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Animal control to be handled by parish office

By Crystal Nix

The DeQuincy City Council met in regular session Monday, July 10.

Mayor Lawrence Henagan extended his thanks to the DeQuincy Police Department for apprehending an escaped Beauregard Parish work release inmate. Jonathan Ashcraft walked off his job in Lake Charles on Saturday. He was apprehended by the DeQuincy Police around 10:30 on Monday.

Animal Control Update

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Animal Control may soon be over the jurisdiction of DeQuincy's animal control. A contract with the parish will require that the city replace their animal control ordinance with the parish ordinance. Mayor Henagan believes this will be beneficial to the city. The parish is better equipped, has trained personnel, and can handle complaints 24 hours a day. Once approved, residents will call the parish animal control for problems.

The Mayor also thanked DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland and the crew for the Fourth of July fireworks display. The event was such a success, Mayor Henagan is considering making this an annual event.

Mayor Henagan has placed a bid on the CapitalOne building, located on Pine Street. The city would use this building for the city hall, instead of going through with plans to build a new one.

Complaints

Complaints were received by area citizens about several abandoned homes. The city will proceed with steps to condemn them:

Included is a trailer located at 310 LeBlanc St. which has been vacant for a number of years, and is falling into further disrepair.

There is also a home on Truth St. which is open and falling in, and infested with snakes and rodents.

Letters will be sent to the owners, giving them a chance to respond at the next city council meeting.

Arnold Blagrave expressed concerns about the failing infrastructure of the city. He asked the city to look into a study to solve the drainage problems which are only getting worse.

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