NEW ORLEANS - Today, District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer announced her support for a major $375M bond package to fund priority infrastructure improvements and public safety projects throughout New Orleans. The sale comes at a critical time as the city continues to rebuild and strengthen public infrastructure following Hurricane Ida and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council will have the opportunity to approve the spending package at its next regular meeting on Thursday, November 4.
“I’m proud to add my name on this major piece of legislation. As we saw with the rapid intensification of Hurricane Ida, severe weather is becoming the norm for New Orleans and the rest of the world," said Councilmember Palmer. "If we want to continue to live and work in New Orleans for years to come, we need to continue to work to protect ourselves with 21st-century infrastructure - which includes investing in our first responders, police and fire departments.”
Major projects to be funded in District “C” include safety priorities for Councilmember Palmer, such as $6.1M for a new Westbank fire station and upgrading NOPD stations to withstand major storms. An additional $2.2M will be spent on upgrading flood protection in Algiers Point near the RTA ferry landing station.
Some additional District C items include:
- $1.1M for Washington Square Restoration Phase II
- $515K for land acquisition for a new fire station in the upper 9th ward
- $235K for additional contingency funding for the proposed new NOPD 4th District Police Station
- $550K for renovations at the French Market
- $4M for renovations to the Skelly Rupp Baseball Stadium
Additional city-wide major projects include:
- $64M for street construction
- $550Kfor the 24/7 Real-Time Crime Cameras
- $4M for green infrastructure managed by Parks and Parkways
- $10.8M for catch basin repairs
- $7.2M for stormwater management projects
- $5M for the Rapid Re-opening of Lincoln Beach
- $19.4M for affordable housing development
- $9.8M for emergency response vehicles and $3.8 M for inspection and construction trucks for the Department of Public Works
- $1.2M for a sprayer plane for the Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board