DENHAM SPRINGS – The City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal to obtain a $5 million Community Disaster Loan as precautionary measure.

Mayor Gerard Landry does not foresee the city spending the loan money from the Federal Emergency Management Administration but said it could safeguard city finances in the event of a catastrophe.

“We can draw upon if we need it, and hopefully we won’t,” he said.

Strong sales tax collections in the months after the flood have kept municipal operations afloat, despite early fears of a major fiscal downturn.

The city purchased a new unit for the Denham Springs Police Department. Plans are also on the book to purchase either a used or “demo” unit for the city fire department, Landry said.

“We’re doing much better than we expected, but we remain unsure as to how long the solid sales tax revenue will last,” he said.

The council will also vote on a street closure request from the Denham Springs Merchant Association for the annual Denham Springs Antiques Festival, scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

The closures would extend on North Range Avenue from Sullivan to Centerville, and Mattie Street from North Range Avenue to Benton Street.

Other agenda items include five zoning requests, along with two variance requests for construction of a new building and gas canopy for the Circle K convenience store/Shell gas station on 102 Rushing Road near Range Avenue.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the temporary City Hall on Range Avenue.

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