While the City Council meeting May 29 was brief, one item should spark some interest amongst the community. The Council approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with Northwestern State University and the NSU Foundation to provide for construction of a nature/biking trail on grounds owned by NSU that are located din proximity to the proposed recreation and sports park.
NSU owns the 100 acre tract on the Southwest corner of the Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 3110 intersection. This land is a biologically diverse site that includes old growth pine trees on rolling hills and a cypress bottom located along Young’s Bayou. It’s also the location of an archeological site and has an artesian well and other small bodies of water.
It’s located a quarter mile from property recently acquired by the City for the recreation and sports park development. NSU owns additional property between its 100 acre tract and the City’s tract, which would allow for the two pieces of land to be connected in the future. Plans for the City Complex include a walking trail around the perimeter, which can be used for cross country and biking events and competitions. The walking trail on NSU’s land will be designed in a manner to allow for its future connection to the trail system proposed for the City Complex.
NSU received a proposal for the design and construction of the trail from Nevada Thomason for $39,600, plus certain expenses. NSU Foundation agreed to contribute $10,000 to the project and the City agreed to contribute $15,000. NSU will contribute the balance of the funds necessary to complete the project.
NSU agreed to make the walking trails available for use by the public. NSU and the City will cooperate in the future to provide for the connection of the trail systems and to allow the use of the trail systems as a single trail system for use by citizens and NSU faculty, staff and students.
PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
Change Zoning Classification Of Property (128 A&B South Dr.) from B-2 Commercial to B-3 Commercial to operate a veterinary clinic
ORDINANCE – FINAL:
Amend The 2017-2018 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.
Advertise And Accept Bids To Seal Coat Runway 7-25 At The Natchitoches Regional Airport (Bid No. 0609)
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be June 11, 2018.