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RESOLUTION NO. 1120 OF 2017

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RESOLUTION NO. 1120 OF 2017
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY AND TO INSTITUTE EXPROPRIATION ACTIONS NECESSARY FOR CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION OF JEFFERSON AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
WHEREAS, the City of Ruston, Louisiana (the “City”), has declared the construction of the Jefferson Avenue Bridge Improvement Project, designated as State Project No. H.010056 (the “Project”), to be a significant public purpose and benefit to the citizens of the City, including, but not limited to, the increased safety of its citizens and necessary and useful for the purposes of LSA-R.S. 19:135, et seq. and other applicable laws of the State of Louisiana, and that assisting in and expropriating property is within the purpose for which the City is organized; and,,WHEREAS, the Project will require the acquisition of additional parcels of properties adjacent to and contiguous to the existing bridge, roadway and/or rights-of-way, specifically including, but not limited to, parcels or tracts of land from the following property parcels/tracts:
Parcel/Tract No. Owner
4-1Matthew A. Massey
4-2Matthew A. Massey
4-3Chris L. Bowman
4-4John T. James, et ux
4-5Lewis Land Co., Inc.
and, WHEREAS, in the event that the offers of compensation for the purchase of the necessary additional parcels of property adjacent to and contiguous to the existing bridge roadway and/or rights-of-way are not accepted by any property owner, and a voluntary agreement and/or settlement for the purchase of said property cannot be reached on any of said property parcels listed above, then in that event the City, acting under the authority of and in a manner authorized by Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana (1974) and LSA-R.S. 19:135, et seq. and/or LSA-R.S. 48:411, et seq. or any other applicable laws of the State of Louisiana, desires to acquire said property by expropriation pursuant to applicable law;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:
§1. The City is authorized to acquire all property necessary to facilitate construction and completion of the Project.
§2. The City is authorized to institute and file any necessary expropriation or taking actions related to the Project in the proper court of law by attorneys representing the City pursuant to LSA-R.S. 19:135, et seq. and/or LSA-R.S. 48:441, et seq. or any other applicable laws of the State of Louisiana, and that such expropriation or taking is necessary and useful for the purposes of LSA-R.S. 19:135, et seq. and other applicable laws of the State of Louisiana.
§3. The Mayor is authorized and empowered to execute all conveyance instruments, including purchase agreements, acts of sale, acts of donation, rights of way or servitude agreements, related to the State Project, and to execute any and all other documents necessary to complete said Project, and to pursue any necessary expropriation actions related to the Project, whether or not involving the property tracts and/or owners referred to herein, and to execute any documents pursuant to such terms and conditions as he shall deem advisable, and he is authorized to execute any other documents related to the Project and do any and all things necessary and proper to carry out this Resolution and to fulfill its objects and purposes.
§4. If any one or more of the provisions of this Resolution shall, for any reason, be held to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect any other provision of this Resolution, but this Resolution shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provisions had not been contained herein. Any constitutional or statutory provision enacted after the date of this Resolution which validates or makes legal any provision of this Resolution which would not otherwise be valid or legal, shall be deemed to apply to this Resolution.
§5. This Resolution shall become effective upon signature of the Mayor. Said Resolution having been read and considered by a quorum of the Board of Aldermen, on motion to adopt by Alderman Jim Pearce, and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, a record vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN ELMORE CAGE ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS ALDERWOMAN ANGELA R. MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
WHEREUPON, the presiding officer declared the above Resolution duly adopted in full on this the 3rd day of April, 2017.
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
1td:April 7, 2017

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