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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA. Monthly Meeting

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.
Monthly Meeting
January 5, 2012
Mayor Edward R. Jones opened the regular session of the Grambling City Council at 6:25 p.m. at Grambling City Hall. Mr. William Arrington offered the invocation and led the council and congregation into the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were the following Council members: Birdex Copeland, Jr., Yanise Days, Cathy Holmes, Cullen Jackson and Roy Jackson. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. to adopt the Minutes dated December 1, 2011, December 7, 2011 and December 28, 2011.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay Abstain Absent
The motion was carried to adopt the minutes of the Meetings dated December 1, 2011, December 7, 2011 and December 28, 2011. It was moved by Council member Cathy Holmes and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adopt the agenda as presented.
Part II. Information:
Public Comment:
To Comply with ACT No. 850 H.B. No. 1307 the Mayor allowed time for the Public to make comments about the proposed Ordinance.
Part III. Old Business:
1. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson the approval of an option Purchase Agreement for Immovable Property on R. W. E. Jones Drive from Claudia Manning at the amount of $175,000. The property is situated in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, to-wit: Beginning at the Southwest (SW) corner of the Northwest quarter (NW1/4), section Nineteen (19), Township Eighteen (18) North, Range Three (3) West, and run East 1,320 feet to the Southwest (SE) corner of said property. The “Market Value” of the 9.28 +/- Acres located RWE Jones Dr. / Hwy 149 in Grambling near I-20 as described.
The balance owed was $166,000 for the land because $9,000 had previously been paid in 2011.
2. Mr. Skip Russell requested to remove 50 acres from the city limits so that he could develop a Trailer Park and the remaining acres for a horse farm. Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. stated that he would like to resolve the matter, but he wasn't considering de- annexing the property. Council member Cullen Jackson wanted the matter tabled until further information could be obtained. The Mayor referred the matter to the Planning & Zoning Committee for a recommendation.
Part IV. New Business:
1. The approval to hire a new employee in the Police Department was tabled.
2. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following:
ORDINANCE NO. 01010512-1
An ordinance annexing into the corporate limits of the city of Grambling, Louisiana, the following described property, to wit: Parcel Owner: Tsegai and Karen S. E. Emmanuel (2118300005) 2 acres, more or less in NE/4 of NE/4, Sec. 21-18-3, beginning at NE/c of Sec 21, run S. along E. line of Sec 21 a distant of 244.36' to a point on the S. R/W of I-20; Run N. 87 deg 13 min 58 sec. W along S. R/W of I-20 for 210' to starting point, said NW/C of tract conveyed vt E. Johnson to V. J. Leachman in Bk 231-441, records of C/C, L/P, La, from Starting point run S. 420', Run 89 deg. 33 min. 40 sec W parallel
A Public Hearing will be held on the Ordinance, and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and the Council to be held at 6:00 p.m. or immediately following the Public Hearing., on February 9, 2012, Council Chambers/ Courtroom, City Hall, 127 King Street, Grambling, Louisiana. The Public Hearing will be at 5:30 p.m.
3. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to approve for Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. to serve as the Interim Part-time Administrative Fire Chief until a selection can be made. Council member Yanise Days read the following from the “State of Louisiana Legislature Laws”: Dual Officeholding & Dual Employment 42:61
§61. Declaration of policy
A. It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that public officials and employees perform the public business in a manner which serves to promote and maintain in the general citizenry a high level of confidence and trust in public officials, public employees, and governmental decisions. The attainment of this end is impaired when a public official or employee holds two or more public offices or public jobs which by their particular nature conflict with the duties and interests of each other. The attainment of a high level of confidence and trust by the general citizenry in public officials, employees, and governmental decisions is further impaired by the excessive accumulation of governmental power which may result from public officials or employees holding two or more public offices or public jobs.
B. It is the purpose of this Part to implement a policy which will serve to maintain a high level of trust and confidence by the general citizenry in public officials, employees, and governmental decisions of the government of this state and of its political subdivisions by defining and regulating dual employment and by defining, regulating, and prohibiting dual officeholding. Attorney Breedlove stated that it would be legal to appoint Chief Clark as the Part-time Interim Administrative Fire Chief.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cullen Jackson
Abstain Absent
The motion was declared adopted.
4. Mr. Mike Alost, Slack Alost Development, recommended a Houston-based marketing company to conduct a market study to determine whether or not building a hotel is feasible for the city. Mr. Alost stated that the proposed hotel would not be funded by the city. The market study would take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
5. It was moved by Council member Cathy Holmes and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. the approval for PKF Consulting USA to conduct a Market Study for a proposed Hotel.
6. Ms. Tanita Baker, EJES was not present.
Announcements
The February meeting will be February 9, 2012, instead of February 2, 2012; the Mayor and Council have to attend a meeting in Baton Rouge.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adjourn this meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Pamela J. Stringfellow, CMC
“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
1td: February 12, 2012

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