Council addresses unkept properties
By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - At the Crowley City Council meeting Tuesday night the council passed motions to proceed with the condemnations on several unkept properties in the city. These properties included locations at 714 West 11th Street, 105 Senegal Street, 1318 West Hutchinson Avenue, and 1201 West 7th Street.
In the Revenue and Finance Committee report, a motion was passed for the lease of a site for the emergency generator system for the emergency broadcast system at the 911 office.
As the meeting was winding to a close, Crowley resident Chad Monceaux - who has worked with the Crowley Police Department, the Crowley Fire Department, and Animal Control - addressed the council about concerns he has regarding the pace of Crowley’s economic development. Monceaux read from a typed speech and pointed out that he was not approaching the council as a member of any department but as a concerned citizen.
“I have been employed by the City of Crowley for the past twelve years and I have a son that I don’t want to have to go visit in another town as I grow older,” said Monceaux. “I would like to see the city get more aggressive on economic development because if we don’t have places to spend money people will simply go to Lafayette.”
Monceaux also voiced his displeasure about people thinking that any of the city’s economic woes are tied to a lawsuit filed against the city by the fire department.
Alderwoman Kitty Valdetero issued a stern response stating that a rise in municipal taxes was “dropped in our laps and was beyond our control.”
“Chad, everyone on this council acts not as a politician but as a public servant,” she said. “We work very hard to make sure we do everything legally and ethically.”
Councilman Vernon ‘Step’ Martin added that in the coming months that Crowley will be adding a service road and a ULL biofuels plant that should spike the city’s economy.
“We worked hard and beat out the city of New Iberia for this plant,” said Martin.
Monceaux responded that he wasn’t implying that anyone on the council is doing a bad job but that he is bothered by people saying that a firefighters judgement was to blame for “the city being in the red.”
“Personally, that bothers me,” he added.
Mayor Greg Jones said that he didn’t view the judgement as the main reason but simply a contributing factor.
“Chad, if everyone took as big a role as you are we’d be a lot further along,” Jones added.