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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 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 Monday, October 3, 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 Jim Pearce.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderwoman Glenda Howard made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to approve the Minutes of the September 6, 2011, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF WOODHAVEN ROAD DRAINAGE PROJECT.
Lewis Love was present to discuss the resolution saying the City desires to enter into a contract for construction of the Woodhaven Road Drainage Project pursuant to design plans and specifications prepared by Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., project engineer. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the resolution authorizing a contract with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work described in the construction plans and specifications for the project. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 760 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINNEERING DESIGN, SURVEY, PROPERTY ACQUISITION, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES RELATED TO HUNDRED OAKS DRIVE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.
Lewis Love stated that the City desires to enter into a professional services agreement with the Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for engineering design, surveying, property acquisition, and construction administration services related to the Hundred Oaks Drive Drainage System Project. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for the Hundred Oaks Drive Drainage System Improvements Project. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 761 OF 2011)
III. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, INC., FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO SEWAGE SLUDGE MANAGEMENT AT THE BENEFICIAL USE FACILITY.
Troy Whitman was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution saying the City desires to enter into a professional services agreement with Engineering Associates, Inc., to assist the City with the development and implementation of a Sewage Sludge Management Plan that will allow for the beneficial use, operation and maintenance of the Sewage Sludge and Biosolids Disposal Beneficial Use Facility. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into a professional services agreement with Engineering Associates, Inc., for engineering services related to sewage sludge management at the Beneficial Use Facility. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 762 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN, SURVEY, PROPERTY ACQUISITION, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES RELATED TO WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.
Troy Whitman was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution saying the City desires to enter into a professional services agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for engineering design, surveying, property acquisition and construction administration services related to the Water Distribution System Improvements Project at Vienna Street, Arizona Avenue and California Avenue. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 763 OF 2011
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FY 2009 LCDBG SEWER PROJECT.
Troy Whitman stated the City desires to construct the improvements identified as FY- 2009 LCDBG Sewer Project pursuant to design plans and specifications prepared by the Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., and to enter into a contract with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work described in the construction plans and specifications for the Project. Following discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution. The mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 764 OF 2011
D. AUTHORIZE CITY TO EXTEND CONTRACT WITH TURNER SPECIALTY SERVICES, LLC, IN CONNECTION WITH SEWAGE SLUDGE MANAGEMENT AT THE BENEFICIAL USE FACILITY.
Troy Whitman was present to explain the need for the 25-day extension of the earlier contract with Turner Specialty Services, LLC for sewage sludge management at the Beneficial Use Facility. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the extension of the contract. The mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IV. PLANNING AND ZONING:
A. CONSIDER 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
Jim Hays was present to discuss details of the proposed application for rezoning. He said that applicant's company, Superior Storage, LLC, owns the old Holsum Bread Building on Highway 167 South (Vienna) and the warehouse behind it on King Avenue. These abutting properties were zoned Industrial for 41 years until the new zoning ordinance was adopted in 2005. At that time, the old Holsum Building was rezoned B-2 Light Business and the adjoining warehouse property was incorrectly rezoned to R-10 Single Family Residential. The Future Land Use designation is Commercial Node for a portion of the warehouse on the west side and for Mixed Use on the eastern portion. Hays reported that applicant is requesting the extension of the B-2 Light Business District Zoning across his entire property. The warehouse is grandfathered for industrial uses and may continue to be used industrially until the use is abandoned or replaced by a conforming use. If the property is rezoned to B-2 Light Business, it would be required to be compatible with neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for a new owner to use the property for new retail or office space that is complementary with the neighborhood and would encourage further revitalization and re-investment in the neighborhood and the community in general. Hays said the Zoning Commission had reviewed the rezoning application at their August 15, 2011, meeting and voted unanimously to recommend that the rezoning be approved.
A.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:40 p.m. Irma H. Barnes, 105 King Avenue, came forward to ask questions concerning the meaning of “light business”. Her questions were referred to Jim Hays. No one else from the audience came forward to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:46 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, Alderwoman Glenda Howard 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 votes. (ORDINANCE NO 1619 OF 2011)
V. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 616 JACKSON AVE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 616 Jackson and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Andrew Frazier) has been notified of the hearing but he had not heard from him. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
A.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 616 JACKSON AVE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:47 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:47 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1309 STRAIN. Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1309 Strain and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Jacqueline Payne Winston and Carl Phillip Payne) have been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that the property owners wanted to demolish the structure themselves and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owners fail or refuse to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owners.
B.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1309 STRAIN.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:49 p.m. Jacqueline W. Sumler, property owner, came forward and requested ninety days to demolish and clean up the property. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:50 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 427 S. FARMERVILLE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 427 South Farmerville and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Deborah Andrews) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
C.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 427 S. FARMERVILLE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:51 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:51 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 924 THIRD.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 924 Third and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Patricia Ann Goins Wooton, Faye Goins Thompson, Felix Goins, Jr., Joseph Goins and Robert Goins) have been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that the property owners wished to demolish the structure and clean up the property themselves and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owners fail or refuse to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owners.
D.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 924 THIRD.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:52 p.m. Robert Goins, one of the property owners stated that he currently lives in the house and wishes to repair it himself although his brothers and sisters do not. Mark Joiner said the ninety days recommended should give the family members time to work out their differences and either bring the property up to code or demolish and clean it up. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:56 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations by giving the family ninety (90) days in which to repair or demolish and remove the rubble. The motion was seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and passed by unanimous vote.
E. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 307 LINCOLN.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 307 Lincoln and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Lincoln Parish Police Jury) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
E.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 307 LINCOLN.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:57 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:57 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
F. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1105 TAYLOR.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1105 Taylor and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Lincoln Parish Police Jury) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
F.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1105 TAYLOR.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:59 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:59 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
G. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1403 & 1405 MAYBERRY.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1403 & 1405 Mayberry and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Becky Tittle) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that the owner wishes to repair structures at both locations and they advised her of what is needed to bring structures up to code. He recommended that the structures located at 1403 Mayberry be condemned and set a time frame of not more than thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structures. Joiner recommended that the Council order the structures located at 1405 Mayberry be condemned and set a time frame of not more than sixty (60) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structure(s). In the event that the owner fails or refuses to comply with the Council's order within the timeframe allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure(s) with all costs being billed to the owner.
G.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1403 & 1405 MAYBERRY.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:00 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
H. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 901 LARSON.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 901 Larson and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Ronnie Thompson and Darrell Thompson) have been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that Ronnie Thompson has asked for thirty (30) days to remove the structure. He recommended that the Council set a deadline of not more than thirty (30) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owners fail or refuse to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owners.
H.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 901 LARSON.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:02 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:02 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
I. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 901 BALDWIN.
Mark Joiner recommended abatement discussion for 901 Baldwin be postponed to allow the family time to complete succession proceedings. A motion to postpone was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
I.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 901 BALDWIN.
No public hearing was held due to item being postponed.
J. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 203 WEST CHARLOTTE AVENUE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 203 West Charlotte Avenue and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office has been unable to locate the record property owner (Miller L. Harris) and Attorney, Forrest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owner in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle who reported that the property owner, Miller L. Harris, is deceased and has received no response after a legal notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader concerning the property. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with demolition and cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
J.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 203 WEST CHARLOTTE AVENUE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:04 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:04 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
K. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 803 GILMAN.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 803 Gilman and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office had been unable to locate record property owner (John Brantley) and Attorney, Forrest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owners in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle who reported that the record owners listed as John Brantley and Vera Mitchell Brantley are both deceased. He stated that he had heard from Agnes Moore, daughter of the deceased, and informed her of the public hearing and also instructed Ms. Moore to contact Mark Joiner with any questions. Joiner stated that he had not heard from the family and recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owners fail or refuse to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the family.
K.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 803 GILMAN.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:06 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:06 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
L. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1204 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1204 Martin Luther King and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office had been unable to locate property owner (Sudie P. Barber) and Attorney, Forrest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owner in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle who reported that the legal notice had been published in the Ruston Daily Leader and that he had received a telephone call from Chevetta Palmer, a relative of the deceased, and had informed her of the October 3 public hearing with instructions to contact Mark Joiner with any questions. Joiner stated that he had not heard from the family and recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
L.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1204 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:08 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:08 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
M. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1204 ARLINGTON.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1204 Arlington and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office had been unable to locate property owner (Jessie P. Gill, Jr.) and Attorney, Forrest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owner in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle who stated that the record owner is deceased and further that a legal notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader concerning the property, with no response. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the property owner.
M.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1204 ARLINGTON.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:09 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:09 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
N. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 808 MCALLISTER.
Mark Joiner recommended that abatement discussion for 808 McAllister be postponed due to notification issues. A motion to postpone was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
N.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 808 MCALLISTER.
No public hearing was held due to item being postponed.
O. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 803 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 803 Martin Luther King and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office had been unable to locate the record property owner which appears to be Callie White and that Attorney, Forrest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owner in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle who stated that the record owner is deceased and after a legal notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader, he had received no response. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
O.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 803 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:12 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:12 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
P. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1410 TAYLOR.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1410 Taylor and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that his office had been unable to locate the record property owner which appears to be Adeal Wright and that Attorney, Forest Moegle, has been appointed to represent the absentee owner in the proceedings. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle which stated that the record owner is deceased and after a notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader, he had received a telephone call from Robert C. Wright, relative of the deceased, and informed him of the October 3 public hearing with instructions to contact Mark Joiner with questions or concerns. Joiner stated that he had talked to Mr. Wright who had asked for ninety (90) days to make repairs on the structure and therefore, recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner. During discussion, Alderwoman Glenda Howard stated that ninety days is too long and suggested a thirty day time limit.
P.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1410 TAYLOR.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:15 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. A motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendation but set the time limit at thirty (30) days instead of ninety. The motion was seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and passed by unanimous vote.
Q. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1004 ARLINGTON.
Mark Joiner recommended abatement discussion for 1004 Arlington be postponed due to notification issues. A motion to postpone was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Q.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1004 ARLINGTON.
No public hearing was held due to item being postponed. Alderman Elmore Mayfield admonished the Code Enforcement staff to monitor properties being cleared by property owners to make sure cleanup is completed in a thorough and timely manner.
VI. FINANCE:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, ADOPTING AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 1, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, TO THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Jim Pearce.
B. APPROVE THE FOLLOWING BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR BUDGET YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
1. From: Electric Fund - Fund Balance <2,500>
To: Electric Fund - Customer Service
Salaries - Regular 5015 5110 2,500
2. From: Ambulance Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 5510 5112 <2,000>
To: Ambulance Fund:
Salaries - Regular 5510 5110 2,000
3. From: General Fund - Fire Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 130117 5112 <13,000> To: General Fund - Fire Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 130117 5110 13,000
4. From: General Fund - IT Dept.:
Equip. to be Acctd. For 120140 5286 <2,850>
Computer Equipment 120140 5840 <2,850>
To: General Fund - IT Dept.:
Maint. of Office Equip. 120140 5320 5,700
5. From: Water Fund - Fund Balance <10,000> To: Water Fund - Water Administration:
Paying Agent Fees 5210 5680 10,000
6. From: Purchasing/ Warehouse Fund:
Heating 6210 5420 <3,200>
To: Purchasing/Warehouse Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 6210 5112 700
Supplies 6210 5280 2,500
7. From: Electric Fund - Meter Readers:
Equip to be Accounted For 5016 5286 <2,000>
To: Electric Fund - Meter Readers:
Salaries - Overtime 5016 5112 2,000
8. From: Electric Fund - Fund Balance <12,500> To: Electric Fund - Systems Maintenance:
Salaries - Overtime 5013 5112 5,000
Employee Retirement 5013 5120 2,500
Employee Insurance 5013 5130 5,000
9. From: Airport Fund:
Revenues - Funds From State 54 4302 <10,000>
To: Airport Fund:
Maint. of Bldg. & Grnds. 5410 5300 10,000
10. From: Airport Fund:
Fund Balance <23,000>
To: Airport Fund:
Maint. of Bldg & Grounds 5410 5300 15,000
Maint. of Radio Equip. 5410 5325 8,000
11. From: Airport Fund - Revenues:
Federal Funds Received 54 4300 <500,000>
Funds From State 54 4302 <95,000>
To: Airport Fund - Fund Balance 595,000
Emmett Gibbs was present to discuss the budget amendments. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to approve the eleven listed budget amendments. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
VII. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:19 p.m.
November 7, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: November 11, 2011

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