CrimeStoppers is functioning and effective according to Dr. Carmella Parker who spoke at the City Council meeting Monday. Parker chairs the committee that organized the program.
Natchitoches Police Dept. Cpl. John Greely is the liaison between NPD and CrimeStoppers. He said 86 tips have led to five warrants and arrests. There have been tips related to homicide, burglary, bank fraud, arson, theft, robbery, forgery and littering. Tips have been from the City and Parish.
According to treasurer David Peddy, $3,300 has been paid for five tips. Parker said the telephone number to report tips is (318)238-2388 and the mobile phone app P-3 can be downloaded.
The council approved an ordinance in which the City supports CrimeStoppers of Natchitoches.
The council also adopted an ordinance that approves a cooperative endeavor agreement (CEA) with the Natchitoches Parish School Board in which the City will provide crossing guards at six schools. Police Chief Nikeo Collins said at a previous meeting that the City was down to four crossing guards.
Councilperson Rosemary Elie asked Collins about putting a crossing guard at Texas and Welch streets. He said the guards are stationed at schools and putting an officer at Texas and Welch would be considered traffic control for which he does not have enough resources.
The third ordinance awarded the bid for liquid chlorine for the water treatment plant to DPC Enterprises of Reserve for $22.91 per ton. Director of Utilities Matt Anderson said the chlorine will cost about $70,000 more than it did last year and the plant uses about 75 tons per year. DCP of Baton Rouge is the only supplier in Louisiana.
An ordinance was proposed to advertise for bids for caustic soda, also for the water treatment plant. The City bids for the chemical twice a year and in the past it has cost .0287 cents per pound for about a half-million pounds, or about $14,000. Anderson said he expects the cost to increase about $25,000.
The council introduced an ordinance approving a CEA between the City, Red River Waterway Commission and the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the Kingkat Fishing Tournament April 20-22 of next year. The City will host the tournament and the waterway will provide $30,000 to the City and CVB to promote it.
The fourth ordinance introduced authorizes the lease of property from the Union Pacific Railroad Co., by the City. The property is near the entrance to the water treatment plant.
The council introduced two planning and zoning ordinances.
The first rezones lots at 516 Keegan from R-1 residential and B-1 commercial to B-2 Commercial for the purpose of resale. The application is from Rand Metoyer who plans to resale the structures that front on Scarborough and Keegan.
The second is a request from Morgan Papillion to rezone 7096 Hwy. 1 Bypass from B-3 Commercial to B-3 Commercial with additional B-A zoning.
Papillion is a Lafayette resident who plans to open a nightclub at the site of a former club. Papillion cited a lack of activities for college students in Natchitoches and believes the Frat House Sports Bar will boost enrollment at Northwestern State. It will open from 7 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Several council members stressed to Papillion the importance of having adequate security in the club.
Three resolutions that were adopted deal with formalities of compliance required for a LCDBG. They include appointing a citizen complaint officer, adopting a procurement policy and holding a Consideration, Citizen Participation and Views public hearing. The LCDBG focus this year is streets.
The next City Council meeting will be Oct. 24.