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Letters From page 4 fortunately, anyone who was at the last city council meeting can attest that the statement was 80 feet of existing trees. Now it is down to 35. What the heck? Q: What about diesel pollution and other pollution associated with daily operations? A: '%Ve welcome you to visit our sustainability website. We are working hard on technologies to reduce air pollutants." Over and over again I have had people secretly say that they would not want this building this close to their properties either. I need those same people to say it out loud. Traffic, noise pollution, drainage, and run-off pollutants affect all of Ponchatoula and the sooner they let their representatives know, the better. It is time to get rid of the "thank goodness it is not in my back yard" mental- ity and have our representatives take a stand on having this done right. I am not saying don't do it, just do it right. Patricia Hicks o Man on the Street responded, "The forum will al- low my constituents and all those interested to see the latest design and for my constituents to voice their concerns directly to Walmart representatives." City Councilwoman Jean- nemarie Pierson, had this to communicate, "I'm pleased that the Walmart representatives were so willing to participate in a forum. I encountered no resistance to their participa- tion. In fact, after we discussed my request for the public meet- ing, they suggested the idea of a reception where all of the in- formation would be made avail- able at various stations with representatives prepared to discuss the plans and answer questions. This is an opportu- nity for all citizens to acquaint themselves with the plans whether they are in favor of, in From page 4 opposition to, or are undecided on the Walmart development. I encourage all of our citizens to attend, learn about the proj- ect, and contact all members of the council with their informed opinions. The constituents I have spoken to, from through- out the city, are very grateful for the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns and, more importantly, to be in- volved in the process." Councilwoman Debra Hills responded to The Times ex- plaining that she needed to de- cline to comment on the issue at this time due to not fully having a chance to hear from her con- stituents on the matter as yet. At press time Councilmen Vergil Sandifer and Melvin Toomer had not responded to the request for comment. Legals Ponchatoula City millage rates unchanged 2012 is a property reassessment year, and the assessed value of property within the City of Ponchatoula is $46.5 million, an in- crease of approx. $260,000. Mayor Bob Zabbia says that the City plans to leave the citywide millage rate at 16.52 mills, which will result in additional revenue of approx. $4,300 per year. The city will hold a public hearing dur- ing the City Council meeting on Monday, August 13th at 6:00pm in the council chambers at city hall to consider adopting adjusted millage rates and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year's maximum millage, which in Ponchatoula's case is 16.52. Of the 16.52 mills the city levies, 6.52 mills is for the general fund, 6.0 mills is for Police Dept. Salaries, 2.0 mills is for Fire Dept. salaries, and 2.0 mills are for Police and Fire Equipment. Fellowship of Christian Athletes to host Summer Variety Show On August 4th at 7:00pm in the evening, the Southeastern Lou- isiana District of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold their second annual summer Variety Show. The event will take place in the Ponchatoula High School Auditorium and will feature Christian and Country music. Ross Downing's Autop- lex will sponsor the show. Pro- ceeds from the event assist with the ministry provided to over 4000 student-athletes and their huddles that are located in the Middle and High schools in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena parishes. There is even a large huddle at Southeastern Louisiana University. The featured acts are the County Village Band (Kyle, Chris and Ron Smith), vocalists Perry Walton, Kim Ellzy Smith & Nick Smith along with Jer- emy & Jennifer Teague. There may also be some surprise en- tertainment that night. Admission is only $10.00 and there will be refreshments for sale. Tickets will be available at the door and locally they are available at Heavenly Gifts on East Pine Street in Ponchatou- la. For more information, please call FCA Area Director Bob In- galls (225) 907-4067 or Show Coordinator Ron Smith(985) 320-1323. You can also visit the FCA's website at www.selaFCA. org. Official Journal The Ponchatoula Times NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following entitled ordinance was intro- duced in writing in the form required for adoption at a meeting of the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, State of Louisiana, on July 9, 2012, and laid over for publication of notice: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 495 (ZONING ORDINANCE), CHANGING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR THE CITY OF PONCHATOU- LA, TANGIPAHOA PARISH, STATE OF LOUISIANA AN ORDINANCE AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THAT PART OF THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR THE CITY OF PONCHATOULA, TANGIPAHOA PARISH, STATE OF LOUISIANA TO DESIGNATE APPROXIMATELY 26.093 ACRES OF PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 51 BUSINESS - VETER- ANS BOULEVARD APPROXIMATELY 2500 FEET NORTH OF LA HIGHWAY 22, SUBDMSION OF NORTH OF SECTION 59, TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH - RANGE 7 EAST, CITY OF PONCHATOULA, LOUISIANA WITH A ZONING CLASSIFI- CATION OF C-2 COMMERCIAL DISTRICT, AS SUCH ZONING CLASSIFICA- TION IS DEFINED IN THE ZONING ORDINANCES FOR THE CITY OF PON- CHATOULA, LOUISIANA. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula will meet on August 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, at which time there will be a public hearing on the adoption of the aforesaid ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance will be available for public inspection at Pon- chatoula City Hall. ]s/Tomlyn Poche, City Clerk /s/Robert F. Zabbia, Mayor Published: July 19, 26,8/2, 2012 THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, AUGUST 2, 2012, PAGE 5 NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following entitled ordinance was intro- duced in writing in the form required for adoption at a meeting of the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, State of Louisiana, on July 9, 2012, and laid over for publication of notice: AN ORDINANCE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF CERTAIN VARIANCES AN ORDINANCE AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: AN ORDINANCE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF CERTAIN VARIANCES FOR PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 51 BUSI- NESS - VETERANS BOULEVARD APPROXIMATELY 2500 FEET NORTH OF LA HIGHWAY 22, SUBDMSION OF NORTH OF SECTION 59, TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH - RANGE 7 EAST, LOCATED IN THE CITY OF PONCHATOULA, TAN- GIPAHOA PARISH, LOUISIANA, AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE SITE PLAN BY DUPLANTIS DESIGN GROUP, PC DATED MAY 24, 2012, AS SUPPLEMENTED. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula will meet on August 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, at which time there will be a public hearing on the adoption of the aforesaid ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance shall be made available for public inspection at Ponchatoula City Hall. /s/Tomlyn Poche, City Clerk /s/Robert F. Zabbia, Mayor Published: July 19, 26,8/2, 2012 NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following entitled ordinance was intro- duced in writing in the form required for adoption at a meeting of the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, State of Louisiana, on July 9, 2012, and laid over for publication of notice: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING RESUBDIVISION PLATS AN ORDINANCE AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE RESUBDIVISION PLATS ENTITLED "PLAT SHOWING RESUBDMSION OF LOTS 11, 12 AND 13 INTO TRACT 1 & TRACT 2 AND SOUTH OF LOT 2 INTO LOT 2-A & LOT 2-B SUBDMSION OF NORTH OF SECTION 59, TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH - RANGE 7 EAST CITY OF PONCHATOULA, TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LOUISIANA, FOR WAL-MART REAL ESTATE BUSINESS TRUST" AND "PLAT SHOWING RESUBDIVISION OF TRACT 2 & LOT 2-B INTO LOTS 1, 2 & 3 OF THE WAL-MART PONCHATOULA COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION OF NORTH OF SECTION 59, TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH - RANGE 7 EAST CITY OF PONCHATOULA, TAN- GIPAHOA PARISH, LOUISIANA, FOR WAL-MART REAL ESTATE BUSINESS TRUST". NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Ponchatoula will meet on August 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, at which time there will be a public hearing on the adoption of the aforesaid ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance will be available for public inspection at Pon- chatoula City Hall. /s/Tomlyn Poche, City Clerk /s/Robert F. Zabbia, Mayor Published: July 19, 26,8/2, 2012 RFALTOKCOM OR NOMAKORG GI/YARD &ASSOCIATES 985.370.7448 ~WANDA GILYARD ( We Lease, Rent, or Sell Carts We Carry New & Used Carts We Can Repair and Customize All Brands of Golf Carts f?00EGA L Pool Cleaning Service is Available We Sell Above-ground Pools (special Pricing) We Change Pool Liners ' We Carry Regal & Pro-Team Chemicals P,o-To.. pas Chemicals Mention this ad for a Special 0000Polaris You) pool Our reputation 5% Discoun t on all Pool Chemicals 7% Discount on Spas