VINTON, LA

                November 16, 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 16th day of November, 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 October , 2010                                                                  $   128,603.32 

                                Total Receipts for October, 2010                                                                                $   891,468.88

                                Total Disbursements for October, 2010                                                   $1,073,144.83

                                Total Bills for October, 2010                                                                        $   569,701.46 

 

 

 

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 Douga and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of October, 2010, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Douga, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                The student members of Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and their sponsor, Ms. Lynn Lavergne reported on their recent community service projects and discussed ideas they have for future projects.

 

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

 

                                The Mayor presented a plat from Sabine Pointe Subdivision for the council to review in their consideration of accepting ownership and maintenance of all roadways, storm water drainage, sidewalks, and utilities (water, electrical and sewer) constructed within Sabine Pointe Subdivision.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member 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 Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant & Patin

                                                               

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                       ABSENTS:  None

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

                                WHEREAS, Robert Denison subdivided certain property in the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, known as Sabine Pointe Subdivision, a subdivision in Section 14, Township 10 South, Range 12 West, Vinton, Louisiana; and

 

                                WHEREAS, said subdivision was submitted to the Vinton Town Council for acceptance in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana; and

 

                                WHEREAS, said subdivision plat was prepared by K. Carl Johnson, Registered Land Surveyor No. 4866; and

 

                                WHEREAS, said subdivision plat will be filed for record in the Office of the Clerk of Court, Calcasieu Parish.

 

                                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA, convened in Regular Session on the 16th day of November, 2010, that it does hereby officially accept the plat of Sabine Pointe Subdivision in the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, for future maintenance by the Town.

 

                                THUS DONE AND PASSED on the 16th day of November, 2010.

 

                                                                                                                _____________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                                Council Member Patin discussed having the Parish Building Inspector come out and inspect the mobile home located at 901 Parish Road to determine if the structure is a danger to the public welfare.

 

                                After discussion it was moved by Council Member Patin that the Building Inspector for Calcasieu Parish be notified to come and inspect the mobile home located at 901 Williams Road and submit his report to the governing authority regarding the condition of said mobile home.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Loyd and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  Council Members Douga and Merchant

 

                                         ABSENT:  None

 

                                Attorney Minaldi read aloud the proposed Ordinance authorizing revocation of dedication to public use of alley between Vernon & Nona Streets in the Town of Vinton.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant to recess the regular meeting for public hearing on the proposed Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Bujard that the following Ordinance be adopted.  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 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

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the Town Of Vinton (hereinafter referred to as the “Town”) recognizes the alley running parallel with and between Vernon Street and Nona Street, as it exists between the north-boundary of the cross or perpendicular street of LeBlanc Street and the south-boundary of the cross or perpendicular street of Fairchild Street, in the Town of Vinton (such portion of the alley sometimes hereinafter is referred to as the “Alley”); and

 

                WHEREAS, the Alley has been abandoned and is no longer needed for public purposes; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Town believes that it is the interest of the Town to revoke and set aside the dedication of the Alley to public use; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Town recognizes its understanding that, upon such a revocation, all of the soil covered by and embraced in the Alley up to the center line thereof shall revert to the then present owner or owners of the land contiguous to the Alley.

 

                NOW, THEREFORE;

 

BE IT RESOLVED that, pursuant to the authority of L.S.A.-R.S. 48:701, et seq,  the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered Section 22 – 14, which said section reads as follows:

 

Section 22-14. Abandonment of Alley running parallel to and between Vernon Street and Nona Street.

 

The dedication to public use of the alley running parallel with and between Vernon Street and Nona Street, as it exists between the north-boundary of the cross or perpendicular street of LeBlanc Street and the south-boundary of the cross or perpendicular street of Fairchild Street, in the Town of Vinton, is revoked and set aside as provided by law.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of November, 2010.

                                               

                                                                                                                ______________________________________

                                                                                                                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 18th day of                                                                              returned to the Town Clerk this

November, 2010.                                                                                                   22nd day of November, 2010.

 

______________________________                                                          ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                Mayor

 

 

                                Attorney Minaldi read aloud the proposed 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga to recess the regular meeting for a public hearing on the proposed Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Council Member Bujard presented a cost comparison with other local municipalities water and sewer rates and stated that he was against the increase in the services.  He suggested that we take a percentage of the gambling revenue the town receives and put it in a dedicated fund for water and sewer maintenance.

 

                                A long discussion ensued between the public and governing authority with opinions being expressed regarding the increasing of the rate, dedicating the money out of savings and metering the customers and charging them for what they use.

 

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

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the following Ordinance be adopted.  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

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Vinton believe that the Town of Vinton’s ordinances addressing water rates should be amended to increase the current monthly charge for residential water service by $1.50, raising the current monthly charge to $19.00.

 

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended, and specifically that Section 25.71(b) is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 25-71.  Water rates--Residential.

(b)           The basic residential water rate for residential customers located within the corporate limits of the town shall be nineteen dollars ($19.00) per month.

 

                FURTHER, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the other and remaining provisions of Section 25.71(b) shall remain as presently stated and provided.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of November, 2010.

 

                                                                                                                ______________________________________

                                                                                                                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 18th day of                                                                                    returned to the Town Clerk this

November, 2010.                                                                                                    22nd day of November, 2010.

 

______________________________                                                                    ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                       Mayor

                                Attorney Minaldi read aloud the proposed 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant to recess the regular meeting for a public hearing on the proposed Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                There was a discussion between the public and governing authority regarding designating the additional revenue from the water and sewer increases into separate funds that would only be used for improvements and repairs to the systems.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Douga to re-convene the regular meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the following Ordinance be adopted.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Douga, Loyd and Merchant

 

                                                                NAYS:  Council Members Bujard and Patin

 

                                                         ABSENT:  None

 

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

 

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Vinton believe that the Town of Vinton’s ordinances addressing sewer rates should be amended to increase the current monthly charge for residential sewer service by $1.50, raising the current monthly charge to $19.00.

 

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Code of Ordinances, Town of Vinton, Louisiana, is hereby amended, and specifically that Section 25.37(b) is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 25-37.  Sewer rates.

 (b)          The basic residential sewer rate for residential customers located within the corporate limits of the town shall be nineteen dollars ($19.00) per month.

 

                FURTHER, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the other and remaining provisions of Section 25.37 shall remain as presently stated and provided.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Vinton, Louisiana, on this the 16th Day of November, 2010.

 

                                                                                                                ______________________________________

                                                                                                                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 18th day of                                                                                    returned to the Town Clerk this

November, 2010.                                                                                                    22nd day of November, 2010.

 

______________________________                                                                    ____________________________

              City Clerk                                                                                                                       Mayor

 

 

                               

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga 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 Bujard, Douga, Loyd, Merchant and Patin

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                      ABSENT:  None

 

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

REGARDINGINCREASED WATER AND SEWER REVENUES

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 REGULAR MEETING

 

                WHEREAS, by Ordinance tonight the Town Council increased the monthly charge for residential water service by $1.50, raising the current monthly charge to $19.00, effective for and in the first billing cycle of the year 2011 and thereafter; and

 

                WHEREAS, by Ordinance tonight the Town Council increased the monthly charge for sewer service by $1.50, raising the current monthly charge to $19.00, effective for and in the first billing cycle of the year 2011 and thereafter; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Town Council’s plans with the Mayor always has been to dedicate, to capital repairs and improvements of the Town’s water system, the revenues received by the Town as a result of the increased amount ($1.50) of the monthly charge  for residential water service; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Town Council’s plans with the Mayor always has been to dedicate, to capital repairs and improvements of the Town’s sewer system, the revenues received by the Town as a result of the increased amount ($1.50) of the monthly charge for residential sewer service.

 

                NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, effective with the first billing cycle of the year 2011 when the new rate becomes effective, the revenues received by the Town as a result of the increased amount ($1.50) of the monthly charge for residential water service shall be and are dedicated to paying costs associated with capital repairs and improvements of the Town’s water system.

 

                BE IT RESOLVED that, effective with the first billing cycle of the year 2011 when the new rate becomes effective, the revenues received by the Town as a result of the increased amount ($1.50) of the monthly charge for residential sewer service shall be and are dedicated to paying costs associated with capital repairs and improvements of the Town’s sewer system.

 

                APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 16th day of November, 2010.

 

                                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________________

Mary O. Vice, Clerk

 

                                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.

 

                                Mr. Ronny Ruffin discussed with the governing authority people using the public right of way in front of his house as a place to park boats and vehicles.  He asked if the council could look into the matter and see if an ordinance could be drafted to keep this from happening.

 

                                Ms. Willie Mae Kirkwood was not present at the meeting to discuss her issue on the agenda.

 

                                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 Bujard and carried.                             

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk