Apr 152019
 

(prcno.org)

The Preservation Resource Center is hosting a three-part series to address the risks and challenges climate change presents for New Orleans and the role preservation can play in creating a more resilient future.

The first event of the series, to be held Wednesday, is a panel discussion titled “Document.” As the PRC website explains: “As our climate changes, so do our natural, built and cultural landscapes. While we strive to save as much as we can, we must consider what we are poised to lose and how efforts to record and archive can help mitigate inevitable casualties.”

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Apr 052019
 

Hoffman Triangle  (via Google Maps)

Hoffman Triangle residents are invited to come out to Taylor Park on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m. for a family-friendly event to learn about ways they can reduce flooding by planting trees, installing rain barrels and reducing paving.

“Many neighborhoods in New Orleans, including the Hoffman Triangle, are vulnerable to repeated flooding,” said Dana Eness, executive director of the Urban Conservancy.

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Apr 012019
 

Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets. (via roadwork.nola.gov)

The city’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, announced it has substantially completed the infrastructure improvement project on Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets. The work began in June 2018.

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Mar 082019
 

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The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, is now more than 80 percent complete constructing a road and infrastructure improvement project on Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets.

The project in the Black Pearl neighborhood was designed by Professional Engineering Consultants Corp. and is being built by Fleming Construction Co.

Construction crews have been installing rain gardens and bio swales. The majority of the pervious (allows water to move through) parking lanes have been installed across the length of the project.

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Feb 202019
 

Attorney Mike Whitaker, left, speaks to then-mayoral candidate Troy Henry in the Leche family kitchen in 2017 about damage to the home during the drainage canal construction outside on Jefferson Avenue. A crack is visible in the wall behind Whitaker. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($770,435) to 10 homeowners for damages resulting from the Southeast Louisiana Urban Drainage Project construction. The Sewerage & Water Board is responsible for the damage, the judge ruled.

The trial is the third for Uptown homeowners suing S&WB for construction and vibration damage.

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Nov 292018
 

Prytania Street was transformed into a pit in 2015 for the installation of new drainage canals underground. (photo courtesy of Manual Mondragon, @mm_dragon on Twitter)

A civil judge found the Sewerage & Water Board liable this week for more than $500,000 in damages to 11 homes along the major Napoleon Avenue drainage project, awarding sums ranging from $13,000 to $110,000 to the individual homeowners as hundreds more cases remain pending. Continue reading »

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Sep 262018
 

Joe Giarrusso

Jason Williams

How does New Orleans City Council prioritize its budget?

Joe Giarrusso III, who represents District A, and Jason Williams, elected by the city at large, discussed the city’s budgeting process and priorities with residents of the Carrollton Area Network. Both councilmembers used the Tuesday evening meeting to present their ideas for improvements or new allocations, with opportunities for public input.

Roughly half of the city’s $646 million general funds are spent on public safety and government, according to the city’s 2018 adopted budget. Roughly five percent goes toward public works – around $33 million – and just over $37 million put toward sanitation. Police and fire combined are allotted just over $263 million.

Every 24 cents on the dollar is dedicated to public safety; the same amount is allocated to public education. Eight cents go toward sewerage and water, but not drainage, and seven cents go toward public transportation. Three cents for every dollar are dedicated to street and traffic signals, which translates to roughly $5 million, Giarrusso said. Continue reading »

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Jul 132018
 

State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty discusses a resolution creating a task force to study the Sewerage & Water Board with Rep. Royce Duplessis, also of New Orleans, prior to the bill’s passage May 16. (photo via Louisiana House of Representatives)

Joe Giarrusso

The state legislature is creating a new task force to study the endemic problems at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans — an entity it created more than a century ago — and has requested a report within six months on whether the agency should continue to exist.

City Councilman Joe Giarrusso III — who chairs the council’s public works committee that has been investigating some of the same issues — praised the step, saying that the state’s focus on the agency’s long-term structure will allow him to focus more on correcting its day-to-day management issues. Continue reading »

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May 222018
 

A poster for Food Drunk, a food truck-based restaurant, withstands the weather. Inclement, damaging weather caused the cancellation of the first day of Bayou Boogaloo on Friday, May 18. (Zach Brien MidCityMessenger.com)

Days after a sudden Friday afternoon storm flooded parts of Mid-City yet again, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced her plans Tuesday morning to push infrastructure and drainage projects forward.

Cantrell promised to prioritize an urban water plan, that includes rainwater cisterns underneath Uptown parks, while working to free up funding for water mitigation and drainage projects held up in design processes. Read the full article by Claire Byun at MidCityMessenger.com.

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Feb 272018
 

Gert Town’s Low Cost Animal Medical Center will celebrate its “One Year Pawty” this Sunday with an afternoon featuring adoptable pets, music, raffles, food from Bonafried Truck, and cold beer from Brieux Carré Brewing Company.

Low Cost Animal Medical Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit veterinary hospital that opened its doors last March. Located at 4300 Washington Ave., the hospital is “dedicated to providing quality affordable veterinary care to the pets of Greater New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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Oct 062017
 

Attorney Mike Whitaker (left) speaks to mayoral candidate Troy Henry in the Leche family kitchen about damage to the home during the drainage canal construction outside on Jefferson Avenue. A crack is visible in the wall behind Whitaker. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of mayoral and City Council candidates promised Friday morning to try to find out if the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans still has the $115 million reserve fund intended to pay damages from its major Uptown drainage-canal construction projects, as well as to try to push the entity toward mediation of their claims rather than continuing in a costly legal fight against them. Continue reading »

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Sep 182017
 



From Mid-City Messenger

City Council District A candidates all have varying solutions for the ongoing Sewerage and Water Board fiasco, including hiring staff with water management experience and using spare Department of Public Works employees to clean out catch basins.

All agreed, however, that more oversight is needed for the state-created entity. Continue reading »

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Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

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