Past addicts speak to city

Published 4:14 am Friday, August 18, 2017

In a meeting that took just a little more than half an hour Tuesday, the Bogalusa City Council unanimously passed a resolution and an ordinance, tabled another resolution, and introduced three other ordinances. It also heard from recovering drug addicts Tracy Galloway and Fredrick Seal, who are planning to host the second annual National Recovery event at the “back stage” at Cassidy Park, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Council members Scott Ard and Gloria Kates were not in attendance.

The passed resolution will enable 100 percent-state funded improvements at George R. Carr Memorial Airport by authorizing Mayor Wendy Perrette to execute an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Airport Assistant Manager Louis Busby said the state would offer a $54,000 grant that will cover the cost of replacing a localizer building 100 percent.

The resolution that was tabled concerned the expropriation of an easement. City Attorney Dale Branch said it was passed last year, and a clear title to the land was needed. On Tuesday, Branch said an heir had recently come forward, and he ultimately advised tabling.

The passed ordinance authorizes the mayor to enter into a Cooperative Agreement between the City of Bogalusa and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs about office space the VA has in City Hall.

The introduced ordinances will be up for public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The first would authorize Perrette to enter into a contract with the successful low bidder, Eddie Pearson Roofing, LLC, for reroofing of a municipal building.

The second would authorize the mayor to enter into a Second Amendment Lease Agreement between the city and General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.

The third would authorize Perrette to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Bogalusa School System.

During the public participation period, Keith Merrill asked if the city has an ordinance that prohibits people from burning tires. He was told it does, and was advised to call the police if he sees anyone burning tires in the future.

And Mary Distefano asked the council to help her get the ditch cleared, near her residence in the 500 block of Union Avenue.

Public Works Director James Hall said, “We’re doing our best to fill pot holes and get to the ditches.” He said the rain makes that tough, and he advised that residents be wary of even seemingly healthy trees that could topple over due to long-saturated ground.

Fire Chief Richard Moody said there was only one structure fire in July. But he added that there were 101 medical calls, many involving overdoses.

“There were 17 calls in one day for overdoses,” he said. “We also had two animal rescues.”

Perrette said she would try to reinstate getting the regular reports from the city’s department heads.

She was also the first of many to commend Galloway and Seal on their work with addicts in Bogalusa.