DENHAM SPRINGS -- The swearing in of the Denham Springs mayor and City Council for their 2019-2022 terms is on the agenda for the council’s first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Mayor Gerard Landry will be sworn in for his second term after winning re-election in November.

Four council members who ran for re-election also won and will take their seats. They are: Lori Lamm-Williams, Laura Schmitt Smith, Robert Poole and Jeff Wesley.

Smith won election to her first full term on the City Council in the Nov. 6 voting. She had been elected to the council last year to fill the unexpired term of Chris Davis, who has resigned.

They will be joined by Amber Dugas, owner of the Taste of Louisiana Café in the Antique District. Dugas defeated Ray Riley in a runoff for the seat. Both sought the seat won by Smith in 2017.

The council will also consider the mayor’s recommendations for city clerk, city attorney and city treasurer. It will also consider reaffirming the appointments of the police chief and fire chief.

Other appointments scheduled to be considered by the council are:

City prosecutor and building official and the department superintendents for streets, wastewater, water, gas and animal control.

The council also will act on appointing a mayor pro-tempore to act in the mayor’s place when he is absent from the city, and a mayor pro-pro tempore, for when both the mayor and mayor pro-tempore are not available.

In other business, a public hearing is scheduled on an ordinance requested by 112 LaSalle LLC that would amend Section 1.02 of Article One of the Denham Springs Zoning Commission Ordinance of 1990.

The amendment would add Paragraph 181 to rezone from R-1 Residential to C-1 Commercial, a lot bounded by LaSalle Street, Wanda Avenue and Hazelnut Street, off South Range Avenue, to create parking lot for a business.

At its Dec. 11 meeting, when the ordinance was introduced and public hearing set, building official Rick Foster reported the Planning & Zoning Commission had recommended rejecting the request since the lot is surrounded by residential property.

This is the third request for a zoning ordinance amendment, he said; the council rejected the first two.

The council is also scheduled to consider declaring two ice machines as surplus, which would allow them to be sold.


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