Sep 202010

Susan Guidry

A New Orleans city councilwoman invited Uptown residents to a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight about recent drainage issues, and took a moment to encourage support for upcoming recreation reforms, at a Sunday night neighborhood meeting.

District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry attended the beginning of the Upper Hurstville Neighborhood Association’s meeting Sunday afternoon to say she had called the meeting after so much recent street flooding. Rainstorms over the last several weeks have quickly rendered many roads through the neighborhood impassable.

“It truly is the definition of insanity to get your emails, send them to the Department of Public Works or the Sewerage and Water Board, and get the same nonsensical answers back,” Guidry said.

Flooding has increased since the street work that initially had the neighborhood so enthusiastic, Guidry said. She described contractors paving over catch basins, praising recent reporting by FOX 8 for drawing attention to the problem.

The meeting will begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. Thursday tonight, and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m., at St. Matthew UCC Church, 1333 South Carrollton Avenue. Guidry encouraged residents to bring photos or any other documentation they have of the flooding.

Guidry also urged residents to vote “yes” in favor of Councilman-at-Large Arnold Fielkow’s proposed reforms to the New Orleans Recreation Department on the Oct. 2 ballot.

“NORD is totally broken. It’s just a mess now,” Guidry said. “No mayor in a long time has given it the kind of attention it needs, nor has it gotten the funding it needs.”

Historically, the department has been set on a new direction with every new mayor that comes into office, Guidry said. If the reforms pass, an independent commission will develop a long-term recreation plan that will be bolstered by private fundraising by a nonprofit foundation, she said.

“It’s extremely important that we try this new method,” Guidry said.

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