Leesville City Council members unanimously agreed at their meeting Monday to the increase of some court fees to pay for computer system upgrades.

The ordinance allows City Court to collect a $20 fee, up from $10, on each traffic and criminal charge it processes.

This fee increase is due to a rise in maintenance costs for the electronic data network that links the Leesville City Court, City Police, and the Ward One Marshal's Office,” City Administrator Patti Larney said.

Since the system was put into place in 2006 there have been periodic upgrades but these are now more costly, Larney said.

Council approved a resolution to allow American Legion Post #145 to remain open for the purpose of selling beer, wine, and mixed drinks from midnight on New Year’s Eve (Sunday) until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day.

A stipulation of the resolution states that alcoholic beverages must be consumed on the premises.

The request states that the goal of this resolution is to “provide a social atmosphere for our nation’s active, retired, and veteran soldiers and to show appreciation for their hard work in the community.”

During the rest of the year in Leesville alcoholic beverages are sold between the hours of noon and midnight on Sundays, and 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. the rest of the week.

Also approved on Monday was a resolution giving City employees the day off on Tuesday Dec. 26 (in addition to Dec. 25) and Tuesday Jan. 2 (in addition to Jan. 1) to coincide with the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Mayor Rick Allen mentioned that the City’s annual Big Bike Giveaway needs help from the public. They are collecting 18 - 22 inch bicycles for Christmas gifts. Donations should be dropped off at City Hall.

Council will not meet again this month as the regular meeting would fall on Christmas day.