Sewer fee continues to plague council
The hot-button topic of sewer user fees became a lengthy, and sometimes contested discussion item yet again when the Crowley City Council met in regular session here Wednesday.
Various council members accused Mayor Tim Monceaux of trying to “slip the ordinance on the agenda” since they had voted it down at a recent special meeting.
The council asked the mayor if thi was the same ordinance they had first tabled then voted down. It was confirmed that the ordinance was a copy of what had been presented to the council in previous meetings.
A lengthy discussion ensued in which Alderwomen Kim Stringfellow asked why sections 10-30 and 10-36 were bundled together in one ordinance.
Section 10-30 deals with the actual amount to be collected by the city in sewer user fees. Section 10-36 concerns an annual review of the fee by a committee.
The council proceeded to discuss the situation, eventually deciding to send ordinance 1505, in its entirety, back to the Utility Committee.
The council also had much to discuss on the matter of setting a public hearing on a number of proposed condemnations, including:
• Property belonging to Wayne Dailey (a/k/a Paul Wayne Dailey) at 1228 W. Eighth St.
At a previous meeting Alderman Brad Core moved to rescind his motion and table the matter, due to the lack of the city inspectors presence. Further discussion ensued and Core rescinded his motion and offered a motion to call for a hearing, contingent upon the inspector’s approval.
A public hearing will be held on March 11.
• Property belonging to Jason M. Montz at 90 W. 10th St.
Monceaux requested that the council table the motion since a repair permit in the amount of $8,500 had been purchased. However, the council voted instead set a public hearing March 11.
• Property belonging to Dailey at 420 E. Cedar St.
A hearing on this property was suspended at the property owner’s request to obtain compliance for demolition for the next council meeting in the event no action was taken and the property was not brought up to code.
However, City Inspector Tony Duhon reported that action had been taken to repair the property and the council voted to reschedule the public hearing for March 11.
In addition, the council held public hearings on the following properties:
• Property belonging to Michael Stafford and Casey Comeaux Stafford at 1008 W. 11th St.
No one appeared to contest the condemnation and the council approved the motion.
• Property belonging to Vanessa Amanda Clement at 1116 W. Fifth St.
The council voted to allow the property owner’s father to repair the outside of the house in order to avoid condemnation
A final public hearing set for March 11 will deal with a recommendation by the Revenue and Finance Committee for the introduction of an ordinance authorizing the sale city-owned property to Falcon Rice Mill.
The property is currently being used as a parking lot for Miller Stadium.
Various members of the council voiced their opinions on the matter — some strongly opposed to the loss of parking space, others explaining that that the recreation center has plenty parking, just not as close as the empty gravel/dirt property.
A motion to table the matter was defeated by a 6-3 vote. Core, Stringfellow and Clint Cradeur to table while Jeff Cavell, Lyle Fogleman, Vernon Martin, Steven Premeaux, Sammie Reggie III and Byron Wilridge Sr. voting against.
A 6-3 vote to call the public meeting followed.