City Council holds public hearing for LCDBG Program

City COuncil April 24

A public hearing was held before the City Council meeting Monday night, April 24 to obtain views on the community development needs of the City and to discuss the submission of an application for funding under the state’s FY 2018-2019 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program.

Those citizens who couldn’t attend the meeting can submit their views and proposals until May 9 in writing to: Mayor Lee Posey, City of Natchitoches, PO Box 37, Natchitoches, LA, 71457.

An advisor was on-hand to provide any necessary information. The City needs to look at potential projects to determine which would score the highest to receive funding. The priorities the program is focusing on includes: sewer treatment, new sewer collection, existing sewer collection rehab, potable water and streets. The advisor said to look at all these projects in the City to find the one that fits the program best. The program is highly competitive and he said out of the 300 applications they receive, only around 30 will receive funding.

The City passed the following resolutions to comply with the LCDBG program:
· Develop LCDBG application

· Adopt procurement policy

· Procure and select professional services to assist in the development of the LCDBG application and implementation

· Adopt a citizen participation plan/citizen complaint procedure

· Appoint Stacy McQueary as a citizen complaint officer
Other agenda items included:

· Proclamation declaring May 7-13 as National Travel and Tourism Week in Natchitoches

· Rezone lots owned by Sabine State Bank from R-1 Residential to B-3 Commercial to construct an Information Technology Data Center

· Adopt millage rate for 2017 tax year (Public Safety Tax at 10 mills and General Alimony Tax at 7.030 mills for a total millage of 17.030 mills)

· Execute contract amendment to agreement between the City and Washer, Hill, Lipscomb, Cabaniss Architecture LLC to provide professional services related to the Natchitoches Sports and Recreation Center

· Adopt budget for fiscal year June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018

· Enter into cooperative endeavor agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission related to the Rue Beauport Riverfront Project

· Intro- amend 2016-17 budget to reflect additional revenues and expenditures

· Resolution to urge Congress to enact legislation to enable local governments to collect revenues already due that are essential to the maintenance and expansion of local and regional economies, the creation of thousands of new jobs, the enhancement of the quality of life and the preservation of limited local revenue sources

· Advertise and accept bids for two pulse fault interrupters, upright cross arm model, non-disconnect style

· Execute change order to the contract between the City and Progressive Construction Company for the 2016 City Streets Rehabilitation Project

Notice of Death – April 25, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Leonard Martin Metoyer
January 31, 1929 – April 22, 2017
Visitation: Wednesday, April 26 beginning at 9 am St. Augustine Catholic Church with the recitation of the rosary at 10:20 am
Service: Wednesday, April 26 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle
Interment: St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum

Carrie Bolton
November 07, 1948 – April 23, 2017
Visitation: Wednesday, April 26 from 9-10 am at Hornbeck United Pentecostal Church
Service: Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am at Hornbeck United Pentecostal Church in Hornbeck

Vera Key Masters
February 18, 1922 – April 21, 2017
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm at New Kisatchie Cemetery

Gary Gearl Bass
July 12, 1953 – April 20, 2017
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am at Pendleton Assembly of God
Interment: Pendleton Assembly Of God Cemetery

Lois E. Brister
February 5, 1960 – April 19, 2017
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am at St. Rita Catholic Church Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery in Bentley

Fred Leon Fife
September 10, 1932 – April 23, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, April 25 at 5 pm at Beulah Baptist Church
Service: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2 pm at Beulah Baptist Church
Interment: Beulah Cemetery

Your new home is one Open House away with Bolton Realty

2017-04-24 10.12.10 Culbertson

656 Culbertson Lane

Take a tour through what could be your brand new home at an Open House Saturday, April 29 from 10 am – 1 pm.

Bolton Realty will showcase two listings in Jean Claire Estates, built by Rhodes Properties & Development, a company founded on quality, integrity, value and performance.

The Open House will include a LIVE EVENT with 94.9 The River and My923 KNOC featuring drawings of $25 Walmart gift cards every hour at 11, 12 and 1 for visitors who register. You must be present for the Grand Prize Drawing of a $100.00 STAGE card and a $100.00 BASS PRO SHOP card at 12:30p.

The homes are still under construction so buyers under contract will still have choices to personalize the details, with a potential note of approximately $950/month on a 100% loan. Located between East Natchitoches schools and the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, the homes are located conveniently just off of East Fifth Street in Natchitoches. On City utilities, these 4 bedroom/2 bath homes come with a builder warranty.

Other features in these open concept homes include Whirlpool stainless appliances, master bath with separate tub/shower and walk-in closet, ceramic and laminate flooring, 2 car garage and more.

Whether you’re a new first time home buyer or looking for the perfect place to call home, Bolton Realty agents are Natchitoches Real Estate Experts who take pride in “bringing you home.” For more information go online to or call 318-354-0404.

2017-04-24 10.15.12 Morgan

105 Morgan Lane




656 Culbertson Lane

105 Morgan Lane

* Gift Cards provided by Bolton Realty and Half Price HookUp

Natchitoches Coalition on Homelessness

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The Natchitoches Coalition on Homelessness participated in the Grand Reopening of the Ross F. Williams Sr Park on Dean street sponsored by the City of Natchitoches on Saturday , April 22nd.

Pictured from left to right are City Councilman Don Mims, Coalition members -Nancy Drawhorn-Jones, Elton Wade, Helen Obioha, and Mayor Lee Posey.
Below: Certificate of Appreciation presented by Johnny Barnes President of the Bailey Heights Concerned Citizens to the Natchitoches Coalition on Homelessness for their participation in the Reopening of the Ross F Williams Sr Park. Pictured are from left to right- Elton Wade,Johnny Barnes, Helen Obioha, and Theresa Patterson.

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Kiwanis Club recognizing outstanding members, learns about Rotary fundraiser


Natchitoches Kiwanis Club President LaCarsha Babers handed out Burger King crowns to members who helped make the Kiwanis Pancake Festival and 5K a success.

The Kiwanian of the Month award for March 2017 was presented to Craig Caskey for his work on updating the website through our Kiwanis I Plan’s Image group.

Pictured from left are Dion Boyett, Jill Leo, Richard Rose, LaCarsha Babers, Craig Caskey, Rodney Boswell, and Lee Waskom.

Josh Axsom, representing Rotary Club of Natchitoches, presented information on their upcoming event, Bulletproof the Blue.  The fundraiser, set for April 29 at Dark Woods, help with the cost of purchasing bulletproof vests for local law enforcement.  For more information contact David Guillet at (318) 352-4416.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches visit

Cane River Bank Stabilization at St. Augustine Catholic Church

Photo by Cenla Helicopters

Photo: Cenla Helicopters

Parish President Rick Nowlin and Cane River Waterway Commission chairman Jim Rhodes announced April 24 that the CRWC will serve as the non-federal sponsor for the riverbank stabilization project being undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This project is an example of local government agencies working together with the state and federal agencies to address a serious problem in our community,” said Nowlin. “The Parish of Natchitoches appreciates the support of all the project partners.”

This is a joint project between the Parish Government, CRWC and the Corps. The goal is to repair the riverbank erosion along Cane River Lake across Hwy. 484 from St. Augustine Catholic Church and to construct bank improvements to prevent future erosion in the area.

As lead agency for the project, the Corps will provide 65 percent of the funding and the CRWC will provide the remaining 35 percent. The Parish will provide administrative and technical assistance throughout the project. The St. Augustine Catholic Church and the LA Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will also assist in the project.

“The Cane River Waterway Commission and the Parish Government recognize the importance of preserving this section of riverbank,” said Rhodes. “Not only in maintaining a viable and important roadway, but preserving an important part of the great history of Natchitoches Parish, particularly the culture of the region. It is one way our commission can join these government entities to help the entire Parish.”

Baldridge Executive Fellows Program Names Kirk Soileau as 2017-2018 Fellow


The Baldrige Executive Fellows Program recently announced that Natchiotches Regional Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Soileau, has been selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Baldrige Executive Fellows Program.

As a Fellow, Soileau joins 15 other executives form various business sectors from across the country who will tour Baldrige Award recipient organizations, meet with leaders of these organizations, and participate in roundtables and discussions and other learning opportunities. The Fellowship runs from April 2017 through April 2018. Soileau recently attended the National Quest Conference in Baltimore which kicks off the yearlong education program. The Fellowship will conclude with a Cap Stone project to benefit NRMC and the Natchitoches community.

“I am honored and excited to be selected for the Fellowship Program. At NRMC, one of our strategic goals is to develop an outstanding culture of innovation and operational excellence,” explained Soileau. “Specifically, we want to be the kind of organization worthy of the Malcolm Baldrige award, because we believe our patients, vendors, Associates, physicians, and community deserve not just good care and services but excellent care built on strong communication, quality measures, leadership, accountability, sustainability, and more. So, to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, meet one-one-one with leaders of organizations that are Baldrige Award recipients, and to learn from them is truly a gift. We are doing some great things here at NRMC, and this Fellowship will allow us to take our strategies to an even higher level,” Soileau explained.

About the Baldrige Award

In conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the private sector, the Baldrige Program manages the Baldrige Award, which was named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, and established by Congress in 1987. The Baldrige Award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. For information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and the Baldrige Award application process, visit

About Baldrige Executive Fellows Program

For more information on the Baldrige Executive Fellows and how to apply, go to

About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a stand-alone community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216-bed healthcare system comprised of an acute care facility, skilled nursing home, assisted living complex and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. At the heart of the system is the 96-bed regional medical center which employs over 700 Associates. More than 100 active and consulting physicians represent the Medical Staff. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.