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:

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:

CRNA Meeting 14 April 2022, 6:30

Joe G will be coming from another function, and may not make it until 6:45-7:00, so we’ll work around that.

6:30: Approve minutes, treasury update, Elaine re: Nix Library

6:40: Ariane, SWB and the Spewing Oil

7:00: Councilmember Joe G, update & questions

7:30: Betty Dimarco, update, Parks for Pigeontown, etc.

8:00: Discussion & adjourn

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Nix Library Update, 1 April 2022

From Michel Thompson (of NOPL) about repairs to the roof:

“All 3 quotes have been received and are in the review process.  

Next steps:

  1. We are waiting for a response from one vendor about their warranty. 
  2. Once answer is received, we will make the selection and process for PO assignment.
  3. We will notify the purchasing department immediately upon completion of entering item in system requesting special attention.
  4. When the PO is released, we will contact vendor immediately to secure a schedule for sharing.”

From Vincent Smith (Capital Projects Administration, City of NO):

“In addition to Michel’s update, the CPA contractor has completed his clean up of the building interior and received final sign-off from the State Fire Marshal and Safety and Permits for building occupancy. Remaining work includes exterior pressure washing of the building.”

SWB spewing diesel fuel

Diesel fuel has been sporadically spewed onto nearby cars, homes, property, especially on Spruce St. This is not new; it was first reported in 2012 or 2013. I myself reported it to SWB in a summary of surveys we did of residents affected by the SWB industrial noise; that summary was sent to the Mayor, the Council, SWB and Ghassan last year. I spoke to Ghassan and Mr Spooner about it in person during a tour of the Carrollton facility last fall and was told they’d look into it.

SWB agreed to help residents fill out insurance claim forms for damages, thanks to Ariane’s pursuit of this matter. Ariane has been in touch with David Hammer, who recently interviewed her and Mr Wilson, another neighbor. We look forward to that story on WWL. Many thanks to Ariane, Matt McBride, Melissa Lily, and Andreas Hoffman for their ongoing work on this and so many other problems with SWB.

Meanwhile, David Hammer reactivated the 2013 WWLTV story yesterday. It is here:

Filming: 4/1-4/6, Oak, Dante, Dublin, Carrollton

Dear Residents and Business Owners: 

SG Productions, LLC will be filming some scenes for a new feature film entitled “Heart of a Lion” (The George  Foreman biopic) in the 8100 & 8200 Blocks of Oak St. on Tuesday, April 5 between the hours of 4PM and 4AM.  We will be filming several exterior scenes along Oak St. 

We will have all of our basecamp and crew parking in private lots to help minimize some impact on the neighborhood.  We will need to post some streets for “No Parking” in order to keep our working trucks close as well as keep some  areas clear for picture. This is a period movie and the scenes we are filming will be taking place in much earlier  decades, so we need to keep a couple of blocks clear in each direction so we can make sure there are only “period  appropriate” vehicles in the shots.  

We will be requesting to post the following areas for “No Parking” beginning at 6:00AM on April 1st through  5:00PM on April 6th to keep clear for working trucks. This is EXCLUDING THE WEEKEND (5PM on Friday until  6AM on Monday): 

1200 Block of Dante Downtown Side) 

Lower ½ 1200 Block of Dublin (Both Sides) 

1200 Block of Carrollton (River Side) 

We are also asking for the following areas to be posted for “No Parking” from 12:01AM on Tuesday, April 5th,  until 5AM on Wednesday, April 6th, to keep the street for picture: 

8100 & 8200 Blocks of Oak St. (Both Sides) 

Upper ½ 1100 Block of Dublin St. (Both Sides) 

We are asking for some intermittent traffic control with the help of police officers, and pedestrian control, on  Tuesday, April 5th between 2PM and 4PM & from 6PM – 5AM for safety and to keep the background “period  appropriate at the following intersections: 

Oak St. @ Dante, Oak St. @ Dublin, Oak St. @ Carrollton, Dublin St. @ Zimple, Dublin St. @ Plum 

We will not make any loud noises or disturbances in the area. Signs will be taken down immediately after filming. Our  endeavor is to make this as pleasant an experience as possible for the neighborhood. The key to continuing New  Orleans’ role as a premiere filming destination is community involvement and support. We thank you so much for  your hospitality and patience. Do not hesitate to contact us any time. 


David Thornsberry Valerie Ryan 

Location Manager Assistant Location Manager 

(504) 339-1820 

Native Plant Initiative: Plant sale, Iris Society, landscaping workshop, and more

Native plants require no fertilizer and are more low maintenance than exotics, and are much better for pollinators. The Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans is a good, active group of volunteers. Here’s their newsletter, with info on upcoming events, including the LessLawn/LawnLess educational exhibit at the upcoming Spring Garden Show.