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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 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, November 7, 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. Mayor Hollingsworth introduced Ted McKinney, a representative of the Sparta Ground Water Commission and Ruston resident, who encouraged residents and leaders of the community to attend a meeting on November 8, 2011, to hear details of the State's proposed Water Management Plan as it relates to the Sparta Aquifer. He stated that the meeting was one of five set for different areas throughout the state and designed to obtain public comments on the plan drawn up by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF OCTOBER 3, 2011, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to approve the Minutes of the October 3, 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 OCTOBER 25, 2011, SPECIAL MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the October 25, 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. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, PROVIDING AUTHORIZATION FOR CITY TO EXECUTE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT NO. 1 TO RUSTON DOWNTOWN DISTRICT REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT, PHASES III & IV.
Lewis Love reported that the resolution was necessary in connection with Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to agreement dated April 27, 2010, for funding work on downtown historic district streets. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the supplemental agreement. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO.766 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, PROVIDING CERTIFICATION FOR CITY OF RUSTON PARTICIPATION IN LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.
Lewis Love was present and stated that with approval of the resolution, the City certifies that it will assume full responsibility for the required local five percent cash match, for design engineering, and for construction administration and inspection of the enhancement and revitalization of the Ruston Main Street beautification and streetscape design. 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. 767 OF 2011)
C. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING SECTIONS 5-1 AND 5-3 OF CHAPTER 5 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Elmore Mayfield.
III. LIGHT AND POWER:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING SALE OF DAMAGED TRANSFORMERS AS SURPLUS MOVABLE PROPERTY.
Darrell Caraway was present to answer the Council's questions. A motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution authorizing the sale of damaged transformers as surplus property. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 768 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR REPLACEMENT OF MAPLE STREET SUBSTATION TRANSFORMER AND 69KV BREAKER.
Darrell Caraway was present to answer Council's questions. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis 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. 769 OF 2011)
IV. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING SALE OF SCRAP MATERIALS AS SURPLUS MOVABLE PROPERTY.
Lewis Love stated that this resolution is in connection with the annual sale of scrap materials. 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. 770 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 LINE AND GRADE STUDY RELATED TO EAST KENTUCKY AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.
Lewis Love reported that the City desires to develop a line and grade study for proposed improvements to the East Kentucky Avenue transportation corridor and desires to enter into a professional services agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for engineering design, field surveying, property acquisition and construction cost estimating services related to the project. 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. 771 OF 2011)
V. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD CAMP ROAD SEWER IMPROVEMENTS.
Troy Whitman was present to discuss the resolution saying the City desires to contract the improvements identified as Road Camp Road Sewer Project pursuant to design plans and specifications prepared by Project Engineer, Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., and further to enter into a contract for construction of the Project with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work described in the constructions plans and specifications. 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. 772 OF 2011)
VI. PLANNING AND ZONING:
A. CONSIDER FOR ACTION CASE NO. 1095-APPLICATION FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.
Case No. 1095: Application for Conditional Use Permit
Applicant: Louisiana Center for the Blind
Location: 101 South Trenton Street
Jim Hays reported that the Louisiana Center for the Blind has purchased the old Kirby's Veterinary Clinic Building at 119 West Railroad Avenue and propose to demolish the existing clinic building and build a new addition to their adjoining building at 101 South Trenton Street. He further reported that the Zoning Commission had reviewed elements of this application in a public hearing on October 17, 2011, and voted unanimously to recommend approval by the Board of Aldermen subject to the following conditions:
1) An 18-month deadline from issuance of the conditional use permit for project completion.
2) The development must be substantially in conformance with the approved site plans submitted as part of the Conditional Use Permit.
A.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:41 p.m. John Hays made a brief comment. Having no one else from the audience to speak, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:42 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, Alderwoman Glenda Howard made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to approve the permit subject to conditions set forth by the Zoning Commission. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
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
808 Pearl
Barbara Thomas
1612 Branscome James Mattox
200 E. Line Mabry Edwin Elliott
1019 Oakdale Elois Elam
809 Howard Fred Albritton 814 Howard Genva Albritton
1905 Bold St Earl and Shirley Day
503 Ash
Ruthie Pastor; Patricia Sampson; Ollie Wimberly
910 Bonita
Jesse Dunn
908 Bonita
Ruthie Pastor; Patricia Sampson; Ollie Wimberly
Mayor Hollingsworth read a list of subject properties. Mark Joiner 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 these structures. Joiner stated that all property owners have been notified. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis 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.
B. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 808 MCALLISTER.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 808 McAllister and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners appear to be 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 and that his office had been unable to locate any of them. Therefore, Attorney Forrest Moegle has been appointed to represent the absentee owners in the public hearing. Joiner read a letter from Mr. Moegle which stated that after a legal notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader concerning the property, he had spoken to Sara Richmond Mayfield, Carl Davis, Howard O'Shea and Gaynelle Richards and provided them with notice of the hearing set to discuss 808 McAllister. Joiner stated that the heirs were present at the meeting and that they want to bring their property up to Code and recommended ninety (90) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures and if they 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 STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 808 MCALLISTER.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:46 p.m. Sarah R. Mayfield came forward to report that the heirs had used the structure to store antique furniture, etc., at one time and had attempted to gain entrance to the structure to begin rehabilitation, but had not been able to gain access because a relative with dangerous dogs had moved in and made it impossible. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:53 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Mark Joiner reported that the structure cannot be used for storage. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner's recommendations by giving the heirs ninety (90) days in which to work out civil matters and bring the property up to Code and otherwise proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1004 ARLINGTON.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1004 Arlington and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners were listed as Johnnye Ray Martin, II, Jaylen Martin, Felissia Raye Martin, Brown & Sons Realty, LLC, and that his office has been unable to notify them. He stated that Attorney Forrest Moegle has been appointed to represent the absentee owners in the proceeding. He then read a letter from Moegle which stated that after a legal notice was published in the Ruston Daily Leader concerning the property, he had spoken with an heir, Tracy Martin, of Humble Texas, giving him notice of the hearing. Joiner reported that Mr. Martin was present at the meeting and wants to renovate the structure. Joiner 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.
C.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1004 ARLINGTON.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:56 p.m. Tracy Martin of Humble, Texas came forward to report that he wanted to renovate his grandmother's house and needed time for the work. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:59 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderwoman Glenda Howard made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve Joiner's recommendations by giving ninety (90) days in which to bring the structure up to Code and otherwise proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Alderman Mayfield admonished Code Enforcement leaders to monitor structures being torn down by owners as they are not cleaning up the property in a timely manner. Bill Carter suggested providing standards or guidelines for property owners doing their own demolition and cleanup work.
VIII. FINANCE:
A. CONSIDER 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.
Emmett Gibbs was present to answer questions from the Council concerning the ordinance.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:03 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:03 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, 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 1620 OF 2011)
B. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, PROVIDING THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2012.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Marie Riggs.
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, ACKNOWLEDGING PRESENTATION OF THE 2010-2011 LOUISIANA AUDIT COMPLIANCE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Emmett Gibbs was present to discuss the Audit Compliance process. 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. 773 OF 2011).
IX. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.
December 5, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: December 9, 2011

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