City Council honors Pioneers, deceased employee
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Crowley City Council met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of issues including the renewal of a liquor license to a store with a history of problems, the honoring of a city employee who has recently died, and the recognition of the Notre Dame High School football team for making it to the state final this weekend in New Orleans.
At the outset of the meeting, an emotional tone was set when Mayor Greg Jones presented the family of recently deceased Vincent Jean Comeaux with a plaque honoring him for his dedication to his job.
“Jean earned the respect and admiration of everyone he worked with during his time with us and he will sorely be missed,” said Jones of Comeaux who died on September 27, 2008.
Comeaux’s wife, Jeanice, and his children Katina, Jeffery, and Jeanna were on hand to receive the plaque.
K.P. Gibson addressed the council on the Shop with a Cop program that took part last week during which police officers donated some of their own money to take several underpriviledged children shopping for Christmas toys.
“The program was a great success,” said Gibson. “Our officers are to be commended for their extra effort they put forth to help these kids.”
It was during the council’s request for the renewal of several liquor licenses that one location brought up a debate.
The Papa John & B’s Package Liquor has been a haven for loiterers with open alcoholic containers recently and several council members seemed opposed to renewing the store’s license.
“I’d like to see all these loiterers removed from the streets if possible,” said Alderwoman Laurita Pete.
Alderman Vernon Martin had visited the establishment as lately to find that it was under new ownership and that the young lady that was presently running it deserved a chance to clean up the business.
“I’d like to give this young woman a chance,” said Martin. “She seems like she will work with us to clean it up.”
Councilman Jeff Dore disagreed.
“This is like rewarding a business that has been breaking the law for the past few years,” said Dore in reference to the law on loitering on business property.
What the council eventually decided on was granting a license contingent on how many citations were issued at the business during a 90 day period. If the number of citations is ten or more the license will not be renewed next year.
Mayor Greg Jones read a proclamation honoring the Notre Dame Pioneer football team.
“It is my honor to recognize this team and their coach Lewis Cook for the hard work and dedication that it takes to earn such an achievement,” said Jones.