VINTON, LA

                November 15, 2016

 

                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 November, 2016, with the following members present:

 

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member

                                                                                Marcus Renfrow, Council Member

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                ABSENT:                               None

                               

                                ALSO PRESENT:                                Cade R. Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for October, 2016                                                        $   128,898.00  

                Total Receipts for October, 2016                                                     $1,012,721.53

                                Total Disbursements for October 2016                                           $1,137,613.56

                            Total Bills for October, 2016                

 

        $   690,172.91

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order and Council Member Renfrow led in prayer, and then followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the minutes of prior meetings as corrected, copies of which were mailed to each council member prior to the meeting, be approved as written.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Renfrow and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of October, 2016, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Bujard, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that the town’s seat on the West Calcasieu Community Authority Board was expiring, he said that the seat is currently held by Mike O’Quinn and Mr. O’Quinn expressed that he would like to continue to serve on the board.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that Mr. Mike O’Quinn be re-appointed to the West Calcasieu Community Authority Board for another term.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Council Member Bujard updated the governing authority and public present on the progress of the Gum Island Landfill.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Resolution be adopted, the motion was seconded by Council Member Patin and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

          WHEREAS the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has under consideration a request to change zoning to allow a landfill near the Town of Vinton;

            WHEREAS the Calcasieu Parish Planning and Zoning Board has unanimously voted to reject this rezoning request;

            WHEREAS a large number of citizens of Calcasieu Parish are opposed to a landfill being located in the Parish;

            WHEREAS the parish’s primary waste contract has confirmed that there is no need for a landfill in Calcasieu Parish;

            WHEREAS the citizens of the Town of Vinton will be unduly impacted by the construction and operation of a landfill near their community;

            THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON that the Town of Vinton does hereby officially oppose the proposed landfill

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton respectfully urges and requests that the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury uphold the decision of its Planning and Zoning Board to reject the rezoning application of Gum Island Resources, LLC.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution should be transmitted to the President of Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

            THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Vinton, Louisiana on this the 15th day of November, 2016 in the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton.

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    KENNETH O. STINSON, MAYOR

Attest:

_____________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

 

                                Council Member Bujard also gave an update on the proposed Tex-Star Slaughter House.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Resolution be adopted, the motion was seconded by Council Member Patin and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

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

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                         ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION

 

          WHEREAS the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has under consideration a request to change zoning to allow a slaughter house near the Town of Vinton;

            WHEREAS many citizens in the Town of Vinton are opposed to a slaughter house being located in the area;

            WHEREAS the citizens of the Town of Vinton will be unduly impacted by the construction and operation of a slaughter house near their community;

            THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON that the Town of Vinton does hereby officially oppose the proposed slaughter house.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution should be transmitted to the President of Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

            THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Vinton, Louisiana on this the 15th day of November, 2016 in the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton.

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    KENNETH O. STINSON, MAYOR

Attest:

_____________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that Tex-Star Slaughter House be denied water and sewer services from the Town of Vinton.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Patin 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.

 

                                Mr. Raini Morvan requested a exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance to allow him to use the travel trailer located at 903 Loree Street during duck season.  After a lengthy discussion, it was determined that Mr. Morvan does not need an exception, the travel trailer is grandfathered in due to the fact is was being used as a residence before the ordinance was adopted.

 

                                Mr. Adam Gutierrez requested an exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance to allow him to live in a travel trailer on his property on Lawrence Breaux Road while he builds his home.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant to allow Mr. Gutierrez an exception to the Mobile Home Ordinance for him to live in a travel trailer on his property on Lawrence Breaux Road for 6 months while he builds his home.  If after 6 months he is not able to finish building his home, he will come back before the council to request an extension for additional time.  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 Bujard and carried.                            

                                                                                                                _________________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk