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Meeting Minutes 09/11/2014

Monthly Meeting Minutes – SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

  • The following members and guests were in attendance: Amanda Albert, Richard Albert, Lindsey tubbs, Graham Bosworth, Marilyn Jemison, David Bordelon, Rristen Rome, Mark Redding, Harvey Stern, Adolph Lopez, Louis David, Jamie Montreuil, Tamela Miller, Jason Riggs, Karen Chabert, Trey Bornmann, Trey Nobles, Nora McGunnigle, Ryan McCabe, Jeremy Smith
  • Graham Bosworth addressed the membership regarding his judicial candidacy for Division “D,” Criminal District Court.
  • Amanda Albert, an Irish Channel resident and real estate agent with Latter & Blum addressed the membership regarding the Preservation Resource Center’s Sellabration, which will be held at 923 Tchoupitoulas Street on September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Trey Nobles addressed the membership regarding ongoing efforts to obtain funding for crime cameras in the Irish Channel. A $2,500 grant is likely. Trey and other members are currently working to determine criteria for allocation of crime camera grant funding to interested Irish Channel residents.
  • Mark Redding addressed the membership regarding the status of negotiations with Brick & Spool regarding a proposed good neighbor agreement. Negotiations are pending and no agreement has been reached.
  • Jeremy Smith addressed the membership on the National Night Out Against Crime, which will be held on October 14, 2014 at a time to be determined.
  • On October 3 around sundown, the Movies in the Park series will present Monsters University at Burke Park.
  • On October 30 from 4-8, the Rusty Nail will donate 20% of sales proceeds to the Lyons-Burke Booster Club. It is unclear whether interested individuals in attendance will have to mention the donation.
  • On September 29 at 10:30 a.m., a free Tai Chi class will be available at the Lyons Center.
  • On October 1 at 10:15 a.m., a free “Yoga Groove” class will be available at the Lyons Center.
  • The next meeting of the Lyons-Burke Booster Club will be held at the Lyons Center on October 13 at a time to be determined.
  • Karen Chabert reported to the membership regarding the Crime Committee. Efforts are currently underway to provide programming for local youth aimed at crime prevention.
  • Harvey Stern reported to the membership regarding the Land Use Committee. The proposed zoning change for Magazine Street was ultimately rejected by the City Planning Commission.
  • Marilyn Gemison addressed the membership regarding the Land Use Committee. Efforts will be made to increase the transparency of the Committee’s activities.

Meeting Minutes: 8/14/2014


  • Presentation re Waldorf School expansion
    • Empty lot near existing school and would like to build a second structure for early-age school.
  • Introductions
  • Asian Bistro – R. McCabe Reported
    • GDA did not provide draft good neighbor agreement until shortly before meeting
    • Mention coordination issues with GDA to CM Cantrell during next meeting
    • Agreement approved
    • J. Smith to sign
  • Kara Morgan Shade Fund Update – E. McGinnis
    • $10k in pledges, $6,500 in hand
    • $50k goal
    • Plans for additional fundraisers, media
    • Monthly meeting planned for 9/11/14 at 6 p.m.
    • Karen will facilitate Red Dress Run Grant
  • Crime – A. Lopez
    • Washington/Annunciation Update
      • Efforts to cause suspension of liquor license?
    • NONPAC – Thursday 8/21/14 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Crime Camera Grant – T. Nobles to give update at next meeting
    • Record of arrests at corner – request during  NONPAC meeting
  • Mayor’s meeting on budget process
  • PRC Sellabration on 9/13/14
  • Night Out Against Crime 10/14/14
  • Dana Kaplan resigned – Mark Redding elected
  • Program Coordinator – N. McGunnigle elected
  • H. Stern – Land Use update

Meeting Minutes: 7/10/2014

ICNA Meeting Minutes
July 10, 2014

Enroll members of the Crime Camera Committee
Harrah’s grant deadline is in September, other deadline has passed.
CCTV Wholesalers – – grant accepted vendor
Entire outfit is $299 – an $800 value as CCTV received a grant as well
Cameras will link to Project NOLA
Grant can be applied through District B or the two At-Large councilmembers
Committee: Trey Nobles, John Howard, Anthony Fontenot – still accepting members

Update on resident parking permit
Lauren Anderson & Ed McGinnis with parking concerns near Mag St. Corridor
Complaints Mag St. establishment employees & patrons taking residential parking
CM Cantrell would like a comprehensive traffic study done in the area

Update on Dat Dog Variance – Land Use Committee
Ongoing efforts to get Dat Dog to comply with GNA
ICNA Stance: Advise CM Cantrell’s office that the ICNA expects Dat Dog’s full compliance with the GNA to which it agreed and that the ICNA opposes Dat Dog’s current efforts to obtain a variance

Update re community garden
The ICNA cannot be a party to the lease with HANO due to its requirement that ICNA obtain a $1,000,000 insurance policy. Nevertheless, Ryan McCabe is engaged in ongoing discussions with Parkway Partners for it to lease the property the community garden.

Brief mention of 910 3rd Street – construction of two single-family homes on two lots where there are currently metal storage structures. With Land Use now. Will address at next meeting.

Unanimous approval of Trey Bornmann’s request for reimbursement of $15 spent on renewing the domain name,

Review Committee Lists
· Land Use: The Land Use committee covers blighted housing, zoning issues, and opportunities like the State Cultural district and Overlay district.
· Grants: Email and discussion group for Grant related stuff dealing with the Irish Channel.
· Greening: This committee is planting trees in the Winter/Spring months throughout the neighborhood along curbs, on neutral grounds, and on school playgrounds.
· Membership and Outreach: The Membership and Outreach Committee seeks to encourage residents, new and existing, to participate in the activities of the ICNA and become dues-paying members.
· Crime: The Crime Committee works with residents to monitor crime in Channel. They can be contacted if you have a concern that does not require immediate police action.
· Youth Outreach: Our Youth Outreach committee continues to work with the LBB and members of neighboring communities to pressure the city into rebuilding Lyons Center.

New Business
· Brick & Spoon – GDA, ICNA, building owner, franchisee, and operator in talks to sign GNA with LaToya
· CVS is looking at old Blockbuster location, no permanent plans at this point

Meeting Minutes: 6/12/2014

June 12, 2014 ICNA Meeting Minutes
7pm – 8:15pm


Volunteer Event at Burke Park/Clay Square June 21:

On Saturday, June 21st there will be Volunteer event at Burke Park with Morgan Stanley and NORDC from 9am-12pm.

Details are still being finalized but the following work is anticipated.

· Brighten rainbow colored steps with a fresh coat of paint

· Repaint ground games that have begun to fade near the playground

· Repair post boards that have been vandalized

· Remove graffiti from the playground

· Touch up the paint on the buildings that have begun to peel

· Sweep away gravel and rocks that have accumulated on the playground

The board voted (7-0) to allocate up to 50$ to furnish beverages to the volunteers. Please come out to assist or say hello to the volunteers.

Crime Camera Grants:
The ICNA is forming a committee to draft a grant proposal to Cm. Cantrell’s office for the installation of Crime Cameras in the neighborhood.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the committee. Trey Nobles and John Howard volunteered to serve.
We will announce the volunteers on the committee Announce Cmte at July 10 meeting

Residential Parking Permit Zones:
· Residents of 3300 Block of Constance street spoke about parking issues

· The parking issues are due to people visiting the establishments on Magazine streets.

· Magazine Street Business employees have been parking in the neighborhood as well taking up a lot of parking throughout the day.

· They are requesting the ICNA assistance in studying this issue and developing a plan.

· Additional details about established residential parking zones will be discussed at the next meeting.

Results of Dat Dog Variance:
· Dat Dog was denied for their variances by the CPC and they are appealing to the city council.

· Bryon from Cm Cantrell’s office will check if there is a good neighbor agreement in place.

· More details about the requested variance will be forwarded to the board.

Dissemination of information:
· A request is made to all committee chairpersons to annouce all meetings via email/facebook/webiste at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Other Topics:
· There was 2 arrests in clay park by plain clothes officers in the last month. Please report any illegial activity to 911.

· Thursday June 26th Police Community Advisory Board meeting Bethelem Lutheran Church on Washington Ave. 6-8pm The community is invited.

· Bryon Cornelison, Director of Constituent Services for Cm. Latoya Cantrell

· Clarence Williams, Director of Communications for Cm. At-Large Jason Williams

Suggested Agenda for next month:
· Announce members of the crime camera committee

· Update on resident pareking permit

· Update on Dat Dog Variance – Land Use Cmte

· Review Committee Lists – Trey

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Proposed Exterior Renovations

This is the latest draft of the proposed exterior improvements to 3200 Magazine Street. GCB&T is still going through the process of obtaining final approval from the City of New Orleans. You can add your comments below.

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Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Land Use Committee Meeting @ The Waldorf School
Land Use Committee Meeting @ The Waldorf School
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
There will be a Land Use Committee meeting Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm held at the Waldorf School – 517 Soraparu Street #101.  Open to the public.  Meeting agenda to include: Kohlmaier Park Turnbull Bakery Redevelopment Proposal  Proposed Magazine
5:30 pm Irish Channel Neighborhood Mixer...
Irish Channel Neighborhood Mixer...
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for our monthly neighborhood mixer every first Thursday.  This is a great opportunity to connect with neighbors and discuss neighborhood issues and topics in a casual setting.  For more information or questions email *protected email*
7:00 pm ICNA Monthly Meeting @ Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church
ICNA Monthly Meeting @ Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ICNA Monthly Meeting @ Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States
The ICNA meets on the second Thursday of each month.  The meeting is open to the public.
10:00 am Irish Channel Spring Clean
Irish Channel Spring Clean
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
As our rainy season approaches join us for a morning of community service on Saturday, April 11 to clean out storm drains and pick-up litter in the neighborhood.  We are asking our volunteers to choose an intersection (or more) and

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with the purpose of preventing melanoma
by creating shade structures in parks and
playgrounds highly trafficked by children.

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