City Council approves lease for new Public Works Department location

City Council Meeting – June 27, 2022

The City Council approved the final introduction of an ordinance at its June 27 meeting relating to moving the Public Works Department to this location as it looks forward to further development within the Mill District. The ordinance up for introduction was to execute a lease with an option to purchase for the lease and eventual purchase of a tract of land (a little over 6 acres) located at 1608 Texas Street (the old John Deere building) from John Barry Guillet for $512,500, said lease providing for a 3 year term with an option to purchase at any time during the term of the lease. The future goal is to bring other businesses to the area and make the Mill District a thriving economic corridor.

Other agenda items included:

A Third Supplemental Bond Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance By The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana Of Its Taxable Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2022, In An Amount Not To Exceed Nine Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($935,000), Prescribing The Form, Terms And Conditions Of Said Bonds; Providing For The Payment Thereof; Entering Into Certain Other Covenants And Agreements 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 Matters In Connection Therewith.

Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan For Use By The City Of Natchitoches To Provide Funding For Infrastructure Improvements And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

Amend the 2022 – 2023 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues and Expenditures.

Approve A Temporary Site License With New Cingular Wireless PCS And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., To Execute Same On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Enter Into A Contract With BXS Insurance For The Travelers Insurance Group Casualty Package Insurance Renewal Effective June 30, 2022 Through June 30, 2023.

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Williams Equipment Services, LLC, For FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation (BID NO. 0641)

Provide For The Support Of The Economic Development In The Western Areas Of The City Of Natchitoches In Cooperation With The Natchitoches Industrial Development Board, The Proposed Texas Street Economic Development District, Or Such Other Special Districts As May Be Created By The City Of Natchitoches From Time To Time, Subject To The Approval Of The Governing Authorities Of Any Such Boards Or Districts, And Providing For Other Matters In Connection Therewith.

Appoint The City Attorney And Assistant City Attorneys For The City Of Natchitoches.

Appoint Members To The City Planning Commission For The City Of Natchitoches.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, July 11, 2022.

The Offices of the City of Natchitoches will be CLOSED Monday, July 4, 2022 in honor of Independence Day.