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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana March 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine March 2018

Q&A By Brenda Hill Mary

Q&A By Brenda Hill Mary Morris Councilwoman District A I spoke to Mary Morris, Councilwoman District A, about the purpose and role of a city council member. She was very friendly, open and honest in our conversation. I found her to be a loyal, committed and passionate woman that takes her role as a city council member very seriously. Ms. Morris likes reading, learning, watching old movies and enjoy meeting people. QWhat is the purpose of a city council in a community? AI'm a public servant, addressing the needs of my constituents as well as identifying opportunities that would help to support a better quality of life for them and their families. QWhat is the role of a city council member? AThe role of a city councilmember is to enact policies. We are the legislative branch of city government. We are governed by the City's Charter, which outlines the responsibilities of the city and its citizens towards achieving our agreed goals as it relates to the City's Master Plan. We should require financial accountability. QAs the city council woman that represents the North Lake Charles District, what determined a yes vote to erect the statue for Captain Daniel J. Goos? AOn 08/05/2015 Councilmembers voted on: File Name: Acceptance of donation of Captain Daniel Goss statue-- Title: "An ordinance accepting the donation by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment Charles B. Woodard, M.D., President, of the statue of Captain Daniel Goos on a plinth in a plaza to be constructed on Memorial Point within the Lakefront Promenade.” The history that accompanied the ordinance:Capt. Goos was one of the founders of what is now the City of Lake Charles. He moved to this area at the time, small village at 40 years of age and established what became on of the city's first industries, a steam-powered sawmill on the banks of the Calcasieu River. He utilized his own schooners to ship lumber and other timber products to the port in Galveston, Texas, then returning with boats full of goods which he would then sell to merchants in town, making Lake Charles the regional center of commerce. Capt. Goos 26 March 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 8

laid the groundwork for the future of our city through the recognition of its great natural resources and utilizing them to the advantage of all who lived here. Basically, the Council voted to accept the donation... Below information gives the authority to the Downtown Development Authority to oversee the process. At a meeting on 5/20/2009, the Council voted on Ordinance -15021--"An ordinance authorizing the implementation of the City of Lake Charles Memorials and Monuments Donation Policy for guidance in consideration for acceptance and placement of public memorials and/or donations which are intended for the benefit of the City's lakefront, downtown parks and other public areas". This coupon entitles you to10% off your Total purchase.(Must present coupon) LOVE YOUR BODY FROM THE INSIDE OUT Become a VIP Member & “Give the Gift of a Healthier Choice” With a Juice Thyme Plus Gift Card 1540 N. MLK Hwy, Suite B. Lake Charles, LA. 70601 (337)437-4237 "Policy" gave the authority to: The Downtown Development Authority of Lake Charles shall be responsible as Memorials Commission for administering the Donation and Memorial Program, including establishing a review process for approving and installing donations. QWhat is the sentiment and concerns of the North Lake Charles residents pertaining to the erected statue of Captain Daniel J. Goos? ASome residents, both of my district and other districts felt that history was not all inclusive of who he was. As I told them, government does not operate in a vacuum, it is open to the public and everyone is welcome. When you know better, you do better...I will try and do a better job of vetting. QAre you pleased with the outcome of all that took place to erect the statue? ANow that I have had push back on the statue because of Capt. Daniel Goos owning slaves, I'm in the process of reviewing the policy with our city attorney to possibly include a historian as part of this process. This will hopefully ensure a complete open review when deciding to erect statues, memorials, etc on city properties. QWhat do you suggest should be considered when proposals are presented to the council for approval/ disapproval? AThe policy needs to be revised as soon as possible. We need to examine the whole life of the candidate and I need to do a better job of vetting the subject matter. We need everyone to be a part of making government better..."We the People". CONSIDER A CAREER with 337-494-6900 Lake Charles, LA www.lakecitytrucking.com Volume 5 • Number 8 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM March 2018 27

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