a three part process should be integrated, part one being create an inventory of empty tree grates. Upon completion of this inventory, a quote to fill these grates will be derived and part two, filling the grates, will be implemented. Part three will consist of better maintaining, perhaps through outsourcing maintenance, the entire inventory of trees, including trees with mold.

     

  2. Market pavilion

    Tom briefed the committee on latest meeting and presented a rendering of the latest design.  Location and monument placement was discussed. The next steps include getting the support of the Cate family, the Historic Commission, and the community.

     

  3. Bike Racks

    Chelsea briefed the board on the meeting with Lacy and Dr. Nelson about bike racks. Dr. Nelson will lead a bike rack design competition, and the Design Committee will judge entries and decide the number and placement of racks. A budget will be decided upon by the Board of Directors with the recommendation of the Design Committee. A quote for production costs will be derived, and the DDD will reach out for sponsorship. Art and Southeastern community will be integrated in the contest.

     

     

  • Adjournment

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