A pair of ordinances were approved by Mayor Rick Allen and the Leesville city council on Monday during a public hearing, but not without one bringing about a heated exchange.

A pair of ordinances were approved by Mayor Rick Allen and the Leesville city council on Monday during a public hearing, but not without one bringing about a heated exchange.

Marvin L. “Bub” Hilton (not to be confused with Marvin Hilton of the Vernon Parish Police Jury) and Allen had a vociferous volley of words during the public hearing, leading to Hilton being escorted back to the microphone by a Leesville police officer.

Hilton, who owns a number of properties located in the annexation area along La. 28 East, also known as the Alexandria Highway, signed up to speak during the public hearing and told the panel about how one of his properties has a place to hook up his water and an electrical pole, but no tap for his sewer.

“I thought getting in the city is so you can get the convenience (of water and sewer), but I don't have nothing,” he said.

Allen said the city has a design for the water line already in the works, but the work couldn't be completed until the annexation was approved. The project had to be put on hold until the annexation goes into effect, according to Allen, which will be 10 days from Nov. 28, the date of approval.

But in regards to sewer, Allen said a line is in place, but also told Hilton it's the property owner's responsibility to hook into the line and must contact with the city's public works department. The property owner must also pay to tap into the line.

Hilton, however, said some of his properties have areas to where they can tap in and other property owners in the area have lines from the trunk line to their property. Hilton also stated vehemently about there being a lack of a sewer line, as Allen had claimed.

“I don't have sewage out there,” Hilton stated. “I want the sewage out there.”

Allen again said that if his property fronted the Alexandria highway, then sewer was out there and available.

Hilton, obviously flustered, then told Allen, “Rick, you're talking about something you know nothing about.”

Allen replied about his being a contractor in excess of 30 years, to which Hilton said he didn't care about that.

“It doesn't have sewage on it. Are you calling me a liar, Rick?” Hilton added.

“If that's what you're saying, I am sir,” Allen said.

The argument continued until the police officer walked to the front of the meeting room and escorted Hilton back to microphone as he had stepped up near Allen.

After Hilton returned to the microphone, he was informed about his time limit to speak having expired and the council addressed the other ordinance, which had to do with the revocation of some streets in the area of where the Academy Sports and Outdoors is to be built in the coming months.

During the regular meeting of the council, Allen addressed the confrontation, apologizing for what occurred.

“If I did get out of line with Mr. Hilton, I would like to apologize,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry. I have known him my entire life and I have always respected him.”

In addition, the council authorized Allen to sign the first amendment to the Cooperartive Endeavor Agreement between the city and the Office of Facility Planning and Control in regards to the acquisition of the East Central Water System, while also agreeing to reschedule the second council meeting in December to the 19th instead of the 26th.

All measures passed unanimously.