OneAcadia’s Suire addresses City Council
Howell "Howie" Dennis is the news editor for The Crowley Post-Signal. He can be reached at email@example.com or 337-783-3450.
During Tuesday’s Crowley City Council meeting, the council looked into the condemnation of two unkept properties, approved the beer and liquor licenses of local businesses and addressed several city repairs and improvements.
At the outset of the meeting Laurie Suire, the interim director of OneAcadia, a group devoted to bringing parish business leaders together, addressed the council.
“We hope to unite the leaders of the Acadia business community,” she said. “We believe that through this we can help to create jobs in our parish as well as build economic vitality.”
She introduced Crowley restaurant owner Pat Bordes as the group’s chairman of the board.
“We want to be a parish-wide voice as Acadiana grows,” Suire said. “We want to represent Acadia Parish.”
Suire announced a meeting which will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday evening (June 12) at Crowley City Hall.
Public hearings were held to consider condemnation proceedings on two properties in Crowley.
The first property discussed is located at 428 West Fourth St. and belongs to John Arthur Harry.
City Inspector Danny Hebert showed pictures of the house located on the property. The house looked to be in deplorable condition. Hebert described the house as “unsalvageable.”
The council agreed and condemnation proceedings will move forward.
The second property is located at 1201 West Seventh St. and belongs to Willie Jerry. The home on the property has been discussed by the council in previous meetings and has been described as being used for area narcotics activity. A woman has voiced concern about the safety of her mother who lives in close proximity to the property.
Hebert said that while the home is salvageable, the owner has been contacted several times about closing up the home and has not worked to ensure that the home is properly secure.
“Vagrants have been a problem and a fire on the property could easily damage a home which is located next door,” said Hebert.
The council moved forward with condemnation proceedings for that property as well.
The council approved a resolution designating the Crowley Post-Signal as the official journal of the city.
A resolution to call for a public hearing to amend the budgets for the city of Crowley for the fiscal year, beginning September 1, 2013 and ending on August 31, 2014 was also approved.
Council considers permits, projects
During the Crowley City Council’s Tuesday meeting, the council awarded liquor licences to a new business which will be operating out of The Courtyard, which is located across from City Hall in Crowley.
The business will be operating as Ben Mitchell Confit Catering Co. and is located at 422 N. Parkerson Ave.
During the Public Works Committee report, the council agreed to consider adopting a resolution authorizing Mader Engineering to prepare and submit an application for funding through the Transportation Enhancement Program for a revised Phase II of the Historic Parkerson Avenue Redevelopment.
The council also agreed to grant Coastal Bridge Co. an additional 96 days of contract time for the fiscal year 2012-2013 Street Improvements.
Also, during the meeting, the city agreed to designated the Crowley Post-Signal as the journal of the City of Crowley.
The next Crowley City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 2, at 6 p.m.