DeRidder City Council posted their meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020, on Facebook this afternoon. The meetings is still restricted to a limited number of attendees during this COVID crisis.
The Council began the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Councilman Gordon Jenkins.
All other members were present.
On the Visitor's Docket, Sonia Lambert addressed the council regarding SGM Edward Joseph Guillory from DeRidder, LA, who was reported missing in VietNam on June 18, 1967. VFW Post 3619 will hold a 24-hour vigil in SGM Gillory's honor on the 3rd Friday in September – the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Council was invited to participate along with a delegation from the Governor's Office, Fort Polk and other local and state representatives.
Introduction 13-A-1 was read stating the city would request legal services with David R. Lestage as City Attorney for the City of DeRidder. The public hearing is set for July 27, 2020.
Introduction 13-A-2 proposes increased compensation for members of the City Council in the amount of $1,000/month for increased duties, responsibilities and the cost of living since the last increase. The new rate would be effective 7/1/2022. The public hearing date is set for July 27. 2020.
Every two years a new vote is taken for President and Vice President of the Council. Both positions had a single nomination. Voted in on Monday, the new Council President is Randy Larkin and the new Vice President is Julian Williams. They will take their positions at the July 27, 2020, City Council meeting.