City Council adopts millages, handles other business at meeting

An ordinance was introduced at the Natchitoches City Council meeting Monday night, May 9. The City would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance Inc., providing for services to be provided by the Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance Inc. for a one-year term for $40,000.

Chamber President Laura Lyles, who couldn’t attend the meeting, will be taking on more duties according to Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. Formerly known as the Natchitoches Community Alliance, NEDA has experienced some turnovers for its executive director position for several years.

“Going with the Laura Lyles way is, to me, a step in the right direction,” he said.

The City Council also approved an ordinance adopting the millage rate for the tax year 2022. The following millages are levied on the 2022 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the City.

Public Safety Tax: 10 mills
General Alimony Tax: 7.03 mills
Total Millage: 17.03 mills

Other agenda items included:

Declare May 21, 2022 As Kids to Park Day

Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot East Side Of Jefferson Street, North By Jordan, East By Cane River, South By Pauline Johnson. (Kristen & Ronald Simpson – 403 Jefferson St.)

Enter Into An Agricultural Lease Of A 96.82 Acre Tract At Which 69.11 Acres Is Farmable/Arable Land, More Or Less, With Russell & Mary Edith Stacy Farms

Adopt the Millage Rate For The Tax Year 2022.

Award The Bid For Caustic Soda For The Water Treatment Plant (Bid No. 0647)

Accept And Approve The Power Supply Agreement For Sale Of Power And Energy Between CLECO Power LLC And The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana

Amend The 2021-2022 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.

Execute A Third Lease Amendment To Water Tower Option And Lease Agreement With New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, To Increase The Size Of The Lease Premises (“New Premises Area”) To Tenant To Include A 4’ X 10’ Area To Accommodate Tenant’s Needs For The Installation Of A Generator.

Enter Into A Maintenance Agreement, Including Mowing And Litter Pickup, With The State Of Louisiana, Department Of Transportation And Development, Office Of Engineering Beginning July 1, 2022 Through June 30, 2023.

Execute Change Order No. 1 For The Purchase of A 47’Sheave Height Digger Truck (Bid No. 0639)

Declare That A Redistricting Of The City Council Districts Must Commence To Adjust The District Population To Be Within Ten (10%) Percent Deviation Of The Ideal District Population Of 4,510.

Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And DSW Construction, LLC For The LWCF Grant Improvements At Parc Natchitoches (Bid No. 0614)

Authorize The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Motorola Solutions, Inc., For A Period Of 7 Years To Provide Certain Communications Equipment And Authorizing The Mayor, Ronnie Williams, To Execute The Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement With Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, May 23, 2022.
The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 for Memorial Day.
A Public Hearing on the City of Natchitoches Budget for the fiscal year June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023 will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 4:30 PM, at the Natchitoches City Council Chambers, 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.