VINTON, LA

                January 18, 2008

 

                The Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, met in regular session at the regular meeting place of said Mayor and Council, in the Town Hall, Vinton, Louisiana, at 6:00 p.m. on the 15th day of January, 2008, with the following members present:

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Karen Douglass, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                Edward J. Vice, Council Member

 

                                ABSENT:                                None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:                   Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for December, 2007                                                       $    132,388.44     

                                Total Receipts for December, 2007                                                    $ 1,303,298.16

                                Total Disbursements for December, 2007                                         $ 1,370,884.86

                                Total Bills for December, 2007                                                            $    435,250.42 

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Council Member Merchant led in

 prayer, and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                Mayor Stinson recognized Police Juror Ellis Hassien and thanked him for being present at the meeting.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the minutes of prior meeting/s, copies of

 which were mailed to each Council Member, be approved as written.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the monthly Administration Department report. 

 

                                Bills for the month of December, 2007, were approved and payment authorized upon a

motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson updated the governing authority on pending grants and projects.

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced the Mardi Gras activities set for January 26, 2008 in the Town of Vinton.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing on the Ordinance abandoning a portion of Ann Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to adopt the following Ordinance abandoning a portion of Ann Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ABANDONMENT OF THAT PORTION

OF ANN STREET WEST OF JUDY STREET

 

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered Section 12 - 12, which said section reads as follows:

 

Section 22 – 12.  Abandonment Of Portion Of Ann Street West Of Judy Street

 

The portion of Ann Street in the Town Of Vinton, as exhibited by Plat recorded under File No. 497158 on May 22, 1951, in Plat Book 6, Page 40, which is situated west of an imaginary north-south line beginning at the southeast corner of Block 1 of H.P. Fontenot Subdivision and running to the northeast corner of Block 3 of H.P. Fontenot Subdivision, and which same portion generally is west of the right-of-way of Judy Street in the Town of Vinton, is abandoned as provided by law.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 15th Day of January, 2008.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                              The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                               hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 15th day of                                                                                           returned to the Town Clerk this

January, 2008.                                                                                                                     16th day of January, 2008.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              Town Clerk                                                                                                                                             Mayor

 

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to recess the regular meeting for a Public Hearing on the Ordinance prohibiting Urination in a Public Place.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance Prohibiting Urination in a Public Place be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR PROHIBITION

OF URINATION IN PUBLIC PLACE

 

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered Section 12 - 13, which said section reads as follows:

 

Sec. 22-13.  Urinating in public place.

It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or to defecate upon any sidewalk, street, road or alley, or in or on any hall, stairway or floor of any public building, or in any street, alley, road or conveyance.  Further, It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or to defecate in any place in any public place or public building, other than in a toilet or urinal in a public restroom.  Further, it shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or to defecate in any other place open to the public view.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 15th Day of January, 2008.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                              The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                               hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 15th day of                                                                                           returned to the Town Clerk this

January, 2008.                                                                                                                     16th day of January, 2008.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              Town Clerk                                                                                                                                             Mayor

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing on Ordinance providing for Minimum Construction Distances between Property Lines.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                There were several questions from the public present regarding when the Ordinance would take effect and who would it affect.  The Ordinance becomes effective ten days after publication and all structures as they exist today are grandfathered in, only additions and new constructions after the effective date of the Ordinance will be required to adhere to the Ordinance.

 

                                There being no further discussion from the public, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Ordinance providing for Minimum Construction Distances between Property Lines be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR MINIMUM CONSTRUCTION DISTANCES

BETWEEN PROPERTY LINES

 

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered Section 7 - 10, which said section reads as follows:

 

Section 7 – 10. Minimum Construction Setbacks.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other ordinance, no building, residence or other structure or portion thereof shall hereafter be constructed, moved, reconstructed, or enlarged within a distance of 12 feet from the property line of the lot or property which adjoins a street or road.  Further, no building, residence or other structure or portion thereof shall hereafter be constructed, moved, reconstructed, or enlarged within a distance of 10 feet from the property line of an interior line of the lot or property.

 

Regarding a lot or property which adjoins 2 or more streets or roads (e.g. a corner lot), no building, residence or other structure or portion thereof shall hereafter be constructed, moved, reconstructed, or enlarged within a distance of 12 feet from the property lines of the lot or property which adjoin a street or road.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 15th Day of January, 2008.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                              The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                               hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 15th day of                                                                                           returned to the Town Clerk this

January, 2008.                                                                                                                     16th day of January, 2008.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              Town Clerk                                                                                                                                            Mayor

 

                                Chief of Police, Ricky Fox gave the monthly Police Department report.

 

                                Mr. John Epperly was present to answer any questions regarding the Public Works and Electrical Department monthly reports.

 

                                Fire Chief Jerry Merchant gave the monthly Fire and Civil Defense reports.

 

                                There being no further business to come before the Governing Authority, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk