VINTON, LA

                September 20, 2011

 

                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 20th day of September, 2011, 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 August, 2011                                                                     $       86,399.80           

                                Total Receipts for August, 2011                                                                 $  1,352,596.99

                                Total Disbursements for August, 2011                                                    $  1,099,618.95    

                                Total Bills for August, 2011                                                                          $     547,436.04 

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Steve Jennings 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, 2011, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Mr. Dale Bayard requested support in his bid for re-election to the BESE Board.

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed the condemnation report received from the parish inspector on the structure located at 1110 Nelson Street.

 

                                Attorney Cole defined the condemnation standard of unsafe and dilapidated structures for the governing authority.

 

                                After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin 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 and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Member Merchant

 

                                          ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, in regular session convened that, pursuant to the attached inspection report regarding the structure located at 1110 Nelson Street, we recommend that the condemnation/demolition process of said structure proceed.

 

                                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of September, 2011.

 

                                                                                                                                _______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

____________________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                                Upon motion of  Council Member Douga, seconded by Council Member Merchant the following resolution was adopted:

 

                RESOLUTION

 

                                                                A Resolution of the Town of Vinton, Parish of Calcasieu,

                                                                State of Louisiana, employing a Financial Advisor and

                                                                authorizing said Financial Advisor to analyze and make

                                                                recommendations with respect to financing improvements

                                                                to the Town’s overall debt structure and providing for the

                                                                other matters in connection therewith.

 

                                WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton, Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana, has a need for a professional financial advisory firm to render continuing study, advise and make recommendations including, but not limited to, the following items (collectively the “Duties”):

 

(a)                 analyze the Town’s existing debt structure;

(b)                assist in the planning and timing of debt financings to finance improvements to the Town’s overall debt structure;

(c)                 provide interest rate information with respect to bank-qualification issues;

(d)                study various tax proposals and determine when they should be presented to the voters;

(e)                 identify any refinancing or refunding opportunities;

(f)                  consider alternative financing structures such as lease purchase financing, certificates of indebtedness, etc.;

(g)                attendance at and participation in meeting with State, Federal and Town officials, underwriters, counsel and other finance professionals; and

(h)                any other assignment as the Town may determine from time to time

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council, acting as the governing

authority of the Town, that;

 

                                SECTION 1.         Government Consultants of Louisiana, Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana is hereby employed as financial advisor (“Financial Advisor”) to the Town to perform the Duties set forth above and the Financial Advisor hereby accepts said employment.  The Financial Advisor is hereby instructed to make reports and recommendations as requested by this Governing Authority.

 

                                SECTION 2.         The Mayor is hereby authorized to negotiate fees for services between the Town and the Financial Advisor, subject to the Council’s approval, to be paid from bond proceeds as such financing occur.

 

                                SECTION 3.         This Resolution shall become effective upon its adoption.

 

                                This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

                                The Resolution was declared adopted on this 20th day of September, 2011.

 

                                                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

__________________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga to recess the regular meeting for an executive session to discuss litigation.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that the litigation issue has been resolved.

 

                                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. 

 

                                Mrs.  Lynn Lavergne along with her students, Elizabeth Walter, Ashley Gragg and Haven Gold informed the governing authority of the community service offered by the VHS - FCCLA organization.

 

                                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 Douga and carried.                             

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk