City approves 2 re-zonings

Published 5:34 am Friday, May 19, 2017

A new law office and a new apartment complex could be coming to Bogalusa soon, after the Bogalusa City Council approved two re-zoning requests during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Both requests were handled as ordinances, which had been previously introduced at the May 2 meeting. There was no public discussion against either request, and each was unanimously approved. Council members Teddy Drummond and Sherry Fortenberry were not present at Tuesday’s meeting, but council members Doug Ritchie, Gloria Kates, Brian McCree, Scott Ard and Tamira Smith each voted in favor of the requests.

The first request will re-zone a parcel at 523 Georgia Ave. fom A-1 Residential to B-Transition. Ard said that this would allow a law office to open at the location.

The second request will re-zone a parcel at 1401 S. Columbia St. from A-1 Residential to A-2 Residential. This will allow the construction of a multi-unit apartment complex on the site.

In other business, the city council:

• Introduced three ordinances, which are all related to the city’s airport. These ordinances will be open to public discussion and will be voted upon at the Tuesday, June 6, meeting.

The first ordinance would authorize the mayor to enter into a Supplemental Agreement No. 7 Environment Assessment at the George R. Carr Memorial Airport. The second would authorize the mayor to enter into a Supplemental Agreement No. 8 Inspection and Construction Administration for Partial Parallel Taxiway Part 2 at the airport. The third would authorize the mayor to enter into a Supplemental Agreement No. 9 Taxiway Alternate Design at the airport.

• Heard from Eunice Harris, customer service representative for Entergy. Harris said that there is no longer a “quick payment center” (QPC) that will accept customer payments in the city of Bogalusa, but Entergy is working to find another business who would be willing to accept payments.

Harris noted that businesses have to meet a credit check and other requirements, which limits the number of potential businesses that can serve as a QPC.

Harris said that Entergy is sorry for the inconvenience, but encouraged customers to find an alternate method of payment until a new QPC can be found. She noted that customers can pay bills online, by check, by phone or by other means.

“I just wanted to let you know that we are looking for an agency to accept payments,” she said.

• Heard from Melvin Keith with the Washington Men’s Club, who spoke about the organization and the good works it does for the community. Keith also presented a donation to the Bogalusa Fire Department; Fire Chief Richard Moody received the donation on behalf of the BFD.

• Unanimously approved The Daily News to continue serving as the city’s official journal.

The next meeting of the Bogalusa City Council will be Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Bogalusa City Hall.