At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderpersons, Richard McDonald was commended upon his retirement as Captain with the Bastrop Fire Department.
"He couldn't make it today," Fire Chief Eric Montgomery said. "He is a 25 year veteran and his dad served 30 years with the fire department. We hate to lose him. I humbly accept this in his absence."
Jimmy Davis from Tailor Made Insurance spoke about tax revenue for the city.
"Two things, I want to make an observation and ask a question," Davis said. "I have observed that the city has not been very kind to local business owners. The Police Jury is spending tax payers dollars in Ouachita Parish. I have approached the Mayor and explained to him what I explained to the Police Jury. When we spend money in Ouachita Parish, we get zero return. I offer the same product and the taxes I pay go to Morehouse Parish. My question is what do we as local businessmen have to do to get business from the city. I say this not just for myself but for other business owners. What do we have to do?"
"Did you submit this information to the city?" Alderman Obbie Johnson said.
"All the city would have to do is sign off to switch insurance agents," Davis said. "I offer the same product through the same company so it was impossible for me to bid against them."
"You need to submit a bid," Robert Shaw said.
"We are tax exempt so you wouldn't pay taxes on money from the city anyways, but if you submitted a bid, I don't see why we wouldn't consider hiring you," Mayor Arthur Jones said.
The council was in agreement that they already had insurance for this year but would welcome a bid from Davis next year.
The next item on the agenda concerned authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement for rehabilitation of the wind cone and installing a segmental circle at the Morehouse Memorial Airport. This resolution would help bring the wind cone up to state standards by installing the segmental circle. The wind cone would also be relocated to be connected to the runway lighting circuit. The motion passed with all in favor.
The council also passed two resolutions for declaring two properties no longer needed for public use and accepting bids on the properties. The first property is located at 427 Kammell and was formerly owned John Pugh Anderson. The property already has two people wanting to bid on it. The second property is vacant lots located on the corner of South Marcus and West Hickory. It had been for a housing project that didn't go through. The legal services for the sale of property for the minimum bid of the appraised amount, the cost of appraisal and further legal services in accordance with the law will be handled by Phillip Lester, Attorney at Law.
The council appointed Beth Waxman of Partner-Waxmans, III as consultant for labor compliance/EEO/Section 3 for Industrial Park Grant for street and drainage improvements and water and sewer improvements in the Industrial Park.
The council accepted Calvin Sistrunk's bid for hay cutting at the Industrial Park. The city will get $175 per round bale of hay and $125 per rectangular bale of hay.
Dee Tubbs' appointment as a member of the Bastrop Historic District Commission was renewed.
Charles Peterson was appointed a member to the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Commission.
Police Chief Downey Black gave a list of businesses up for liquor license renewal. The council voted to renew them.
Black also announced that Halloween hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and Halloween Witch Way to Main Street will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The meeting adjourned.
In concerns to the bar hours being extended, Jones said that he needed a unanimous vote on the resolution to add it to the agenda and they didn't have one.