DeRidder City Council met at 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2021. Councilwoman Reynolds was absent.
The meeting opened with Police Chief Richard, Todd Suire, Sheriff Mark Hereford, Police Chief Harlow reporting on the Toys for Tots Toy Drive in December, 2020. Overall they raised over $27,000 and were able to provide toys to 673 children. It was noted that Jackie kept the whole process organized and that a tremendous amount of assistance came from DeRidder teacher, Ms. Angela Stout and the Student Council in sorting the gifts.
Resolutions were passed authorizing:
- the filing of an application with the Office of Community Development Community Water Enrichment Fund Program for grant funds to assist in a water line upgrade for Bower Street; and
- to file an application with the Office of Community Development Local Government Assistance Program for a drainage ditch project behind 5th 6th and 7th Streets. That area will be concreted to lessen congestion as it is not accessible to heavy machinery for cleanout.
A public hearing was held and an ordinance passed to amend the operating budget of revenue and expenditures for FY 2019-2020.
Tommy Landry, Director of Public Works shared that Graham County has completed the pick up of all construction and demolition debris. In total they cleared 339,000 cubic yards of brush and construction debris.
Police Chief Richard said his office has answered 10,576 complains in 2020, had 1700 hours in training time and has a 56% solvability rate compared to the national average of 52%.
Fire Chief Harlow shared he is working with the owners of Crawfish to GO, Public Works, DeRidder Police, Code Enforcement and the DOTD to find a solution to the lane blockages. The Ambulance contract with Acadian comes up for renewal in July, the original contract was made in 2011 and renewed in 2016. A committee is being created and options will be reviewed.
Mayor Clanton ended the meeting saying the city is beginning work clearing city cemeteries of debris.