VINTON, LA

                May 19, 2009

 

                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 19th day of May, 2009, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                              Edward J. Vice, Council Member

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:               Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

 

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for April, 2009                                                                         $      89,368.57                     

                                Total Receipts for April, 2009                                                                      $    797,412.78

                                Total Disbursements for April, 2009                                                         $    778,510.63 

                                Total Bills for April, 2009                                                                                              $    292,817.76

 

 

 

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 the Troop 36 Boy Scouts and their parents.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant 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 Loyd and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of April, 2009, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Douga, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Mr. Allen Patterson requested a variance to the Mobile Home Ordinance allowing him to place the mobile homes on precast concrete footings instead of the required paved foundation.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to advertise and hold a Public Hearing regarding Mr. Patterson’s variance request on June 16, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson and Attorney Minaldi discussed the future leasing, selling, swapping etc. of municipal owned properties with the governing authority.  The governing authority will have to adopt an ordinance setting minimum requirements for any piece of property that is to be leased, sold or swapped.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Douga to authorize the attorney to draft an ordinance with minimum requirements for leasing the building located downtown (1346 Horridge St.).  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant to authorize the attorney to draft an ordinance with minimum requirements regarding the swapping of the following property with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:

                                                1608 & 1610 Center Street (Town of Vinton property)

                                                1119 Eddy Street (Parish Property)

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the property where the old jail is located be considered surplus property and that the attorney be authorized to draft an ordinance with minimum requirements to sale said property.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga and Loyd

 

                                                                NAYS:  Council Member Merchant

 

                                                         ABSENT:  Council Member Vice

 

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

 

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

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the governing authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that Mayor Kenneth O. Stinson is hereby authorized and empowered to execute and sign all necessary documents regarding Federal Project No. HRRR-9907(535),  “Street Sign Grant” on behalf of the Town of Vinton.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 7th day of May, 2009.

 

                                                                                                                ________________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_____________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Mayor Stinson asked the Director of Public Works to show a slide show he put together on the repair of the Stevenson Street Bridge.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented the following Proclamations:

 

1.       National Public Works Week – May 18- 22, 2009

2.       National Police Week – May 10-15, 2009

3.       Older American Month – May, 2009

 

It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the following Resolution be adopted.  The

motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in Regular Session convened on the 19th day of May, 2009, that it does hereby urge and request the members of the Calcasieu Congressional Delegation to support efforts being made to keep the existing Interstate-10 bridge fully operational while its replacement span is constructed to avoid significant traffic problems and delays which would be created by re-routing traffic to Interstate-210.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of May, 2009.

 

                                                                                                                                __________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Attorney Minaldi presented four ordinances for introduction to the council.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the following ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said ordinance on June 16, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  Council Member Vice

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT ON BIG WOOD ROAD FROM HAMPTON COULEE TO LA. HWY. 3063

 

 

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 THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT ON BIG WOOD ROAD FROM HAMPTON COULEE TO LA. HWY. 3063.

 

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 16th DAY OF JUNE, 2009, 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 Bujard that the following ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said ordinance on June 16, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  Council Member Vice

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 7 BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II.  DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL OF UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 7-28 – DEMOLITION OR REMOVAL BY TOWN

 

 

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

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF

THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 7 BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II.  DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL OF UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 7-28 – DEMOLITION OR REMOVAL BY TOWN

 

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 16th DAY OF JUNE, 2009, 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 Bujard that the following ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said ordinance on June 16, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  Council Member Vice

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 7 BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II.  DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL OF UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 7-23 – NOTICE TO OWNER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY BUILDING SHOULD NOT BE CONDMNED.

 

 

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

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF

THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 7 BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II.  DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL OF UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 7-23 – NOTICE OF OWNER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY BUILDING SHOULD NOT BE CONDEMNED

 

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 16th DAY OF JUNE, 2009, 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 Merchant that the following ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on said ordinance on June 16, 2009.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                           ABSENT:  Council Member Vice

 

ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 21 POLICE, SECTION 21-1 – DUTIES OF CHIEF OF POLICE

 

 

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

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF

THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, CHAPTER 21 – POLICE, SECTION 21-1 – DUTIES OF CHIEF OF POLICE

 

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 16th DAY OF JUNE, 2009, 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.

 

                                Chief of Police, Ricky Fox gave the monthly police department report.

 

                                Upon the recommendation of the Chief of Police, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that Evan Scott Spell be hired as a probationary patrolman.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard 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.

 

                                Mr. Horace Thibodeaux discussed problems he has encountered with dogs not being on a leash.

 

                                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 Bujard and carried.

                               

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk