Council wants slower traffic on section of Cockerham Road

Cockerham Road now set at 45 mph

— City officials are asking the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to reduce the speed limit along a narrow stretch of Cockerham Road where the state is adding sidewalks.

The Denham Springs City Council approved a resolution Monday requesting that Cockerham’s 45 mph speed limit be reduced to 35 mph from Meadow Wood Boulevard to North Range Avenue.

Other state highways in the city, with the exception of Range Avenue, also carry a 45 mph limit, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.

However, with the installation of the sidewalks along the narrow two-lane road, reducing the speed limit would better ensure the safety of pedestrians, particularly children who walk to school each day, Durbin said.

Freshwater Elementary, Northside Elementary and Denham Springs High School are all in the immediate vicinity.

“Everybody I’ve talked to says they’re highly in favor of the 35 mph speed limit,” Durbin said.

SHELTER GRANT: The city has applied for a $50,000 grant from the Louisiana Government Assistance Program for the city animal shelter.

The funds will be used to create an isolation room to quarantine new animals until they are checked for temperament and health issues.

“We watched our sister city to the east (Walker) apply successfully for a LGAP grant for this purpose, and we were able to get in our application just under the wire last Thursday,” Durbin said.

The city will not be required to put up matching funds for the grant, he said.

CAR SALE LOTS: The council enacted new regulations for automobile sale yards.

Two ordinances adopted Monday set minimum lot and building sizes, parking restrictions and paving requirements.

The ordinances will be effective immediately for new car sales lots. Enforcement for existing lots will begin July 1.

The vote on each ordinance was 4-1, with Councilman John Wascom voting against.

Wascom sought to decrease the minimum lot and building sizes, but his motion died for lack of a second.

Wascom also sought to omit the pavement requirement, but seeing that his colleagues disagreed, chose not to make the motion.