VINTON, LA

April 17, 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 17th day of April, 2007, 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for March, 2007                                                                        $  87,581.63

                                Total Receipts for March, 2007                                                                     $818,195.01

                                Total Disbursements for March, 2007                                                         $727,760.70

                                Total Bills for March, 2007                                                                             $330,387.96

 

 

 

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 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 March, 2007, were approved and payment authorized upon a

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson introduced Garrett Lawrence who presented a Basic Zoning Plan to the governing authority for their review. (Exhibit “A”)

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that the Traveling Vietnam Wall would arrive at the American Legion on May 3, 2007, and also on that day a National Day of Prayer Service will be held at City Hall at 11:00 A.M. around the flag pole.

 

                                Mayor Stinson recognized Robert D. Tatum for his service as Interim Council Member, January – March, 2007.

 

                                Mayor Stinson recommended the following individuals be re-appointed to the Industrial Development Board:

 

                                                                                David R. McBride

                                                                                Willie Mae Davis

 

                                Upon the recommendation the Mayor, it was moved by Council Member Douglass that David R. McBride and Willie Mae Davis be re-appointed to the Industrial Development Board.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

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

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, travel is at the heart of America’s economic and national security; and

 

WHEREAS, travel is one of America’s largest service exports creating a travel trade surplus in excess of $7 billion and is one of the nation’s largest employers accounting for more than 7.5 million direct travel-generated jobs, or one in every eight U.S. non-farm jobs; and

 

WHEREAS, including the direct spending in the U.S. by domestic and international visitors, travel and tourism generated $703 billion last year, providing more than 100 billion in tax revenue to local, state and federal governments; and

 

WHEREAS, the travel industry supports the interest of Louisiana, contributing to our employment, economic prosperity, international trade and relations, peace, understanding and goodwill; and

 

WHEREAS, as people throughout the world become increasingly aware of the outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities available in Louisiana and throughout the United States, travel will become an increasingly vital resource in improving America’s image around the world and building our public diplomacy;

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the governing authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that May 12-20, 2007, is hereby designated NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK, in the Town of Vinton, Louisiana.

 

                                                                                                _____________________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

                                                                                                               

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk  

 

                                Mayor Stinson opened the floor for discussion on the options presented by DOTD for the railroad crossing closures.

               

                                After reviewing the options (exhibit “B”), it was moved by Council Member Douglass that Option #3 be accepted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd.

 

                                After discussion regarding the fact that no monetary incentive was offered with option #3 Council Members Douglass and Loyd rescinded their motion and second respectively.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd that option #2 which states:

 

                                                “Permanently close the Fancher Street Crossing; install flashing lights with gates at Eddy Street Crossing, place temporary barricades at Eddy Street Crossing until the flashing lights and gates installation can be completed.  This option will include a monetary incentive from Union Pacific Railroad to the Town of Vinton, to be used within the Town’s budgetary discretion.”

 

be accepted and that the Mayor be authorized to contact Mark Suarez with the DOTD and inform him of the Council decision immediately.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

 

                                Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney presented the proposed amendments to the Weed/Grass Ordinance and Burning Ordinance to the governing authority.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said Ordinance at the next regular meeting of the governing authority.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE

 

                                                AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION

                                                13-16 (a) AND (b)OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES

                                                OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, 

                                                RELATIVE TO THE GROWTH OF NOXIOUS

                                                WEEDS OR GRASS OR OTHER DELETERIOUS,

                                                UNHEALTHFUL GROWTHS.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

                                                PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE

                                                WITH THE PROVISIONS OF LSA-R.S. 33:406b(2) OF

                                                THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE MAYOR AND

                                                COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, OF

                                                AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT:

 

ORDINANCE

 

                                                AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION

                                                13-16 (a) AND (b)OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES

                                                OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, 

                                                RELATIVE TO THE GROWTH OF NOXIOUS

                                                WEEDS OR GRASS OR OTHER DELETERIOUS,

                                                UNHEALTHFUL GROWTHS.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC

                                                HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE

                                                ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE AT A REGULAR

                                                MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT 6:00 P.M.,

                                                ON THE 15th DAY OF MAY, 2007, AT THE REGULAR

MEETING PLACE OF SAID MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AT CITY

                                                HALL, TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, AND THAT

                                                IMMEDIATELY AFTER SAID PUBLIC HEARING THE COUNCIL

WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE.

 

It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said Ordinance at the next regular meeting of the governing authority.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE to amend Sections 10-3 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, to define terms related to open burning, to regulate open burning, to provide for the issuance of permits and to designate certain acts as constituting criminal conduct.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

                                                PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE

                                                WITH THE PROVISIONS OF LSA-R.S. 33:406b(2) OF

                                                THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE MAYOR AND

                                                COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, OF

                                                AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT:

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE to amend Sections 10-3 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, to define terms related to open burning, to regulate open burning, to provide for the issuance of permits and to designate certain acts as constituting criminal conduct.

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC

                                                HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE

                                                ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE AT A REGULAR

                                                MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT 6:00 P.M.,

                                                ON THE 15th DAY OF MAY, 2007, AT THE REGULAR

MEETING PLACE OF SAID MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AT CITY

                                                HALL, TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, AND THAT

                                                IMMEDIATELY AFTER SAID PUBLIC HEARING THE COUNCIL

WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Bujard to adopt the following Resolution allowing the amendments to the Weed/Grass and Burning Ordinances to take effect immediately.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                                                                                RESOLTUION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that the following amendment to Section 13-16 (a) and (b) of the Weed/Grass Ordinance be effective immediately:

 

(a)    With regard to lots, places or areas five (5) acres or less in size, it shall be unlawful for any person or owner of land to permit the growth of noxious weeds, or other deleterious, unhealthful or noxious growths, or of unkempt grass on the whole or any portion thereof of any lot, place or area within the corporate limits of the town.  Any such growth exceeding twelve (12) inches in height shall be presumed to be unlawful.

 

(b)   With regard to lots, places or areas larger than five (5) acres or less in size within the corporate limits of the town which are contiguous to and abut any occupied residential or commercial property, it shall be unlawful for any person or owner of such lands to permit the growth of noxious weeds, or other deleterious, unhealthful or noxious growths, or of unkempt grass on a strip fifty (50) feet in width abutting said occupied residential or commercial property.  Any such growth exceeding twelve (12) inches in height shall be presumed to be unlawful.'

               

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following amendment to Section 10-3 of the Burning Ordinance also be effective immediately:

 

Any permit application shall be denied, any issued permit revoked and any permitted fire shall be extinguished, in the event that the fire chief, the Director of Public Works, the Mayor or the chief of police or his patrolman, determines that the fire contemplated by such applicant, or the permitted open burn underway, is objectionable.  Such a determination shall consider unusual fire hazards, smoke or odor emissions, atmospheric conditions or local circumstances existing at the time of the application, during the permit period or after commencement of the permitted open burning.

 

                            APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 17th day of April, 2007.

 

                                                                                                                                ________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

__________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

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

 

                            Chief Fox discussed instituting operating hours for the Skateboard Park.

 

                            After discussion, Mayor Stinson appointed Council Members Loyd and Vice along with Chief Fox to a committee that would study and bring back to the council a proposal for operating hours for the Skateboard Park.

 

                            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.

 

                            Raymond Guillory discussed moving Precinct 700 back to City Hall.  The governing authority assured Mr. Guillory that the necessary steps would be taken to bring the precinct back to city hall.

 

                            It was moved by Council Member Douglass to recess the regular meeting for approximately 10 minutes.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                            It was moved by Council Member Douglass to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                            Coy Vincent, CPA presented the 2006 Audit to the governing authority.  Mr. Vincent stated the town is in great financial condition and was given a clean opinion.

 

                            After presentation, it was moved by Council Member Douglass to accept the 2007 Audit as presented.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant 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:

___________________________

Mary O’Quinn Vice, Clerk