City Council talks airport drainage

Published 11:39 am Friday, June 6, 2014

Grant-funded drainage work is on the way for George R. Carr Memorial Airport, following action of the Bogalusa City Council on Tuesday.

During its June 3 meeting, the council adopted an ordinance that authorizes Mayor Charles Mizell to enter into a contract with the low bidder for work on the airport’s Drainage Rehabilitation Project.

The aim of the project is to correct drainage issues at the airport, including replacing some eroded catch basins, according to Airport Manager Louis Busby.

He said bids were received the day of the meeting and have been taken under consideration. The selection of a contractor will take place at a future City Council meeting.

The work will be completed through grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation, Busby said.

Additionally, the council approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a quit claim deed to Wick Communications Co. for a 2,897-square-foot parcel of land located in the city.

A resolution adopting rules and regulations for online auctions for surplus property got the council’s OK, as well.

Available surplus items are posted online at

The council also introduced five ordinances, each of which will be up for public hearing and vote at the body’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 17.

One ordinance would provide for inspection of rental homes in Bogalusa before occupancy by the tenant could begin.

Introduced by Councilman Michael Oree, the ordinance states that the city must be notified by landlords prior to any new occupant moving into the rental property, and that the city’s Public Works Department will inspect the properties prior to occupancy.

If the structure complies with specified inspection points, an occupancy permit will be issued.

Failure to comply with the ordinance would be a misdemeanor punishable by Section 1-13 of the Bogalusa Municipal Code.

Another of the introduced ordinances would set a new timetable for the review of bids and proposals.

The amended document would require that all bids, bid contracts and/or proposals submitted to the city for review be opened in the Council Chambers four days prior to the council’s agenda deadline of Friday at noon.

The final three ordinances would authorize Mizell to enter into contract with the low bidders for sand, gravel and red clay gravel; gas and diesel; and corrugated culverts, respectively.