Crowley City Council approves condemnations

Howell Dennis

CITY EDITOR

CROWLEY – The Crowley City Council met Tuesday evening to hold several public hearings on the condemnation of four properties around Crowley as well as to discuss several projects around town including the Historic Parkerson Redevelopment Project and the repair work on the Avenue D bridge crossing Bayou Blanc.

At the outset of the meeting during an agenda amendment, Crowley Fireman Chad Monceaux gave an impassioned speech before the council to discuss the salaries of the members of the fire department.

“We have a Class 2 rating and are currently the second lowest paid fire department of all cities the size of Crowley,” Monceaux said. “I love being a fireman and I’ll retire as a fireman but I’d like to request reconsideration for a pay increase.”

Monceaux went onto emphasize the dedication of the city’s firemen.

“We have people who want to be firemen not for the money,” he said. “They do it because they want to help people out”.

Many members of the council obviously understood Monceaux’s point of view, but it seemed as though their hands were tied with a budget that’s already stretched very tight.

In public hearings before the council, several run down properties came up for condemnation.

The property located at 1024 W. 3rd St. which was being described as “wide open with mattresses on the floor” by City Inspector Danny Hebert, was scheduled to be condemned within 60 days by the council.

“I know the people who own this property and they aren’t coming back,” said councilwoman Laurita Pete.

Also slated for condemnation was the property located at 1815 Holly St.

“I’ve tried to contact them a few times and left voice mails but have not gotten a return,” said Crowley Mayor Greg Jones.

The other properties slated for condemnation are located at 109 Keller St. and on block 6 of the Keller addition. Dwayne Hanks, who owns the trailer on the Keller property assured the council that he would take care of it.

In other items to come before the council, a partial payment to begin work on the damaged pilings on the closed Avenue D bridge over Bayou Blanc was approved

Also, the council motioned to sponsor a Main Street Kids Day Out on September 13 at the Wells Fargo building.

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