VINTON, LA

February 20, 2007

 

                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 20th day of February, 2007, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Karen Douglass, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                Robert D. Tatum, Council Member

                                                                                Edward J. Vice, Council Member

 

                                ABSENT:                               None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:                 Andre’ Buisson, Town Attorney

                                                                                Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for January, 2007                                                                      $  84,498.28

                                Total Receipts for January, 2007                                                                  $791,557.46

                                Total Disbursements for January, 2007                                                       $882,432.14

                                Total Bills for January, 2007                                                                          $351,183.37

 

 

 

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

 prayer,  and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                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 Merchant and carried.

 

                                Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the administration report for the month.

 

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

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

 

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

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Tatum to adopt the following Resolution.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that authorization is hereby granted for the town to participate in the KLB Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant Program.

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the application be in an amount of $7,590.00 with an in-kind match of 2,508.00.

 

                        APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of February, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                                            ____________________

                                                                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

Attest:

 

____________________

Mary Vice, Clerk

   

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to adopt the following Resolution.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that authorization is hereby granted for the town to participate in the KLB Community Grant Program. 

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the application be in an amount up to $15,000.00 with a 25% match, which can be in-kind in nature.

 

                        APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of February, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                                            ____________________

                                                                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

Attest:

 

____________________

Mary Vice, Clerk

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that he received documentation from the census bureau regarding an increase in Vinton’s population from 3338 to 3437.

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that an effort is being made to re-activate the Vinton Chamber of Commerce and that the meetings will be held once a month on the Wednesday after the council meetings at city hall.  He invited everyone to come to the meeting and be apart of the Chamber.

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed the Waste Management Contract Extension approved at the December 19, 2006, council meeting with the governing authority.  He reported that he had met with Frank LaBarber, Vice President of Waste Management and discovered that the extension did not include the pick up of construction debris generated by residents.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                          ABSENT:  None

 

                                                                                             RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that the motion made at the December 19, 2006, regular meeting of the Vinton Town Council, regarding the approval of an extension to the Waste Management Contract is hereby rescinded.

 

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proposed extension is denied and the current contract with Waste Management will remain in effect until January, 2008.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of February, 2007.

 

                                                                                                                                _____________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_______________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Council Member Vice discussed the bad condition of the alleys and asked that some maintenance be done to improve them.

 

                                Council Member Vice discussed a pay increase for the police department employees and was informed that pay increases for all departments are discussed at budget time.

 

                                Council Member Vice discussed the property located at 1110 Nelson Street and its violation of the junk and noxious weed ordinance.  Attorney Buisson assured Council Member Vice that the appropriate notification will be sent to the landowner and the proper procedures will follow in order to have the property cleaned up.

 

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

 

                                In the absence of Terry Vice, Director of Public Works a written report was submitted for the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.  (Exhibit “A”)

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

 

                                Thomas Frederick, representing a group of citizens opposing on-going and proposed housing developments in the city limits of the Town of Vinton, voiced their opinions of the negative effects these developments would bring to the town.  He also asked questions the group would like to have answered by the governing authority.  (Exhibit “B”)

 

                                After a lengthy discussion Mayor Stinson offered to set up a meeting with himself, the developer, Mr. Frederick and 4 others from their group and any interested council member to answer the questions that were submitted.

 

                                Mr. Nathan Taylor discussed safety issues regarding the Eddy Street Railroad Crossing with the governing authority.

 

                                After discussion, Mayor Stinson informed Mr. Taylor that in the very near future a public meeting will be held with the Town, DOTD and the railroad regarding said crossing.  He stated the meeting will be advertised and all those concerned are encouraged to attend.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Vice to amend the agenda to hear and item regarding Ted Lyons.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Mr. Bill                      discussed erecting a statue or opening a museum honoring the memory of Ted Loyns in the Town of Vinton.  He stated he would be interested in participating in this project.

 

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

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O’Quinn Vice, Clerk