Bossier City councilman Scott Irwin said he is “disappointed at what I’m seeing” with the entertainment choices currently available in the East Bank District.
The City of Bossier City spent $15 million to redevelop a portion of the downtown area to revitalize the center of the city.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Jeremy Hefner with the Bossier Arts Council, gave an East Bank District update to council members. The BAC manages the contracts for East Bank events. Hefner said there were “a little over 20 events” in the Plaza during the third quarter of 2019, with attendance ranging from 100 to 500 at each event.
That’s when Irwin expressed his disappointment.
“I’m disappointed at what I ‘m seeing here,” he stated flatly. Irwin said he wanted to see “life down there” on a regular basis, including “music in that square on Friday and Saturday nights.”
Irwin said that the City’s street performance ordinance, which allows an entertainer to pay a $55 permit to perform without insurance or security stipulations, needed to be promoted more, to lure talent to the EBD and “have a nice ambiance” in the area.
Councilman Tommy Harvey suggested East Bank business owners might even pay the price of the permit to have musicians perform outside their establishments.
In other matters, the Council:
- Gave final approval to an ordinance appropriating $150,000 to complete the acquisition and construction of the Walmart/Kroger connection project.
- Adopted an ordinance appropriating $280,000 to perform a pilot study to determine if nanofiltration can eliminate enough organics from Bossier City water to use free chlorine in lieu of chloramines.
On the reading of bids for the Tinsley Park concessions and restroom construction project, all bids submitted were over budget and councilman David Montgomery said, “You know we talked about this.”
“What do you think?” Irwin asked.
Turning to city attorney Jimmy Hall, Montgomery explained:
“What we had discussed was, the fact that on these projects — especially parks and recreation — if they start coming in over budget, we’re going to have a deficit. The money’s not going to be there.”
After a brief deliberation, the council decided to accept the reading of the bids so that there could be a further review of the bids for possible adjustment.