Parish Council to hold Special Called Meeting – LIVE STREAM TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Parish Council will hold a Special Called meeting on Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 pm in the Council Board Room 211 on the second floor of the Courthouse.

Items on the agenda include approving two tax exemption applications for Martco LLC (project Numbers 20190393-ITE and 20180296-ITE).

4 thoughts on “Parish Council to hold Special Called Meeting – LIVE STREAM TONIGHT

  1. Why would the council approve an out of parish contractor to remove downed limbs and trees? Why not let local people who can provide liability insurance do it? It would at least keep the money circulating within the parish and create income for local businesses.

    • There was an open bid process with all bidders notified as to the criteria and requirements. For the parish to receive reimbursement from FEMA, at least 75%, and maybe up to 90%, the winning bidder had to meet certain standards and agree, in contract, to meet ALL OF THE FEMA regulations as well. Some contractors, initially interested, removed themselves from consideration given the mountain of paperwork required.

      The low bidder is a reputable firm, the same one who did most of the work last year in Ruston after the tornado swept through, and they come highly recommended. This is potentially a good sum of money, up to $1.5 million, which is why it was absolutely critical we meet all of the FEMA requirements to get reimbursed.

      BTW, some of us on the parish council agree with your sentiment, and also want to have a more transparent bidding process for all future contracts. In this case, I am satisfied given the very tight timetable, we have a good contractor for debris removal this go-around.

  2. We better get all the taxes we can get from these folks before they pull out and relocate to a parish that will continue exemptions just to have the jobs in their community. I mean how else are we gonna make sure that other businesses don’t bring their jobs to Natchitoches Parish. We must maintain our leadership role. It’s not easy being the first on the list of poorest cities. We have to work hard to stay number one.

    Sarcasm off.

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