VINTON, LA

                November 20, 2007

 

                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 November, 2007, with the following members present:

                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Karen Douglass, Council Member

                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Mayor Pro Tem

                                                                                Edward J. Vice, Council Member

 

                                ABSENT:                                None

 

                                ALSO PRESENT:                   Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for October, 2007                                                           $      87,051.57  

                                Total Receipts for October, 2007                                                        $    932,245.15

                                Total Disbursements for October, 2007                                            $ 1,047,423.01

                                Total Bills for October, 2007                                                               $    586,648.45 

 

 

 

Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor called the meeting to order.  Chaplin Tatum led in

 prayer,  and there followed the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the minutes of prior meeting/s, copies of

 which were mailed to each Council Member, 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 October, 2007, were approved and payment authorized upon a

motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                Mr. Vernon Meyer, Town Engineer discussed the 2008/2009 LCDBG application with the governing authority.

 

Upon a motion by, Council Member Douglass seconded by Council Member Loyd, the following resolution was offered for adoption:

 

A RESOLUTION ADDRESSING ENGINEERING ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSED FY 2008 - FY 2009 LOUISIANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECT

 

WHEREAS,          the Town of Vinton is desirous of submitting an application to the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration for funding under the FY 2008 - FY 2009 LCDBG program for potable water; and

 

WHEREAS,          it is necessary to pay all engineering costs associated with the implementation of the LCDBG program to receive one bonus point, should funding become available;  

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton has hired the engineering firm of Meyer & Associates, Inc., to assist in the preparation of said application for a fee of $1,500.00.  An additional fee of $108,500.00 will be paid to the engineering firm of Meyer & Associates, Inc., for subsequent program implementation of the LCDBG program.   All fees are contingent upon funding of the project by the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration under the FY 2008 or the FY 2009 LCDBG program.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton has agreed to utilize local funds to pay the above contract amount and all other engineering costs associated with the preparation and implementation of the FY 2008 - FY 2009 LCDBG program.

 

The above resolution having been read and a vote taken was adopted by unanimous vote on this 20th day of November, 2007.

 

               ________________________________

                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

Upon a motion by, Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd, the following resolution was offered for adoption:

 

A RESOLUTION ADDRESSING ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSED FY 2008 - FY 2009 LOUISIANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECT

 

WHEREAS,          the Town of Vinton is desirous of submitting an application to the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration for funding under the FY 2008 - FY 2009 LCDBG program for potable water; and

 

WHEREAS,      it is necessary to pay all administrative costs associated with the implementation of the LCDBG program to receive one bonus point, should funding become available;  

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton has hired the administrative consulting firm of GNF Management Company, Inc., to assist in the preparation of said application for the fee of $1,400.00.   An additional fee of $35,000.00 will be paid to the administrative consulting firm of GNF Management Company, Inc., for subsequent program administration of the LCDBG program.   All fees are contingent upon funding of the project by the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration under the FY 2008 or the FY 2009 LCDBG program.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton has agreed to utilize local funds to pay the above contract amount and all other administrative costs associated with the preparation and implementation of the FY 2008 - FY 2009 LCDBG program.

 

The above resolution having been read and a vote taken was adopted by unanimous vote on this 20th day of November 2007.

 

                                                                                                                 ________________________________

                                                                                                                 Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

Upon a motion by, Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd, the following resolution was offered for adoption:

 

A RESOLUTION ADDRESSING INJECTION OF OTHER FUNDS ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSED FY 2008 - FY 2009 LOUISIANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECT

 

WHEREAS,          the Town of Vinton is desirous of submitting an application to the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration for funding under the FY 2008 - FY 2009 LCDBG program for potable water; and

 

WHEREAS,          it is necessary to inject other funds into the project construction costs for the appropriate activity to receive additional points, or fractions thereof, relative to the cost effectiveness of the project, should funding become available; 

 

                  NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Vinton has agreed to inject other funds in the amount of $618,600.00 towards the construction costs of the appropriate activity.  A letter stating the specific source, amount, and location of local cash, a line of credit letter from a financial institution such as a bank stating the amount available as a loan, specific evidence of funds to be received from a tax or bond election that has already passed, or a letter from another funding agency stating that the funds have been awarded are currently available for expenditure will be attached and made a part of this resolution.   All fees are contingent upon funding of the project by the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration under the FY 2008 or the FY 2009 LCDBG program. 

The above resolution having been read and a vote taken was adopted by unanimous vote on this 20th day of November, 2007.

 

                  ________________________________

                                                                                                                     Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed possible demolition projects with the governing authority.  Property addresses for projects are as follows:

 

                                                                                1304 Short Street

                                                                                1717 Short Street

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to authorize the Mayor to take the necessary legal action in moving forward with the demolition projects on the above stated addresses.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed researching and drafting a Property Line Ordinance whereby property owners would be required to build all structures at least five foot off of property lines. 

 

                                After discussion, Mayor Stinson appointed Council Members Bujard and Loyd to a committee to put together some regulations to get to the attorney in order for him to draft an Ordinance regarding property line restrictions.

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed the necessity for E-911 numbers being posted and visible on homes.

 

                                After discussion, Attorney Minaldi was asked to draft an Ordinance requiring all home owners to have E-911 address posted on all homes and clearly visible from the street for introduction at the next regular council meeting.

 

                                Mayor Stinson recommended that Michael O’Quinn be re-appointed to the West Calcasieu Parish Community Center Authority Board.

 

RESOLUTION

 

            Upon a motion by, Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd, the following resolution was offered for adoption:

 

                BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Authority of the Town of Vinton, Louisiana, that pursuant to the terms set forth by R.S. 33:4576 of the Louisiana Legislature, and upon the recommendation of the Mayor that Mr. Michael O’Quinn be re-appointed to serve on the West Calcasieu Parish Community Center Authority.

 

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said re-appointment is for a three year period beginning January 1, 2008.

 

                The above resolution having been read and a vote taken was adopted by unanimous vote on November 20, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                                ___________________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

________________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Attorney Minaldi reported on the status of the town’s FEMA appeal.

 

                                Ricky Fox, Chief of Police gave the monthly Police Department report.

 

                                The Public Works and Electrical Department reports were submitted in writing due to the absence of Public Works Director, Terry Vice.

 

                                Fire Chief Merchant was not present at the meeting due to the death of his brother therefore no Fire Department report was submitted.

 

                                Attorney Minaldi updated the governing authority on the request to abandon Ann Street.

 

                                Mr. Kenneth Bahnsen discussed changing certain spaces in his Mobile Home Park from travel trailer spaces to regular mobile home spaces.

 

                                After discussion, the governing authority assured Mr. Bahnsen that the attorney would research the matter and contact him regarding proper procedure in making the requested change.

 

                                Mr. Nathan Taylor, CCOA Board Member reported that CCOA (Calcasieu Council on Aging) received the grant for the elderly housing in Vinton in the amount of 1.1 million dollars.

                               

                                There being no further business to come before the Governing Authority, it was moved by Council Member Douglass that the meeting be adjourned.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Debbi McBride, Court Clerk/Mayor’s Assistant