Parish Council members unanimously voted against approving tax exemption applications for Martco LLC and Alliance Compressors at its meeting Monday night, Aug. 17. The gist of the Council’s take on giving companies tax breaks was that it’s time companies start putting money toward repairing the roads of Natchitoches Parish.
In other business, Public Works Director Johnny Salard reported that the Highway Department worked on 149 roads in July. Parish President John Richmond reported TESI has gone silent over the last two weeks as the Parish is in the middle of negotiations for the donation of the Payne Subdivision sewer system. A board was established and its first meeting will take place on Aug. 18.
Members of the community also attended the Council meeting to question Council members about who added the introduction of an ordinance to the agenda to amend the Parish of Natchitoches Personnel Manual to provide that, effective Jan. 1, 2021, the job position of Council Clerk is a part-time position. Council member Jim Kilcoyne added the item to the agenda. Kilcoyne and Chris Paige were appointed the newly formed Finance and Budget Committee at the June 16 meeting. The committee was supposed to find ways for the Parish to cut expenses to save money.
However, Paige was adamant that he had no part in putting the item on the agenda. “I don’t like ambushing people like this,” he said. “It’s not right.”
Other agenda items included:
Introduction of Ordinance 015-2020 for budget amendment for Highway Fund, CoCo Bed Capital Outlay Fund, Fish Hatchery Capital Outlay Fund, Old River Road Capital Outlay Fund, and 201 Capital Outlay Fund.
Adopt Ordinance No 014-2020 to effect a zoning change from City District to a B-2 Business District for the purpose of establishing a Family Dollar on Lots 1&2, Block 24 of the Chaplins Addition and Lots 5&6, Block 19 of the Chaplins Addition with physical addresses of 8894 and 8896 Texas Street in Robeline.
Approve rolling forward Road District 40.
Grant an extension to the Finance Department for submitting the 2021 budget to accommodate acceptance of quotes from different insurance providers who would not be able to submit their information to the Finance Department before the September deadline as required by the Home Rule Charter.
Authorize the Parish President to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission for the rehabilitation for Bermuda Road with final approval to come from the Council.
Authorize Parish President to seek bids for the pulverization of designated roads in District 4 and District 5.