City Council approves vet clinic location

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By Carolyn Roy carolyn@natchitochestimes.com The City Council introduced a rezoning request for a veterinary clinic to locate at the corner of Royal and South Drive at the City Council meeting Monday. Mayor Lee Posey referred to the location as the “old Pak-a-Bag” where a convenience story was once located. It is now a salon and real estate business. 128 A and B South Drive was rezoned from B-2 to B-3. Planning and Zoning Director Juanita Fowler said hours of operation are not limited by ordinance in the B-3 zoning district. The limit in the B-2 zoning district is 7 a.m. to midnight.

The vet clinic hours of operation, per veterinarian Joseph Bynog, will be 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays and possibly on Saturdays until noon. The application was approved with the stipulation that the hours of operation be limited to B-2 hours of operation for all future uses. This language will be in the City Council ordinance for consideration Tuesday, May 29. The real estate business will continue to operate next to the clinic.

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The only old business was the final vote approving changes to the City’s sick leave and accumulated leave for employees hired after June 1.

Vacation time may be carried over and accumulated in subsequent calendar years. Beginning June 1, an employee will only be paid for up to 240 hours of accrued vacation time. The previous limit was 480 hours. The same applies for sick leave. When an employee retires, they will be paid for a maximum of 240 hours of accrued sick leave. City employees receive 12 days per calendar year of sick leave. Employees hired before June 1 will be subject to previous policy.

The City will sell two acres in the industrial park to Turcotte Development Group for $62,000. It will be offices for Atmos Energy. The city will lease property at the end of Laird Fletcher Road to Glenn Byles who will use it as a hay pasture from June 1 to Nov. 1. The fee will be $6 per bale. The council approved several change orders related to the 2016 Street Rehabilitation Program. The changes were described as “clean up” of unexpected problems, sealing cracks, filling spaces between asphalt and curbs and gutters, adjusting manhole rings and numerous other items. One change order relates to adding an overlay of Breazeale Springs Road that will begin in mid-August.

The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Natchitoches Arts Center. The pre-meeting begins at 5 p.m. The meeting will be Tuesday instead of the previous day which is Memorial Day when City offices will be closed.