The City of DeRidder City Council met at 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2020, in the council chamber. All members were present.
Following the prayer and the pledge, Charity Bowen addressed the council to discuss the list of licensed and insured contractors in the area and the communities need for roofers. She suggested an updated list of contractors, with personal name and company name to be distributed widely in our area to keep residents safe from scams or sub standard repairs.
The following resolutions were passed:
Authorizing the filing of an application with the LADOTD for a grant. The resolution was adopted.
Introductions were made on 6 ordinances:
3 were for zoning issues – public hearings are scheduled for October 26.
3 were for emergency ordinances with Family Land and Tree Service as well as KC Electric to pay bills incurred during the days immediately following Hurricane Laura.
Mayor Misty Clanton shared that SuddenLink has announced there will be a blanket credit across all areas affected by Hurricane Laura.
Director of Public Works Tommy Landry addressed the council regarding brush removal – the company has removed 35,000 cubic yards as of last Wednesday, the estimate is 350-400,000 yards to clear. The State has a Separate contract for brush removal so the city's' contractor will not pick up on Hwy 171 N and S, 190 E and W, on Blankenship or on Cecil Doyle. Also, the North Street Bridge repair project remains on schedule.
DeRidder Police Chief Richard shared that there will be military traffic coming from Beaumont through DeRidder to Fort Polk for about the next 10 days. He thanked the Police Departments from Zachary, Harahan, E. Jefferson, Denham Springs and Harris County for their help and support.
Lastly,DeRidder Fire Chief Harlow stated his office will expand the issuing of burn permits to include weekends. He said they issued over 100 this week alone.