City Council shows support for fire prevention week

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The Natchitoches City Council approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night, Sept. 24, to declare October 7-13, 2018 as Fire Prevention Week. The City is committed to ensuring the safety and security of residents and fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire.

Home fires killed 2,735 people in the US in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments in the US responded to 352,000 home fires. The majority of US fire deaths (4 out of 5) occur at home each year. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to US fire departments was 10% higher in 2016 than in 1980.

Natchitoches residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. Natchitoches residents should should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

The fire department will hold an Open House with all other departments parish-wide on Oct. 11 from 5:30-8 pm at its training facility on the campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College.

Other agenda items included:

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

Change Zoning Classification Of Property at 44 Williams Avenue from R-1 Multiple-Family Residence District To R-1 Multiple-Family Residence District, Special Exception For Use As A Vacation Rental Home

RESOLUTIONS:

Execute an Agreement With The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) for improvements at the Natchitoches Regional Airport\

Approve The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) For Financial Assistance From The State Of Louisiana DOTD, Division of Aviation For The Natchitoches Regional Airport

Enter Into A Contract With Risk Services Of Louisiana, Inc. For Property Insurance For The City Of Natchitoches

Adopt A Records Retention Schedule For The City Of Natchitoches

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Progressive Construction Co., For The St. Denis Water Line Replacement And Street Rehabilitation Project. (Bid No. 0607)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 8, 2018.