The City of Leesville at last week’s council meeting made several decisions regarding the maintenance and improvement of city resources and recreational areas.

Council authorized an understanding between the City and GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN/Art 4 the Park. The understanding is that the City will assist in the installation, servicing, and maintenance of five new trash receptacles at Magnolia Art Park in Leesville.

Art 4 the Park Coordinator Isabelle Massart said unfortunately they will not be receiving the new trash receptacles.

“We were writing a grant so we could get nicer looking trash cans for the Art Park,” she said. “The deadline for grant was March 30th.”
In order to be eligible for the grant, the had to prove the city would take care of emptying the trash. Hence the agreement voted upon by the council on Monday.

Art 4 the Park was unable to get the grant application in on time.

“We can apply again next year,” Massart said.

The project is part of the “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” Trash Receptacle Mini Grant Program.

Council voted in favor of a resolution approving a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to be entered into by the  City of Leesville with BeauCARE, Inc. of DeRidder.

This agreement is regarding the administering, managing, and operating of the City of Leesville’s swimming pool and associated buildings, grounds and equipment.

“BeauCARE is taking over management of the pool and will be offering longer hours of operation along with swimming lessons, water aerobics classes and other cool programs,” Mayor Rick Allen said. “Our pool has never been utilized to its full potential.”

The City entered into a municipal lease-purchase agreement in a principal amount not to exceed $950,000 for the acquisition of equipment and fleet vehicles.

These purchases will be utilized in the grass cutting endeavors of Leesville as part of a contractual agreement recently made with Fort Polk. This work will be conducted by a new group specifically employed for the work on Fort Polk. It is unrelated to Public Works.

Leesville entered into an agreement with the Vernon Parish Police Jury for the purpose of repairing a damaged bridge on First St.

“Too much water goes through the bridge and I think it’s time to fix it for good,” Allen said. “Partnered with the police jury, we will tear the bridge out and replace it with culverts.”

Council also authorized that Allen may sign and execute a contract agreement between The State of Louisiana Division of Administration Office of Community Development and City of Leesville to replace the chlorination system at the South Water Plant.

“Chlorine promotes rust which caused the need for replacing the old system,” Allen said.