The City Council and Mayor Lee Posey said they’d tired of litter and the general lack of property cleanliness of some private property in Natchitoches. They discussed littering fines and standards for the maintenance and upkeep of private property at a work session held Monday night, April 8, before the City Council meeting.
There will be a $500 per offense fine, with an option to complete an equivalent in community service (picking up trash). Posey said a fine may be the only way to get the attention of some residents/business owners. However, it was stated at the meeting that the Council will come across people who will flat out refuse to pay the money or do the work. The agreed upon answer was that these people would then be required to do jail time.
However, the key to the success of this more aggressive approach to clean up the town is enforcement. Who will enforce the fines, oversee the community service, and show sentencing will be carried out has yet to be determined, but Posey is hopeful.
“This is not going to be easy, but I’m stubborn enough to make this work,” he said.
A letter will be sent out with utility bills to all residents and business owners to inform them of this new, more aggressive stance the City is taking.
Agenda items included:
Declare May 18, 2019 As Kids To Parks Day In The City Of Natchitoches
Declare April 21 -27, 2019 As “Drive The Jefferson Highway” In The City Of Natchitoches
Declare April 2019 As Fair Housing Month In The City Of Natchitoches
PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
Change Zoning Classification Of Property At 536 University Parkway from B-2 Neighborhood Business District to B-3 Community and Central Business District for Magee’s Patio Cafe to extend its hours of operation to 6 am
ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
Adopt The Budget For The City Of Natchitoches For The Fiscal Year June 1,
2019 Through May 31, 2020 (General Fund: $16.777,666, Proprietary Fund- Utility: $36,496,852, and Special and Capital Project Funds: $35,783,824)
Execute A Lease In Favor Of Med-Trans Corporation, Of A Portion Of Lot 1a Of The Natchitoches Regional Airport
Award The Bid For The Electric Distribution Rehabilitation For Quida And Jackson Street to Sunstream of Natchitoches in the amount of $76,398
Approve A Conveyance Of A 5.39 Acre Tract Of Land In Section 74, Township 9 North, Range 7 West, To Archie’s Towing Service, L.L.C., For The Sum And Price Of $260,000
Restate The Policy Of The City Of Natchitoches Regarding Harassment And To Amend And Reenact The Personnel Policies Manual Of The City Of Natchitoches To Amend The Section Entitled “Harassment”
Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding With The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., Which Said Memorandum Provides For The Certification Of Sites Owned By The City Of Natchitoches Located In The Industrial Park Situated In Sections 72, 73 And 74, Township 9 North, Range 7 West
ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Award The Bid For Christmas Lighting Supplies to Stine’s of Sulphur in the amount of $21,505
Resolution In Opposition Of All Proposed Legislation That Transfers The Administration And Collection Of Local Sales & Use Taxes To The Louisiana Department Of Revenue.
Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise And Accept Bids For The Natchitoches Event Center Roof Replacement Project
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be April 22
The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed Friday, April 19 for Good Friday