City Council approves CEA with Crime Stoppers, moves toward demolition of Second Street apartments

The Natchitoches City Council approved an ordinance for a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the City and Crime Stoppers of Natchitoches at its Oct. 10 meeting.

For the year, Crime Stoppers received 86 tips. A total of $3,300 was paid out for five tips that led to an arrest. Tips are coming from the parish and inside the city limits as well. They’ve involved information on homicides, warrants, drugs, bank fraud, arson, theft, vehicle theft, robbery, forgery and littering.

In other business, an ordinance was introduced to designate funds from the American Rescue Plan to demolish certain properties in the City that are a danger to public health and welfare. Mayor Ronnie Williams added that there was a bid opening on Oct. 10 for the demolition of the Hopeville Apartments on Second Street. The lowest of the two bids that were received was from Regional Construction of Natchitoches in the amount of $153,540. Williams added that the company should be able to start on the demolition as soon as the Council approves this agenda item.

Other agenda items included:

PROCLAMATION:
Declare The Month Of October, 2022 As National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Declare The Month Of October, 2022 As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot 15 & A portion of Lot 14, Block “B” of Keegan’s East Natchitoches Subdivision (516 Keegan St.)
Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Tracts “A” Containing 1.89 Acres and “B” Containing 1.36 Acres In Section 87, Township 9 North-Range, 7 West as Shown on Plat in Conveyance Book 330, Page 490 and Lot containing 1.37 Acres West of Tract “A” and Lot containing 0.81 Acre Below Tracts “A” and “B”, all shown on Plat in Conveyance Book 493, Page 760. (7096 Hwy 1 Bypass)

ORDINANCES – FINAL:
Award The Bid For Liquid Chlorine For The Water Treatment Plant (Bid No. 0654)
Approve The Terms And Form Of A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Authorizing The Mayor To Execute The Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Which Will Provide For Terms To Support Additional Cross GuardsIn The City And Parish.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
Award The Bid For Caustic Soda For The Water Treatment Plant (Bid No. 0655)
Approve A Memorandum Of Cooperative Endeavor Between The City Of Natchitoches, The Red River Waterway Commission And The Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau To Promote The Use Of The Red River For The Kingkat Fishing Tournament.
Accept The Terms Of A Lease Of Certain Real Property From The Union Pacific Railroad Company By The City Of Natchitoches; Authorizing The Mayor Of The City To Execute The Lease; And Otherwise Providing With Respect Thereto.

RESOLUTIONS:
Adopt A Citizen Participation Plan/Citizen Complaint Procedure And Appoint A Citizen Complaint Officer For Compliance With The FY 2023 LCDBG Program.
Adopt The Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Procurement Policy For The FY 2023.
Proceed With The Development Of The FY 2023 LCDBGProposal Taking Into Consideration Citizen Participation Requirements And Views Of The Governing Body.
Execute An Agreement With The Louisiana Department Of Transportation And Development (LADOTD) For the Rehabilitate Runway 17/35, Taxiways, Apron – Phase I (Design)
Approve Contract Amendment No. 1 By And Between The State Of Louisiana, Division Of Administration, Office Of Community Development, And The City Of Natchitoches For The FY 2021 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant-CV HVAC In The Amount Of $600,000.00 For Additional Costs Due To The Extenuating Remediation Efforts Needed At The MLKCenter

10. ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, October 24, 2022.