Parish Council still cannot see Eye to Eye on Bermuda Road Re-pavement/Repairs
As the Parish continues to fix roads, the argument about the importance of which roads have precedence over others came up. The argument mainly focus on the ongoing need of repairs to Bermuda Road.
Though this was not an item on the agenda, Patsy Ward-Hoover brought it up as a non-agenda item to be discuss and invited up residents of that district that travel Bermuda Road to speak on their grievances with how the road repairs are being handled.
Each asked respectfully of the Council that if not repaved that repairs be made to the road sooner than later.
Chris Paige made a point to address that more money is being spent on less traveled roads in districts with smaller populations. As to which, some of those Council members remained silent on the issue.
Rodney Bedgood, however, introduced a partial solution by speaking on the possibility of re-purposing some of the asphalt from his district for the repairs to a portion of Bermuda Road. It received lukewarm reception from other Council members, but no one seemed opposed to it if it can be done.
The other major topic of the meeting turned out to be the Council’s decision 3 to 2 to not go into executive session to discuss legal strategy regarding ongoing lawsuits against the Natchitoches Parish Government.
Other Items on the Agenda:
Council voted YES to the re-appointment of Ms. Karen Terrel to the Natchitoches Parish Library Board of Control.
Council voted YES to the re-appointment of Mr. Ludlow McNeely to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 Board.
Council voted YES to the re-appointment of Mr. Mark Waskom to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 Board.
Council voted YES to the appointment of Ms. Dee Dee Dunagan to the Natchitoches Parish Housing Authority to replace Regina Keyser.
Council voted YES to the appointment of Mr. Jimmy Atherton to the Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve Commission to replace Tony Swords.
Council voted YES to adopting Ordinance 013-2019 to effect a zoning change from an I-A Industry-Agriculture District to an B-1 Business District for commercial use 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 voted YES to adopting Ordinance 014-2019 for an Operation Budget Amendment.
Council voted YES to approve the assessed valued levied by the Tax Assessor, Dollie C. Mahoney.
Council voted YES to adopt Resolution in recognizing the importance of the United States Census and encouraging all Natchitoches Parish Resident to Participate in being Counted.
Council voted YES to approving the Video Streaming of the Natchitoches Parish Council meetings on the Natchitoches Parish Website and from the Council Meeting room using Natchitoches Parish Government equipment.
Council voted YES to awarding the construction contract for the Courthouse ADA Renovations to DSW Contruction, LLC, Many, LA., in the amount of $120,775.00, and to authorize the Parish President to execute the Notice of Award and Construction Agreement upon receipt of the contractor’s performance and payment bonds and certificate of insurance.
Council voted YES to approving the Louisiana Department of Economic Development of the following action pursuant to %03 (H) (I) of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.
Council voted NO to 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 voted NO on The Parish Council to hold an executive session in accordance with LSA-R.S. 42:17 (A) (2) to conduct strategy sessions with respect to prospective litigation after formal written demand of litigation to discuss the litigating position of Natchitoches Parish Government in the matters of McMurtry v. Natchitoches Parish Government, at and Lynda Vance v. Rick Nowlin, Parish President.
Council voted YES to approving the Parish President to secure additional legal Counsel for employment matters at the recommendation from the District Attorney’s Office.