February 15, 2011


                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 February, 2011, with the following members present:


                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem

                                                                                Bliss Bujard, Council Member

                                                                                Harold R. Douga, Council Member

                                                                                Kevin Merchant, Council Member

                                                                                Paul Patin, Council Member


                                ABSENT:                              Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor


                                ALSO PRESENT:               Thad Minaldi, Town Attorney


                                                                The following Reports were submitted:


                Total Payroll for January, 2011                                                                    $     83,106.55 

                                Total Receipts for January, 2011                                                                                $1,278,005.28

                                Total Disbursements for January, 2011                                                   $1,234,048.76

                                Total Bills for January, 2011                                                                         $   708,181.84 




William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem 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 Patin and carried.


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


                                Bills for the month of January, 2011, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.


                                Mayor-Pro-Tem Loyd announced that the Congressional Re-Districting meeting will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center on February 22, 2011.


                                Mayor-Pro-Tem Loyd discussed working in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to make the portion of Big Woods Road that is inside the Vinton Corp Limits a “No Truck” route.


                                It was moved by Council Member Patin that the agenda be amended to hear an item from Ms. Elaine Briggs regarding Multiple Sclerosis awareness.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and the vote cast thereon was as follows:


                                                                YEAS:  Council Members Bujard, Douga, Merchant and Patin


                                                                NAYS:  None


                                                         ABSENT:  Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor


                                Ms. Briggs discussed the Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Group she is a member of and works with.  She shared important facts about the disease and gave an update on the awareness groups activities.


                                Council Member Bujard discussed the ordinance adopted by the Lake Charles City Council regarding sex offenders.  Mr. Bujard stated he would like to see the same ordinance adopted in Vinton requiring sex offenders to pay a registration fee in order to live in the city limits, if the ordinance is found to be legal.  


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


                                In the absence of Terry Vice, Director of Public Works, written reports were submitted for the electrical and public works departments.


                                Jerry Merchant, Fire Chief gave the monthly fire and civil defense reports.


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


                                                                                                                                William “BB” Loyd, Mayor-Pro-Tem



Mary O. Vice, City Clerk