Dixie Inn aldermen delay purchase of police vehicle

By Tina Montgomery

The Board of Aldermen for the Village of Dixie Inn conducted business with a quorum for the first time since May of this year.

Mayor Donna Hoffoss said Alderman-elect Nell Finlay received her commission and took the oath of office prior to the December 13 meeting. Finlay now occupies the seat once held by Hoffoss who resigned as alderman when she was appointed Mayor in May.

The board approved several items of business unanimously. The board voted to release former village clerk Dana James as the Dixie Inn representative on the Webster Parish Tax Commission and appointed newly hired clerk Alicia Ware as representative.

Mayor Hoffoss was approved to sign the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for the audit that is currently underway.

The board also adopted the resolution to reappoint Lori McGarity for a two year term on the Board of Commissions for Fire Protection District #7.

The purchase of a backpack blower for the maintenance department was also approved by the Board. 

“We use those to blow the leaves off our property to keep it looking nice,” Hoffos said. “When they stop blowing so good, it’s time to replace them.”

Regarding the old business item for the purchase of a new 2023 Ford Interceptor SUV, the board agreed that purchase was unnecessary at this time. 

“We only have two officers needing vehicles right now,” Hoffoss said. “We’re getting a new truck in January so we will have newer vehicles for the officers to use.” 

Officer Zane Crittenden who was hired in November is still doing ride-alongs with other officers and does not need a vehicle at this time.

Due to the severe weather Tuesday night, the board agreed to adjourn after all agenda items had been considered and voted on.

The next regular session for the Board of Aldermen is scheduled for January 10, 2023 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Village Hall located at 60 Shell Street in Dixie Inn. The meeting is open to the public.