Blackburn appointed housing commissioner
By Crystal Nix
At Monday night’s City Council meeting it was told that the City of DeQuincy will soon have a new and improved website.
With the explosion of industrial growth in southwest Louisiana, the website is part of DeQuincy’s strategy to attract new businesses to the area. The site will include information about DeQuincy and area businesses.
New officers were elected for the new year. Denise Maddox was elected as Council President. Andrea Coleman was elected as Council Vice-President.
The mayor thanked city employees for all the hard work they’ve put in getting ready for this year’s Christmas festivities. The weather was perfect for enjoying the parade, Christmas carols and dancers in the park, as well as the beautiful fireworks.
The council approved the renewal of seven liquor licenses. The council stressed to holders of the licenses a zero tolerance for sales to minors. Police Chief Mike Suchanek stated that there have been significantly fewer problems with selling alcohol to minors. The city police have checked businesses throughout the year, but has put extra time in during homecoming and graduation activities.
The mayor has announced the appointment of Barbara Blackburn as the new housing commissioner.
The council rejected the bid on a 2002 Bobcat skid steer, and will re-list it.
The mayor was authorized by council to execute an agreement with LA DOTD regarding state project No. H.011316, which is a 100% grant for improvements to the air park runway. Grants received from the FFA or DOTD are for federal and state monies at 99% to 100%.
Improvements made to the airpark will help the city attract new industrial businesses. One such business, Deep South Crane & Rigging, LLC, has located there recently.
The mayor will apply for the Local Government Assist Program (LGAP). The city can apply for up to $30,000, and the monies will be used to offset the cost of two new police vehicles. The city will replace two 2006 models, which have over 140,000 miles on them.