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Bids to be taken for Town Hall Museum roof

By Crystal Nix

The DeQuincy City Council authorized Mayor Lawrence Henagan to go out for bids on a new roof for the Old Town Hall Museum at the Monday, Oct. 9 meeting of the DeQuincy City Council. Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Sandy Treme secured a $50,000 grant to help with the project. The Old Town Hall Museum has raised a substantial amount.

Amended Ordinances

An ordinance amending the current mobile home ordinance was introduced at this week's city council meeting.

Section 6(a)2 is amended to read: The immobilization of a mobile home in accordance with LA RS 9:1149,4 by the filing of an affidavit of immobilization shall not result in the removal of the said mobile home from classification as a mobile home in accordance with Section 6 of Appendix A of the General Zoning Ordinance.

Section 6(b)9 was amended to read: The applicant must be the owner in fee simple title, and in the case of a married couple, both husband and wife shall be joint applicants, of the lot or parcel of land on which the mobile home is to be placed and the application will only be approved for the applicant(s) to use the land and mobile home as the applicant(s) residence. Under no circumstances will an application be approved for the applicant(s) to lease out or rent the lot or parcel of ground and the mobile home to a third party.

The intention of the council when creating the mobile home ordinance was to give DeQuincy residents affordable housing options that included mobile homes. The amendment will clarify that the resident must own the property, the mobile home, and live in the mobile home. If a mobile home is demobilized, such as removing the axles, it will still be classified as a mobile home.

A public meeting will be held during the Monday, Nov. 13, meeting to discuss the proposed amendment.

Other Matters

The council voted to condemn a mobile home located at 307 LeBlanc St. This property has been brought to the attention of the council over the last several years. Numerable attempts have been made to determine ownership of the mobile home or to locate the owner/mortgage holder during that time. The house was condemned by a parish official, and the city will now go out for bids for the removal and cleanup.

Mayor Henagan announced that the current Grand Avenue Board President, David Griffin, resigned from his position. Council Person Denise Maddox advised a representative of the Grand Avenue Board to set up a meeting to discuss new appointments to the board, and to discuss a date for a town hall meeting regarding the Grand Avenue Gym.

Mayor Henagan also appointed Riley Smith as a Commissioner on the Housing Authority Board.

Cities across Louisiana and Texas are adopting resolutions requesting a change in the Toledo Bend Project license that would deal with emergency flooding. Mayor Henagan believes there needs to be changes in the regulations that govern the lake level. Many people living in areas along the Sabine River recently rebuilt after the 2016 flood, only to be flooded again during Hurricane Harvey. Many believe the flooding was caused by poor management of the water levels at Toledo Bend Lake.

Mayor Henagan also announced that Rolling Thunder has been postponed until the spring. Rolling Thunder is a fundraiser for the construction of a Veterans Memorial Park, located just east of Brookshire Brothers.

The 8th Annual Holy Smoke Cookoff, a major fundraiser for the Harry L. Hooker, Sr. Memorial Fund, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28. There will be a barbecue cookoff, crafts, children's activities, gospel singing, praise and worship. Festival begins at 9 a.m. at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, with the cookoff judging at 11:30 a.m. Contact Darlene Hooker at 786-6265 or 337-499-7165 for more information.

The city council voted against a billboard application submitted by Delia Outdoor Advertising. The advertising company wanted to install a 12.5’ x 25' double sided billboard on the corner of Hwy. 27 and 12 between the Sunshine Liquor Store and the residence located just west of the store. The company met all the ordinance specifications, but the council reserves the right to reject any applications submitted. Many citizens have voiced concerns to council members about the visual clutter of billboards.

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