VINTON, LA

                April 17, 2012

 

                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 17th day of April, 2012, 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:               Cade Cole, Town Attorney

                                                                               

                                                                The following Reports were submitted:

 

                Total Payroll for February, 2012                                                                  $     96,644.57             

                                Total Receipts for February, 2012                                                                              $   923,044.06 

                                Total Disbursements for February, 2012                                                 $   820,382.01      

                                Total Bills for February, 2012                                                                       $   362,417.39

 

 

 

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 Douga 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 Merchant and carried.

 

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

 

                                Bills for the month of March, 2012, were approved and payment authorized upon a motion by Council Member Merchant, seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

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

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Merchant that the following Resolution be adopted regarding adoption of plans and policies, appointments and authorization of individuals for compliance with the LCDBG regulations.  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

 

WHEREAS, the Town of Vinton has been awarded a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) for water improvements; and

 

WHEREAS, the LCDBG Program requires the adoption of plans and policies, appointments and authorization of individuals for compliance with the LCDBG regulations;

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary under the regulations of the LCDBG Program to authorize certain individuals to sign for Requests for Payment for LCDBG funds and to authorize one individual to certify to the correctness of each signature, designate an official depositary to hold LCDBG funds and authorize certain individuals to sign checks on the official depositary;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Town of Vinton in regular session convened that the following plans and policies be adopted; (1) Procurement Policy,  (2) Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan and (3) Policy Statement for Communicating Information to Persons with Sensory Impairments and (4) Grievance Procedure;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following appointments and authorization of individuals are made; (1) Handicapped/Section 504 Compliance/Coordinator – Mary O. Vice (2) Antidisplacement Coordinator – Mary O. Vice, (3) Equal Employment Officer – Mary O. Vice, (4) Citizen Complaint Officer – Mary O. Vice, (5) Labor Compliance Officer - LCDBG Administrator, and (6) Authorize the Mayor to sign all documents pertaining to the LCDBG Program;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Kenneth O. Stinson, Mary O. Vice and Sonja St. Julien are hereby authorized to sign Requests for Payment; Chryel Douga shall certify to the correctness of each signature, that CapitalOne Bank is hereby designated as the official depositary of all LCDBG funds and that Kenneth O. Stinson and Mary O. Vice are authorized to sign checks on the official depositary, of which both signatures are required for each check.

 

            APPROVED AND ADOPTED ON THIS 17th day of APRIL, 2012.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   KENNETH O. STINSON, MAYOR  

 

                                                              

MARY O. VICE, CLERK                                   

 

                        Mayor Stinson discussed with the govering authority the possibility of purchasing the downtown parking lot from the Coppels family.

 

                                After discussion, it was moved by Council Member Douga to start the process of purchasing the parking lot from the Coppels family.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Merchant and carried.

 

                                Council Members Bujard and Merchant reported on the Park Committee meeting that was held on April 16, 2012.  They reported that the Ward 7 Recreation Department may be interested in moving the skate park equipment to the recreation center.  In addition they reported that there had been no additional in-put from the public and their recommendation is to put the skate park equipment in storage or if the Recreation Board agrees that it be moved to the recreation center property.

 

                                It was moved by Council Member Douga that the recommendation of the park committee be approved and that the skate park equipment be dismantled and put in storage or if approved by the recreation board, it be moved to the recreation center.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Bujard and carried.

 

                                Council Member Patin discussed keeping Venissat Park as a softball field.

 

                                Mr. James Milton stated he also would like to see Venissat Park remain a softball field.

 

                                Council Member Douga asked the town attorney to research the process of converting the grant requirements from Venissat Park to the City Park.

 

                                Council Members Bujard and Merchant announced that the next Park Committee Meeting will be held on May 14, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss the future outdoor recreation use of Venissat Park.  They urged everyone interested to please attend.

 

                                Council Member Bujard discussed citizens being more involved and participating in local government decisions.  He suggested that the council meetings be videotaped and put on the town’s website for viewing.  He also asked that council members update their bio’s on the web page with contact information so the public can reach them if they so desire.

 

                                Attorney Cole presented a Resolution re-naming the new street constructed to the east of “Loree Street Bridge Project”, for adoption.

 

                                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 MAYOR AND COUNCIL

OF THE TOWN OF VINTON

 

            The Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Vinton, State of Louisiana, met in regular session on the 17th day of April, 2012, and adopted the following resolution:

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton have determined that the new street constructed to the east of the “Loree Street Bridge Project” should be named “Williams Road”.

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Town of Vinton has determined that the best interests of the Town would be served by changing the name of “Sabine Point Lane” to “Williams Road”.

                                                                                          

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Vinton does hereby formally, officially and for all purposes change the name of Sabine Point Lane to “Williams Road”, and does also hereby name the new street “Williams Road”--from the end of the current Sabine Point Lane (now Williams Road) to its intersection with Gum Cove Road.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Williams Road will therefore extend from the east side of Gum Cove Road to U.S. Highway 90 (the road to the west of the intersection with Gum Cove Road shall continue to be named Loree Street).

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the United States Postmaster for Vinton, Louisiana, to the Calcasieu Emergency Communication (911) District, to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (Division of Planning and Development and Geographical Information Systems Department), to Intrado, and to Acadian Ambulance Service.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that this street name change shall be effective on the 1st day of June, 2012. 

 

            THUS DONE AND PASSED on this 17th day of April, 2012.

 

                                                                                                ____________________________

                                                                                                Kenneth O. Stinson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Mary O. Vice, City Clerk

 

                                Chief Ricky Fox gave the monthly Police Department report.

 

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

 

                                Mr. Vice reported that a scheduled electrical outage will take place beginning at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, April 20, 2012, until approximately 4:00 A.M., Saturday, April 21, 2012.

 

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

 

                                Mr. Edward Vice asked the governing authority about the possibility of dividing the town into voting districts where a council member would be elected from each district, rather than council members being elected “At Large”.

 

                                Mr. Vice also stated his dis-satisfaction of the town’s road conditions and his opinion regarding pay raises for employees.                        

 

                                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