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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATCHITOCHES PARISH COUNCIL

PARISH OF NATCHITOCHES, STATE OF LOUISIANA

TAKEN A REGULAR MEETING HELD, MONDAY,

June 15, 2020

5:30 p.m.

 

The Natchitoches Parish Council met in regular and legal session in via Conference Call, on Monday, June 15,2020 for a Regular of Natchitoches Parish Council meeting at five (5:30) o’clock p.m. and for the Natchitoches Parish Council Meeting.

 

The Parish of Natchitoches was then convened as the governing authority by Chairman John Salter who stated that the Parish was ready for the transaction of business.

 

The invocation was given by Councilman Chris Paige and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilman Jim Kilcoyne.

 

After the roll call there were present Chairman John Salter and Council: Chris Paige, Patsy Hoover, and James Kilcoyne, and Marty Cheatwood.

 

Absent: None.

 

There is no invited guest and special Presentations.

 

Chairman, Salter stated the next agenda item we will hear the reports of the Department Heads.

 

Public Works Director Johnny Salard,

“You all got my reports we had a lot of dealings with bridges last month, we got a lot of work taken care of we got Sportsman Lodge completely covered we still have Mack Walls to do. We also got Maricelli road also fixed and they were very much happy. A lot of work done in many different areas. Chairman Salter, you also have Longlois road looking good”

 

OCS Executive Ms. Sharon Harris.

 

Ms. Harris, replied, “You received my reports by email. Do you have any questions or any concerns at this time?” Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “Yes, I do. Can you explain the 2020 cooling utility assistance utilities for $30,050 and how that money is spent, etc.”? Ms. Harris, explained, “The 2020 cooling energy assistance LIHEAP program, that’s an allocation for when clients comes in and they bring in their utility bills, as well as Social Security Cards and a ID, and also their income and based on, and we input it online and the State tells us how much we pay them on their bills, so basically we serve 86 households and we spend $30,050.”  Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “Does that comes to $350.00 dollars per household?” Mr. Harris, replied, “Correct. It can go from anywhere from $50.00 dollars to $600.00 dollars. It’s all based on a formula the State has.” Councilman Kilcoyne, replied, “That just covers the electric bill or your total utility bill?” Ms. Harris, responds, “Utilities bills you’re talking about gas and electricity.” Councilman Kilcoyne, replied, “I’m just curious about that, after looking at my own bill, my electric bill, my household were $129.00 dollars, I’m just curious on who’s spending $350.00.” Ms. Harris, replied, “You’ll be surprised we get and have some folks with $500- and $600-dollar bills, Seniors.” Councilman, Kilcoyne, replied, “Is this per month?” Ms. Harris, replied, “No, it’s once every allocation plan, it’s once during the cooling months, and once during the heating months.” Councilman Kilcoyne, “Now, I see down here down below it’s $600.00 for the eligible household, is that one flat rate of $600.00?” Ms. Harris, “That one comes with the Care’s Acts money. That is, Federal and it is allocated to households with the LIHEAP verification, so, if they’re eligible for energy assistance they can become eligible for the $600.00 dollars for that program.”  Councilman, Kilcoyne, replied, “Thank you.”

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Councilwoman, Hoover, replied, “When you’re talking about Households, don’t say that, about how much your bill is $129.00 dollars, as she said senior citizens pays, 3 and 4, hundred dollars a month, how they do it? because those people are living in communities that their homes are not properly insulated so their bills are high, so this is a good program that helps those who can’t pay their bills most of the people is getting a monthly check running about $700 and some odd dollars.” Councilman, Kilcoyne, stated, “She explained it, it’s not per month anyway.” Councilwoman, Hoover, continues, “It’s not everyone, but I just wanted to let you know that your hundred and something bill people would love to have it, including myself.” Councilman, Kilcoyne, stated, “When we talk about taxpayer’s money, so I was asking questions.” Chairman, Salter, replied, “Well, I don’t know if that’s taxpayer’s money, that’s grant money, and Ms. Harris in the back, stated, “Yes.” Councilman Kilcoyne, replied, “Well, where did it come from originally?” Chairman Salter, replied, “Well, I didn’t pay it.” Councilwoman, Hoover, asked, “How long that program been going on?” Ms. Harris, replied, “I’ve been working with the agency for 35 years and it was here when I came.” Councilman, Kilcoyne, replied, “Thank you.”

 

Parish Treasurer Ms. Julie Lockhart.

 

Ms. Lockhart reported, “Good evening, I sent out all of my reports through email, if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to take them, now is the time.”

 

Interim Director of Planning and Zoning Director

Mr. David Kees, Jr.

 

Mr. Kees, replied, “Thank you Mr. Chairman, I sent out my report, both the permit report and the development report, we had a really strong month of May with nearly  50 sold permits and 15 or 16 of those were actually new construction, so we really had a really good month. We actually had a good March, April, and May and we are currently ahead of what we did last year in permits and fees taken in, and we ahead with new construction as of what we did last year. At this time, I’ll take any questions.”

 

Chairman, Salter then recognizes Parish President.

 

Parish President stated, “Thank you Mr. Chairman, I’ll start with the Capital Projects.

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS:

 

Payne Subdivision Streets, Phase II:  Low bidder for Base bid, and all additive alternates is Tarver Industries, LLC.  We are waiting on State authorization to proceed with the project.  This project continues to go without the required State approval to proceed. Both the Parish Engineer and I continue to seek further guidance on next steps, and the anticipated timeline for approval. After the report was done Phased was approved thy the State.

 

Blanchard Road Improvements:  The Parish is waiting for notice from Facility Planning and Control that the non-cash funds have been converted to cash funds so that the Parish can proceed with the engineering services phase of the project.  To date, the non-cash State funds have not been converted to cash funds.  While this project remains on the State’s Capital Outlay list, it has not been funded yet by the State.  

 

Payne Subdivision Sewer Improvements:  Legal Counsel has contacted TESI.  An update is expected shortly and will be shared with the Parish Council upon receipt.

 

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BUILDING MAINTENANCE:

 

Trudeau St. Facility:  The project is nearing completion.  Roof repair, interior painting, cabinetry, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing modification are nearly complete.  Flooring will begin soon.

 

SOLID WASTE:

 

Solid Waste Scale House:  The approval process to move forward with the project is ongoing.  Additional information has been submitted to the State Fire Marshall’s office, per their request.  

 

OTHER ITEMS:

 

Fish Hatchery Road & Bermuda Road:  On Tuesday, June 9, 2020 the Cane River Waterway Commission agreed to fund the total rehabilitation of both Fish Hatchery Road, and Bermuda Road.  A press conference was held on June 10, 2020 to officially make this announcement.  A cooperative endeavor agreement is forthcoming from the CRWC.  This is a bold step by the CRWC in agreeing to work with NPG to move forward in the process of rehabilitating our Parish Roads. 

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, stated, “I want to make a statement concerning this, but I’ll wait until the Agenda item.”

 

Chairman Salter, Thanked Mr. Mansour, for making arrangement for the meeting to be in the Large Courtroom.

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Adopt the minutes of the regular meeting of the

Natchitoches Parish Council held Monday, May 18,2020.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by, Councilman James Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby adopt the minutes of the regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish Council held Monday, May 18,2020.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Consider adopting a resolution confirming re-appointment/appointments to the following boards/commissions. 

 

Council to approve re-appointment of Mr. Edward Ward on the Natchitoches Parish Housing Authority Board.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by, Councilman Chris Paige that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve re-appointment of Mr. Edward Ward on the Natchitoches Parish Housing Authority Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

          Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve re-appointment of Mr. Tom Outz to the Fire District 8 Board.

 

On motion by Councilman Marty Cheatwood, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve re-appointment of Mr. Tom Outz to the Fire District 8 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve re-appointment of Mr. Dorle Hays to the Fire District 8 Board.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve re-appointment of Mr. Tom Outz to the Fire District 8 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve appointment of Ms. Yolanda Horton to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve appointment of Ms. Yolanda Horton to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve appointment of Ms. Annetta Miller to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve appointment of Ms. Annetta Miller to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve appointment of Ms. Dorothy Washington Duke to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve appointment of Ms. Dorothy Washington Duke to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to approve appointment of Ms. Lula Williams to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve appointment of Ms. Lula Williams to the Natchitoches Parish Sewerage District 2 Board.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman, Salter asked are they going to pick a Chairman from this Board, and Mr. David Kees informed Chairman Salter that a 5th member will be chosen at next month meeting, according to the Ordinance you have to be a property owner and one of the chosen wasn’t a property owner and after the 5th member is chosen, then the Board would chose a Chairman.

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

First Introduction of proposed Ordinances:

 

Council to Introduce Ordinance No. 008-2020 to remove a portion of the road located on Black Lake N/2Ne/4 of Sec 9, T11N-R7W at the end of Cloud Crossing Road which is the last 1,130 feet of Cloud Crossing Road from the Parish Road System.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On motion by Mary Cheatwood , duly seconded by Chris Paige that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve the Introduce Ordinance No. 008-2020 to remove a portion of the road located on Black Lake N/2Ne/4 of Sec 9, T11N-R7W at the end of Cloud Crossing Road which is the last 1,130 feet of Cloud Crossing Road from the Parish Road System.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Ms. Carolyn Roy wanted to ask a question, “Is that the one who you weren’t sure who owned it?” Chairman, Salter, answered, “Yes, we got all of them, the first one who sent in the letter wasn’t the owner, but we have something from all owners. We do have clarification on that”

 

Council to Introduce Ordinance 011-2020 to amend the 2020 Operating Budget to create Fund 221 Payne Sewer LCDBG Project.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby Introduce Ordinance 011-2020 to amend the 2020 Operating Budget to create Fund 221 Payne Sewer LCDBG Project.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Councilwoman, Hoover wanted to ask a question, “I want the Treasurer to tell me, I know it’s just an introduction for tonight, how we are

Amending the agenda to create the fund and apparently, we’re not paying any money, just trying to see how we’re going to amend that budget?” Ms. Lockhart, replied, “That is to document the receipt of the proceeds from the grant, the $756,000 thousands it’s to separate it out to a separate funds so it will go to one separate fund and it will come out a separate fund so we would not co-mingle with any other monies.”   

 

Council to Introduce Ordinance 010-2020 to surplus the Old Creston Polling Place Building.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby Introduce Ordinance 010-2020 to surplus the Old Creston Polling Place Building.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

          Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

 

 

 

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Council to Introduce ordinance-013-2020 to effect a zoning exception to the I-A Industry-Agriculture District zoning classification for Cypress Baptist Church for the purpose of establishing a cemetery on the 1.2 acre tract of land where Cypress Baptist Church currently exists.

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “The church do own the property and just want to put a cemetery there?” Mr. David Kees, answers, “The church does owns the property, the property is sitting there and they are classified as and Industrial Agricultural District, and according to our Ordinance the only way you can put a cemetery  there is by special exception which goes first to the Planning Committee and then in front of this body, they’ve done the Planning Commission, and now its here.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, replied, “Gotcha.”

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby Introduce Ordinance 011-2020 to amend the 2020 Operating Budget to create Fund 221 Payne Sewer LCDBG Project.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Public Hearings:

 

Council to Adopt Ordinance No. 009-2020 for Budget Amendments for Government Building Fund, Criminal Jury Compensation Fund, Law Enforcement Officer Criminal Witness Fund, Disaster Recovery Fund, and the Courthouse Security Capital Outlay Fund.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by, Councilman Jim Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby open Public Hearing to hear the following:

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Councilwoman Hoover had a comment concerning this agenda item, “I know that the trial is coming up, how much money will the Parish have to pay for that trial? It is a twofold question.  And Has that money been transferred, when are we going to make that transferring of that money? Because we will be liable for that money.” Parish Treasurer, responded, “Ms. Hoover if you’re talking about the ruling that she indigent, I can’t talk about that or comment on that. I understand it is a gag order ruling on that.” Councilwoman, Hoover, asked, “You can’t tell the public that.” Ms. Lockhart, replied, “That’s my understanding. I can tell you that I did budget for the capital murder trails.” Councilwoman, Hoover, asked, “How much did you budget?” Ms. Lockhart, replied, “A 150,000 thousand a piece, so there’s $300,000 in the budget for the expense of the trial.”  Councilwoman, Hoover, continues, “So, that has been put into the account?” Ms. Lockhart, replied, “Yes, it’s in the budget.”  Councilwoman, Hoover, asks,

 

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“Lawyer, Mr. Mansour, why are we’re in a gag order in reference to our money that we have to spend.” Mr. Mansour, replied, “Mrs. Hoover, I’m not familiar with that gag rule. I assume it was issued by the criminal courts in the capital murder case, I don’t know the extent, but I can find out, I can look at the order.”  Councilwoman, Hoover, stated, “When you find out let the Council have a copy of the Order, we just want to know why are we being put under a gag order for peoples money to not tell us their money and we can’t talk about what the tax payers are paying for?” Ms. Lockhart, “Ms. Hoover, I can tell you that there’s no other money in this budget other than that, that $300,000 thousands, so, that’s the only money that was budgeted for the cost of those trials.”

 

Councilman Paige, stated, “Would you explain this is put on the agenda, because the way I heard it, it didn’t pertain to no particular case, why is this on there? Was it some way that it wasn’t done right in the past, and this is why, can you explain a little bit more?”

 

Ms. Lockhart, replied, “Which one?” Councilman Paige, “Why is this worded this way that it is, it’s a siting of an error that what we should have been doing.” Ms. Lockhart, responded, “Yes, in your exhibits you should have a letter from judge Harrington, it was dated back into 2004 or 2008 and he instructed the Treasurer at that time to separate the monies that were collected from the criminal courts fund and a separate fund from the Criminal Law Enforcement funds. So, the Criminal Law Enforcement fund, is just a pay that the State Troopers or City Police or Parish deputies for testifying, so ok, what he asked us to do is to keep those monies separate from the Criminal Court funds, that had never been done, so when I found that documentation and reviewed it with our District Attorney, he agreed that we needed to do that, so that’s why, we’re doing that now.”  

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, stated, “I think that’s a very good thing, to have it separated.” Ms. Lockhart, “Agree with that too.”

 

Ms. Carolyn Roy, “I have a comment for Julie. The compensation fund is that’s the one that has the $300,000.” Ms. Lockhart, answered, “No, the $300,000 is in the General Fund. The cost of the Capital Murders.”

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by, Councilman James Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby close Public Hearing to hear the following:

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Action on Proposed Ordinances:

 

Council to Adopt Ordinance No. 009-2020 for Budget Amendments for Government Building Fund, Criminal Jury Compensation Fund, Law Enforcement Officer Criminal Witness Fund, Disaster Recovery Fund, and the Courthouse Security Capital Outlay Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Councilwoman Hoover, “I want to know from the lawyer before this vote is taken, will it be appropriate to vote on it, when we don’t have the information as why we’re under a gag order and she can’t give us the number that we need?” At this time Ms. Lockhart asked to be recognized. Ms. Lockhart begins, “Ms. Hoover, that cost, whatever it may, may or may not be is not included in this budget amendments, It has nothing to do with this, but if it comes up, then this will affect the Parish budget then I’ll come back with you with a number because right now all I was told that the gag order may or may not affect what I can talk, but I have no idea that it will or will not affect us.”

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, stated, “You will come back to us if you need more money, correct?” Ms. Lockhart, answered, “Yes, Ma’am.” 

On motion by, Councilman Chris Paige duly seconded by Councilman James Kilcoyne that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby adopt Ordinance No. 009-2020 for Budget Amendments for Government Building Fund, Criminal Jury Compensation Fund, Law Enforcement Officer Criminal Witness Fund, Disaster Recovery Fund, and the Courthouse Security Capital Outlay Fund.

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Resolutions: NONE

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Other Agenda Items:

 

Chairman to appoint two (2) Council members to be on the Finance and Budget Committee.

 

Chairman, Salter, explained, “Ever since we got started Mr. Kilcoyne had requested that we have a budget and Finance Committee because since we all can’t meet in a public setting with 3 of us so I’m going to appoint him as Chairman of a two man committee to get with Ms. Julie in effort to keep us aware of what’s going on with the budget and where the money is coming from and where’s it going, on how it’s spent and have some clarification on a lot of things that were are not clear on. I am going to ask you (Councilman Kilcoyne) to pick someone to serve on that with you.”  Councilman Kilcoyne, stated, “I would like someone that would want to do it. I need someone who actual want to work, so they need to volunteer.” Chairman, Salter, replied, “Everyone is looking at Marty, maybe he’s the one that’s going to do it?” Councilman Cheatwood, replied, “It would have to work around my work schedule, it has to be flexible, then otherwise I rather pass.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “Mr. Paige would you do it?” Councilman Paige, replied, “I’ll serve, if anyone else don’t.” Councilman, Kilcoyne repeated, “You’ll serve?” Councilman, Paige, “Yes, Sir.” Councilman Kilcoyne, “Ok, Thank You.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby established a Committee of two Council members to work on the Finance and Budget Committee.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to consider adopting the adjusted millage rate or rates. Set forth the adjusted millage rates or rates and roll forward to millage rates or rates not exceeding in the maximum authorize rate or rates. Adopt other authorize millages or taxes.

 

Chairman, Salter, called Tim Page up to talk about the Millages.

 

Mr. Tim Page, begins, “I thank you-all for inviting me, You all have the Health Unit which yawl was levying 3.00 mils last year and due to reassessment the legislative Auditor rolled it down to 2.94, which will allow you to collect the same money that you collected last year after the 2.54 the Public Buildings was also levied to 3.00 mils.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, at this time passed out an updated list of all the funds and their mills.  

 

Mr. Tim Page, continues, “On page two of what I got there stapled together for Public Buildings, we also levied 3.00 mils in 2019 and it also has been run to 2.94, and then your Library you levied at 8.00 mils, it has been rolled to 7.85 and Road District 40 which you levied at 5.00 mils and it has been rolled to 4.9 and your exempt municipalities you levied 1.73 mils and it rolled to 1.7 and then your General Alimony was levied at 3.47 last year and been rolled to 3.41, now those that has been rolled down, you’re collect the same amount of money basically. And I done another sheet for you all, do you have it? That kind of shows you if you take the reassessment taxable value times the 3 mils you done last year (Heath Unit) it gives you 1,097,738.71 if you levied that times the roll down the 2.94 mils then it would give you 1,075,783.94 now the difference between the two is that you would collect 21,954.77 more if you roll up and I guess that is what you-all need to decide on, whether you want to collect that extra money or go with the roll down and collect the same amount, but basically if you stayed rolled down you don’t really  allow for extra expense it could be on your roads, it will stay at the same amount, but prices goes up, you’re going to keep the same amount. One other thing I must say, I’m not trying to convince you either way it goes, I’m not, but you have 4 years including this year that you can roll up if you do not roll up in those 4 years then you never can go up to what to like the Health Unit is being 3 mils, you can’t go back to that 3 mils unless you let the time expire and put it back on the ballot to be re-voted on the 3 mils. Then it can go back to 3 mils or you can ask the public to give you more money if they would give you more money. If you don’t in those 4 years roll up, you settle with the in the instances of the Health Unit 2.94 mils and you never can go up to that 3 mils again if you don’t roll up in one of those 4 years, it wouldn’t have to be this year, but you have 4 years to possibly do that.”

 

Councilwoman Hoover, asked, “If I wanted it to stay like it is?”  Mr. Tim Page, repeated, “Stay like it is? You will collect the same amount

 

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of money like you collected last year.” Mr. Tim Page, did state, “If it’s new industries or new constructions that raises the assessed value and you can collet a little more like that.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, stated, “That’s not a re-assessment, that’s just new.” Mr. Tim Page, stated also, “Yes, that new construction, it’s not a re-assessment, but if a new business comes in like Hobby Lobby obviously you’re going to collect more taxes because of value going up because of new construction, it’s not a roll forward.”

 

Chairman Salter, asked, “What timeline does this have to be done, Tim?” Tim Page, responded, “If you’re plan on rolling forward, you really need to get on it, because you have to advertise in the newspaper and you have to preferentially put it in a 3X5 block in the newspaper, and you have to do it twice and after the last time it’s in the newspaper, you would have to wait 30 days before you can have your meeting for rolling forward. That is the roll forward process, if you are not rolling forward then at your next meeting, you can stay we’re staying the same and at your next meeting vote on it and it’s done.”  

 

Chairman, Salter, responded, “I don’t know how many their minds have made up, but myself I would like to hear from the Health Unit, and the Library, so forth.” Chairman Salter was asking more about rolling forward and Mr. Page, replied, “Like I said, the sooner the better, you need to decide, and if you decide tonight you’re going to roll forward then you should go ahead and get your articles in the paper and wait 30 days and then vote on it, the problem with that, rolling forward, you have to have 2/3 votes of your voting body to say yes. So, if it comes that time and 2 or 3 of you were sick, and couldn’t be here, then, it’s a no go, but you can stay where you were, but the sooner you do it, you may have a chance to redo it, because we cut off the tax roll at the end of September, so you have that 30 day window every time, you would want to go ahead and do it as quickly as possible, if you’re rolling forward.”

 

Chairman, Salter stated, “I want everyone opinions on this.” Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “We vote on them, individually right?” Chairman Salter, responded, “Yes, I guess we will.”

 

Mr. Paige, stated, “Tonight you will just decide on what you’re doing and get your article ready for the paper.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, stated, if we roll forward, we don’t have to do all of them, right?” Mr. Tim Page, replied, “No, you will not.” Councilman Kilcoyne, was talking about more about the process.

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, replied, “I want them to stay.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, “Like Mr. Page, said, if vote to hold it as it is, we can do it next year, and then roll forward then., We’re talking about a tax increase of some kind, it will be people paying a little more property tax if we roll forward. So, we are talking about a tax increase and I do not feel comfortable with public not having a chance I would love to have the courtroom with people saying Yay or Nay or do not do it. So, if we can’t put it off to our next meeting so people could be aware of it, and with a public hearing and if we can’t do that, then I’m going to vote, like Ms. Hoover, said keep it the same.”

 

Mr. Tim Page, replied, “One thing about putting it in the paper it’s telling the people of what you’re planning on doing and then they have the opportunity to show up in 30 days.”

 

Chairman Salter, then asked, Councilman Cheatwood. Councilman, Cheatwood, responded, “I rather, leave it where’s it at.”

 

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More discussions were between the Council and then Chairman Salter, ask, Councilwoman Hoover, I want it to remain the same.” Then it was Councilman Chris Paige turn, Councilman Chris Paige, responded, “Normally, Mr. Salter, it’s like you just said, we find out to see what the Library or the Health Unit, to see, but right now, I would like to leave it as is until we see what they want.”

 

Chairman Salter, responded, “Let me tell you what I found out this weekend, I’ve been all around the Parish looking for property to buy, you be surprise that people in the Parish, don’t live in the Parish, that has property and is making money off our Parish, they traveling our roads and tearing them up this has nothing to do with the taxes we’re talking about. How much thousands of dollars of woodland we have, Johnny, do you know off hand? Most of it is being lease about @10 dollars an acre. All those people up here hunting is using our dumpsters and tearing up the roads with the 4-wheelers, tearing the roads up with their trucks and we are not getting any out of that. We should be getting more for our roads; we should be getting $50 dollars an acre off of that.”

 

Chairman Salter continues to talk about getting help from the different entities to get help on fixing the roads. Like the Library, Health Unit, Public Buildings, and Road District 40 hospital can donate money, we need to take a good look at what we are doing, we need to roll everything to the max.”

 

Councilman Paige, stated, “You, said get money from the various entities, you remember years ago we put a onetime vote to the people. The people did agree to vote on it and wanted to see a certain amount of money goes to roads in the Parish.”

 

There were more discussions about the Boards that governs the different entities if they can decide to donate to help the roads in the Parish.

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, stated, “I feel that this Council voted for an 80% tax credit to these businesses then certainly they can be able to help in some type of way. You did 80% to Roy O’Martin  and 80% to Alliance and they both should help we’re asking to the taxpayers to pay money and we’re giving the money away as a tax break, if they can donate a half of a road or a half of mile of a road or mile of road in Somebody Districts, we all supposed to working at a team on this.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, stated, “Mr. Salter, I totally agree with you about the Non-Residence, we might have to draw up a separate Ordinance for Non-Residence for the hunting leases, I don’t know how we’re to do it, that will be a certain different issue.”

 

Parish President was included on the conversation about the taxes, and here’s what he had to say, “There’s a lot of things we can talk here tonight, with one of them we can address more. With regards to the other entities in the Parish with taxing the problem we ran into over the years from my understanding is you can absolutely bring back for a vote of those to see if the people would want to lower their millage, but that group will have to vote to allow that to happen. Now that is not going to happen if a bunch of fussing and fighting obviously, we would have to convince them that is it is a good thing to do, so that is one option. The option that was brought up about the tax break to some of the local industries those the deals that we can put forth in it, I certainly do not mind starting the conversations to ask people to assist us.”

 

Councilwoman, Hoover, asked, “But we can ask?” Parish President, replied, “We can always ask, that what happened with Cane River

 

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Waterway, we just asked. Timing is everything. Now with regards to what the Chairman is talking about, we will have to pass an Ordinance, we can as far as I know, in my readings and conversations, but Mr. Mansour would probably have to give an opinion there about all the information that was given tonight.”

 

Ms. Roy asked, “Are you talking about tax out of state owners more?”

 

Chairman, Salter, replied, “No, No, No.”

 

Ms. Roy, asked, “What’s your suggestion, I’m just not understanding what you’re saying? They can’t pay a higher tax rate!”  Chairman Salter, replied, “No, they can’t but we can roll it to the maximum to get more out of them,” Ms. Roy asked, “To get more out of them?” Chairman Salter, “And out of everyone else as well.”

 

There were more discussions concerning the taxes and millages and Councilman Paige, stated, “I’ve always wanted to see us roll District 40 up to get more money for the roads, we really need to roll that one up for the roads.”

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved that all the millages will remain the same except for Road District 40 it will be rolled up to the maximum amount.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

On motion by Councilman Paige, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved to roll Road District 40 to the maximum amount.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to approve pro rata cost of additional engineering work necessary to proceed further with East Natchitoches Parish Drainage project for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative grant.  These additional costs shall not exceed $5000.

 

Parish President asked Mr. Verret to attend the meeting to discuss the agenda item with more in site, but Parish President stated, “I can give you a summary very quickly, as we’re going through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and trying to get to the next level in the process they discovered a couple of things that’s in our submittal that they requires a little differently that will require an outside Engineer. And at that point, I will turn it over to Mr. Verret.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Verret, begins, by saying, “Let me give you just a little brief History, it’s a project we’ve working on following the flooding of the Spring of 2015 again in 2016 we begin looking for funding and putting together a drainage project to improve the drainage situation in the East Natchitoches area and of course part of that is within the City’s limit and parts of it is within the Parish’s road system. In the Blanchard subdivision and area and so, basically, last year, Lord and behold, Governor Edwards initiated the Louisiana Watershed Initiative which is designed to basically to put together projects which within Watersheds that will address drainage issues and will not cause problems further downstream for things like that. It was more a systematic approach to approach the drainage problems. And part of this Water Shed Initiative is to provide some funding that’s actually coming through the Housing and Urban Development of the Federal Government; so back in January, we put together, there were a 4 member joint application that was applied for, with the Parish, with the  City of Natchitoches, Natchitoches Levy and Drainage District, and the Cane River Waterway Commission because this project in East Natchitoches will benefit all those entities, we submitted a pre-application basically kind of throwing out there to see what we could get something approved, and the pre-app was approved; so now, we need to go to the next step which is the development of the full application, we did have some hydraulic modeling that was done for us, actually free, by the end of 2019 and using that model we need a consultant Engineer to take that model and develop some alternative projects that we need to consider to submit for the full application. So, that is what we’re asking for, and another 3 joint applicant that with the City of Natchitoches, The Natchitoches Levy and drainage District and the Cane River Waterway Commission has already, all agreed to fund their share of the Engineering cost that would be less than $20,000,so, that would put the Parish pro-rata portion of that at less than $5,000. That’s’ what we’re asking tonight, that you would might approve that funding again to help the drainage and you know when we have those heavy flood events we do have issues in that Blanchard subdivision area and we’re trying to help those citizens and as well as citizens further downstream in that area of basically between the Natchitoches City limits all the way down to Hampton Road area. So, we thought it would benefit the Parish residents as well. We’re asking for your approval for funding and to go along with the funding that the other entities putting up as well if you approve that then authorization for Mr. President, Mr. Richmond to execute the contract with the consultant engineering.”

 

Chairman Salter, asked, “For the end results you’re trying to protect a little portion and not worry about Martco and the other people who gets the bulk of it?” Mr. Verret replied, “Basically Mr. Salter, this is going to address the, it’s different Watershed basically, of course that’s the lower Cane River Area, we do have a project that’s addressing the drainage in that area between Martco Area, and Cloutierville Area that project is funded and that’s going to address that situation. This is basically to address the situation from East Natchitoches all the way down to the Hampton Road Area.”

 

Chairman Salter, asked, “Including Natchez?” Mr. Verret, replied, “Natchez, probably will not benefit from this project as much, it’s another Initiatives that we can apply for in the future to address other Watersheds areas within the Parish” Chairman Salter, asked, “You’ll planning on putting that water in the levy over Red River?” Mr. Verret, replied, “That’s one of the alternative projects we’re looking at a pumping Station to remove that water and take it over the levy.” Chairman Salter, asked “What’s the other option?” Mr. Verret, answers, “Other, options will be to divert some of the water into Cane River Lake and that’s one of the reasons Cane River Waterway Commission is in the joint effort.” Chairman Salter continue to

 

 

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discuss ways that he does not think it is going to work with Mr. Verret. Mr. Verret, stated, “That’s why the pumping Station will be the best option and to address all that water in that area it may be such large pumps that the project may be funded; so it may be a multi prong approach in order to address this.”

 

Councilman Paige, asked, “So, this is just a one-time thing and you’re not going to come back next year and say, I want another $5,000 thousands?” Mr. Verret replied, “No, Sir, this is just for this particular project, No. Sir.” Councilman Paige, replied, “That’s all.”

 

Chairman Salter, stated, “Yawl trying something haven’t never has been done, and never will be done, I hope you realize that. I don’t care how many Engineers you put out there, you can’t drain that out of Natchitoches Parish.” Mr. Verret, responded, “We hope to.”

 

On motion by Chris Paige, duly seconded by Marty Cheatwood that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve pro rata cost of additional engineering work necessary to proceed further with East Natchitoches Parish Drainage project for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative grant.  These additional costs shall not exceed $5000.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to approve the appointment of the official journal in Natchitoches Parish will be The Natchitoches Times.

 

On motion by Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Marty Cheatwood that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve the appointment of the official journal in Natchitoches Parish will be The Natchitoches Times.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to discuss possible new bin sites and Compactor sites for Solid Waste.

 

 

Chairman, Salter, begins to say, “Mr. Gary will come up here and to explain, and the Parish President will be involved in this, he will give the final approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Gary Jackson begins, “What I have, I’m going to see by taking the

Big Hill Fire Tower that’s less than 2 miles and move it to Gorum old School Site and close it in and make a control site out of it.”

 

Chairman Salter, stated, “He’s talking about going out South of Gorum, and we’ll getting more trash from Flat Woods and Rapides Parish it’s always filthy we’re going to put a manned site Gorum Fire House, the old School site, they’re not going to charge us to put it there, put a fence and have to up keep the road going into about a 150 yards, and maintain the lightening in the area, it has to be a maned site, like the rest of them. The Parish was supposed to manage the sites back in 2008 to 2009 and in 2012 the Police Jury put up the last three and maybe the Parish Government finished one of them, we have 32 of them now they  were promised sites 3 per year when they brought this new system in supposed to end up with 60 in 2015 or whatever that how it would have worked out this is just an effort to try and keep things up in those areas and have a clean place to go, it’s going to take a fence, a building, and two employees it’s going to cost, You got the cost(Talking to Treasurer).”

 

Parish Treasurer, responded, “For employees? We are looking at for 6 employees with payroll taxes about $5,000 a month.” Chairman Salter, replied, “That’s with 6 employees?” Parish Treasurer, “That for all three bin sites.”

 

Gary Jackson, continues, “To move Base Spring Road and take it to Martco Stop.” Chairman Salter, commented, “This the store Chopin Store, Gregory Grocery it will be a manned Site we will supply the bins there will be no charge, I think.” Mr. Gary Jackson, replied, “No Charge.”

The store is going to let the Parish use their location and the Parish would have to supply the bin.

 

Chairman Salter, stated, “The third one is in Goldonna. They have a bin site up there it’s not maned but it’s fenced, we want to make that bigger and put a compactor in there It’s off Hwy 156 and we have another on Mammy Trail on another Hwy, which will be doing it pretty soon, but we’re trying to get these 3 here so we can get maned, so we can have some control over them.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “Is that’s the roll of the employees are they going to be checking to see if their resident of the Parish? I’m talking about people who’s getting rid of their junk.”

 

There was a discussion on that with the Council between Chairman Salter and Councilman Kilcoyne about people coming in from other Parish’s dumping at the sites, and this could be a possibility. As Councilman Paige stated, “Don’t they have to be a Parish resident to dump?” Mr. Jackson, replied, “Yes, they have to be a Parish resident, most people I get lives in that area.”

 

There is more discussion on the dump sites, and discussions it would make it better if the sites were maned.

 

Councilman Kilcoyne asked, “What are our two employees going to be doing watching people from Rapides Parish dumping in our dumpsters?”  Chairman Salter, responded, “They will take care of the compactor, Well, I tell you what, want you go down there and visit them tomorrow.”  Councilman Kilcoyne, asked, “I just want to know what they’re going to be doing are they going to be turning people away?”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chairman Salter, “Go out there and visit with Catfish and monitor him he’ll tell you want he do, Some, get up and sweep, and clean it up, fill pot holes, I do a lot of them myself, I go out there and fill up pot holes.”

 

Councilman Kilcoyne, “I was just listening to what you were saying, and I was just concerned that people would be dumping from people from outside of Natchitoches Parish. I thought this may have been a solution.”

 

Chairman Salter, responded, “If’s nobody is there, they can just back in there and dump a chicken house, a mobile home, or anything, this will solve the problem okay. I really don’t like coming up here and  m trying to tell you what I’m trying  to do out in the Parish when somebody don’t have an idea of what’s going on in it, get out travel the road, get out and go talk to people.”

 

Councilwoman wanted to thank those who came out to Natchez to take care of a real health issue that was out there at the Natchez compactor station. It looks really, really nice and the people of Natchez appreciate it.

 

On motion by Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Chris Paige that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve new bin sites and Compactor sites for Solid Waste.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Nays:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to consider authorizing the Parish President to sign and execute the Multi-Jurisdictional Consortium Agreement with the Coordinating and Development Coordination for the purpose of establishing a consortium to carry out programs and activities as authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

On motion by Chris Paige, duly seconded by Patsy Hoover that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby

Approves authorizing the Parish President to sign and execute the Multi-Jurisdictional Consortium Agreement with the Coordinating and Development Coordination for the purpose of establishing a consortium to carry out programs and activities as authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Council to consider authorizing the Parish President to sign and execute a Community Water Enrichment Fund Agreement with the Louisiana Division of Administration for the purpose of potable water improvements for community water systems in the Parish.

 

 

 

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Chairman, Salter, asked, “Does this cover Rural water systems?”

Parish President, replied, “Yes, Sir, rural waters system of Chee Chee Bay and Chestnut/Reidhimer water.”

 

On motion by Chris Paige, duly seconded by Marty Cheatwood that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approve authorizing the Parish President to sign and execute a Community Water Enrichment Fund Agreement with the Louisiana Division of Administration for the purpose of potable water improvements for community water systems in the Parish.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Council to consider authorizing the Parish President to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission for the rehabilitation for Fish Hatchery road with final approval to come from the Council.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved authorizing the Parish President to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission for the rehabilitation for Fish Hatchery road with final approval to come from the Council.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

Councilwoman, Hoover begins, “I’ll like to thank the Cane River Waterway Commission for their kindness of 3 to 4 million dollars, it’s in my District, I’m excited, I just want to thank them, and when I say, we Fish Hatchery Road and Bermuda Road citizens and they will going to the Cane River Waterway to thank them personally. Also, I would want to thank them for choosing the Parish Government in order to give those millions of dollars to. I also want to apologize to the Citizens of Fish Hatchery and Bermuda Road to let them know we will, the Parish Government would never slight anybody when the announcement went out, it was sent to the Council and the media, the reason why, because I called John to ask him why and he said and I’ll let him tell you the rest. He said, “We’re not sure whether they were going to do and let them let them make their announcement of their good news, and John, would you elaborate a little on that? Because we don’t want the citizens to think that we invited some and didn’t invite everyone.”

 

Parish President, John Richmond, responded, “That’s correct Ms. Hoover, This Press Conference took placed this past Wednesday and the official vote on it was Tuesday night from the Cane River Waterway Commission. I wanted you to make sure you get the information to the people as quickly as possible, but I certainly didn’t want to invite the world to a party that may never happened, so I made sure that vote took placed and when sure you guys to have that knowledge and the

 

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media, all the local media, accept the one I forgot to add that information to. But the point was well stated by you, that this was not official until very late Tuesday night and then the Cane River Waterway Commission did this because they wanted to make a commitment to the Parish roads, and to make a commitment to the people of the Parish and to some degree they set the bar very high because they’re encouraging us, and they are encouraging others to get together and do a Cooperative Endeavor agreement like Mr. Salter was talking about earlier, Certainly we’re not reaching into anyone budget but asking them to cooperatively to help the Parish to fix the roads and they wanted to make a big bold statement and 4 millions dollars was a big bold statement.”   

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Visitors for Non-Agenda Items. (3 minutes) No Visitors

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Executive Session:

 

  • Parish Council to consider holding an executive session to conduct strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Lynda Vance against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

On motion by Councilwoman Patsy Hoover, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved going into an Executive Session to hear a strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Lynda Vance against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by Council Marty Cheatwood, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved closing Executive Session to hear a strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Lynda Vance against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

The Council agreed on authorizing the Counsel to continue to proceed with the mediation process.

 

Chairman Salter, stated the next agenda item is:

 

Parish Council to consider holding an executive session to conduct strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Carita Simmons-Carter, Tonricko Carter and Cameron Carter against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

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On motion by Councilman Cheatwood, duly seconded by Council Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved going into an Executive Session to conduct strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Carita Simmons-Carter, Tonricko Carter and Cameron Carter against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

           Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

On motion by Councilman Kilcoyne, duly seconded by Councilwoman Hoover, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby approved closing Executive Session to conduct strategy session and negotiation session with respect to prospective and threatened litigation by Carita Simmons-Carter, Tonricko Carter and Cameron Carter against the Parish of Natchitoches.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

           Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

           Ayes:      Councilman Paige

          Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter          Motion Passed

 

 

The Council agreed to let the Parish Attorney continue to defend the Parish in this litigation.

 

To Adjourn.

 

On motion by Councilman Chris Paige, duly seconded by Councilman Jim Kilcoyne, that the Natchitoches Parish Council, in regular and legal session, does hereby adjourn.

 

On a roll call vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

          Ayes:      Councilman Paige

          Ayes:      Councilman Kilcoyne

Ayes:      Councilman Cheatwood

           Ayes:      Councilman Salter

                                Ayes:      Councilwoman Hoover            Motion Passed

 

 

Since there was no other business the meeting was adjourn:     

 

Attest:

 

                                           __________________________

                                           John Salter, Chairman

_________________________

Sheryl Frederick,

Council Clerk

 

 

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