NORD Commission Approves NPP & Other Items in Possible Violation of Open Meeting Law

Update (02/01/2013): The Approved NORD Commission Neighborhood Participation Plan is now available on the Neighborhood Engagement Office’s website at this link: http://new.nola.gov/nola/media/Neighborhood-Engagement/Files/NORDC%20NPP/NORDC-NPP-Policy-1-8-13-Final.pdf

At its Tuesday, January 9 meeting, the NORD Commission approved its Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). This NPP creates a formal structure for residents to engage with NORD at a more neighborhood level (although not with their neighborhood association). A draft of this plan can be found on the Neighborhood Engagement Office’s website (go to the ‘What we’re working on’ tab), although I have not found the version that was passed by the NORD Commission.

In addition to the Neighborhood Participation Plan, the NORD Commission passed a number of other important items. The NORD Commission passed its Strategic Plan, which was developed by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). NORDC also approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) that describes the financial relationships between the City, NORD Commission, and NORD Foundation. Finally, the NORD Commission approved two bank accounts for NORDC, one for donations and one for revenues from NORDC assets. All of these document, and more, should be on the NORDC website, but I cannot find any of them.

It should be noted, that the NORD Commission voted on all of these item, despite the fact that none of these votes was listed on the meeting agenda. Experts on this issue that I have spoken to suggest that this does not comply with the Louisiana Open Meetings Law. I brought this up at the meeting, but NORDC’s attorney said that they were fine. I do not agree that the NORDC Agenda provided “reasonable specificity” on the votes that were to take place (LA R.S. 42:19.A (1)(b)(ii)(bb)).  For complete coverage of this meeting, check out @NolaCPP on twitter or go to #NORDC.

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