Scooter Perot came before the Parish Council at its meeting Monday night, May 20, for the third month in a row to talk about repairing Beau Vista Road. This would be a 50/50 cost share deal with the Parish paying half of the project cost and the residents paying half. A similar situation will occur to fix Kayla Drive (See history from previous meetings below).
From December 18 meeting:
The Council authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the residents of Shamard Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods to resurface the first 850 feet of Kayla Drive. The project is estimated to cost $34,000 and the homeowners offered to pay half, up to $17,000.
From March 19 meeting:
Scooter Perot requested a 50/50 cost share deal with the Parish on repairing Beau Vista Road, which is 500 feet long. The Parish is also in the process of fixing the first 800 feet of Kayla Drive with a similar cost share agreements with the residents that live on it. Nowlin said they are working on evaluating the cost and feasibility of such agreements, which will be brought before the Council for its approval.
From April 16 meeting:
An item was tabled until the May meeting, which would authorize the Parish President to sign and execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the residents of Beau Vista for the resurfacing of Beau Vista Road, pending the approval of a budget amendment for the Parish’s portion of the funding. The residents requested bids, which came in at roughly $18,000 to fix 500 feet of road. However, there is no treasurer to put a budget amendment together for this project, or another cooperative endeavor agreement with residents on Kayla Drive for a similar project, which is estimated to cost $34,000 for 800 feet of road.
Perot came before the Council because he’s had to ask to be put on the agenda for the last two meetings and feels he’s done the majority of the work (signed petition and bids) to make this cost-share plan work, with no reciprocation from the Parish Highway Department.
“I haven’t been contacted and I’m almost past the point of thinking ya’ll are gonna help do the road,” he said. “I don’t know what the answer is but I’m very upset with the process. I’ve done all the work and to not put me on the agenda in the order of progression is unacceptable.”
Councilman Chris Page said Highway Department Director John Richmond and Perot were supposed to get together to compile numbers for the project.
Richmond raised the question: Where would the matching Parish funds come from for the project? Not just for Beau Vista Road, but Kayla Drive as well.
“Find the money,” said Perot, who explained how Kayla Drive residents have had their portion of the money ready for their project to begin for five months now and nothing’s been done. “How long does it take to find the money,” he asked.
Council Chairman Rodney Bedgood said he could put Perot on the agenda for every Council meeting, but nothing can be done until the Highway Director finds the money.
“My personal concern is, we can fund both projects tomorrow,” said Richmond. “If I take $26,000 that was not in the budget to go do these road projects, at the end of the year when life is tight and money is tighter and somebody needs a load of gravel, or 2-4 loads to get to a Christmas Eve services and I say ‘I’m out of money,’ what are we gonna do then?”
There’s also already other people who are interested in entering into a similar cost share plan with the Parish to get a road fixed. Richmond questioned what they Parish will do when there’s 3-4 people and $26,000 turns into $100,000. Perot said start the process and people can get in line.
The Council was in agreement that they need to move forward with new roads while they can get them half off and deal with whatever comes later. They amended the agenda to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the residents of Beau Vista Road and authorize Richmond to move forward with this project and the one on Kayla Drive.
In other business, an ordinance for introduction failed (needs a 2/3 vote to pass and Russell Rachal and Doug de Graffenried voted against it).
Other agenda items included:
Re-appoint Anita Dubois and De’Andrea Sanders to the Natchitoches Parish Children and Youth Planning Board
Introduce Ordinance 004-2019 to effect a zoning change from an R-2 Residential District for multi-family residences to an R-1 Residential District for single family residences on Lots 2 and 5 of Angler’s Paradise Park Subdivision
Introduce Ordinance 005-2019 to effect a zoning change from an I-A Industry-Agriculture District to a B-1 Business District for single family residences on a 23.57 acre parcel
Introduce Ordinance 006-2019 to effect a zoning change from an RMH-1 Residence District for single family residences and manufactured homes to an R-3 Residence District for multi-family residences on a 1.87 acre parcel
Introduce Ordinance 007-2019 to effect a zoning change from an R-2 Residential District for multi-family residences to an R-1 Residential District for single family residences on lots A, B, C, and D of Angler’s Paradise Park Subdivision
Introduce Ordinance 008-2019 to adopt Amendment No. 1 to the 2019 Capital Improvements Budget
Declare the solid waste transfer station as “surplus property” and further, to authorize the advertising for proposals to lease and operate the station
Approve request for proposals and lease agreement for the lease of the solid waste transfer station to another entity and authorize the issuance of an RFP
Award contract for the collection and disposal of solid waste in the parish to Waste Connections in the amount of $930,000
Adopt resolution of the library’s capital expenditure for the addition of a meeting room at the Northeast Branch of the Natchitoches Parish Library
Approve the restoration tax abatement program application of the Duanhoe Law Firm. The abatement would be applied toward whatever the new assessed property value is once construction is completed. Edwin Dunahoe said the renovation of his law firm will benefit the City and Parish by increasing its tax base
Approve engagement letter from Thomas, Cunningham, Broadway and Todtenbier for services in connection with the audit of the Parish’s control and compliance areas identified in the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Statewide Agreed-Upon Procedures for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2018
Approve tax exemption for Alliance Compressors for 80% of $14.8 million ($12,000 annually) for 5 years (no more than 10 years overall).
Approve request of Randall Lee “Fuzzy” Hennigan for repairing and resurfacing a portion of Lula Street beginning at the intersection of South Main Street going South on Lula Street approximately 230 feet in downtown Marthaville
Approve annual Head Start assessment
Authorize Parish President to sign and execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Red River Waterway Commission to allow the Commission to make certain repairs and improvements to Tauzin Island Road
Authorize the Parish President to sign and execute an extension to the agreement with IBTS for 2 years of permitting and building official services
Approve the request of the property owners along Clark Road to have the Parish Department of Public Works scarify a section of the road