Report from the President 11/20/13

Greetings to all!  Just a few words to bring you all up to date on our happenings and an invitation to participate as you can.
Board Meeting on December 3rd at 7:15 p.m.  at 929 Harding Drive.  If you would like to attend please call Jean at 975-7556 so we will be prepared to host you gracefully.
Christmas Social will be on December 17th at the Pearl Wine Bar in the Can Company at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to come and bring a dish.  We always enjoy one another’s cooking!
We will have a brief meeting before we begin the festivities to discuss the Greener Bayou St. John’s proposal for a master plan for Bayou St. John and its banks.  I know many of you have many and varying thoughts about how you would see the best use of the Bayou so bring them with you.
We will also be in search of new board members for 2014 so please consider volunteering to give a little of your time and talent in this service to your community.  Elections will be at the next general membership meeting in about February.  Date to be determined.
Expect to see a flyer at your  door urging you to subscribe to the New Orleans Advocate.  We believe that The Advocate is eager to be the best newspaper in town for you and the flyer will explain why.  For every subscription we sell, using the bar code, the Parkview Neighborhood Association will receive $10.  That could add up very nicely for the things we’d like to do for the neighborhood. DeeDee Indovina, a marketing professional, has volunteered to head up this effort for PNA and we offer our sincere thanks to her for her service.
You are probably wondering how we made out on Night Out Against Crime.  Well, the most important thing is, it was a delightful evening of fun and community bonding.  Everyone had a good time:  the turnout was good, the music great, and the food was as though it came from the best restaurants in town.  Everyone had such a good time, the clean-up was messy! – but worth it all for those of us who stayed to help.  Thanks for a successful evening go to Bob Holloway who set up the beautiful lighting and secured the garbage cans, the board members and others who came to help with set-up and to man the tables (Barbara Fergusson, Deena Bedegian, CiCi Andre, Angela Breckonridge, Becky Thomson, Barbara and Roy Olsen (at the bbq pitt, Malcolm Bordelon (also at the pitt), Mike DesJardin, John & Mignonne Bankston, DeeDee Indovina Cohen, Cherie Faget) and several others. CiCi and Angela kept the food tables orderly, clean and refreshed and Barbara Fergusson was the perfectly gracious server at the wine bar.  And a big thanks goes to the D.J., Eddie Gonzales, who donated his music for this event! And thanks to Jimmy Prieur who donated 200 hot dog buns from his bakery for the event.  (Jimmy, you’ll be happy to know that the left over buns were donated to a local Church who distributes food to the hungry.) Financially, it was also a success:  The membership table sold$105 in memberships, three of which were new.   The auction run by Barbara Olsen and DeeDee sold $840 in bids, and John and Mignonne Bankston made $146 on their plant sales (which subsituted for the raffle tickets which made less than that last year.)  Good job to all of you and a big thanks!  The membership table, manned by Deena and Becky,  also sold $30 in tee shirts and took in $6. for left over hot dogs.   Donations came to $96.  Our expenses were a modest $274.10 for a profit of $928.90.
Finally, I’d like to commend our members on the great attendances we’ve had at our general membership meetings.  At the June meeting we had approximately 60 people in attendance and at the September 24th meeting about 50.  This shows a great spirit of community interest in bettering  our neighborhood.  Let’s celebrate together at the Pearl on December 17th!  Hope to see you there!
Jean Lichtfuss

Ordinance Regarding Boats Moored on the Bayou

ORDINANCE
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
CITY HALL: November 7, 2013
CALENDAR NO. 29,847

AN ORDINANCE to amend and reordain Chapter 170, Article II of the Code of the City of New Orleans by adding Sections 170-62 – 170-67, to prohibit the mooring of boats along Bayou St. John for longer than twenty four (24) hours; to establish impounding and disposal provisions and procedures, and to establi sh fees relative thereto; and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

WHEREAS, unattended boats collect rainwater that create pools of standing water,making them breeding grounds for mosquitos, which presents a danger to public health ; and
WHEREAS, unattended boats can harbor snakes or vermin, which also presents a danger to public health; and
WHEREAS, unattended boats present a dangerous condition likely to attract children,which could lead to serious injury; and
WHEREAS, unattended boats can be picked up and thrown during severe weatIler,
making them dangerous projectiles that pose a threat to public safety; and
WHEREAS, unattended boats create obstacles that interfere with the Orleans Levee Board District’s ability to maintain the grass along the banks of Bayou St. John, which impacts citizen enjoyment of the bayou.

SECTION 1. THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HEREBY
ORDAINS, That Sections 170-62 – 170-67 are hereby ordained to read as follows:

“Section 170-62 Overnight mooring of boats prohibited along Bayou St. John.
It shall be unlawful to moor boats for longer than twenty four (24) hours along Bayou St. John or  along the bridges that cross Bayou St. John. For purposes of this Division, “Bayou S1. John”  includes its head at Hagan Avenue to Carrollton Avenue at Esplanade Avenue. Boats found to  be in violation of this Division shall be subject to impoundment.

Section 170-63 Prior notice requirement.
A boat may only be impounded after the owner has been given prior notice by affixing printed information in a conspicuous place on the boat indicating that the boat shall be subject to impoundment unless the boat is moved by the owner or legal possessor by a specific date. The printed notice shall provide the date the notice was posted and the date by which the boat shall be removed. The removal date shall be no sooner than 48 hours after the date of initial posting.

Section 170-64 Impoundment.
Impounded boats shall be held by the City until claimed by the owner or legal possessor or disposed of in accordance with state law governing disposition of surplus municipal movables.
Any owner or legal possessor who seeks to recover an impounded boat shall be required to establish proof of ownership and pay all related impoundment fees at the time of reclamation.

Section 170-65 Impoundment fees.
If any boat is impounded, an impoundment fee of $50 and, after the first 24 hours, a storage fee of $10.00 per day for each day that the boat is impounded shall be assessed upon reclamation.
Total fees, excluding impoundment fee, shall not exceed $150 per boat. All fees generated under this Division shall be retained by the enforcement agency for the purpose of enforcement of this Division.

Section 170-66 Sale or use of abandoned boats.
The City shall retain custody and possession of impounded boats for a period of not less than three months from the date of impoundment, unless reclaimed by the owner or legal possessor.
After such time, the City may sell the impounded boat for fair market value pursuant to state law governing disposition of surplus municipal movables or claim for City use. The purchaser of any unclaimed boat shall not be liable for the impoundment fee or any storage fees accumulated prior to the date of purchase.

NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

Parkview Neighborhood
will be celebrating

NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

at The Harding Triangle
on Tuesday, October 15
from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Everyone is invited to this very popular event. Bring a chair and bring a dish to share. There is a raffle and silent auction. If you have anything to donate for the raffle or auction, contact DeeDee Indovena-Cohen at 669-5166.

Sponsored by the Parkview Neighborhood Association with members dues.

General Membership Meeting

Parkview Neighborhood Association
General Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pearl Wine Bar in the American Can Company

Agenda:
-Minutes
-Treasure’s Report
-Ownership and Governance of Bayou St. John and its Banks
-Proliferation of Fun Runs , Festivals and Organized Activities on Bayou Banks and in and around Parkview
-Bayou Boogaloo – Expansion to and now across Dumaine St.
-Nite Out Against Crime on October 15th

Please try to make this meeting as we really need your in-put into these matters
Jean Lichtfuss, President

CRAWFISH BOIL AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

CRAWFISH BOIL AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

SPONSORED BY: PARKVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
WHEN? SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 3:00 P.M. UNTIL…….
WHERE? 929 HARDING DRIVE — ENTER THROUGH DRIVEWAY
COST: MEMBERS — FREE
NON-MEMBERS WHO SIGN UP AND PAY FOR ONE YEAR — FREE
NON-MEMBER NEIGHBORS – WELCOME! $10.00 PER PERSON
RSVP TO bjbjl@Yahoo.com – TO BE SURE WE HAVE PLENTY OF CRAWFISH & BEER– BEFORE JUNE 20TH

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE CITY’S ABILITY TO HELP WITH PROBLEM SOLVING? CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO GO AND HOW TO GET PERMITS? HOW TO USE “311″? WHAT THE CITY IS DOING ABOUT RODENT CONTROL …AND RACOONS? HOW PUBLIC WORKS HANDLES TICKETING AND PARKING CONTROL? HOW THEY PLAN FOR SPECIAL EVENTS AS JAZZ FEST, BAYOU BOO-GA-LOO AND ALL THE OTHER FESTIVALS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD? SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED AS WELL AS OTHERS YOU MAY HAVE BY OUR SPEAKERS AT THIS EVENT.

4:00 P.M. OPENING REMARKS BY JEAN LICHTFUSS, PRESIDENT

MR. KYLE J. SHELLY, LIASON, OFFICE OF MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU

THE MAYOR’S NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT OFFICE (QUALITY SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS), THE “ONE STOP SHOP” (PERMITTING), 311 AND HOW TO USE IT, THE CITY’S NEW “INNOVATION TEAM” (HOW EMPLOYEES RELATE TO THE PUBLIC” AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT).

MS. CHERYN ROBLES, APR, COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

PARKING ISSUES, PROBLEMS, SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, SPECIAL EVENTS, SOME OF THE SPECIAL PERMITING PROCESSES REGARDING STREETS, AND STREET LIGHTS

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED TO SPEAKERS

REMARKS BY COUNCILPERSON, SUSAN GUIDRY

CLOSING OF MEETING

NOTE: STAY AND CONTINUE TO SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND ENJOY THE CRAWFISH!

Yard Sale Postponed from April 21

Due to the At-Large City Council Seat runoff election on April 21, and due to some last minute scheduling conflicts with key organizers, the Parkview Yard Sale, previously announced as happening on April 21, has been postponed. The Board will address the Yard Sale at its next regular quarterly meeting in June.

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