Brown appointed as Housing Authority Commissioner

By Evalin Hester

At Monday’s City Council meeting, W. Tracey “Hoss’ Brown was appointed as Commissioner to the Housing Authority of the City of DeQuincy, replacing Ira “Bud” Royer who served on the board for 30 plus years.

The council approved the regular meeting minutes of April 11, 2022 and approved the May 9, 2022 with an amendment to agenda.

The amendment consisted of moving #9 Council Concerns to item #10 and placed #9 with Council to appoint Brown to serve as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of DeQuincy.

A discussion was held on amending Ordinance No. 668D regarding policy procedures on pay scale for essential employees during a declared emergency. This is the guidelines that FEMA requires. Motion passed. This will give each supervisor more involvement with the work schedule for their employees.

Mayor Riley Smith was authorized to sign the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and City of DeQuincy concerning the Summer Food Service Program for 2022. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Also Mayor Smith was authorized by the council to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the City of Lake Charles and the City of DeQuincy wherein the Lake Charles Police Department is donating surplus body and unit camera equipment to be used by the DeQuincy Police Department.

This will help our Police Department by having a backup stock and they will not have to change their camera system. No new equipment will have to be purchased.

Mayor Smith stated that the LMA Convention will be held in Lafayette on July 28-30.

The City will soon be reimbursed from FEMA for the cost of the debris removal.

Steadham Flooring, a new business in town, will have a grand opening Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited. Free barbecue and door prizes will be given away as long as it lasts.

Council Concerns

Margaret Brown, expressed her concerns about the sewer work being done in her district, which is already being worked on and the demolish projects in her area.

Judy Landry had already spoken with the Code Enforcer about the projects in her area.

Denise Maddox’s concerns were the sewer work that was being done in District 4. New pumps will be installed that will help with the overflow problems that the people in this district are experiencing.

Maddox was also concerned about Louise St. Hank Frazier has looked at the street with a contractor and found it will be a major undertaking, The street will have to be overlaid. Maddox also expressed her concern about all the walkers in town during late hours, this seems to be a concern from her constituents.