More horse owners denied special permits - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

More horse owners denied special permits

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was round two Wednesday night at the Lake Charles City Council. More horse owners not in compliance were asking for special permits. No one who came before the City Council met the distance requirements to house livestock inside the city limits. The law states there must be 150 feet between the nearest property line and 300 feet from the nearest residence, structure or business. 

"I want to use this particular property for grazing not housing animals and rotate in and out - two to three horses at a time," explained Gregory Edwards, horse owner.  

While Edwards offered up support from neighbors, 11 other residents living within a one-mile radius of the 1900 block of Woodward Street object. And like most of the horse owners, Edwards doesn't live on or own the property but has a standing agreement with Entergy.

"Entergy is the one on this right of way.  They made a decision to allow livestock to come onto their property to keep out of cutting grass, but at the same time they haven't been good landlords," said Councilman Marshall Simien, Jr.  

While Edwards was denied, two other horse owners were given a special permit. Not only do they own the land, but they have no opposition to the animals.

"We keep livestock and cattle. We move them in and out and I have no complaints from neighbors. I got approval for all of them - nobody objected," said Andrew Fontenot, horse owner.  

"This is the kind of property where nobody is in opposition or anything so it meets our ordinance," said Councilman Dana Carl Jackson.  

Rounding out the agenda were several other horse owners along or near Fitzenreiter Road. Most of their structures on the property are up for demolition.

"I've got over 57 signatures of support from support people (sic), supporting my efforts to stay there," said Lawrence Louis, horse owner.

"I'm trying to do whatever needs to be done with the property," said James Thomas, Jr., horse owner.  

"My horses stay stalled up and the lady across the street told me I could graze my horses in her place," said Moses Nelson, Jr., horse owner.  

They argue there are no neighbors, but Councilman Simien points out that it's directly across the street from the future Riverside Park - a $1,600,000 investment.

"As you see you've got a lot of red-tagged buildings here.  A lot of things are being stored there. It's pretty much a junky place over there," said Simien.

Simien was referring to structures that have been designated as unsafe by city workers.

The council voted to deny the permit requests. The horse owners now have 30 days to make other arrangements for their animals. We did speak to several of those denied a special permit - all declined to go on camera, but did say it's not over and this isn't the last time you'll hear from them.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:31:14 GMT
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
  • One arrested after crash on I-10 near Welsh

    One arrested after crash on I-10 near Welsh

    Saturday, June 23 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-06-23 21:45:41 GMT
    (Source: Kent P. Langley)(Source: Kent P. Langley)
    (Source: Kent P. Langley)(Source: Kent P. Langley)

    An arrest has been made after a two-vehicle crash on I-10 milepost 53.5 west of Welsh, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Anderson says preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda Accord lost control while heading west on I-10, crossing the median onto the eastbound side of the interstate. The driver of a Chevrolet Trax traveling east struck the driver's side of the Accord, causing the Accord to break in half. A passenger in the Accord had mod...

    More >>

    An arrest has been made after a two-vehicle crash on I-10 milepost 53.5 west of Welsh, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Anderson says preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda Accord lost control while heading west on I-10, crossing the median onto the eastbound side of the interstate. The driver of a Chevrolet Trax traveling east struck the driver's side of the Accord, causing the Accord to break in half. A passenger in the Accord had mod...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly sunny and hot

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly sunny and hot

    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-06-23 20:17:05 GMT
    Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)
    Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)

    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a slight breeze along and south of the I-10 corridor between 5-10 mph helping to keep air flowing.  Tonight, temperatures will still be warm not dropping out of the mid 70s across southwest Louisiana.  

    More >>

    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a slight breeze along and south of the I-10 corridor between 5-10 mph helping to keep air flowing.  Tonight, temperatures will still be warm not dropping out of the mid 70s across southwest Louisiana.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly