October 15, 2013
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 15th day of October, 2013, with the following members present:
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro_Tem
Kevin Merchant, Council Member
Paul Patin, Council Member
Marcus Renfrow, Council Member
ABSENT: Bliss Bujard, Council Member
ALSO PRESENT: Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney
The following Reports were submitted:
Total Payroll for September, 2013 $ 153,197.12
Total Receipts for September, 2013 $ 983,652.83
Total Disbursements for September, 2013 $1,150,547.82
Total Bills for September, 2013 $ 692,488.88
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, 2013, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Loyd, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Mayor Stinson reported on pending grants and projects.
Trunk-or-Treat will be Thursday, October 31, 2013, in the 1400 Block of Horridge Street, 5:30-8:00.
Yard of the Month was awarded to A.C. and Jane Hebert.
Mayor Stinson and Thad Minaldi, Attorney updated the governing authority on the progress of the Pujo property purchase.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin that the purchase of the Pujo property be tabled until the November council meeting. The motion was seconded by Council Member Renfrow and the vote cast thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Council Members Patin and Renfrow
NAYS: Council Members Loyd and Merchant
ABSENT: Council Member Bujard
The vote resulting in a tie, the Mayor voted NAY to break the tie.
It was moved by Council Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted. The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Council Members Loyd, Merchant and Renfrow
ABSENT: Council Member Bujard
ABSTAINING: Council Member Patin
The Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton, State of Louisiana, met in regular session on the 15th day of October, 2013, and adopted the following Resolutions regarding the purchase of immovable property from Halco Properties, L.L.C. and formerly owned by certain heirs of A.P. Pujo and Georgia Brown Pujo.
WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton has an opportunity to purchase immovable property on Highway 3063 in the Town near Interstate-10 Highway, and the acquisition of this property would be beneficial to the Town of Vinton for commercial development.
WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton wishes to enter into this purchase to provide value to the taxpayers of the Town of Vinton.
WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton has obtained a commercial appraisal from Love & Love, certified Louisiana appraisers, which certifies that the value of this property exceeds the proposed purchase price.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Town Of Vinton acquire the following described immovable property, and that Mayor Kenneth O. Stinson is hereby authorized to execute an Act of Cash Sale from the applicable property owner, or its representative(s), to the Town of Vinton and to pay unto the property owner the price and sum of $300,000 in cash upon proper execution and delivery of the said Act of Cash Sale. The immovable property to be purchased by the Town of Vinton is described as follows:
Beginning at the Southeast corner of the Northeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter (NE/4 of NE/4) of Section 21, Township 10 South, Range 12 West; thence running West along the South line of said 40 acres a distance of 1320 feet, more or less to the Quarter Section line; thence running North a distance of 417.78 feet, more or less; thence running East a distance of 1320 feet more or less; thence running South a distance of 417.78 feet, more or less to the point of beginning, less and except 0.71 acres, more or less, known as Parcel 14-12 of the Department of Highways, State of Louisiana; together with all improvements thereon situated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mayor Kenneth O. Stinson, as Mayor of the Town of Vinton, is hereby authorized to execute any and all other papers, documents and acts necessary to complete the purchase of the above described immovable property by the Town of Vinton with the said papers, documents, and acts containing such terms, conditions and provisions as he in his discretion deems meet and proper.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council hereby appropriates funds for this closing of the purchase of the above immovable described property, together with the cost of appraisal and closing.
THUS DONE AND SIGNED ON THIS 15th day of October, 2013
ATTEST: KENNETH O. STINSON, MAYOR
MARY O. VICE, CITY CLERK
Mayor Stinson announced that Alexis Morrow’s term on the Vinton Harbor & Terminal Board will expire on October 31, 2013, and that two names need to be submitted by the town to fill the position.
It was moved by Council Member Loyd that the following names be submitted for the expiring term of Alexis Morrow on the Vinton Harbor & Terminal Board:
Harold R. Douga
The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
Council Member Patin discussed a complaint that was filed regarding the unsafe, dilapidated condition of a structure located at 1022 East Street.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin that the Parish Inspector be contacted to come and inspect the structure at 1022 East Street. The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.
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 for the month.
Mrs. Charlotte Comeaux discussed the health hazard and unsafe condition of the property located at 1217 Stevenson Street.
After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Patin to give the property owner until the 19th of November to clean-up the property with the understanding that he agree not to accept any other donations onto the property. The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.
There being no further business to come before the Governing Authority, it was moved by Council Member Loyd that the meeting be adjourned. The motion was seconded by Council Member Patin and carried.
Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor
Mary O. Vice, City Clerk