The Leesville City Council met in executive session during the regular meeting on May 28 to discuss a recent decision by the State of Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles.
The Leesville City Council met in executive session during the regular meeting on May 28 to discuss a recent decision by the state of Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied a rehearing earlier this month filed by the City concerning former Leesville Chief of Police Bobby Hickman.
Hickman was terminated in 2011 for failure to comply with an investigation into his conduct.
The City was directed to reinstate Hickman's employment retroactive to the termination date, and award him full pay and benefits.
Hickman is currently serving 46 months in federal prison.
Mayor Robert Rose said there were two parts to a motion to be voted on by council members.
The first part stated the city will submit a writ to the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans to appeal the recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
The second part instructs the City Administrator to begin an investigation of former police chief Hickman on his conviction of a felony.
The motion passed with one nay vote by Councilman Micheal Elliott.
Council members approved a resolution for an alcoholic beverage permit for JJ Latino Bar.
Two ordinances were introduced: to establish a franchise fee for cable or video service, and allow the Friends of Main to manage the Farmers Market.
Several ordinances were adopted:
-enlarge Leesville by annexing Industrial Park, Municipal Golf Course, and City Park;
-provide a moratorium on all construction on La. 467 for one year;
-annex property along La. 467;
-update International Codes;
-change traffic flow at Mechanic and Third Street intersection for 90 days, then it becomes a two way stop on Third;
-adopt budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, with nay votes by Councilmen Elliott and Danny Dowd;
-and to contract American Pool Service of Georgia to maintain, manage, and staff Leisure Pool.
Kyle Randall, project engineer at Pan American Engineers, opened bids for an agricultural apron to be built at Leesville Municipal Airport.
Randall said the company will review the bids and issue a formal recommendation to the city.
The mayor said a decision by the Department of the Army concerning military installation reductions is expected to be announced on June 18.
The mayor said he was informed of the date by Fort Polk Progress, who stated they are "cautiously optimistic" about Fort Polk.
The next city council meeting will be at 3 p.m. on June 10.