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At the Nix again: Community Office Hours

Mon, Tues, Wed at the Nix, 10:30 til 5:00. You can go in person OR do a virtual meeting. Must register for both: 504-658-4985 or at www/nola.gov/COH

Speak up to SWB & DPW

Sat, 24 Sept, is a “Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable” from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The topic is “infrastructure.” SWB and DPW will be there. Registration ends Friday, September 16th at 5PM–cheeky.

Location: Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-leaders-roundtable-infrastructure-tickets-406212862607

About This Heat

I asked NOLAReady if there are cooling stations, and they pointed me to their website https://ready.nola.gov/incident/heat-advisory-june-2022/heat-advisory-issued-june-2022/. I’d hoped for some buses and water distribution, and there is nothing near our neighborhood, which is discouraging; the Nix is not yet open. I’ve copy-pasted the info below:

NEW ORLEANS – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Thursday, June 16th through Tuesday, June 21st  from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values – that is, temperatures that “feels like” – 108 to 112 degrees in New Orleans on Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 18th. Slightly drier air may keep peak heat index values in the 100-105 degree range from Sunday through Tuesday (6/19/22 – 6/21/22).   

These hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit https://weatherwise.nola.gov/ to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities. 

Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the following locations: 

  • Arthur Monday Community Center is open Friday, 7 am – 4:30 pm (1111 Newton Street, Suite 101. New Orleans, LA 70114)
  • Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (2020 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113)
  • Andrew P. Sanchez Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 8 pm (1616 Fats Domino Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117)
  • For the homeless population:
    • Ozanam Inn has a cooling area from 5:30AM – 6:30PM daily (2239 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70119)
  • All New Orleans Public Library locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with the following exceptions: 
  • Nix is closed for Capital Projects.  
  • Alvar only has contactless pick up at this time.  
  • Hubbell is closed Thursday, June 16, due to facilities issues. 
  • All locations will be closed on Monday, June 20th, in commemoration of Juneteenth. 

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat: 

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day. 
  • If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening. 
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun. 
  • Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. 
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated. 

For more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool, visit https://ready.nola.gov/plan/heat/  

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70 degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly, to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency.  

Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

Nix Update: 13 June 2022

“The flooring treatment began Tuesday, June 7th  which included removal of tile glue, stripping and waxing in sections.  As each section dries completely, furnishings are moved to treat remaining floor sections.

Once the flooring treatment is completed, all furnishings will be reassembled and then the staff flooring will receive treatment.

Final step will be a thorough/commercial grade cleaning of library branch in preparation of a soft reopening to be determined.”

Summer Break

CRNA is not meeting until Sept, when we’ll have a Board meeting (time and place TBD).

I encourage everyone to watch the City Council meetings and to keep up with what’s happening there. Meetings are recorded and archived for those of us who can’t watch them live. See nola.gov

Nix Library Update, 24 May 2022

This email arrived today:

“The roof at Nix is complete.

Internal repairs continues and should be completed by next week.

Next phase is cleaning/waxing of floors, commercial cleaning, restaging furnishings/equipment and return of staff in preparation of reopening.

Once the cleaning is scheduled our director will be able to offer an opening date.”

Nix Library Repairs Begin!

At last! Michel has let us know the following (the roof-plaster contractor is Battco):

“I am happy to report work is beginning this Friday, April 29th .  The schedule of work/tasks to be completed prior to re-opening to the public is as follows and subject to change.  We anticipate a reopening early June.

1.       Roof repair

2.       Internal plaster repair and painting  

3.       Floor stripping/waxing

4.       Commercial cleaning/dusting of interior”

Early Childhood Education, 30 April

On 30 April, we can vote for Early Childhood Education. Recently, Together New Orleans did a presentation about why this is important. 

If you did not get the chance to attend, you can view the recording of the Zoom session here.  

Please Support Live Oak Cafe!

The Live Oak Cafe is hurting because of lost revenue and inventory during COVID-19 and the effects of Hurricane Ida. Let’s please support them, by eating there and/or donating to their gofundme.

Clare, the owner/cook, did a great deal to help during the pandemic, and after Hurricane Ida, when she cooked and distributed free food and let people charge their devices when her power came back on. She partnered with Chef’s Brigade to provide and deliver meals. She has done fundraisers for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Butterfly Project, Black Lives Matter, and more. Clare encourages musicians, and pays a living wage to musicians and employees. She’s a good neighbor, and the neighborhood is better off for her and Live Oak’s being here.

Live Oak Cafe’s Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-a-caf-that-cares-with-culture

Update on Oil Spewing from SWB Turbine

For some time now, an oily substance has been spewing occasionally from one of the turbines at the SWB Carrollton Treatment plant. If affects nearby residents’ cars, property, etc., especially on Spruce Street. Thanks to CRNA’s Ariane, who finds this stuff on her house and car, LA Dept of Environmental Quality did a field inspection. SWB has agreed to provide car covers to affected residents. We’re still waiting to learn more about that. They also brought insurance reps to help residents fill out claim forms for damages.

SWB said, a month back, it would take up to 90 days to identify the substance, and there was nothing they could do to stop it. David Hammer did a story on this not long ago.

An update, from Matt:

“On April, 18, 2022, the state issued a notice of deficiency (NOD) to S&WB over their failure to clean up the turbine oil from turbine 5, in violation of state regulations. They obviously did not buy the S&WB argument that there was nothing their cleanup contractor OMI could do, as we saw they claimed in the April 1 letter Grace Birch sent.

There is additional detail in the NOD: the leak had been occurring for weeks. It also corrects the source turbine to T5 from the erroneous citation of T6 in the original field inspection form.

S&WB have to respond within 30 days with a description of what they did to clean up the mess. If their response is not satisfactory, they can be referred to the LDEQ Enforcement Division for issuance of orders or penalties.”  Link to the document: https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13227221