An ordinance was introduced at Monday night’s City Council meeting, June 10, proposing the levying of a 1% sales and use tax in the Natchitoches Economic Development District C for the purpose of paying the costs of acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining the recreational facilities for Parc Natchitoches, the new sports complex currently under construction on University Parkway. The Council will meet July 8 at 5:30 pm at the municipal building on Second Street (next door to the Fire Department) to hear any objections to the levy of this sales and use tax. This would raise the current 9.45% to 10.45%. Plans are to start collecting in the last quarter of this year (October, November, December).
The reoccurring budgets in the recreation department will not be able to afford the general operation and maintenance of the sports park. Mayor Lee Posey said he visited businesses out on the interstate and received positive feedback. Also, starting Jan. 15, 2020 there are tournaments being scheduled every weekend.
“This is good for Natchitoches,” he said. “This will help us.”
Other agenda items included:
ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Approve The Acquisition Of A Tract Of Land Situated At 732 Martin Luther King Drive, From Natch Heirs Of Rosetta Stone, L.L.C., For The Cash Consideration Of $15,000
Fix The Time, Day, Date And Place Of Regular Meetings Of The City Council Of The City Of Natchitoches For The Next Twelve Months. Meetings will be held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Arts Center on Second Street, unless provided otherwise by the mayor upon public notice.
Establish Meeting Times And Places Of: Natchitoches Planning Commission (first Tuesday of each month at 5 pm at the Arts Center), Historic District Commission (first Monday of the month at 5 pm at the Arts Center), Airport Advisory Commission (third Monday of the month at the Airport Terminal), and Waterworks District No.1 (third Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the downtown City Bank location).
Appoint Members To The City Planning Commission: Charles Whitehead III, Rev. Bobby Claiborne, Michael D. Lewis, Rickey McCalister, Jamie Flanagan, Isaac Lewis, Jacob Cooper, and Ron Brown.
Appoint Members To The Natchitoches Historic District Commission: Jared Dunahoe, Dr. Virginia Crossno, Sharon Gahagan, Dr. Steve Horton, Melissa Robinson, and Marion Salter.
Appoint Stacy McQueary As Clerk Of The Council
Appoint The City Attorney (Ronald E. Corkern Jr.) And Assistant City Attorneys (Daniel T. Murchison Jr., Cloyd Benjamin Jr., J. Chris Guillet, Lisa V. Johnson, and Steve Oxenhandler).
Appoint The Auditor For The City (Johnson, Thomas and Cunningham).
Appoint the Fiscal Agent For The City (Sabine State Bank).
Designate The Natchitoches Times As the Official Legal Journal For The City.
Enter Into A Contract With Hub International Gulf South For The One
Beacon Insurance Group Casualty Package Insurance Renewal Effective June 30, 2019 Through June 30, 2020.
Approve A Utility Easement And Right Of Way For Placement Of Electrical Utilities Along The Eastern Side Of Property Of Charles W. Waters.
Approve A Utility Easement And Right Of Way For Placement Of Electrical Utilities Along The Western Side Of Property Of Martha Calk Waters.
Execute Change Order No. 1 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And David Lawler Construction, Inc., For The East Natchitoches Water Main Replacement, Phase I in the amount of $133,005 for a revised contract total of $941,780.
Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And David Lawler Construction, Inc. For East Natchitoches Water Main Replacement, Phase I
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be June 24 at 5:30 pm at the Municipal Building on Second Street (next to the Fire Department).