Mayor thanks those who helped during ice storms

By By Justin B. Phillips / American Press

City Hall was closed for a few days as

the temperatures dipped well below freezing. At Thursday’s City Council

agenda meeting,

Mayor Randy Roach addressed the decisions made by the city during

those few days and how the decisions helped keep residents

safe.

“Now that people have seen what happened in Atlanta and to some of the other cities, they can better understand why we do

what we do,” he said. “I’d like to take a few moments to recognize some of our city employees.”

He went thanked the fire and police departments, noting that there were no significant fires during the storm. As far as the

traffic was concerned, he said there were 68 accidents Friday and only one the following Tuesday.

“You can see how the situation improved greatly with the cooperation of the residents in going along with the request that

was made to stay off the streets,” Roach said.

He then thanked the work crews that took take care of the bridges and roadways. “Thank you so much for what you do and what

you did and hopefully we don’t have to do it again,” Roach said.

Calcasieu Parish Animal Services Director Nathan Areno later talked about what the agency has coming up this year and about

recent animal abuse cases.

“We’ve been dealing with a rash of

animal abuse cases that I consider to be far from a normal day at the

office,” Areno said.

“I’d like to compliment the Police Department for standing back to

back with us because without them, a lot of this wouldn’t

be possible.”

He described how a pit bull puppy was severely abused and shot, and he said the police managed to quickly make an arrest in

the case. He also talked about the importance of having animals vaccinated.

After the speakers, the agenda for the

next regular meeting was finalized. A number of items on the agenda will

focus on providing

vehicles and equipment to divisions within the public works

department.

After reading the agenda, Chris Carroll, fire district chief and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 561 member,

spoke to the council and the mayor about submitting a preliminary contract to the city.

“You are aware that for the last two years, we’ve been working with the city without a contract. We take full responsibility

for that,” Carroll said.

“We think that it’s time to obtain a

new contract with the city of Lake Charles. We’re asking the council to

sponsor a resolution

authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Local 561.”

Carroll passed the contract out to the council members and asked that they review it and get back in touch with union.

“Take your time and go through it and you’ll see that, I think, we’re being very modest and we’re just asking for some of

the things that we once had,” Carroll said.