Walker to celebrate city designation
WALKER - Walker makes the transition to being a city in September, ending a 102-year-old progression from incorporation as a village to its newly achieved status.
The Board of Aldermen agreed this week to consider and set for public hearing a proposed ordinance that would change Walker's official municipal classification from "Town of Walker" to "City of Walker."
The Advocate reports aldermen are expected to give their final approval to the change after a public hearing at their next meeting set for Sept. 5.
The move comes after municipal officials received an official proclamation from the office of Gov. Bobby Jindal certifying that Walker's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 census, has reached 6,138 persons.
To qualify as a city, a municipal entity must have at least 5,000 residents.
"This is a moment in history," Mayor Bobby Font said. "We submitted our request to the governor's office to certify us as a city and all the proper papers have been returned certifying that we are now a city."
A state historic marker on the grounds of Walker's Municipal Building notes that settlers began to put down roots in the area just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.
In 1909, the settlement was chartered by the state as a village before eventually becoming a town.