Parish Council elects new leaders, finds bin site location in Kisatchie area

John Salter – Chairman of the Parish Council for 2022

John Salter was voted Chairman of the Parish Council for the 2022 year at Wednesday night’s meeting on Jan. 19. Jim Kilcoyne was voted in as Vice Chairman.

In other business, a new bin site location has been found on Hwy. 118 in the Kisatchie area. The Parish is working with the property owner to get the site cleared to begin construction. Two bids for tree removal have been received.

Parish President John Richmond reported that the front entry to the Parish Courthouse will be closed intermittently as structural investigative work and maintenance is performed to address some cracking of the exterior stonework. Front entry access to the Courthouse will be maintained with minimal closures expected. Significant research of existing conditions of the internal steel structure and work scope planning have been done. Local contractor Riley Lacaze, along with Intrepid Enterprises Inc., will work together to execute the required restoration work. Details on pricing are forthcoming.

Other agenda items included:

Re-appoint Emile Metoyer to the Natchitoches Parish Water Works District 2 Board and Carole O’Quinn to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 5 Board

Introduce Ordinance 002-2022 for the abandonment of Ashley Lane

Introduce Ordinance 001-2022 to change zoning from IA to Residential-1 to subdivide three tracts of land into residential lots from a 257-acre parent tract. The property is located on Hwy. 494 by Bayou Brevelle and Cane River (SEE PHOTO BELOW).

Introduce Ordinance 003-2022 to transfer the Parish’s interest in the old Marthaville Hospital Building to be given back to the Marthaville Heritage Society.

Introduce Ordinance 004-2022 to remove section 1.11 (The Recording Policy) from the Natchitoches Parish Personnel Manual due to the Constitution and the Revised Statute.

Approve Ordinance 017-2021 to change zoning from IA to B1 on a 3.64 acre tract of land for the purpose of an office for tribal business (118 Campti Bayou Road in Campti).

Approve adoption of Ordinance 018-2021 to change zoning from IA to B3 on a 1.15-acre tract of land to open a restaurant with alcohol sales (1678 Hwy. 504 in Natchitoches).

TABLED: Approve Ordinance 020-2021 to put Quitman Mitchem Road back in the Parish Road system. The road is now named Donald Tynes Road.

Execute the 2020-2021 CWEF contracts in the total amount of $319,856 for the Chestnut-Readhimer and Sandy Point 480 Water Systems.

Execute an amended Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission to provide additional funding by the Commission for the resurfacing of Bermuda Road and to award the contract to the low bidder, Regional Construction LLC, in the amount of $2,233,133. Work is slated to start sometime in the early spring.

TABLED: Name Risk Management Services to be the Parish agent of record for auto, inland marine, workers comp, and all except health coverage.