OPPORTUNITY: Finance Department Controller

POSITION: Controller – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs a variety of routine and complex clerical and administrative skills in the Finance Department. Responsible for supervising all functions of the payroll department, all functions of the accounts payable department, including monthly sales tax, balancing cash, invoice processing, airport credit card report, monthly sales tax and 1099’s. Train other employees in the Finance Department. Assists in monthly, quarterly and year end reports. Monitors and performs the daily operations in relation to various employee benefits offered including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement and other benefits offered to employees.

Sets up new vendors and account codes in the GMBA system.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration from an accredited college or university or related field with a minimum of three years of responsible government (Municipal) or banking accounting experience or similar experience or an Associate degree in accounting, finance or business administration from an accredited college or university or related field with five years of responsible government (Municipal) or banking accounting experience or similar experience or Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by college level courses in accounting with seven years of responsible administrative or accounting work related to municipal or banking accounting experience.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street, or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at http://www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through August 11, 2021

 

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 


Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center Registration Information

Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be held Tuesday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 5. This is for all students attending Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center for the upcoming school year, even if your child was a student last year. It will be held at the school from 8 AM – 3 PM. Registration packets must be picked up according to the first letter of your child’s last name. A – I registration will be Tuesday, Aug. 3, J – R will be Wednesday, Aug. 4, and S – Z will be Thursday, Aug. 5. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school.


Bean establishes endowment fund through Northwestern State’s Perpetually Purple program

Terrance Bean reached new heights as a student and an athlete at Northwestern State in the 1990s, and now he wants to help future Demons accomplish the same.

Through the “Perpetually Purple” endowed giving program, Bean has established the Bean Family Endowment.

The Bean clan embodies the family atmosphere at NSU as his daughter Aiyana played volleyball for the Lady Demons (2017-18) and is a recent graduate in industrial engineering technology.

“It is my great pleasure to be able to give back to the university that gave to me so many years ago,” said Bean, a three-time All-American high jumper as a Demon. “I was a student-athlete in need of assistance, and the generosity of others, through their endowments, helped me along the way.

“Later my daughter benefited in a similar fashion and went on to graduate with the highest of honors. The Bean family is forever connected to the Demon family, and we are happy to be able to pay it forward to help others.”

Bean posted NSU’s second-best ever high jump mark at 7-4.5, which earned him third at the 1996 NCAA Indoor National Championships. He also finished fifth and ninth at two other national championships to earn All-America status on top of four Southland Conference high jump titles.

The N-Club Hall of Famer is a fixture at NSU alumni events and reunions, a member of the N-Club Committee and an annual volunteer at the NSU Leon Johnson Invitational track meet.

“The Bean Family Endowment is another example of Terrance’s unwavering commitment to NSU Athletics, and his sustained desire to pay it forward for future NSU athletes,” said Dr. Haley Taitano, NSU deputy athletics director. “I can’t say enough about the person that he is and all he has done to give back to NSU.”

The Bean family’s seed donation for the scholarship is being matched by T-Mobile. Other donations are being accepted to establish the minimum contribution level of $10,000 for the endowment fund.

“Thanks to Northwestern State University for this opportunity to participate, and thanks to T-Mobile for their generosity in matching our seed donation,” Bean said. “From our family, which includes Sharon, Isaiah, Aiyana, Elijah and Emani – let’s keep encouraging and supporting our student-athletes.”

NSU Athletics has more than $2.3 million in endowed funds to help offset the cost of athletics scholarships. A $5 million endowment total will fully underwrite all NSU athletics scholarships, which is currently being funded by annual gifts to the Demons Unlimited Foundation.

Annual gift revenues will then be redirected to more significantly enhance facilities, bolster recruiting budgets, retain or hire outstanding coaches, and offset ever-increasing scholarship costs.


Notice of Death – July 28, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Andrew Wesley (Lil’ Andy) Daniels
September 20, 2011 – July 24, 2021
Service: Sunday, August 1 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Bruce Clark
July 26, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Otis Lil’ Bug James Williams
October 01, 1984 – July 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Juanita Virece
April 18, 1967 – July 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Sam Telsee
July 22, 2021
The casketed remains will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 8:00 a. m. A procession to the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery near Clarence, LA will depart from the funeral home at 9:30 a. m.
COVID19 REGULATIONS WILL BE STRICTLY OBSERVED. YOU MUST WEAR FACIAL MASKS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Cynthia D. French
May 15, 1958 – July 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
James Dannis Rogers
December 17, 1943 – July 26, 2021
Service: Thursday, July 29 at 10 am at Beulah Baptist Church

Ken Busby
November 18, 1940 – July 25, 2021
Service: Friday, July 30 at 11 am at Little Flock Baptist Church, located at 1805 Little Flock Road in Many

WINN:
Douglas Couttee
July 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA


FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED TO ENTER COURTHOUSE

Due to the recent, statewide surge in COVID cases, all persons entering the Courthouse will be required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

Masks must remain on when walking or standing in the common areas throughout the Courthouse, such as hallways, elevators, and stairwells.

This policy will begin on Wednesday, July 28 and remain in effect until further notice.

In addition to masks, all Courthouse visitors are encouraged to adhere to social distancing guidelines meant to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Questions about Courthouse policies can be directed to the Parish Government at (318) 352-2714.

Parish Press Release


Gov. Edwards Announces Appointment of Billy Joe Harrington to Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointment of Billy Joe Harrington of Natchez, Louisiana was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Harrington is the district attorney in Natchitoches Parish. He was nominated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and will represent district attorneys from the middle area of the state.

The Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board reviews the needs of the state and local governments to make recommendations of funding to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime.


Louisiana Hits Record COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Today, July 27, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Louisiana both hit records, the Louisiana Department of Health and Governor Edwards both urge individuals in Louisiana to take immediate precautions for their own and others’ safety.

The Louisiana Department of Health announces 6,797 new COVID-19 cases reported to the state since July 26, 2021 – the second highest single-day case count reported since January 6, 2021 (6,882 cases reported that day).

Also today, 1,390 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Louisiana. That represents an increase of 169 hospitalizations since yesterday, the largest single-day increase since March 2020. There were three days in March 2020 where the increase was larger: March 25 (220), March 31 (196) and March 26 (185).

“To see this current rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is becoming increasingly scary,” said Gov. Edwards. “We reported nearly 6,800 cases today in addition to the nearly 8,000 that were reported from the weekend. And today, there are close to 1,400 COVID patients hospitalized statewide – approximately 90 percent of whom are unvaccinated. This is the largest single daily increase since March of last year. As I said recently, this surge is on us, and that means it is up to each of us to do our part to bring it to an end. It’s within our power. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. It is the best way to put it behind us. In addition, I am recommending that everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. For anyone asking the question when will this end, the answer is simple: when we decide to do what it takes to end it. The most impactful tools to make that happen are free and widely available- the three safe and effective vaccines. I am pleading with everyone who is not vaccinated and is of age to make the decision today to get vaccinated.”

“COVID is surging in Louisiana and it is not slowing down. As the dangerous and dominant Delta variant continues to spread and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket, we urge all individuals in Louisiana to protect themselves and their families,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. “Mask while indoors and get tested if you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. These are public health emergency measures that will limit death and suffering during this fourth surge. To ultimately put this pandemic behind us we need many more Louisianans to go sleeves up, which is why it’s so encouraging to see our weekly vaccination rate climbing.”

Individuals can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to get their questions answered, speak directly with a medical professional, find a vaccine provider near them, and schedule an appointment today.


Broadband meeting discusses impact of internet access on k-12 students

The Natchitoches Parish School Board held a meeting with representatives from the City, Parish Government, EpicTouch, and the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center; grant writers for the school district, Real Estate Agent Janice Bolton; Senator Louie Bernard, and Gerald Long to discuss the School Board’s project to install fiber cable throughout Natchitoches Parish in an effort to bring high speed internet access to students. The decision was voted on and approved at the July 8 meeting.

The school board was surprised to learn how few of its students had adequate internet access when it achieved the 1:1 student ratio for iPads as part of its curriculum advancement.

Bernard called this a “real slap in the face of the parish” that adequate internet access is still such a huge need.

Even the hospital is looking forward to its patients having adequate internet access so it can offer telehealth.

The bid with Epic Touch is $7,980,000. Of the total amount, the district has $1.2 of it dedicated out of ESSER 2 funds. The roughly $6.8 million still needed to fund the project has gone out for ESSER 3 funding and the district will have an answer back on that from LDOE soon.

The $7.98 million price tag is for 95 percent of the parish to be lit up with broadband internet.

Also, if the district allots the total amount for this project from ESSER 2 and 3 funding there’s a high likelihood that it won’t all be used because the district has already gone after a $1 million grant for broadband. The district was told there would probably be a high number of these kinds of grants coming up in the future, which Long and Bernard both spoke to.

This means that it’s more likely that the district will have multiple sources of funding for broadband installation.

The first key to the success of this program is to secure the fiber optic wire and this needs to be done as soon as possible. The district is working with the $1.2 million it’s already dedicated to the project to secure the fiber optic wire so EpicTouch can put it in their warehouse. This amount would secure enough wire to do the entire parish. Major warehouses across the country are all running short on fiber.

The work will start with the smaller communities out in the parish that are “dark” in terms of internet access, but will eventually make its way into the City. The idea is to install fiber to residences that don’t have it and upgrade residences with copper lines to fiber.

EpicTouch hopes to start work on Phase 1 of the project in October. A list of the streets that will be worked on first should be available soon. EpicTouch’s goal is to expand beyond Phase 1 to achieve 100% access to high speed internet for all Parish residents. Ownership of the fiber optic transmission lines will stay in the hands of EpicTouch.


The Mansfield State Historic Site – A Fun Day Trip for The Entire Family!


This week’s installment of Kevin Hits The Road takes us to Mansfield State Historic Site, part of the location of the Battle of Mansfield. The Park is located a few miles southwest of Mansfield on Highway 175, a short and worthwhile drive from anywhere in our community.

The Battle of Mansfield was part of the ill-fated Red River Campaign, a Union offensive intended to drive a wedge between Texas and the rest of the Confederacy. Some 30,000 soldiers from the Union and CSA fought a series of engagements over miles of territory around the city in April,1864. The Mansfield State Historic Site’s 178 acres encompasses the place where most of the significant clashes occurred. As one turns into the park, there are several memorials that date from the 1920’s. Shortly afterwards, one arrives at a modern visitor’s center and museum.

As has been the case at every single place I have visited, the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. Their obvious enthusiasm for their site and its history ensures a wonderful visitor experience. Scott Dearman, the park’s site manager, took my wife and I for a battlefield tour in which he explained the chronology of the battle as well as features such as forested areas that are not the same today as then. Looking at the actual battlefield gives one a greater appreciation and understanding of the events as they unfolded. Interpretive Ranger Aaron Gates gave us a tour of the site’s superb museum. The museum has a range of displays and artifacts that explore many facets of the battle and the era in which it was fought. The staff’s extensive knowledge gives visitors historical lagniappe such as learning that the Mansfield City Cemetery holds a commemorative marker for 86 unknown casualties from the battle.

Did you know that Louisiana supplied 24,000 African American soldiers to the Union Army, the largest number of any state, and that the 84th United States Colored Troops (USCT) fought with the Union forces at the Battle of Pleasant Hill? The museum has a display that traces the history of African American Soldiers in the Civil War, from the 1861 Corps d’ Afrique that went on to become the USCT, the forerunner of the famous Buffalo Soldiers.

The museum has a section on medical care in the Civil War and the role of the surrounding communities in their care. The museum also showcases “Letters from the Battlefield” in which excerpts from soldier’s letters home illustrate the soldiers’ lives.

One of the more interesting displays in the museum details two women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the battle. Jennie Hodgers was born in Belfast, Ireland and fought in 40 battles and skirmishes under the alias of PVT Albert DJ Cashier with the 95th Illinois Regiment. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman fought with the 153rd NY Infantry in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. She survived the battle but fell victim to disease in the retreat afterwards. She died on June 19, 1864 and is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery under her male alias Lyons Wakeman.

From the bronze painted plaster model of the Louisiana Memorial at Gettysburg to a section on Prince Camille de Polignac, a Confederate commander who got his first military experience as an officer in the French Army during the Crimean War, the museum is a true delight for history lovers.

The museum’s admission is $4.00 and is free to senior citizens 62 and older. Children 3 and under are free as well. The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Online phlebotomy course begins Aug. 30

An online phlebotomy technician training course through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will begin on Monday, August 30.

This nine-week course is broken down into two parts. The first part will be six weeks of online classroom instruction that concludes October 8. The second part will be a face-to-face hands-on portion that will meet October 11, 13 and 15 in South Hall at NSU’s Natchitoches campus from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clinical labs will be on October 18-29.

Once the skills/hands-on portion has been completed, students will be given up to two weeks to obtain their required clinical time. This course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete classroom instruction and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on-site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals on November 1. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. There is a possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at the clinical site.

The registration fee for the class is $950.To participate, students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and must pay $150 National Board Certification and material fee to the instructor the first night of class. This fee is in addition to the registration fees. A minimum of $475 must be included with registration and does not include a material fee or board fee. The balance must be paid by October 11 through checkout.nsula.edu. Those taking the class must have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days of any color. An electronic book is available at no cost and will be posted in the online class.

For more information or to register for classes call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.


Northwestern State sets program record with eight perfect Academic Progress Rate scores

A record eight of Northwestern State’s 14 sports posted a perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate score as nearly every athletics team improved their multi-year score in metrics that measure student-athletes academic eligibility and retention.

Baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s track, softball and tennis all logged marks of 1,000 during the 2019-20 academic year.

The eight perfect scores is an NSU best since the NCAA started collecting APR data in 2004-05. NSU has recorded six perfect scores twice and has had at least three teams with perfect scores in eight of the last nine years.

“Winning in the classroom continues to be a high priority for NSU Athletics as evidenced by the most recent NCAA APR report,” said NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke. “Congratulations are in order to all NSU teams for continuing to score well on the annual APR report and especially to the eight programs which registered perfect scores.

“The collaborative effort of student-athletes, coaches, the academic and compliance staffs and our outstanding faculty contributed to another academic success story.”

All eight teams would have received public recognition from the NCAA, which typically recognizes teams in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, but the organization isn’t publishing nationwide APR data because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The banner APR year pushes NSU’s multi-year scores (four-year rolling averages) to impressive levels.

Eight programs have a multi-year score of at least 975, including men’s cross country (1,000), softball (992), women’s track (991), baseball (988), women’s cross country (988), women’s basketball (986), volleyball (979) and men’s basketball (976).

Men’s cross country accumulated its 10th perfect score in program history and has a streak of six consecutive perfect marks.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility and retention and provides a measure of each Division I team’s performance compared to peers.

Since the APR’s creation in 2003, NSU is among a relatively small group of institutions that have never received public warnings or penalties for any sport falling below the benchmark score, initially 925, now 930.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Remember This?: The Last Request

By Brad Dison

On Wednesday, June 19, 1957, workers drilled, moved and crushed the earth at the Rattlesnake Uranium Pit Mine, 37 miles north of Monticello, Utah. 46-year-old James W. Rodgers normally worked outside the open pit mine and had only been moved inside the mine that very day to help in drilling operations. 33-year-old Charles “Chuck” Merrifield operated a power shovel, a bucket-equipped machine used for excavating earth or fragmented rock. June 19 was the first day that James and Chuck worked together.

At about 3:30 p.m., Dee Gardner, a truck driver at the mine, saw James walk from the pit to the red pickup truck assigned to James for working in the mine. The truck was owned by the mining company and painted a high-visibility red for safety. James told Dee and other workers nearby, “I guess I’m going to have to kill him (Chuck) before I leave this job.” James retrieved a .38 caliber revolver from the truck and headed back into the pit. James walked back past Dee and toward Chuck’s power shovel. Another mine worker told Dee, “I guess Rodgers is going to scare Chuck with a gun.”

At the power shovel, James motioned for Chuck to get off of the machine. Chuck stood up, put one foot down out of the cab, and James began firing his pistol. The first shot was not aimed at Chuck and hit the ground. A split second later, James aimed the pistol at Chuck and fired until the revolver was empty, with each shot taking effect. Chuck fell to the ground. Dee was afraid to move because he “felt Rodgers didn’t like [him] either.” James turned to Dee and other witnesses and said, “Well, I guess that takes care of that.” James put the pistol back in his belt and walked toward the pickup truck. He passed another mine worker as he neared his truck. James calmly told him, “Well, he asked for it and he got it.” James got into the pickup truck and drove away. Chuck died within a few short minutes.

Law enforcement officers in Utah set up roadblocks on the main roads in the area but James had taken a back road into Colorado. Utah law enforcement officers notified Colorado police near the Utah line of the shooting and told them to be on the lookout for the bright red mine truck. A policeman near Cortez, Colorado, about 100 miles east of the mine, recognized the vehicle immediately and initiated a traffic stop. The officer told James that a lot of policemen were looking for him, to which he replied, “Yes, I guess you are.” The officer arrested James without incident. He was armed with a .22 caliber rifle and the .38 caliber pistol he used in the shooting. James reassured officers that he “wasn’t going to shoot anybody else.” While in custody, James eagerly confessed to killing Chuck.

When questioned about the shooting, James told reporters, “I can’t tell you why I did it. He’d been getting on my nerves for some time and I knew it was going to lead to serious trouble… But I just can’t explain why I did it. He came at me one time with a wrench in his hand and I thought he was going to hit me. He didn’t, but I felt he didn’t like me and he kept on needling me. Not anything in particular, but all the time. I just couldn’t take any more of it. But I can’t tell you why I shot him.”

In court, James pled not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys argued that James was suffering from Syphilis which impaired his mental processes. The disease, his attorneys argued, had deteriorated his brain, which affected his thinking and reasoning capabilities. After two trials and a host of appeals, James was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to death by firing squad.

In the early morning hours on March 30, 1960, Sheriff Seth Wright and prison warden John Turner sat with James and waited for daylight, the time of his execution. The sheriff held a black hood that would be put over James’s head during the execution. James looked at the hood and asked the sheriff, “What you got there?” Sheriff Wright replied, “something to keep you warm.” “Don’t worry,” James answered, “I’ll be where it’s warm pretty quick.” When it was time to go to the prison field, Sheriff Wright asked if he was ready. James quipped, “Yes, give me an hour’s head start.” Just before the five riflemen “blasted him into eternity,” Sheriff Wright asked James if he had a last request. “Sure,” James replied, “how about a bullet-proof suit?” His request was denied.

Sources:
1. The San Juan Record (Monticello, Utah), June 20, 1957, p.1.
2. The San Juan Record, December 12, 1957, p.1.
3. Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), December 9, 1958, p.21.
4. The Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah), March 30, 196


WATER MAIN LEAK-PAYNE SUBDIVISION

The City of Natchitoches would like to notify the public of a Water Main Leak in the Payne Subdivision. Residents in this area may experience low water pressure.

Repairs to the leak will be made Wednesday morning (7/28/2021). Crews are gathering material and equipment now.

Updates will be posted tomorrow morning as repairs get underway.

For further information or questions regarding the Water Main Leak, please contact the Utility Department at (318)357-3850.


Podcast: Marcus Jones joins Billy West LIVE

PART ONE
Marcus Jones joins Billy West Live and discusses his Interim Appointment as President of Northwestern State University.

The interview includes Marcus’ educational background and experiences teaching and in administration of higher education.

Marcus answers questions about his vision for the immediate future of NSU and increasing on-campus enrollment for Students in Natchitoches.

PART TWO

Marcus Jones answers questions related to his commitment to higher education in general and specifically related to keeping NSU competitive in Division 1 Athletics, especially football.

Marcus also discusses the position of permanent President of NSU and whether or not he will be a candidate for that position. Marcus also discusses his views on whether a terminal degree is necessary or required to be the permanent President of NSU.


Notice of Death – July 27, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Andrew Wesley (Lil’ Andy) Daniels
September 20, 2011 – July 24, 2021
Service: Sunday, August 1 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Bruce Clark
July 26, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Otis Lil’ Bug James Williams
October 01, 1984 – July 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Juanita Virece
April 18, 1967 – July 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Alice Lovick
July 21, 2021
Service: Wednesday, July 28 at 3 pm in the New Light Baptist Church Cemetery of Marthaville

Sam Telsee
July 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Cynthia D. French
May 15, 1958 – July 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Houston Lane Randolph
July 25, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Service: Wednesday, July 28 at 2 pm at Noble Cemetery

Ken Busby
November 18, 1940 – July 25, 2021
Service: Friday, July 30 at 11 am at Little Flock Baptist Church, located at 1805 Little Flock Road in Many

Maurice Malmay
February 28, 1939 – July 25, 2021
Service: Wednesday, July 28 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

WINN:
Tracey Thomisee
February 22, 1998 – July 18, 2021
Service: Wednesday, July 28 at 10 am at Montgomery United Pentecostal Church


City Council recognizes NSU Purple Pizzazz Pom Line, NSU Cheer at brief Monday night meeting

The Natchitoches City Council recognized Northwestern State University’s Purple Pizzazz Pom Line and NSU Cheer at a brief meeting on July 26. The special recognition was for NSU Cheer winning first place for its Time Out Routine and the Purple Pizzazz Pom Line for winning first place in the Division I Home Routine at the Universal Dance Association Camp.

Agenda items included:

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
Execute A Lease In Favor Of The Louisiana Agricultural Finance Agency, Of That Property Located In The Natchitoches Regional Airport, Described As Lot 10, And Further Providing For Advertising Of The Lease And An Effective Date.
Amend The 2021-2022 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures

RESOLUTIONS:

Approve The Assignment Or Sublease Of A Lease Agreement Of Lot 39 In The Natchitoches Regional Airport From Etiole Patrimony, L.L.C. To Nor-Wes, Inc., Including An Authorization Of The Mayor To Execute An Instrument Approving The Assignment Of The Lease.

Advertise And Accept Bids For A Forklift/Telehandler For The Purchasing Warehouse (BID NO. 0638), A 47’ Sheave Height Digger Truck For The Utility Department (BID NO. 0639), And A Pulse Closing Transfer Switches (BID NO. 0640).
Approve That Instrument Titled Memorandum OF Understanding (The “Agreement”) Between The City Of Natchitoches And JBL Communication, LLC DBA V1Fiber, Which Agreement Provides For An Understanding Between The Parties On Matters Concerning Cooperation In Locating And/Or Potentially Obtaining Capital Funding For Various Telecommunication Projects; Prescribing Terms and Conditions For Said Agreement, And Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Same.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, August 9, 2021.