In his update to the Leesville City Council Monday, City Administrator Hugh King informed the council that the vacant public works director slot would be filled soon.


In his update to the Leesville City Council Monday, City Administrator Hugh King informed the council that the vacant public works director slot would be filled soon.
KIng also told the council that his office is working on becoming more customer friendly with the installation of a document station at the entrance of city hall and with an update to the city's website.
He said that the fire department had been battling grass fires, eight since the last meeting, as well as false alarms, also eight since the last meeting, and that he is working on an ordinance to associate a fine with false alarms sense they are expensive to the city.
The funding for new fire hydrants is also being put into place, said King.
The council also voted to allow the city to advertise and sell six surplus vehicles, some of which are used police cars or public works vehicles, said City Administrator Hugh King.
A change order on the La. 28 and U.S. 171 water and sewer extension to Market Basket was approved. City Engineer Vernon Meyer said that both the water lines and the sewer lift station at Market Basket were operable.
Meyer updated the city concering the Nelda Drive project, which has been held up with waiting on a response from the Corps. of Engineers.
The number of board members for the Historic District Commission may soon change. The council introduced an ordinance to reduce the number of members from nine to seven.
In addition, the council introduced four other ordinances to rezone properties throughout the city, including Leesville Square, which, according to Code Enforcement Officer Scott Grady, had not been properly zoned years ago.
Property located between the Rabbit Patch and the KCS overpass on U.S. 171 North could be changed from an A-6 Single Family Urban District to a C-4 Highway Commercial District if the rezoning ordinance is approved. According to Grady, there are no set plans for the property other than leased office space.
Leesville Mayor Robert Rose closed the meeting with an appeal to residents to refrain from using fireworks during the upcoming holiday because of the high risk of fire.