Christian Doughty named new Crowley Recreation Director

CROWLEY - At Tuesday evening’s Crowley City Council meeting, several items were brought before the council including the placement of stop signs at the intersection of Wright Ave. and Hockaday Rd., concerns about the Acadia Parish Police Jury’s failure to agree to a final contract with the city for fire protection provided outside the city limits and the naming of a new recreation director for the City of Crowley.

Former Crowley Recreation Director Tim Robichaux recently accepted a similar position in Youngsville, leaving the position open.

The issue that seemed to concern the council the most was the lack of a final contract with the police jury. According to council members, the issue was brought up to the police jury in February of 2011 and they have yet to get it completed.

“We’ve been knocking at the door and they haven’t opened it,” said Alderman Vernon “Step” Martin.

Presently nobody is paying for fire department services outside the city limits. However, a recent ruling by the La. Attorney General made it illegal to spend city funds on services provided outside the city limits. As of June 1, the city will have to cease to provide services outside of Crowley’s city limits for free. The cost for such services will be $200 an hour per fire unit, all personnel costs and any additional costs to Crowley’s Fire Department or EMS calls.

Crowley Fire Chief Jody Viator seemed visibly concerned about a scenario where his department is fighting a fire outside of the city limits and another emergency occurs inside of Crowley.

“We wish we could help everyone but we can’t spend our funding on parish services,” added Alderwoman Kitty Valdetero.

Mayor Greg Jones announced his choice of Crowley High’s Christian Doughty as Crowley’s new recreation director. Doughty acknowledged he had “some big shoes to fill and that he was looking forward to moving the city’s recreation department forward.”

“Your resume was outstanding but there are things such as reputation and integrity that you don’t see on a resume and Christian’s got that,” said Mayor Jones.

There will be much more on the Crowley city council meeting in the Thursday edition of The Crowley Post-Signal.

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