February 19, 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 19th day of February, 2008, with the following members present:

                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                            Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                            William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                            Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                            Edward J. Vice, Council Member


                        ABSENT:                    Karen Douglass, Council Member


                        ALSO PRESENT:                  Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney


The following Reports were submitted:


                        Total Payroll for January, 2008                                       $      83,961.20     

                        Total Receipts for January, 2008                                                $    922,305.69

                        Total Disbursements for January, 2008                         $    968,760.97

                        Total Bills for January, 2008                                                        $    407,725.72 




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

 prayer, and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.


                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant 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 January, 2008, were approved and payment authorized upon a

motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.


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


                        Mayor Stinson discussed adopting a policy on deposit waivers for victims of family violence and utility cutoffs during extreme weather.


                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Vice to have the attorney research and report back to the Council on the legalities of adopting policies regarding deposit waivers and utility cutoffs.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.


                        Mayor Stinson discussed the creation of a task force of residents “under 35” to help define a broad set of goals and objectives for local communities.  (Exhibit “A”)   The Mayor asked that the Council give him some input on the town’s appointment to the proposed board.


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


                        Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.


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


                        Mrs. Beatrice Hart discussed the need to replace Street and Traffic Signs in town and the non-enforcement of the Leash Law Ordinance with the governing authority.


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





                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor




Mary O. Vice, City Clerk