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Mayor Cantrell Declares a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Weather

posted Jul 10, 2019, 5:00 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 5:01 PM ]

MAYOR CANTRELL DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 10, 2019 


Contact: LaTonya Norton

For Media Inquiries Only 
communications@nola.gov
(504) 658-4962

MAYOR CANTRELL DECLARES A STATE OF

EMERGENCY DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency due to Tropical Invest 92L.

 

Read the proclamation by clicking on this link.

 

“Because of intense thunderstorms, and the further potential for tropical or hurricane force winds and further thunderstorms, New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale force winds that could result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property damage,” Mayor Cantrell said. “I am declaring a state of emergency in the City of New Orleans, warranting the use of all extraordinary measures appropriate to ensure the public health, safety, welfare, and convenience.”

 

The National Weather Service has indicated that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry will form in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Tropical Invest 92L, and will likely produce heavy rainfall, flash flooding, coastal and river flooding, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, expected to arrive Thursday, July 11.

 

Watch Mayor Cantrell’s Wednesday afternoon press conference by clicking on this link.

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Entergy Monitoring Gulf Disturbance

posted Jul 10, 2019, 4:55 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 4:56 PM ]

Entergy is Closely Monitoring Disturbance in the Gulf

07/10/2019

CONTACT
Charlotte J. Cavell|(504) 576-4132|ccavell@entergy.com
Lee Sabatini|(504) 576-4132|lsabati@entergy.com

Companies also restore power caused by Wednesday’s severe weather

NEW ORLEANS – Entergy crews are working throughout the day Wednesday as a line of severe weather caused power outages across southeast Louisiana. Crews are expected to work into the evening safely restoring power to customers affected by the winds, lightning, heavy rain and flooding associated with Wednesday’s weather event.

In addition, company officials and crews continue to monitor the disturbance located off the coast of Florida as it moves toward the central Gulf of Mexico. Though the storm is currently poorly organized, Entergy is prepared for the possibility that this weather system could bring severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rains, higher tides and coastal flooding to the state.

While the system’s strength upon landfall and exact path remains uncertain, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans are preparing for the storm’s impact and the potential for power outages. The companies’ distribution and transmission crews and contractors are on alert and ready to safely restore power to customers as quickly as possible.

“We are urging our customers to monitor the storm’s path, follow the direction of local authorities and be ready to implement their own storm plans if needed,” said Melonie Stewart, Entergy’s vice president of distribution operations for Louisiana. “If you need help, the Entergy Storm Center has preparation tips and safety information that can assist in planning and making necessary decisions.”

Stay prepared and informed

Entergy keeps customers informed about restoring power in several ways:

  • A free app is available for iPhone or Android at entergyapp.com. Customers can use the app to report outages or check on the status of power at their homes or businesses.
  • Entergy’s View Outages website includes maps that show where outages are located and give information about restoration progress.
  • Customers can send and receive text messages about storm and restoration efforts. Signing up is easy: simply text REG to 368374.
  • The Entergy Storm Center website has storm safety, preparation, restoration and other information that is regularly updated.
  • Operation: Storm Ready is a free downloadable guide that helps customers plan and prepare for weather emergencies.

Customers are encouraged to follow us on social media on Twitter at @EntergyLA and @EntergyNOLA and on Facebook at facebook.com/EntergyLA and facebook.com/EntergyNOLA. We place a high priority on keeping our social media sites updated throughout any major events. And you always can access the main Entergy accounts at @Entergy or facebook.com/Entergy.

Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. It has operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana.

Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers. Both companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.

July meetings about the RTA and JeT's future

posted Jul 1, 2019, 3:55 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 4:05 PM ]


See below for a list of when/where for the meetings. if you can't make this series of meetings, you can also fill out an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewLinksProject

New Links Central City/Uptown 

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 at 06:00 PM 

New Links Mid-City

Monday, July 08, 2019 at 06:30 PM 

New Links Algiers

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 at 06:00 PM 

New Links District C Treme/7th Ward/French Quarter/Marigny

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 06:00 PM 

New Links Kenner

Monday, July 15, 2019 at 06:00 PM 

New Links Gentilly 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 06:00 PM

New Links West Bank Jefferson Parish

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 06:00 PM

New Links NO East

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 06:00 PM

New Links Lower Ninth Ward

Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM

Background:

The New Links process (formally called the Comprehensive Operations Analysis) could recommend changes in where bus lines go in order to more reliably get people to jobs, school, the doctor’s office, and many other places. It might ask riders to consider tradeoffs like walking two blocks further or making an extra transfer in order to reduce overall travel time. It could even recommend real regional transit routes with convenient connections across parish lines.

New Links will unfold in three phases.
  • A first phase through the end of July introducing the project and gathering community input
  • A second phase this fall asking the community to weigh in on more specific transit network scenarios
  • A third phase in 2020 where a final proposal is released and the RTA and Jefferson Transit determine whether to adopt it.
The July meetings are the final part of the first phase. During these meetings, New Links planners will explain the New Links process, engage riders in discussion about their most important destinations, and ask riders for their input on tradeoffs like walking two blocks further or making an extra transfer in order to reduce overall travel time and increase the number of frequent buses.

Library Community Input Session - Tues, June 25, 2019

posted Jun 24, 2019, 10:48 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 11:32 AM ]


  We also invite you to complete our short 2020 - 2022 Strategic Plan input survey in either English, Spanish, or Vietnamese here or request one at any Library location.


Message from District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer - June 2019

posted Jun 12, 2019, 1:34 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jun 17, 2019, 10:05 AM ]

 
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

District C 2018 Annual Report

 June 2019 Report

MESSAGE FROM COUNCILMEMBER PALMER

  May marked a year in office and a major milestone for improving the City’s Short Term Rental program. During a special council meeting, we approved two zoning dockets to update the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance with changes to the City's STR program. One zoning docket (ZD 26/19) establishes two categories of STR permits: Residential and Commercial. A separate Zoning Docket(ZD 27/19) bans STRs in the French Quarter (except for VCE) and Garden District. My staff has been working to strengthen STR regulations since day one of taking office in May 2018. It’s been a long year and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished. However, this is the next step in an ongoing process that could take a few more months. The Council still has to pass an ordinance finalizing the zoning changes and  a second ordinance updating the City’s laws on permitting and enforcement.

The Council also approved proposed plans to allow the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to build a new developme in Bywater. We supported modified approval of Zoning Docket 31/19 for the proposed HANO mixed-income housing complex at 4100 Royal Street. The new zoning caps the number of units to 143 instead of the developer’s 184 unit proposal. Most importantly, we required a planned development for this site which provides additional oversight before construction. We are in the process of creating a working group made up of stakeholders and community members to ensure a building that is designed for residents and the neighborhood. This month, I’m hosting a community meeting to explain next steps for this project and hope to see you there.

Finally, we are in the early stages of reviewing how new businesses and residents can coexist within in historic neighborhoods. I’ve requested the City Planning Commission (CPC) to study outdoors operations of new businesses near residential areas, including outdoor dining and live entertainment. The CPC will hold a public hearing on this issue August 13th and I’m planning a town hall in July to get input from residents and business owners. I’ll keep you updated on the process along the way and I will not make any decisions without hearing your feedback.
Kristin Gisleson Palmer
DISTRICT C ANNUAL REPORT

Councilmember Palmer released an annual report in May, highlighting landmark legislation, major accomplishments, and community involvement from her office. In case you missed it, click here to read the report in full.
ALGIERS PARK SURVEY

Councilmember Palmer hosted a park forum at Alice Harte Charter School in Algiers last month. During the forum, she gave a presentation with updates on improvement projects at several parks in Algiers, and current and potential projects provided by the Administration, which you can view, here.

A ribbon cutting will take place at Bodenger Playground Friday, June 14th at 2PM to celebrate $640,000 dollars in renovations and upgrades. Improvements at Behrman and Brechtel Parks are also in the works.
Additional funds will be available in 2020 to renovate existing park facilities, replace playground equipment and build new amenities for Algiers parks. Over the next few weeks, Councilmember Palmer is requesting Algiers residents to participate in a short, online survey so she can advocate for parks you say need the most attention. Click here to take the survey.
MUSICIANS' PARKING PASS APPROVED

Two ordinances approved by the Council allow musicians to utilize loading zones and street parking temporarily before and after scheduled performances. Councilmember Palmer authored the policy changes as a small benefit to musicians who are not always well compensated. Ordinance 32,562 amends the City Code to permit vehicles loading or unloading musical equipment to utilize loading zones for up to fifteen minutes. Ordinance 32,669 allows those vehicles to park for free in metered spaces for up to fifteen minutes. However, the vehicles must display a musician’s pass while parked in the designated areas.

The free parking pass would be issued through the Department of Safety and Permits to the business authorized to have live music on-site.
FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR YOUTH RESOLUTION

The Council adopted a resolution by Councilmember Palmer supporting the creation of a municipal youth card which would provide public transportation for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. The number of New Orleans households without a car is twice that of the national average, and many students do not have access to adequate transportation without being financially burdened. Resolution R-19-57 supports the creation of a municipal card to remedy this issue, and provide teenaged residents with free and equitable access to job hubs, schools, recreational opportunities, public libraries, and community centers.

Alongside the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), the Administration is currently researching the municipal youth card and its potential implementation. Councilmember Palmer hopes that the adoption of this resolution will support their efforts in making this initiative a reality for New Orleans’ youth.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND PARKWAYS & NOLA TREE PROJECT

The Department of Parks and Parkways in partnership with the NOLA Tree Project planted 43 new trees near Federal City in Algiers. The trees were planted earlier this year along Opelousas and Hendee Streets. Parks and Parkways invested about $3,000 dollars in the project and spent a lot less thanks to volunteers and supplies from the NOLA Tree Project. Volunteers planted natchez crape myrtles, nuttall oak and live oak trees. These trees will beautify the area and provide storm water management, negate subsidence, and improve the community’s health. This project shows a true partnership between a City agency and a non-profit organization.

NOLA Tree Project celebrated its 50,000 tree milestone in April and the organization has planted and given away thousands of trees in District C since 2007. We appreciate the work of the Department of Parks and Parkways and NOLA Tree Project for their continued mission to beautify our City. If you would like to help NOLA Tree Project, check out theirwebsite on how to get involved.
DISTRICT C ROADWORK UPDATES

Don’t forget to stay up to date on road improvement projects happening in your neighborhood. You can find the latest information from Roadwork NOLA in District C here.
Coffee with Kristin
Friday, June 21st
8:30AM - 10:30AM
Coast Roast Coffee
St. Roch Market
2381 St. Claude Ave.
Community Meeting to Discuss HANO Bywater Development
Monday, June 17th
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Holy Angels Upstairs Concert Hall
3500 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans City Council
District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

New Orleans Public Library Community Input Session - June 13

posted Jun 12, 2019, 1:09 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 1:17 PM ]

The Library is also offering a survey so that residents can share their thoughts.  
Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOLA_Library


Norman Playground Pre-Construction Meeting, Wed., June 12

posted Jun 6, 2019, 2:48 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 2:49 PM ]


MAYOR CANTRELL ANNOUNCES ‘AMNESTY LATE FEE FORGIVENESS’ PLAN

posted Jun 3, 2019, 3:35 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Jun 3, 2019, 3:36 PM ]

MAYOR CANTRELL ANNOUNCES ‘AMNESTY LATE FEE FORGIVENESS’ PLAN TO CLEAR SOME PAST-DUE ACCOUNTS


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 3, 2019 


Contact: LaTonya Norton

For Media Inquiries Only 
communications@nola.gov
(504) 658-4962

MAYOR CANTRELL ANNOUNCES ‘AMNESTY LATE FEE

FORGIVENESS’ PLAN TO CLEAR SOME PAST-DUE ACCOUNTS

Mayor Cantrell Amnesty


NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City of New Orleans’ Department of Finance, today announced the launch of the three-month Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program for residents to take advantage of incentives to clear past-due accounts with parking and camera tickets, sales and hotel/motel taxes, code enforcement violations, and library fees. From June 3, 2019, to Sept. 3, 2019, residents will be allowed in certain circumstances to pay fees without penalties or additional fees in order to get a fresh start when paying for City services.

 

"It's all about our residents being able to pay fines and fees or penalties that will be forgiven over the next three months," Mayor Cantrell said. 

 

“We are very excited to work together with several departments to facilitate a program that gives our city and residents a fresh start. The amnesty program will meet our residents where they are and help them clean the slate as it relates to past due accounts," Chief Financial Officer Norman White said. "We believe this is a win-win for the city and our residents.”

 

For general information, call the hotline at (504) 658-2019 or dial 3-1-1. Learn more about the program by visiting this link: https://nola.gov/amnesty.


A brief summary of each department’s plan:

 

PARKING AND CAMERA TICKETS

The City of New Orleans is offering a limited opportunity to pay delinquent parking and/or photo safety citations without late penalties. This means anyone who owes money for parking tickets more than 30 days old, or photo safety citations more than 60 days past due will be able to pay them, minus any late fees. This opportunity to get amnesty will last from June 3-Sept. 3, 2019. This offer does not apply to any late penalties paid before or after the program’s time frame. All previously paid late fees are non-refundable and full penalties and interest will be assessed after midnight on Sept. 3.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE


1. Pay by phone

For parking tickets call (504) 525-0088

For camera tickets call (504) 658-8082

Pay online between June 3-Sept. 3

 

2. Pay by phone

Pay Parking tickets

Pay Camera tickets

 

3. Pay in person at the following locations:

City Hall: 1300 Perdido St. (Adjudication Bureau)

City Auto Pound: 400 N. Claiborne Ave.

 

For more, visit: https://nola.gov/amnesty-late-fee-forgiveness-program/#tickets

 

SALES & HOTEL/MOTEL TAXES

The City of New Orleans is giving business owners and operators the chance to support the Cantrell Administration’s initiatives to help you pay your "Fair Share."

This is your opportunity to settle your delinquent tax accounts, by only paying the base tax amount due and a portion of the interest. You may obtain amnesty on outstanding sales, use, hotel/motel, parking, alcoholic beverage gallonage, occupational license taxes and various permits without penalty, negligence and only 50 percent interest. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE PROPERTY TAXES OF ANY KIND.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

In person:

ONLINE NEW FILERS WITH EXISTING REVENUE ACCOUNTS:

  • If you are new to the City of New Orleans EGov site, please setup your profile, add your account number and the City will approve the request within 24 hours. You will receive an email confirmation once you are approved to file your return.
  • Additionally, as an existing business, you should have received an Amnesty letter detailing your liability. The letter contains a coupon code which is a requirement to file online and receive the discounted tax calculation. Please make sure to have the letter and coupon code ready when you go online to pay. 

NEW FILERS WITH NO EXISTING ACCOUNT:

  • If you do not have a City of New Orleans Revenue account number, you will need to make an appointment with the Bureau of Revenue to get registered.

PAYMENT METHODS

The City of New Orleans will only accept certified funds for payment, this includes cashier’s checks and money orders. The City will make available a spreadsheet to help you calculate your liability to obtain the amount to submit in certified funds.

 

For more, visit: https://nola.gov/amnesty-late-fee-forgiveness-program/#taxes

Or call (504) 658-1TAX (1829) or (504) 658-1637, or email salestax@nola.gov.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT VIOLATIONS

The Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program for Code Enforcement is a limited opportunity for owners of properties previously found in violation of the Code of the City of New Orleans Chapter 26 Minimum Property Maintenance standards to satisfy liens at a reduced cost.


During Code Enforcement Amnesty, upon successful correction of all violations, reductions of $100.00 per violation (plus administrative cost) will be applied to fines with proof of abatement of all violations. Actual costs such as demolition cost, grass cutting fees or administrative costs cannot be waived.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Submit this form, with the following attached documents:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Copy of all recorded liens to be considered
  • Current photographs showing each corrected violation

 

For more info, visit this link: https://nola.gov/amnesty-late-fee-forgiveness-program/#code


Or call (504) 658-4346, and a Code Enforcement representative will assist you.

 

LIBRARY FINES

The New Orleans Public Library is offering a one-time fine and fee waiver for any outstanding fine and fees up to $100. Cardholders with outstanding fines and/or fees can come into any library branch between June 3-Sept. 3 and receive the one-time waiver.

New Orleans Public Library recognizes that fines and fees can be a barrier to members of the community seeking essential library services. The Public Library serves all members of the New Orleans community and hopes that this program will welcome community members back to the library.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Bring a picture ID or Library Card to any New Orleans Public Library Branch between June 3-September 3.
  • Ask about the Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program at any library service desk.
  • Cardholders can bring any outstanding library materials to return fine free.
  • Each cardholder only gets one waiver during the program.

 

For more info, visit this link: https://nola.gov/amnesty-late-fee-forgiveness-program/#library

 

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Gen. Meyer Complete Streets Study - Thursday, May 30, 2019

posted May 29, 2019, 2:04 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 29, 2019, 2:04 PM ]

Go to www.norpc.org/GeneralMeyer.html for more information.

Belle Chasse Bridge Meeting - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

posted May 28, 2019, 1:57 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 28, 2019, 1:59 PM ]


DOTD announces 2 public hearings for the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:31:42 AM
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the team that submitted a Public Private Partnership proposal to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the replacement structure will participate in two public hearings with DOTD to inform the public and receive comments on the proposal. 

On Wednesday, May 29, the chairs of the House and Senate Transportation will travel to Plaquemines Parish for a public meeting at the Belle Chasse Civic Auditorium, 8398, Hwy 23 in Belle Chasse from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will consist of the DOTD presenting a short overview of the process, followed by the proposal sharing key elements of the proposal, including tolls rates and length of the concession, followed by the department discussing it’s rating of the proposal. The public will be given an opportunity to comment on the contents of the proposal. 

“We have come a long way to get this point,” said DOTD Dr. Shawn Wilson. “When we first launched this P3 concept here in Plaquemines in early of 2018, a great deal of work was still needed. We have since completed the environmental process, have all preliminary permits, secured an additional $45M INFRA Grant, and have completed procurement of the first infrastructure Public Private Partnership in the state’s history.”

"This has been a very interesting and professionally managed process,” said Rep. Chris Leopold, State Representative for District 105. “We have never been this close to replacing this major bridge, and I am happy the state accommodated my request to have the public engaged, and to ensure that the citizens are given an opportunity to hear the outcome of the process, including toll rates. We have patiently participated in the process and I hope the public comes out to hear outcome.”

The Joint committee on Highway, Transportation & Public works will be meeting on Thursday morning in Baton Rouge upon adjournment of the Senate to provide a second opportunity for the public to comment.

“I want to commend the department and thank the citizens for having a very healthy, professional, and productive process,” said Senator Troy Carter, District 7. “While tolling is never the first choice, the reality is that infrastructure like this will require additional revenues, and we have pulled together two-third of the funding that’s needed. It is important to recognize tolling may be a viable option to move this project forward. This P3 project can be an example for other projects across Louisiana that we alone cannot afford to build.”

Following both hearings, the DOTD and the proposed developer will review all public comments and determine if any adjustments can be made. If accepted, the P3 proposer will maintain the new bridge through the period of its contract with DOTD and will recoup its investment through tolls paid by motorists using the new bridge. 

The P3 will be combined with funds from the $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant that DOTD received in June 2018, as well as $26.2 million in federal funds allocated to DOTD, $12 million in federal funds allocated to the Regional Planning Commission, and up to $12 million in GARVEE Bond proceeds. With this financing, DOTD is committed to building a fixed, four-lane bridge to replace the tunnel and moveable bridge on LA 23 in Belle Chasse using private investment.

The current bridge in Belle Chasse was built in 1968, and the tunnel opened in 1956. The average daily traffic is approximately 35,000 and this route serves as the primary access point to the residents, businesses, and industries of Plaquemines Parish. The new structure will benefit the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station while providing more efficient commute times in daily activities and hurricane evacuations for motorists.

Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at www.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

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