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Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District C Newsletter - Feb. 2013

posted Feb 6, 2013, 4:42 PM by Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 5:52 PM ]
February 2013
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Throughout 2012, NOLA 311 will continue to integrate additional departments and services.

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Fire Department (NOFD)
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Health Department
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Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC)

HDLC Staff Contacts

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Mayor's Office
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Mosquito, Termite & Rodent Control Board
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Neighborhood Engagement Office
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New Orleans Recreation Commission (NORD-C)
(504) 658-3000

Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
(504) 681-3200

Parks & Parkways
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Public Library
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Department of Public Works
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Bureau of Revenue Tax Collection
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Sewerage and Water Board
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Report Water & Sewer Leaks 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week:
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Louisiana SPCA
(504) 368-5191

Taxi Cab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
(504) 658-7170

Vieux Carre Commission
(504) 658-1420

(504) 658-7125

District "C"
Police Districts

Emergency: 911

Commander Robert Norton
(504) 658-6010

Commander Brian D. Weiss
(504) 658-6040

Commander Christopher D. Goodly
(504) 658-6050

Commander Jeffrey H. Walls
(504) 658-6080
Councilmember Gisleson Palmer
Councilmember Gisleson Palmer
Dear Neighbors and Friends,

The end of this past year was a busy time for all of us! I wanted to share some of the improvements we have seen in District "C".

As we end Carnival season celebrations, I hope we will all realize that we have much to celebrate - from the re-development of the St. Roch Market and welcoming new and returning small businesses in many of our historic neighborhoods to celebrating the opening of the Algiers Regional Library and the extension of the Energy Smart program to residents in Algiers.
There is still a great deal of work to be done. I am committed to working with you to build upon the progress we have made to improve the quality of life for District C residents and the residents of our City.
Development in District "C"

Construction is underway on the Circle Food Store and the St. Roch Market. We broke ground on the Algiers Bike Path extension along the Algiers Levee and on the 5th District Police Station in the Upper 9th Ward. I pushed for progress on the redevelopment of the Treme Center and Brechtel Park, and have advocated for further progress on the new development of Berhman Stadium. For many of these developments, I worked with other local and state officials to secure needed funding and support.

We welcomed the opening of the Algiers Regional Library, the YMCA at Federal City, and small businesses on both the East and West Banks.

Circle Food Groundbreaking
Circle Food Store
Construction Begins
Algiers Bike Path Groundbreaking
Breaking Ground on the
Algiers Bike Path

Most recently, we worked with the Woodlands Conservancy on their acquisition of 190-acres of protected forested wetlands in lower Algiers. We also heralded the partnership of the Audubon Nature Institute with the San Diego Zoo to create a nature and wildlife preserve in Algiers. Both announcements are great for the maintenance of our local environment but also for the educational and recreational opportunities they will provide for residents for years to come.

Audubon Press Conference
Audubon Nature Institute
Press Conference
Woodlands Conservancy Press Conference
Woodlands Conservancy
Press Conference
St. Roch Market Press Conference
St. Roch Market Press Conference
Disaster & Recovery

After hearing the complaints of many residents immediately following Hurricane Isaac and touring the District to see the damage, I called for a special Disaster & Recovery Committee meeting where I led Councilmembers in examining the post-Isaac clean-up efforts. At that time, I also committed to working with other Councilmembers to lead an effort to support emergency preparedness and ensure that our elderly citizens and first responders have what they need before, during, and after emergencies.

Special Disaster and Recovery Committee Meeting

In a joint Hurricane Recovery Disaster & Recovery Committee with our state representatives, we examined what happened to promised recovery funding for the many non-profit organizations supporting individuals and those leading recovery projects throughout the City.

Finally, I initiated the effort to reform the Lot Next Door program. By examining the obstacles our residents are facing along with researching best practices from across the country, we can improve the program so more residents are able to take advantage of the opportunity.


In the Summer of 2012, the City Council passed the Taxi Cab Reform package and changes began to be implemented in the Fall. The reforms, which require higher standards for vehicles and the installment of navigation, credit card readers and safety equipment, are helping to ensure that drivers and passengers experience high-quality, safe travel to and from their destinations.

New Streetcar Route
Loyola Streetcar
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I have advocated for more bus shelters and benches at RTA stops throughout the District and saw the completion and opening of the Loyola Streetcar line.

Finally, as implementation of the Complete Streets Policy that I passed is underway, the number of bike paths and pedestrian crosswalks at intersections and surrounding schools, and the number of curbs repaired to be ADA compliant have increased dramatically. This ensures that our residents who walk, rely upon bicycles or have a disability have safe and more accessible options for transit.

Bicycle Rack in French Quarter

We all know that there is still a great deal of work to be done. Please know that as Councilmember for District "C," I am committed to building upon the progress we have made and will continue to work to improve the quality of life for District "C" residents and all residents of the City.

Warm Regards,