Ruston Council Approves HOA Ordinance

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen gave final and unanimous approval to creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (often called homeowner’s association) for several West Ruston neighborhoods at last night’s meeting. The areas are in and around University Hills, Cypress Springs, and Robinette Drive.

However, the original ordinance was amended from what was introduced last month. Robert Drive was excluded, as it is on a dead-end street, and is on the outside edge edge of the other neighborhoods. The residents are supportive of the overall plan, it was noted.

Robert Street resident and former police juror Jack Beard said, “I wholeheartedly support what you’re doing, but I just want to say that Robert Street being a dead end street, a very quiet, peaceful neighborhood, we don’t actually see the need for any of the new restrictions being placed on the area.”

The new district will regulate parking, outdoor storage, fences and walls, and general site planning.

See here the memo.
See here the ordinance with exhibits.

In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing the city to pay 2/3 (up to a maximum of $80 thousand) of the cost of installing a resilient surface at Jimmie W. Carter field on Ball Park Road. The balance of the cost will be paid by Buddy Ball of Ruston. Last year, Buddy Ball held a highly publicized fund raising raffle to raise their portion of the funds.

Finally, the tangible effect to Ruston’s taxpayers of the demise of the Morning Paper were felt when The Ruston Daily Leader was tabbed to be the city’s “official journal.”

As long as John Hays published his paper, he forced the RDL to be competitive with their rates. But last night, the rate went from last year’s $3.75 to $4.75 per hundred words for the fiscal year 2014-2015.

See here the memo.

Expect similar hikes at the Lincoln Parish School Board and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.


2 Responses to “Ruston Council Approves HOA Ordinance”

  1. Dee Says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that there are some citizens that want everyone to conform to their thinking and standards. They inevitably are the ones with more money and/or better health and can maintain properties in more manicured condition.
    With the economy so bad, inflation so high, other cost skyrocketing, sometimes those snooty standards are unattainable for the poorer residents who are struggling to keep their heads above the financial ‘water”.
    Every person should be free to spend their money where they want,
    maintain the standards their income allows and in general spend their earned money in the way they desire, live as they want; not the way some neighbor wants. If a neighbor don’t like a neighborhood of free choice, they should be the ones to move on, not force others to act according to their whims.
    Too much regulation by a few, who want things their way.

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