The meeting was convened at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana. Present were:
- Trey Bornmann;
- Kelly Brotzman;
- Diane Buckley;
- LaToya Cantrell;
- Karen Chabert;
- Dana Kaplan;
- Michael Karam;
- Michelle Kimball;
- James Logan;
- Adolph Lopez;
- Ryan McCabe;
- Ed McGinnis;
- Nora McGunnigle;
- Jamie Montreuil;
- Kara Morgan;
- Trey Nobles;
- Benjamin Plener;
- Mark Reding;
- Clifford Stockman;
- Joan Stockman;
- Keely Stockman;
- Rachel Williams; and
- Mario Zerigue.
The foregoing attendance list is based on (1) the sign-in sheet and (2) the Secretary’s notes. Other members who did not sign the sign-in sheet may have been in attendance. A copy of the sign-in sheet is attached as an addendum to these Minutes.
I. Attendanceby Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, District B, attended the majority of the meeting, introduced herself to the membership, and made introductory remarks. Members of Councilwoman Cantrell’s staff also attended the meeting.
II. Agenda Item 1: Project NOLA Crime Camera Network
Ed McGinnis explained the existence and purpose of Project NOLA Crime Camera Network and discussed the potential installation of a camera linked to Network at the corner of Annunciation and Washington.
Michelle Kimball moved to authorize representatives of the ICNA to speak with the owner of Nick’s at the corner of Annunciation and Washington regarding possible camera installation. Mark Reding seconded the motion. The membership unanimously voted in favor of the motion.
III. Private Security Patrol.
Trey Nobles reported the results of his research regarding the cost associated with a possible private security patrol of the Irish Channel (specifically, the area included between the southern half of Magazine and Tchoupitoulas, from Louisiana to Jackson). Mr. Nobles reported (1) that the cost associated with private patrol would be approximately $450,000; (2) that the cost per property owner would be approximately $320 per parcel; and (3) that, excluding violent crimes, the Irish Channel’s crime rate is nearly identical to that of the Garden District.
Based on Mr. Nobles’ report, Trey Bornmann moved that the ICNA cease efforts to potentially obtain and retain private security patrol of the Irish Channel. Mario Zerigue seconded the motion. The membership unanimously voted in favor of the motion.
IV. Lyons Center.
Various members gave an update as to the status of renovations of Lyons Center.
V. Burke Park
Ed McGinnis reported on the status of the lights in Burke Park, indicating that repairs will be complete by February 18, 2013. Mr. McGinnis moved that the ICNA send a letter to La. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, thanking her for her efforts in relation to the funds necessary for the repairs. Nora McGunnigle seconded the motion. The membership unanimously voted in favor of the motion.
VI. Dog Park.
Various members gave an update as to the status of the potential dog park on Tchoupitoulas. Councilwoman Cantrell indicated her support of expropriation of the land for the proposed dog park from HANO.
VII. Neighborhood Partnerships Network.
Nora McGunnigle reported regarding the Irish Channel being spotlighted in the next issue of the Trumpet, the Neighborhood Partnerships Network’s semi-monthly newspaper. The release party for the next issue of the Trumpet will be held on January 23, 2012. A subsequent e-mail from Ms. McGunnigle indicated that the release party will be held at the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship on that date from 5:50 to 8:00 p.m.
VIII. February Meeting.
Due to Mardi Gras, Kara Morgan moved that there be no ICNA meeting in February. Trey Bornmann seconded the motion. The membership unanimously voted in favor of the motion.