Regular Meeting

December 15, 2016 

City Council Chamber

City Council Regular Meeting News Summary December 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - At today's City Council meeting, the Council celebrated the 25th consecutive Military Day in New Orleans; voted to approve the merger of Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) into the New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC); and voted to approve the creation of the Mid-City and Parkview Local Historic Districts, as proposed by the Historic Preservation Study Committee.

Also, the Council approved designated "Clean Zones" pertaining to areas in conjunction with the 2017 French Quarter Festival (FQF) and the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest (SSF), and introduced ordinances to establish an Environmental Advisory Committee and change the fee waiver system in New Orleans.

Fee Waiver Ordinances Introduced

Four ordinances were introduced at today's meeting to change the fee waivers system in New Orleans. Two ordinances propose to adjust the special event fees that will be charged. If passed, special event fees will be reduced across the board and further discounted at least 50 percent for nonprofit organizations. Additionally, the ad hoc fee waiver system will be eliminated.  

The remaining two are budget ordinances, which conservatively estimate the additional revenue these reforms will generate and appropriate the additional revenue to council priorities not included in the budget adopted on November 17. 

The Council is requesting feedback on these proposed changes. Residents can click here to review the administration's special event cost analysis presentation and provide comments.

Celebrated Military Appreciation Day

Chairman of the Mayor's Military Advisory Committee (MMAC), Major General David Mize, USMC Ret., appeared before the Council to lead the 23rd annual Military Day presentation. Chartered in 1972, the MMAC is charged with providing support to local military and their families, educating the public about the economic and social benefits associated with local military organizations, and retaining and growing the military bases in the region. The MMAC is an all-volunteer organization with approximately 100 members.

MMAC representatives presented the MMAC 2016 Annual Report, which included information on the Committee's activities and events over the past year and highlighted the MMAC's efforts to provide housing and support to homeless veterans.

Senior officers from local and regional military organizations, specifically the U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and the Louisiana Air and Army National Guard, provided the Council with updates on the programs, projects, ongoing activities, and community involvement of their respective organizations.

The Military Day activities also included performances by the United States Marine Corps Band.

"We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to you every single day," said Councilmember-At-Large Stacy Head. "Not only do you protect our way of life, but you contribute so much to the communities and cities that you live in. We're so proud and glad to have you here today, and we hope that when you retire, you choose to make New Orleans your home."

"The military means everything to me," said District "E" Councilmember Gray. "Several generations of my family, dating back to the American Revolution, have served. Today, my son-in-law, a Navy Commander, is assigned to the Pentagon; several of my nephews and young cousins have seen service in the Middle East. My proudest moment as a United States Marine was to lead a platoon into combat in Vietnam. I offer you all my deepest gratitude and thanks for your service to our country and for what you do for our New Orleans community."

"Oftentimes you hear folks talk about the greatest sacrifice but I think it's worth saying that it's not just about those who pay that sacrifice, but every single one of you all who is willing to pay that cost," said Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams. "Our country is one of the newest countries, but we are one of the strongest, and we are certainly the freest, and that is because of you. Councilmember Gray is a friend and mentor of mine, and recently I've spoken with him about his time in Vietnam. I am always left in awe of his stories about his time in the service."

"Your influence on children is undoubtedly one of the greatest values that you provide our city," said District "A" Councilmember Guidry. "I hope that we as a city have shown you how thankful we are. I think that our aim to be the first in the country to end veteran homelessness reflects our gratitude and immense respect. Thank you for everything that you do for us and a special thanks to your families for allowing you to be here today."

"I've had the opportunity to grow closer to the military through my service in the legislature and working with General Curtis on the National Guard's budget on the Appropriations Committee," said District "D" Councilmember Brossett. "We have a great history in Louisiana with the military, and we consider you all our family members. Each one of you preserves our democracy on a daily basis. I look forward to seeing the new VA, as it serves as an important tool and institution in assisting our service members when they come home and ending veteran homelessness in New Orleans."

Creation of the Mid-City and Parkview Local Historic Districts

The Council voted to approve the creation of the Mid-City Local Historic District and the Parkview Local Historic District, as proposed by the Historic Preservation Study Committee.

The prospect of creating new historic districts in Uptown, Carrollton, Mid-City and Parkview to strengthen the city's authority over demolitions, drew widespread support from the public at a hearing on August 23. Public comment heard at today's meeting reflected that sentiment, with five members of the community speaking to the Council on the importance of these historic districts. 

The Mid-City Local Historic District will be bordered by City Park Avenue, St. Louis Street, North Claiborne Avenue and Interstate 10. The Parkview Local Historic District would include areas within Moss, St. Louis and North Rocheblave streets and City Park, Esplanade and Orleans avenues.

The Historic District Landmarks Commission will have authority over demolitions in Parkview and demolitions in Mid-City. The HDLC anticipates a target date of January 1, 2017, to begin regulating the four new historic districts.

"I' would like to thank all of you here today for your support and hard work on this," said District "A" Councilmember Guidry. "I'm very happy see this pass."

Merger of Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) into the New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC)

The Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance, which resulted in NOBC as the only surviving nonprofit public benefit corporation. The NOBC now assumes all rights, powers, privileges and immunities of the CSDC.

The mission of NOBC presently includes leasing, developing, and managing real estate assets in New Orleans and stimulating economic development. The CSDC had a very similar mission, making NOBC the logical surviving organization.

The expanded portfolio of NOBC as the surviving entity consists of a board of eleven (11) members, two (2) of whom will be councilmembers and the remaining nine (9) members will be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Council of the City of New Orleans. The new board will be optimal to effectively manage the larger volume of business involving a diverse range of subjects.

Designated "Clean Zones" for 2017 French Quarter Festival (FQF) and Satchmo SummerFest (SSF)

The Council unanimously voted to approve "Clean Zones" pertaining to areas in conjunction with the 2017 French Quarter Festival (FQF) during the period beginning at 6:00 a.m., Monday, April 3, 2017, and ending at 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 10, 2017.

This will also include the period of 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, and ending at 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2017, relative to the use of these areas in conjunction with the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest (SSF).

The 2017 French Quarter Festival and the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest will have a tremendous positive economic impact on the City of New Orleans and the entire state; attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, dignitaries and media personnel.

Environmental Advisory Committee Ordinance Introduced

At today's meeting, District "C" Councilmember Ramsey introduced an ordinance to establish the Environmental Advisory Committee, which will advise and recommend to the Council guiding principles and policies relative to environmental, resiliency and sustainability issues. This ordinance will come up for a vote at the next regular Council meeting on January 12, 2017.

The establishment of this committee reflects the Council's desires to promote the long-term environmental goals of the city. These include city-wide preparation for future climate change, encouraging the development and use of alternative forms of transportation, expanding renewable energy technology development and promoting the use of recycling and other waste division strategies. 

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