Roger H. Williams/Opinion
Approximately two years ago Rick Nowlin approached several citizens to prepare a study in regard to the condition of the Natchitoches Parish Roads and a possible solution as to how to solve this issue.
I served as Chairman of the committee, and Alan McMurtry was Vice Chair. The two of us represented Natchitoches.
Charles Cloud, Goldonna
Donna Isaacs, Campti
John Masson, Cloutierville
Wayne Pleasant, Marthville
These six represented the Natchitoches Parish Road Study Committee.
Many hours of study and research went into this project. A written report was prepared and submitted to the President and Council. The report included:
1) Securing funds necessary for maintaining and repairing the roads.
2) Equipment necessary for road repairs.
3) Personnel needed to accomplish the job.
The Council chose not to act and consequently nothing was done, thus the roads remain in a deplorable condition and a solution as to how to fix them remains elusive. The voters of Natchitoches Parish could have had a chance to vote on these recommendations if they had been given the opportunity. It was never put on the ballot of the next election.
One member of the road committee, Alan McMurtry, is now running for Parish Council District #3. Alan is a graduate of NSU and has a Masters Degree in Finance.
He moved to Houston Texas and as a Certified Public Account spent years working in the financial business arena, raising money for capital projects and assisting corporations in raising funds through bond issues.
I worked with Alan McMurtry on the road committee and I found him to be an excellent team member. He is a very good communicator with an impressive background in finance and corporate matters. Alan would be a most valuable member of the Natchitoches Parish Government.
Therefore I heartily endorse Alan McMurtry for election to Parish Council District #3 and I ask that you give him your consideration and vote in the October 12, 2019 election