VINTON, LA

            June 19, 2007

 

            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 20th day of June, 2007, with the following members present:

 

                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                            Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                            Karen Douglass, 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, 2007                                                         $  81,920.65

                        Total Receipts for May, 2007                                                      $740,448.88

                        Total Disbursements for May, 2007                                             $916,959.75

                        Total Bills for May, 2007                                                             $457,316.81

 

 

 

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 Douglass 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.

 

                        Bills for the month of April, 2007, were approved and payment authorized upon a

motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

                                    YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                    NAYS:  Council Member Vice

 

                                    ABSENT:  None

 

                        Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the administration report for the month.

 

                        Mike Danahay announced his candidacy for State Representative and stated he would appreciate the citizens of Vinton supporting him in this endeavor.

 

                        Buddy Leach announced his candidacy for State Senator and stated he would appreciate the citizens of Vinton supporting him in this endeavor.

 

                        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:

 

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2007 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the Town of Vinton, Louisiana:

 

                                                            6.45 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 2007, 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, Douglass, 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 19, 2007, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

 

                        Town of Vinton, Louisiana this 19th day of June, 2007.

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

                                                                                    Mary Vice, Clerk

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Loyd, seconded by Council Member Douglass that the following Resolution be adopted:

 

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 apply for an L-GAP Grant not to exceed $35,000.00.

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mayor Stinson is also authorized and empowered to sign all applications and other pertinent documents regarding said grant.

 

                        APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of June, 2007.

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

                                                                                    Kenneth O. Stinson

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                        Mayor Stinson opened bids received for the town’s Official Journal for legal publications.  There was one bid received as follows:

 

                                                            Southwest Daily News

                                                            P.O. Box 1999

                                                            Sulphur, LA  70663

                                                            $3.00/square of 100 words submitted on disk

                                                            $3.50/square for material not on disk

 

                        It was moved by Council Douglass that the Southwest Daily News be appointed as the Town’s Official Journal for the 12 month period.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        Skate Park hours were discussed at length.  After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the attorney be authorized to draft an Ordinance for introduction at the next regular meeting regarding Skate Park hours.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and carried.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing regarding the Keep Vinton Beautiful 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 re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                ABSENT:  None

 

BEAUTIFICATION OF TOWN;

Keep Vinton Beautiful Commission

 

Be it ordained by the Council of the Town of Vinton that:

That the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered, 473 which said section reads as follows:

 

SECTION I.

A “Keep Vinton Beautiful Commission” is hereby created for the purpose of assisting the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Vinton in establishing a town-wide policy for decreasing the amount of litter in the city.

SECTION II.

The Commission provided for herein shall be comprised of six (6) members to be nominated by and approved by the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Vinton (“Board”) and shall be resident of the Town of Vinton (“Town”).   The Commission shall consist of representatives from business and industry, media, community organizations, education, and members at large, the decision regarding all of which lying completely with the Board.

Three (3) members of the Commission originally appointed shall be for a term of one (1) year.   The three (3) other members of the Commission originally appointed shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years.   Thereafter, the term of each Commission member shall be two (2) years.   No Commission member shall serve three (3) successive terms, provided, however, that a Commission member appointed to complete the term of another Commission member shall, at the completion of such term, be eligible for appointment for another full term; and provided further, that one place shall always be filled by a city employee who shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Commission.

SECTION III.

That the Executive Director of the Commission shall be the non-voting member of the Commission.   The Executive Director shall be custodian of all minutes and records of the Commission and perform such other duties as the Commission may deem necessary and consistent with both the responsibilities of the Commission and his/her responsibilities to the Town through the Mayor.   The Executive Director shall work under the supervision and control of the Mayor for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION IV.

A simple majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.   The members of the Commission shall regularly attend meetings and shall serve without compensation except for reimbursement of authorized expenses attendant to the performance of their duties.

The Commission shall hold an organizational meeting in August of each year and shall elect a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson from among its members before proceeding to any other matters of business.  The ex-officio member and city employee shall not be eligible to be the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson.  The Commission shall meet regularly and shall designate the time and place of its meetings.

The Commission shall adopt its own rules of procedure and keep a record of its proceedings in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance and the Charter of the Town.  Newly appointed members shall be installed at the first regular meeting after their appointment.

Each month a report shall be submitted to the Board showing the cumulative attendance of each member with notation of members who have been absent from three (3) consecutive meetings.

SECTION V.

The Commission shall recommend policies related to litter prevention, beautification and community improvement, and the minimization of solid waste to the Board so all Town activities might follow a common purpose.   The Commission shall have the following responsibilities:

1. Develop town -wide refuse and environmental policy plan(s);

2. Evaluate Town actions in light of that policy;

3.  Determine and recommend to the Board the management and program priorities on a town-wide basis;

4. Recommend enforcement and additional program alternatives;

5. Monitor Town performance from data collected and examined under the Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Affiliate System guidelines and make an annual report to the Board; and

6.  Carry out such other tasks as the Board may designate.

To accomplish these responsibilities the Commission shall establish sub-committees such as, but not limited to, the areas of Business and Industry, Communications, Education, Finance/Fundraising, and Cleanup, all at the discretion of the Commission and the Board.

A Commission member will chair each sub-committee with an unspecified number of community volunteers who accept the position after being chosen by the Commission as working sub-committee members.

SECTION VI.

The Town within the budgetary appropriation process shall furnish that office space, supplies, telephone, postage and secretarial support for the Executive Director as determined by the Mayor as necessary and appropriate. The Town within Board-imposed budgetary restraints shall also supply additional funds for Commission activities involving travel or training for the Executive Director.

The Town shall pay the Executive Director's salary.  Such salary and other expenses, whether specifically enumerated in the preceding paragraph or not, may be paid from donations when, as and if same are received by the Town from the general public, business, industry, foundations and other sources for the purposes embraced by the scope of the Commission's purpose and responsibilities, with such salary administered in accordance with standard Town policy and practice governed by statute, charter and ordinance.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 19TH Day of June, 2007.

 

                                   

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                        The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                     hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 19th  day of June,                                                                         returned to the Town Clerk this

2007.                                                                                                                       20th day of June, 2007.

 

______________________________                                                                    ____________________________

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

 

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

 

                        In the absence of Terry Vice, Director of Public Works, Mayor Stinson reviewed the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports with the governing authority.

 

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

 

                        Chief Merchant announced that he had received our new PIL rating which went from a class 3 to a class 4.  He stated that the rating change was due to the decrease in volunteer firefighters immediately following Hurricane Rita.

 

                        Mrs. Beatrice Hart informed the governing authority about a book written by Bill Jones entitled “Louisiana Cowboys” which gives a lot of Vinton’s history and she feels deserves some type of recognition from the 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 Douglass and carried.

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O’Quinn Vice, Clerk