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Council OKs meeting date change to Wednesday

In what would be their final Tuesday night meeting, the Crowley City Council met in regular session here on Oct. 8.
At the meeting, council members voted unanimously to change the meetings from the second Tuesday of each month to the second Wednesday of each month.
The move, offered during a previous committee meeting, is aimed at avoiding conflict with the regular monthly meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury, which also meets monthly on the second Tuesday.
Prior to the vote a public hearing was held during which there were no comments.
In other business, Mayor Tim Monceaux, reported a significant increase of 9.59 percent in sales tax compared to last year at this time.
He added that there was also a substantial increase — 18.04 percent — in sewer user fees compared to the same month last year.
After the meeting, Monceaux explained that nothing specifically is to blame for the increase but it is directly correlated to the amount of water used.
The council also approved the following agenda items.
• recommendation by the Crowley Planning Commission of a Preliminary Plat for Dixie Field Property, LLC, to subdivide property located on the north side of Rice Capital Parkway.
• 2019 beer and liquor license renewals on the agenda.
• a resolution accepting the donation of K9 Grimm and authorizing the mayor to execute an Act of Donation for the same.
• a resolution authorizing a lease to SMILE Community Action Agency for office space in the Crowley Enterprise Center at 11 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley.
• authorizing the mayor to negotiate the terms of a lease extension with the Louisiana Workforce Commission for one year, with a renewal option for four years, for their use of the office space in the Enterprise Center.
• an appropriation for the Rice Theatre to replace the old neon lights on the marquee with LED lights. Monceaux explained that during the current repairs to the Rice Theatre marquee it was decided that it would be a good time to convert the old style lights to modern, energy-efficient LED lighting.
• condemnation proceedings on property at 1816 May Street, owned by Kim Crochet. The council set a public hearing for Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. with the expectation that more homes will be added.
• the offer of Kinder Police Chief Paul Courville to purchase Crowley Police Unit 54 for $8,700.
The next city council committee meetings will be held on Nov. 6 and regular session will be held on Nov. 13 in the Crowley City Council Chambers.

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