The City Council Monday night, Sept. 9, was brief but Mayor Lee Posey did announce that the Council will discuss the previously proposed and tabled sales and use tax for District C.
The tax would go toward the operation and maintenance costs associated with running Parc Natchitoches, the new sports and recreation complex the City is building on University Parkway. District C encompasses most of the area around the I-49 exits and some of University Parkway (See Photo Below).
After taking opposition from business owners in District C into consideration Posey said he thought it was only fair to include the other five hotels in the City. At the Sept. 23 City Council meeting there will be an ordinance introduced to amend District C.
Posey also said they’ve found an answer to the “use” portion of the tax by allowing business owners to send in receipts for reimbursement on big ticket items they purchase. He said Natchitoches Tax Commission Administrator Jerry McWherter is working to decide on a dollar amount. Posey said this proposed tax was never intended to penalize business owners with such a “use” tax. “If we do anything out there that hurts 3-4 businesses we should remind this within the next year,” he said.
Half of the money generated will go to Northwestern State University and the other half will go to the City for its operation and maintenance costs for Parc Natchitoches.
Posey announced that a Special Called City Council meeting will be held Friday, September 13 at 9 am at the Natchitoches Municipal Building to address the following:
1. Considering Ordinance No. 034 of 2019 “Ordinance Authorizing The City Of Natchitoches To Lease All Or A Portion Of The Property Located At 607/Trudeau Street/Depot Street And 720 Sixth Street, Natchitoches To The United States Of American Through The Designated Representative Of The General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service
2. An appeal to review a decision of the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission at the August 6 meeting that denied the application regarding the St. Maurice Place Subdivision.
Posey said the reason the appeal for the St. Maurice Place Subdivision isn’t placed on the Sept. 9 agenda is that Council member Eddie Harrington was out of town and requested to be present for this particular issue because it’s in his district.
Other agenda items included:
Proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week
Proclamation declaring Shawn Carney Day on behalf of the Women’s Resource Center
Proclamation declaring the month of September as Airbag Recall Repair Month in the City
Introduction of ordinance to change zoning classification of property at 516 Texas Street from B-2 to B-2 Commercial, special exception to operate a package liquor store
Approve conveyance of a .39 acre tract of land situated on the southerly right of way of Old Robeline Road, at the southwest corner of its intersection with the abandoned right of way of Forest Street for the amount of $12,500. The land is the location of an old electrical substation that is no longer in use by the Utility Department.
Introduce ordinance to lease a tract of land together with improvements located on the east side of North Street to SCUS Head Start Programs, DBA Save the Children Head Start
Introduction of ordinance to convey certain property located at the corner of Ash Street and Breda Avenue to SCUS Head Start Programs, DBA Save the Children Head Start
Execute a change order to the contract between the City and Regional Construction for the 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program, Phase 2
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Sept. 23.