Council approves money items

By Bonnie Culverhouse

With the exception of last month’s meeting minutes, Minden City Council members voted unanimously Monday to make improvements to streets, Minden Airport and funding for Historic districts.

One of the items approved was to amend and re-enact Chapter 54 – which affects preservation of the Historic Residential District and Historic Downtown.

“This is the third time we have done this,” Mayor Tommy Davis said. “Every so often we have to do this. We made a correction in the funding portion.”

The Minden Airport is one step closer to improvements. The council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

“This is in addition to an agreement we’ve already signed,” Davis said. “It adds another $60,640 to it for obstruction removal. They are out there removing trees at the end of the runway.”

City streets have been a priority over the last few months and more should be seeing improvements with the adopted resolution stating Minden agrees to fund administrative and engineering services for a 2023 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant.

“These grants are all done on a point system,” the mayor said. “If we pay the engineering funds ourselves, we get more points, which means it’s more likely we will get this grant.”

Acting City Clerk Michael Fluhr reported in the month of September $623,610 in sales taxes were collected.

“They were a little bit disappointing,” Fluhr said. “In the prior year, it was $647,563.”

Fluhr said there were $5,580 in delinquent payments for the month.

Sales tax figures collected for the entire year totaled $7.4 million.

“Budgeted – $6.6 million,” Fluhr said. “Sales tax collected the previous year – $7.1 million. So we have seen an increase of $300,000.”

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