By Ricky LaCour
The Parish Council meeting on Aug. 19 featured a vote for one of the most anticipated topics on the agenda for the past few months. After being put off time and time again, the vote was cast to consider adopting Ordinance 010-2019 to put on the ballot to let the people of Natchitoches Parish decide to stay with the current form of government or revert back to the Police Jury form of government. It failed with three voting for (Chris Paige, Patsy Hoover, and Rodney Bedgood) and two against (Doug de Graffenried and Russell Rachal). This change requires 4 votes to pass. Super Majority.
Conversation regarding the topic got heated as two council members delayed the vote with underlying budget questions in regards to the changes if parish citizens voted to reinstate the police jury form of government. This sent several citizens into a small uproar as they voiced their disappointment.
Several individuals spoke of the importance of the vote and voiced their opinions on the effectiveness of the current form of government and the previous.
Some expressed their frustration with the council members.
“This is a shame,” said Janice Perry. “You advertised that the public hearing was about the vote finally being made to only get here and delay the vote with even more nonsense.”
Other items on the agenda:
Council to consider introducing Ordinance 013-2019 to effect a zoning change from an I-A Industry-Agriculture District to a B-1 Business District for commercial us on a 3.77 acre tract of land, parcel #0010277800, situated in Section 83, T9N, R7W along Louisiana Highway 3278 in Natchitoches, as shown on the Survey attached hereto: and otherwise to provide with respect thereto.
Council to consider introducing Ordinance 014-2019 for an Operating Budget Amendment.
Council to consider adopting Ordinance 012-2019 Budget Revision for the Solid Waste Fund.
Council to consider approving moving Precinct 1-4 and 1-4A Natchitoches Parish from the Natchitoches Central Boy’s Gym, 6513 LA Highway 3110 to Restoration Apostolic Ministries, 175 Fairgrounds Road, Natchitoches, LA. This move would take effect starting with the October 12, 2019 election.
Council to adopt a Resolution approving the holding of an election in Fire Protection District No. 2 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, November 16, 2019, to authorize the levy of a parcel fee therein.
Council to adopt a Resolution to establish Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District 6 Fire Prevention Bureau to conduct fire safety inspections within the boundaries of Fire Protection District 6.
Council to consider approving the Resolution from Fire District #1 to change the membership of the Fire District #1 Board of Commissioners from seven to five members.
Council to consider approving the Louisiana Department of Economic Development of the following action pursuant to 503 (H) (1) of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.
Council to approve to award the contract to Waste Connection for the lease of the transfer station.