Amendments addressed at council meeting
By Chris Nix
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the Mayor signed a resolution in support of Constitutional Amendments #3 and #10 which will be on the Nov. 4th ballot.
Amendment #3 preserves the local government’s right to manage the collection process of delinquent taxes. It allows, but doesn’t require local governments to hire a competent private firm to act as their authorized agent for the sole purpose of collection delinquent property taxes by conducting annual tax sales.
Amendment #10 reduces the current tax redemption period from 36 months to 18 months. During this period, the taxpayer maintains ownership and the ability to redeem their tax bill. This amendments applies to vacant property sold at tax sale, which has been designated blighted or abandoned.
Andrew Tramonte, a 17 year old senior at DeQuincy High School, was recently elected has Vice-President of the National Beta Club in Richmond, Va. Tramonte is the first student elected from this area at the national level. He was honored by Sen. John Smith and Mayor Lawrence Henagan at the council meeting. Sen. Smith presented him with a certificate of outstanding achievement, signed by the President of the Senate, John A. Alario, Jr. and Mayor Henagan presented him with a plaque from the city. Tramonte is the son of Jonathan and Jennifer Tramonte of DeQuincy.
Mayor Lawrence Henagan presented a declaration to Queen Preslie Marcantel and her mother proclaiming September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Baby Queen Preslie represents Colors For A Cause, a nonprofit organization that was founded by area firefighters in 2011 as 10 year old Brennan Daigle battled cancer.
The organization raises money to help children of Louisiana by providing monetary support for medical, housing and transportation expenses as they battle cancer. Mikell Gore, a 12 year DeQuincy native battling leukemia, was chosen as their ambassador. Mikell is daughter of Barbie Hess McNeal of DeQuincy and Michael Gore of Starks.
Darlene Hooker thanked the city for their support of the 3rd annual Back To School Bash. Children and their parents were treated to chili dogs and over 90 backpacks filled with supplies were given out.
She also reminded that the 5th Annual Harry L. Hooker Sr. Holy Smoke BBQ Cookoff & Praise Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the DeQuincy Railroad Pavilion. There will be a barbecue cookoff, food, crafts, children’s activities, gospel singing and