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“Why are you energy bills through the roof?”

No doubt this week’s grim weather will lead to even higher Entergy bills for all of us. This informative article is from early February, but do read it.It’s from the good people at the Alliane for Affordable Energy. Note the “What can you do?” section.

https://www.all4energy.org/the-watchdog/why-are-your-energy-bills-through-the-roof-this-month

Request for specific info about street “repair” work in our neighborhood!!!!

Dawne Massey, of RoadWorkNOLA, is asking for specific info–problems, questions, etc.–about specific troubles with DPW and SWB street repairs in the Carrollton-Riverbend neighborhood. Email her at dmassey@nola.gov and *please* cc me, too (eleyda.crna@gmail.com).

Thanks to those of you who attended our Feb CRNA meeting, and had questions for Randi of DPW. Dawne WILL be at our March meeting, and will have more concrete information for us. But right now, she wants specific questions and issues. Thanks to those of you who sent me your experiencs with repairs work. Those were compiled and shared. Randi and Dawne have that compilation. BUT Dawne wants more!

About SWB construction, near Leonidas at Spruce

Thanks to Liza Sherman and Betty Dimarco for getting answers from Courtney at SWB about the construction going on at SWB property near Leonidas at Spruce.

Courtney Barnes, Director of SWB Communications, says, “The good news is that you will not have a Turbine for a neighbor but being in close proximity to the Carrollton Water Plant can be a bit noisy at times. And for that we apologize. The construction your referencing is taking place in order to “winterize” Turbine 6 which will allow us to use that piece of equipment in freezing weather. The pile driving part of the project is now complete. The pilings will be used to create a structure that will hold a heater skid and a transformer. I asked our engineering team about the noise level once the additional equipment is installed. The skid is basically a heater with a pump/motor on it which will not be very noisy. The transformer has a 58 dB sound level. For comparison, a normal conversation is considered the standard 60 dB.”

Community Conversation w/ OPSB District 6 Rep Carlos Zervigon, 2/22 at 6:00

Carrollton United, along with other CAN members, are hosting a Community Conversation with our new school board member (OPSB District 6) Carlos Zervigon. Below is the zoom link to connect to the conversation on Monday, February 22 at 6:00 pm.If you have questions that will seek specific information for Carlos to address, please  send the question beforehand to secretary@carrolltonareanetwork.org.You will be able to ask questions that evening also.

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Noise at SWB Carrollton plant

If you’re on Twitter, follow @swbNewOrleans and @NOLAReady for updates. SWB is getting much better about sending out tweets.

The noise is from the EMDs. SWB adds generators for backup power. I hear it loud and clear and I’m up on Dublin near Birch, so I know that it’s much, much louder for people closer to the plant. To me, it sounds like frantic desperation, really, a struggling system. And it also sounds like a space sci-fi creature.

From 2/16: “Today we’re prepping for upcoming wet weather by testing our EMDs. We know the noise is an inconvenience for neighbors around the Carrollton Plant. We appreciate your patience & understanding while we continue to work to improve our system.”

From 2/14: “To our neighbors near the Carrollton Water Plant, over the next few days, there will be work taking place on equipment at the plant. Residents may notice increased noise during this time. Additionally, looking ahead to the rain chances tomorrow, we anticipate running the EMDs. We appreciate your patience and understanding.”

Tues 23 Feb, 10:00 am: City Council UCTT & Public Works committees meeting re: severe winter weather

Council President Helena Moreno and District “A” Councilmember Joe Giarrusso announced that Council’s Utility, Cable, Telecommunications and Technology (UCTT) and Public Works, Sanitation and Environment Committees will meet on Tuesday, February 23, at 10 AM, to address the impact of this week’s severe winter weather event. Representatives from Entergy New Orleans (ENO) will be present to discuss recent outages in response to MISO Max Generation Emergency. Specifically, ENO will address how certain areas were selected for outages and recent reports that power was cut to Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) drinking water intake pumps. S&WB representatives will also present on the impact of the weather event on the drainage system in addition to sharing their quarterly report with updates on ongoing billing issues.

WHAT: Joint UCTT and Public Works Committee meeting to address impacts stemming from the severe winter weather event
WHO: Members of the City Council’s UCTT and Public Works Committees with representatives from ENO and S&WB
WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, at 10 AM
WHERE: Virtual, watch live meeting coverage at council.nola.gov

Register for Aimee Freeman’s 2/25 Town Hall

Here’s a link! 6:00, 25 Feb, via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfumvqz8uE9dt8AuxdUwHgiGhiWmTELjR

Aimee Freeman is our District 98 State Representative. Sign up for her newsletter at voteaimee.com.

2/25 Town Hall with Rep. Aimee Freeman!

Aimee Adatto Freeman, District 98 Representative, will be holding a town hall at 6:00 on 25 Feb, via Zoom. At our CRNA meeting last night, she told us about several bills she’s working on, including working to get state tax exemptions for feminie hygiene products and baby diapers. I *strongly* encourage you to sign up for her email news, which is here: https://www.voteaimee.com/

You can direct questions and concerns to her office, hse098@legis.la.gov, or ask her via Zoom at our upcoming District 98 Town Hall on February 25. Please register and submit questions in advance!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfumvqz8uE9dt8AuxdUwHgiGhiWmTELjR

Reminder: CRNA Meeting Thurs, 11 Feb

See the previous post for Zoom info and the agenda.

Agenda & Zoom info CRNA Meeting 11 Feb 2021

Thursday, 11 February 2021

6:30: Hellos, $, approve last meeting’s minutes

6:45: Councilman Joe Giarusso update

7:10:  District 98 Rep Aimee Freeman

7:30: Randi from DPW. NOTE: Randi will address broad topics about how DPW is working to improve communication, capacity, and coordination, but she doesn’t have info about individual street repairs’ situations. Dawn Massey, of RoadworkNOLA WILL be at our March meeting.

8:00: Adjourn

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Topic: CRNA February 2021 Meeting
Time: Feb 11, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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