May 16, 2017
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 16th day of May, 2017, with the following members present:
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Bliss Bujard, Council Member
William “BB” Loyd, Mayor Pro Tem
Kevin Merchant, Council Member
Paul Patin, Council Member
Marcus Renfrow, Council Member
ALSO PRESENT: None
The following Reports were submitted:
Total Payroll for April, 2017 $ 139,261.94
Total Receipts for April, 2017 $1,020,777.16
Total Disbursements for April, 2017 $1,119,278.87
Total Bills for April, 2017
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order and Council Member Merchant led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the minutes of prior meetings, copies of which were mailed to each council member prior to the meeting, be approved as written. The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the monthly Administration Department report.
Bills for the month of April, 2017, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
Mayor Stinson presented Proclamations to Chief Rick Fox and Public Works Director Terry Vice for National Police Week and National Public Works Week.
Mayor Stinson presented certificates to the 2017 Students of the Year as follows:
Zeth Turner - Vinton High
Liam Hopper- Vinton Middle
Isabella Burke- Vinton Elementary
Mayor Stinson updated the governing authority on pending grants and projects.
Mayor Stinson discussed the proposed Amendment #1 to the agreement with the Parish for the Johnny Breaux Road Extension Project.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the Mayor be authorized to execute Amendment #1 to the agreement with the Parish for the Johnny Breaux Road Extension Project. The motion was seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.
Mayor Stinson announced that there will be a Memorial Day Service at the VFW located on Hwy 109 at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, May 29, 2017.
It was moved by Council Member Bujard and seconded by Council Member Loyd to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding an agreement with the DOTD for the I-10 Lighting Project. Mayor Stinson called for public comment, being no comments a roll call vote was taken as follows:
YEAS: Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant, Patin and Renfrow
Mayor Stinson reported that he had been contacted about entering into an agreement with the State DOTD to install lights on both of the Vinton Exits on I-10. The State would pay 90% of the project and the Town would pay 10% in addition to maintenance after installation.
It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the Mayor be authorized to enter into the agreement with the State DOTD for the proposed Lighting Project as discussed. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Chief Ricky Fox gave the monthly police department report.
Terry Vice, Public Works Director gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.
Chris Vice, Fire Chief gave the monthly Fire and Civil Defense reports.
Mr. Martin Synder requested an exception to the Lot Size Ordinance to allow for two additional residences (for his mother and daughter) on his one plus acre undivided lot, located at 106 Murphy Drive.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin to approve Mr. Synder’s exception request with the following stipulations:
1. That the residences be erected in accordance with the site plan on file with the Public Works Director.
2. That only blood relatives be allowed to reside in the residences.
The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
Mr. Danny Paladino, Commissioner Ward 7 Recreation District updated the governing authority on their proposed plans for Venissat Memorial Park. He stated that beginning July 1st they would like to take down the fencing and start dirt work. He requested that the town remove 4 light poles and electricity that would be interfering with the dirt work. Public Works Director Vice assured him that would be no problem.
Mr. Chad Romero presented the governing authority with a layout of his proposed R.V. Park on Lawrence Breaux Road and requested exceptions to the Travel Trailer Park Ordinance as follows:
1. Reduce lot size from 2500 square feet to 2000 square feet
2. Paving for lot surfaces and roads
After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Romero was asked to bring in a layout of his proposed park that is
drawn to scale to the June 20th meeting.
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 Renfrow and carried.
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Mary O. Vice, City Clerk