Picayune council asked for help

Published 7:34 pm Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Picayune resident addressed Picayune’s city council about a broken privacy fence damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

Larry VanNattan, a resident of N. Haugh Ave., said he has dealt with the eyesore that is GTM Building Supply for long enough, and he asked the city council to request the company rebuild the privacy fence between his home and the company.

VanNattan was already displeased with GTM’s old privacy fence built at the city’s request in 1999. That fence is now nonexistent since Katrina damaged it. VanNattan was displeased with the fence since it did not meet the specification of what he said was initially proposed. His inquiries into how long it would take the company to rebuild the fence provided no solace since a deadline has not been set.

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City Manager Ed Pinero Jr., said he will send a letter to GTM to have them rebuild the fence. Before he sends the letter he will check to see what the city ordinances state on a proper privacy fence and request they build it to those specifications.

Community Development and Grant Administration Director Barbara McGrew said the city’s new train depot will soon be given a kiosk sign from Amtrak. The sign will welcome passengers to Picayune, display train departure times and also provide information pertinent to Picayune. She asked the council to waive permit fees for the installation of the donated sign, which the council approved.

The 10th annual Krewe of Roses parade is scheduled for January 26, at 3 p.m. Picayune Main Street’s request for a permit for the parade was approved by the council. A rain out day for the parade was set for January 28. This year’s theme will be “Let the Good Times Roll”

Line up for the parade will be on Goodyear Boulevard and the parade will follow the traditional Christmas parade route.

The council went into executive session to discuss the possible sale or lease of land in the Industrial Park, a contractual matter with Hartman Engineering and a contractual matter concerning parks and recreations. Pinero said the council decided they need appraisals conducted on some lots in the city’s Industrial Park to prepare for their future sale or lease, however no action was taken on the matter. In the contractual matter with Hartman Engineering Inc., the council decided to sign a general engineering services contract. No action was taken on the contractual matter with Parks and Recreation Department, Pinero said.

In other business the council;

—Accepted a Homeland Security Grant for the fire department in the amount of $34,000.

The next meeting will be Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.