VINTON, LA

                June 21, 2011

 

                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 21st day of June, 2011, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                              Kevin Merchant, Council Member

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:               Thad MInaldi, Town Attorney

 

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for May, 2011                                                                            $      131,550.34     

                                Total Receipts for May, 2011                                                                         $   1,136,056.31

                                Total Disbursements for May, 2011                                                            $      901,464.83

                                Total Bills for May, 2011                                                                                  $      426,536.35

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Rev. Kathy Fitzhugh led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga 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.  Mrs. Vice announced that the following bids were received for the Official Journal:

 

                                                American Press                 Southwest Daily News

                                                $5.00 per square               $3.00 per square – submitted on disk/e-mail

                                                                                                $3.50 per square – material not on disk/e-mail

                                                                                                In addition they will publish in the Vinton News

                                                                                                Additional $1.00 per square on disk/e-mail

                                                                                                Additional $1.50 per square not on disk/e-mail

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Patin that the Southwest Daily News be appointed as the Town’s Official Journal thru June 30, 2012.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Bills for the month of May, 2011, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Douga, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga to hear an item not on the agenda regarding the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce “Think Positive – Be Positive” Campaign.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Garrett Lawrence informed the governing authority of the “Think Positive – Be Positive” Campaign sponsored by the WCAC.  He asked that the council adopt a resolution in support of the campaign.

 

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

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Patin

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                         ABSENT:  Council Member Merchant

 

                                                                                                RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that the governing authority hereby approves and supports the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce “Think Positive – Be Positive” Campaign.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 21, day of June, 2011.

 

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

__________________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                                Ms. Wendy Aquillard, Interim Tax Assessor for Calcasieu Parish, announced to the governing authority and public present her candidacy in the October, 2011, election for Parish Assessor.  She asked that the citizens of Vinton support her at the polls.

 

                                Ms. Aquillard also announced that she and some of her office staff would be in Vinton on July 20th from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. to sign people up for the special assessment level freezes.

 

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

 

                                Upon the recommendation of the Mayor, it was moved by Council Member Douga that Cade Cole be appointed as the town’s attorney effective July 1, 2011, with a transitional period of July 1- August 30, 2011 with Mr. Minaldi.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA

 

RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2011 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 2011, 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 & Patin

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                                      ABSENT:   Council Member Merchant

 

                         ABSTAINED:   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 21, 2011, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

 

                        Vinton, Louisiana, this 23rd day of June, 2011.

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

                                                                                    Mary Vice, Clerk

                                Mayor Stinson presented a list of vehicles to the council and requested that they deem them as surplus property.   

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the list of vehicles (Exhibit “A”) be deemed surplus property and auctioned off after proper advertisement.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Council Member Bujard discussed the extremely dry weather we have been experiencing and the discharging of fireworks under those conditions during the 4th of July holiday.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin to see what the Parish Police Jury was going to do about the problem and then follow suit. 

 

                                After further discussion, Council Member Patin withdrew his motion.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Patin, seconded by Council Member Douga that the following Resolution be adopted and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Loyd and Patin

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                         ABSENT:  Council Member Merchant

 

RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON REGARDING UNSAFE CONDITIONS, FIRE HAZARD AND FIRECRACKERS

 

 

WHEREAS, Town of Vinton Ordinance 8.5-101 allows the use, firing, shooting or explosion of fireworks in the Town of Vinton in a place that no fire hazard will be presented; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton has experienced little, if any rain, for quite some time; and

 

            WHEREAS, conditions in the Town of Vinton are extremely dry, and the resulting conditions of grass, bushes, trees and other vegetation in the Town of Vinton are extremely dry; and

 

            WHEREAS, the use, firing, shooting or explosion of fireworks in such conditions presents an unreasonable fire hazard.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, exercising its powers, rights, privileges, immunities, authorities and duties, and considering consultation with the Fire Chief and with the Mayor, and considering the lack of rain and the prevailing extremely dry conditions existing in the Town of Vinton, the Council resolves that conditions in the Town of Vinton for the use, firing, shooting or explosion of fireworks present a fire hazard.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, on the dates of July 3-4, 2011, there shall be no place in the Town of Vinton where fireworks can be used, fired, shot or exploded by any person.

 

 

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                        Council Member Douga discussed issues regarding debris pick up by the garbage company that is outside the terms of the contract.  He introduced Mr. Tony Boucher, IESI Site Manager who restated the terms of the contract for debris pick-up.

 

                        After a lengthy discussion it was agreed upon by the governing authority and Mr. Boucher that the terms of the contract would be enforced.  Debris under 6’ long, bundled and weighing under 60 lbs will be picked up by IESI. The disposal of all other debris is the responsibility of the customer.

 

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

 

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

 

                                Mr. Vice discussed entering into a Joint Service Agreement with Louisiana Rural Water Association, signing on to their LA-WARN program.  The program offers water and waste-water resources to municipalities during and after a disaster.

 

                                After discussion, the council asked Attorney Minaldi to review the LA-WARN program and give his opinion as to whether or not the town should enter into the Joint Service Agreement.

 

                                Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief gave the monthly fire and civil defense reports. 

 

                                Chief Merchant announced that the following bids were received in response to the Notice to Bidders for a commercial non-walk in rescue truck:

 

                                                5 Alarm Fire Apparatus, Inc.                         Sunbelt Fire, Inc  (E-one, Inc.)

                                                1060 Bayor Blue Road                                    8050 McGownin Dr.

                                                Houma, LA  70364                                            Fairhope, AL  36532

                                                $187,690.00                                                         $199,900.00

 

                                                Martin Apparatus, Inc.                                     Bonaventure Company, Inc

                                                14233 Interdrive West                                     162 Industrial Drive

                                                Houston, TX  77032                                          Rayne, LA  70578

                                                $214,921.00                                                         $220,333.00

 

                                                Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc.

                                                27855 James Chapel Road           

                                                Holden, LA  70744

                                                $231,553.00

 

                                Chief Merchant announced that after he and the attorney reviewed the bids, the low bidder – Five Alarm Apparatus, Inc., did not meet the bid specifications.

 

                                Upon the recommendation of Chief Merchant, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to award the contract for the commercial non-walk in rescue truck to Sunbelt Fire, Inc., (E-One, Inc.) in the amount of $199,900.00.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

 

                                Ms. Anne St.Julien requested an exception to the Set Back Ordinance.  She stated she wants to turn the house located at 1105 Eddy Street to where the front door faces the street and in doing so it would not meet the required 10’ from the property line as mandated in Ordinance.

 

                                After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to allow Ms. St. Julien an exception to the Set Back Ordinance at 1105 Eddy Street as follows:

 

                                                                The new location of the house shall be equal

                                                                distance from the north and south property

                                                                lines and no further west than the current

                                                                most westerly side.

 

The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried

 

                                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 Bujard and carried.                               

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk