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Tighten the levee board noose

Posted by schroeder915 on December 21, 2005

40,000 signatures later, the Orleans Parish Levee Board’s replacement for the tarnished Jim Huey is talking about making some changes:

Acting board President Michael McCrossen is expected to propose a motion “to support and urge legislation to consolidate the independent levee districts in the greater New Orleans area and to restructure the flood control responsibilities in a new district for regional flood (levee) protection in the greater New Orleans area.”

McCrossen will also propose ending the levee board’s management of revenue-generating assets:

McCrossen tomorrow will also urge creation of “a public benefit corporation, such as the New Orleans Lake Area Development Corporation, to administer and manage the non-flood control assets of the Orleans Levee District for the purpose of providing economic development for the citizens of New Orleans.”

The levee board will meet today (Wednesday), 1 p.m. at the Lake Vista Community Center, 6500 Spanish Fort Blvd. I would consider this a public meeting, subject to public meeting laws, and therefore eligible for anyone who cares to attend.

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