Crowley City Council suspends fluoridation

By: Howie Dennis
CROWLEY - The Crowley City Council met Tuesday night to consider a variety of motions including the suspension of the fluoridation of Crowley’s water until further research could be done and a motion to advertise for bids for a new roofs at the Central Fire Station and the North Crowley Fire Station.

The meeting was missing four of its members including Vernon ‘Step’ Martin who was in DeQuincy representing the city in other matters.

The meeting began with public hearings the first of which was to amend the budget for the city of Crowley for the fiscal year beginning September 1, 2009 and ending August 31, 2010. The council agreed to pass the ordinance.

During the Utility Committee’s report Mayor Greg Jones said that LAWCO had agreed to suspend putting fluoride in Crowley’s water supply until further research could be done on the matter. The matter has been brought up before the council on a couple of previous occasions.

While local dentists and state and federal dental organizations have agreed that the practice of putting fluoride in the water supply was not dangerous, there are obviously many who are still uncomfortable with the issue.

Councilman Elliot Dore brought a booklet containing facts about fluoridation with him to the meeting.

“I urge each of you to read this booklet,” said Dore. “It is filled with facts on the matter.”

During the Zoning and Annexation Committee’s report a motion was passed to increase the required parking spaces for two family dwellings from one to two spaces for each unit.

Also, during the Zoning and Annexation’s report, three motions were passed regarding trailer and mobile home parks in the city limits. The first of which was to prohibit the establishment of any new trailer or mobile home parks within the city limits. The second motion which was passed was to prohibit the expansion of land areas for any existing mobile home parks in the city limits. The third motion passed was to verify an ordinance which said that two trailers or mobile homes on the same parcel of land would constitute that land as a mobile home park.

During the Public Building Committee’s report, a motion was passed to advertise for bids to repair/build new roofs on the Central Fire Station and the North Crowley Sub Fire Station.

In the resolutions report, city attorney Tom Regan said that Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson could sell some used Kenwood radio based units and portable radios at his own discretion.

Also, during the resolutions portion of the meeting the council agreed to write a letter of resolution to support the offshore drilling moratorium in alliance with other cities in the state.

Alderwoman Laurita Pete dissented stating that “we don’t know exactly how this will affect the safety of the people and the environment.”

The next regularly scheduled committee meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 4 p.m. The next city council meeting is set for Tuesday, August 10.

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