By Carolyn Roy, Carolyn@natchitochestimes.com
There was a short agenda at the City Council meeting Monday with the most important item being a tax break for Alliance Compressors. The City agreed, by resolution, to grant the annual tax break with Mayor Lee Posey saying that Alliance has been a great friend to Natchitoches and employs approximately 400 people.
Posey said the tax break is a way to reinvest in equipment and assure that the company “will be with us a long time.” According to the application, the company is asking for an 80 percent exemption of $21,986, or $17,589 on the $8.6 million expansion that created five new jobs. There was an introduction of a planning and zoning ordinance recommending that three structures be demolished or put into repair to comply with the City building code.
The addresses and owners of the structures are:
•1217 Dean St., burned, Alvin R. and Monica T. Bradley of Grambling
•1124 Allen St., overgrown, Corey Layfield, 660 Layfield, Campti
•130 Howell St., Rosa Green, 115 Alaska St.
The council introduced an ordinance to amend the budget that will be voted on at the next meeting. It includes a 2 percent raise for City employees; acceptance of COVID-19 funds; and possible street programs. The council accepted the bid of $682,400 from ASB Construction LLC of Shreveport for water treatment renovation and backwash effluent transfer system.
The council passed three other resolutions.
•Designated Sept. 4 as an official holiday so City employees can have a four-day Labor Day holiday.
•Authorized Mayor to advertise for bids for Phase 3 street rehabilitation
•Authorized Mayor to advertise for bids for a 5-ton detachable gooseneck Spring ride trailer
The next City Council meeting will be Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.