VINTON, LA

                May 17, 2016

 

                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, 2016, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Marcus Renfrow, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                               Paul Patin, Council Member

                               

                                ALSO PRESENT:                                Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for April, 2016                                                               $   113,341.69

                Total Receipts for April, 2016                                                           $1,015,387.98

                                Total Disbursements for April, 2016                                                                $   913,483.70

                            Total Bills for April, 2016                       

 

        $   298,202.00

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of April, 2016, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented certificates to the 2016 Students of the Year as follows:

 

                                                Vinton Elementary                               Penelope Templeton

                                                Vinton Middle                                       Zane McCaughey

                                                Vinton High                                           Kourtlyn Richard

 

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that “Yard of the Month” was awarded to the David Smith Family @ 1002 Industrial Street.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented Proclamations to the Police and Public Works Departments in honor of National Police and Public Works Weeks.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Resolution be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

RESOLUTION

 

A resolution by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, expressing support of the Federal Railroad Administration’s proposed rulemaking (Docket No. FRA-2014-0033) dated March 15, 2016, as it relates to provisions that establish a minimum of two crewmembers for certain railroad operations.

 

WHEREAS freight trains travel through the Town of Vinton, Louisiana on a regular basis, transporting dangerous cargo, such as hazardous chemicals and oil; and

 

WHEREAS the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton are dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of freight trains within our municipal limits, thereby warranting that such trains are adequately manned by a sufficient number of crew members to address emergency situations; and

 

WHEREAS we are concerned that the advent of recent technology, such as Positive Train Control (PTC), may allow the rail industry to increasingly man trains with less than two-person crews without due consideration for safety risks or without implementing risk mitigating actions that the FRA may deem necessary; and

 

WHEREAS the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FRA-2014-0033) that, among other initiatives, establishes minimum requirements for the size of train crews based on the type of operation at issue (such as hauling freight); and

 

WHEREAS the proposed rulemaking establishes a minimum requirement of two crewmembers for certain railroad operations, while also setting forth the roles and responsibilities of the second crewmember on a moving train, thereby promoting safe and effective teamwork; and

 

WHEREAS the Town of Vinton supports this proposed rulemaking based on the two crewmember requirement for freight and passenger trains that carry hazardous cargo, or travel at excessive speeds, through Louisiana’s municipalities; and

 

WHEREAS, in the interest of public safety, the Town of Vinton suggests that the proposed FRA rule should expressly provide that two-member crews on freight trains hauling hazardous cargo are required throughout the country when those trains are travelling through the incorporated limits of municipalities.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in a regular convened meeting on the 17th day of May, 2016, respectfully requests that upon receipt of this resolution by the Federal Railroad Administration, the contents of this resolution be included as the official comments of the Town of Vinton, to proposed rule FRA-2014-0033 (RIN 2130-AC48).

 

 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be transmitted to the Louisiana Congressional Delegation.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                SIGNED:

 

 

_____________________________                               __________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk                                                      Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

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

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                                                                   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 apply for a CWEF grant for up to $35,000.00 with a 10% match from the town, for a water line improvement project.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 17th day of May, 2017.

 

                                                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                        Mayor Stinson announced that Trash Bash will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 8:00 – Noon, and the auction for surplus property will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016, beginning at 10:00 A.M.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Bujard to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding last month’s request from Terrance Thibodeaux @ 937 Williams Road.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant.  The Mayor called for public comment and there being none, the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant & Renfrow

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  Council Member Patin

 

                        Mayor Stinson reported that upon the request of the Council at its last meeting, he had the Parish Inspector to go out and inspect the mobile home that Mr. Thibodeaux was wanting to repair and the report came back that it would cost more to fix it than it was worth.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Bujard to deny Mr. Thibodeaux’s request to allow him to live in a travel trailer at 937 Williams Road while he is repairing his mobile home.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        Council Member Bujard expressed his displeasure with the action taken by the Vinton Harbor & Terminal District to enter into a contract agreement with Mossville Lodge for a Workers Village to be located at the port, without presenting a final copy of the negotiated contract to the Town of Vinton for their review as he had previously requested.  He also discussed and stated his intent to start eliminating self-perpetuating boards because of their lack of accountability.

 

                        Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney read and explained the proposed Abandonment Ordinance.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be recessed for a public hearing on said ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        There being no input from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be reconvened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                    YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant and Renfrow

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                               ABSENT:  Council Member Patin

 

ORDINANCE

 

DECLARING PROPERTY AS SURPLUS AND NOT NEEDED BY THE CITY AND PROVIDING FOR A TRANSFER OF THE PROPERTY BY ABANDOMENT TO THE ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNER

 

WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton owns and controls a right of way on South Street (the “Property”) and

 

WHEREAS, the Town has found that in lieu of the cost of litigating an acquisitive prescription dispute and in light of the non-use of the portion of the Property to be abandoned it should instead declare it as surplus as hereinafter described in Exhibit “A” attached hereto (the “Affected Portion” of the Property).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council that:

 

Section 1.   The Affected Portion is not currently in use by the Town and is surplus to public purposes and no longer needed by the Town of Vinton.

 

Section 2.    The Affected Portion has been possessed by the adjoining homeowner for many years due to the location of their residence on the Affected Portion.

 

Section 3. The Town does hereby declare that the Affected Portion should be transferred for $1 to the adjoining property owner of Lot One (1) of Block "E" of the Vinton Townsite Company Addition to the Town of Vinton, as per plat recorded.

 

Section 4.    The Mayor is authorized to execute such documents or to direct the execution of such documents as are necessary and proper in furtherance of this ordinance, including the act of transfer of the Affected Portion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 17th Day of May, 2016.

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                              The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                               hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 17th day of                                                                                           returned to the Town Clerk this

May, 2016.                                                                                                                           18th day of May, 2016.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                                                Mayor

 

                        Chief 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.

 

                                Mr. Tony Mancuso requested an exception to the Minimum Lot Size Ordinance at 1605 Goodwin Street to allow him the opportunity to rent both the apartment and mobile home on said property.  The request was discussed at length with no action taken by the council.

 

                                Ms. Leanna Anderson requested an exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance to allow for a mobile home over 10 years old at 1003 East Street.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant to approve an exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance to allow for a mobile home over 10 years old at 1003 East 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 Renfrow that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.                     

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk