VINTON, LA

                February 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 February, 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:               None

 

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                                Total Payroll for January, 2010                                                                   $      92,312.68                           

                                Total Receipts for January, 2010                                                                                $    775,046.22

                                Total Disbursements for January, 2010                                                   $    789,084.53 

                                Total Bills for January, 2010                                                                        $    445,015.12

 

 

 

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 Douga and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of January, 2010, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Loyd, seconded by Council Member Patin and carried.

 

                                Mr. Bill Hankins, representing West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, informed the governing authority and public present on the upcoming election for the proposed ad valorem tax that will allow revenue for maintenance improvements for the hospital.

 

                                Emily Stewart, representing Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino, presented a proposal to the governing authority whereby the town and track would work together on a project that would assist the current beautification efforts on West Street.  (Exhibit “A”)

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the Mayor be authorized and empowered to enter into an agreement with Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino as follows:

 

·         Delta Downs will provide and maintain approximately 10 banners and brackets on utility poles owned by the Town of Vinton along West Street.

·         Delta Downs will pay the Town of Vinton $50.00 /pole for providing labor to install brackets and banners on designated poles.

 

The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                Mayor Stinson discussed the proposed Joint Service Agreement with the Parish under which the Parish supplies an inspector to perform demolition inspections for the town.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Bujard that the Mayor be authorized and empowered to enter into a Joint Service Agreement with the Parish under which the Parish supplies an inspector to perform demolition inspections for the town.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Douga and carried.

 

                                Council Member Douga reported on the meeting he had with the Parish Animal Control representatives concerning on going issues with their performance.

 

                                Chief of Police, Ricky Fox gave the monthly police department report.

 

                             Due to the Director of Public Works being called out for a sewer problem, copies of the monthly public works and electrical department reports were given to the governing authority.

 

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

 

                                Chief Merchant discussed a new employment application for the Fire Department that would include a criminal background check for potential new hires.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Loyd to amend the agenda to hear an item regarding an executive session on pending litigation.  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

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that an executive session was needed to discuss pending litigation.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga to recess the regular meeting for an executive session.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Patin and carried.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the regular meeting be re-convened.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Loyd and carried.

 

                                Mayor Stinson reported that he had updated the Council on pending litigation during the executive session.

 

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

                                                                                                                ______________________________

                                                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Mary O. Vice, City Clerk