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Mayor Cantrell Launches CleanUpNOLA Initiative, a Comprehensive Response to Litter, Blight Issues in New Orleans

Source: Mayor Cantrell Launches CleanUpNOLA Initiative, a Comprehensive Response to Litter, Blight Issues in New Orleans

Source: https://nola.gov/mayor/cleanupnola/?utm_campaign=City_of_New_Orleans&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the launch of CleanUpNOLA, a city-wide, fully coordinated initiative that will unite the efforts of multiple civil departments and the community behind a single goal for a cleaner, healthier and more welcoming city.

The initiative also will leverage the resources of several City departments, including SanitationPublic WorksHealthSafety & PermitsCode EnforcementNeighborhood EngagementParks & Parkways, and Mosquito, Termite & Rodent Control. These City departments will work together to reduce and deter litter and blight, promote a healthier environment, improve access to City services and expand community education and engagement.

CleanUpNOLA will target 12 major corridors across the city. Part of the work will concentrate on the enhancement of current daily operations. Key leaders within CleanUpNOLA, also known as the Tiger Team, work together to increase the efficiency of City services. This Tiger Team has been and will be walking corridors to identify violations and to educate residents and businesses in regard to how to respond to violations, repair or replace street signs, address graffiti in public spaces, clean up catch basins, and more.

Here is an overview of the process.

The Mayor’s Clean Up NOLA Initiatve consists of two (2) comprehensive fundamental components that will be deployed throughout the City in designated targeted areas.

1st Component

The 1st component encompasses the enhancement of current daily operations of the Sanitation Department. Additional resources will continue to be provided for cleaning streets, removing bandit signs, maintaining the City’s public litter cans, enforcement, opening and operation of the transfer station and an aggressive, educational,  public awareness campaign.

The City has ordered 100 additional public litter cans that will be strategically placed around the City in areas with high volumes of litter from consistent pedestrian traffic. Estimated Time of Delivery (ETD) – 60 days

The Sanitation Department is in the process of hiring two (2) additional Sanitation Rangers to increase enforcement activity throughout the City and to assist with educating citizens on requirements related to Sanitation and recycling. The vehicles for the new Sanitation Rangers have been procured.

In addition, in order to deter illegal dumping, cameras will be installed strategically throughout the City in areas so that persons illegally dumping can be identified and possibly face arrest and  penalties.  ETD – 60 days

The Sanitation Department’s contractor in the French Quarter, Empire; will provide enhanced services throughout the entire French Quarter which will include the removal of graffiti from City owned items on the public right of way such as public litter cans, utility poles, street signs and utility boxes. That service began the 1st week of September 2018.

The Sanitation Department will reopen the City’s Transfer Station located off Elysian Fields, to the public. They are in the process of hiring additional staff and procuring additional equipment. The re-opening of this facility will help to reduce illegal dumping by offering a more convenient location for the disposal of unwanted items at a reasonable cost for Orleans Parish residents. (Note: Revenues collected will partially offset the cost of operating the facility) ETD – 90 days

Proposed Budget for 2019

The proposed budget for 2019, includes funding to increase resources in several Departments in order to complete more tasks related to Clean Up NOLA

  • Researching manufacturers which can provide a truck with a vacuum hose attachment to efficiently collect litter from public rights of ways such as bus stops, neutral grounds, roadway gutters, sidewalks, etc.  The equipment can be operated by one individual and move at roadway speeds to a variety of locations in one day to supplement the efforts of  manual cleaning crews.
  • Hiring five additional equipment operators to increase the number of persons trained and available to utilize heavy equipment such as street sweepers, front end loaders, garbage trucks, tractor trucks, dump trucks, etc.
  • Hiring up to fourteen additional laborers to manually pick up of litter, debris and illegal dumping, empty, pressure wash and remove graffiti from more public litter cans, etc.
  • Hiring two additional work crews and equipment is currently being procured to enhance their efforts.
  • Hiring at least two additional inspectors to assist with enforcement.
  • Hiring one additional inspector to treat/bait areas as needed.

2nd Component

The 2nd component encompasses the coordinated activities of several City agencies (Tiger Team).  The goal of this Clean Up NOLA initiative will be continuous and sustainable. The Tiger Team includes the following City agencies that are responsible for performing specific activities as part of the clean-up:

Sanitation Operations – remove litter, bandit signs and illegal dumping on the public Right of Ways (ROWs); pressure wash and remove graffiti on public litter cans; work with the Health Department to focus on homeless encampments; work with Safety and Permits, Code Enforcement, NOPD,  LDEQ and Law on enforcement

Safety and Permits – Focus resources on designated areas to identify violations, communicate with property owners; and remove bandit signs. If a property owner does not comply within 14 days, Safety and Permits will proceed with the administrative hearing process and issue citations

Public Works – Inspect and clean catch basins, repair pot holes, replace street signs, remove bandit signs, tag and remove abandoned vehicles after required notification period

Parks and Parkways – Cut grass on medians, parks, squares and public buildings; clear vegetation around stop signs and fire hydrants, remove bandit signs and handle any critical tree related issues, as needed, (Code Enforcement will identify and use contractor for private property ROW’s )

Health Department – Will identify any homeless encampments on or near the corridors and take appropriate action

Code Enforcement – Identify blighted properties, research ownership, initiate/follow up on notifications of property owners and required time period; set hearing dates; issue fines, as needed; (Code Enforcement will identify and use contractor for private property ROW’s )

Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board – will send Inspectors to corridors, treat/bait as needed along the targeted corridors, remove waste tires, continue to educate citizens on the impact on mosquito populations, particularly as it relates to preventative measures

Neighborhood Engagement Office – The Mayor‘s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will educate residents about the Clean Up NOLA Campaign, a collaborative effort between City departments, during weekly Community Office Hours and while presenting at neighborhood association meetings.

In partnership with the Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Information and Technology Innovation, Department of Public Works, and Sewage and Water Board, Neighborhood Engagement will be re-launching Adopt-A-Catch Basin Clean Up Days. A citywide training event will be held on Saturday, September 29th at Phyllis Wheatley School located at 2300 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70119 from 9AM-11AM. Catch Basin Clean Up Days will be held in each district through November 3rd. To register or for more information, please visit https://nola.gov/neighborhood-engagement/programs/catch-basin-cleaning/.

Other Partnerships:

RTA/Transdev/Laurel Outdoor/DDD –  They have engaged in improving transit stops and shelter maintenance by increasing the frequency of cleaning from 2 times per week to 3 times per week in frequently used bus stop/shelter areas

Sewerage & Water Board (Environment Affairs Department) – Currently executing enforcement around areas with illegal dumping into catch basins (i.e. fining restaurants that dump grease into catch basins)

Major Corridors

Major Corridor Segment Start Segment End
S. Claiborne
Martin Luther King
Napoleon Ave. Soft Launch 8/13/18
So./No. Broad Street
Poydras Street
Gentilly Blvd. Official Launch 9/17/2018
Crowder Boulevard
Chef Mentuer Hwy
St. Claude Street
St. Bernard Avenue
Delery Street
Wall Boulevard
Gen. DeGaulle
Holiday Drive
S. Carrollton Avenue
Canal Street
Earhart Boulevard
Chef Mentuer
Press Dr.
Frances Road
N. Claiborne Avenue
Jourdan Ave.
Delery Street
N. Robertson
Elysian Fields Avenue
Poland Avenue
St. Bernard Avenue
St. Claude Avenue
Gentilly Blvd.
Elysian Fields Avenue
N. Peters Street
Leon C. Simon Boulevard
S. Claiborne/N. Claiborne Ave.
Poydras Street
Poland Avenue

While each Tiger Team agency will provide resources to this Clean-Up NOLA Initiative on a continuous basis as well as involvement with other clean-up activities (i.e. neighborhood clean ups) throughout the City, departments will also continue to perform and accomplish their normal day to day departmental operations.

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