City employees can expect extra check

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Mayor Lee Posey, far left, welcomed the Northwestern State Homecoming Court to the City Council meeting Monday. The university will observe homecoming Oct. 22-27 with Oct. 23 designated “Paint the Town Purple Day.” The theme is “Wild Wild Northwestern.” The football game will be Oct. 27 against Houston Baptist. Members of the 2018 Homecoming Honor Court at Northwestern State University are Michael Thomas of Lake Charles, Le’Kayla Smith of Princeton, Aaron Murray of Coushatta, Emily Miller of Grand Cane, Jacob Ellis of Athens, Shelby Sullivan of Sulphur, Charles McClintock III of Logansport, Hannah Gaspard of Pineville, Luke Conway of Pineville, Emilee Leger of Lafayette, Honor Court King Char’Tarian Wilson of Shreveport, Honor Court Queen, Rebekah Aultman of Mangham, Brea Housley and Darius Brock of Shreveport, Madysen Watts of Saline, Zachary Breaux of Cut Off, Abigail Reynolds of Minden, Rowdy Burleson of Mansfield, Cylandria Clemons of Tomball, Texas, Daniel Crews of Shreveport, Kennedy Cullen of Port Allen and Hayden Pilcher of Shreveport.

By Carolyn Roy, carolyn@natchitochestimes.com

About the only exciting action at the City Council meeting Monday was a resolution giving City employees an extra check in November. By resolution, the Council approved one-time salary supplements of $500 to regular full-time and $250 to regular part-time (non-seasonal)employees. They must have been employed as of Nov. 1 to receive the money that is pro-rated on their length of employment if less than a year.

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The money is appropriated from a surplus in the worker’s compensation fund and the supplements total $130,000. Employees will get the checks Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Two ordinances were introduced.

The first is a franchise for Phillip Paul Lohr dba as Paul’s Party Boats to operate a tour boat on Cane River. The cruises will originate in the Historic District and signs must adhere to Historic District regulations. Lohr must carry liability of at least $1 million and pay a franchise fee of $25 per month plus sales and use taxes. The other ordinance introduced applies to lease of a hangar and other areas to Air Data Solutions at Natchitoches Regional Airport for $1,500 per month. Donald Cummings is the company representative. Med-Trans Corp., will have access to the classrooms for a flight school facility.

Bob Gillan accepted a proclamation from Councilman-at-Large Don Mims Jr., at the City Council meeting Monday stating that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in Natchitoches. The Veteran’s Day Program will be Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Natchitoches Parish Veteran’s Park at 3 p.m. The theme will be to thank those who contributed to the creation of the park that is entering its third stage, that of maintenance. Natchitoches Parish is home to over 3,000 veterans.
Photos by Carolyn Roy

Final votes were cast on the following:

•Rezone of 428 Williams Ave. for vacation rental home

•Renew of franchise for Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports

•Award bid for liquid chlorine for water treatment plant to Brenntag Southwest Inc., of Houston for $780 per ton

•Purchase of approximately 1 acre from Richard Van King and Pamela King for $5,000 for utility project

•Authorize Sabine State Bank for banking services The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 since Monday is Veterans Day.