DeQuincy City Council meeting notes
By Chris Nix
Are you torn between taking the kiddies trick or treating or watching your team on Halloween? Well there is good news! DeQuincy has a treat this year. Mayor Henagan announced during the council meeting Monday night that Halloween will be observed in DeQuincy on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m., but several local churches are hosting events on Thursday, Oct. 30.
The city council adopted several resolutions. The first adopted was opposing the implementation of regulations that would prohibit, or inappropriately restrict, Financial Holding Companies from engaging in physical natural gas commodity transactions. The second authorizes Mayor Henagan to request LA DOTD funding of Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) projects for the airport.
Deep South Crane & Rigging, LLC of Baton Rouge recently announced its expansion to DeQuincy. The new office will serve as a heavy haul operations center and will add 30-50 jobs.
In March 2014, Deep South purchased property at 100 Airpark Drive that includes an office and warehouse. The company plans to make additional investments in the property including a state-of-the-art welding shop.
The mayor and city officials are taking the necessary steps to proceed with the Buxton Creek project.
Holy Smoke Cookoff
The 5th Annual Holy Smoke BBQ Cookoff & Praise Festival on will be on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the DeQuincy Railroad Pavilion. There will be a barbecue cookoff, food, crafts, children activities, gospel singing and praise and worship. Proceeds benefit the Harry L Hooker, Sr. Memorial Fund. Call 786-6265 or 337-499-7165 for more information.
Shop Local Campaign
The mayor has announced that DeQuincy is participating in a campaign that encourages citizens to shop locally. The program, known as “Small Town Saturday,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29. Mayor Henagan encourages everyone to shop locally and support your city merchants.
Fire Chief Johnny Copeland reported five calls for the month of September. There was one gas leak, one ambulance assist, one vehicle accident, one fire alarm, and a structure fire at 813 Hayes St.
Police Chief Mike Suchanek reported their office received 157 complaints, issued 62 citations, and booked 21 persons in to city jail. A total of $20,974 in bonds and fines were collected.
Eddy Dahlquist, Public Works foreman, reported the installation of two new gas services, and replaced four service lines for sewerage. The water leak on College St. has been repaired. Eddie informed the council that LAWCO is waiting on parts to repair a water leak on the corner of Coffee and Velmer Streets.