City Council meeting held February 10

By Evalin Hester

The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Mark Peloquin, Council President, on Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., at City Hall Council Chambers. Invocation and pledge were led by Mayor Riley Smith and Denise Maddox.

The agenda for Feb. 10, 2020 and the regular meeting minutes for Jan. 13, 2020 were approved by the Council.

An ordinance amending the FYE 9/30/2019 was introduced to stay within the 5% budgeted projections.

A resolution was adopted authorizing Mayor Smith to execute an Agreement with the LA DOTD for improvements to the DeQuincy Industrial Airport for an Invisible Intelligence GARD System. A grant of $6500 was received.

Council authorized Mayor Smith to approve the change order issued by R Cloud Construction on the Yoakum St. project.

Public hearing and adoption of an ordinance to sell the property and building located at 211 N. Pine St., to Louisiana Insulation Services, L.L.C.

Public hearing and adoption of ordinance to sell city lots, located on Pine Street, to Lake Area Dentistry.

Mayor Smith was authorized to advertise for bids on surplus vehicles and a machine.

The Council approved the removal of the moratorium on permits for any moveable structures intended for purposes of a dwelling.

The Council authorized Mayor Smith to sign a Joint Services Agreement between the City of DeQuincy and the Community Center and Playground District #1 of Ward 6 for $90,000 in funding for the renewing and refurbishing of the Railroad Museum Park Playground.

City Reports

Mayor Smith reported that work has begun at the Railroad Museum Park. After meeting with the Dixie Youth, bleachers will be painted when rain is over, giving the park a face lift for the new season. A lot of children signed up to play ball. All is good.

Many street signs are missing. The city is making a survey all over town. New signs will be purchased and installed. Signs missing can be a very serious problem. If someone has to call 911 in an emergency, the ambulance needs to have a street name, or people traveling to our town that are not familiar with our streets, missing street signs make if hard to find one’s location.

DeQuincy Fire Department had six call outs for the month of January.

DeQuincy Police Department collected fines and bonds in the amount of $23,587 with 213 Complaints, 216 Violations, 36 Arrests, and 171 Warnings.

Calls for Service by District: District 1: 46, District 2: 23, District 3: 59, District 4: 51, CPSO: 34.

Public Works

Public Works installed two driveways, patched potholes. They are waiting to cut grass; too wet to complete lots of projects right now.

Sewer Report

Installation of a sewer tap for new apartments being built on corner of Canterbury and LeBlanc St. Opening of bids for the Wastewater Treatment plant will be Wednesday, Feb. 12. Work should begin on the Treatment Plant by summer.