Updated Capital Budget Hearing Schedule

Capital Improvement Plan 2014-2018

(REVISED JUNE 24, 2013)

The City Planning Commission, in accordance with Sections 3-117, 5-402, and 6-104 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, will hold public hearings to consider Capital Budget requests by the departments and agencies of the City for the 2014-2018 program years. All hearings will be held in the One Stop Shop (OSS) of New Orleans City Hall, at 1300 Perdido Street, Room 7W03, New Orleans, Louisiana, on the following dates and times within the following rooms:

 

Date and Time

Department/Agency

Location (in OSS)

Monday, June 17

 

 

11:00am-12:30pm

New Orleans Fire Department

Conference Room A

Tuesday, June 18

 

 

11:00am-12:30pm

Department of Public Works

Conference Room B

Wednesday, June 19

 

 

10:00am-11:30am

French Market Corp./Upper Pontalba Bldg. Rest. Corp.

Conference Room A

1:00-2:30pm

Office of Homeland Sec. & Emergency Preparedness/Municipal Training Academy AND Emergency Medical Services (Department of Health)

Conference Room B

2:30-4:00pm

New Orleans Public Library

Conference Room B

Monday, June 24

 

 

9:30-11:00am

Mosquito Control Board

Conference Room A

2:00-3:30pm

Department of Property Management

Conference Room A

3:30-5:00pm

New Orleans Aviation Board

Conference Room A

Tuesday, June 25

 

 

9:30-11:00am

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission

Conference Room D

11:00am-12:30pm

New Orleans Museum of Art

Conference Room A

Wednesday, June 26

 

 

10:00am-11:30am

New Orleans Police Department

Conference Room A

2:30-4:00pm

Reserved for continuation or rescheduling

Conference Room A

Thursday, June 27

 

 

2:00-3:30pm

Department of Sanitation

Conference Room A

3:30-5:00pm

Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation

Conference Room A

Monday, July 1

 

 

2:00-3:30pm

City Park Improvement Association

Conference Room A

3:30-5:00pm

New Orleans Aviation Board

Conference Room A

Tuesday, July 2

 

 

11:00am-12:30pm

Office of Information Technology and Innovation

Conference Room A

3:30-5:00pm

Audubon Commission

Conference Room A

Tuesday, July 9

 

 

9:30-11:00am

Department of Parks and Parkways

Conference Room B

11:00am-12:30pm

CAO/Equipment Maintenance Division

Conference Room A

 

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. PUBLIC QUESTIONS WILL BE ADDRESSED FOLLOWING THE STAFF DISCUSSION ON THE PROPOSALS.

Participatory Budgeting Teach-In: Tuesday, June 25

Would you like to decide how your city tax dollars are spent? The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG)’s budget campaign is trying to make that happen by bringing participatory budgeting to New Orleans.

 

For the past couple of years, NOCOG’s budget campaign has worked to engage residents in the City’s budget process through forums like the Budget Breakdown in July 2011; the publication of plain language guides (on understanding the budget process and how to monitor and evaluate the budget once it has been adopted; and petitioning City Council members to adapt parts of the current process. What we learned is that there are multiple barriers to meaningful engagement in the existing process, and that if we truly want to see change in how residents’ prioritize public spending, we need a new process. Because of this, beginning in December 2012, we began to re-evaluate this campaign and how we can collectively make a concerted push towards adopting participatory budgeting for New Orleans.
Participatory Budgeting is a proven and established mechanism for resident involvement where community membersdirectly decide how to spend part of a public budget. We believe that this process can be provide a more democratic, transparent relationship between residents and government AND establish a system for equitable funding across all neighborhoods in our city. So, we have re-launched this campaign as Participatory Budgeting NOLA (PB NOLA) and want to share, learn and plan together with everyone and anyone that wants to be involved!
We are holding a PB NOLA teach-in on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Street. A Flyer for this meeting is at this link and we hope that you will attend in the collective envisioning for equitable public spending in New Orleans!
Even if you cannot make it on June 25th, we will want to hear from you! Please let us know your thoughts about the budget and participatory budget. Also, we can add your email to the list to make sure to inform you of future meetings and events.

If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Nick Kindel at nolacpp@gmail.com or (504) 267-4665.

CBNO Speaks at “Tell Cantrell” Press Conference

CBNO had the privilege of joining Councilmember Cantrell on Tuesday when she announced her new community engagement initiative, “Tell Cantrell” at a press conference in Gert Town. CBNO president Keith Twitchell made the following remarks at the press conference.

“Thank you Councilmember Cantrell for including the Committee for a Better New Orleans as you make this important announcement.

Community engagement has been essential to the recent past in New Orleans, and it is even more vital to our future. We all know that it was the people on the ground, in the neighborhoods, who led the recovery of our city after Katrina It is the same people – you here today – who will lead the revitalization of our city going forward.

When community members come together and talk among themselves respectfully, they can develop a shared vision for what their streets, their playgrounds, their neighborhoods should look like. When this vision is provided to city leaders, in the form of community input, it leads to better allocation of city resources and better decisions by city agencies and departments. When community input is really heard by our leaders, it creates true partnership between community and government.

In the long term, we simply must work together to create permanent structures for bringing information from government to community and for bringing input from community to government. We must ensure that all residents have the access and the capacity to have their voices heard in the decisions that impact our lives. But now, today, CBNO expresses its strong appreciation to Councilmember Cantrell for setting up this opportunity for the people of Gert Town to come together and make their voices heard, and we encourage every resident of this neighborhood to participate. We so often look at what divides us, but there is so much more that unites us. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to find common ground, identify common priorities, and work with Councilmember Cantrell, Mayor Landrieu, Chief Serpas and other leaders to help make Gert Town a safer, better place. Please – make the most of it!”

Revised Capital Budget Public Hearing Schedule

Here is a link to the old schedule that has all of the budget request documents. You can also find some of the interesting budget requests at this link. Here is the revised schedule from the City Planning Commission:

The City Planning Commission, in accordance with Sections 3-117, 5-402, and 6-104 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, will hold public hearings to consider Capital Budget requests by the departments and agencies of the City for the 2014-2018 program years. All hearings will be held in the One Stop Shop (OSS) of New Orleans City Hall, at 1300 Perdido Street, Room 7W03, New Orleans, Louisiana, on the following dates and times within the following rooms:

 

Date and Time Department/Agency Location (in OSS)
Monday, June 17    
11:00am-12:30pm New Orleans Fire Department Conference Room A
Tuesday, June 18    
11:00am-12:30pm Department of Public Works Conference Room B
Wednesday, June 19    
10:00am-11:30am French Market Corp./Upper Pontalba Bldg. Rest. Corp. Conference Room A
1:00-2:30pm Office of Homeland Sec. & Emergency Preparedness/Municipal Training Academy AND Emergency Medical Services (Department of Health) Conference Room B
2:30-4:00pm New Orleans Public Library Conference Room B
Monday, June 24    
9:30-11:00am Mosquito Control Board Conference Room A
2:00-3:30pm Department of Property Management Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm New Orleans Aviation Board Conference Room A
Tuesday, June 25    
9:30-11:00am New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Conference Room A
11:00am-12:30pm New Orleans Museum of Art Conference Room A
Wednesday, June 26    
10:00am-11:30am New Orleans Police Department Conference Room A
2:30-4:00pm Reserved for continuation or rescheduling Conference Room A
Thursday, June 27    
2:00-3:30pm Department of Sanitation Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation Conference Room A
Monday, July 1    
2:00-3:30pm City Park Improvement Association Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm Reserved for continuation or rescheduling Conference Room A
Tuesday, July 2    
11:00am-12:30pm Office of Information Technology and Innovation Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm Audubon Commission Conference Room A
Tuesday, July 9    
9:30-11:00am Department of Parks and Parkways Conference Room A
11:00am-12:30pm CAO/Equipment Maintenance Division Conference Room A

 

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. PUBLIC QUESTIONS WILL BE ADDRESSED FOLLOWING THE STAFF DISCUSSION ON THE PROPOSALS.

 

Paul Cramer

Planning Administrator

City Planning Commission

1300 Perdido Street, #7W03

New Orleans, LA 70112

CBNO Statement Regarding the City Planning Director Search

The following statement was read by CBNO at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 18 — and despite what the Times-Pic reported, we were NOT expressly referring to Mayor Landrieu in the fifth paragraph!

The position of Executive Director of the City Planning Commission is among the most important in New Orleans. CBNO appreciates the opportunity to offer some comments on some key qualifications for the new Director.

First, the new Director must have a strong record of practical experience in urban planning, preferably from a city that is comparable in size and demographics to New Orleans. More specifically, a track record related to solving problems such as blight, code enforcement, poverty-related issues and similar challenges that are among our top priorities would be very useful.

Equally important is a track record of working with community. Our residents have been at the core of our city’s revitalization, and the new Director must be able to continue and even expand this partnership between professional planners and everyday people. This specifically includes an understanding of neighborhoods, neighborhood associations and the myriad reasons why we must define and know who and where our neighborhoods are.

While public sector experience would be a big plus, we do not think it is strictly necessary. However, the new Director should understand the requirements and the constraints of working within a system like city government, including strong ability to communicate with elected officials, the public at large, and of course, you the Commissioners. At the same time, that individual must be strong enough to fend off political meddling or other forms of micro-management.

Finally, if the new Director is a present or past New Orleanian – which would obviously have some benefits – he or she absolutely cannot be perceived as being part of any political structure or affiliation. This person must be able to work within the system, but must also have the independence to balance the interests of government, business, neighborhoods, and residents – and ideally to find as much common ground among these interests as possible.

In sum, we need the right mix of planning expertise, strong management, respect for community engagement, political awareness, and ability to bring many voices together in a constructive way. This may be a tall order, but given the importance of the position, we urge the Planning Commission to take the necessary steps to find the right person for the job.

Interesting Capital Budget Department Request

Looking through the proposed capital budgets that the departments have submitted, here are some interesting budget requests that it would worth taking a closer look at. Here is the complete hearing schedule, but you might want to check out the City Planning Commission calendar page because already two or three of the meeting times have changed. For more information on the Capital Budget, go to this link: http://new.nola.gov/city-planning/capital-improvement-plan/

Homeland Security: Wed, June 19, 1pm:
$35 millionJoint Municipal Training Academy: Establish a joint training academy at the Victor H. Schiro MTA, including new 40,000 sq ft adminstration [sic] building, auditorium, indoor shooting range, classrooms, gym, barracks, pursuit driving track, and public safety training street. Facility would serve NOPD, NOFD, and NOEMS, as well as area public safety partners. Here is the a link to the Homeland Security Capital Budget Request.

Public Library: Wed, June 19, 2:30pm:
$8.9 million – New Library Branch: The NOPL is requesting $8.9 million to build a new library branch at an undisclosed location somewhere in District E. Here is the NOPL Capital Budget Request.

Property Management: Mon, June 24, 2pm:
$6.2 million Bonds Funds – Mahalia Jackson Theater Repairs: Replace air handler units (AHU) #1 thru 8. Add humidity sensors to the Siemens control system. Insulate diffusers to reduce the amount of condensation on and around ceiling. Repair ceiling damage from condensation. Repair the store front doors and glass on the front of the theater. Paint the interior of the auditorium a non-reflective color. Build a multi-story parking garage. Didn’t the Theater just get repaired after Katrina? Here is the Property Management Capital Budget Request.

New Orleans Aviation Board: Mon, June 24, 3:30pm:
$640 million in “local funds” – New Airport Terminal: To Build a World-class Airport Facility. That is all of the information that they give for how they will spend the $640,000,000 for the new airport. Also, they are going to spend another $1 million in capital funds at the current airport. Here is the complete NOAB Capital Budget Request.

NORD Commission: Tues, June 25, 9:30am:
$31,287,500 for 22 Park Projects: The NORD Commission has various park projects across the city. Some interesting facts, they ask for $500,000 for a City-wide stake park, but only allocate $250,000 of that amount. There is $5.7 million for Dog Parks. The other $3+ million projects are for 3 pool projects. Here is the NORDC Capital Budget Request.

NOPD: Wed, June 26, 10am:
$4.4 million for Municipal Training Academy (MTA) Repairs: I am not sure how this request for repairs relates to other request for $35 million for a new MTA. $10 million for new District 2 Police Station: new police station. It is unclear if it will be at the old Magazine St & Napoleon Ave location on a new local in Gert Town or elsewhere. $3.6 million for District 3 Police Station: Build out of 1st and 3rd floor of the station. Here is the NOPD Capital Budget Request.

Municipal Yacht Harbor: Thurs, June 27, 3:30pm:
$12.7 million for various capital budget request. Funding for bandstand/gazebo, linear park, dredging and other projects. Here is the Yacht Harbor Capital Budget Request.

CAO/Equipment Maintenance Division: Mon, July 1, 3:30pm:
$23.8 million for Fire Truck Equipment for pumper and ladders. Here is the Equipment Division Capital Budget Request.

Parks & Parkways: Tues, July 9, 9:30am:

$5 million for 8 Park projects including Bartholomew Golf Course, PKW Greenhouse Renovation, Washington Square, Brechtel Park, and Congo Square. Here is Parks & Parkways Capital Budget Request.

 

 

Revised Capital Budget Hearing Schedule

From City Planning Commission (the links go to that department’s capital budget request):

City Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice
Capital Improvement Plan 2014-2018
(REVISED JUNE 14, 2013)
The City Planning Commission, in accordance with Sections 3-117, 5-402, and 6-104 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, will hold public hearings to consider Capital Budget requests by the departments and agencies of the City for the 2014-2018 program years. All hearings will be held in the One Stop Shop (OSS) of New Orleans City Hall, at 1300 Perdido Street, Room 7W03, New Orleans, Louisiana, on the following dates and times within the following rooms:
Monday, June 17
11:00am-12:30pm
New Orleans Fire Department
Conference Room A
Tuesday, June 18
11:00am-12:30pm
Department of Public Works
Conference Room B
2:00-3:30pm
City Park Improvement Association
Conference Room B
Wednesday, June 19
10:00am-11:30am
French Market Corp. & Upper Pontalba Bldg. Rest. Corp.
Conference Room A
1:00-2:30pm
Office of Homeland Sec. & Emergency Preparedness/Municipal Training Academy AND Emergency Medical Services (Department of Health)
Conference Room B
2:30-4:00pm
New Orleans Public Library
Conference Room B
Monday, June 24
9:30-11:00am
Mosquito Control Board
Conference Room A
11:00am-12:30pm
Reserved for continuation or rescheduling
Conference Room A
2:00-3:30pm
Department of Property Management
Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm
New Orleans Aviation Board
Conference Room A
Tuesday, June 25
9:30-11:00am
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
Conference Room A
11:00am-12:30pm
New Orleans Museum of Art
Conference Room A
Wednesday, June 26
10:00am-11:30am
New Orleans Police Department
Conference Room A
2:30-4:00pm
Reserved for continuation or rescheduling
Conference Room A
Thursday, June 27
2:00-3:30pm
Department of Sanitation
Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm
Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation
Conference Room A
Monday, July 1
2:00-3:30pm
Reserved for continuation or rescheduling
Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm
CAO/Equipment Maintenance Division
Conference Room A
Tuesday, July 2
11:00am-12:30pm
Office of Information Technology and Innovation
Conference Room A
3:30-5:00pm
Audubon Commission
Conference Room A
Tuesday, July 9
9:30-11:00am
Department of Parks and Parkways
Conference Room A
11:00am-12:30pm
Reserved for continuation or rescheduling
Conference Room A
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. PUBLIC QUESTIONS WILL BE ADDRESSED FOLLOWING THE STAFF DISCUSSION ON THE PROPOSALS.
June 19, June 21, and June 26, 2013
Yolanda Rodriguez, Executive Director