September 18, 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 18th day of September, 2012, with the following members present:


                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                William, “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member


                                ABSENT:                              Bliss Bujard, Council Member


                                ALSO PRESENT:               Cade Cole, Town Attorney


                                                                The following Reports were submitted:


                Total Payroll for August, 2012                                                                     $     95,230.16                

                                Total Receipts for August, 2012                                                                 $   916,544.21  

                                Total Disbursements for August, 2012                                                    $   930,198.23      

                                Total Bills for August, 2012                                                                          $   450,548.52   




Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Rev. Kathy Fitzhugh 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 August, 2012, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Loyd, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.


                                Mr. John Dennison, representing Keep Calcasieu Strong Committee and Brian Beam, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Administrator reported on the up-coming re-newal tax election for basic services and maintenance of the Burton Colliseum.


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


                                Council Member Patin discussed repairing streets with gaming revenue.


                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin that $150,000.00 be dedicated from the town’s gaming revenues to repair and improve streets. 


The motion died for the lack of a second.


                                Chief Ricky Fox gave the monthly Police Department report.


                                Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.


                                Chief Jerry Merchant, gave the monthly Fire and Civil Defense reports.  He reported that the following bid was received in response to the “Notice to Bidders” for the purchase and installation of a Warning Siren.  The bid was reviewed and approved by the attorney:


1.        Louisiana Radio Communications                  $106,150.00


It was moved by Council Member Douga that the bid received from Louisiana Radio

Communications in the amount of the $106,150.00 for a new Warning Siren be accepted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.


                                Mr. Edward Vice discussed tree limbs stacked up on the side of the roads.  He also stated that in light of Council Member Patin’s discussion on streets and gaming revenue, he had no other comments on the subjects.


                                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