City Council stands firm on building demo procedure

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Before the City Council meeting officially started Monday evening, April 23, Temika Payton came before the Council to request a 30 day extension for work on her property at 430 Howell Street.

The property was originally placed on a list of buildings that were declared unsafe by the Director of Planning and Zoning, Juanita Fowler, and the City Building Inspector in October, 2017. The buildings on the list are considered dangerous and unsanitary, which makes them unsafe and an endangerment to public welfare, which poses a grave public emergency.

The house at 430 Howell Street was recommended for demolition. The house burnt down and now sits as a charred shell. When questioned by the Council in October, Payton said she feels the house is worth saving.

Council member Sylvia Morrow advocated for giving Temika an additional 30-day extension to complete work on the home.

Payton was given until January to get some work done, with a drop dead date of April 1 for work to be completed so the City wouldn’t have to tear the building down. While Payton, who lives in Houston, claims she’s been coming to Natchitoches on the weekends to work on the house, Fowler said no work has been done. Furthermore, Fowler said that any attempt to get into the house for an inspection has been unsuccessful.

“There hasn’t been any substantial work done,” said Fowler. “There has to be a limit for extensions.”

Council member Don Mims agreed, saying that if they set a precedent of granting Temika an extension, they’d have to do it for everyone that comes after her.

“That’s just being fair,” he said.

When it came to a vote, Council members Dale Nielsen, Don Mims and Eddie Harrington voted against granting the extension. The process will move forward to demo the house.

In other news, Katherine Johnson with the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (NACVB) accepted a proclamation declaring May 6-12, 2018 as National Travel and Tourism Week in the City.

Dallas Russell accepted a proclamation on Behalf of the Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Programs. The proclamation declared May 19, 2018 as Kids to Parks Day in the City.

Other agenda items included:

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

Change Zoning Classification Of Property at 336 Second Street From R-1 To R-1 Special Exception To Operate Hospice of Natchitoches

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Adopt The Budget For The City Of Natchitoches For The Fiscal Year June 1, 2018 Through May 31, 2019.

Enter Into A Contract With The Assessor For The Parish Of Natchitoches, Louisiana For Online Access To The Computer Data Files Maintained By The Assessor’s Office.

ORDINANCE – INTRODUCTION:

Restate The Policy Of The City Of Natchitoches Regarding Vacation Accumulation Rights And Sick Leave And To Amend And Reenact The Personnel Policies Manual Of The City Of Natchitoches To Amend The Sections Entitled “Accumulation Rights” And “Sick Leave”, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

RESOLUTIONS:

Change The Date Of The City Council Meeting Originally Scheduled On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, To Be Changed And Re-Scheduled On Tuesday, May 29, 2018 At 5:30 P.M.

Provide For Canvassing The Returns And Declaring The Result Of The Special Election Held In The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana, On Saturday, March 24, 2018, To Authorize The Renewal Of A Special Tax Therein.

Execute Change Order No. 1 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Axis Construction, LLC For The Raw Water Pump Structure Rehabilitation Phase 2 For Sibley Lake.

Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Axis Construction, LLC For The Raw Water Pump Structure Rehabilitation Phase 2 For Sibley Lake.