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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/ COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR, CITY HALL, 401 NORTH TRENTON, RUSTON, LOUISIANA
A regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ruston was held Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers/ Courtroom, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana. A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Elmore Mayfield, Jim Pearce, Alderwomen Glenda Howard and Marie Riggs were present. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The invocation was delivered by Alderman Jedd Lewis.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF AUGUST 15, 2011, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to approve the Minutes of the August 15, 2011, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. MINUTES OF AUGUST 24, 2011, SPECIAL MEETING.
Alderwoman Glenda Howard made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to approve the Minutes of the August 24, 2011, Special Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING THE LEASE OF PROPERTY BY THE CITY OF RUSTON TO THE NORTH LOUISIANA MILITARY MUSEUM.
Lewis Love was present to explain the proposed ordinance stating that the .088 acres of land is not needed for public purposes but is needed by the North Louisiana Military Museum for an outdoor display area and further that the current lease would be amended. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:33 p.m. No one from the audience came forward to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:33 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1615 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, ENDORSING THE PARTICIPATION OF STORM WALL INDUSTRIES, LLC, IN THE LOUISIANA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM.
Kristi Lumpkin (Economic Development) and Jerry Moore (Sales & Use Tax Commission) were present to explain the need for the resolution and answer Council's questions. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 753 OF 2011)
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH LTP MEDICAL MOBILE, INC., RELATED TO THE OPERATION OF A COMMUNITY MOBILE HEALTH PROGRAM.
Lewis Love was present to discuss details of the agreement with LTP Medical Mobile, Inc., saying that the City would provide parking space at the Old Arkla Building for the Mobile Health Hut, a recreational vehicle electrical outlet and use of a portion of a City building for a waiting area, all subject to availability as determined by construction activities and other situations. He further stated that the Mobile Unit will provide health services to citizens of the City and Lincoln Parish on designated dates and times. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to authorize the agreement with LTP Medical Mobile, Inc., relating to the operation of a community mobile health program. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
III. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CLEARING AND GRUBBING RELATED TO MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE EXTENSION, HWY 167 TO FARMERVILLE STREET.
Lewis Love was present to discuss the resolution saying that the City had received competitive bids based on the construction plans and specifications prepared by Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., and that the lowest bidder was The Mabry Company. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 754 OF 2011)
IV. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN, SURVEY AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES RELATED TO IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SANITARY SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM WET WEATHER LAGOON.
Troy Whitman was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into a professional services agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for engineering design, survey and construction phase services related to the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Wet Weather Lagoon. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 755 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH DEFOREST ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, LLC, FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SANITARY SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM.
Troy Whitman was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into a professional services agreement with Deforest Engineering Consultants, Inc., for engineering design, surveying, property acquisition and construction administration services related to the Sanitary Sewer Collection System. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 756 OF 2011
V. LIGHT AND POWER:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A VEGETATION MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2012 AND 2013.
Darrell Caraway was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into a Vegetation Maintenance Contract with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 757 OF 2011)
VI. PLANNING AND ZONING:
A. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, REVOKING THE DEDICATION OF A SPECIFIED PORTION OF UNDEVELOPED ALLEYWAY AND RETAINING A RIGHT-OF-USE SERVITUDE THERETO IN D.E. O'NEAL SUBDIVISION OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Case No. 1088: Consider Revocation of a Portion of an Undeveloped Alleyway Abutting Lots 93 and 78 of D.E. O'Neal Subdivision of the City of Ruston, Louisiana
Location: Undeveloped Alleyway in D.E. O'Neal Subdivision
Jim Hays was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:44 p.m. David Mayer, 409 James Street, came forward to express concerns about traffic implications on James Street with the revocation and addition of the Ruston High School field house. Having no one else from the audience to come forward to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:53 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After further discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
(RESOLUTION NO. 758 OF 2011
B. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, REVOKING THE DEDICATION OF AN AREA OF PUBLIC STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY AND RETAINING A RIGHT-OF-USE SERVITUDE THERETO OF THE “RUSTON AND VERNON ROAD” (OLD TRENTON STREET) SITUATED SOUTH OF LINE AVENUE AND NORTH OF CLINIC WAY IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Case No. 1094: Consider Revocation of a Portion of Abandoned Street Dedication of The Ruston and Vernon Road
Applicants: Lincoln Land Company, LLC, Laura Plat Wallingford; Linda Ann Plat; E.D. Platt, Lisa Platt Henry
Location: Abandoned Street between West line Avenue and Clinic Way
Jim Hays was present to discuss the matter. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:54 p.m. Having no one from the audience to come forward to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:54 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
(RESOLUTION NO. 759 OF 2011
C. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case No. 1093: Application for rezoning
Applicant: Reg Shurling
Location: 104 King Avenue
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Elmore Mayfield.
VII. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. REQUEST PERMISSION TO START THE PROPERTY CONDEMNATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
Address; Owner
924 Third - Patricia Ann Goins Wooton, Faye Goins Thompson, Felix Goins, Jr. Joseph Goins, Robert Goins
307 Lincoln - Lincoln Parish Police Jury
1105 Taylor - Lincoln Parish Police Jury
1001 Baldwin - Bennie Cato
1403 & 1405 Mayberry - Becky Tittle
901 Larson - Ronnie Thompson, Darrell Thompson
901 Baldwin - Glasgow Albritton
203 W. Charlotte Ave. - Harris Miller
803 Gilman - John Brantley
1204 Martin Luther King - Sudie Barber
1204 Arlington - Jessie Gill, Jr.
808 McAllister - Willie S. White, Johnnie S. Davis, Bertha S. Turner, Gladys S. Hardeman, Era Mae Longmyer, Sara Mayfield, John W. Richmond, Jr., Nedra E. Smith, Linda S. Williams, Donna F. Williams, John W. Slaton, Earl H. Slaton
803 Martin Luther King - Callie White
1410 Taylor - Adeal Wright
1004 Arlington - Johnnye Ray Martin, II, Jaylen Martin, Felissia Raye Martin, Brown & Sons Realty LLC Jim Hays recommended that the listed properties be demolished, removed or improved to meet current Building Code and also requested permission to start the property condemnation process on the listed structures. He read a list of the properties and stated that all property owners have been notified. A motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
VIII. FINANCE:
A. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING AND REENACTING SECTION 27-146 OF CHAPTER 27 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO THE WATER RATE SCHEDULE.
Lewis Love and Darrell Caraway were present to discuss the proposed ordinance and discuss the rate process. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:03 p.m. No one from the audience came forward to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:03 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed with three (3) votes in favor of and two (2) votes opposed being Alderwoman Glenda Howard and Alderman Elmore Mayfield. (ORDINANCE NO 1616 OF 2011)
B. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING AND REENACTING SECTION 27-161 OF CHAPTER 27 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO THE MONTHLY RATE CHARGED FOR SEWER SERVICE.
Lewis Love and Darrell Caraway were present to explain the proposed ordinance relative to monthly sewer service rates. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:04 p.m. No one from the audience came forward to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:04 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed with three (3) votes in favor of and two (2) votes opposed being Alderwoman Glenda Howard and Alderman Elmore Mayfield. (ORDINANCE NO 1617 OF 2011)
C. PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2011, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA. Lewis Love was present to answer questions from the Council. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:06 p.m. No one from the audience came forward to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:06 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1618 OF 2011)
D. APPROVE THE FOLLOWING BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR BUDGET YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
1. From: Electric System Fund- Fund Balance <4,000>
To: Electric System Fund - Meter Readers: 4,000
Salaries - Overtime 5016 5112
2. From: General Fund-Revenues:
Solid Waste Management 11 4140 <150,000>
Insurance Taxes 11 4150 <20,000>
Housing Demolition Revenue 12 4477 <20,000>
Crematory Fee 14 4245 <6,000> To: General Fund - Fund Balance 196,000
3. From: General Fund - Executive Dept.: <3,000>
Utilities 120110 5410
To: General Fund - Executive Dept.: 3,000
Travel & Training 120110 5160
4.From: General Fund - City Hall/Civic Center: <6,000>
Salaries - Regular 120113 5110 To: General Fund - City Hall/Civic Center: 6,000
Salaries - Overtime 120113 5112 5. From: General Fund - Fund Balance <97,900>
To: General Fund - Police Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 130116 5110 96,500
Employee Benefits - FICA Tax 130116 5129 1,400
6. From: General Fund - Police Dept.:
Police Retirement 130116 5122 <55,000>
Employee Insurance 130116 5130 <55,000> To: General Fund - Police Dept.: 110,000
Capital 130116 5810 7. From: General Fund - Revenues: <18,416>
RPD Miscellaneous 13 4215
To: General Fund - Police Dept.: 18,416
Equip. to be Acctd. For 130116 5286
8. From: General Fund - Public Works Admin.: <10,000>
Utilities 140120 5410 To: General Fund - Public Works Admin: 10,000
Salaries - Regular 140120 5110
9. From: General Fund - Fund Balance <64,500>
To: General Fund - Solid Waste:
Salaries - Overtime 140122 5112 7,500
Auto & Truck Repair 140122 5520 8,000
Gas, Oil & Diesel 140122 5530 49,000
10. From: Electric System Fund - Fund Balance <3,200> To: Electric System Fund - Maintenance: 3,200
Salaries - Overtime 5013 5112
11. From: Electric System Fund - Fund Balance <18,500>
To: Electric System Fund - Customer Service:
Salaries - Overtime 5015 5112 4,500
Municipal Employee Retire. 5015 5120 2,000
Collection Costs 5015 5635 12,000
Lewis Love was present to explain the budget amendments. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve the listed budget amendments. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IX. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:07 p.m.
October 3, 2011 APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: October 7, 2011

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