Here is an update on Tropical Storm Barry from Joseph I. Giarrusso, New Orleans City Councilmember, District A, as of July 11th, 2019:
1. The track is moving closer east. The current expectation – subject to change – is 10-15 inches of rain.
2. Trash that was not picked up yesterday should be picked up today. There may come a point when the City will notify citizens that trash will not be collecting trash this weekend. If that happens, please secure your cans.
3. If people see catch basins blocked with debris, please remove the obstructions. DPW has trucks on the streets now.
4. SWBNO says 118/120 pumps are available, all pumping stations will have operators on duty through the event, and turbines are available.
5. If your car stalls in water, do not start the ignition again. In the first case, it may only be a $500 repair. Equipment Department reports trying to restart it would be $15,000.
6. All streetcars have been replaced with bus service. Depending on weather's progression, cut backs on RTA service will begin 1-2 hours prior to landfall, as needed.
7. River crest projection has fallen by one foot (from projected 20' to projected 19'). USACE stands by integrity of levees and says overtopping should not cause flooding into neighborhoods subject to proper pumping. This is the same as reported yesterday.
8. High river is a concern. The general threshold for mandatory evacuation is being in the cone of a Category 3 hurricane.
9. People are encouraged to voluntarily evacuate if they desire. Otherwise, please shelter in place.
10. In Orleans, the remaining IHNC and MRL floodgates will be closed.
11. Please sign up for updates from NOLA Ready: https://ready.nola.gov/stay-connected/emergency-alerts.
Read About the Avenue's Oak Tree Canopy's Continued Improvement in the New Orleans Advocate and on Nola.com
A story about St. Charles Avenue's oak trees, and the St. Charles Avenue Association's efforts to improve the Avenue's tree canopy, appeared in the New Orleans Advocate and on Nola.com.
> Read the article on Nola.com
Trees Along the Avenue - Tree Survey Shows Positive Effects from SCAA's Efforts
A tree survey performed by Bayou Tree Service has demonstrated that the SCAA's efforts to improve the tree canopy along the Avenue are working.
The survey was funded by the Association and performed as a continuation of previous surveys, first conducted in 1992. Since the initial survey, over 300 trees have been planted and maintained on and along St. Charles Avenue.
The survey noted that the Association had planted live oak trees along the Avenue; the Association has also funded fertilization and tree trimming over the years, and is now considering treating a number of live oaks along the Avenue for termite problems.
It's important to note that the survey does not include the trees planted on the side streets near where they intersect with the Avenue. When the adjacent side street trees are included, there are over 1,000 live oaks on the Avenue.
Bayou Tree Service has recently trimmed some of the trees along the upper part of St. Charles Avenue in order to raise the canopy of the trees, focusing on the younger trees. The Association, through Bayou Trees, has trimmed a total of 52 trees, a mixture of new and old trees, mostly between Broadway and the Riverbend. SCAA intends to continue this work along the remainder of the Avenue as funds permit.
Bayou Tree Service is the official tree partner of the St. Charles Avenue Association and has planted and cared for the live oaks on the Avenue for nearly 40 years.
Donations to help save the trees can be made on SCAA's contact page.
> Read the survey (PDF)
St. Charles Avenue is on ARC's Meeting Agenda Tuesday, June 18th
The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission Architectural Review Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 12:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the Homeland Security Conference Room on the 8th floor of City Hall, located at 1300 Perdido Street.
Two St. Charles Avenue properties are on the agenda, and the public is welcome to attend. 4801 St Charles Avenue and 4132 St Charles Avenue are mentioned in the meeting agenda. Below are excerpts :
4801 St Charles Ave: Mitchell Curole, applicant; Candice A Gwinn, owner; Renovation of Significant-rated building, including change of porch material.
4132 St Charles Ave: Craig Tolbert, applicant; Craig H Tolbert, owner; Installation of new balconies on existing apartment building.
> View meeting agenda (pdf)
St. Charles Avenue Magazine features photos from SCAA Annual Meeting
St. Charles Avenue Association's Annual Meeting in November 2018 was held at the home of Sybil and Blair Favrot. St. Charles Avenue Magazine featured photos of newly inaugurated board members Odom Heebe, James Van Horn, Billy Freiberg, Ned Bergin and Ashland Hines, as well as a photo of John Bendernagel, Shaun Duncan, Sybil Favrot and Paul Masinter.
Dear St. Charles Association Members and Supporters:
This Saturday, May 4, the citizens of New Orleans will vote on a 20-year renewal of 6.31 mils in property taxes. This is not a tax increase; it is an extension of an existing tax and a more equitable redistribution of that tax.
Currently, two property taxes totaling 6.31 mils expire in 2020 and 2021. The current property tax benefits the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission ("NORDC"), Parks and Parkways and the Audubon Commission/Audubon Institute ("Audubon") as follows: NORDC – $5,000,000; Parks and Parkways – $5,000,000; and Audubon – $10,800,000.
If approved, the renewed tax will remain at 6.31 mils for 20 years but it will now be divided among NORDC, Parks and Parkways, Audubon and – for the first time in its 169 year history – City Park as follows: NORDC – $6,400,000; Parks and Parkways – $6,000,000; Audubon – $6,400,000; and City Park – $2,000,000.
At our last meeting, your Board of Directors voted to endorse the millage as it will provide greater resources to Parks and Parkways (which maintains the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground and live oak trees), NORDC (which maintains parks and play-spots such as Danneel Park fronting on the Avenue), and Audubon Park. This is an important election and we encourage our members and supporters to vote on May 4.
Should you want additional information on the millage, the most accurate and complete explanation of the proposal is contained in the Bureau of Governmental Research ("BGR") report, which the BGR recently issued when it recommended that the millage be adopted.
Thank you for your consideration of the millage proposal. And remember, May 4 is a Jazz Fest Saturday – so be sure to vote early.
Paul J. Masinter,
President, St. Charles Avenue Association
> View the BGR Report
FILMING NOTIFICATION - NCIS New Orleans – Thursday, February 21, 2019
The CBS Series entitled NCIS: NEW ORLEANS will be filming at St. Charles Avenue & Audubon Place on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019. The main company will move in and begin filming in the area from approximately 3pm-10pm. On the day of filming their crew parking and base camp will be situated in private lots to minimize impact in the area. All driveways and handicap zones will be respected. If you have any loud construction work or large deliveries scheduled for the day in question, they ask that you please let them know in advance so they can accommodate your needs.
There will also be ITC (Intermittent Traffic Control) between the hours of 7am and 7pm, excluding rush hour times, at the intersection of St Charles Ave and Audubon Pl on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019.
Parking will also be affected on the following streets from 12:01am to 11:59pm on Thursday Feb 21st, 2019:
Both sides of the 6900 Block of St Charles Ave - Clear for Picture and Work Trucks
> See Flyer for more information
5200 St. Charles Avenue is on HDLC's Meeting Agenda Friday, February 22
The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission will hold a special meeting this Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the City Council chamber, located at 1300 Perdido Street. 5200 Saint Charles Avenue is on the agenda, and the public is welcome to attend. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place on February 6th, and has been rescheduled for February 22nd.
Below is an excerpt from the meeting agenda.
5200 St Charles Ave: St. Charles Avenue Historic District, Full Control: Corbett Scott, applicant; Will Owen Blankenship, owner; Renovation and addition to an existing accessory structure. (http://onestopapp.nola.gov/Redirect.aspx?SearchString=19-00375-HDLC).
> View meeting agenda (pdf)
The City Council failed to vote on a zoning-change request within 60 days of the City Planning Commission’s recommendation, Therefore, plans for a nail salon at 7457 St. Charles Avenue, uptown, have been halted.
Paul Masinter, President of the St. Charles Avenue Association, had written to the council members expressing SCAA’s opposition to the salon and was one of three speakers at the February 7th meeting.
The building owner needed a conditional-use permit to operate as a neighborhood commercial establishment, since the building had been vacant since 2017.
There is a two-year waiting period before the building owner can submit another request for the zoning change.
> Read more on Uptown Messenger
Join Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans' Park Partners to learn about the city-wide parks millage proposal (on the May 4, 2019 ballot) in a series of neighborhood meetings that run from Feb. 7 through Feb. 25 throughout the city.
The public meeting for District A will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th 2019 at 6 PM, at City Park's Parkview Terrace Room.
> More information on the City of New Orleans website
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