By Taylor Lockard
The Louisiana Animal Control is no longer trapping cats, as affirmed during the Louisiana City Council Committees meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program is taking that responsibility instead. However, if a cat is in distress, the animal control officer will handle the situation and then contact TNR to take it from there.
In addition, Louisiana Police Chief April Epperson is also currently in the process of writing an operations policy manual for the animal shelter. During the meeting, she said she had 12 policies down with about five more to go.
The Ordinance/Land Use/Administrative Policy Committee announced that it will begin reviewing the City Employee Policy manual at monthly work study sessions. Once the manual is reviewed, they will begin the process of reviewing the 50 page long City Ordinances book.
In addition, the Planning and Zoning Commission will not meet in November but will be meeting sometime in December with the objective to review the uses for residential and business zones in the city.
Also mentioned during the meeting was that the process to create an annual street maintenance budget will be started in the very near future. City Administrator Kelly Henderson and Ward IV Councilman Rodney Dolbeare will meet to discuss a plan for the budget. Dolbeare is the chair of the Transportation/Infrastructure/Enterprise Committee and said there will need to be an analysis and then money assigned for the budget.
Mayor Marvin Brown said that City Treasurer Charity Lesley has drafted a spreadsheet program to calculate a rolling average on the monthly cash reserve balance, as part of an objective listed under the Finance/Revenues/Budget Committee. While the average is currently 19 percent, the committee’s goal is to get that amount up to 25 percent.