Council approves trailer park ban

By Howell Dennis

NEWS EDITOR

CROWLEY - The Crowley City Council met Tuesday night to discuss several issues including ordinances to amend the fiscal 2009 budget and the prohibiting of new trailer parks within the Crowley city limits.

At the outset of the meeting, Crowley Mayor Greg Jones proclaimed the week of August 9 through August 15 as National Health Center Week. Several members of the Southwest Health Center were in attendance for the proclamation.

An ordinance to consider to amend the 2009 budget was unanimously approved by the council and it should be noted that the council ended the fiscal year with a surplus of $13,000 which is an increase over the past two years.

An application to purchase six broadband radios for the Crowley Police Department was approved as well.

A motion to prohibit the use of any property within the Crowley corporate limits for the use of trailer parks was unanimously approved by the council. Many complaints have arisen during past council meetings regarding criminal activity in some of these areas and many members of the council seemed quite happy to see this motion pass.

A motion to renew the lease of the ASSIST Agency was also unanimously approved by the council.

During the Revenue and Finance committee’s report, the council approved authorizing L.K. Breaux Construction to do repair work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. L.K. Breaux offered the lowest bid of $198,700 for the project. Crowley businessman L.J. Gielen was present to thank the council in person for their decision.

“I’m just here to thank the council for their decision and I just want to assure all of you that we will do a good job,” said Gielen.

There was an amendment to the meeting to introduce a motion to the council to authorize the selling of alcohol at special events, namely the Rice Festival which is only two months away. The council passed the motion.

During the Zoning and Annexation committee’s report, a motion was passed to approve a Conditional Use Permit for a kitchen for the property owned by Denise Guillory located at 1217 W. Hutchinson for her business.

The next city council meeting is September 8.

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