Council holds hearings on condemnations
By: Howell Dennis - Editor
CROWLEY - During Tuesday’s Crowley City Council meeting, two public hearings were held to determine whether to proceed with condemnations hearings on properties located at 414 N. Ave. A. and 617 W. 2nd St.
Crowley City Inspector Danny Hebert described the property as ‘not being kept up,with doors kicked out and electricity which would need to be vastly upgraded.’
Gordon Blount, a resident of St. Martinville, who represented the property owner Lee V. Blount, stated that he would hire someone himself to tear down the building within the next 60 days (which was the deadline given to him by the council).
Alderman Vernon ‘Step’ Martin said that after speaking with Lee Blount that it was evident that David Bernard, Gordon Blount’s, brother-in-law, ‘didn’t care at all about the property.’
Crowley Mayor Greg Jones told him that if he hadn’t have the building torn down within the next 60 days, the council would take the matter into their own hands.
The second property up for discussion was the aforementioned W. 2nd St. location. It currently is an abandoned home which had caught fire ‘six or seven months ago.’’
According to Hebert, he was unable to get in touch with the property owner and suggested that a motion be made to suspend the hearing until an attorney could be appointed to represent the family.
The council agreed.
During the Recreation Committee report, the council approved a partial payment to the Trans Texas Tennis, Ltd. for the Glady Trahan Tennis Center in the amount of $172,935.90.
During the Engineer’s Report, City Engineer Tim Mader reported that, as of Tuesday, five of the nine streetlights had been put into place and that the area on Hwy. 13 north of I-10 would soon be lit up.
Finally, to a round of applause, Mader announced that the I-10 service road had received approval and that work on the project would begin soon.
The next Crowley City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m.