The Metropolitan Council acts as the governing authority for the City and Parish of East Baton Rouge. Its authority is exercised over the City and Parish General Funds, all districts created by the Council, the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District, the Public Transportation Commission, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sewerage Control Commission, and the Greater Baton Rouge Parking Authority. The Council acts as the official policy-making board for all of the above. It is required by The Plan of Government to hold meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The Council also conducts committee meetings on alternating Wednesdays and special meetings, whenever they are deemed necessary.
Addressing the City Council
Citizens may speak during Public Hearings at Metropolitan Council meetings by completing a Request to Speak Form (PDF) and presenting it to the Public Information Coordinator near the podium prior to the start of the meeting before 4:30 p.m. Groups that wish to address the same issue are encouraged to select a spokesperson. Each citizen will be given three minutes to speak.
To establish policy for the city, the parish, and the districts under its authority to adopt the annual budgets for the City and Parish General Funds and all districts requiring such action of the Council to appoint the members of various boards and commissions, as necessary and to provide for the continued growth of East Baton Rouge Parish through establishment of zoning policy and regulations.