June 20, 2019 10:00 AM
City Council Chamber
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NEW ORLEANS - At today's regular meeting, the City Council honored the life and legacy of iconic New Orleans musician Dr. John, approved Harrah's Community Support Grant Program recipients, created an Interim Short Term Rental (STR) Fund, passed an ordinance relative to royalty fees for St. Roch Market, and announced its intent to call an election to authorize the levy of taxes and/or the issuance of general obligation bonds.
Additionally, the Council heard presentations from Arc of Greater New Orleans highlighting its various programs and initiatives, Bishop Ryan Warner on the inaugural Sneauxball Fest being held in District "E" next month, and New Orleans Advocates for LGBT Elders (NOAGE) on the services they provide older LGBT residents.
Members of the Council with Jim Meadows and Jason Waguespack of NOAGE (left) and friends of Dr. John including Roland Guerin and Beth Arroyo Utterback (right)
Council Remembers Late Musician and Cultural Icon Dr. John
The Council invited friends and colleagues of legendary musician Dr. John for a presentation on his lifetime achievements and boundless contributions to the city. Dr. John was an instrumental figure in shaping New Orleans' rich history. Both a student and trailblazer of the unique "New Orleans sound," his reverence for the city's culture helped expand and elevate its influence across the globe.
"Dr. John's good works extended beyond his music," said Councilmember-At-Large Helena Moreno. "When tragedy struck, whether it was the floods after Katrina or the BP oil spill, Dr. John stepped in to help our city bounce back. He was truly a man of the people, often seen walking the streets unassuming, unpretentious, and shoulder to shoulder with his fellow New Orleanians always fighting for what was right."
The Council heard touching personal stories about the late musician from his bandleader Roland Guerin and WWOZ General Manager Beth Arroyo Utterback. Following the presentation, the Council adopted a corresponding resolution honoring the life and legacy of Dr. John in the City of New Orleans.
A public visitation for Dr. John will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Orpheum Theater. His private memorial to follow will be broadcast live on WWOZ from 1 to 3 p.m.
Council Creates Interim STR Fund
The Council approved an ordinance to create an Interim STR Fund to temporarily hold all revenues generated from the City's STR program. This ordinance does not establish fees or additional regulations for STRs; it simply establishes a holding place for STR-generated funds while the Council continues to assess the rules and regulations governing STRs in New Orleans.
City Council/Harrah's Community Support Grants Approved
The Council approved City Council/Harrah's Community Support Grant Program recipients per district. The program was established in 2006 to provide financial support to local organizations and projects that contribute substantially to the well-being, development, and growth of the New Orleans community. Harrah's grant funds are available to the Council semi-annually in the months of June and November.
For a full list of recipients, click here.
Inaugural SneauxBall Fest Set for July 4 in New Orleans East
The Council heard a presentation with details on the inaugural SneauxBall Fest taking place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in New Orleans East. SneauxBall Fest was created to enhance opportunities for small business owners and bring family fun activities to District "E."
The festival will take place in the 5900 block of Bullard Avenue on the grounds of Miracle Plaza. SneauxBall Fest will have something for everyone, from a wide variety of sweet treats and New Orleans style food from local vendors to interactive activities for children and live performances from local artists and musicians.
For more information on SneauxBall Fest or to view the full schedule of events, visit www.sneauxballfest.com.
Royalty Fees Established for St. Roch Market
The Council approved an ordinance authorizing the City, through the New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC), to enter into an amended lease agreement relating to St. Roch Market to clarify the rights and obligations associated with its trademark. The ordinance establishes a one-time royalty payment, and additional royalty payments moving forward, to the City for use of the St. Roch Market trademark.
Exterior photo of St. Roch Market courtesy of New Orleans CityBusiness
Council Announces Intent to Consider Calling an Election Asking Voters to Authorize General Obligation Bonds
The Council approved a motion announcing its intent to call an election at which voters will be asked to authorize the levy of taxes and/or the issuance of general obligation bonds. This bond issuance request from the Cantrell Administration would focus on maintenance for capital infrastructure projects.