City Council Meeting – Support Shown for Neighborhood Improvements


City Council 02-22-2016


These are not official minutes


Public Hearing

Mayor Posey explained Resolution No. 006 of 2016 for the re-direction of the Water and Sewer Sales Tax for streets, drainage, water line replacement and recreation improvements. Posey stressed that the resolution would not create any new taxes but rededicate a portion of an existing tax. He said that he talked with Utilities Director Bryan Wimberly and they are confident that even with the rededication that they will have more than enough money to fix problems, upkeep the system and finish projects. He stated that if the resolution passes April 9th that the City would immediately use the newly directed funds on streets. After the resolution passes then the City would look at the sport complex and other recreational improvements. The complex would be able to host baseball, softball, football and soccer tournaments. Posey said that he spoke with multiple hotels and that tournaments are one of the main things that fill hotels. He spoke to how the complex would be good for economic growth of Natchitoches. He also spoke of plans for a 200 acre park with pavilions, manmade lakes, walking trails and bike paths. He said this park would be able to host bike tournaments providing another way to bring revenue to the City. He also mentioned the newly directed funds would be used to improve parks on Martin Luther King Junior Drive. Saying all ages of kids would benefit from the additional and improved recreation areas.

Pre-Council Meeting

Rand Metoyer addressed the Council about Planning and Zoning Ordinance #007. Metoyer explained that he is trying to fix up the neighborhood that the property on Carver Street belongs to. He said that he has already built one duplex and is working on other properties in the neighborhood.

“It has been nice seeing the neighbors fix up their houses,” said Metoyer. Alluding that the improvements he has and plans to make provides incentive for the whole neighborhood to improve. His talk of the neighborhood coming together was backed by a fairly large showing of neighborhood residents at the meeting. He requested to withdraw the current ordinance requesting to change the zoning classification from R-1 to R-2 to construct a duplex. The Planning and Zoning committee, the City Council and some of the residents of the neighborhood were against a duplex being built there. On the other hand, everyone is for improving the neighborhood. Metoyer took this into consideration and decided to submit a new request for a variance splitting the current property into two plots and constructing a new single family home instead. Everyone seemed to be onboard with the new plan. Metoyer will submit the new request to planning and zoning.






#010 Proclaimed – Proclamation Declaring Friday, February 26, 2016 As Hardrick Rivers Day In The City Of Natchitoches.


#007 Withdrawn – Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:

Lot 1 Block “K” Of East Natchitoches Subdivision From R-1 Residence to R-2 Residence Multi-Family to construct a duplex (315 East Second Street) Rand Metoyer.


#008 Introduced –       Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of A ____ Square Foot Tract Of Ground In Town South Subdivision From Amos Payton, Jr., Et Al, For The Consideration Fifteen Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

#009 Introduced –       Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City To Enter  Into An  Intergovernmental  Agreement  With Lasalle Corrections  To  Provide Inmate  Labor  Services To The City For The Purpose Of Maintenance And Upkeep Of Public Street Rights Of Way  And Other Public Property And Authorizing The  Mayor To Sign The Contract On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches

#010 Introduced – Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of Tract Of Lot 26 Of Natchitoches Industrial Air Park From C. Daniel Joseph Roque, Jr. For The Consideration Of Seventy Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

#011 Introduced – Ordinance Amending The 2015-2016 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.


#011 Passed – Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order No. 1 to the Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Diamond Enterprise, Inc, For The Amulet Street Elevated Tank Rehabilitation(Bid No. 0551).


#012 Passed –  Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise And Accept Bids For The Chateau Saint Denis Parking Lot (Bid No. 0579).


The next scheduled City Council meeting will be March 14, 2016.


REPORTS:                            Pat Jones – Financial Report




These are not official minutes