Stevens named Recreation Director

CROWLEY - The city of Crowley has a new recreation director with an impressive resume and 19 years of coaching experience under his belt.

Chris Stevens, who is working at North Vermilion High School until he begins working at Crowley’s Recreation Department on August 19, was not present at Tuesday’s meeting. His absence was quite understandable to Mayor Greg Jones and the other members of the council.

“He is currently coaching on their football staff and wants to help to make the transition at the school as smooth as possible,” said Mayor Jones.

Stevens replaces Christian Doughty who held the job for a short while before deciding to return to the work he was previously doing with special needs youths at Crowley High School.

In a public hearing at the outset of the meeting, the council members unanimously approved an ordinance which will prohibit people from exposing their undergarments in public places. The council seemed to be very happy to see this measure passed.

“I think the citizens of Crowley have been looking forward to seeing this ordinance passed for a long time,” said Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson. “This is something that will affect our city in a very positive way.”

In other business, the council agreed to a 25 percent rent reduction for the ASSIST Agency and the LA Work Commission. Both community organizations work out of the Enterprise Building located at 11 North Parkerson Ave.

A beer and liquor license was also granted to El Palo Mexican Restaurant which operates on Oddfellows Rd. in the space that was formerly Good Fellas Restaurant.

The council also voted to procure Mader Engineering Inc. for the fiscal year 2014-15. Mader Engineering, which is run by longtime City Engineer Tim Mader, will continue the duties of providing grant application and administrative services and professional engineering for the city.

Avenue B in Crowley will now have two new sets of stop signs thanks to a vote by the council. One will be a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Avenue B and 14th Street. The other, a four-way stop sign, will be one block up at the intersection of Avenue B and 15th Street.

After trying out a new schedule for the council’s committee meetings this past month. It was agreed upon that the meetings will now be scheduled for “the Wednesday before the second Tuesday of every month.”

Council members were obviously quite happy with the new schedule and unanimously voiced their approval.

Prior to last months, committee meetings were held over a two-day period, which created confusion among citizens who wished to attend meetings by certain committees.

When the decision was made final a smiling Kitty Valdetero said “Amen.”

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