VINTON, LA

                October 19, 2010

 

                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 October, 2010, 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:               Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

 

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for September , 2010                                                              $      83,096.67   

                                Total Receipts for September, 2010                                                           $ 1,406,238.77

                                Total Disbursements for September, 2010                                                              $ 1,413,039.03 

                                Total Bills for September, 2010                                                                    $    882,007.13

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Chaplin Tatum 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 September, 2010, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Patin, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Council Member Douga moved to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding animal control.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Patin and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

                                Mr. Jerry Roy, representing Calcasieu Parish Animal Control, updated the governing authority on the services being provided in the Town of Vinton.

 

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

 

                                Council Member Douga moved that the proposed right of way plat for the Extension of Center Street Bridge and Entrance Road Economic Development Project be accepted as presented.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Council Member Loyd moved that the following names be presented to the Vinton Harbor and Terminal Board for the expiring term of Gene Sonnier:

 

                                                                                                Gene Sonnier

                                                                                                Nathan Taylor

 

The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Patin that Mike O’Quinn be re-appointed to the West Calcasieu Parish Community Center Authority.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

 

                                Council Member Douga moved that trick-or-treating be observed on Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 5:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Attorney Minaldi presented a proposed Ordinance Authorizing Revocation of Dedication to Public Use of Alley Between Vernon & Nona Streets to the governing authority.

 

                        After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on November 16, 2010, on said Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

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

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

                                                                        ORDINANCE

 

ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF VINTON TO REVISE

THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

BY ADDING A SECTION 22-14 AUTHORIZING REVOCATION OF DEDICATION TO PUBLIC USE OF ALLEY BETWEEN VERNON & NONA STREETS

IN THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

                                                PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE

                                                WITH THE PROVISIONS OF LSA-R.S. 33:406b(2) OF

                                                THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE MAYOR AND

                                                COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, OF

                                                AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT:

 

                                                           ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF VINTON TO REVISE

THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

BY ADDING A SECTION 22-14 AUTHORIZING REVOCATION OF DEDICATION TO PUBLIC USE OF ALLEY BETWEEN VERNON & NONA STREETS

IN THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC

                                                HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE

                                                ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE AT A REGULAR

                                                MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT 6:00 P.M.,

                                                ON THE 16th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2010, AT THE REGULAR

MEETING PLACE OF SAID MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AT CITY

                                                HALL, TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, AND THAT

                                                IMMEDIATELY AFTER SAID PUBLIC HEARING THE COUNCIL

WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE.

 

                Attorney Minaldi presented a proposed amendment to the Sewer Rate Ordinance to the governing authority.

 

It was moved by Council Member Douga that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on November 16, 2010, on said Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Members Bujard and Patin

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

                                                                        ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25, ARTICLE III. SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL, DIVISION 2. RATES AND CHARGES, SECTION 25.37(b) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

                                                PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE

                                                WITH THE PROVISIONS OF LSA-R.S. 33:406b(2) OF

                                                THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE MAYOR AND

                                                COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, OF

                                                AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT:

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25, ARTICLE III. SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL, DIVISION 2. RATES AND CHARGES, SECTION 25.37(b) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC

                                                HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE

                                                ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE AT A REGULAR

                                                MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT 6:00 P.M.,

                                                ON THE 16th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2010, AT THE REGULAR

MEETING PLACE OF SAID MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AT CITY

                                                HALL, TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, AND THAT

                                                IMMEDIATELY AFTER SAID PUBLIC HEARING THE COUNCIL

WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE.

 

                        Attorney Minaldi presented a proposed amendment to the Water Rate Ordinance to the governing authority.

 

                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the following Ordinance be introduced and that a public hearing be held on November 16, 2010, on said Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Member Bujard

 

                                           ABSENT:  None

                                                                        ORDINANCE

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25, ARTICLE IV. WATER, DIVISION 2. RATES AND CHARGES, SECTION 25.71(b) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

                                                PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE

                                                WITH THE PROVISIONS OF LSA-R.S. 33:406b(2) OF

                                                THE INTRODUCTION BEFORE THE MAYOR AND

                                                COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, OF

                                                AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT:

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 25, ARTICLE IV. WATER, DIVISION 2. RATES AND CHARGES, SECTION 25.71(b) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN THAT A PUBLIC

                                                HEARING WILL BE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE

                                                ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE AT A REGULAR

                                                MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AT 6:00 P.M.,

                                                ON THE 16th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2010, AT THE REGULAR

MEETING PLACE OF SAID MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AT CITY

                                                HALL, TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, AND THAT

                                                IMMEDIATELY AFTER SAID PUBLIC HEARING THE COUNCIL

WILL CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SAID ORDINANCE.

 

                        Attorney Minaldi read aloud the proposed amendment to the Fireworks Ordinance.

 

                        Council Member Bujard moved that the regular meeting be recessed for a Public Hearing on the proposed Fireworks Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                        There being no comment from the public present, it was moved by Council Member Douga that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                        Council Member Merchant moved, seconded by Council Member Loyd that the following Ordinance be adopted and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                    NAYS:  None

 

                               ABSENT:  None

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 8.5-101 FIREWORKS OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Vinton believe that the Town of Vinton’s ordinance addressing fireworks and pyrotechnics should be amended to set times restrictions and limits within which fireworks and pyrotechnics may be shot or exploded within the corporate limits of the Town of Vinton.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended, and specifically that Section 8.5-101 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 8.5-101.  Fireworks.

(a)        Except as hereinafter provided for, it shall be unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, discharge, manufacture, offer to sell, handle or transport any pyrotechnics within the corporate limits of the town, it being the intention of this section to prohibit the sale, distribution of, or discharge of pyrotechnics of any kind or description of, or discharge of pyrotechnics of any kind or description whatsoever within the corporate limits.

(b)        The term "pyrotechnics" is defined as any sparkler, squib, rocket, firecracker, roman candle, signal lights, fireworks or other of such devices used to obtain a visible and/or audible pyrotechnic display.

(c)        This section shall not apply to the following:

(1)        The possession or use of signaling devices necessary for the safe operation of railroads or other classes of public or private transportation or of eliminating devices for photographic use or the use of blank cartridges for ceremonial, theatrical or athletic events.

(2)        Pyrotechnic displays of fireworks in public parks or other open places where a permit for such display has been issued by the town.

(3)        Fireworks which are used, fired, shot or exploded by a responsible adult, or under the constant supervision of a responsible adult, in a place and in such a manner that no fire hazard will be presented.

(4)       Fireworks may only be fired, shot or exploded within the corporate limits of the Town Of Vinton two weeks prior to and one week after the recognized holidays of 4th of July, Christmas and New Years.  At no other time will they be allowed to be fired, shot or exploded within the corporate limits.  For all such recognized holidays other than New Years Eve, citizens must stop the use of fireworks by 10:00 P.M. Citizens will be allowed to use fireworks on New Years Eve/New Years Day until 12:30 A.M. 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 19th Day of October, 2008.

                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                    Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the fore-                                                                              The foregoing Ordinance is

going Ordinance has been presented                                                                               hereby approved and

to the Mayor this 20th day of                                                                                           returned to the Town Clerk this

October, 2010.                                                                                                                     25th day of October, 2010.

 

______________________________                                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                                      Mayor

 

                                Ricky Fox, Chief of Police 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the agenda be amended to hear an item regarding demolitions.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                          ABSENT:  None

 

                                Council Member Patin discussed the following two properties that have structures on them he feels need to be demolished:

 

                                                                                                901 Williams Road

                                                                                                903 Williams Road

 

                                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 Merchant and carried.                             

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk