Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

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Minden City Council

Chain restaurants planning to serve alcoholic beverages inside the city limits may have an easier time obtaining a liquor license after Monday's meeting of the Minden City Council.

An amendment to Ordinance 997 will allow owners living outside the state of Louisiana to obtain their license, where previously, they had to be a Louisiana resident for two years.

City Clerk Michael Fluhr said previously, the council would have granted a waiver to the restaurant.

"But the mayor said, 'what if more chain restaurants want to come here? Wouldn't it be better to change the ordinance?'" Fluhr said. "So that it what this will amendment will do."

Fluhr said the amendment will go into effect 30 days after council approval.

Another part of the ordinance will allow the state to continue levying a tax on alcoholic beverages sold in Minden.

"Then, the state sends that money to the city," Fluhr said. "From there, it goes into the general fund budget."

Other items on the council's agenda include the following:

• Hiring of Justin Scott Tyson as a police officer and Matthew Clinton Wilson as a firefighter.

• Hiring of John D. Gill, Jr. as custodian for the Minden Civic Center.

• Recognition of National Night Out party hosts.

• Condemned properties at 1201 Cotton Street and 608 Walnut Street.

• Appointment of Bertha Winzer to the Minden Main Street Board of Directors.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Minden City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Webster Parish Police Jury

Webster Parish Police Jury will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in their second floor meeting room at the courthouse in Minden. A Road Committee meeting will precede it at 9 a.m. in their third floor conference room.

On the WWPJ agenda: a request for concurrence from Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department on the purchase of two pumper trucks; a new 4-H county agent with LSU AgCenter and discussion of their shooting sports program; and budget amendments.

On the Road Committee agenda: requested municipally funded work; mowing, striping and sidecutting contracts; and entrance onto personal property for removal of dead tress in parish right-of-way.

Both meetings will also address advertisements for 2013 road material bids. The public is invited.

Webster Parish School Board

The Webster Parish School Board will meet at the Education and Services building on Sheppard Street at 5:15 p.m. today for a Finance Committee meeting followed by a Building and Maintenance Committee meeting

The board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m.

The agenda includes a request for purchase approval from the IT department, approval to buy new laminating machine at Lakeside School, approval to pay Storer Equipment for work and parts, approve Minden High School field trips, personnel and Superintendent's reports and award the employee of the month.






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