Leesville City Council heard plans at their Monday meeting for upcoming holiday festivities.


“Main Street has lots of activities planned, like the cook-off,” City Development/Land Use Planner Grant Bush said. “The parade will kick off at 5:30. After parade we will go down to the old stage where we will have a couple of food trucks with traditional Christmas kinds of foods.” 

A bounce house will be set up for kids along with snow machine and ugly sweater contest.

The Leesville High School Choir will sing Christmas carols 6:30 p.m. at Polk Theatre (the “old stage”) with the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 7 p.m.
Vernon Community Orchestra will perform at 7:30.

In less festive matters, council adopted an ordinance introduced on Nov. 13 to amend and align multiple land parcels in Leesville from Single Family Urban District to Highway Commercial District for zoning district classification.

Heading north through Leesville, just before the road splits, there are many businesses located in what was, prior to Monday, a residential zone, Bush said.

Mayor Rick Allen motioned to table, for a second time, the decision to condemn a building on Dennis St. The structure lies within Councilman Robert Dowd’s District 4. He was not at the meeting and Allen wanted council to vote on the condemnation with Dowd present, hence the tabling of the decision. Council agreed.

Leesville City Council will only meet once next month at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11, due to the Christmas holiday.

Councilwoman Willie Mae Kennedy invites the public to a “Holly Jolly Christmas”  holiday-themed event at 5 p.m. Friday at Jubilee Park in Leesville.

This free event will feature Santa Claus, hot chocolate and cookies, the Leesville dance line, and carols by the Vernon Middle School Choir directed by Gene Davis.

The Christmas tree lighting will take place around 6 p.m.