Alexandria Council passes resolution regarding Bentley Hotel

The Alexandria City Council voted 4 to 3 to pass a resolution that allows the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce’s executive board to discuss with the Second Century Benthle Group’s members the possibility of a public/private collaborative to “restore, renovate and reopen the historic Hotel Bentley in downtown Alexandria to a superior quality and service level reminiscence of its prior glory.”

Councilman Charles F. Smith was absent and Councilman Chuck Fowler voted against the resolution.

Fowler said he voted against the resolution because he didn’t have enough information.

“I had no other details other than what was presented. It seems like I was in the dark,” he said.

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A video of the meeting will be posted later today.

Charles F. Smith appeals Judge Swent’s decision about Goins qualification to run for District 3 council seat

Attorneys for Councilman Charles F. Smith today filed an appeal in the 3rd Circuit Court in an effort to overturn 9th Judicial Court Judge Rae Swent decision that allows Jonathan Goins to run for the Alexandria City Council seat that represents District 3.

On Wednesday, July 23, Swent ruled in Goins favor. Smith maintains that Goins doesn’t live in a Juliet Street home, which is in District 3. Smith claims Goins lives in an apartment off of Louisiana Highway 28 West.

Swent found that Goins does indeed spend lots of time at his apartment, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t maintain Juliet Street as his primary residence.