Whiting thanked for service

By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - At the Crowley City Council meeting Tuesday night, outgoing alderman Todd Whiting was honored by Mayor Greg Jones and the other members of the council for his four years of service. The council gave him a standing ovation.

“You’d better enjoy this,” said Jones. “You don’t know when you’ll ever get a standing ovation again.”

“Well we tore down more buildings than I ever thought we could,” laughed Whiting in reference to the many condemnations the council has seen during his tenure.

Whiting will be replaced by incoming councilman Bryan Borrill who won the seat in October’s election.

In other business, the council held public hearings to consider an ordinance which increased the number of parking spaces required for a two family dwelling unit from one to two. The council voted in favor of the ordinance.

Another hearing was held in which an ordinance was considered which stated that the only way someone could own a mobile home in the city is if they owned the mobile home and the property it sat on. The council voted in favor of that ordinance as well.

The city also awarded a grant for $4,365 to the Crowley Police Department for their fight against the city’s narcotics trade. Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson thanked the council and said that the money would be used for several things including the replacement of a K9 unit which may retire soon.

In the Public Safety Committee’s report, the council agreed to install flashing lights at the intersections of Avenue G /Northern and Avenue F/Pine. They also agreed to look into having them installed in school zones.

At the end of the meeting, Laura Thomas of Crowley approached the council regarding a situation where her husband was bitten by a dog which broke loose from an unidentified man who was walking him. Though the bite wasn’t serious, Thomas was upset about the fact that she tried to get the dog owner’s name and was denied by five different city agencies, one of which being the Crowley Police Department.

Gibson quickly responded.

“It was brought up to me that a criminal case may be filed,” he said. “We can’t release a file that’s going to be prosecuted.”

Alderman Lyle Fogleman, who spoke with Thomas stated that they had been given the runaround and so did he when he tried to help them get the names.

In the end, Gibson remained after the meeting to speak with Thomas about the situation to possibly get it resolved.

One of the meeting’s lighter moments came when City Engineer Tim Mader delivered his report. He passed out an official looking ‘Happy Holidays Plans’ which included items such as Roof Top Holiday Complacency plans for Santa’s reindeer. The design included directions such as an ADA sign which read ‘Sleigh and Reindeer Parking Only - All Other Vehicles To Be Towed At Owner’s Expense.’

The inauguration of the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen and the Chief of Police is scheduled for December 27 at 2 p.m.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6 p.m.

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