The Christmas Angels and Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles were presented plaques of recognition prior to the City Council meeting Dec. 14. Angels and Belles, in full costumes, crowns and masks, were presented individually before the council, family and guests compliant with Covid-19 protocols.
Angels are Emma Outlaw, Pre-k Angel; Bella Bearden, Kindergarten Angel; RayLee Barton, first grade; Kambria Berry, second grade; Paige Jenkins, third grade; Adalyn Rhodes, fourth grade; Brinlee Berry, fifth grade; Ainsley Pickett, sixth grade; Annaliece Romero, seventh grade; and Addison Evans, eighth grade Angel.
Miss Merry Christmas is Katherine Anderson and the Belles are Jensen Parker, Brianna Laird, Mary Grace Long and Baylee Laroux.
Anderson and the Christmas Belles will represent Natchitoches at events throughout the holiday season, including working in the Santa House on the Riverbank. They performed their personalized Christmas jingle, highlighting the changes in 2020 due to the pandemic. Their performance can be viewed on the Natchitoches Times Facebook page.
In the business portion of the meeting, the council approved a resolution for a change order in the amount of $43,893.43 for building renovations at 720 Sixth St., the former Eagle Distributing Building. The bid was awarded in the amount of $617,979. The additional costs, making the total amount for the project $663,872.43, are for frame support, relocating stair columns, electrical power, adding heat/smoke detectors, heat tape and more.
Randy LaCaze, Director of Community Development, said the change order is due to “issues not expected” once the contractors got into the building. He said each item was deemed reasonable and customary and needed to be done. The project was lengthened 27 days. LaCaze said the contractor is making good progress and the project should be completed by Christmas Day.
The building is owned by the City and is leasing it to the National Park Service for museum collections storage.
The next City Council meeting will be Jan. 11. City offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for the holidays.