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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.
Monthly Meeting
April 5, 2012
Mayor Edward R. Jones opened the regular session of the Grambling City Council at 6:00 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 Mr. Roy Jackson and second by Council member Birdex Copeland to adopt the agenda with any necessary corrections. Council member Yanise Days stated she had made a request to have two items added to agenda, but her request had been denied. She requested that Tommy Johnson and Lonnie Graham be added to the agenda under new business regarding their termination from the City. The City of Grambling Handbook states that employees are entitled to a hearing.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Nay
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Roy Jackson
Abstain Absent
The motion was carried.
It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and second by Council member Birdex Copeland to adopt the Minutes dated March 1, 2012. The motion was carried to adopt the minutes of the Meeting dated March 1, 2012.
Part II. Comments, Information, and Presentation:
Public Comment:
To Comply with ACT No. 850 H.B. No. 1307 the Mayor allowed time for the Public to make comments before the adoption of the proposed Ordinance and to make comments concerning any items presented on the Agenda.
1. Dr. Leon Whittaker -National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 3, 2012
Dr. Leon Whittaker discussed the 61st National Day of Prayer on May 3, 2012, from 12:15 -1:15 p.m. in the Grambling City Park.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and second by Council Member Roy Jackson for Dr. Leon Whittaker to coordinate the National Day of Prayer on May 3, 2012, at 12:15 pm in the Grambling City Park. The motion was carried.
2. Dean Dick Engineering had no report.
3. Interim Part-time Administrative Fire Chief, Tommy Clark, Jr., stated that interviews had been conducted, and the personnel committee recommended that the following Firefighter should be hired on a 90-day probationary appointment: Jerry Davis, Jr. Salary will be at the rate for a probationary firefighter.
4. Comments pertaining to agenda:
Mr. Eddie Milton Jones asked about the 24-hour notice for those items added to the agenda.
Attorney Breedlove discussed the 24 hour notice. Discussion could be held in open or in executive session. Employees could waive the 24 hour notice; however, the employees could not discuss the supervisor since there was not a 24 hour notice. Council members can listen to employees' concerns. The City is governed by the Lawrason Act which states that the mayor can fire and hire anyone except the Police Chief, City Attorney, and Municipal Clerk. The Council can make recommendations, but the mayor has the sole authority to hire and to fire. Since one employee has been issued a summons which there is an ongoing investigation, anything that is said could be used against him. Mayor Jones stated that he decided not to put these items on the agenda because of the legal ramification.
5. Dr. Pruitt thanked the Council for allowing her to purchase the Medical Clinic. Mayor Jones thanked Dr. Pruitt for her business in the City and the support that she gives to the City.
Part III. Old Business:
There was no old business.
Part IV. New Business:
1. Mr. Street has requested to keep the two trailers on the property of College Street where Well # 4 is located. Attorney Breedlove stated that this was legal since the trailers are in poor condition, and it would benefit the City to remove them.
It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and second by Council member Roy Jackson to purchase the land at the agreed price and to give Mr. Darrell Street ninety days to remove the trailers.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Abstain Absent
The motion was carried.
2. Mayor Jones stated that the position vacated by the death of Mr. James Richard is longer needed since AWM is serving the City. Since this position is no longer needed and will not affect the budget, the Council was asked to approve the resolution to change the position to the position of Clerk for the Public Works Department at rate of $11.00 per hour.
3. Mr. Moffett addressed the need for a clerk in the Public Works Department to handle the paperwork required by the different agencies and to perform other clerical duties for the day-to-day operation.
It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and second by Council member Birdex Copeland to approve the position for Public Works Clerk.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Abstain Absent
The motion did not pass.
Mayor Jones stated that he will continue to use a person temporarily in this position in order to be successful in the day-to day operation and to comply with all agencies' requests.
4. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and second by Council member Holmes to approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for 2011 audit.
The motion was carried.
5. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to approve the pre application for Statewide Flood Control Program. The motion was carried.
6. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and second by Council member Cullen Jackson to approve the USDA grant to purchase two automobiles for the police department. The motion was carried. It was noted that this grant will be a 75% to 25% match. The total cost for both cars is approximately 60,000.00 with the city having to pay approximately $13,000.
7. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and second by Council member Yanise Days to approve the Fair Housing Proclamation sent by Governor Jindal. The motion was carried.
Whereas, the 44th Anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, during the month of April, is an occasion for all Americans - individually and collectively-to rededicate themselves to the principle of freedom from housing discrimination whenever it exists; and Whereas, this law guarantees for each citizen the critical, personal element of freely choosing a home; and Whereas, a fair housing law has been passed the state of Louisiana, and implementation of the law requires the positive commitment, involvement, and support of each of our citizens; and Whereas, the department and agencies of the state of Louisiana are to provide leadership in the effort to make fair housing not just an idea, but an ideal for all our citizens; and Whereas, barriers that diminish the rights and limit the options of any citizen to freely choose a home will ultimately diminish the rights and limit the options of all.
NOW, BE IT THEREFORE, I, Edward R. Jones, Mayor of the City of Grambling do hereby proclaim the month of April 2012 as
FAIR HOUSING MONTH
In the City of Grambling
Edward R. Jones
Mayor
City of Grambling
8. There is a problem with stray dogs in the City. Ruston Animal Control has agreed to assist, but we must have an ordinance that coincides with their ordinance. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and second by Council member Roy Jackson to introduce the Animal Control Ordinance. The motion was carried.
The Public Hearing was set for May 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
9. Water adjustments
The legislative auditor requires the City to get council approval for certain water adjustments.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and second by Council member Cullen Jackson to approve the water adjustments for April. The motion was carried. Mrs. Bowman suggested that a specific time should be set for water leaks to be corrected.
10. Mr. Tommy Johnson requested to go into executive session
11. Mr. Lonnie Graham requested to go into executive session. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and second by Council member Yanise Days to go into executive session. The motion was carried. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and second by Council member Cullen Jackson to reenter into regular session at 8:35 p.m. The motion was carried. Mayor Jones stated that the council members had listened to Mr. Johnson and to Mr. Graham. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Graham will be sent communication regarding the outcome.
There were no announcements.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adjourn this meeting at 8:50 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Linda C. Butler
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
1td: May 9, 2012

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