4 blighted properties eyed for demo
Blighted property was once again a topic of discussion when committees of the Crowley City Council met Wednesday afternoon.
However, this time four houses — one from each district — are being scheduled for demolition.
A public hearing will be held in order to proceed with condemnation of properties. They include:
• 1816 May St.: owned by Kim Crochet;
• 314 E. 13th St.: owned by J.A. Puissegur, et al.
• An address on Lennie Johnson Road: owned by Cedar Street Properties, LLC; and
• 404 E. Clay St.: owned by Paul Donald Benoit.
Code Enforcement Officer Tony Duhon discussed the blighted properties with the council, explaining that five demolition permits and three repair permits were issued last week. Those permits are in addition to the four properties listed.
Duhon also explained that the city had as many as 171 follow-ups to code enforcements and that number is now at 104. Of those, about 50 are tall grass and rubbish violations.
Although, the council is finally seeing progress on blighted properties, Alderman Vernon “Step” Martin has requested that Duhon begin demolition from the bottom of the list of uninhabitable structures since those have been on the list for the longest amount of time, some for multiple years, and should be dealt with first.
During the Public Safety Committee meeting, Chief Jimmy Broussard provided the Police Department monthly report.
The department responded to 853 calls for service from Aug. 7 to Sept. 4. In addition, 106 traffic citations were issued over the approximate month since the last committee meetings.
Those citations were strictly city-issued tickets and not products of the Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED Program), the chief added.
The TED program had a total of 305 citations issued in the month, all of which were for speeding 80 miles per hour or higher on Interstate 10. The citations were produced from 24 TED shifts, which averages approximately 12.7 citations written per shift.
Capt. Troy Hebert addressed the committee about the TED program on I-10, explaining that, despite the heavy police presence, they recently clocked someone at 101 miles per hour.
Therefore, he said he believes that there is still much work to do in order to slow down traffic there. In addition, Hebert said the TED program will be working school zones now that school is back in session.
Lastly, Broussard requested that the process begin for the official retirement of K-9 Uzi due to age and health issues. The chief recommended that the city attorney prepare and the mayor sign documents relative to the placement of Uzi with his handler, Dwayne Schexnider.