VINTON, LA

            March 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 18th day of March, 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 February, 2008                                     $      87,116.06     

                        Total Receipts for February, 2008                                              $    925,391.97

                        Total Disbursements for February, 2008                                   $    836,053.59

                        Total Bills for February, 2008                                                      $    487,083.05 

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Chaplin Tatum 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 February, 2008, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson presented Ronnie Johns and Brent Clement with plaques expressing our appreciation for their service as State Representative and Police Juror respectively.

 

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

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Loyd to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding Demolition Hearings.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson reported that letters had been sent to the following landowners informing them of the Demolition Hearings and asked in any were present to please step forward:

1.     Gina Worthy  -  906 Fancher Street

2.     David Thomas -  902 Fancher Street

3.     Milton Hayes  -  1101 Horridge Street

4.     Leona P. Copeland -  1413 East Street

 

There were no homeowners present for the hearings. 

 

                        Mayor Stinson reported that he had received calls from Gina Worthy and Leona P. Copeland requesting extensions for their demolitons.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Bujard that Gina Worthy be granted an extension for demolition on 906 Fancher Street until April 15, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that Leona P. Copeland be granted an extension untion April 15, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        There being no response from Mr. David Thomas, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to proceed with the demolition process at 902 Fancher Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        There being no response from Mr. Milton Hayes, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to proceed with the demolition process at 1101 Horridge Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson, Council Members Bujard, Loyd and Merchant reported on the National League of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C. that they attended.

 

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

 

                        Upon the recommendation of Chief Fox, it was moved by Council Member Vice that Chad Collins and Anastacio Perez be made regular employees effective March 19, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                        In the absence of Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief no Fire or Civil Defense reports were given.

 

                        Mr. Rapheal Fontenot requested that the Council convert his FEMA Trailer Park into a regular Travel Trailer Park that is in line with the provisions as provided for in the Mobile Home/Travel Trailer Park Ordinance.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Vice that Mr. Fontenot’s request to change his FEMA Trailer Park to a regular Travel Trailer Park be approved.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                    YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                                 ABSENT:  Council Member Douglass

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Bujard to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding garbage pick-up.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        Council Member Vice discussed his dissatisfaction and that of some citizens regarding the service from the new garbage company.

 

                        After discussion, it was decided to invite Mr. Smythe to the special meeting on March 25, 2008, to discuss the problem.

                       

                        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.

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                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk