Crowley city council holds public hearings on condemned properties

By: Howell Dennis
During Tuesday’s meeting of the Crowley city council, there were two public hearings to discuss the condemnation of properties located at 222 N. Avenue A and 623 N. Avenue H. The hearings yielded opposite results.

The first pertained to the Avenue A property which was owned by Ophelia Senegal Reuben. Willie Jerry represented the property owner during the meeting.

Jerry stated that the property in question was in good shape now. City Inspector Danny Hebert agreed.

“He went back and sealed the premises, cut the grass and cleaned out the yard,” Hebert said. “It’s in good shape now . . it had needed attention. I don’t see no reason not to rescind the condemnation.”

Alderwoman Laurita Pete, who lives across the street from the property stated that Jerry had ‘done a good job of cleaning up’ and agreed that the property looked good.

The council voted to rescind the condemnation.

The second property up for discussion was owned by Wayne Dailey and has apparently been discussed frequently prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

Dailey stated that he had planned to move a trailer on the property.

“Moving the trailer doesn’t absolve the problem,” replied Alderman Elliot Dore.

“We’ve had so many problems with this trailer before that just moving it to another part of the city and making won’t do us any good,” added Alderwoman Kitty Valdetero.

Dailey replied that he owned several properties throughout the city and that he has worked to bring most of them up to, or above, their value.

Alderman Lyle Fogleman, in whose district the trailer sits presently, stated that this trailer ‘had to go.’

“It’s not even in my district and I’m getting calls about it,” added Valdetero.

Alderman Vernon ‘Step’ Martin stated that “this property has been a thorn in our sides since before some of the present council members were on this council.”

Dailey stated that when he moved the trailer he would take it directly ‘to the dump’ which was what the council members obviously wanted to hear.

In the end the council agreed to proceed with the condemnation proceedings, ordering the process to begin within 30 days.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council agreed to City Engineer Tim Mader’s recommendation to accept the bid of Hemphill Construction Company to do the Main St. Pump Rehabilitation Project.

The council also agreed to grant liquor and beer license renewals to many local businesses including Eldorado’s Restaurant, LaGrange Food Mart, Louie’s, Poppa John’s and B’s Liquor Store, South Crowley Pantry and Rice City Liquor.

Alderman Martin informed the council that the Rev. Brian Minix was going to be made a Bishop and asked that the Rice Festival Building be used for the ceremony. The council stated that it wouldn’t be a problem. The ceremony is scheduled for December 4.

Pete stated that she had to mention what a success last week’s Mid-Size City Conference and Main to Main Fall Festival were.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to who attended these functions said they were very enjoyable,” said Pete. “I would like to commend everyone who helped to put them on.”

The next Crowley city council meeting is scheduled for December 14.

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