The FSJNA Executive Board meeting is Tuesday, September 6 . The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Gold room at the Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots.
Committee Reports/Updates/Actions (if any)
• Membership Committee – Update
• Events Committee – Update
• Landscape Committee – Update
• Public Safety – Update
• Zoning Committee – Update
Old Business | Adjournment
Alicia Serrano of the Mid City Messenger attended Faubourg St. John’s September 1st, 2015 meeting and reported the following:
The Magnolia Bridge across from Cabrini High School on Bayou St. John is soon to get a facelift.
Council member Susan Guidry announced at the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday that she has spoken with state officials responsible for the bridge about the plans.
“We spoke with the state people over that this morning, and they say that they are looking at it for final approval right now through the state, and all requests for projects are due in by Sept. 24 ,” Guidry said.
According to Guidry, the renovation project is to start in the early part of next year.
“They’re looking at a construction estimated start date of early March and a completion date of mid-June,” Guidry said. Guidry commended neighbors that have helped move the project forward.
“For all the people who have been involved in working toward the renovation of the Magnolia Garden Bridge, you should be patting yourselves on the back,” Guidry said. “You’ve done a world of good and hopefully we’ll be walking over a new renovated bridge in the middle of next year,” Guidry said.
Guidry also commended neighbors for the work they have done in the area following Hurricane Katrina.
“I’d just like to say that Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association has been just really stalwart throughout the recovery process,” Guidry said.
Guidry mentioned that she moved to the Faubourg St. John area three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit and said that she noticed the neighborhood’s recovery early on. “This neighborhood association started coming back with meetings and all very quickly and helping out in the community very quickly,” Guidry said.
Guidry mentioned the neighborhood association’s help with Stallings Playground and the fire station on Carrollton Avenue. “It’s memories that you should be proud of,” Guidry said.
Alicia Serrano of the Mid City Messenger attended Faubourg St. John’s August 4th, 2015 meeting and reported the following:
City Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she will begin studying ways for the city to make the growing Fourth of July festivities on Bayou St. John go more smoothly for attendees, and also announced that the City Council has formed a new committee on bicycle safety following the latest death of a bicyclist.
“We have now put together a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee,” Council member Susan Guidry said at the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday.
Guidry said that as serving on the Transportation Committee for City Council, she held a meeting about laws pertaining to the roads and bicyclists.
“I did an entire transportation committee meeting about a year ago on the rules of the roads, bicyclists and motorists and it was pretty thorough, we went through all the state laws, all the ordinances,” Guidry said.
According to Guidry the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee will be compromised of members from organizations such as Bike Easy, an organization dedicated to bicycling and transportation access issues, and the Advocacy Center, focused on offering services to seniors and citizens with disabilities. Guidry also mentioned that members from the University of New Orleans will also be on the committee for collecting data.
“We thought about everyone that should be on that committee and we’re going to be looking at safety for bicycles, pedestrians, and of course motorists,” Guidry said.
Guidry said that the growth of bicycle lanes around the city has happened at a fast pace, but there are still areas that need improvement.
“Our bicycle lanes, the number of miles have grown so quickly, and yet there are places like the Broad Street overpass where it’s really not safe,” Guidry said.
“There are good bike lanes leading up to places that then poof. All of a sudden there’s nothing and so as fast as we are putting in bike lanes we have all these issues still.”
Gudiry said she thinks it is exciting that many people are biking around the city, but many still need to be educated on the biking rules as she mentioned that there are bikers who bike on the wrong side of the road.
Guidry urged both bikers and drivers to be aware of each other on the road.
“I just would ask that the people in their cars, start thinking in terms of, it’s not just about cars out there on the road, it’s not just cars and start being more careful,” Guidry said. “And then people on bicycles, not to think it’s okay just to shoot through red lights.”
“It’s your red light as well as motorists’ red light,” Guidry said.
The Bayou on the Fourth of July
Guidry also mentioned that she will be talking with city officials about Bayou St. John being a “destination spot” for the 4th of July and the Krewe of Kolososs boat parade.
“The Krewe of Kolossos, I know that there were a lot of people who enjoyed it, but also there were a lot of issues as a result of it,” Guidry said.
Guidry said that many people have picnicked along the Bayou this year and in previous years while waiting to see the parade in the evening.
“That is something that the Krewe doesn’t feel like they can be responsible for and understandably, it is just a general public coming out,” she said.
Guidry said that she is meeting with city officials next week to discuss plans to make the area a better spot for the festivities.
“I don’t think there is any going back from there, you can’t shoo people off and do what you want to and we need to determine how we’re going to deal with it because there needs to be port-a-lets out there and there needs to be sanitation and pick up,” Guidry said.
“I am bringing that to the administration’s attention so that we can work on it and determine how we are going to deal with it in the future.”
Guidry also announced that the Historic District Landmarks Commission and the Human Relations Commission will hold two public meetings this month to discuss the removal of the four Confederate statues (Robert E. Lee statue, Jefferson Davis statue, PGT Beauregard Equestrian statue and the Battle of Liberty Place Monument Confederate statue).
According to Guidry the HDLC meeting will take place at 1 p.m. and the Human Relations Commission meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on August 13th in the City Council Chambers.
Once the meetings take place, each organization will make a recommendation to the Council and then the Council will made a final decision.
“I really think that it was meant to be a conversation to lead to reconciliation,” Guidry said.
“I think that it was kind of dropped on everybody in a way that made everyone scatter to one corner or another and I think that is unfortunate because I do think it’s a conversation that could bring us all closer to understanding each other.”
Sarah Tan attended Faubourg St. John’s May 5th meeting and reported the following:
Local developer CCNO has proposed to redevelop the abandoned McDonogh 31 building on Rendon Street between St. Ann and Dumaine streets into a set of 34 apartment units, with the building of an additional four family-sized homes in the area that used to be the school’s playground. But some residents worried that this would make for too many neighbors on the block. Please visit the link below for the rest of the story:
Quality of Life Officers update – Officer Lavigne and Sgt. Hawkins
Fairgrounds Patrol update Captain Scott
Jazzfest update Jimmy Fahrenholtz, Susan Roth (FSJNA), Jerry Ursin (Jazzfest)
It’s the 15th year for the Neighborhood Action Telephone or NAT line. Once again, at the beginning of Jazz Fest, 504-942-7799 will go “live” to accept questions, concerns or complaints about the impact of Jazz Fest on the neighborhood. Jimmy said you can also text your concerns to him at 504-259-7495 and he will follow up on the problem.
Abandoned cars will be towed away on April 13th. The Pothole Killer will arrive around April 15th and fill small potholes around the neighborhood. Larger potholes will be addressed closer to Jazz Fest.
There will be 3 tow wagons assigned to Faubourg St. John during Jazz Fest so, park yourself right! Learn more about parking during Jazz Fest in the link –> http://fsjna.org/2014/04/jazz-fest-parking/
There will be 3 portable light stations around the neighborhood and the NOPD Command Center van will be at the end of Grand Route Saint John at Moss Street once again.
The Jazz Fest helps the neighborhood get things fixed just before the event. In fact, Jazz Fest paid for the repair of the light in Kennedy Park last year. You can read about it in this link –> http://fsjna.org/2014/04/jazz-fest-lights-up-our-world/
Lafitte Corridor update Sophie Harris, executive director, Friends of Lafitte Corridor
Learn more about the Lafitte Corridor at –> http://www.folc-nola.org/lafitte-greenway-plans There will be a new pedestrian bridge at North Lopez by the Lafitte Corridor. The Brake Tag station near Jeff Davis on the Lafitte Corridor will get re-purposed. There will be directional signs for bicyles, new L.E.D. streetlights, recycling bins, community gardens and even and art installation by Michel Varisco at the end of Bayou St. John near Lafitte Street. It will be called “Turning” and will have 3 pillars that glow in the dark and make sounds.
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance Alex Whatley, program coordinator
Steve Mardon is the current president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Steve is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, including Newsweek, the Times-Picayune, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Innovations Exchange.” He also has collaborated on three books on health, including The Harvard Medical School Guide to A Good Night’s Sleep. Steve lives on Bell Street with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters.
Jim Danner is the Vice President and Safety Director for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Jim is also the Vice President and Principal Civil Engineer at Denson Engineering where he is responsible for civil and structural engineering design and analysis for a variety of domestic and international clients. Jim’s design experience includes structural and foundation analysis, building renovations, site improvements, utility systems, and marine designs. Jim has examined the Magnolia Bridge for the upcoming renovation and makes sure all the stages are structurally sound every year at Jazz Fest. Jim Danner is recognized by several Federal and State Courts as an expert in Civil and Structural Engineering.
Matthew Amoss grew up in Faubourg St. John and recently moved back to the neighborhood in 2014. Matt is the current treasurer for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Amoss Trading Services, Inc., and an active participant in the community. He is a former Board President of the International School of Louisiana, and currently serves on the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Board. Matthew holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Tulane University. He proposed to his now fiancé Madeline Brown on the Magnolia Bridge, and they will be married in April this year within the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.
Seth Levine is a partner in Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of commercial transactions, including financing transactions, real estate, foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Seth is a former president of the Faubourg St. John and lives in the neighborhood with his wife Alexis and their 2 children.
Michael Cohn is an advocate for all things Faubourg St. John. He has a special interest in Faubourg St. John’s Community Garden at the corner of St. Philip and North Dupre and is a former president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association and also served as treasurer. Michael is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Michael holds a degree in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Tulane University. Michael lives on Ursulines Avenue with his wife Pam and their 3 children.
Greg Jeanfreau is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He enjoys playing upright bass, guitar, and drums and restoring historic homes. Greg and his wife Winter love dining out at Faubourg St. John’s fantastic eateries and attending the wonderful festivals in the area throughout the year. Greg believes our indigenous culture is one of the best in the world and he has been a die hard Saints fan through good times and bad.
Rocky Seydel is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in the New Orleans area. He is an accomplished mediator and his ability to get along with anyone has served him and the community well. He has served as the chairman of the New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control Board for many years. Rocky and his wife Meg started Voodoo on the Bayou over 25 years ago. This annual party has served as a great get-together and fundraiser for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Rocky has been a champion of Faubourg St. John for decades and the neighborhood is lucky to have him!
R. Erich Caulfield lives on Esplanade Ave. Erich is a management consultant and member of the Activities and Membership Outreach Committees. After three years working for the White House, and a total of five years in government, Erich founded a management consulting firm, The Caulfield Consulting Group, here in New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Erich loves the city and is active in a variety of community and regional organizations. His favorite things about the neighborhood are the events and festivals, City Park, the bayou, and the restaurants
Board member Sarah Stogner, and her husband Jeremy Adkins, live on Dumaine Street. Sarah is a local attorney and member of the FSJNA zoning committee. She loves historic homes, obtained her realtor’s license last year, and enjoys helping friends and family with real estate ventures for fun. Jeremy has two boys from his first marriage and the couple is expecting their first child together in December, 2014. The family’s favorite things about the neighborhood are the bayou, Jazz Fest, and City Park.
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Board members Charlie and Brenda London have lived in Faubourg St. John since October, 2005. Brenda is a native of New Orleans and Charlie has been in the area since 1975. Brenda works on the Outreach Committee and was FSJNA’s treasurer for 4 years. Charlie helps out where he can but his main focus since 2006 has been Faubourg St. John’s neighborhood website and social media presence. He was also a board member of the Louisiana Landmarks Society for two years. Charlie and Brenda live on Grand Route Saint John and love the eclectic nature of Faubourg St. John. They are also enamoured of Faubourg St. John’s architectural gems and the neighborhood’s significant contribution to the founding and growth of New Orleans. With its great restaurants, grocery stores and friendly shops, Charlie and Brenda believe there are not a lot of reasons to venture far from Faubourg St. John. Everything you need is right here!
Brenda works at a local art gallery and Charlie works for a multi-national railroad. Both can be reached via email at email@example.com
Pushpa Ramaiah, Linda Landesberg, Kerry Tully and Gloria Martin are also board members.
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