October 06, 2011
City Council Chamber
City Council October 6, 2011 Regular Meeting Summary
New Orleans, LA - October 6, 2011 - Today, the City Council took official action ratifying the appointment of Eric Granderson as Interim Councilmember-at-Large and Vice President of the City Council. Granderson was Chief of Staff to Councilmember-at-Large Fielkow who vacated the seat on October 1st.
By ordinance, the Council also took action authorizing the City enter into Cooperative Endeavor Agreements to implement the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 in the Lower Ninth Ward and the Michoud Front Door Infrastructure Improvements Project in New Orleans East.
To honor and in respect of the late Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, the City Council adjourned its regular meeting early to attend funeral services at St. Louis Cathedral.
Interim Councilmember-at-Large and Council Vice President Granderson Officially Takes Council SeatThe City Council passed Motion M-11-466, to ratify the appointment of Eric Granderson as Interim Councilmember At-Large and Vice President of the Council. Granderson took his seat on the Council dais following a swearing in ceremony in the Council At-Large Office. Granderson took his oath with his wife Lorraine at his side. He was sworn by Council Chief of Staff Evelyn Pugh. The interim Councilmember-at-Large appointment is effective through the filling of the vacancy by Special Election. Granderson could serve up to seven months as the interim Councilmember-at-Large. A graduate of St. Augustine High School and Columbia University, Granderson has more than 30 years of City Government experience. A New Orleans native, he has worked as legislative aide or Chief of Staff to three City Councilmembers including Lambert Boissiere, Jr., Troy Carter and Arnie Fielkow. Granderson was also an Executive Assistant to Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, Capital Projects Manager for the Downtown Development District and a Staff Planner for the Regional Planning Commission. The Special Election to fill the permanent seat has been scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012. If a run-off is necessary, the election will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Qualifying is December 7-9, 2011. The Interim Councilmember is prohibited by the Home Rule Charter from entering his or her name as a candidate in the Special Election to permanently fill the unexpired Council seat.
Authorized Implementation of Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Michoud Front Door Infrastructure Project
The Council passed Ordinances Calendar No. 28,689 and Calendar No. 28,691 to authorize the implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 3 in the Lower Ninth Ward and the Michoud Front Door Infrastructure Improvements Project. The NSP cooperative endeavor agreement provides up to $4.7 Million to the City of New Orleans for the stabilization project in the Lower Ninth Ward. The funds will be used to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability have been and continue to be damaged by the economic impact of foreclosed and abandon properties. The Michoud cooperative endeavor agreement clears the way for the City to apply for and receive Grant Funds to support approved infrastructure projects that will repair and restore the entry-way to the NASA-Michoud Assembly Facility. Michoud, located in the New Orleans Regional Business Park, is one of the City's largest employers.