Police/Fire Fighter Promotions Highlight Minden City Council Meeting
Written by Mark Chreene on March 3, 2021
It was a routine meeting for the Minden City Council on Monday night with 2 personnel promotions highlighting the agenda. The council approved the promotion of Sergeant Chris Hammontree to the rank of Lieutenant and approved the promotion of Fire Operator Matthew Wilson to the rank of Captain. In other business, the council approved:
- Condemning of property at 15261 Highway 80, belonging to James Shane Patterson, and ordered the cleaning of property within 90 days.
- Final plat for lot split of property belonging to Triple S. Holdings, LLC located at 1107,1109 and 1111 Homer Road.
- Final plat for lot split of property belonging to Jeffie R. Frazier located at 516-518 W. R. Reeder Street.
- Adoption of Resolution adopting a Citizen Participation Plan for the Community Development Block Grant.
- Adoption of Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute on behalf and in the name of the City of Minden a contract for Louisiana Community Development Block Grant administrative services.
- Adoption of Resolution designating the week of April 5-9, 2021 as National Community Development Week.
Mayor Terry Gardner presented a brief financial report for month of February. Gardner noted that sales tax collections were up over last year in February by 5.5%. The city collected approximately $495,000 in 2021 compared to $471,000 in 2020.
Minden Police Chief, Steve Cropper’s report for February included:
- 599 Calls for service
- 56 arrests
- 88 citations
- 84 warrants served
- 16 traffic accidents
During council comments, each member took time to say thanks to the city workers who put in hard work during the recent snow/ice storm. Interim Councilman for District D, Tommy Davis, also thanked the council for allowing him to serve during his brief period that ends this month after the election to fill the remainder of the term of the District D seat. Mayor Gardner also expressed his thanks to the city workers during the recent snow/ice storm for crossing departments to help where needed. Gardner gave thanks for the Fire Department for assisting with the water crew for getting meters shut off during the coldest portion of the storm. Gardner said that workers were helping fellow workers get to work during the icy conditions as well.
The next scheduled meeting of the Minden City Council is set for Monday, April 5th.