Two Principals Named

05/05/2021

Two Lincoln Parish School Principals were named and introduced at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Jennifer Martin will assume leadership at Choudrant Elementary July 1, following the retirement of Charles Hogan. An eighteen year Lincoln Schools veteran, she had taught at Choudrant and Glenview.

Named Principal at Ruston Junior High was Keisha Douglas. Like Martin she too is a Lincoln veteran, most recently as I. A. Lewis Principal. She had also been an Assistant Principal at Ruston Junior High.

District Superintendent Ricky Durrett was asked about the upcoming summer school session and how long it would be.

“There’s two weeks in June, and then we’ll come back and take two weeks in July,” he said. “We’ve got 840 kids pre-k to eighth grade signed up for summer school. There’ll be 40 at the pre-k center, about 400 at Glenview and then about 400 here at the junior high,” he added.

Ruston Council Overrides P&Z on Church

05/04/2021

After 45 minutes of an active public comment period from supporters and opponents of a zoning change requested by Faith Church Ruston, the City Council rejected the unanimous recommendation of the City’s Planning & Zoning board to grant the change.

Ward 5’s Bruce Seigmund moved to adopt the recommendation, but there was no second.

This was the second time this year that a P&Z recommendation was overruled.

Pastor Stan Pody said that the church needed room to grow, as its membership has continued to expand.

Said Pody, “I believe the sight and sound issues, if they were taken care of, this would be a win-win to everybody.”

He said that an addition to the existing building would enable the seating capacity to be doubled.

At the March 15 P&Z meeting the opponents cited loud music, unsightly storage buildings, and future commercial encroachment into the neighborhood.

Several people from the nearby Trenton Place subdivision spoke.

Allen Tuten said that he was concerned that the property wouldn’t be kept up and degrade the neighborhood.

Michelle McGee noted that rezoning could change property values in Trenton Place.

Said McGee, “If that back behind me becomes commercial property, that changes the value of my home.”

Several Church members gave testimony about how Faith Church had turned their lives around.

A + Cuts Lawn and Landscaping owner Grayson Allen said that he learned Biblical business principles at Faith.

“I didn’t learn the principles that I know about business going to Ruston High, going to Tech – I learned them from teaching from The Word – how to do Biblical business. I got taught that at Faith Church Ruston,” he said.

Colton Hall said Faith Church his life was changed for the better.

Said Hall, “I was lost, I was bound by addiction. I was not leading a very good life. I took a leap of faith and I moved down here, and shortly after I opened up my own insurance agency. It’s absolutely change my life, it’s changed my wife’s life, and now we have a one year old son.”

Earlier in the meeting, the council approved a resolution to hire a feasibility consultant for study of a city-owned internet service provider.

The vote followed public comments from over a half-dozen residents who were not satisfied with the local cable provider’s internet service.

Mayor Ronny Walker cautioned that if the plan were to move ahead, it could be as long as two years before the service would be up and running.

Changes @ Lincoln Schools Central Office

05/04/2021

Ruston Junior High School Principal John Young will be promoted to the position of Chief Administrative & Operations Officer/Assistant Superintendent effective July 1, according to the personnel documents distributed yesterday by the Central Office.

Young has been RJHS Principal since 2018.

The announcement will be made at tonight’s (Tuesday, May 4) meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board, 6:00 PM, STEM Center, 525 Tarbutton Road.

Here is the agenda.

No Taxes on Water, Electricity

05/01/2021

A proposed economic development district located on East Mississippi Avenue WILL NOT result in the city’s water and electricity customer paying a 1.75% sales tax as we reported yesterday.

We regret the error.

A commercial development is underway on the property, utilizing an old building that once housed the city’s diesel power generation equipment.

See here the complete resolution.

See here the complete ordinance.

Ruston Administration to Propose Taxing Water, Electricity

04/29/2021

A resolution to propose creation of an economic development district made up of the city’s water and electrical utilities, and levying a 1.75% sales tax therein is set to be introduced at next Monday’s meeting of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen.

Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing the Publication of a Notice of Intention to (I) Create the Power and Water Economic Development District of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana, and (II) Levy a 1.75% Sales and Use Tax Therein, Under the Authority of Part II, Chapter 27 of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as Amended (La. R.S. 33:9038.31 et seq.); and Providing for Other Matters in Connection Therewith.

The accompanying ordinance:

Introduce Ordinance No. _______ of 2021, Creating the “Power and Water Economic Development District of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana;” Defining the Boundaries Thereof From Which Area Local Sales Tax Increments will be Determined and Used to Finance Economic Development Projects in Accordance with and as Authorized by Part II of Chapter 27 of Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as Amended; and Providing for Other Matters in Connection with the Foregoing.

The meeting is set for 5:30 PM, Monday, May 3, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the complete agenda.

Police Jury Meets Today

04/13/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton. Committee meetings begin at 6:00 PM.

Public Works – agenda

Personnel/Benefits – agenda

Police Jury – agenda

Lincoln School Personnel to get Pandemic Bonus

04/13/2021

A special called meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board tonight will see action to award Lincoln Parish school personnel up to $1 thousand in extra pay.

The monies are funded from Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief funds through the CARES Act.

Certified personnel will be awarded $1000, salaried support personnel $500, and hourly support personnel with set weekly schedules $400.

See here the documents.

The meeting is at 6:30 PM, Lincoln Parish STEM Center, 925 Tarbutton Road.

Library Board to Recommend Millage to LPPJ

04/07/2021

There’s but a single agenda item listed for a Thursday special called meeting of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control: “Discuss and take action on millage recommendation to Police Jury.”

The meeting will be at 5:00 PM, Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street.

City Council Tonight

04/05/2021

Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the

City of Ruston to Be Held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 5:30 P.M.,

In Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall,

401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana

AGENDA

I.          AGENDA AND MINUTES:

            A.        Adopt Agenda

B.        Approve Minutes of the March 1, 2021 Regular Meeting

II.        ADMINISTRATION:

  1. Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Designating the Current Boundaries of the Ruston Main Street District
  • Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing the Publication of a Notice of Intention to Amend the Geographical Boundaries of Economic Development District No. 1 of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana, and to Extend the Levy of the District’s Existing Sales and Use Tax into the Expanded Boundaries; and Providing for Other Matters in Connection Therewith
  • Introduce Ordinance No. _______ of 2021, Amending the Boundaries of Economic Development District No. 1 of the City of Ruston, State of Louisiana; Extending the Levy of the District’s Existing Sales and Use Tax into the Expanded Boundaries of the District; and Providing for Other Matters in Connection with the Foregoing
  • Consider Ordinance No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing City to Enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Bourgeois Restaurant Group, L.L.C. and to Sell Property in Connection with City of Ruston Economic Development

D.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Ordinance No. ______ of 2021, Authorizing City to Enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Bourgeois Restaurant Group, L.L.C. and to Sell Property in Connection with City of Ruston Economic Development

E.        Consider Resolution No. _______ of 2021, Authorizing City to Enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Louisiana Delta Community College Foundation and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Related to Sewer Rehabilitation on and around the Louisiana Delta Community College Campus

III.       PUBLIC WORKS:

  1. Consider Amended Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing City of Ruston, Louisiana to Acquire Property and to Institute Expropriation Actions Necessary for Construction of State Project No. H.014355, Federal Aid No. H014355, South Monroe Street, West Texas, West Louisiana & Oil Mill Street, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana Project
  • Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing City to Enter into Professional Services Agreement with Hunt Guillot & Associates for Design Services Relating to the Smart Cities Innovation Testbed Expansion Project
  • Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Authorizing City to Enter into Professional Services Agreement with Keller and Heckman, L.L.P. for Legal and Associated Services Relating to the Initiation of Residential Internet Service

IV.       TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

  1. Consider Resolution No. _______ of 2021, Authorizing the Sale of Telecommunications Equipment as Surplus Movable Property

V.        PLANNING AND ZONING:

  1. Consider Resolution No. ________ of 2021, Approving Final Plat of The Oaks of Kentucky Subdivision of the City of Ruston, Louisiana (Case 1487 – Oaks of Kentucky Subdivision)
  • Introduce Ordinance No. _______ of 2021, Amending Chapter 29 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ruston, Louisiana by Changing Certain of the Zoning District Boundaries Provided for Therein (Case 1483 – Paul Avenue)
  • Introduce Ordinance No. _______ of 2021, Amending the Ruston 21 Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map (Case 1481(a) – Faith Christian Church)
  • Introduce Ordinance No. ______ of 2021, Amending Chapter 29 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ruston, Louisiana by Changing Certain of the Zoning District Boundaries Provided for Therein (Case 1481(b) – Faith Christian Church)
  • Introduce Ordinance No. ______ of 2021, Amending Chapter 29 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ruston, Louisiana by Changing Certain of the Zoning District Boundaries Provided for Therein and Approval of Preliminary Plat (Case 1484 – Cypress Run Holdings, L.L.C.)
  • Introduce Ordinance No. _______ of 2021, Amending the Zoning Code of the City of Ruston, Louisiana (Case 1482)

VI.       CODE ENFORCEMENT:

  1. Request Permission to Start the Property Condemnation Process as Required by Ordinance for the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at the Following Addresses:

     Address                                                                  Owner

805 GilmanWanda Lewis and Evelyn Cooper
209 S. Hazel     Cornelius Larome Dunaway
1011 JonesCarolyn Green, Jackie Foster, Cathy Holyfield, Latoya Houston  
1117 StrainDennis Woods, Cathy Woods, David Woods, JoAnn Nesbth
1208 StrainGregory Shelton
1402 White (LCDBG #38)       June Crew Adams
1605 Branscome (LCDBG #40)Rychland Martin- Horne
1003 Gilman (LCDBG #41)Darrell W. Gant
408 Grant (LCDBG #42)Debra Jordan Crowe, Terry Lee Jordan, Kerry Lee Jordan
  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 815 Sandy Lane         

B.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 815 Sandy Lane

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 815 Ross

C.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 815 Ross

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 405 S. Farmerville St. (LCDBG #16)

D.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 405 S. Farmerville St. (LCDBG #16)      

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1102 Larson St. (LCDBG #21)         

E.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1102 Larson St. (LCDBG #21)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1106 Martin L. King (LCDBG #25)

F.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1106 Martin L. King (LCDBG #25)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1405 McHenry (LCDBG #26)

G.(1)   Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1405 McHenry (LCDBG #26)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1006 Pecan (LCDBG #27)

H.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1006 Pecan (LCDBG #27)

  1. Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 200 Riser Rd Lot #13 (LCDBG #28)

I.(1)     Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 200 Riser Rd Lot #13 (LCDBG #28)     

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 208 Snowden (LCDBG #29)

J.(1)     Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 208 Snowden (LCDBG #29)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1111 Strain (LCDBG #30)

K.(1)   Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 1111 Strain (LCDBG #30)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 113 Turner (LCDBG #34)

L.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 113 Turner (LCDBG #34)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 143 W. Vaughn (LCDBG #35)

M.(1)   Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 143 W. Vaughn (LCDBG #35)

  • Take Appropriate Action on the Abatement of the Substandard Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 602 Vernon (LCDBG #36)    

N.(1)    Public Hearing Regarding Abatement of the Building(s) or Structure(s) Located at 602 Vernon (LCDBG #36)

VII.     FINANCE:

VIII.    ADJOURN MEETING.

Library Board Meets Tomorrow

03/30/2021

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will meet Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 3:30 PM, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street.

Here is the agenda:

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Public Comments
IV. Approval of Minutes – February 24th and March 10th , 2021
V. Introduction of Interim Director – Marcie Nelson
VI. Accept Resignation of Board Member – Deborah Hollimon
VII. Welcome Board Member – Sandra Dupree
VIII. Accept Proposal for Library’s Information Technology (IT) Management
IX. Announcements
Board of Trustee Training – April 28, 2021 Events Center 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Parish Library Liaison Committee Meeting March 31, 2021 Events Center 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
X. Statistics
XI. Adjournment