City names public works, recreation department directors

From left, Tyler Wallace, Zeta Williams, Brian Williams

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden City Council approved the appointment of more than just a fire chief at Monday’s meeting.

With all councilpersons present, by a unanimous vote, the city has named Assistant Public Works Director Tyler Wallace as the new Public Works Director.

Zita Williams is the new Director of Parks and Recreation following another unanimous council approval vote.

In other business, the council unanimously approved the following items:

• Award bid for 2022-2023 street improvements project covering several streets. The lowest bid meeting all specifications was $1.4 million by local contractor Benton & Brown.

• Condemn the Helen J. Drake estate property at 422 East Union Street;

• Appointment of Sarah Overall to fill the unexpired term of Lauren Davidson on the Minden Main Street Program/Downtown Development Commission;

• An ordinance to abandon an alley section from Elm Street to Center Street;

• An ordinance to abandon a cul-de-sac that runs alongside a portion of the Drake Subdivision with reservation of utility servitude;

• An ordinance a $100 flat fee annually for the operation of a food truck (seafood and non-seafood);

• A cooperative agreement between the City and Junior Service League of Minden to allow the organization use of the “Girl Scout Hut” at 715 Park Highway near Victory Park;

• A cooperative agreement between the City and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office to allow the sheriff’s department to continue collecting ad valorem taxes on behalf of the City in exchange for payment of $18,000;

• Speed limit change to 25 miles per hour on Country Club Circle from Lewisville Road to Braeburn Glen Drive; and,

• Police report for January 2023.