The Bogalusa Council approved an Ordinance to change the name of Jackie Robinson Street to Normel Keller Street at their meeting on Monday, September 1, 2020. Consideration of the matter consumed approximately an hour and 24 minutes of the meeting (beginning at 11;30 into video of the meeting) and consisted primarily of hearing comments from citizens and council discussion.
Both Jackie Robinson and Normel Keller are men held in high regard, an opinion expressed by all those who commented on the matter. Jackie Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson also contributed significantly to the civil rights movement and was recognized for his achievements on and off the field. Normel Keller was a Bogalusa native who died earlier this year. Keller excelled academically, in sports, while serving his country in the military, and as an educator and mentor to many in Bogalusa. In the end, the Council voted 6 to 1 to rename Jackie Robinson Street to Normel Keller Street.
In other business, the Council
- approved a resolution to authorize the Mayor to execute a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation and Louisiana Department of Transportation.
- approved an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2048 to provide for the authorized purposes of the unexpended and future revenues of a ¼% sales and use tax, in accordance with a re-dedication election held by the City of Bogalusa on July 11, 2020.
- heard from residents during Public Participation