VINTON, LA

            July 15, 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 15th day of July, 2008, with the following members present:

 

                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                            Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                            Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                            Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                           

                        ABSENT:                      William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                            Edward J. Vice, Council Member

 

                        ALSO PRESENT:          Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

                                                                                                                                                           

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                        Total Payroll for June, 2008                                                     $   128,605.46            

                        Total Receipts for June, 2008                                                   $1,058,814.10

                        Total Disbursements for June, 2008                                         $1,107,740.99    

                        Total Bills for June, 2008                                                         $   462,472.18   

 

 

 

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 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 Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                       

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

 

                        Mayor Stinson introduced Mr. Allen Wainwright and Mr. David Marcantel to discuss the possibility of the town entering into a Joint Service Agreement with the Parish in regard to animal services.

 

                        There was much discussion regarding response time, enforcement and presence in the area.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Bujard to authorize the Mayor to enter into a Joint Service Agreement with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services for animal control and services in the Town of Vinton.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson recommended that the town’s electric customers be given a 10% discount on their August 30th billing.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that a 10% discount be given to all electric customers of the Town of Vinton on their August 30, 2008, billing cycle.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson discussed possibly adopting a resolution that would prohibit parking on the grass at Venissat Ballpark.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted prohibiting parking on the grass on city property.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga and Merchant

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                             ABSENT:  Council Members Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                        RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that  it has been determined that public convenience and necessity require that parking be prohibited on the grassy areas of all city property, including, but not limited to, city park complexes and baseball park complexes.

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Public Works shall be responsible to erect official signage marking areas where parking is prohibited.

 

                        APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 15th day of July, 2008.

 

                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                        Chad Porterfield, Assistant Chief of Police gave the monthly Police Department report.

 

                        Mayor Stinson presented to Asst. Chief Porterfield a Proclamation proclaiming August 5, 2008 as “National Night Out” in the Town of Vinton.  “National Night Out” provides a unique opportunity for communities across the country to join forces in promoting cooperative, police-community crime prevention efforts.

 

                        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. Arthur Broussard representing the Knights of Columbus requested a variance to the Set-Back Ordinance for the new K.C. Hall.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted allowing for an exception to the set-back ordinance, all subject to the Knights of Columbus satisfying the Mayor and the Town Attorney with appropriate documentation evidencing exactly what the exception is.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                            YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga and Merchant

 

                                                            NAYS:  None

 

                                                         ABSENT:  Council Members Loyd and Vice

 

                                                                        RESOLUTION

 

                        BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that the Vinton Knights of Columbus, regarding their construction plans for a KC Hall and associated structures on its property on the corner of Horridge and South Streets,  have requested that the Vinton Town Council authorize an exception to the town’s setback ordinance allowing for a 5’ distance from the alley for the construction of a 15x40 outdoor kitchen, said 5’ running from the edge of the kitchen to the alley,  and a 6’ distance from Horridge Street to the edge of the awning on the front of the main building.

 

                        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that requested exception be approved contingent upon the Mayor and the Town Attorney receiving and approving a certified copy of a plat with the requested exceptions being evidenced and documented to the satisfaction of the Mayor and the Town Attorney.

                        APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 15th day of July, 2008.

 

                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

____________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant to recess the regular meeting for an executive session.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

 

                        Mayor Stinson reported that the executive session was held to discuss litigation strategy regarding FEMA.

 

                        It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted regarding legal action against FEMA.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                            YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga and Merchant

 

                                                            NAYS:  None

 

                                                          ABSENT:  Council Members Loyd and Vice

 

                                                            RESOLUTION

 

                                    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor and the Town Attorney be authorized to engage the services of an attorney or attorneys who shall represent the Town in potential litigation with FEMA regarding unpaid claims for public assistance following Hurricane Rita clean-up operations.

 

                                    APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 15th day of July, 2008.

 

                                                                                                __________________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

 

                        There being no further business to come before the Governing Authority, it was moved by Council Member Bujard that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk