story by staff reporter Nora Drenner
The Natchitoches City Council honored longtime Planning and Zoning Director Juanita Fowler for her service to the city during its regular meeting on May 26. Fowler, who served as director for 20 years, has retired. Mayor Lee Posey noted a luncheon had been held with staff that day. Fowler thanked the board and community for giving her the opportunity to serve. She also said she looked for to spending more time with her family and traveling.
In other business, the city council:
–ALLOWED a zoning change from R-2 Residential One -Family to B-1 Commercial Transition Business to operate an office located at 206 University Parkway. Property owners are Joseph Brant and Felix Clint III Perot.
–GAVE the NOD to a zoning change from B-3 Commercial Community and Central Business to B-1 Light Industry to facilitate industrial economic development projects on tracts of land located Southwest of the I-49/LA Hwy 478 Interchange and adjacent to Bayou Blue Rd. The owner is Hawley Group LLC.
–APPROVED a resolution authorizing Mayor Posey to execute an agreement with The Louisiana Office Of Community Development regarding a 2019-2020 Community Water Enrichment grant application for improvements to the Natchitoches Water System.
–INTRODUCED an ordinance to allow Almost Home Restaurant owners Ronald And Marilyn Mooty to build a deck over Sibley Lake to provide outdoor seating.
–INTRODUCED an ordinance to amend the 2019-2020 budget to reflect COVID-19 related expenses.
All council members– Lawrence Batiste, Dale Nielsen, Don Mims, Eddie Harrington, and Sylvia Morrow—were in attendance. The next meeting is slated for Monday, June 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.