BAKER — Southwest Drive residents’ complaints to the City Council about alleged noisy operations of a parking lot cleaning company are unfounded, city officials said.
City Council members agreed Tuesday with City Attorney Ron Wall’s findings in regard to residents’ complaints aired during the council’s June 14 meeting.
None of the complaining residents attended Tuesday’s meeting.
Clean Sweep, which is in a commercial zone and in the business of cleaning and maintaining concrete surfaces, is adjacent to a residential cul-de-sac. It is owned by Baker residents Warren and Bridget Burge.
Misdirected and untrue complaints against Clean Sweep about noise, fencing and other matters have been going on for four years, Mayor Harold Rideau said.
Warren Burge told the council he has complied with all complaints by erecting fencing and moving some equipment to an offsite storage facility.
He said he plans to install more fencing and does not want to move his business because he grew up in Baker.
“We do not want you to leave. We want you to stay in Baker,” Rideau said.
In other matters, the council:
Appointed seven municipal officials to serve during the 2011-12 fiscal year. They are Wall, city attorney; Ken Fabre, city prosecutor; Roosevelt Bryant, administrative assistant; Ginger Vann, administrative secretary to the mayor; Aristead Clayton, budget and finance director; Julie McCulloch, public works director; and Andrew Stamps, purchasing agent.
Authorized the mayor to enter an agreement with a company for the use of electronic ticketing. Police will be able to use handheld computers to scan driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations and print tickets in the field. The cost is $82,000 — $17,000 less than budgeted.
Issued a proclamation to honor the work of coach Earl Langlois after 32 years as a teacher, coach and principal in Baker schools.