Crowley to get new police cars

CROWLEY - The Crowley city council met Wednesday night to discuss many issues including the addition of two new police cars, the funding for a sidewalk for local school children and a new online bill payment system for the city.

The meeting began with the council holding public hearings for the condemnation of two properties.

The first property under review was the property belonging to James Clement which is located at 718 N. Avenue A in Crowley. City Inspector Danny Hebert described the property as “fixable, but all the windows are open and people can walk in and out with no problem.”

Clement was in attendance.

“James, can you get this property secured within one week and repaired within the next 90 days?” asked Crowley Mayor Greg Jones.

Mr. Clement replied that he could.

The council agreed to give Clement one week to secure the structure and 90 days to repair it to city standards.

The second property up for discussion belonged to Estella Dartez. It is a large property and contains two buildings. One of which caught the eyes of council members as being in particular bad shape. According to Hebert, it was not secure but could be repaired. The council passed a motion to give the property owner 10 days to secure it and 90 days to repair.

After some discussion, the council agreed to move ahead with the purchase of two police cars for the Crowley Police Department. Police Chief K.P. Gibson thanked the council.

Under the Revenue and Finance Committee’s report, the council agreed to authorize Mayor Jones to negotiate with a company named First Data for an online bill payment system.

“Will it be possible to pay any bills to the city with this system?,” asked Alderman Lyle Fogleman.

“We are looking into that,” replied Mayor Jones.

Several members of the council expressed relief at the possibility of not having “to deal with bounced checks and running to the bank.”

The motion was passed.

There will be more on the Crowley City Council meeting in the next edition of The Crowley Post-Signal.

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