Back on the table at the Jan. 13 Natchitoches City Council meeting was discussion of annexing some 275 acres which include a portion of Monroe Street and surrounding properties from the parish to the corporate city limits.
The issue was initially introduced during a council meeting in late 2019. At that time, noted Mayor Lee Posey, he thought the annexation was a dead issue as there appeared to be opposition from several property owners.
However, those landowners who still desired annexation went back to the drawing board and brought a new proposal before the city council. The revised proposal was introduced with the council receiving a newly drafted petition containing signatures from property owners adjacent to each other expressing interest.
While some property owners in attendance at the Jan. 13 meeting expressed interest in annexation, others indicated they would like to opt out. Mayor Posey commented no property owners would be forced into annexation. He also said he thought the annexation would be good for the city. Also noted was annexation would only be considered for contiguous property owners in agreement.
Additionally, if annexation is approved, property owners would be “grandfathered in” with the services they currently have such as sewer and water, and garbage collection. Moreover, how the property is currently being used would remain.
Per statute, the matter must now be mulled for over 30 days before further consideration by the council members.
In other business, the Natchitoches City Council:
–PURCHASED property adjacent to the NSU track that allows continuation of that park.
–AWARDED the bid for caustic soda for the water treatment plant to the lowest bidder.
–REPURCHASED a 15-acre-track of land the city originally sold to Ledet’s Louisiana Seafood LLC. Mayer Posey noted the city sold the property two years ago with a limitation on the time frame the new owner had to get the business up and running. The city repurchased, said Posey, so the city could have control on what goes on there.
–AMENDED and REENACTED the city’s personnel policy to clean up the sick leave section.
–EXECUTED a certificate of completion for the new perimeter fence and repair of the existing fence at the Natchitoches Regional Airport.
–INTRODUCED zoning ordinance change from R-3 residence multiple family to R-3 residence multiple family special exception, to operate Save the Children Head Start at 1504 Gold St.
–INTRODUCED zoning ordinance change from R-1 residential to R-1 residential special exception, to operate a bed and breakfast at 219 Williams Ave.
In addition to Mayor Posey, council members in attendance were Lawrence Batiste, Dale Nielsen, Don Mims and Eddie Harrington. Absent was Sylvia Morrow.
The next meeting is slated for Monday, Jan. 27, with an open house at 4 p.m., followed by pre-meeting at 4:30 p.m. and meeting at 5 p.m. in the newly renovated council meeting room located inside the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street.