City Council addresses concerns
By Crystal Nix
At the Monday, Feb. 13 meeting, the DeQuincy City Council stated it will take steps to collect delinquent occupational license fees, which are due by the end of January. The city requires businesses to have a current occupational license to operate.
The city crew has been busy with the city parks, updating equipment. A new load of mulch has been ordered for the playgrounds.
The Grand Avenue Board has met with Council member Denise Maddox and Mayor Lawrence Henagan. The board presented the mayor with their plans at the meeting. Mayor Henagan suggested a community meeting be held to get input from area residents.
Shera Garber was present at this month’s city council meeting with complaints that the city’s drainage system is causing erosion on her Yoakum St. property. The drainage has eroded away dirt causing a large hole which she feels presents a danger to the community. Garber presented pictures to the council.
Mayor Henagan said he would have the city crew check the area, and re-install the fencing around it. An engineer is needed to find a solution to the problem.
Council member Andrea Coleman met recently with the La. State Dept. of Transportation about the findings on the study that was conducted on Hwy. 27. Coleman was not happy with the results. She had asked that rumble strips be considered for a curve where a fatal accident occurred on Hwy. 27. The DOTD representative said they will not install them. Coleman had asked the state to come up with a solution to make the section of Hwy. 27 (South Grand Avenue) safer for the residents there. DOTD has said the 35 MPH speed limit may be extended further south from Douglas Rd.
Viney Silas on Jefferson St. has asked the city council to check on a dilapidated building on Jefferson St., behind the church. She also asked for help with stray cats.
The city lost a grant that was earmarked for sewerage and drainage repairs. The mayor will re-apply for the grant. The funds will fix a sewerage problem around Booker and Allen Streets.
Sharmita Rideau, a certified group fitness instructor, spoke with city council about the KISS program, “ Keep It Simple Saints”, a 10-week workout and nutrition program hosted by a certified group fitness instructor and a registered dietitian three days a week. This year the free program will be hosted at Evergreen Baptist Church and will kick off on Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Contact Rideau at 409-383-3249 or Linda Harris at 337-794-6490, for more information.
The city will renew its lease with Calcasieu Parish School Board for the use of the high school boy’s baseball and softball complex. The school board has leased the complex from the city since 2006, and the lease has been beneficial to both parties. The council recommends the lease as is, with the exception of extending the lease to 10 years.