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Council allocates Mardi Gras funds

Laundry list of agenda items tabled

The 20th annual Carnival d’Acadie is on again.
The Crowly City Council appropriated funds for the Mardi Gras celebration during its regular meeting here Wednesday night.
It was during the Revenue and Finance Committee that a motion was offered and passed by the full council
The appropriation is contingent upon receipt of information that such funds are available. The council set the appropriation “not to exceed $20,000.”
Mayor Tim Monceaux was unable to provide many details of the plans for the celebration next month. He reported that he has met with the Town Revelers and doesn’t have all the information he requested. During the committee meetings last week Monceaux said he hoped to get the Town Revelers to co-sponsor the event via monetary donations.
However, Krewe Captain Greg Jones explained to The Post-Signal earlier in the day that the Mardi Gras krewe will continue to contribute in-kind donations, such as working the beer booth and organizing the parade, “just like it’s done since the very first festival.”
A number of agenda items were tabled by the Council.
• A public hearing had been scheduled to take place at the beginning of the meeting dealing with repealing prohibited uses for the city’s Gateway ordinance. But, before the public hearing could take place, Alderman Lyle Fogleman asked to table the matter because he had not been able to discuss the ordinance with City Attorney Tom Regan.
• Rule to Show Cause for condemnation of property belonging to Michael Stafford and Casey Comeaux Stafford at 1008 W. 11th St., and of property belonging to Vanessa Amanda Clement at 1116 W. Fifth St., were tabled.
Attorney Glen Howie asked for indulgence from the council to reset the matter due to time constraints and the inability to take the necessary steps to notify the land owners.
The council reset the date to Feb 12.
• To consider the favorable recommendation of the City of Crowley Planning Commission of the approval of a conditional use permit for Coffee Bean Roasting, owned by Douglas LeBlanc, with the condition that there is no more than 500 pounds of coffee beans roasted per month at this location and further, that the location never serve as a retail outlet.
Alderman Brad Core requested that the recommendation be tabled and sent back to committee for more discussion. Core said he had questions about zoning for Tony Duhon, City Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer, who was absent due to illness.
• Introduction of an amendment to the city’s Sewer User Fee ordinance was tabled due to the absence of attorney Tom Regan.
• A separate motion to instruct the city attorney and the mayor and review City Ordinance 10.36, entitled “Review Sewer User Fees,” and to incorporate a panel/committee comprised of the mayor, city clerk, city engineer, city auditor, and city attorney, for an annual review of the sewer user fees on or before May 1 of each year was tabled, also due to the city attorney’s absence
• The council tabled a recommendation to increase the salary of secretary of Crowley Planning Commission from $300 a month to $500 a month.
At recent committee meetings, it was decided that the matter is an administrative issue and should be handled by the mayor and city attorney and that the council has no jurisdiction to set the salary. However the topic was not dead. Because the Planning Commission members serve without pay, the legality of paying the secretary was discussed among the council, who decided to request an opinion from Regan.
Alderman Byron Wildridge also asked how the council could consider raising the secretary’s from $3,600 to $6,000 a year while raising sewer user fees for their constituents.
• An expected executive session to discuss “all current lawsuits against the City of Crowley, including the name of the plaintiff(s), date suit was filed, monetary amount or type of demand, summary of action taken to resolve the matter and legal cost to defend the City to date” was tabled because appropriate measures were not taken to properly list the necessary items on the agenda.

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