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Council eyes hiring temporary city attorney

Tom Regan on medical leave; items tabled due to lack of information

The City of Crowley is looking to hire a temporary attorney while City Attorney Tom Regan is out on medical leave.
Regan was unable to attend the regularly scheduled City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Problems arose when Alderman Brad Core, Public Safety Committee chairman, requested that four action items dealing with condemnation of homes be tabled until a special meeting can be called.
Core explained that Regan had recommended that the council hold a special meeting to address the condemnation of:
• 1816 May Street,
• 314 E. 13th Street,
• Lennie Johnson Road and
• 404 E. Clay Street.
Core went on to request that a special meeting dealing with those four condemnations and any others be scheduled as soon as possible.
Alderman Jeff Cavell said he understands the city attorney’s reservations, “but it should be known that it has been the charge of this board, since we got here eight months ago, to deal with blighted property and bring it to the forefront.
“It seems whenever we get rolling with something, we get blockaded. I have to start questioning if we are doing whatever is blocking this is for the good of the public as a whole or is it just for a few individuals.”
He went on to explain that the council is still pushing forward with dealing with the blight issue.
Alderman Clint Cradeur reiterated the sentiments of Cavell, as well as urging the council to “embrace a sense of urgency to find a solution to the blight.”
He explained that there are four properties up for condemnation “when there should be more like 20 properties” to be considered.
Cavell asked for the special meeting to be scheduled as soon as possible.
Alderwomen Kim Stringfellow agreed with the sense of urgency needed for the condemnations to be begin and went on to suggest the hiring of a temporary city attorney to take Regan’s place.
Another action item the council was forced to table, due to lack of information, was to officially retire K-9 Uzi due to age and health issues.
The issue is that Uzi was once retired and then recommissioned. Now, the city is trying to figure out if he was “decommissioned” and “recommissioned” properly.
Regan had said he does not remember the dog being recommissioned and was looking for it in the minutes of previous meetings.
It was later during the meeting that a motion was offered by Stringfellow to allow the city to hire a substitute attorney “because we need this action to take place on these issues.
“Nothing against Mr. Regan, but he has health issues, and we just keep kicking cans down the road.”
Mayor Tim Monceaux said he would consult Regan for recommendations.

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