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Dixie Inn holds special session: Police chief resigns, budget introduced

by Amber McDown

The Village of Dixie Inn held a special session on May 30 at the Village Hall, located at 60 Shell Street. All board members were present, and all items on the agenda were passed unanimously.

The first item of new business was the acceptance of Dixie Inn Police Chief Alan Davis’s resignation, effective May 31. In his resignation letter, Davis wrote, “I have spent the better half of nine and a half years at this department. Over the years, I have witnessed both positive and challenging changes within the department and the community. However, after much consideration, I have decided to pursue other opportunities.”

The board tabled discussions regarding the necessity of having only the chief of police and one other officer on the payroll, as well as their scheduled shifts, pending further information. Additionally, the board will decide on qualifications and benefits before hiring a new chief of police. The decision to provide insurance for employees was also tabled for further information.

The board voted to purchase, rather than lease, the next village vehicle. “The state allows us such an incentive for us to purchase it outright, so it would be purely ignorance for us to choose to lease it,” said Alderman Judy McKenzie.

Ordinance #133, the 2024-2025 General Fund Budget and Utility Fund Budget, was introduced and is available for public review. It will be officially adopted on June 11. An amendment to the 2023-2024 General Fund Budget was also approved.

Dixie Inn has received a $125,000 grant from Love Louisiana Outdoors to build restrooms in the village park, with the total cost estimated at $140,000. The board approved spending $15,000 to complete this project. “We’re building our village so much,” said McKenzie.

The Village of Dixie Inn holds its council meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for June 11 at 5 PM. The public is welcome to attend.

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