Agenda item leads to safer driving conditions at Second Street intersection

City Council April 10 2017

The City Council approved an agenda item at its meeting Monday night, April 10, to execute a change order to the contract between the City and Progressive Construction for the Lafayette Street Rehabilitation.

The contract sum will increase by $44,415 bringing the total to $374,296. The final cost isn’t the only thing to increase. Visibility and overall motorist safety will increase with the completion of the rehabilitation.

The hill at the Lafayette and Second Street intersection will be lowered by 10 inches to fix the current blind spot. During the work, which is expected to take 8 weeks, Second Street will be turned into a one-way for motorists traveling north from St. Denis to Texas Street. Motorists traveling south from Texas Street will be able to turn left or right onto Pavie.

The City is also installing a new 12-inch water line down Lafayette to feed the Events Center and a new line down Second Street to tie into St. Denis. The scope of the work includes 100 feet from the Second/Lafayette intersection toward Texas Street, 100 feet down Lafayette toward Third Street and down to St. Denis.

Agenda items introduced at the meeting include:

·      Change zoning classification of lots in Graham Subdivision owned by Sabine State Bank from R-1 Residential to B-3 Commercial

·      Adopt millage rate for the tax year 2017 (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 Architect Washer Hill Lipscomb Cabaniss LLC to provide professional services related to the Natchitoches Sports and Recreation Center

·      Adopt budget for the City for the fiscal year June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018. A budget hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the Arts Center on Second Street

·      Enter into Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission related to the Rue Beauport River Front Project

Resolutions passed at the meeting include:

·      Express the City Council’s support for the Community Development Block Grant Program

·      Execute a ‘Third Amendment to Lease for Water Tower Space’ to a lease agreement from the City to Verizon Entity to install additional equipment

·      Appoint the following members to the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council for the City: Michael Moulton, Don Mims, Kimberly Gallow, Tom Matuschka, Ken Gardner, Lisa Wiggins, Lee Gaudet, Monica Llorence, Brian Hicks, Johnny Barnes and Feamula Bradley

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

Two proclamations were presented at the meeting. One was presented to Shequantna Sanders with CASA declaring April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the City. The other declared April 2017 as Fair Housing Month in the City.