VINTON, LA

                December 18, 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 18th day of December, 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                                                           $      86,802.60  

                                Total Receipts for October, 2007                                                        $ 1,264,487.21

                                Total Disbursements for October, 2007                                            $ 1,196,129.89

                                Total Bills for October, 2007                                                               $    649,930.49 

 

 

 

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 Merchant 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 Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson informed the governing authority that the demolition hearings set for tonight were on the following properties:

 

                                                1717 Short St  -  Property Owner - Scotty Chabert

                                                1304 Short St.  -  Property Owner – The Estate of Dorothy Frank – C/O Leroy Julian

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that upon receipt of his letter, Mr. Chabert, owner of 1717 Short Street had called and requested an extension whereby he could hire a contractor to have the demolition work done himself.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Douglass to allow Mr. Chabert an extension of 30 days to present a plan of action to the governing authority for the demolition of structures located at 1717 Short St.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson called for the property owner of 1304 Short Street and there was no response from the public present.  Mayor Stinson reported that the letter sent to the property owner notifying him of the hearing was received by said owner and a signed certified receipt was in the file.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Douglass to authorize the Mayor to move forward as stated in the Ordinance with the demolition of structure/s located on 1304 Short Street.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Attorney Minaldi discussed a 20 foot portion of parking lot that was never transferred from Whit Baker to the Town during the purchase of the building located at 1346 Horridge Street (formerly the Vinton Senior Center).

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Loyd to adopt the following Resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Mr. Whit Baker.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

           RESOLUTION

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMAN OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF A 20’ PORTION OF THE PARKING LOT ADJOINING THE FORMER SENIOR CENTER

 

 

WHEREAS, WHIT CARROLL BAKER has a 20 foot strip of land adjoining certain land owned by the Town Of Vinton on Horridge Street in downtown Vinton which WHIT CARROLL BAKER desires to sell and donate to the Town Of Vinton;

 

WHERAS, the Town Of Vinton has need of the certain 20 foot strip of land owned by WHIT CARROLL BAKER which adjoins certain land owned by the Town Of Vinton on Horridge Street in downtown Vinton;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Of Vinton purchase from WHIT CARROLL BAKER, whose address is 900 Greenmore Road, Starks, Louisiana 70661 (“Seller”), for the partial consideration of the payment of $1,000 by the Town Of Vinton to Seller, and for the remainder consideration of the acceptance by the Town Of Vinton of a donation from Seller in the amount of $14,000, all of Seller’s right, title and interest, but allowing Seller to reserve all mineral rights without the right to use the surface, in and to the lands described as follows:

 

The North 20 Feet of Lot 17 of Block 11 of the ORIGINAL TOWNSITE of Vinton, Louisiana, as per plat recorded in Conveyance Book “T” at page 170, and as per Plat recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 7, together with all improvements thereon.

 

PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Town Of Vinton this 18th day of December 2007.

 

                                                                                                                Town Of Vinton

 

                                                                                                                By:___________________________

                                                                                                                     Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

                                Attorney Minald read the proposed Ordinance providing for the abandonment of a portion of Ann Street.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance be introduced and a Public Hearing be held on said ordinance on January 15, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCE

 

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING

A SECTION PROVIDING FOR THE

ABANDONMENT OF THAT PORTION OF

ANN STREET WEST OF JUDY STREET

 

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

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING

A SECTION PROVIDING FOR THE

ABANDONMENT OF THAT PORTION OF

ANN STREET WEST OF JUDY STREET

                                                               

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 15th DAY OF JANUARY, 2008, 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.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to amend the agenda to hear two ordinances for possible introduction.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance be introduced and a Public Hearing be held on said ordinance on January 15, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING

A SECTION PROVIDING FOR THE

PROHIBITION OF URINATION IN PUBLIC PLACE

 

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

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING

A SECTION PROVIDING FOR THE

PROHIBITION OF URINATION IN PUBLIC PLACE

                                                               

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 15th DAY OF JANUARY, 2008, 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.

 

                                Mayor Stinson appointed Council Members Bujard and Merchant to a committee to research and recommend proposed zoning laws.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Ordinance be introduced and a Public Hearing be held on said ordinance on January 15, 2008.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                                            ABSENT:  None

 

ORDINANCE

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING A SECTION

PROVIDING FOR MINIMUM CONSTRUCTION DISTANCES

BETWEEN PROPERTY LINES

 

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

 

THAT THE CODE OF ORDINANCES,

TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA,

IS HEREBY AMENDED BY ADDING A SECTION

PROVIDING FOR MINIMUM CONSTRUCTION DISTANCES

BETWEEN PROPERTY LINES

                                                               

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 15th DAY OF JANUARY, 2008, 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.

                               

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Resolution be adopted regarding the transfer of the cable franchise.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and the vote cast thereon was as follows:

 

                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douglass, Loyd, Merchant and Vice

 

                                                NAYS:  None

 

                                            ABSENT:  None

 

         RESOLUTION

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMAN OF THE TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA APPROVING TIIE TRANSFER OF TIIE CABLE FRANCHISE

 

WHEREAS, James Cable, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Franchisee") owns, operates and maintains a cable television system (the "System") in the Town of Vinton, Louisiana ("Franchise Authority") pursuant to a franchise agreement (the "Franchise") between Franchisee and the Franchise Authority and Franchisee is the duly authorized holder of the Franchise granted by the Franchise Authority; and

 

WHEREAS, Millennium Digital Media Systems, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company (d/b/a Broadstripe) ("Buyer"), has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Franchisee (the "Agreement"), pursuant to which the System and the Franchise will be transferred (the "Transfer") to Buyer upon the closing of the transactions contemplated under the Agreement (the "Closing Date"); and

 

WHEREAS, Franchisee and Buyer have requested that the Franchise Authority consent to the Transfer in accordance with the requirements of the Franchise to the extent that such consent is required; and

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN OF VINTON, AS FRANCHISE AUTHORITY, AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1. The Franchise Authority hereby consents to the Transfer, to the extent required by the terms of the Franchise and applicable law.

 

SECTION 2. The Franchise Authority confirms that, to Franchisee’s knowledge, the Franchisee is materially in compliance with the provisions of the Franchise and applicable law and there exists no fact or circumstance known to the Franchise Authority which constitutes or which, with the passage of time or the giving of notice or both, would constitute a material default or breach under the Franchise or applicable law or would allow the Franchise Authority to cancel or terminate the Franchisee's rights thereunder at this time.

 

PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Town Of Vinton this 18TH day of December 2007.

 

                                                                                                                Town Of Vinton

 

                                                                                                                By:___________________________

                                                                                                                     Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, Town Clerk

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that upon the recommendation of the Mayor that the following names be submitted to the Vinton Harbor and Terminal Board for the unexpired term of the late C.W. Lockhart.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                                                                Kevin Pickett

                                                                                Steve Borders

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed the up-coming change over in garbage companies with the governing authority.

 

                                The following class “A” Liquor Permits were approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                                                                Kevin Pickett

                                                                                DBA:  The Lucky Delta

                                                                                1903 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Glenn Floyd Cormier

                                                                                DBA:  Cajun Cowboy’s

                                                                                1312A Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Judith A. Vice

                                                                                DBA:  B&B Bar

                                                                                1313 Horridge St.

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Nathan Taylor, Jr.

                                                                                DBA:  The Twenty-five Men Community Center

                                                                                911 Industrial Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Gregory M. Love

                                                                                ALYCO, LLC

                                                                                DBA:  Love’s Travel Stop

                                                                                2024 West St.

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Kevin O. Pickett

                                                                                K.J.H., LLC

                                                                                DBA:  Taco Rico

                                                                                1905 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

The following class “A” Beer Permits were approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

                                                                                Kevin Pickett

                                                                                DBA:  The Lucky Delta

                                                                                1903 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Glenn Floyd Cormier

                                                                                DBA:  Cajun Cowboy’s

                                                                                1312A Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Judith A. Vice

                                                                                DBA:  B&B Bar

                                                                                1313 Horridge St.

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Nathan Taylor, Jr.

                                                                                DBA:  The Twenty-five Men Community Center

                                                                                911 Industrial Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Gregory M. Love

                                                                                ALYCO, LLC

                                                                                DBA:  Love’s Travel Stop

                                                                                2024 West St.

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Kevin O. Pickett

                                                                                K.J.H., LLC

                                                                                DBA:  Taco Rico

                                                                                1905 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

The following class “B” Liquor Permits were approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

                                                                                Kevin Pickett

                                                                                DBA:  Delta Fuel Stop

                                                                                1907 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Glenn Floyd Cormier

                                                                                DBA:  Glenn’s Mart Grill & Deli

                                                                                1312 Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Malik Kheraj

                                                                                DBA:  M&K Pantry #3

                                                                                1603 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Retail Investors of Texas

                                                                                DBA:  Market Basket #26

                                                                                1717 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Jim Yates

                                                                                DBA:  EZ Mart #369

                                                                                1723 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Kia Ty Huynh

                                                                                DBA:  Circle A Mini Mart, Inc.

                                                                                1309 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

                               

                                                                                Kuldip Singh

                                                                                DBA:  Tiger Mart #12

                                                                                1410 Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                The following class “B” Beer Permits were approved upon a motion by Council Member Douglass, seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                                                                Kevin Pickett

                                                                                DBA:  Delta Fuel Stop

                                                                                1907 West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Glenn Floyd Cormier

                                                                                DBA:  Glenn’s Mart Grill & Deli

                                                                                1312 Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Malik Kheraj

                                                                                DBA:  M&K Pantry #3

                                                                                1603 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Retail Investors of Texas

                                                                                DBA:  Market Basket #26

                                                                                1717 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Jim Yates

                                                                                DBA:  EZ Mart #369

                                                                                1723 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                                                                Kia Ty Huynh

                                                                                DBA:  Circle A Mini Mart, Inc.

                                                                                1309 Hwy 90 West

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

                               

                                                                                Kuldip Singh

                                                                                DBA:  Tiger Mart #12

                                                                                1410 Gum Cove Road

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

                                                                                Gregory M. Love

                                                                                ALYCO, LLC

                                                                                DBA:  Love’s Travel Stop

                                                                                2024A West Street

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Wrecker Permit be approved for 2008. The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                                                                Ernie L. Breaux

                                                                                DBA:  Breaux’s Wrecker Service

                                                                                1603 Hwy 90

                                                                                Vinton, LA  70668

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass to amend the agenda to discuss the proposed E-911 Address Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Merchant to defer taking any action on E-911 Address Ordinance until the January 15, 2008, meeting.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Floating Holidays be approved for Administration, Public Works and Electrical Department Employee’s for the year 2008:

 

                                                                Friday, November 28, 2008

                                                                Wednesday, December 24, 2008

                                                                Friday, December 26, 2008

 

The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douglass that the following Floating Holidays be approved for Police Department Employee’s for the year 2008:

 

                                                                Friday, November 28, 2008

                                                                Wednesday, December 24, 2008

 

The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Vice to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding police personnel.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douglass and carried.

 

                                Upon the recommendation of the Chief of Police, it was moved by Council Member Vice to hire Melinda Carpenter as a police dispatcher with probationary status.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Terry Vice, Director of Public Works gave the monthly Public Works and Electrical Department reports.

 

                                Mr. Vice announced that next week a container would be set up for the disposal of real Christmas Trees between the police department parking lot and railroad tracks.

 

                                Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief gave the monthly Fire and Civil Defense reports.

 

                                Due to Ms. JoJo Mounfils having to leave the meeting early, Mayor Stinson announced that the American Cancer Society would host a Food Tasting Fund Raiser, January 12, 2008, at the American Legion Hall and invited every one to attend.

 

                                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 Merchant and carried.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk