March 25, 2010
City Council Chamber
City Council March 25, 2010 Regular Meeting Summary
New Orleans, LA - March 25, 2010 - Today, the New Orleans City Council received a presentation and passed a Resolution supporting the outfall canal agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, Jefferson Parish and State officials, and the possible future implementation of Option 2a.
The Council also adopted a Zoning Docket to permit the expansion of St. Peter Claver Catholic Central School in District "C."
As the result of the loss of a quorum of Councilmembers due to a family emergency, the Council recessed the meeting and will re-adjourn on Tuesday, March 30th at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber to address the remaining items on the Agenda.
Supported Expansion of School Facilities in District "C"
The Council approved Zoning Docket 13/10 to permit the expansion of St. Peter Claver Catholic Central School, located in District "C" at 1020 North Prieur Street.
The expansion will provide space for a new kitchen, classrooms, offices and library at the school.
District "C" Councilmember James Carter said, "The children of our City represent New Orleans' future. We must invest in them through the enhancement of educational and recreational opportunities. The proposed additions at St. Peter Claver School will do just that, expanding and improving school facilities and enhancing the learning environment."
Supported Outfall Canal Agreement and Future Implementation of Option 2aThe Council passed Resolution R-10-157, introduced by Councilmember Clarkson, thanking the U.S. Army Corps for finalizing an agreement between the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, Jefferson Parish and State officials to construct permanent pumps for the City's three outfall canals.
The Resolution also calls upon the U.S. Army Corps to remain open to implementing Options 2 and 2a - which include deepening and repaving the canals, building new all-purpose pumps, and pumping excess water from the canals to the Mississippi River - within the two year time frame specified in the outfall canal agreement.
Colonel Bob Sinkler, Commander of the Hurricane Protection Office for the Army Corps of Engineers; Joseph Becker, Deputy General Superintendent of the Sewerage &Water Board; and Jefferson Parish Councilmembers-at-Large Thomas Capella and John Young, appeared before the Council to discuss the outfall canal agreement and the possible implementation of Options 2 and 2a.
The agreement provides for the replacement of temporary pumps, constructed after Hurricane Katrina and designed to last for five to seven years, with permanent pumps at the Orleans Avenue, London Avenue and 17th Street outfall canals. It also allows for the deepening and repaving of canal walls at the three outfall canal sites in the future. All projects related to the agreement are scheduled to be completed by late 2014.
Council Vice President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, "I would like to personally thank all of the parties involved for working together to finalize the implementation of this very important agreement. Floods don't respect parish lines and it is for that reason that it's so vital that we continue to work collaboratively with our neighboring Jefferson Parish to ensure that all our citizens are protected from storm surge."