Fred's grand opening on November 21
By Crystal Nix
At Monday night’s DeQuincy City Council meeting, Mayor Lawrence Henagan announced the Christmas parade will be held Friday, Dec. 5 this year, ending with a Christmas program and caroling in the downtown McNamara Plaza. The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Stories”. The Christmas parade, program, and fireworks are sponsored by the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce.
The mayor’s report included Fred’s grand opening, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:45 a.m. The Church of Christ will honor city workers with a dinner this Thursday evening.
Dorothy Egyabroad asked the mayor and council to look into how local vendors can become eligible to accept vouchers distributed by the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. This is a federally funded program that aids seniors by providing vouchers to purchase locally grown fresh produce and honey. Persons receiving the vouchers must currently travel to Lake Charles or Leesville to use the vouchers.
Cypress Energy Expresses Interest
Peter Davis, representative of Cypress Energy Corp. is interested in bidding on oil, gas and mineral rights on four tracts of land owned by the City of DeQuincy near the Industrial Air Park.
He asked the city to advertise for bids in legal journals for the state, parish and city newspapers. The company would like to explore for oil and gas. He stated the exploration or drilling would not interfere with the runway or air traffic. The city has a right to reject any and/or all bids.
The council has approved the city to purchase the Marburgh property on Pine St., which is adjoining the Joe’s Cafe property, the future site of a new city hall building.
Council Member Denise Maddox brought up a discussion about the city’s liquor permitting laws, and whether the city ordinance needs to be clarified to correctly measure the distance from a business to a church or school. To obtain a liquor permit for sale of alcoholic beverages of low alcohol content, a business must currently be 200 ft. from a church or school. To sell beverages with high alcoholic content, they must be 300 ft. from a school or church.