Council meeting canceled

Published 4:31 am Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Once again, the Bogalusa City Council did not meet on Tuesday, due to a lack of quorum.

This means several big decisions will be on hold for a couple of weeks, including the council’s approval of the new police chief.

“I would have liked to have announced the police chief at this meeting,” Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette said. “It just pushed everything back two weeks to Dec. 6.”

The tentative agenda included mostly routine matters, including a property purchase, an airport matter and rezoning issues. Council member Gloria Kates was also intending to pass an ordinance that would accept the lowest estimate for the blacktopping and overlaying of a block of North Roosevelt Street.

All the items will return on the agenda at the Dec. 6 meeting. However, Perrette said the delays hurt city business.

“Yeah, always. It puts things on hold,” she said.

One of the ordinances, to be submitted by Kates, would approve a rezoning from A-2 residential to A-3 residential that would allow a home care/sitting service in the 400 block of Carolina Avenue. Perrette said the council’s delay could hurt the businesses in question.

“It will stop them from being open until it’s approved,” she said.

Council President Sherry Fortenberry did not return a phone call asking why recent meetings have not attracted the required number of council members to make a quorum.