Bogalusa surplus exceeds projections

Published 9:07 am Friday, July 24, 2015

The City of Bogalusa received a positive audit and financial report from city auditor Robert Neilson during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Neilson revealed to City Council members that the city had a $721,000 surplus at the end of 2014.

The previous administration of Mayor Charles Mizell estimated the city would have a $500,000 surplus at the end of 2014.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette said the surplus will go toward the city’s deficit.

“To know the previous administration exceeded its projection is a great thing,” Perrette said. “The previous administration did a great job. The fact that it is $200,000 more than what they projected is even better. The No. 1 concern of my administration is this deficit. Once we overcome this deficit, we can do a lot more with streets, police and recreation. I am thankful and appreciative the previous administration tried to save, too, and saved more than what we were originally told.”

In other business, the City Council accepted an ordinance to change 414 Superior Ave. from B-1 Transition to B-1 Business and 418 Superior Ave from A-3 Residential to B-1 Business to allow a Little Caesars store at the location. According to Little Caesars’ website, it is the third largest pizza chain in the country behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s.

Also, an ordinance was accepted by council members to authorize Perrette to contract with low bidder Huey Stockstill Inc. to overlay Austin Street. The city’s share of the project is $147,965. The total project is estimated at $245,965, including $98,000 in Capital Outlay funds. The work is expected to begin in mid-August.

Council members accepted an ordinance to change 533 Second Ave. from A-3 Residential to B-1 Business to allow a snoball stand at the location.

Three ordinances were introduced. The public has an opportunity to address the ordinances before the Council votes at the next meeting on Aug. 4. Introduced ordinances included:

  Changing 422 Superior Ave. from A-3 Residential to B-1 Business to extend the parking lot for Little Caesars.

• Amending Ordinance 2137 to provide a procedure for approval of Commercial Facades within the City of Bogalusa.

• Authorizing Perrette to adopt the “Sign Regulation Guidelines” and add them to the Bogalusa City Code.

Also, a resolution granting final acceptance to contractor Pavement Markings for the local Road Safety Program was accepted. The project involved the striping of streets.