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Apparently, all of the points of contention regarding the changes to Ruston’s Zoning Code were resolved in Zoning Board meetings, because no one spoke at a public hearing last night on the ordinance prior to its unanimous adoption by the city’s Board of Aldermen.
Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said as much in comments after the vote.
Said Hollingsworth, “Whether you’re a business owner, or a landowner, or a developer, or whoever you may be, we appreciate your input.” He added, “It’s a complicated process. It takes patience, and a lot of time and work and effort, and we appreciate you taking that time to explain your concerns about these ordinances as they come up.”
Prior to the vote, Consultant Kenneth Tipton, Jr. explained the several changes that were made after the original ordinance was introduced. Those changes are outlined in this memo.
In exchange for producing and promoting the event, the city has historically allowed use of city property, provided public works clean-up, and provided police manpower for the parades and downtown events.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, March 3, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, first floor courtroom.
Here is the agenda.
Set for public hearing and final vote are changes to the city’s zoning code, which has been the subject of several recent zoning board meetings and hearings. See here pertinent documents and maps.
Also, the council will consider action on substandard structures.
Here is the memo.
Jefferson Corner, home of North Central Louisiana’s premier morning “coffee group,” is once again open for business. The convenience store/restaurant had been closed since the first of the year for remodeling.
Manager Robert Morse was on hand this morning, with hot coffee to greet returning customers.
Morse said it would be several weeks before hot meals would be served, pending arrival of kitchen equipment. Meanwhile, the store has snack foods, coffee, and fountain soft drinks available.
Many of the group’s regulars were present this morning. Seen were retired Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Jewett Farley, Tommy Boddie, Richard “Lizard” Howard, and David Carnal, among others.
Keith Huffman said of the group, “This is one of the groups that if they can’t impress you with their intelligence, they’ll baffle you with BS.”
Police Juror Bobby Bennett, another regular, denied the oft-leveled accusation that the group is composed of liars.
Exclaimed Bennett, “We don’t lie!” He added “Now we might add to and take away a little bit, but that ain’t really lying.”
See also the Prunepicker Blog for pictures from this morning.
Good morning. Lincoln Parish is still under a Winter Storm Warning, with possible additional sleet, ice or snow. Roads are hazardous with multiple motor vehicle accidents, mostly on I-20. Please keep my office updated as to any additional closures of government offices, roads, bridges, power outages, etc. so that I can send in situational reports to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). See the list below with highlighted changes as of 0700 hours this morning, including some additional information for protective measures.
1. All Lincoln Parish Public Schools closed for Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. Bethel Christian School & Montessori School closed Tuesday & Wednesday
3. Cedar Creek School closed Wednesday.
4. La. Tech University closed until noon Wednesday, opening pending afterwards.
5. Grambling State Universities closed until 1 pm on Wednesday, opening pending afterwards.
6. A.E. Phillips school closed Tuesday and Wednesday
7. All Grambling Lab Schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Government Office Closures
1. District Judge’s Office, closed Wednesday
2. District Attorney’s Office, closed Wednesday
3. Clerk of Court’s Office, closed Wednesday
4. Tax Assessor’s Office, closed Wednesday
5. Registrar of Voters Office, closed Wednesday
6. City of Ruston Offices closed, essential personnel on duty
7. Police Jury Office closed, essential personnel on duty
Road/Bridge Closures or Power Outages as of 0700 hours.
1. Bonner St., Farmerville St. and Everett St. railroad overpasses closed.
2. I-20 glazed over, multiple motor vehicle accidents.
3. LA. DOTD salting bridges and roadway to free up I-20
4. Rural roads & bridges glazed over
5. Scattered power outages, Entergy, Claiborne, & City of Ruston.
1. No Parish Declaration of Emergency at this time.
2. Trinity Methodist Church contacted and are on standby as a warming shelter.
3. If someone needs a place for shelter, please contact my office for additional information.
4. Entergy is staging crews and monitoring the situation
5. La. DOTD is staging their personnel on twelve hour shifts and monitoring the situation.
6. 2-1-1 is on standby as an additional information resource or call center.
If you have additional information to be reported, please contact my office. Thanks and be safe.
Kip Franklin, Director
Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
100 West Texas Ave., P.O. Box 979
Ruston, La. 71273
Office phone – 318-513-6200
Cell phone – 318-607-8311
Fax number – 318-513-6209
Plans for alleviating one of Ruston’s more congested intersections – Reynolds Drive and US 167 – moved closer to fruition at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council. The council approved a resolution permitting acquisition of property necessary to construct the turn lanes.
As planned, northbound traffic on North Vienna (US 167) would be provided a third lane in front of Captain D’s Restaurant that would allow a right turn out of the traffic flow.
Also, Reynolds Drive would be widened by the addition of a right-turn lane adjacent to Wendy’s Restaurant. That lane would permit westbound Reynolds traffic to turn right onto northbound Trenton Street out of the traffic flow. Trenton would be widened with the addition of a northbound merge lane for the Reynolds traffic.
Most of the money for the project is provided by a state grant, with the city paying for engineering and property acquisition costs.
The Ruston City Council will meet Monday, February 3, 5:30 PM, first floor, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.
Here is the agenda.
In Administration, several area Non-Government Organizations are requesting cooperative endeavor agreements with the city. See here the proposed contracts:
In Public Works, notable is a resolution authorizing acquisition of property adjacent to the intersection of Reynolds Drive and US 167 for a turning lane. The resolution would authorized expropriation, if necessary.
In Planning & Zoning, an ordinance enacting the much-discussed changes to the city’s zoning map will be introduced.
In Code Enforcement, several structures are up for review.
See here the memo.
LSREF2 Baron, LLC, the holder of a mortgage on Drew Properties of Ruston, LLC, had filed a foreclosure suit against the property and its owner Doris Andrew in October of 2012, a month prior to the company’s bankruptcy filing.
See here the document.
Several apartments (located at 620 Henderson Street, Ruston) suffered extensive fire damage earlier this month, and last Thursday the entire complex was shuttered by the state fire marshal because of faulty heating equipment. Almost a hundred people were displaced, it has been reported.
Additional court documents indicate that permission has been granted by the bankruptcy court allowing Baron to sue Andrew individually. See here the documents:
The tax rolls of the Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor’s Office indicate the owner of a recently burned Ruston apartment complex is a Monroe, LA based company, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned. Drew Properties of Ruston, LLC, 104 Silver Drive, Monroe, LA 71203 is listed as the owner of the property located at 620 Henderson Street, Ruston.
See here the document.
Also, Drew is currently operating under Chapter 11 of the U. S. Bankruptcy Code, and last December filed a motion asking the bankruptcy court for permission to auction off the property and satisfy the creditor’s claims. Listed as holding the mortgage is LSREF2 Baron, LLC, Dallas, TX. Here are the documents:
Voluntary Petition for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Order Confirming Chapter 11 Plan
July 2013 Operating Report
Motion to Sell Real Property of Debtor
Limited Objection to Motion to Sell Property of the Debtor
Attorney for the debtor is Bradley Drell, of Alexandria law firm Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell.
Several apartments suffered extensive fire damage earlier this month, and yesterday the entire complex was shuttered by the state fire marshal because of “conditions found to exist that are especially liable to fire or dangerous to life.” According to media reports, nearly 100 tenants were displaced.
The Lousiana Secretary of State’s website of companies show Drew’s status as “inactive,” and list the Monroe address as both the domicile and mailing address for the company.
See here the document.
The company manager is listed as Doris Faust Andrew.
Local property taxes were paid for tax year 2013, according to the records of the Lincoln Parish Tax Collector’s Office. See here the documents: