Council introduces ordinance to purchase 27 acre connector to NSU

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The sports complex, Parc Natchitoches, is nearing completion. “We are expecting to have substantial completion the first part of January. The park in on schedule,” City Chief of Staff Edd Lee said. “The City and design team are working on a punch list and will take some time to thoroughly review the entire park to develop a punch list.” The first tournament is the last weekend in February and it is booked every weekend until sometime in July. Photo provided by City of Natchitoches. See additional photos on Page 3A Parc Natchitoches, is nearing completion. “We are expecting to have substantial completion the first part of January. The park in on schedule,” City Chief of Staff Edd Lee said. “The City and design team are working on a punch list and will take some time to thoroughly review the entire park to develop a punch list.” The first tournament is the last weekend in February and it is booked every weekend until sometime in July. Photo provided by City of Natchitoches.

Parc Nears Completion

By Carolyn Roy, Carolyn@natchitochestimes.com

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The City Council introduced several ordinances at its meeting Dec. 27. The main one was introduction of the purchase of 27 acres that will connect Parc Natchitoches to trails on Northwestern State property. The City proposes to buy the property from Chester Corley for $302,703. An appraisal reflects a market value of $250,000 and a timber value of $52,703.

The City proposes to lease part of a building at 200 Rapides Drive to the Youth and Families Empowerment Services LLC for $800 per month starting Jan. 1. The rent includes utilities. Kendrick Jackson and Jillian Syrie are the managers. The building formerly housed the Pat S. Todd Oil Co., that was purchased by the City.

A third ordinance amends the City personnel policy section on accrued sick leave. An employee can receive payment for accrued sick leave only one time after actually retiring, regardless of whether the employee, after retiring, is re-employed by the City or an entity belonging to the City.

The fourth introduction awards the bid for caustic soda for the water treatment plant to Premier Chemical Services of Baton Rouge for 0.1175 cents per pound.

A fifth ordinance proposes to extend an option to Ledet Seafood-Louisiana Seafood to purchase 15 acres on which it will operate a caviar production business. The option to buy was first recorded in January of 2018 with a price of $57,500 but the company has not begun production. The ordinance also gives the City the right to repurchase the property if the seafood company does not comply with the original agreement.

The Council approved four resolutions.

The first allows the City to advertise for bids for the La. 6 West Turn Lane and J-turn.

The other resolutions allow for adverting for bids for renovations at 720 Sixth St.; change order to City Council meeting room chambers renovation project (Arts Building) for $45,574 for contract total of $541,290; and certificate of completion for City Council chambers.

The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, Jan. 13.