Leesville City Council members approved a resolution which allows the mayor to apply to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, for designation of a Cultural District in Leesville.

Leesville City Council members approved a resolution which allows the mayor to apply to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, for designation of a Cultural District in Leesville. Sam Kincade, Main Street Manager, said a Cultural District in Leesville would have the same boundaries as the Main Street designation. He said Louisiana tax credits would apply to allow property owners to build on or renovate, or for new construction. The Louisiana Cultural Districts program was created to revitalize communities by creating an area of cultural activity. The program allows income and corporate franchise tax credits for eligible expenses for rehabilitation of owner occupied, or revenue generating, historic structures in a Cultural District. It provides an exemption from sales and use taxes for proceeds received from the sale of original works of art from locations within the Cultural District. There are 63 Cultural Districts in the state, in 37 towns and 25 parishes, as of July 1, 2012. A resolution was approved to authorize advertising for bids for a leak repair contract for the water distribution system for the city. City council members voted to approve a resolution which re-appoints Julio Vasquez to the Leesville Housing Authority. Sheri A. Wilhelm was appointed to serve on the Leesville Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. Council members voted yes, with the exception of Danny Dowd. Wilhelm is replacing Dr. Christina Lord on the board. The mayor was authorized to enter into a co-op endeavor agreement with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, for use of space at the State School. A quote of $7,900 from Pete's Plumbing was accepted by council members to repair 404 McFarland. David Riggins and David Medlin, of Government Consultants, Inc. in Baton Rouge, addressed the council concerning financial planning. Riggins said the firm assists cities with financing at no cost unless there is a bond issue. The Leesville City Council will meet again at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 8.