VINTON, LA

            June 17, 2008

 

            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 June, 2008, with the following members present:

 

                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                            Bliss Bujard, 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, 2008                                                           $   87,699.78           

                        Total Receipts for May, 2008                                                        $ 808,259.65

                        Total Disbursements for May, 2008                                            $ 818,568.46  

                        Total Bills for May, 2008                                                    $ 380,610.04     

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Chaplin Tatum led in prayer, and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

At this time Mayor Stinson announced that Karen Douglass has submitted her resignation from the Vinton Town Council.  Ms. Douglass was present in the audience and he called upon her to say a few words.

 

Ms. Douglass stated it was with a heavy heart that she submitted her resignation, but due to employment issues  she is having to lead by example and do the right thing.  She thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve and said that upon her retirement she would be seeking re-election.

 

                        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 Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                        Ms. Vice reported that the 2008 adjusted millage rate had been received from the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd and seconded by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted:

 

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2008 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish:

 

                                                                       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 2008, 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, Loyd, Merchant & 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 board meeting held on June 17, 2008, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

 

                        Town of Vinton, Louisiana, this 17th day of June, 2008.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

                                                                                    Mary Vice,  City Clerk

 

 

                        Bills for the month of May, 2008, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson announced that two bids were received for the appointment of the Town’s Official Journal as follows:

 

                        Lake Charles American Press                  $3.00/square (on disk) or

                                                                                    $3.50/square

 

                        Southwest Daily News                               $3.00/square (on disk) or

                                                                                    $3.50/square

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the Southwest Daily News be appointed as the Town’s Official Journal for the year.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson updated the governing authority on pending grants and projects.  He presented a Proclamation for the upcoming Cigarette Butt Campaign for which we received a $1500.00 grant.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant to recess the meeting for a Public Hearing on section 8.5-111 of the Obstruction Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        There were several questions from the public regarding enforcement of the ordinance.

 

                        There being no further public comments, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the regular meeting be re-convened.  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 Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant & Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                             ABSENT:  None

 

                                                              ORDINANCE

 

That section 8.5-111 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 8.5-111.  Obstructing public passages.

(a)        It shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of any public sidewalk, street, highway, bridge, alley, road, or other passageway, or the entrance, corridor or passage of any public building, structure, water craft or ferry, by impeding, hindering, stifling, retarding or restraining traffic or passage thereon or therein. 

(b)        The conduct in the immediately preceding sub-paragraph (a) shall include, but not be limited to, the placement or abandonment of basketball goals, soccer nets, hockey nets and other sports or recreation equipment within the right of way for any public sidewalk, street, highway, bridge, alley, road, or other passageway, or the entrance, corridor or passage of any public building, structure, water craft or ferry.

(c)        Further, insofar as the obstruction provided in the immediately preceding sub-paragraph (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully aid, abet, allow or approve of another person making such obstructions.

(d)        This section shall not be applicable to the erection or construction of any barricades or other forms of obstructions as a safety measure in connection with construction, excavation, maintenance, repair, replacement or other work, in or adjacent to any public sidewalk, street, highway, bridge, alley, road, or other passageway, nor to the placing of barricades or other forms of obstruction by governmental authorities, or any officer or agent thereof, in the proper performance of duties.

(Ord. No. 402, § 1(111), 12-20-94)

State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, R.S. 14:100.1.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Loyd to recess the meeting for a Public Hearing on section 22-3 of the Obstruction Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.

 

                        There being no comment from the public, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Loyd 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, Loyd, Merchant & Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                             ABSENT:  None

 

                                                      ORDINANCE

 

That section 22-3 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 22-3.  Obstruction of public ways.

(a)        It shall be unlawful to obstruct a highway of commerce intentionally or in a criminally negligent manner by the placing of anything or performance of any act on any railway, railroad, navigable waterway, road, street, highway, and thoroughfare which will render movement thereon more difficult.

(b)        It shall be unlawful to willfully obstruct the free, convenient and normal use of any public sidewalk, street, alley, road or other passageway, or the entrance, corridor or passage of any public building, structure or watercraft, by impeding, hindering, stifling, retarding or restraining traffic or passage thereon or therein.

(c)        The conduct in the immediately preceding sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) shall include, but not be limited to, the placement or abandonment of basketball goals, soccer nets, hockey nets and other sports or recreation equipment within the right of way for any public sidewalk, street, highway, bridge, alley, road, or other passageway, or the entrance, corridor or passage of any public building, structure, water craft or ferry.

(c)        Further, insofar as the obstruction provided in the immediately preceding sub-paragraph (c), it shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully aid, abet, allow or approve of another person making such obstructions.

 

(Ord. No. 268, § 7, Arts. 50, 51, 4-15-75)

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Loyd to recess the meeting for a Public Hearing on the E-911 Address Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        Fire Chief Jerry Merchant voiced his support of this Ordinance.

 

                        There being no further public comment, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Ordinance be adopted and that said Ordinance have an enforcement date of January 1, 2009, after proper notification is given to the public.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant & Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                             ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR “911” REQUIREMENT

OF VISIBLE MUNICIPAL ADDRESS

 

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered Section 7 - 9, which said section reads as follows:

 

Section 7- 9. Visible “911” Municipal Address.

 

The owner of each building, residence and other structure, whether or not occupied by a person or persons or capable of being occupied by a person or persons, shall cause the numbers of the municipal address of the building, residence or structure to be prominently displayed in a place on the main building or on the lot or property which faces a street or road and which is open to and easily identifiable and discernable from the street line.

 

If placed on a building, the numbers shall be conspicuously placed immediately above, on or at the side of the proper door of the building so that the number can be seen plainly from the street line. Whenever the building is situated more than fifty (50) feet from the street line, the number must be placed and displayed on the lot or property in a location which faces a street or road and which is near the walk, driveway or common entrance to such building and upon a mail box, gate post, fence post, or other appropriate place so as to be easily identifiable and discernable from the street line.

 

Regarding a lot or property which has a single municipal address but on which multiple such buildings, residences and/or structures are built, the owner of the lot or property shall cause the numbers of the municipal address of the lot or property to be prominently displayed in a place on the lot or property which faces a street or road and which is near the walk, driveway or common entrance to the lot or property and upon the mail boxes, gate post, fence post, or other appropriate place so as to be easily identifiable and discernable from the street line. 

 

 

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

 

                        Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports for the month.

 

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

 

                        Mr. James Grandigo voiced his opinions on issues he had with the enforcement of the Obstruction Ordinance before its amendment and ideas he has for reducing the gang activity in town.

 

                        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 Vice and carried.

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk