Debbie Miley was appointed as the City’s new finance director at the City Council meeting Monday night, March 11, despite objections from Council member Sylvia Morrow. Morrow said Mayor Lee Posey never spoke to her personally about hiring Miley. Morrow said she had “information” regarding Miley, but when asked Morrow refused to give any details, saying she’d speak to the mayor about it at a later date. She said she visited with Parish Council members and “did her own investigational work,” and based on her “documentation,” she didn’t feel comfortable voting on the appointment.
Posey said the people he talked to in the Parish Government gave him an overwhelmingly positive response regarding Miley. “I feel very confident we’re hiring the right person for the right job at this particular time,” he said. Council member Eddie Harrington said he talked with Parish employees as well, who were all very distraught to lose Miley. “That to me says a lot and I think she’ll be a great asset.”
The vote was 4:1 with Morrow voting against the appointment.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work for a new opportunity,” said Miley.
In other business, Harold Foster came before the Council regarding the renewal of a lease of a lot/hangar at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. There was debate over insurance, ownership and an “assignment of lease” document that was never produced. Mayor Posey said the Council needed to digest the information they were given, get some guidance on which way to move forward, and get back to Foster regarding the matter.
Infrastructure was the nature of another agenda item. Change Order No. 2 to the contract between the City and Regional Construction added $302,181 to the 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program Phase 2 project, bringing the revised contract total to $4.1 million.
Mayor Posey said every time workers dig up a street they uncover more things.
“We’re trying to do things correctly because there’s some things from the past that have come back to haunt us,” he said. “I hate it. I don’t like it. We’ve run into some sink holes around town (Ledet Drive, near the Catholic Cemetery, Royal and Beaufort, and on Winonna). It’s taking a lot of time and money to fix it. It’s gonna be good when it’s through.”
Other agenda items included:
Resolution proclaiming March 28, 2019 as Blind Veterans Day in the City of Natchitoches
Ordinance (FINAL) to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Waterworks District 1 and Sheriff Victor Jones regarding the office facility, boat house and related piers and docks
Ordinance (FINAL) to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Historic District Business Association
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, March 25