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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 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, January 3, 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 and 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 welcomed Ward I Alderwoman Glenda Howard to the Council table.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to adopt the agenda as presented. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF DECEMBER 6, 2010, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the December 6, 2010, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. MINUTES OF DECEMBER 17, 2010, SPECIAL MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the December 17, 2010, Special Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. APPROVE THE FOLLOWING CITY OFFICIALS:
1. Clerk/Treasurer
2. City Attorney
3. Public Works Director
Mayor Hollingsworth recommended Emmett Gibbs as Clerk/Treasurer; Bill Carter as City Attorney; and, Lewis Love as Public Works Director. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve the recommendation. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. ELECT A MAYOR PRO TEM AND AN ALTERNATE.
Alderman Jim Pearce nominated Alderwoman Marie Riggs for Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Elmore Mayfield nominated Alderman Jedd Lewis for Mayor Pro Tem. There were no comments from the audience. The Mayor called for a vote in the nomination of Alderwoman Riggs as Mayor Pro Tem and there were two (2) votes in favor of being Alderman Pearce and Alderwoman Riggs, and three (3) votes opposed being Alderman Lewis, Alderman Mayfield and Alderwoman Howard. The vote for Alderman Lewis as Mayor Pro Tem resulted in four (4) votes in favor of being Alderman Mayfield, Alderwoman Howard, Alderman Lewis and Alderman Pearce. Alderman Jedd Lewis was named as Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Elmore Mayfield nominated Alderwoman Marie Riggs for Alternate and the vote was unanimous. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. Alderwoman Marie Riggs was named as Alternate.
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON-LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RELATIVE TO 2011 LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to authorize the agreement with Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for the 2011 Louisiana Peach Festival. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
III. PARKS AND RECREATION:
A. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON DIXIE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.
Wes Barton was present to answer questions from the Council concerning the proposed cooperative endeavor agreements saying they were all identical to agreements from previous years. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to authorize the Agreement with Ruston Dixie Baseball Association, Inc., for the 2011 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the Agreement with Ruston Girls Softball Association for the 2011 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to authorize the Agreement with Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana for the 2011 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote
D. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY.
Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to authorize the Agreement with Ruston Housing Authority for the 2011 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote
E. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (GREENWOOD).
Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to authorize the Agreement with Ruston Housing Authority (Greenwood) for the 2011 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote
IV. PLANNING & ZONING:
A. PUBLIC HEARING.
Jim Hays was present to discuss the ordinance. 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.
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, ANNEXING APPROXIMATELY 17.5 ACRES OF LAND INTO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Frank Cordaro stated that he is in favor of the annexation, but didn’t think it was necessary for his particular property. Alderman Jim Pearce mentioned that Lynn Hawkins owns property in that area with a fireworks stand and has requested time for the tenant to find another location. There was discussion about grandfathering in the fireworks stand to allow a one year time period for the tenant to relocate his business. Lewis Love said that Ruston Fire Chief James Austin had researched the law and found no reason why that could not be done. Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion that the ordinance be adopted and include a one year period for the tenant to find another location. The motion was seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield. 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 vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1605 OF 2011)
C. PUBLIC HEARING.
Jim Hays stated that the building at 413 West Alabama had been leased by Christian Cox who had applied with the City for a conditional use permit to use the building as a coin operated laundry. He said the Zoning Commission had reviewed elements of the application in a public hearing on December 20, 2010, and voted unanimously to recommend approval subject to the following conditions:
1. Project must be completed by July 1, 2011.
2. Available, existing landscaping to be dressed up and maintained.
3. The development must be substantially in conformance with the approved site plans submitted as part of the conditional use permit. Alderwoman Marie Riggs stated that she would like to see a six foot fence placed between 413 West Alabama and the Noula Rodakis property. There was discussion about the “dressing up” of the existing landscaping. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:58 p.m. Property owner, Frank Cordaro, asked for clarification on placement of the fence. Pat Doane said the applicant would need to follow City guidelines and that the State would dictate placement of the fence bordering the Rodakis property. The Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:00 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
D. CONSIDER FOR ACTION CASE NO. 1078 – APPLICATION FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.
Case No. 1078: Application for conditional Use Permit
Applicant: JMM Interests
Loction: 413 West Alabama
Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to approve the application for conditional use as recommended by the Zoning Commission and with provisions for dressing up and maintaining existing landscaping and a 6 foot fence. After discussion, the motion passed by unanimous vote.
E. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR Case No. 1077: Application to Rezone (from R-25, One Family Residential to CN, Commercial Node)
Applicant: Anthony Yakaboski
Location: 2800 South Vienna
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Jedd Lewis.
V. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 508 JACKSON CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the property at 508 Jackson Street had been cleaned up and there was no need for further action.
B. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 508 JACKSON.
No action needed.
C. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1206 JONES CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1206 Jones and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as John Tellis, Jr., and he has been notified of the hearing. He recommended that the Council order the burned structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) days for the owner to remove the rubble and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition and cleanup of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:03 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:03 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
D. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1206 JONES.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
E. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1615 ALLEN CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1615 Allen and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as Clyde Faison, Pedro Faison, James McDonald, Dee Zeno, Earl McDonald, Frederick Faison, Lydell Faison and Reynard Faison and they have been notified of the hearing. Joiner further stated that the owners have requested that the City demolish the structures. Joiner recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) days with all costs of demolition and cleanup billed to the owners. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:05 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:05 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
F. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1615 ALLEN.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
G. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1508 BRANSCOME CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1508 Branscome and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as Mary Howard and she has been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that the owner is working on the property and recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of sixty (60) days for the owner to repair or demolish and remove the structure and if the owner refuses to comply with the order within the time allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:06 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:06 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
H. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1508 BRANSCOME.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
I. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1510 BRANSCOME CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1510 Branscome and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as Willie Burton and he has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair or demolish and remove the structure and if the owner refuses to comply with the order within the time allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:07 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:07 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
J. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1510 BRANSCOME.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
VI. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:08 p.m.
February 7, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK DAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td:February 11, 2011

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