City Council declares May as Mental Health Month, will hold Mental Health Symposium on May 31

The Natchitoches City Council passed a proclamation at its May 23 meeting to declare May, 2022 As Mental Health Month In The City Of Natchitoches. Everyone is encouraged to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and steps that can be taken to promote mental wellness. Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. calls on all citizens to wear kelly green on Tuesday, May 31 and participate in a Mental Health Symposium at 6 pm at the Natchitoches Events Center.

Clarissa Smith – Brown delivered financial information, including the fact that Natchitoches’ year to date tax collections are at $10.4 million, which far exceeds the numbers in 2021. Numbers have been trending upward from 2019, to date. Law Enforcement taxes over the first quarter of the year, each month is 3-5% above where they were last year. TIF (hotel) tax is also doing very well, nearing the $300,000 mark, which is almost a 100% increase over the last 4-5 years. This is anticipated to be an upward trend as well.

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

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.)

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Adopt The Budget For The City Of Natchitoches For The Fiscal Year June 1, 2022 Through May 31, 2023.

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 Memorandum Of Understanding With The Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance, Inc., Which Said Memorandum Provides For Services To Be Provided By The Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance, Inc., Providing For A One Year Term, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

Authorize The Issuance By The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana Of Its Taxable Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2022, In An Amount Not To Exceed $935,000, Prescribing The Form, Terms And Conditions Of Said Bond; Providing For The Payment Thereof; Entering Into Certain Other Covenants And Agreement In Connection With The Security And Payment Of Said Bonds; Selling Said Bonds To The Clean Water State Revolving Fund; Authorizing The Execution Of A Loan And Pledge Agreement And Other Loan Documents With The Louisiana Department Of Environmental Quality; Providing For The Delivery Of The Bonds To Said Department; And Providing For Other Matter In Connection Therewith.

Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan For Use By The City Of Natchitoches To Provide Assistance To Households In Maintaining Housing Stability And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

RESOLUTIONS:

Advertise And Accept Bids For West Natchitoches Water Main Replacement, Phase I (Bid No. 0648)

Execute Change Order No. 1 For The Purchase Of A Forklift/Telehandler For The Purchasing Warehouse (Bid No. 0638)

Authorize The Execution Of A Legal Services Agreement With Baron & Budd, P.C., Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor, LLC, And Washington & Wells, Attorneys At Law, And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

Execute Change Order No. 1 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Williams Equipment Services, LLC, For FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation. (Bid No. 0641)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, June 13, 2022.
• The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 for Memorial Day.


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