City Council meeting report

By Evalin Hester

The monthly City Council meeting was called to order by Mark Peloquin on Monday, Apr. 12. Invocation and pledge were led by Mayor Riley Smith and Ronda Jacobs. Approval of the Mar. 8, meeting minutes and Apr. 12 agenda by the Council.

Reports were given by department heads. They are as follows:

Public Input: not on agenda – None; on agenda, None.

Public Works: Given by Mayor Smith due to Eddy Dahlquist being absent. He stated everything was going good.

Sewer Dept.: During the month of March, the Sewer Dept. cleaned the sewer main on Oak St., replaced the sewer tap on Live Oak St. and replaced the sewer tap and did point repair on Yoakum St. Passed Bio Essay test at the plant for 1st quarter of 2021. Hank Frazier met with Gulf States engineering on getting UV System replaced at the Wastewater Plant. He also met with Gulf States engineering about rehab on Douglas Rd. lift station.

City Reports: Request was made that a committee of two meet, discuss and look at the hurricanes ordinance and possibly revamp it some, so we will be on top of things for hurricane season. FEMA reimbursement is very slow coming in but things are moving along. The city will receive a $1.14 million grant for procurement-salaries etc.

Fire Dept.: During the month of March there were seven call outs.

Police Dept.: The Dept. collected $23,938.51, handled 228 complaints of those there were 14 arrests, 72 violations, and 62 warnings.

Calls for service are listed here by district: Dist. 1-54, Dist. 2-34, Dist. 3-45, Dist. 4-52, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office 42, Beauregard Parish Sheriff Office 1, Patrol covered 5445 miles for the month of March.

The City Council adopted two resolutions.

They adopted a resolution informing the LA DEQ that the city will continue maintaining the wastewater treatment plant and continue required testing in accordance with the LA DEQ permit.

The City Council adopted a resolution approving the West Calcasieu Parish community Center Authority refunding of its existing refunding bonds.

The Council voted to proceed with the condemnation process on the structure at 331 Hall St. The next step will be to do an inspection.

A 2014 Ford Expedition was donated to Church Point Police Dept.

Scott Wylie, addressed the Council for Shandel Hambrick, owner of the DeQuincy Iron Horse Pub, regarding a possible variance for the pub. Doug Cox, City Attorney will look into the matter more throughly. In the mean time, the owner will be able to have tables out front under their awning.

The meeting was adjourned.