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Council discusses adding civic penalties to petty crimes

Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:46 AM

By Justin Phillips / American Press

Conversations on two ordinances recently introduced by a pair of City Council members were picked back up at Wednesday’s regular meeting.

At the council’s last agenda meeting, councilman John Ieyoub discussed crime in the city. With a focus on misdemeanors and petty crime, Ieyoub proposed an ordinance that would add civil penalties to criminal penalties for specific offenses. The idea for the ordinance stemmed from the misdemeanor crimes the councilman was seeing in his district and citywide.

“I’m extremely excited about offering this extra tool as a deterrent for petty crimes and misdemeanors,” Ieyoub said. “The details we’re working out are in conjunction with the DA’s Office and how exactly to implement the community service penalty that would be part of this ordinance.”

With some work left to be done before the ordinance can be put into place, the council decided to defer the item until Aug. 6.

The second of the pair of ordinances recently introduced was sponsored by councilwoman Mary Morris. The ordinance focused on general contractors and their work on city-funded contracts. Ultimately, it was intended to assist minority subcontractors in the area.

The council tabled the discussion about Morris’ ordinance earlier this month, and on Wednesday the item was deleted from the agenda so city officials could continue to review the language in the ordinance.

The council approved a resolution co-sponsoring the Travel Media Showcase National Conference Reception at the Civic Center in partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager at the bureau, spoke with the council about the upcoming event and what it could mean for the area.

“We’re putting on this national convention for travel writers. It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s going to be about 80 writers that are going to be here, so it’s going to be great exposure for the area and for the city of Lake Charles and the destination as a whole.”

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