August 16, 2016
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 16th day of August, 2016, with the following members present:
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Bliss Bujard, Council Member
Kevin Merchant, Council Member
Paul Patin, Council Member
Marcus Renfrow, Council Member
ABSENT: William “BB” Loyd, Mayor Pro Tem
ALSO PRESENT: Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney
The following Reports were submitted:
Total Payroll for July, 2016 $ 180,348.84
Total Receipts for July, 2016 $1,437,994.18
Total Disbursements for June, 2016 $1,218,033.92
Total Bills for July, 2016
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order and Rev. Roger Templeton led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the minutes of prior meetings as corrected, copies of which were mailed to each council member prior to the meeting, be approved as written. The motion was seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.
Mary Vice, City Clerk gave the monthly Administration Department report.
Bills for the month of July, 2016, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.
Mayor Stinson updated the governing authority on pending grants and projects.
Mayor Stinson presented the proposed 2017 budget to the governing authority.
It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the proposed 2017 Budget be introduced and that a Public Hearing be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, on said budget. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Council Members Bujard, Merchant, Patin and Renfrow
ABSENT: Council Member Loyd
The proposed budget for the year October 1, 2016, thru September 30, 2017, of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Louisiana Local Government Budget Act and is available for public inspection at the office of the Mayor, Town of Vinton, 1200 Horridge Street Vinton, Louisiana, from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 A.M. to Noon on Friday (except holidays). A public hearing on the Proposed Budget is scheduled for:
6:00 P.M. – City Hall
OPERATING BUDGET SUMMARY
Following is a summary of the proposed budget for the year October 1, 2016 thru September 30, 2017:
TRANSFERS AND LOANS ($27,061)
ESTIMATED ENDING FUND BALANCE $10,739,209
The proposed operating budget for the year ending September 30, 2017, which is available at City Hall, provides further details.
Mayor Stinson called for the property owner of 822 Loree Street, Ms. Cheryl Leger to come forward and show cause as to why her property should not be condemned.
Ms. Leger requested that she be given a 90 day extension to demolish the mobile home due to her husband working out of town.
It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the mobile home located at 822 Loree Street be condemned and demolished and to give Ms. Leger a 90 day extension for the demolition. The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.
Mayor Stinson called for the property owner of 937 Williams Road, Mr. Terrence Thibodeaux to come forward and show cause as to why his property should not be condemned.
Mr. Thibodeaux stated he does not agree with the inspectors report that the mobile home is in dilapidated and unsafe condition. He said that he would like to use it for storage if possible.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Bujard that the mobile home located at 937 Williams road be condemned and to proceed with the demolition process. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Mayor Stinson called for the property owner of 2211 Hwy 90 W, Mr. Jose Sevilla to come forward and show cause as to why the property should not be condemned.
The property owner for 2211 Hwy 90 W, Mr. Jose Sevilla was not present.
It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the structure/s located at 2211 Hwy 90 W be condemned and to proceed with the demolition process. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Chief Ricky Fox gave the monthly police department report.
Upon the recommendation of the Chief, it was moved by Council Member Bujard that Buffy Vice be made a regular employee in the Police Department. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.
Mr. Vice asked the Council for clarification of the Set Back Ordinance in regard to 1527 Stevenson Street, where a drain ditch runs through the property. It was concluded that the property owner would need to discuss the matter with the Drainage District to find out if they have a right of way for the ditch, but it had no impact on the town’s enforcement of the Set Back Ordinance.
Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief was not present at the meeting, therefore no Fire or Civil Defense reports were given.
Mr. Kevin Lavergne requested an exception to the Set Back Ordinance at 1216 Horridge Street to allow him to add to his building that only has a 5’ set back. (Exhibit “A”)
It was moved by Council Member Merchant to allow an exception to the Set Back Ordinance to allow for an addition to the building at 1216 Horridge Street as per the drawing submitted by Mr. Lavergne. (Exhibit “A”) The motion was seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.
Ms. Shontell Toups requested an exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance to allow her to move a mobile home in excess of 10 years old, onto her property at 105 Tim Street. Ms. Toups stated she forgot to get the pictures of the mobile home to present to the council. She stated she would get the pictures and come back next month.
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 Renfrow and carried.
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Mary O. Vice, City Clerk