Meanwhile, Tullier acknowledged last week that the city has fallen behind schedule in its efforts to select a private contractor for a $600,000 federally funded contract to "develop and implement a Metropolitan Medical Response System to terrorism."
The city wants a private contractor to coordinate the city's medical response following a terrorist attack with chemical, biological and/or nuclear weapons. Three potential contractors have submitted bids.
Tullier and other city officials were scheduled to make a final recommendation of a contractor to Mayor Marc Morial on Sept. 12 -- nearly one month later than the city's formal request for proposals.
Tullier says his office is currently working to wrap up the grant and another $600,000 project for flood mitigation.