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A letter from new UTNA president, Dennis Herlihy

posted Nov 11, 2013, 6:53 PM by Chris Liuzza

November 2013

Dennis Herlihy

Dear Membership of UTNA,

As your newly elected President of UTNA, I’d like to thank you for your support as we look forward to new successes and maintain the accomplishments that were hard won. For those that are new friends, I want to let you know that I am not new to leadership. As an educator, member of the UTNA Board since 2007, and under the leadership of Dr. Sheldon Hersh and Patrick Tucker, I will strive to keep our organization on a positive, courageous path for our quality of life issues. Some achievements that have been notable are the following:

·         As chair of the Railroad Committee, our team secured an agreement with RR about speed, silence hours except for emergencies from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and having personnel on board trains to ensure compliance. The agreement stopped the trains from parking along Leake Avenue for extended periods of time.

·         The UTNA committee headed by Dee Mollenkopf has presented five Code Enforcement cases concerning blighted properties in the 7800-7900 blocks of St. Charles Avenue. Guilty verdicts and substantial fines were levied against these slum landowners. While it is a slow and difficult process, UTNA will continue to give this quality of life issue a priority. Board members, neighbors, District A Councilmember Susan Guidry and At-Large Councilmember Stacey Head continue a collaboration that has shown results.

·         Security patrols will continue with the vigilance of Frank Barnes, making our neighborhood safer and monitored. Police Patrol funding is secure through membership contributions.

·         Joann Casey, new Board member and community activist, is keeping up with the fundraising and supplies for doggie bags for the Dog Waste Dispensers. Joann’s new interest is seeking funding sources for the fountain at the corner of Leake and Carrollton Avenues. This project would cost $15,000 in community contributions.

·         Dr. Sheldon Hersh is working on securing the development of the area bordering the Mississippi River from Oak Street to Lambeth House as a park. This development would capture a portion of the abandoned old RR bed, making it a part of Leake Avenue. Leake Avenue will remain a two-way street with a walkway on the residents’ side. This plan has been incorporated into NOLA’s Master Plan as yet without funding. Dr. Hersh continues his communication with residents and members with emails and responses to relevant issues around this initiative.

·         Night Out Against Crime and quarterly newspapers are clear priorities. Numerous other projects are headed by Board members and are valuable directions for our community. They follow this letter.

The support of your membership, activism, and contributions ensure that our area will   continue to lower crime rates and a better quality of life. You are invited to attend the current meeting on January 14, 2014 at Banneker School on the corner of Dominican and Burdette streets. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

My telephone number is 504 862 5260. Thank you for the confidence that you have shown in me. I am available to you about communications and advice about our projects. My aims are to enlarge our team effort, membership, and improve our community.


Dennis Herlihy