With critical infrastructure funding being called into question, Councilmember At-Large JP Morrell, who took office earlier this month, responds to Entergy New Orleans backing out of its $30 million commitment to build a substation that would provide critical drainage and power to pumps during flooding emergencies.
“The citizens of the city of New Orleans cannot afford for Entergy not to step up to this obligation or for the Administration to hope that Entergy changes its mind," said Councilmember Morrell. "Hand wringing and haggling have made it unlikely that we will see this substation online for the 2023 season as is. The Utility Committee will work directly with the Chair of the Budget, Councilmember Giarrusso, the Chair of Public Works, Councilmember Thomas, and Council President Moreno to take the necessary steps to move this project forward with public funding. In the absence of movement by our utility partner, we will do whatever is necessary to protect our residents.”
Councilmember Morrell was elected on November 13, 2021. The former state senator ran a people-powered campaign that included broad support of community organizations and advocates across the city. He currently serves as Chair of Utility, Cable, Telecommunications and Technology Committee.