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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012, 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, February 6, 2012, 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 Elmore Mayfield, Jim Pearce and Alderwoman Glenda Howard were present. Alderman Jedd Lewis and Alderwoman Marie Riggs were absent. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m., and Alderman Jim Pearce delivered the invocation.
I. ADOPT:
A. ADOPT AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF JANUARY 9, 2012, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to approve the Minutes of the January 9, 2012, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. REAPPOINT WILLIAM C. SCHODLATZ TO THE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD FOR A TERM OF THREE (3) YEARS.
Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to reappoint William C. Schodlatz to the Civil Service Board for a term of three (3) years.The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. REAPPOINT CHARLES JIMERSON TO THE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD FOR A TERM OF THREE (3) YEARS.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to reappoint Charles Jimmerson to the Civil Service Board for a term of three (3) years. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENDORSE AND JOIN THE LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.
Kristi Lumpkin was present to discuss details of the proposed resolution saying the City would endorse and join the Lincoln Parish School Board in submitting an application for grant funds. She said I. A. Lewis and Cypress Springs Schools were possible target schools for the program. Motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard 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. 776 OF 2012)
D. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH DEFOREST ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, LLC FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.
Kristi Lumpkin was present to discuss the resolution. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing an agreement with Deforest Engineering Consultants for engineering design, surveying, property acquisition, and construction administration services related to the Safe Routes to School Program. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 777 OF 2012)
E. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON-LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RELATIVE TO 2012 LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL.
Lewis Love was present to discuss the matter and stated that the agreement with Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce relative to the 2012 Louisiana Peach Festival was the same as last year's agreement. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the agreement. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
III. POLICE:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2012, AMENDING SECTION 21-1 OF CHAPTER 21 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO GOLD AND SILVER ARTICLES AND ENACTING SECTIONS 21-1 AND 21-2 OF CHAPTER 21 RELATIVE TO PAWNBROKERS AND SECONDHAND DEALERS.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Glenda Howard.
IV. LIGHT & POWER:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE FRAZIER ROAD SUBSTATION 69KV & 15KV BREAKER REPLACEMENT.
Darrell Caraway was present to discuss the resolution saying that Ernest P. Breaux Electrical, Inc., had won the bid on the project. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the contract for construction of the Frazier Road Substation Project with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work described in the construction plans and specifications. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 778 OF 2012)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE BALLER HERBST LAW GROUP IN CONNECTION WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS MATTERS.
Darrell Caraway was present to discuss the resolution which would authorize the City to enter into an agreement with Baller Herbst Law Group for legal and technical assistance to the City on telecommunications matters, including the City fiber project and related issues, cable franchise issues, pole attachment issues, and on other matters that may arise. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the resolution authorizing the agreement. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
(RESOLUTION NO. 779 OF 2012)
V. PLANNING & ZONING:
A. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2012, AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA RELATING TO SIGNS.
Jim Hays was present to discuss the proposed ordinance. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:41 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:41 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY.
Alderwoman Glenda Howard 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 ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1624 OF 2012)
VI. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. REQUEST PERMISSION TO START THE PROPERTY CONDEMNATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
Address Owner
805/807 Jones Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Kishwar Haque Ahmed
1202 Pecan Robert Lanier Singleton
713 Arlington Frederick Leon Garr, Carolyn Jenkins and Ranza G. Trotter
Bill Sanderson 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. Sanderson stated that all property owners have been notified. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson'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 BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 814 HOWARD.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 814 Howard and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Geneva Albritton) has been notified of the hearing and that the owner has obtained a demolition permit for 814 Howard. He recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for 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.
B.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 814 HOWARD.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:45 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 Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1105 TAYLOR.
Bill Sanderson 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 owners (Bobby Pruitt and Jean Pruitt) have been notified of the hearing 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 owner.
C.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1105 TAYLOR.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:48 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:48 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 Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 609 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 609 Martin Luther King and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Deborah P. Jackson) has been notified of the hearing and 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.
D.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 609 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:50 p.m. Phillip Richards came forward to comment on progress being made and that he is waiting on the Fire Marshal before proceeding. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:53 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 Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Alderman Elmore Mayfield requested that Code Enforcement please monitor the progress on abatement matters and urged that Bill Sanderson please review on-going demolition files and visit sites to make sure properties are cleaned up completely in a timely manner.
VII. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:54 p.m.
March 5, 2012
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: March 9, 2012

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