VINTON, LA

                July 17, 2012

 

                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 July, 2012, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                              None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:               Cade Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for June, 2012                                                                          $     96,493.00               

                                Total Receipts for June, 2012                                                                       $   868,629.97

                                Total Disbursements for June, 2012                                                          $   991,959.37  

                                Total Bills for June, 2012                                                                                                $   741,245.88  

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Council Member Douga led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant 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 Douga and carried.

 

                                Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the monthly Administration Department report. Mrs. Vice reported that a date needed to be set for Mr. Edward Lastrapes appeal hearing.  The hearing is to be set for Monday, July 23, 2012, at 6:00 P.M.

 

                                Bills for the month of June, 2012, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson announced that Jody and Becky Thibodeaux were awarded the “Yard of the Month” designation for the month of July.

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that the following bids were received in response to the “Notice to Bidders” for the Water Tower Waterline Extension Project:

 

                                                                Blake D. Hines, Inc.                           $34,855.30

                                                                R. Cloud Construction Co., Inc.   $44,405.90

                                                                Apeck Construction, Inc.                               $53,436.00

                                                                Simco Enterprises, LTD                 $58,025.00

 

                                Upon the recommendation of the engineer, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the low bid from Blake D. Hines, Inc., in the amount of $34,855.30, be accepted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed applying to the Calcasieu Parish Road and Drainage Trust Fund for a grant in the amount of $442,500.00 for the Horridge/Fancher Bridge and Loree Street Overlay Project.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the following Resolution 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 Patin

 

                                                                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 and empowered to apply with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Road and Drainage Trust Fund in the amount of $442,500.00 to assist in the funding of the Horridge/Fancher Bridge and Loree Street Overlay Project.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 17th day of July, 2012.

 

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_____________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Before the park committee report was given, Council Member Patin asked the attorney if the vote, regarding closing of the skate park that was taken last month, was legal.  Attorney Cole informed him that the motion and vote was certainly within the council’s rights.

 

                                The skate park remaining intact and being made available for public use under strict requirements was discussed at length.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the motion to close and remove the skate park equipment at the April, 2012 regular meeting be re-considered.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant.

 

                                The attorney advised the governing authority that the agenda item listed as “Park Committee Update” did not allow for any action to be taken on the skate park without amending the agenda.

 

                                Council Member Loyd rescinded his earlier motion and Council Member Merchant rescinded his second to the motion.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the agenda be amended to hear and item pertaining to the reconsideration of closing and removing the skate park equipment.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Members Bujard and Patin

 

                                Due to the lack of a unanimous vote the item was not added to the agenda.

 

                                Council Members Bujard and Merchant reported on the July 16, 2012, Park Committee meeting.  They announced that another meeting will be held on August 20, 2012, at 6:00 P.M., and public in-put would be greatly appreciated.

 

                                Attorney Cole discussed the proposed Elderly Assistance Ordinance and some changes that were made to said ordinance.

 

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

 

                                There being no questions are in-put 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 Douga and carried.

 

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

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE NO. _______

 

            BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, meeting as the governing authority of the Town of Vinton at its regularly scheduled meeting at Vinton City Hall on the 17th day of July, 2012 that:

            The Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by amending and restating, Section 25-2 of Article 1I of Chapter 25 which said Section shall read as follows:

Sec. 25-2.  Low Income Elderly Assistance Program: Assistance program for senior citizen low-income households in payment of water, sewer and electrical fees.

(a)           Definitions.

Housing unit means a house, a stationary mobile home, an apartment or any unit used for utility billing purposes.

Income means all nonexempt gross income received by members of the household on a regular, predictable basis during three (3) calendar months, or all annualized nonexempt income received by members of a household on an irregular or fluctuating basis or monies received into a home occupied by a senior citizen household from any source whatsoever.

Senior citizen household is defined as a housing unit wherein a single person who is at least sixty  (60) years of age resides or a married couple, one (1) of whom is at least sixty (60) years of age, resides and for whom utilities are customarily purchased in common or who make payment for utilities included in the rental.

(b)           Eligibility. For eligibility determination, the maximum income for any senior citizen household is to be equivalent to the current year Louisiana Income Eligibility Guidelines for the “Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),” which is published by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and is based on 60% of Estimated State Median Income, and Household income is determined in accordance with the criteria established by the U.S. Director of the Office of management and Budget.

                (Not for Codification: By way of example the year 2012 table is attached hereto as Exhibit “A”).

 (c)          Determination of monthly assistance. The monthly amount of assistance granted each qualified applicant will be determined by:

(1)           The number of qualified applicants; and

(2)           The amount of the funds appropriated for this program for the fiscal year; provided, however, that the amount of assistance shall not exceed a total of twenty dollars ($20.00) per qualified applicant for their water and sewer bill and twenty dollars ($20.00) per qualified applicant for their electric bill.

(d)           Annual recertification. Annual recertification of eligibility shall be required. Applications for said annual recertification shall be submitted by the 1st day of March each year.

(e)           Reporting of changes in status. All changes in status affecting eligibility must be reported promptly to the office of the mayor.

(f)            Administration. Administration of this program will be the responsibility of the Town Clerk, or the Mayor’s designee.

(g)           Sufficient Proof. A copy of a filed tax return together with copies of the attached w-2 or 1099s shall be sufficient proof of income, and the administering official may accept such other proof as they determine to be sufficient, any fraudulent misrepresentation of income to qualify for the program described in this Section shall be a criminal offense punishable to the full extent of the penalties set out in section 1-8 of this Code.

(h)           Confidentiality. Confidentiality of all information provided to determine the eligibility will be maintained by the Town.

(i)            Equal opportunity. This program is open to all persons regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex or national origin. No distinction shall be made between property owners and renters.

(j)            Credits. Credits for eligible participants in the program will be issued with the billings.

(k)           Contingency. Continuation of this assistance program as to the water and sewer assistance is contingent upon the appropriation by the governing authority of the Town in the operating budget of the Town each year; and continuation of this assistance as to the electrical assistance is contingent upon the appropriation by the governing authority of the Vinton Public Power Authority in the operating budget of the Authority each year.

            APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 17th Day of July, 2012.                             

 

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

                                                                                    KENNETH O. STINSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:                                             

                                   

 ______________________

MARY O. VICE, CLERK          

 

 

                                 

 

                                Asst. Chief Joey Dalfrey gave the monthly Police Department report.

 

                                In the absence of Terry Vice, Director of Public Works a written report was submitted for the Public Works and Electrical Departments.

 

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

 

                                Chief Merchant announced that the new PIAL rating was received this week and Vinton is now a Class 3, which will reduce insurance rates for the residents of the town effective August 6, 2012.

 

                                Chief Merchant announced that the new fire truck was delivered and is outside for everyone to view after the meeting.

 

                                Chief Merchant requested that he be authorized to enter into a Joint Service Agreement with the Starks Volunteer Fire Department giving transferring ownership of the 1987 Dodge Van.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin that Chief Merchant be authorized to enter into a Joint Service Agreement with the Starks Volunteer Fire Department transferring them ownership of the 1987 Dodge Van.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Patin that the agenda be amended to hear an item regarding drainage in front of Mr. Glen Ebarb’s house.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd, Merchant and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Member Douga

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

                                Due to the vote not being unanimous the item was not added to the agenda.

 

                                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