City Council approves salary supplement for City employees

The Natchitoches City Council approved a one-time salary supplement payment to City of Natchitoches employees. This includes $500 for Full-time actively working employees and $250 for Part-time actively working, non seasonal employees.  These payments for personnel employed as of Nov. 1, 2020 and will be pro-rated based on length of service for the previous 12 months. The source for these payments is an accumulated surplus in the Worker’s Compensation Fund.

Another item included a resolution to authorize the City to proceed with the issuance of, not to exceed, $4 million of Utilities Revenue Refunding Bonds on a tax-exempt or taxable basis, making application to the State Bond Commission for approval of said bonds. Interest rates have decreased tremendously over the last 6 months. With the state of the market the goal is to lower interest rates and save the City money. They’re considering trying to shorten payments on the City’s debt as well, some of which goes out to 2035. After the application to the State Bond Commission is approved this item will come back up before the Council for introduction as an ordinance.

Speaking of taxes, City Treasurer Debbie Miley summed up her financial report, stating that tax collections were up June through September, up $134,000 over last year at this time. The calendar year is down some but the fiscal year is up, so there are no issues at this time. The TIFF money was down some for June, July, and August, but came up some in September. This being down is somewhat understandable with Covid going on.

Other agenda items included:

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

Change Zoning Classification Of Property (1011 Keyser Ave., Parkway Cinema) From B-3 Commercial To Additional B-A Zoning To Sell Beverages Of Low Alcoholic Content For Consumption On Premise.

Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property (Highway 1 South By-pass) from R-1 Residential to I-2 Industrial for the purpose of sale. Claire W. Decker

Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property (105 Isadore St) from R-1 Residential to B-1 Commercial for Elizabeth Grace Sylvia to operate a retail business. Elizabeth Grace Sylvia (105 Isadore St)

Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property (229 Broadmoor Shopping Center, Keyser Ave.) from: B-3 Commercial to additional B-A zoning for K-Five Inc. DBA Save-A-Lot to sell beverages of low alcoholic content.

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Execute A 10-Year Lease In Favor Of Marc Millican, Of That 21,785.76 Square Foot Area (Lot 4) Of The Natchitoches Regional Airport

Enter Into An Agreement With The Louisiana Department Of Wildlife And Fisheries – Extension, Which Said Agreement Provides For Services To Be Provided By The Louisiana Department Of Wildlife And Fisheries – Extension Providing For A One Year Term, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

Award The Bid For Liquid Chlorine For The Water Treatment Plant (Bid No. 0632)

Approve City Of Natchitoches Employment Contract With The City Attorney And Further Authorizing The Mayor, Ronnie Williams Jr., To Execute The Employment Contract On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be November 9, 2020.

The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in observance of Veterans Day.