City Council meets Tuesday
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Crowley city council met Tuesday evening to discuss a variety of issues including the consideration of the demolition of several unkept properties, a resolution to renovate the restroom facilities at the Martin Luther King Center, and the approval of payments for some ongoing and completed projects.
Alderman Vernon Martin led the council in a prayer to start the meeting, reminding all in attendance that it was Rice Festival week in Crowley.
“This is a big week in Crowley, and hopefully we can all make it through safely and enjoy ourselves as well,” he included in his prayer.
Gil Pinac started off the meeting by declaring his intention to run for the office of Public Safety Commissioner for District 4 in Louisiana.
“This is where I started my political career 22 years ago so I thought this would be the right place to declare my intention to run for the office of Public Service Commissioner,” Pinac said. “I have worked closely with the public service commission during my career and I believe I have the experience it takes to hold the office.”
“I would appreciate your support in this election,” he added to the applause of those in attendance.
A public hearing was held regarding a property owned by Earl Grant Jr. at 926 West Third St. Attorney Glen Howie represented the estate.
City Engineer Danny Hebert described the house as being overrun with rubbish, open to the public, having a portion of the roof caved in, and having random people staying there.
After some discussion it was decided that the condemnation should go forth.
Another property, located at 625 2nd St. appears to be fortunate enough not to share a similar fate. Mayor Greg Jones said that he had been contacted that the property was up for sale.
Alderman Martin and Alderwoman Laurita Pete both said they had passed by the property and it “looked great”.
The property owners still have thirty days to complete their work.
In another item, the council decided to approve a resolution to the office of community development local assist government program, authorizing an application for a grant to assist the renovation of the restroom facilities at the Martin Luther King Center.
The next city council meeting will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2008.