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July 11th, 2014

Moving in the right direction

It’s no secret: Ruston is a bit hamstrung when it comes to shovel-ready economic development sites. The city has no industrial park, nor does it have very many potential sites to show companies considering locating here or expanding already-existing operations.
Times are changing. Ruston’s Board of Aldermen this week approved spending $34,550 for Phase I Environmental Assessments on three pieces of city-owned property, two of which officials hope to eventually have designated as certified economic development sites by Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development.

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Parents hold key to stop shootings

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On December 2012, Adam Lanza shot 20 kids and six staff members in the Newtown school shooting. He also shot his mother Nancy Lanza. After killing 26 people, he killed himself.
The cause was blamed on violent video games. On May 23, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a shooting rampage. He killed seven people before killing himself. After an investigation, police found out he had planned this for a long time and played lots of violent video games.

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Writer: Lowry has very narrow view

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I have a few responses to the narrow piece written by Mr. Rich Lowry on July 8. Mr. Lowry is a conservative commentator that I rarely agree with; and I don’t now. He points to the specificity of a “highly concentrated” yet not random citywide phenomenon. He states that Chicago’s problems are not about race, but are only a small pool of criminal offenders that are the cause of all this violence.

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City of Grambling bites the bullet

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With money tight in everyone’s budget these days, it only makes sense that Grambling residents would be a tad worried after recent board of aldermen meetings.
During a board meeting last month, the board voted to reduce the number of hours each employee would be able to work — from 80 to 70.
This included all offices under the city of Grambling such as the mayor’s office, fire department and police department, etc.
The reason behind their initial vote was to cut the budget deficit the city was encountering.

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RESOLUTION NO. 903 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 903 OF 2014
RESOLUTION REGARDING USE OF CITY OF RUSTON SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE RESERVES FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS
WHEREAS, the City of Ruston (“City”) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (the “Program”) is currently experiencing a short-term financial shortfall, in that monthly housing assistance payments (“HAP”) are exceeding monthly HAP revenues from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”); and,
WHEREAS, the Program has administrative reserves in excess of $500,000; and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 902 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 902 OF 2014
RESOLUTION APPROVING FINAL PLAT OF RUSTON COMMONS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
WHEREAS, the City has received a request for approval of the final plat of Ruston Commons Subdivision, Unit 1; and,
WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 16, 2014, reviewed the final plat and recommended that it be approved subject to the suspensive conditions of City Department Head approval and compliance with City code requirements;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:

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RESOLUTION NO. 901 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 901 OF 2014
RESOLUTION APPROVING FINAL PLAT OF NORMAY-RAY SUBDIVISION OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
WHEREAS, the City has received a request for approval of the final plat of Normay-Ray Subdivision; and,
WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 16, 2014, reviewed the final plat and recommended that it be approved subject to the suspensive conditions of City Department Head approval and compliance with City code requirements;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:

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RESOLUTION NO. 900 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 900 OF 2014
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH HUNT, GUILLOT & ASSOCIATES, LLC FOR DESIGN PHASE ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO PHASE IX OF THE RUSTON DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT
WHEREAS, the City desires to develop construction plans and specifications for Phase IX of the Ruston Downtown Revitalization Project (the “Project”); and,
WHEREAS, the City desires to advertise and receive bids for construction of the Project; and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 899 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 899 OF 2014
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH HUNT, GUILLOT & ASSOCIATES, LLC FOR DESIGN PHASE ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO PHASE VII OF THE RUSTON DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT
WHEREAS, the City desires to develop construction plans and specifications for Phase VII of the Ruston Downtown Revitalization Project (the “Project”); and,
WHEREAS, the City desires to advertise and receive bids for construction of the Project; and,

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RESOLUTION NO. 898 OF 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 898 OF 2014
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO FRAZIER ROAD/JANICE DRIVE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
WHEREAS, the City desires to develop construction plans and specifications for Frazier Road/Janice Drive Improvements (the “Project”); and,

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