April 21, 2009
The Mayor and Council of the Town of
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Harold R. Douga, Council Member
William “BB” Loyd, Council Member
Edward J. Vice, Council Member
The following Reports were submitted:
Total Payroll for March, 2009 $ 91,533.52
Total Receipts for March, 2009 $ 797,631.11
Total Disbursements for March, 2009 $ 704,986.13
Total Bills for March, 2009 $ 370,290.28
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order. Chaplin Tatum led in prayer, and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Stinson announced that some items on the agenda would be taken out of order.
Mayor Stinson recognized and presented Certificates of Achievement to the “Students of the Year” as follows:
Vinton Elementary – Jake Savoit
Vinton Middle – Whitney Adams
Vinton High – Kaitlyn Robinson
Jason Barnes updated the governing authority on the Parish Litter Program.
Ceclie Carson, representing Keep
America Beautiful and Leigh Harris, representing Keep
It was moved by Council Member Loyd 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 monthly Administration Department report. Mrs. Vice announced that sales tax revenue was down considerably and all department heads needed to continue to watch their expense budget carefully.
Bills for the month of March, 2009, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
Mayor Stinson updated the governing authority on pending grants and projects.
Attorney Minaldi discussed proper service to property owners in regard to demolition projects.
Mayor Stinson asked Mr. John Stoddard
and Mrs. Bonnie Viator to address the Council again regarding their decision at
the February council meeting whereby a motion was made to proceed with
demolition of a structure on their property at
Mr. Stoddard and Mrs. Viator explained to the council that since the February meeting they had made additional repairs to the referenced structure. The asked that the council withdraw their motion to proceed with the demolition.
After a lengthy discussion, it was
moved by Council Member Vice to withdraw the action taken at the February 17,
2009, council meeting moving to proceed with the demolition of the structure
YEAS: Council Members Loyd, Merchant and Vice
NAYS: Council Members Bujard and Douga
Mayor Stinson discussed issues the garbage company is having with picking up limbs and leaves. He asked that the paper publish again the requirements of having limbs cut 4ft in length and bundled and leaves bagged in order to have them picked up.
Mayor Stinson asked the council if
they had any comments regarding the request from Allen Patterson regarding a
variance on the
Mayor Stinson announced the Proclamations he issued for the month as follows:
Fair Housing Month
Council Member Bujard discussed complaints he received regarding teenagers walking in the middle of the street and refusing to move. He stated that citizens incurring this problem need to call the police department and report it.
Council Member Douga asked Mr.
Marcantel with the
Council Member Douga asked Attorney
Minaldi to draft an amendment to the ordinance reducing the speed limit on
Chief of Police, Ricky Fox 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.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to authorize Chief Merchant to apply for a grant from the Fire Act Grant Funds with town participation of 5% ($14,000.00). The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.
There being no further business to come before the Governing Authority, it was moved by Council Member Douga that the meeting be adjourned. The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the regular meeting be re-convened for an item skipped on the agenda. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Mrs. Theresa Watson informed the governing authority and public present about the Library Tax Re-newal of 5.99 Mills. The election will be held on May 2, 2009. She asked that everyone get out and vote in favor of the re-newal.
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 Merchant and carried.
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Mary O. Vice, City Clerk