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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 4, 2013, 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 4, 2013, 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, Alderman Jim Pearce and Alderwomen Glenda Howard and Marie Riggs were present. Aldermen Jedd Lewis and Elmore Mayfield were absent. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m., and Alderman Jim Pearce delivered the invocation.
I. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT 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 and the motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
B. APPROVE MINUTES JANUARY 7, 2013, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to approve the Minutes of the January 7, 2013, 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. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR RENOVATION TO CITY HALL.
Ed Pittman was present to discuss the second phase of improvements to City Hall, identified as renovations to first floor, City Project No. 1212. He added that the City had received competitive bids based on the construction plans and specifications from Mike Walpole, Architect, and the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work on this project is Mann Construction. Mr. Pittman said the funds required to complete the project are authorized in the 2012/2013 Budget and one-half of renovation costs will come from the City Court funds. He added that there will be additional work coming forward possibly in April pertaining to audio and visual telecommunications for the Court Room at an estimated cost of $150,000. A motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Marie Riggs to adopt the resolution authorizing the contract. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present. (RESOLUTION NO. 825 OF 2013)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, CHANGING STREET NAME.
Mayor Hollingsworth reported that the City desires to recognize and honor the contributions made by Dr. Dan Reneau to Louisiana Tech University and our community during his tenure as President of the University by renaming a portion of West Arizona Avenue (from South Trenton Street to Adams Boulevard) to Dan Reneau Drive. A motion was made by Alderwoman Marie Riggs 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 of those present. (RESOLUTION NO. 826 OF 2013)
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF THE FORMER GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PROPERTY FROM LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY TO THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Ed Pittman stated that the proposed resolution is in support of legislation allowing Louisiana Tech University to transfer ownership at no cost of the property located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Tech Drive and U.S. Highway 80 (former location of Grace United Methodist Church) for the purpose of constructing a fire station that will house personnel, fire equipment and emergency medical equipment. A motion was made by Alderwoman Marie Riggs 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 of those present (RESOLUTION NO. 827 OF 2013)
III. AIRPORT:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT.
Richard Aillet reported that the proposed resolution would authorize the City to enter into an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for the purpose of obtaining funds for obstruction removal at the Airport and allow the City to purchase properties and remove trees at the end of the runway to keep runway protection zone clear and safe. He added that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will provide necessary funding for the Project (appropriated from the Transportation Trust Fund) and reimburse the City up to $350,000. A motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Marie Riggs 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. (RESOLUTION NO. 828 OF 2013).
IV. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, DESCRIBING THE ACTIONS WHICH WILL BE TAKEN BY THE CITY REGARDING THE MUNICIPAL WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT REPORT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN COMPLIANCE AND PREVENT EFFLUENT VIOLATIONS PER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN THE LOUISIANA WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT SYSTEM.
Keith Jeselink was present to discuss the resolution and stated that the City is required to inform the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality that certain actions will be taken in order to maintain compliance and prevent effluent violations per permit requirements contained in the Louisiana Water Discharge Permit System. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce 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 of those present. (RESOLUTION NO. 829 OF 2013)
V. PLANNING & ZONING:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2013, REVOKING THE DEDICATION OF THE 50 FOOT UNDEVELOPED PHILLIPS DRIVE, IN BREWER ESTATES SUBDIVISION OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Jim Hays reported that owners of the properties abutting the 50 foot undeveloped Phillips Drive have petitioned the City for revocation. He added that in order to return this undeveloped street to private ownership, the City of Ruston must formally declare that the street is not needed for public purposes and revoke the dedication. Hays added that all City departments and other affected service providers have been notified of the requested revocation and verified that the roadway dedication is no longer needed and the Zoning Commission had reviewed this request at their January 22, 2013 meeting and voted unanimously to recommend to the Council that the revocation be approved.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING RESOLUTION REVOKING PHILLIPS DRIVE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:40 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:40 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to adopt the resolution revoking the dedication of the 50 foot undeveloped Phillips Drive in Brewer Estates Subdivision. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present. (RESOLUTION NO. 830 OF 2013)
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
708 Clay
Loraine Frost Green
710 Clay
Fred Bonner, Lee McDaniel, Karl Graham, Orlando McDaniel, Gerald McDaniel
1317 S Farmerville Ruston Church of God in Christ
602 Bond
Fast Eagle, LLC
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 Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
B. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1809 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 1809 Martin Luther King and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner ( Brown and Sons Realty and Larry Gray) have been notified of the hearing. Sanderson recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for 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.
B.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1809 MARTIN LUTHER KING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:44 p.m. Larry Gray, one of the property owners whose address is 414 Carter, Homer Louisiana, made a brief statement about property taxes owed. City Attorney, Bill Carter, explained the process to Mr. Gray. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:46 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote of those present.
VII. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.
March 4, 2013
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: March 8, 2013

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