McMurtry litigation, personnel complaint scheduled for executive session at Parish Council meeting Monday

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By Carolyn Roy, carolyn@natchitochestimes.com

While the Parish Council meeting agenda for Monday, Sept. 16 is a long one, perhaps the most interesting item is one requesting an executive session. One item is to discuss “Lynda Vance v. Natchitoches.” The action was filed by Vance who is the purchasing agent. The other item is to discuss litigation, “McMurtry versus Natchitoches Parish Government.”

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Alan McMurtry, a candidate for the Parish Council, sued Parish Government about emergency spending for road materials. During a hearing Aug. 13, Judge Bruce Bolin would not issue restraining orders prohibiting emergency declarations and purchase of road maintenance materials as sought by McMurtry.

The litigation by McMurtry was filed after criticism leveled by Parish Council members Russell Rachal and Doug deGraffenreid about emergency spending for road materials. At the Aug. 22 Parish Council meeting, Parish President Rick Nowlin requested an executive session to discuss the litigation that is still active. But the motion, which would have required four votes, failed when Rachal and deGraffenreid voted no.

Assessor Dollie Mahoney will ask the Parish Council to act as a board of review to hear protests and complaints about property assessment during a public hearing.

Other public hearing items are rezoning 3.77 acres on Hwy. 3278 from I-A to Business-1 for plumbing company equipment facility; and motion to amend the 2019 operating budget.

The Council will consider the following:

•Reappointment of Karen Terrell to the Library Board of Control

•Reappointment of Ludlow McNeely and Mark Waskom to to Fire District 6 board.

•Appointment of Dee Dee Dunagan to Natchitoches Housing Authority to replace Regina Keyser

•Appointment of Jimmy Atherton to Saline Lake Game and Fish Commission to replace Tony Swords

•Approve video streaming of meetings on Parish website using Parish Government equipment

•Award contract to DSW Construction of Many for $120,775 upon receipt of insurance certificate

•Approve La. Dept. of Economic Development tax exemption program

at recommendation of District Attorney’s office

•Resolution to change membership of Fire District 1 board from seven to five members.

The only scheduled visitor for a non-agenda item is Woody Delphin, a Bermuda Road resident. He will have 3 minutes to speak.