City Council hold public hearings
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Crowley city council met Tuesday evening to consider a variety of topics and
to hold public hearings to consider the condemnation of some local properties.
Two of the property owners were present at the meeting to state their cases in regard to their properties. There were two different outcomes.
The first man to address the council was Albert Brown of the People’s Investment group which owns the property at 315 Western Ave.
Brown received a permit to do the repairs on his property in September, 2007. He stated that he had begun work on the property and had yet to complete the work. Danny Hebert, city inspector for the city of Crowley, stated that though he knew Mr. Brown to be someone who wouldn’t leave the job incomplete, it had been a long time since the permit was issued and the work should have been completed by now.
Councilman Vernon Martin asked whether the wording on the permit had the time frame for which the repair work was to be completed.
Hebert stated that the time frame was written in the ordinance.
“I seriously doubt that most citizens know the city ordinances,” Martin replied.
The discussion continued with Mayor Greg Jones stating “I think now is a good time for our attorney” just as city attorney Tom Regan arrived, drawing laughter from those in attendance.
After some more discussion, the council decided to give Mr. Brown 90 days to complete his repairs.
“Maybe we can look into the possibility of having the ordinance handed out with the permit,” added Jones.
The next property to come up for discussion was located at 1819 James St. and owned by Earline Alcock.
A trailer belonging to Alcocks’s son has obviously been left unkept for a long period of time. Alcock said that her son had been “down on his luck” and was unable to keep up the trailer.
When questioned by Regan about the specifics of the trailers condition, Hebert described the trailer as having no plumbing, electricity, and being a fire hazard that was full of junk. He also stated that the neighbors had been complaining.
After some discussion, the council gave Alcock 90 days to remove the trailer and clean up the property.
One of the meetings lighter moments came near it’s ending when Crowley police officer/Reverend/actor Jimmy Broussard came into the chamber along with the women who will be acting in the play 7 Nuns @ Las Vegas. The women were all wearing their habits.
“I just want you to know that this wasn’t my idea,” said Broussard.
“It was Charlotte’s,” said another member of the group in reference to Crowley Tourism Coordinator Charlotte Jeffers. The group passed out flyers to those in attendance and announced a wine and cheese gathering for Thursday evening.
The play will be performed June 14th and 15th at the Historic Rice Theatre in downtown Crowley.