VINTON, LA

                March 19, 2013

 

                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 March, 2013, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                William, “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                               None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:                 Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for February, 2013                                                                                $                     

                                Total Receipts for February, 2013                                                                             $      

                                Total Disbursements for February, 2013                                                                $         

                                Total Bills for February, 2013                                                                                      $      

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Chaplin Tatum led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the minutes of prior meetings, copies of which were mailed to each Council Member prior to the meeting, be approved as written.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of February, 2013, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Patin, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Mr. Chad Guidry, District 11 School Board Representative discussed the proposed Vinton Bond issue that will be on the April 6th ballot.

 

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

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

                BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that the governing authority does hereby support and encourage the voters of the Town of Vinton to vote in favor of the $10,000,000 – 20 year Bond Issue for capital improvements at Vinton Elementary, Vinton Middle and Vinton High Schools.

 

                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of March, 2013.

 

                                                                                                                                ________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Mr. Brian Beam, Parish Administrator discussed the Parish Tax Renewal Propositions that will appear on the April 6th ballot.

 

                                 Mayor Stinson discussed the coordination of services and cooperation between several local and regional agencies and organizations throughout SWLA due to the large size and scope of recently announced projects, thereby forming the SWLA Task Force for Growth and Opportunity (Go Group).

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the Mayor be authorized to enter into the SWLA Task Force for Growth and Opportunity Strategic Plan Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                The Mayor also discussed entering into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement that would dedicate a portion of the local gaming revenue from the new casino to the payment of a shared $20 million obligation to the cost of the I-210 Cove Lane to Nelson Road Interchange.

 

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

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Members Bujard and Patin

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that Mayor Kenneth O. Stinson is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with DOTD, City of Lake Charles, Port of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of DeQuincy, City of Sulphur and Town of Iowa to participate in the local contribution of $20 million to the cost of the I-210 Cove Lane to Nelson Road Interchange Project.

 

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the parties will contribute a total of $4 million a year for 5 years by means of a dedicated portion of the local gaming revenue from the new casino.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of March, 2013.

 

                                                                                                                                _____________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_____________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Resolution be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant & Patin

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                          ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY AND THE TOWN OF VINTON FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)—DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM.

WHEREAS, the Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Program for CDBG Infrastructure Improvements will be administered through the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and it is necessary for the Town of Vinton to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with the Police Jury to provide for the expenditure of funds through the CDBG-DR for Infrastructure Improvements within the Town.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor, is hereby authorized to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Calcasieu Parish Police Jury related to Infrastructure Improvements to be funded through the Gustav/Ike CDBG Disaster Recovery Program.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana on this 19th day of March 2013.

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                                                                                                                KENNETH O. STINSON, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that Trash Bash will be held on May 11, 2013, 8:00 A.M.-Noon.

 

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

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard and seconded by Council Member Patin that the agenda be amended to hear an item pertaining to Fort Polk.  After an opportunity for public comment, the vote cast on the motion was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF

FORT POLK AS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY

AND ITS CONTINUING ROLE AS A FORCE FOR VIGILANCE IN THE

MAINTENANCE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

 

                                WHEREAS, events of the twenty-first century have increased the need for vigilant national security, both at home and abroad;a nd

 

                                WHEREAS, the centerpiece of national security is a stron well-trained, professional military; and

 

                                WHEREAS, Fort Polk has been and remains the premier training facility for the United States Army; and

 

                                WHEREAS, any diminution of troops or resources at Fort Polk would impair the historical continuity and the present capability of our national defense.

 

                                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana by this resolution, urge our military and congressional leaders to honor the proud heritage of Fort Polk and to maintain it, through the addition of troops and resources, at the forefront of our preparation and planning for national security.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED on 19th day of March, 2013.

 

                                                                                                                                ____________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

__________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Council Member Patin discussed improvements and use of Venissat Memorial Park.

 

                                After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin to table any further discussion/action regarding Venissat Memorial Park until the April 16th meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Attorney Cole discussed a proposed extension to the town’s lease with Crown Castle.

 

                                               

                                Assistant Chief Joey Dalfrey gave the monthly police department report.

 

                                Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly public works and electrical department reports.

 

                                Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief gave the monthly fire and civil defense reports.

 

                                Chief Merchant informed the governing authority and public present on the process of testing the new Warning System.

 

                                Mr. Arthur Phillips announced his candidacy for Chief of Police.

 

                                Mr. Chad Perry announced his candidacy for Chief of Police. 

 

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

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk