WALKER – Two public hearings were scheduled for March 12 on a rezoning request and the sale of surplus land by the Walker City Council at its monthly meeting Monday.

Cliff Marsh appeared before the city Zoning Commission and requested to have property at 10799 Florida Blvd. rezoned from R-PG to RC.

The zoning panel send the request to the City Council recommending approval. A public hearing will be held March 12 at the council meeting.

The other public hearing would put up for sale 0.598 of an acre off Ball Park Road – declared surplus by the city. Aguilar Consultants of Baton Rouge appraised the tract at $8,145.

Two letters of appreciation directed to the city’s Gas Department were received from Dow Chemical Co. and Iberville Parish for the workers’ efforts in restoring natural gas service last month.

Phillip Doiron, work coordinator for site leverage services at Dow, praised the Walker’s team effort in restoring gas service within 24 hours.

“Wow, what an accomplishment,” Doiron wrote. “The technicians working in our neighborhood from Walker were polite professional and very patient with everyone.”

Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. also thanked the mayor for sending the personnel, citing their professional manner.

The council also cleared up sections of the City of Walker Employee Handbook regarding driver’s licenses and accidents.

One amendment clarified that employees must inform the city if their driver’s license status changes resulting in its loss or suspension.

The other amendment lists the responsibilities of an employee when driving on city business.

In personnel items, the council approved Police Chief David Addison’s recommendation to promote Christopher Gunter to detective sergeant.

Gunter has worked for the Police Department for nine years and has 16 overall years of experience. He has previously worked for the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office and Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department.

The council also approved the hiring of Chad Dupuy as full-time officer and Stacy McClendon as full-time dispatcher.

Dupuy has worked as a sergeant for the Central Police Department since 2015. He began in law enforcement with the Denham Springs Police Department from 2007-15.

McClendon has worked for the past 2½ years in the communications department of the Denham Springs Police Department.  

Jeremy Milton also was approved as a reserve officer. He has been a licensed practical nurse for 10 years and also worked as a communications officer for East Baton Rouge Parish for 3 years and Fire Protection District 4 for 1 year.

In other business:

--The council was told that 29 animals have been adopted at adoption days held by the Walker Animal Shelter at the PetSmart store at Juban Crossing. The shelter will continue working with the store.

--Mayor Jimmy Watson issued a proclamation naming March as Flood Awareness Month in the city.

The proclamation states floods have affected the residents and communities in the Amite River Basin and everyone should be aware of the measures being taken by individuals and governmental bodies to reduce the risk of flood losses.

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