Vinton, Louisiana

                                                                                                            March 25, 2008

 

                        The Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, met in special session at the regular meeting place of said Mayor and Council, in the Town Hall, Vinton, Louisiana, at 6:00 P.M., on the 25th day of March, 2008, after full compliance with all requirements as to notice and otherwise in respect to convening of said meeting 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

 

                        Kenneth Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order and reported that the purposes of the meeting were as follows:

 

To discuss and/or transact business pertinent to Employee Appeal Hearing.

To discuss and/or transact business pertinent to garbage pick-up.

To discuss and/or transact business pertinent to Demolition Hearings

 

Mayor Stinson introduced the first item on the agenda, and he asked Mr. Minaldi to begin the matter.

 

Mr. Minaldi noted for the record that the first matter was the appeal of an employment matter regarding Arthur Phillips.  Mr. Minaldi stated that Mr. Phillips was notified by letter dated February 19, 2008 of a disciplinary matter to be presented by the Chief Of Police (“Chief”) to the Mayor and Board of Alderman (“Board”) on February 22, 2008.  Mr. Minaldi also stated that, on the day of, and just prior to commencement of, the February 22, 2008 meeting, a copy of the Chief’s recommendation for disciplinary action was provided to Mr. Phillips.  Mr. Minaldi stated that, in Executive Session at the February 22, 2008, the Mayor and the Board heard the Chief’s presentation and that, after deliberations following the Chief’s presentation, the Mayor and the Board determined that Mr. Phillips’ employment with the Police Department of the Town of Vinton was terminated.  Mr. Minaldi next stated that an original and a copy of the February 22, 2008 letter, notifying Mr. Phillips of the determination of the Mayor and the Board and of the right to appeal, was handed to Mr. Phillips’ attorney, Edward J. Fonti, following the February 22nd meeting.

 

Mr. Minaldi next stated that, by letter dated March 3, 2008, Mr. Fonti notified the Mayor that Mr. Phillips was appealing the decision of the Mayor and the Board, and that the opportunity to address to Mayor and the Board was requested.  Mr. Minaldi next stated that the Public Notice regarding the special meeting of the Board, to hear this Employee Appeal, was posted at City Hall at noon on March 19, 2008.

 

Mayor Stinson asked Mr. Phillips if he wanted to conduct his Appeal Hearing in Public or Executive Session.  Mr. Phillips requested an Executive session.

 

It was moved by Council Member Loyd that at the request of Mr. Phillips the special meeting be recessed for an executive session to conduct his appeal hearing.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                                    ABSENT:  None

 

It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the special meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the February 22, 2008, ruling terminating Lt. Arthur Phillips employment with the Town of Vinton Police Department be upheld.  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

 

David Smyth, IESI District Manager informed the Governing Authority of procedures he is putting in place to alleviate the current problems regarding the garbage pick-up.

 

Mayor Stinson reported that letters had been sent to the following landowners informing them of their Demolition Hearing date and there was no response from the landowners:

 

                                    EMC Mortgage Corp  -  1605 Nichols

                                    Renee Owens Jones  -  1605 Nichols

 

There being no response from EMC Mortgage Corp or Renee Owens Jones, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to proceed with the demolition process at 1605 Nichols Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

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 Douglass and carried.

 

                                                                                                _____________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk