VINTON, LA

                August 19, 2014

 

                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 19th     day of August, 2014, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member

                                                                                Marcus Renfrow, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:

                               

                                ALSO PRESENT:                 Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for July, 2014                                                           $   106,839.33                       

                                Total Receipts for July, 2014                                                       $1,053,423.70    

                                Total Disbursements for July, 2014                                          $   963,466.66

                                Total Bills for July, 2014                                                                                $   400,748.92

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  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, 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. 

 

                                Bills for the month of July, 2014, 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. 

 

                                The Mayor announced that Martin & Lynda Payne – 1103 Stevenson Street was awarded “Yard of the Month”.

 

                                Mayor Stinson presented the proposed 2015 Budget to the governing authority.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the proposed 2015 Budget be introduced as presented and that a public hearing be held on said budget September 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

         BUDGET HEARING

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA

 

                   The proposed budget for the year October 1, 2014, thru September 30, 2015, 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:

 

                                                                        Thursday, September 11, 2014

6:00 P.M. – City Hall

 

PUBLIC NOTICE:

OPERATING BUDGET SUMMARY

 

Following is a summary of the proposed budget for the year October 1, 2014 thru September 30, 2015:

 

ESTIMATED BEGINNING FUND BALANCE                                              $9,504,446

TOTAL REVENUES                                                                       $6,648,324

TOTAL EXPENDITURES                                                                   ($6,573,903)

                                                TRANSFERS AND LOANS                                                                               ($195,417)

 

                                                ESTIMATED ENDING FUND BALANCE                                      $9,383,451

 

                The proposed operating budget for the year ending September 30, 2015, which is available at City Hall, provides further details.

 

 

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

 

RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION BY THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA EXPRESSING THE SUPPORT OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 3 (ACT 871 OF THE 2014 REGULAR SESSION OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE) AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 10 (ACT 436 OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE), CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO ASSIST MUNICIPALITIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BLIGHTED PROPERTY.

 

            WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton relies on various sources of revenue to fund services to its citizens, including an annual property tax millage assessed to  owners of real property located within the municipal limits and;

 

            WHEREAS, the sale of adjudicated property and other aspects of a tax sale is a very complicated process in which many municipalities do not have the staff nor the necessary resources to ensure the compliance with the requirements to ensure the constitutional protections of the property owners and the public entity and;

 

            WHEREAS, currently over 40 public bodies have opted to use cooperative endeavor agreements with private third parties to assist in the tax sale process and;

 

            WHEREAS, on January 28, 2014, Louisiana State Supreme Court in the matter of Jackson et al v. City of New Orleans 2012-CA-2742, 2012-CA-2743, January 28, 2014 which in summary, stated the City of New Orleans ordinance authorizing a cooperative endeavor agreement with a third party was unconstitutional based on the provisions of Article 7 Section 25 of the Louisiana Constitution to provide that only the tax collector or their employees may perform the functions of a tax sale and;

 

            WHEREAS, the decision in Jackson et al v. City of New Orleans could jeopardize existing cooperative endeavor agreements and in response to the decision, the Louisiana Municipal Association supported HB 488 by Representative Johnny Berthelot which seeks to clarify that pubic bodies have the authority under the Louisiana State Constitution should the body opt to enter into such a contract and;

 

            WHEREAS, the ability to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with a third party for the purposes of assisting municipalities with the tax sale process has many positive aspects including the ability to protect the constitutional rights of property owners, create a more efficient and less costly process for local governments, and also to ensure that property owners fulfill their obligations as taxpayers; and;

 

            WHEREAS, on June 23, 2014, HB 488 became Act 871 and will be placed on the November 4, 2014 election ballot as Constitutional Amendment 3 for the voters of the State of Louisiana to consider whether an authorized agent of a tax collector can assist in the sales tax process and any fees charged may be included in the cost; and

 

            WHEREAS, on June 26, 2013, HB 256 became Act 436 of the 2013 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, a measure in which the Louisiana Municipal Association gave its full support and will appear on the November 4, 2014 election ballot as Constitutional Amendment 10 and;

 

            WHEREAS, Act 436 seeks to provide for an 18-month redemption period in any parish other than Orleans, for vacant property sold at a tax sale which is considered blighted or abandoned and;

 

            LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton supports the passage of both Constitutional Amendment 3 and Constitutional Amendment 10 on November 4, 2014 as both constitutional amendments will provide valuable tools for municipalities and parishes to address the blighted property issues throughout the state in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of their citizens.

 

            APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of August, 2014.

 

                                                                                                            ________________________

                                                                                                            Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk          

 

                                Chief Ricky Fox gave the monthly police department report.

 

                                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. Calvin Thibodeaux, Entergy made a power point presentation to the governing authority and public present regarding storm preparation.

 

                                Mr. Tim Conner requested that the governing authority consider and do some research on net metering for customers.

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

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk