Gold medalist recognized by Sulphur, City approves more properties for demolition

Published 9:00 am Sunday, October 16, 2022

By Rita LeBleu

Southwest Daily News

Jake Brown, a Sulphur High School student, was recognized for winning gold in representing Southwest Louisiana as a member of the USA 18-and-under national baseball team at the Tuesday Sulphur City Council meeting.

The public hearing on the ordinance to create a Home Rule Charter Commission for the City of Sulphur was moved to next month and nine of 11 houses will soon be slated for demolition.

“There are quite a few condemnations on the agenda tonight,” Mayor Mike Danahay said. “This is something that we’ve become a little more aggressive with since the storm that took place.

“You remember we went through the Personal Property Debris Removal (PPDR) program. That is ongoing. You will still see structures out there that are not taken out because it is in the PPDR program, which moves ever so slowly, being that it is a FEMA run program. But we’re cleaning up the city where it needs to be cleaned up. So you know, we budgeted for it. And so you’ll see more of these in the future.”

Sulphur residents applied for the PPDR program. Qualified applicants will have their property cleaned up with FEMA grant monies. It’s labor intensive and requires environmental impact studies and the involvement of structural engineers, according to Danahay.

Council President Mandy Roberts said the Home Rule Charter Commission public hearing was moved to the November meeting because appointments have not been completed.

The advertisement of bids have been authorized for the Sulphur Law Enforcement Storm Repair.

Sam Mesuch was reappointed to the Sulphur Industrial Development Board; Cynthia Beverly was reappointed to the Sulphur Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; Jeremy Cain was appointed to the Police and Fire Civil Service Board to fill the unexpired term of John Wall who is the new Sulphur Police Chief.

The next meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 14.