Residents in the areas on and around Monroe Road (roughly 360 acres) came before the City Council at its Monday night meeting, Oct. 14. They were concerned after learning last minute that one of the agenda items being introduced was an ordinance to annex a section of property on and around Monroe Road into the City limits (SEE MAP BELOW). The residents at the meeting were not in favor of this annexation and because of the lack of direct notification to individual home owners, they felt it was being “slid in behind their backs.”
When Mayor Lee Posey explained that information regarding the introduction of the ordinance was disseminated to the local media, one woman waved it off, saying she doesn’t read them and would have preferred a letter to inform her of the City’s intent. But, according to a petition, the majority of residents are recorded as being in favor of the annexation.
Some residents said they didn’t understand what benefit there was to being included in the City limits. They were told they would get a new road and the waterworks board agreed to pay to hookup homes to new sewer system in the future. City Attorney Ron Corkern said the annexation would increase the City’s tax base and because Sibley lake is the City’s water source it would be beneficial to take in as much property as it can surrounding the body of water.
Other agenda items included:
Declare Monday, October 14, 2019 As “Paint the Town Purple Day” And October 14 – 19, 2019 As “Homecoming Week” At Northwestern State University.
PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
Declare the Property at 312 Second Street to be Dilapidated, Dangerous and Unsafe and Order its Demolition and Removal
ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Lease A Tract Of Land to SCUS Head Start Programs, Inc., D/B/A Save The Children Head Start for $500 per month for the 1st year, $440 per month for the 2nd year, $600 per month for the 3rd year, $650 per month for the 4th year, and $700 per month for the 5th year. In the event options to extend are exercised, rental will increase $50 per month for each annual term.
Convey Certain Property Located At The Corner Of Ash Street And Breda Avenue To SCUS Head Start Programs, Inc., D/B/A Save The Children Head Start
Award The Bid For The Purchase Of A 3,000 Gallon Rear Module Jet Refueler to Westmor Fluid Solutions of Columbus, MN in the amount of $177,000.
Enter Into A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement With Northwestern State University, Providing For The Sharing Of A One Percent Sales Tax In The Natchitoches Economic Development District C
ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
Approve The Acquisition Of A Tract Of Land Situated On The Western Right Of Way Of Sixth Street In The City Of Natchitoches, From Eagle Distributing Of Shreveport, Inc., For $400,000.
Award The Bid For Liquid Chlorine For The Water Treatment Plant to DPC of Reserve, LA in the amount of $796 per ton.
Award The Bid For Construction At The Natchitoches Regional Airport To Install A New Perimeter Fence And Repair Existing Fence to Delta Specialty Contractors LLC of Monroe, LA in the amount of $180,180.
Amend The Geographical Boundaries Of Natchitoches Economic Development District C, State Of Louisiana; Extending The Levy And Collection Of An Existing 1% Sales And Use Tax And A 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax Into The Expanded Geographical Boundaries Of The District.
Levy An Additional Sales Tax Of One Percent (1.00%) In Natchitoches Economic Development District A, State Of Louisiana (The “District”); Designating The Full Amount Of Such Additional Sales Tax As The Sales Tax Increment In The District From Which The Local Sales Tax Increments Will Be Determined And Used To Finance Economic Development Projects In Accordance With And As Authorized By Part Ii, Chapter 27, Title 33 Of The Louisiana Revised Statutes Of 1950, As Amended, Designating The Initial Annual Baseline Collection Rate And Establishing A Monthly Baseline Collection Rate For The District; Pledging And Dedicating Such Tax Increments To Reimburse Economic Development Costs And Providing For Other Matters In Connection With The Foregoing.
Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding With The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., Which Said Memorandum Provides For Services To Be Provided By The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., Providing For A Three Year Term. Services include maintaining updated, professional and useful economic development website for one-stop information, being the lead contact for economic development request for proposals and information, leading the evaluation and development of business and industrial sites, serving as local liaison for business retention and expansion visits in conjunction with LED and NLEP, and providing expertise, experience, and leadership for special projects and initiatives of the administration. In exchange for these services the City agrees to the following pay schedule: $50,000 for FY 2019 by Dec. 31, 2018; $55,000 for FY 2020 by Oct. 15, 2019; and $55,000 for FY 20201 by July 15, 2020.
Acquire A Tract Of Land Situated On The South Side Of Lafayette Street, From Mildred Dean Joseph, For $4,000.
Execute Change Order No. 3 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Ratcliff Construction Company, LLC For The Natchitoches Sports & Recreation Park in the amount of $3,624.69, bringing the revised contract total to $12,957,112.47.
Resolution Of Support For A Grant Application Submitted To The Louisiana Office Of Community Development, For The 2019 – 2020 Community Water Enrichment Fund Grant.
Resolution Of Support For A Grant Application Submitted To the Louisiana office of community development, for the 2019 – 2020 local government assistance program.
Publish A Notice Of Intention To Levy And Collect A New One Percent (1%) Sales And Use Tax In Natchitoches Economic Development District A with a public forum set for Nov. 12 at 5:30 pm.
Authorize The Publication Of A Notice Of Intention To Further Amend The Geographical Boundaries Of Natchitoches Economic Development District C, State Of Louisiana, And To Extend The Levy And Collection Of An Existing 1% Sales And Use Tax And A 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax Into The Expanded Geographical Boundaries with a public forum to be held Nov. 12 at 5:30 pm.
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 28, 2019.