VINTON, LA

                May 15, 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 15th day of May, 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:                 None

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for April, 2007                                                                           $  79,609.72

                                Total Receipts for April, 2007                                                                       $763,918.88

                                Total Disbursements for April, 2007                                                            $773,788.22

                                Total Bills for April, 2007                                                                               $383,914.79

 

 

 

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.

 

                                Jojo Mounfils thanked the governing authority and the public for their participation in the 2007 Relay for Life Campaign.  She presented Mayor Stinson with a Certificate of Appreciation and stated that Vinton had exceeded their goal which was set at $15,000.00.

 

                                Bills for the month of April, 2007, were approved and payment authorized upon a

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented Proclamations to the following “Student’s of the Year”:

 

                                                                                Dillon Fontenot – Vinton Elementary School

                                                                                Justin McMillian – Vinton Middle School

                                                                                Jared Chandler – Vinton High School

 

                                Mayor Stinson gave an update on pending grants and projects.

 

                                The following Class “B” Beer permit was approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried:

 

                                                                                Hien Dieu Nguyen

                                                                                D/B/A:  Circle A Mini Mart

                                                                                1309 Hwy 90

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                The following Class “B” Liquor permit was approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried:

 

                                                                                Hien Dieu Nguyen

                                                                                D/B/A:  Circle A Mini Mart

                                                                                1309 Hwy 90

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented a Proclamation to Chief of Police, Ricky Fox in honor of “Peace Officer’s Memorial Day”.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented a Proclamation to Terry Vice, Director of Public Works in honor of “Public Works Week”.

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that he would be presenting a Proclamation to the Senior Citizens tomorrow at the Senior Center in honor of “Older Americans Month”.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented a draft Ordinance regarding Vinton Beautification for possible introduction.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a Public Hearing on said Ordinance be held at the next regular meeting of the governing authority.  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

 

                                                                                    ORDINANCE

BEAUTIFICATION OF TOWN;

Keep Vinton Beautiful Commission

 

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, which said section reads as follows:

 

A “Keep Vinton Beautiful Commission” is hereby created for the purpose of assisting the Council Members of the Town of Vinton in establishing a town-wide policy for decreasing the amount of litter in the city.

 

    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

 

                                                That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, which said section reads as follows:

 

A “Keep Vinton Beautiful Commission” is hereby created for the purpose of assisting the Council Members of the Town of Vinton in establishing a town-wide policy for decreasing the amount of litter in the city.

 

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 19th DAY OF JUNE, 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.

 

                                Mayor Stinson appointed the following people to serve along with himself on the Demolition Committee:

                                                                                                Council Member Vice

                                                                                                Fire Chief Merchant

                                                                                                Terry Vice, Director of Public Works

 

                                Council Member Vice inquired about grass letters being sent out to people on the lists he had submitted.

                                Council Member Vice also discussed ditches being cleaned, Ebarb/Savoit driveway and basketball goals in streets.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Vice to authorize the Mayor and Chief of Police to work with the attorney in drafting an ordinance for introduction, making parents responsible for basketball goals and children playing in streets.

               

                                Council Member Vice moved to adopt a Resolution in support of House Bill 414 which creates the Interstate 10 Corridor District in certain parishes.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that said Council does hereby support the passage of House Bill 414 regarding the creation of the Interstate 10 Corridor District in certain parishes, including Calcasieu Parish.

 

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proposed law authorizes the district to be designated an official depository for information relating to the development and construction of transportation improvements within the district.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 15th day of May, 2007.

 

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

____________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing on amending the Weed/Grass Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson read the amendment aloud and asked if there were any comments from the public.

 

                                There being no comments from the public it was moved by Council Member Douglass that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance 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 & 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.

 

            BE IT ORDAINED by the Town Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that Section 13-16 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, are hereby amended to read as follows, to-wit:

 

Section 13-16.  Unlawful growths

 

(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.'

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 15th day of May, 2007.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ________________________________

                                                                                                                Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                                         The foregoing Ordinance is hereby

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                                     approved and returned to

to the Mayor this 15th day of                                                                                                   the Town Clerk this16th day of

May, 2007.                                                                                                                              May, 2007.

 

_____________________________                                                                                      _______________________________

Town Clerk                                                                                                                             Mayor

 

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing on amending the Burning Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson read the amendment aloud and asked if there were any comments from the public.

 

                                There being no comments from the public it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance 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 & 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.

 

“That section 10.3 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

 

 

Section 10-3

 

            Except as provided herein, no person shall kindle or maintain, or authorize to be kindled or maintained, any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this Section.

 

                “Open burning” is defined as the burning of materials resulting in emission of products of combustion directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.

 

                Open burning shall not be conducted without a written permit issued by the Town Clerk, during normal business hours, or by the police chief or his/her designee on weekends.  Such permits shall be valid for seven (7) days from the date and hour of issuance, and shall be issued at a cost of $5.00 initially, or at such other cost as the Town Council may hereafter designate.

 

        Permits shall issue to the owner or legal occupant of land upon which open burning is to be conducted, only as follows:

 

        a)    To allow burning of leaves, limbs under six inches in diameter, and other plant material by the permit-holder on the property from which such materials are produced.  The burning of such yard waste shall be confined to an area not larger than 10 feet in diameter, and the height of the waste prior to burning shall not exceed 4 feet.  Burning of yard waste allowed by this paragraph shall be conducted during daylight hours, between sunrise and sunset.  Any fires shall be extinguished by sunset;

 

b)       Outdoor fires utilized for ceremonial purposes otherwise known as bonfires; or

 

c)       Recreational fires confined to an area not larger than 3 feet in diameter, with a height prior to burning not to exceed 2 feet conducted for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. 

 

        The location of any permitted open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure or combustible material, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure or combustible material.  Under no circumstances shall any open burning contain rubbish, plastics, rubber or similar products.

 

        Any open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.  A portable fire extinguisher or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available before immediate utilization to maintain control of any open burning and to confine it to the limitations of this Section.

 

Upon issuance of a permit under this Section, the issuing officer shall:

a)       provide the permit holder a copy of this ordinance; and

b)       promptly provide notice in writing, telephonically or electronically, to the Superintendent of Public Works or to the Mayor.

 

        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 at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 15th day of May, 2007.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                ________________________________

                                                                                                                Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                         The foregoing Ordinance is hereby

going Ordinance has been presented                                                     approved and returned to

to the Mayor this 15th day of                                                                   the Town Clerk this 16th day of

May, 2007.                                                                                              May, 2007.

 

_____________________________                                                                                   ____________________________

              Town Clerk                                                                                                                           Mayor

 

 

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

 

                            Upon the recommendation of the Chief, it was moved by Council Member Vice to make Matthew Frederick a regular employee effective 5-15-2007.  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.

 

                            Jerry Merchant , Fire Chief gave the monthly Fire and Civil Defense reports.

 

                            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