City Council stands behind ordinance for permanent utility services


The City Council meeting Monday night, Jan. 9, went by quickly. The only agenda item that required discussion was a planning and zoning appeal by John and Taryn Miles, which the council unanimously voted down.

The couple requested an appeal of the decision made by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Dec. 6 meeting, which denied their request for permanent utility service to a motor home. The couple lives on South Court and says others in the neighborhood and residents on Parkway Drive have similar RV hookups.

They installed a meter pole with a 200-amp service and a 50-amp plug. The RV is parked by John’s mother-in-law’s home and he said her home only offers 100 amp service, so it wasn’t as simple as running an extension cord from her house to the vehicle.

However, Planning and Zoning Director Juanita Fowler said the ordinance pertaining to the issue doesn’t allow for permanent utility service to be hooked up to a portable structure.

Other agenda items included:

Proclamation declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Proclamation declaring the month of January as Arbor Day

Change zoning classification of Trail Boss to B-A to sell beverages of high alcoholic content for consumption on premise

Introduction of change in zoning classification of Mayeaux’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant to B-A to sell beverages of high alcoholic content for consumption on premise

Execute a standard form of agreement between the City and Washer Hill Lipscomb Cabaniss Architecture LLC to provide professional services related to the Natchitoches Sports and Recreation Center

Introduction of ordinance to award the bid for the water distribution system improvements to the Cane River crossing at the Pine Street Bridge

Introduction of ordinance to execute a lease in favor of Med-Trans Corporation at the Natchitoches Regional Airport

Adopted the Natchitoches Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan 2016

Approve the appointment of Charles Brossette as the director to the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority Board and Mayor Lee Posey as alternate director

Appoint Ron Brown to the City Planning and Zoning Commission

City Council Meeting – January 9, 2017