City Council introduces ordinance for Essential Worker compensation

The Natchitoches City Council introduced an ordinance at its March 14 meeting to designate funds from the American Rescue Plan to workers within the City who are employed in critical infrastructure sectors. This includes $3,000 for public safety employees, $2,000 for full time municipal employees, and $1,000 for part time employees. 
The City received $795,919.50 of American Rescue Plan funding “for the purposes of providing compensation to workers in critical infrastructure sectors who regularly perform in person work, interact with others, or physically handle items handled by others.”
These totals will be split into two payments to be put out in April of 2022 and April of 2023. There are some other employees that don’t fit into these categories, but Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. assued the Council that they’ve been accounted for as well. 
Other agenda items:
  • Declare Certain Buildings Unsafe And Recommend That Same Be Demolished Or Put Into Repair To Comply With The Building Code (312 Second St., AKA Hopeville/Summertree Apartment Complex)
  • Award The Bid For Christmas Lighting Supplies (Bid No. 0644)
  • Amend Chapter 6 Of The City Of Natchitoches Code Of Ordinances By Adding Sections 6-10: Delegation Of Authority For Noncommissioned Animal Control Officers To Issue Misdemeanor Summons And/Or Notices; And 6-11: Noncommissioned Animal Control Officer Enforcement For Misdemeanor Violations 
  • Approve A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And Natchitoches CFA LLC, Which Agreement Provides For Cost Sharing For The Installation Of Infrastructure, Including Traffic And Drainage, Which Improvements Will Serve The Proposed Restaurant Facility At The Corner Of E. 5th Street And Highway 494 (Chick-fil-A), As Well As Provide For Upgrades To The Existing Infrastructure And Accommodate Future Development In The Area
  • Enact An Ordinance Relative To The Disposal Of Adjudicated Property In Accordance With La.R.S. 47:2201, Et Seq. (Disposal Of Adjudicated Property)
  • Approving A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Industrial Development Board Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Inc., Which Agreement Provides For The Assignment Of Lease Payments Received By The City Of Natchitoches From The United States Parks Department For The Purposes Of Securing And Paying Revenue Bonds To Be Issued By The Industrial Development BoardOf The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Inc.; Prescribing Terms And Conditions For Said Agreement, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr. To Execute Same.
  • Advertise For Bids For Caustic Soda For The Water Treatment Plant (Bid No. 0647)
  • Appoint Ronnie Williams Jr., Mayor, To Perform On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches And Has The Authority To Make Those Acts And Assume Any And All Duties In Dealing With The Award With Delta Regional Authority For The Fiscal Year – 2021 Federal Award Program Cycle
  • Declare The Intention Of The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana (The “City”), To Issue Utilities Revenue Bonds In One Or More Series, In An Amount Not To Exceed $935,000 To Pay A Portion Of The Cost Of Constructing And Acquiring Additions, Extensions And Improvements To The Wastewater Collection, Treatment And Disposal System Of The City; Making Application To The Louisiana State Bond Commission; And Providing For Other Matters In Connection Therewith.
  • Declare The Month Of March As Women’s History Month In The City Of Natchitoches 
  • Provide Notice Of Intention To Levy And And Collect A One Percent (1%) Sales And Use Tax Upon The Sale At Retail, The Use, The Lease Or Rental, The Consumption And Storage For Use Or Consumption, Of Tangible Personal Property And On Sales Of Services In The District Commencing On January 1, 2023, Within The Boundaries Of River South Commons Economic Development District
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, March 28, 2022.