September 16, 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 16th day of September, 2008, with the following members present:


                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                Edward Vice, Council Member


                                ABSENT:                              None


                                ALSO PRESENT:               Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney


The following Reports were submitted:


                                Total Payroll for August, 2008                                                                     $      83,318.05             

                                Total Receipts for August, 2008                                                                 $ 1,016,287.64

                                Total Disbursements for August, 2008                                                    $ 1,155,376.16  

                                Total Bills for August, 2008                                                                          $    439,490.15




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 Loyd 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 Douga and carried.


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


                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that Halloween Trick or Treating be observed on Saturday, November 1, 2008, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., between the 1400 – 1500 blocks of Horridge Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Vice and carried.


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


                                Mayor Stinson discussed hurricane debris pick-up.  He requested that citizens move their debris to public right of ways for pick-up, but asked that they keep the debris out of the roads and ditches.


                                Mayor Stinson also announced that Burn Permit fees will be waived until September 30, 2008, for those wanting to burn their vegetative debris.  He stressed that even though the fee is waived you still must come and get the permit and abide by the Burning Ordinance.


                                Council Member Douga expressed his appreciation to the town employees who stayed and worked through Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  He stated that he was impressed at how well the town officials and employees functioned under such stressful and uncertain circumstances.  Mr Douga also expressed the importance of citizens especially those with special needs evacuating during a storm.  He stated we need to continue to educate and encourage the public on the importance of evacuations whether they are voluntary, mandatory or strongly recommended.


                                Attorney Minaldi discussed entering into an agreement with Duncan Oil regarding a seismic permit for the 10 acres of land belonging to the Town of Vinton.


                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to authorize the Mayor to enter into and agreement with Duncan Oil Company, allowing for a seismic permit on the 10 acres of land belonging to the Town of Vinton.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.


                                Ricky Fox, Chief of Police 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.


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


                                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 Loyd and carried.


                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor




Mary O. Vice, City Clerk