Regular Meeting

November 05, 2020 10:00 AM Virtual Meeting View Agenda (PDF) View Agenda (MS Word) View completed agenda Submit Public Comment View agenda with attachments

NEW ORLEANS - During today’s regular meeting, the City Council approved new requirements for sanitation roll carts and trash removal in downtown areas, passed a clarifying ordinance regarding next year’s Mardi Gras celebration, adopted a resolution supporting the Iris Development’s Affordable Housing Program application to develop vacant Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) land, and authorized two measures regarding extended deadlines for applications to the City Council Cares Program and the initial report of the Street Renaming Commission. 

Updated Requirements for Downtown & French Quarter Trash Removal

The Council passed Ordinance 33,151, amending the City Code to provide specific requirements for City sanitation roll carts and trash removal in the Downtown Development District, French Quarter, and portions of Frenchmen Street. The approved ordinance outlines the affected neighborhood boundaries and those able to request an exemption, clarifies the times in which roll carts are to be placed at the curb for pick-up and updates requirements for bulky waste placement and collection as part of the Frenchmen Street Pedestrian Concept. 

Application Deadline for Council Cares Program Extended to December 31

With its adoption of Resolution R-20-380, the Council will allow residents to apply for the City Council Cares Electric and Gas Utility Bill Assistance Program through December 31, 2020. In light of the unprecedented financial burdens and climbing unemployment rates faced by New Orleanians due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council unanimously voted to establish the City Council Cares Program on June 4, providing $400 in utility bill assistance to unemployed Entergy customers.


Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 8,000 residents and families stay afloat during these challenging months. However, there are still thousands of customers in need of direct financial assistance. In an effort to address the ongoing economic crisis resulting from COVID-19, the Council has extended the City Council Cares Program through the end of the year.


“While the economy continues to suffer from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCC has been providing more than $3m in direct credits to unemployed Entergy New Orleans customers struggling with their bills,” said Council Utilities Chair Helena Moreno. “Still, there is more work to do. To help more people, we’ve extended the program through the end of the year. We encourage anyone struggling with their utility bills to apply immediately by texting CCC to 69516.”


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New Seniority System for 2021 Mardi Gras Parade Krewes in Response to COVID-19 Concerns

The Council approved Ordinance 33,153 to preserve parade positions, parade routes, parade times, parade dates, and parade seniority for existing carnival organizations that elect not parade in 2021. The reoccurrence of cherished carnival parades on established days - such as Muses on Thursday, Endymion on Saturday, and Zulu and Rex on Fat Tuesday - represent a defining Mardi Gras tradition and important part of the cultural fabric of New Orleans. 

In order to maintain those traditions, the Council voted to modify the provisions of Section 34-2(4) of the City Code to create a system of seniority that will allow Mardi Gras organizations receiving a parade permit to parade on the same day and along the same route as the preceding year. 


With ongoing challenges and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, several parade krewes have had to make difficult decisions to ensure the safety of their riders, including the Krewe of Oshun which has already announced its cancellation for 2021. But as new cases and deaths continue to decline, the Council remains hopeful that next year’s Mardi Gras festivities will be able to proceed as planned. However, with its approval of this ordinance, the Council grants all carnival organizations the latitude to forego parading in 2021 without fear of sacrificing their traditional places in future parade schedules.


“I’ve had many conversations with friends from several different krewes, and I know that there is real concern surrounding the consequences of participating or nor participating in the 2021 Mardi Gras parade season. It's true that for those on the sidewalk or the neutral ground, Mardi Gras is the greatest free show on earth, but for the people charged with putting on the show, it is an expensive challenge under the best of circumstances. A tremendous portion of our population is not only hurting financially but very concerned about their health and safety. There are enough things to worrying about, and losing their parade spot due to no fault of theirs should not be one of them. All this ordinance does is provide our citizens with the freedom to make their individual decisions based on their own economics and their own health and safety concerns,” said District “B” Councilmember Jay H. Banks.

Council Supports Plans for Affordable Housing Development on Vacant HANO Land 

The Council adopted Resolution R-20-372, supporting of the Iris Development’s Affordable Housing Program application for a subsidy to develop vacant HANO land awarded via competitive Request for Proposals. There is an urgent need for the construction and/or rehabilitation of quality, safe and accessible housing in New Orleans to address the ongoing affordable housing crisis and meet the increasing needs of low- to moderate-income families. 


For the last several months, Iris Development has worked to engage surrounding neighborhood associations and nearby residents to identify and address their concerns. So much so, that it changed its initial plans in order to accommodate the feedback and requests of neighbors. The Council formally expressed its support for the organization’s revitalization plan, including its application to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas for the necessary funding to increase affordable housing stock within this vital community.

Street Renaming Commission to Provide Initial Report by November 30

The Council approved Motion M-20-374, confirming the November 30, 2020, deadline for the City Council Street Renaming Commission (CCSRC) to deliver its initial report and recommendations. Per Motion M-20-170 which established the CCSRC, the Commission was granted no later than three months after its first official meeting to provide the Council with its preliminary recommendations on renaming streets, parks and public places honoring white supremacists and Confederate soldiers.  


The Commission has worked diligently to conduct detailed research, meet with local community organizations and historical experts, and engage members of the public for feedback in the renaming process. However, due to the continued challenges of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and a near record-breaking hurricane season, the Commission has asked the Council for additional time to compile its initial report to allow more New Orleans residents to submit their feedback via two public comment forms available at


"With the Council’s establishment of the CCSRC, our top priority has always been and remains input from members of the public,” said District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. "New Orleans is home to all of us, and we all should be able to participate in shaping its future. This year has been challenging to say the least, so we hope that through the extension of this deadline, more people will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with us as we embark on this important process."

Created on: 2/4/2020 12:40:40 PM | Last updated: 11/13/2020 12:46:38 PM


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