VINTON, LA

                June 16, 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 16th day of June, 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

                                                                                Edward J. Vice, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                              None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:               Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

 

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for May, 2009                                                                           $    137,959.14                     

                                Total Receipts for May, 2009                                                                        $ 1,100,218.86

                                Total Disbursements for May, 2009                                                           $    831,136.59 

                                Total Bills for May, 2009                                                                                                $    281,380.38

 

 

 

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 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga and seconded by Council Member Bujard that the following Resolution be adopted:

 

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA

 

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2009 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the Town of Vinton, Louisiana:

 

                                                                        6.110 Mills

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2009, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.

 

                        The foregoing resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:

 

                                    YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                                 ABSENT:   None

 

CERTIFICATE

 

                        I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and exact copy of the resolution adopted at a regular council meeting held on June 16, 2009, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

 

                        Vinton, Louisiana, this 16th day of June, 2009.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

                                                                                    Mary Vice, Clerk

 

 

                                Bills for the month of May, 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.

 

                                Mayor Stinson opened the bids received for the Town’s Official Journal as follows:

 

                                                Southwest Daily News                                                    American Press

                                                P.O. Box 1999                                                                     P.O. Box 2893

                                                Sulphur, LA  70664                                                          Lake Charles, LA  70602

                                                $3.00/square of 100 words                                            $5.00/square

                                                $3.50/square material not on disk

 

                                After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to appoint the American Press as the Town’s Official Journal, due to the fact that they have a larger coverage area.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented Council Member Vice with a plaque in honor and appreciation of his years of service as a council member.

 

                                Attorney Minaldi  read aloud the proposed Ordinance regarding the speed limit on Big Woods Road.

 

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

 

                                There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Douga to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

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.

 

BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana that:

 

The Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a sub-section, to be numbered Sec. 16023(e), which said sub-section reads as follows:

 

                “(e)         Big Woods Road.  The speed limit shall not be in excess of thirty five (35) miles per hour on Big Woods Road from Hampton Coulee to La. State Highway 3063.”

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of June, 2009.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    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 16th day of                                                                                            returned to the Town Clerk this

June, 2009              .                                                                                                               17th day of June, 2009.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                        Mayor

 

                                Attorney Minaldi  read aloud the proposed Ordinance amending Section 7-23 of Chapter seven of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana.

 

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

 

                                There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Douga to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga 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, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

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

 

That section 7-23 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Sec. 7-23.  Notice to owner to show cause why building should not be condemned.

 

The Mayor shall, upon submission of the report referred to in section 7-22, serve notice on the owner of the building or other structure which is the subject of such report requiring him to show cause at a meeting of the mayor and town council why the building or structure should not be condemned.  The date and hour of the meeting shall be stated in the notice which shall be served at least ten (10) days before the date of the hearing, except in case of grave public emergency as hereinafter provided.  The notice may be served by the town’s chief of police or his designee, ward marshal in and for the town and ward seven, or by any sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable having jurisdiction and power to serve legal process where the owner of the building or structure is found in the state.  The officer making such service shall make return of service as in ordinary cases.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of June, 2009.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    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 16th day of                                                                                            returned to the Town Clerk this

June, 2009              .                                                                                                               17th day of June, 2009.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                        Mayor

 

                                Attorney Minaldi  read aloud the proposed Ordinance amending Section 7-28 of Chapter seven of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana.

 

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

 

                                Several comments were made regarding payment for demolitions.  After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

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

 

That section 7-28 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Sec. 7-28.  Demolition or removal by town.

 

(a)                 In the event the owner or the occupant of the building or structure which is the subject of the report referred to in section 7-22 fails or refuses to comply with the decision of the mayor and town council and fails to appeal therefrom within the legal delays as provided in R.S. 33:4763, then the mayor may proceed with the demolition or removal of the condemned building or structure, in which case neither he nor the town shall be liable for damages.

(b)                Prior to the demolition or removal of the building or structure by the town, the town’s chief of police or his designee or the mayor or some official designated by him shall serve notice on the owner or his agent, and on the occupant of the building, if there is any, or upon the attorney-at-law appointed to represent the minor, interdict, or absentee owner, specifying the time when the work will begin upon the demolition or removal of the building or structure.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of June, 2009.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    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 16th day of                                                                                            returned to the Town Clerk this

June, 2009              .                                                                                                               17th day of June, 2009.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                        Mayor

 

                                Attorney Minaldi  read aloud the proposed Ordinance amending Section 21-1 of Chapter 21 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana.

 

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

 

                                There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Douga to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga 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, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

 

ORDINANCE

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF

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

 

That section 21-1 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Sec. 21-1.  Duties of Chief of Police.

 

The duties of the chief of police of the town shall be as follows:

 

(1)                 Supervise the police department in arresting all violators of the law and bringing them before the mayor or mayor pro tem, who shall try them without further formal complaint, other than that preferred by the chief after the arrest has been made;

(2)                 Supervise the collection of all fines and pay them over to the tax collector or treasurer, getting a receipt therefore;

(3)                 Summon others to assist him in making arrests;

(4)                 Investigate all reasonable complaints made to or about the police department by citizens of the town;

(5)                 Supervise the police department, including making recommendation to the mayor and town council, to improve morale and efficiency;

(6)                 Serve all notices, rules, orders and process of the town council required to be served upon a person, as well as all notices, rules, orders and process of the mayor required to be served upon a person, as well as all notices, rules orders and process of the mayor’s court;

(7)                 Perform such other duties as may be designated by the mayor and council from time to time.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of June, 2009.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    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 16th day of                                                                                            returned to the Town Clerk this

June, 2009              .                                                                                                               17th day of June, 2009.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                        Mayor

               

                                Mr. Allen Patterson was not present to discuss his request for a variance to the Mobile Home Ordinance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga to deny Mr. Patterson’s request for permission to use mobile home pre-cast concrete footings at the 500 block of Hwy 90 as compliance with Ordinance 15.5-54.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                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 Rhonda Schalk be hired as a probationary dispatcher.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                                Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly public works and electrical department reports.

 

                                Mr. Vice reported that there is a power outage scheduled for the town on Friday, June 19, 2009, from midnight to 6:00 A.M. for the purpose of making repairs at the sub-station.

 

                                Mr. Vice discussed the 2009 Overlay Project with the governing authority.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to adopt the following Resolution.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

                                               

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

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 to go out for bids for the over laying of the following streets:                                               McCormick Street

                                                                                Perry Street

                                                                                Goodwin Street from Fancher to Horridge

                                                                                1500 Block of Stevenson Street 75 feet on each side of the bridge

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 16th day of June, 2009.

 

                                                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

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

 

                                Mr. Horace Thibodeaux was not present at the meeting.

 

                                Mr. James Milton and Mr. Roy Milton discussed the condition of the in-field at Venissat Park and making improvements to it.

 

                                Ms. Judy Vice on behalf of her father, Edward Vice expressed their appreciation for the time he has spent as an elected official for the Town of Vinton.  He has served with pride, determination and dedication and has enjoyed representing the people of the Town of Vinton. 

 

                                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.

                               

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk