Leesville City Council had a lengthy discussion, at their meeting on Monday, about plans to build some multifamily homes in the city.

Leesville City Council had a lengthy discussion, at their meeting on Monday, about plans to build some multifamily homes in the city.

Billy McShane, MHI Construction, spoke to council about his design idea. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes would be built on Schweitzer Avenue, in between Ninth and Tenth Street.

The property, owned by Howard Lewing, is currently zoned as a single family urban district. This would have to be rezoned to a multifamily urban district, if these homes are to be built there.

Some council members were perplexed about what the homes would look like, based on the plans presented by McShane. The drawings made them appear to be "trailer houses," as Councilman Tony Shapkoff said.

"If you're opposed to that look, I can do town homes, but they are more expensive to build, which would increase the cost of owning or renting them," said McShane. He is trying to balance the cost of construction with the anticipated income, he said.

Mayor Rick Allen interjected, using his knowledge of construction plans. "The picture doesn't reflect the whole house. The pictures lead us to believe it's something else. Don't change the plan, change the representation," he said. Allen requested "elevation pictures."

The council tabled the adoption of the ordinance to rezone the property on Schweitzer Avenue, until their next meeting. This will give McShane the opportunity to present clearer representations of his plans.

A resolution was presented to amend a portion of the Official Leesville Code of Ordinances, which deals with "retailers with no fixed place of business," such as food trucks.

The resolution would require that food truck owners, or other mobile businesses, have an up-to-date health department permit and liability insurance coverage, among other check points. Bush has already met with everyone who would currently be impacted by this. "Those operating now are in compliance," he said.

As suggested by Grant Bush, Leesville Community Development and Planning, the resolution was tabled. This will give the council the opportunity to study the details.

An ordinance, introduced at the previous council meeting, was passed, allowing Brian McRae to install a 200x8-foot fence using metal roofing material as a fence.