Taylor and Kelsey Anderson addressed the Leesville City Council on Oct. 28 concerning the Main Street Leesville "Operation Fire Hydrant."
The sisters are students at Leesville High School. Taylor is a senior, and Kelsey a sophomore.
They are "Juliettes," individual members of the Girl Scouts. They take their name from Juliette Gordon Low, who founded Girl Scouts in 1912.
The sisters are working on the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award to achieve in Girl Scouting.
The Andersons will paint 38 fire hydrants in the Main Street district, and have been working on the project with Sam Kincade, Leesville Main Street Manager, and Chief Dwaine Lawson, of the Leesville Fire Department.
The main design for fire hydrants located downtown on Third Street is a patriotic flag design. Another design incorporates Dalmatians, a dog breed associated with fire departments.
Taylor and Kelsey plan to raise funds for their project by asking Main Street businesses to sponsor a fire hydrant for $100. The name of the business will be painted on the hydrant in gold lettering.
The project is set to begin in November. Flyers will be distributed to downtown businesses with deadline information, and the fire hydrants will be painted on a first come first served basis.additional sponsors are needed.
The Andersons presented council members with detailed copies of their proposal.
Vernon Meyer, president of Meyer and Associates in Sulphur, updated the council on the bridge at South First Street.
Meyer said the bridge is closed for repairs, and the usual detour from 467 over the railroad tracks is currently not an option.
The bridge was closed on Aug. 26, and Meyer said he hopes it will open sometime next week to limited traffic. At first, only cars and ambulances will be able to use it, not school busses, due to tonnage. He stated he understood drivers' frustration.
Meyer told council members how he and his wife were affected by the bridge closure and detours last weekend while visiting Leesville.
The bridge repair will be completed as soon as possible, with public safety in mind.
The Leesville City Council adopted an ordinance to employ Joseph A. Delafield, A Professional Corporation in Lake Charles, as bond counsel at the regular meeting on Oct. 28.
Councilman Mike Elliott was the only nay vote, stating Foley and Judell, L.L.P. has served the council well for the past 20 years.
An application for a Class A general off premises consumption retail alcoholic beverage permit was approved for Shop A Lott #7.
A quote for a mini excavator from Louisiana Machinery Co., LLC was accepted. The company is an authorized state contractor.
A quote for a new roof at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course was accepted. Hayden Quality Roofing submitted the $12,500 bid.
Page 2 of 2 - An ordinance to acquire property for the Fort Polk Growth Management Infrastructure Improvements Project, and establish the amount of compensation in line with federal guidelines, was approved.
The city council will meet again at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The regular Monday meeting is rescheduled due to the observance of Veterans Day.