City Council hears residents concern over annexation of land on and around Monroe Road

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:

PROCLAMATIONS:

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.

RESOLUTIONS:

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 28, 2019.


15 thoughts on “City Council hears residents concern over annexation of land on and around Monroe Road

  1. I don’t live in the area of annexation, however I do have some concerns about the methods used to notify people and the words used to describe the benefits. The mayor stated that “information regarding the introduction of the ordinance was disseminated to the local media.” Just what local media is he talking about? I must have missed it somewhere, because I didn’t see it, though I don’t take the Natchitoches Times, I have problems picking up local radio stations so don’t listen, I don’t watch the area television stations, but I do read the NPJ almost daily. I did NOT see nor hear anything about the annexation, so I believe what the mayor and council did was not right, and wonder if it even legal. Letters should have gone out to the homeowners in that area at the very least. The mayor is beginning to remind me of a poker player who pulls cards out of his sleeve.

    As for the second of my concerns, the benefits. Benefits to whom? The City Attorney stated that residents would get “a new road and the waterworks board agreed to pay to hookup homes to new sewer system in the future.” A new road, you say? Why are there roads within the city now that are in need of major repair, and nothing is done. Sounds almost like a bribe to assure that residents will be in favor of the annexation, but I know the mayor and council would never do anything like that. The second part is that the waterworks board agreed to pay to hookup homes to new sewer system IN THE FUTURE. I sure hope the folks on Monroe don’t fall for that one. I hope they realize THE FUTURE could be 40 years after they are all long gone. Sounds to me like the benefits will all be in the city’s favor.

    The City Attorney addressed the benefit to the city when he said, “the annexation would increase the City’s tax base.” Indeed it will. The value of land around the lake is high. Property taxes in the city are higher than property taxes in the parish. The residents may foolishly listen to what the mayor has to say, but I would suggest that they listen very carefully to each and every word out of the mouths of these politicians. They often speak out of both sides of their mouth, and we all know that usually means neither sides speaks the whole truth.

    • Where is the parish council on this? Why are the two running for parish president not questioning the loss of more parish taxes? Why are people just letting this happen?

    • Where are the two running for parish council and why are they not questioning this? Where’s anybody on the council? Someone should step up for the parish and block this! Just keep taking from the parish till there’s nothing left!

  2. Now that they know how easy it is to raise taxes on a development district look out the entire city will be nothing but economic development districts. So much for ceilings on tax rates. Natchitoches politicians have found a new cash cow.

  3. That’s true Joe1.look at all the wasted land you could use off 49.Malls,better food,oil changes,better truck stop.etc

  4. The Mayor is desperate to tax everything in sight to support his ”Parc”. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

    • you are so right Polly.The mayor “who needs to go ” pushed this so
      fast and hard with no vote,just for his ego while the locals have to pay more
      taxes for the stupid thing.

  5. As a victim of annexation about 10-15 years ago I can say without a doubt that the city should not be allowed to annex another inch. At least not until they can demonstrate the ability to maintain what they already have. The city does not annex property because its what’s best for the residents

    • If the ballbark would be run correctly, it would drive tax dollars out the wazzu. But sadly it is already being mismanaged. Peoples anger shouldn’t be toward the park, but rather toward the planning of the park. The city is sitting on a gold mine. We just don’t have the tools to dig.

      • Steve, All you have to do is look around. These people wouldn’t know an economic development opportunity if it bit ‘em in the you know what

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