Recycling was no longer working financially for Natchitoches so the City Council introduced an ordinance at the Nov. 26 meeting. When the ordinance is approved at the Dec. 10 meeting curbside pickup for recyclables will do longer be offered.
“I don’t think anyone likes it, but the money is not out there,” said Mayor Lee Posey.
The City will continue a recycling program and has plans to enhance its collection site at the public works department. Going forward with the renewal of the contract with Waste Connections Bayou, both the black and blue (recycling) cans will be used for garbage.
The ordinance approves the renewal of a time contract for the collection, hauling, recycling and disposal of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, and recyclable materials in the City of Natchitoches. The City was under a contract with Progressive Waste Solutions, which expires Dec. 31. (SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW FOR TERMS AND RATES)
The Council recognized the Natchitoches Central Agronomy Team that recently accomplished one of the most remarkable feats that any FFA member can attempt—they have earned the title of National Champions!
The Natchitoches Central FFA members Frank Lester, Thomas Dodd, Andrew Broadway, and Kaitlyn Cormane placed first overall at the National FFA Agronomy contest held at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their achievement is the result of a full year of training for this competition; the team practiced every day during school hours and three days a week after school dating back to last November.
Frank Lester was 1st place individually, followed by teammates Thomas Dodd (2nd place individual), Andrew Broadway (4th place individual) and Kaitlyn Cormane (9th place individual). All four members finished in the top 9 out of 152 students competing from all across the nation. Such an achievement places them in the top 5% of all students that competed.
This team won by 377 points over the second place team—the largest margin of victory ever recorded. NCHS won the National FFA Agronomy CDE with a team total of 4,168.5 points out of 5,000. Frank Lester set a new record for highest individual score with a 914 out of 1000 possible points. Each team member earned a $1,000 cash award for their performance.
The Council also recognized the following Christmas Angels: Ava Cole, Brooklyn Clark, Jolee Shea, Melanie Johnson, Olivia Vickers, Kyleigh Severin, Madison Dupuy, Taylor Eubanks, and Anna Sowell.
Other agenda items included:
PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:
Change Zoning Classification Of Ribfin Smokehouse & Restaurant, located at 5386 University Parkway, From B-3 Commercial To Additional B-A Zoning To Sell Beverages Of High And Low Alcoholic Content For Consumption On Premises.
ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Amend And Re-Adopt Section 22-36 Of The Code Of Ordinances, Which Said Section Is Within Article III, Entitled “Cane River Lake” Of Chapter 22 Entitled “Parks And Recreation”, Said Section Being Amended And Re-Adopted To Provide For New Regulations Governing Watercraft Operation During Fireworks Displays, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.
Amend Chapter 19 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches By Adopting Article VIII, Which Is Titled “Food Cart/Truck Vendors”, And Providing For Permitting And Regulation Of Food Cart/Truck Vendors In The City Of Natchitoches, Providing For Application For Same And Fees, Providing For A Savings Clause, A Repealer Clause, And Providing For An Effective Date Of The Ordinance.
Award Bid For East Natchitoches Water Main Replacement, Phase I to David Lawler Construction of Shreveport for $808,775.
Incur Debt And Issuance Of $1.5 Million Of Sales Tax Bonds, Series 2019. Posey said the City will focus on the St. Maurice, Whitfield, Sirod and East Fifth area next as part of its plan to keep replacing more water lines every year
ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
Amend Section 14-29, Entitled “Collection Charges – Levied” Of Chapter 14 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches, Entitled “Garbage, Trash And Refuse”, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.
Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City And Regional Construction, LLC For The 2017 Street Rehabilitation Program, Phase I
Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion For LA DOTD Seal Coat Runway 7/25 At The Natchitoches Regional Airport
Enter Into A Contract With Midwest Employers Casualty Company For The Workers’ Compensation Excess Coverage Policy For The City
Approve The Transfer Or Assignment Of A Franchise Agreement From Natchitoches Carriage Company, LLC, To Guy Joseph Tuccio, Including The Authorization Of The Mayor To Execute An Instrument Approving The Assignment Of The Franchise Agreement.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be December 10, 2018.