City Council meeting addresses water system repairs, repeal of building demo

The Natchitoches City Council met on Feb. 22. Before the meeting adjourned Mayor Ronnie Williams said the City’s Utility Department is making great strides with the water system. It was at 25 psi on Feb. 22 and was up to 51 psi as of Feb. 22. He said crews are starting to get water out to the Oak Grove area and they’re hopeful to get water to I-49 soon. This is uncharted territory and Mayor Williams said the boil advisory will continue even once crews get normal pressure restored the system (maybe through Friday). Once normal pressure is restored a water sample has to be sent to Baton Rouge for testing and the City has to wait to be cleared until the advisory can be lifted.

The most anticipated agenda item was an ordinance to repeal a portion of Ordinance No. 029 and No. 041 of 2019, relative to declaring the Summer Tree Apartments on Second Street unsafe and recommending the buildings to be demolished or repaired to comply with the building code. After much debate and community members speaking for and against the repeal the Council voted 3:2 in favor of the repeal.  Council members Eddie Harrington and Dale Nielsen were against the repeal of the ordinances.

Other agenda items included:

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Extend The City Limits Of The City Of Natchitoches Annexing A Tract Situated In Section 32, Township 9 North, Range 7 West, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Said Tract Owned By Braxton Keyser, LLC, And Lying North Of Louisiana Highway 494, And Adjacent To The Existing Municipal Limits Of The City Of Natchitoches, Being A Total Of 13.0 Acres, More Or Less, And Further Providing For The Fixing Of A Public Hearing, Advertisement, Fixing Council District For Same, Fixing Zoning Classification And Providing For An Effective Date Of The Ordinance.

TABLED A Second Supplemental Bond Ordinance Amending and Supplementing Ordinance No. 1 of 2015 providing for the incurring of debt and issuance of not to exceed Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000) of Utilities Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021, of the City of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana; prescribing the form, terms and conditions of said Refunding Bonds, designating the date, denomination and place of payment of said Refunding Bonds, providing for the payment thereof in principal and interest; authorizing the agreement with the Paying Agent; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

Authorize A Franchise In Favor Of Paul’s Party Boat, To Operate A Tour Boat Business Within The City Limits Of The City Of Natchitoches

RESOLUTIONS:

Adopt A Citizen Participation Plan/Citizen Complaint Procedure And Appoint A Citizen Complaint Officer For Compliance With The Louisiana Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (LCDBG-CV) HVAC Improvement Program.

Adopt A Procurement Policy For The Louisiana Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (LCDBG-CV) HVAC Improvement Program.

TABLED Address Administrative Aspects Of The Proposed Louisiana Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (LCDBG-CV) HVAC Improvement Program.

Making great strides with water system were 25 psi yesterday. Were 51 psi today. Starting to get water out to oak grove. Hopeful to get water to I-49 soon. Uncharted territory. Boil Advisory will continue even once we get back to normal pressure (maybe through Friday). Looking into whether we can lift the advisory in sections. Once we get back to normal pressure have to send a water sample to baton Rouge for testing and we have to wait to be cleared until the advisory can be lifted.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, March 8, 2021.


2 thoughts on “City Council meeting addresses water system repairs, repeal of building demo

  1. Sorry but a repeal of the condemnation order for the property on Second Street is a big step backwards. Really sad that some council members have such a short sighted approach.

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