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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/COURTROOM, 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, October 5, 2015, at 5:30 P.M., in Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana. A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Ronny Walker, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Jim Pearce and Bruce Siegmund and Alderwomen Carolyn Elmore Cage and Angela Mayfield were present. Mayor Walker announced that as part of the City's Excellence Made Here Program, the firm of Hunt Guillot & Associates is honored as Ruston's Employer of the Month. Kristi Lumpkin, Economic Development Administrator, highlighted accomplishments of the local company saying the multi-discipline engineering and project management firm was founded in 1997 by Trott Hunt, Jay Guillot and Don Plummer and has grown to 487 employees in twelve locations throughout Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York and provides services in over 30 states, Canada and Mexico. The Mayor presented to Trott Hunt and other company representatives present a framed Excellence Made Here montage commemorating their selection as Employer of the Month.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Elder Billy Ray Torbor, Pastor of Triumph Church of God in Christ, led in the invocation.
I. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT AGENDA: Alderman Bruce Siegmund made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 - REGULAR MEETING: Alderwoman Carolyn Cage made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, to approve the Minutes of the September 8, 2015, regular Council meeting. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A.CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, GRANTING CENTERPOINT ENERGY
RESOURCES CORP., D/B/A CENTERPOINT ENERGY LOUISIANA GAS, THE RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA AND, FOR SUCH PURPOSES, TO USE AND EXCAVATE IN THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS, STREETS, SIDEWALKS, ALLEYS, SQUARES, COMMONS, GROUNDS, AND OTHER PUBLICLY OWNED AREAS AND LEVYING A FRANCHISE (PRIVILEGE) FEE FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Bill Carter reviewed changes made to the ordinance since introduction in September. He also reported that the current franchise agreement with Centerpoint Energy Resources Corp., entered into in 1990 expires this month and the proposed ordinance represents a renewal of the franchise agreement with Centerpoint, dba Centerpoint Energy Louisiana Gas. He added that the franchise agreement basically provides for installation and operation of its gas distribution system in exchange for a franchise fee paid to the City based on Centerpoint's gross revenues from gas service in the City. The new agreement is for a period of ten years and includes an increase in the franchise fee from 2 percent to 4 percent. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to amend the ordinance. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING GRANTING CENTERPOINT ENERGY
RESOURCES CORP., D/B/A CENTERPOINT ENERGY LOUISIANA GAS, THE RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA AND, FOR SUCH PURPOSES, TO USE AND EXCAVATE IN THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS, STREETS, SIDEWALKS, ALLEYS, SQUARES, COMMONS, GROUNDS, AND OTHER PUBLICLY OWNED AREAS AND LEVYING A FRANCHISE (PRIVILEGE) TAX FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Mayor Walker 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.
Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, to adopt the ordinance, as amended. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA:
ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1673 OF 2015)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, ENDORSING THE PARTICIPATION
OF GOING YARD, LLC, IN THE LOUISIANA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM.
Kristi Lumpkin reported that Going Yard, LLC, who are building a Courtyard Marriott to be located at 1309 Maxwell Boulevard, is seeking a resolution of support for participation in the Louisiana Economic Development Enterprise Zone program. She said they plan to hire 20 new employees for an estimated payroll totaling $700,000 and Sunrise plans to invest $12M in buildings and material, machinery and equipment and labor and engineering. Based on the total investment, the City's estimated tax to be rebated is $119,000. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 980 OF 2015)
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA FOR DEVELOPMENT, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF VARIOUS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Darrell Caraway reported that this is an annual request to the State of Louisiana for funding of projects in the capital outlay program and applications will be made for the projects. He said that if funded, these types of projects usually require a local funding match of a minimum of 25 percent. Projects included are 1) Martin Luther King Drive extension to Highway 167 ($1,400,000);
2) Highway 80 to Highway 167 to the west Ruston City Limits ($11,000,000);
3) Highway 33/Interstate 20 Interchange roundabout additions/improvements ($7,300,000);
4) Highway 150 to S. Service Road new road construction
($1,400,000);
5) East Kentucky Avenue three lane proposal between Highway 167 and Highway 33 (est $15,000,000); and;
6) Construction of public aircraft hangars ($1,100,000).
A motion was made by Alderman Bruce Siegmund and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 981 OF 2015)
D. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING DESIGNATION AND COMMITMENT OF FUNDS RELATIVE TO FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017 LOUISIANA
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION.
Kristi Lumpkin reported that with the assistance of Frye-Magee, LLC, the City has submitted a Louisiana Development Block Grant application to the Louisiana Office of Community Development requesting $870,000 towards infrastructure improvements at Russ Town Industrial Park, the former airport, to assist Monster Moto in opening their manufacturing facility and any future development. The infrastructure improvements include roadway, drainage, water and sewer. She added that the City applied for $870,000 because Monster Moto has committed to hiring 87 employees over the next three years and the City may request $10,000 for each new job committed. The total project cost is estimated at $1,025,000 and therefore, the City will need to pay the difference of $155,000 to match the State funds of $870,000. A motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 982 OF 2015)
III.AIRPORT:
A.CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT, DIVISION OF AVIATION, FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT.
Darrell Caraway said the proposed resolution will authorize the annual request to fund projects as described in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Ruston Regional Airport as such funds are available. He reported that 2016 projects consist of additional obstruction removal and runway/taxiway rehabilitation with a projected cost of $650,000 and if awarded, there should not be any additional requirements or funding obligations from the City. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 983 OF 2015)
IV.POLICE:
A.CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, AMENDING SECTION 11-300 OF CHAPTER 11 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS.
Bill Carter stated that the proposed ordinance amends the Criminal Code regarding possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids and reflects changes in State law for possession of those substances.
A.(1)PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING SECTION 11-300 OF CHAPTER 11 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:47 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:47 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, 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 CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1674 OF 2015)
V.PLANNING & ZONING:
A.CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case No. 1236: Application for Rezoning from R-10 One Family Residential to MX, Mixed Use
Applicant: MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/COURTROOM, 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, October 5, 2015, at 5:30 P.M., in Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana.
A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Ronny Walker, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Jim Pearce and Bruce Siegmund and Alderwomen Carolyn Elmore Cage and Angela Mayfield were present.
Mayor Walker announced that as part of the City's Excellence Made Here Program, the firm of Hunt Guillot & Associates is honored as Ruston's Employer of the Month. Kristi Lumpkin, Economic Development Administrator, highlighted accomplishments of the local company saying the multi-discipline engineering and project management firm was founded in 1997 by Trott Hunt, Jay Guillot and Don Plummer and has grown to 487 employees in twelve locations throughout Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York and provides services in over 30 states, Canada and Mexico. The Mayor presented to Trott Hunt and other company representatives present a framed Excellence Made Here montage commemorating their selection as Employer of the Month.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Elder Billy Ray Torbor, Pastor of Triumph Church of God in Christ, led in the invocation.

I. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT AGENDA: Alderman Bruce Siegmund made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 - REGULAR MEETING: Alderwoman Carolyn Cage made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, to approve the Minutes of the September 8, 2015, regular Council meeting. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, GRANTING CENTERPOINT ENERGY
RESOURCES CORP., D/B/A CENTERPOINT ENERGY LOUISIANA GAS, THE RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA AND, FOR SUCH PURPOSES, TO USE AND EXCAVATE IN THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS, STREETS, SIDEWALKS, ALLEYS, SQUARES, COMMONS, GROUNDS, AND OTHER PUBLICLY OWNED AREAS AND LEVYING A FRANCHISE (PRIVILEGE) FEE FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Bill Carter reviewed changes made to the ordinance since introduction in September. He also reported that the current franchise agreement with Centerpoint Energy Resources Corp., entered into in 1990 expires this month and the proposed ordinance represents a renewal of the franchise agreement with Centerpoint, dba Centerpoint Energy Louisiana Gas. He added that the franchise agreement basically provides for installation and operation of its gas distribution system in exchange for a franchise fee paid to the City based on Centerpoint's gross revenues from gas service in the City. The new agreement is for a period of ten years and includes an increase in the franchise fee from 2 percent to 4 percent. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to amend the ordinance. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING GRANTING CENTERPOINT ENERGY
RESOURCES CORP., D/B/A CENTERPOINT ENERGY LOUISIANA GAS, THE RIGHT TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA AND, FOR SUCH PURPOSES, TO USE AND EXCAVATE IN THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS, STREETS, SIDEWALKS, ALLEYS, SQUARES, COMMONS, GROUNDS, AND OTHER PUBLICLY OWNED AREAS AND LEVYING A FRANCHISE (PRIVILEGE) TAX FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Mayor Walker 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.

Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, to adopt the ordinance, as amended. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:

YEA: ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1673 OF 2015)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, ENDORSING THE PARTICIPATION
OF GOING YARD, LLC, IN THE LOUISIANA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM.

Kristi Lumpkin reported that Going Yard, LLC, who are building a Courtyard Marriott to be located at 1309 Maxwell Boulevard, is seeking a resolution of support for participation in the Louisiana Economic Development Enterprise Zone program. She said they plan to hire 20 new employees for an estimated payroll totaling $700,000 and Sunrise plans to invest $12M in buildings and material, machinery and equipment and labor and engineering. Based on the total investment, the City's estimated tax to be rebated is $119,000. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 980 OF 2015)
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT A
REQUEST FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA FOR
DEVELOPMENT, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF VARIOUS IMPROVEMENT
PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Darrell Caraway reported that this is an annual request to the State of Louisiana for funding of projects in the capital outlay program and applications will be made for the projects. He said that if funded, these types of projects usually require a local funding match of a minimum of 25 percent. Projects included are 1) Martin Luther King Drive extension to Highway 167 ($1,400,000); 2) Highway 80 to Highway 167 to the west Ruston City Limits ($11,000,000); 3) Highway 33/Interstate 20 Interchange roundabout additions/improvements ($7,300,000); 4) Highway 150 to S. Service Road new road construction ($1,400,000); 5) East Kentucky Avenue three lane proposal between Highway 167 and Highway 33 (est $15,000,000); and; 6) Construction of public aircraft hangars ($1,100,000).
A motion was made by Alderman Bruce Siegmund and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 981 OF 2015)
D. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING DESIGNATION AND
COMMITMENT OF FUNDS RELATIVE TO FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017 LOUISIANA
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
APPLICATION.
Kristi Lumpkin reported that with the assistance of Frye-Magee, LLC, the City has submitted a Louisiana Development Block Grant application to the Louisiana Office of Community Development requesting $870,000 towards infrastructure improvements at Russ Town Industrial Park, the former airport, to assist Monster Moto in opening their manufacturing facility and any future development. The infrastructure improvements include roadway, drainage, water and sewer. She added that the City applied for $870,000 because Monster Moto has committed to hiring 87 employees over the next three years and the City may request $10,000 for each new job committed. The total project cost is estimated at $1,025,000 and therefore, the City will need to pay the difference of $155,000 to match the State funds of $870,000. A motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 982 OF 2015)
III.AIRPORT:
A.CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT, DIVISION OF AVIATION, FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT.
Darrell Caraway said the proposed resolution will authorize the annual request to fund projects as described in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Ruston Regional Airport as such funds are available. He reported that 2016 projects consist of additional obstruction removal and runway/taxiway rehabilitation with a projected cost of $650,000 and if awarded, there should not be any additional requirements or funding obligations from the City. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 983 OF 2015)
IV.POLICE:
A.CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, AMENDING SECTION 11-300 OF CHAPTER 11 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS.
Bill Carter stated that the proposed ordinance amends the Criminal Code regarding possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids and reflects changes in State law for possession of those substances.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING SECTION 11-300 OF CHAPTER 11 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATIVE TO POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:47 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:47 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, 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 CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1674 OF 2015)
V.PLANNING & ZONING:
A.CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2015, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case No. 1236: Application for Rezoning from R-10 One Family Residential to MX, Mixed Use
Applicant: Sharyon Mayfield
Location:1500 Martin Luther King, East of Johnson Street and West of Clay Street
Jim Hays reported that the applicant has applied to rezone the property located on the south side of Martin Luther King Drive, east of Johnson Street and west of Clay Street at 1500 Martin Luther King. He said the property is currently zoned R-10, Single Family Residential with a future land use of MX, Mixed Use and applicant proposes to rezone the .16 acre lot to MX, Mixed Use and has received approval by the Zoning Commission to use the existing building as a commercial laundromat. Hays said the Planning and Zoning Commissions voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning to MX, Mixed Use.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF
ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:49 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:49 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
Alderwoman Angela Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, to adopt the proposed ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1675 OF 2015)
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 ADDRESS:
Address Owner
706 East California Bartholomew Enterprises LLC; Elmo Morris, Jr.
702 Kansas Jerome Anthony Burks
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 Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. After a brief discussion, the motion passed by unanimous vote.
VII.FINANCE:
A. APPROVE THE FOLLOWING BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR BUDGET YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2014, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2015:
1. From: General Fund - Revenues:
Rent on City Property 11 4480 (2,610,383)
To: General Fund - Fund Balance 2,610,383
2. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (95,000)
To: General Fund - Executive Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 120110 5110 95,000
3. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (4,500)
To: General Fund - City Hall/Civic Center Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 120113 5110 3,500
Salaries - Overtime 120113 5112 1,000
4. From: General Fund -Fund Balance (150,000)
To: General Fund - Police Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 130116 5110 125,000
Salaries -Overtime 130116 5112 25,000
5. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (50,000) To: General Fund - Fire Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 130117 5112 50,000
6. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (200)
To: General Fund - Public Works Admin. Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140120 5112 200
7. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (16,000)
To: General Fund - Streets Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140121 5112 16,000
8. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (22,000)
To: General Fund - Solid Waste Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140122 5112 22,000
9. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (1,000)
To: General Fund - Animal Control Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 140125 5110 1,000
10. From: RPAR Fund:
Salaries - Regular 1551510 5110 (2,000)
To: RPAR Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 1551510 5112 2,000
11. From: Electric Fund - Fund Balance (16,000)
To: Electric Fund - Customer Service Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 5015 5110 16,000
12. From: Sewer Fund - Fund Balance (6,000)
To: Sewer System:
Salaries - Overtime 5310 5112 6,000
13. From: Ambulance Fund - Fund Balance (5,000)
To: Ambulance Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 5510 5112 5,000
14.From: Purchasing/Warehouse Fund - Fund Balance (2,800)
To:Purchasing/Warehouse Fund:
Salaries - Regular 6210 5110 2,800
Emmett Gibbs was present to discuss the budget amendments included in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to adopt the listed budget amendments. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
VIII. ADJOURN MEETING.
There being no further business, on motion by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage and second by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:52 p.m. November 2, 2015
APPROVED
ATTEST:EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
Sharyon Mayfield
Location:1500 Martin Luther King, East of Johnson Street and West of Clay Street. Jim Hays reported that the applicant has applied to rezone the property located on the south side of Martin Luther King Drive, east of Johnson Street and west of Clay Street at 1500 Martin Luther King. He said the property is currently zoned R-10, Single Family Residential with a future land use of MX, Mixed Use and applicant proposes to rezone the .16 acre lot to MX, Mixed Use and has received approval by the Zoning Commission to use the existing building as a commercial laundromat. Hays said the Planning and Zoning Commissions voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning to MX, Mixed Use.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF
ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:49 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:49 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
Alderwoman Angela Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, to adopt the proposed ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN E. CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1675 OF 2015)
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 ADDRESS:
Address Owner
706 East California Bartholomew Enterprises LLC; Elmo Morris, Jr.
702 Kansas Jerome Anthony Burks
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 Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. After a brief discussion, the motion passed by unanimous vote.
VII.FINANCE:
A. APPROVE THE FOLLOWING BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR BUDGET YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2014, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2015:

1. From: General Fund - Revenues:
Rent on City Property 11 4480 (2,610,383)
To: General Fund - Fund Balance 2,610,383
2. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (95,000)
To: General Fund - Executive Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 120110 5110 95,000
3. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (4,500)
To: General Fund - City Hall/Civic Center Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 120113 5110 3,500
Salaries - Overtime 120113 5112 1,000
4. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (150,000)
To: General Fund - Police Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 130116 5110 125,000
Salaries -Overtime 130116 5112 25,000
5. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (50,000)
To: General Fund - Fire Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 130117 5112 50,000
6. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (200)
To: General Fund - Public Works Admin. Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140120 5112 200
7. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (16,000)
To: General Fund - Streets Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140121 5112 16,000
8. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (22,000)
To: General Fund - Solid Waste Dept.:
Salaries - Overtime 140122 5112 22,000
9. From: General Fund - Fund Balance (1,000)
To: General Fund - Animal Control Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 140125 5110 1,000
10. From: RPAR Fund:
Salaries - Regular 1
To: RPAR Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 1551510 5112 2,000
11. From: Electric Fund - Fund Balance (16,000)
To: Electric Fund - Customer Service Dept.:
Salaries - Regular 5015 5110 16,000
12. From: Sewer Fund - Fund Balance (6,000)
To: Sewer System:
Salaries - Overtime 5310 5112 6,000
13. From: Ambulance Fund - Fund Balance (5,000)
To: Ambulance Fund:
Salaries - Overtime 5510 5112 5,000
14.From: Purchasing/Warehouse Fund - Fund Balance (2,800)
To: Purchasing/Warehouse Fund:
Salaries - Regular 6210 5110 2,800
Emmett Gibbs was present to discuss the budget amendments included in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to adopt the listed budget amendments. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
VIII.ADJOURN MEETING.
There being no further business, on motion by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage and second by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:52 p.m. November 2, 2015
APPROVED
ATTEST: EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
1td: November 6, 2015

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