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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 7, 2019, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019, 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, January 7, 2019 at 5:30 P.M., in the Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana.
Present were Mayor Ronny Walker, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Jim Pearce and Bruce Siegmund, and Alderwomen Carolyn Cage and Angela Mayfield.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Walker. Pastor T. J. Lanier, Christ Temple Church of Ruston, gave the invocation.
AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT AGENDA.
Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, to adopt the Agenda. There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 29, 2018 SPECIAL MEETING
Alderwoman Carolyn Cage made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of November 29, 2018, Special Board of Aldermen meeting. There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
C.APPROVE MINUTES OF DECEMBER 3, 2018 REGULAR MEETING
Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, to approve the Minutes of December 3, 2018, Regular Board of Aldermen meeting. There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. ELECT MAYOR PRO TEMPORE AND ALTERNATE
Mayor Walker called for a nomination for Mayor Pro Tempore. Alderwoman Angela Mayfield nominated Alderwoman Carolyn Cage. Mayor Walker asked for other nominations and hearing none closed the nominations. Mayor Walker asked for a vote on the nomination of Alderwoman Carolyn Cage. Alderman Carolyn Cage was elected Mayor Pro Tempore unanimously.
Mayor Walker called for a nomination for Alternate Mayor Pro Tempore. Alderman Jedd Lewis nominated Alderman Bruce Siegmund. Mayor Walker asked for other nominations and hearing none closed the nominations. Mayor Walker asked for a vote on the nomination of Alderman Bruce Siegmund. Alderman Bruce Siegmund was elected Alternate Mayor Pro Tempore unanimously.
B. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT
WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows use of the former National Guard Armory on Memorial Drive for the Boys and Girls Club.
Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the Agreement.
Mayor Walker asked if there were any comments by the public. Comments from the public were:
Mike Froelich, 140 Woodstone Drive, Ruston, Louisiana asked how much funding was given to the Boys and Girls Club. Bill Carter reported that the City contributes $50,000 in funding to that organization.
There were no further comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH DIXIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement provided monthly funding to the Dixie Center for its use in operations and programming, including the payment of utilities, which funding totals $100,000 annually.
Motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the Agreement.
Mayor Walker asked if there were any comments by the public. Comments from the public were:
Kevin Crume, 1110 Sweetbriar Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana asked how many people visited the Dixie Center in 2018 and how many programs were presented. Kristi Lumpkin reported that the Dixie Center had five annual shows and had hired a new director to help bring in a new audience. Kristi Lumpkin reported that she did not have the exact number of patrons that had visited the Center but would supply Kevin Crume with the total. Alderman Bruce Siegmund stated that he noticed that more people were attending the Dixie Center shows and he believed that it was good for the community.
There were no further comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH NORTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF TEACH ONE TO LEAD ONE
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement provides funding to aid in starting a mentoring curriculum in Lincoln Parish middle schools, specifically Ruston Junior High.
Motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the agreement. Alderwoman Angela Mayfield stated that she was in support of the program. Alderman Bruce Siegmund asked how much the City of Ruston contributed to the program. Bill Carter stated that the City contributes $25,000.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
E. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT
WITH NORTH LOUISIANA FARM FRESH CORPORATION.
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows the North Louisiana Farm Fresh Corporation the use of the old water utilities warehouse on East Mississippi Avenue for the Farmer's Market. Motion was made by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage and seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund to authorize the Agreement. Alderman Bruce Siegmund asked how much money the City of Ruston contributed to the program. Bill Carter reported that the City of Ruston did not contribute any direct monetary funds.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
F. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT
WITH RUSTON-DIXIE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows Ruston-Dixie Baseball Association the use of existing baseball, t-ball and pee wee fields located adjacent to or near Ball Park Road now owned by the City. He stated that after the new baseball fields in the Sports Complex are completed, an amended Agreement with the Association will be entered into allowing the use of those fields. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the agreement.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
G. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR
AGREEMENT
WITH RUSTON GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows Ruston Girls Softball Association, Inc. the use of softball fields east of South Farmerville Street now owned by the City. He stated that after the new softball fields in the Sports Complex are completed, an amended Agreement with the Association will be entered into allowing the use of those fields. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to authorize the Agreement.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
H. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT
WITH BUDDY BALL OF RUSTON, INC.
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows Buddy Ball of Ruston to use an existing designated field near Ball Park Road for their program. He stated that after the new buddy ball fields in the Sports Complex are completed, an amended Agreement with Buddy Ball will be entered into allowing the use of that field. Alderwoman Angela Mayfield stated that anyone that hasn't gone to a Buddy Ball game should go adding that after you go once you will be hooked. A motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the Agreement.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
I. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT
WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY.
Bill Carter reported that the Agreement allows the Ruston Housing Authority the use of the former Greenwood School Gymnasium for recreational and programming activities. A motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to authorize the Agreement.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
J. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2019, AUTHORIZING THE PUBLICATION OF A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO (I) EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COOKTOWN ROAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, STATE OF LOUISIANA, AND (II) EXTEND THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF THE DISTRICT'S EXISTING SALES AND USE TAX INTO THE EXPANDED AREA OF THE DISTRICT, ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH AS AUTHORIZED BY PART II, CHAPTER 27 OF TITLE 33 OF THE LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTES OF 1950, AS AMENDED; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
Bill Carter reported that the Resolution is on the Agenda for consideration. He stated that the developer of the Ruston Marketplace has acquired additional property on the southeast corner of the existing Cooktown Road Economic Development District and would like to enlarge the District to include this property and that this does not affect the existing one-half cent sales tax within the District. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the Resolution.
There were no comments from the public and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
K. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. _______ OF 2019, AMENDING BOUNDARIES OF COOKTOWN ROAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Alderwoman Carolyn Cage introduced the Ordinance.
L. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ________ OF 2019, AMENDING CHAPTER 28 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES
Alderman Bruce Siegmund introduced the Ordinance.
M. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ________ OF 2019, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SELL PROPERTY TO THE ALLEY OF RUSTON, L.L.C.
Alderman Jedd Lewis introduced the Ordinance.
N. INTRDUCE ORDINANCE NO. ________ OF 2019, AUTHORIZING CITY TO SELL PROPERTY TO PROTÉGÉ PROPERTIES, L.L.C.
Alderman Jedd Lewis introduced the Ordinance.
III. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. __________ OF 2019, AUTHORIZING CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY FOR CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION OF ROCK ISLAND GREENWAY - PHASE IV PROJECT IN THE CITY OF RUSTON Andrew Halbrook reported that the Rock Island Greenway Phase I is complete, Phase II and III are underway, and Phase IV is on the Agenda for consideration. He stated that this phase begins at West Texas Avenue and extends across the Louisiana Tech Campus south to Highway 80 at the intersection of Highway 80 and Henderson Street a distance of approximately 1400 feet.
Motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis Cage to adopt the resolution.
Mayor Walker asked if there were any comments by the public. Comments from the public were:

Kevin Crume, 1110 Sweetbriar Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana asked how long the greenway was and how much each phase cost. Andrew Halbrook reported that Phase II was approximately 10,800 feet and cost approximately $540,000 with the state providing $89,489.00 via state grant, Phase III was approximately $740,000 receiving the same state grant and Phase IV approximately $350,000 and the state grant was also approximately $90,000.
There were no further comments from the public.
Alderman Bruce Siegmund questioned whether the City would be purchasing the property located on Louisiana Tech University for the Project. Andrew Halbrook stated that the City was requesting a servitude for the right to build, operate and maintain the greenway across the Tech campus.
The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IV. PLANNING AND ZONING:
A. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. _______ OF 2019, ANNEXING APPROXIMATELY 3.15 ACRES OF LAND INTO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE NO. _______ OF 2019, ANNEXING APPROXIMATELY 3.15 ACRES OF LAND INTO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
Jim Hays reported that the City of Ruston received a petition requesting annexation into the corporate limits from the owner of an approximate 3.15 acre tract located at 2901 West California Avenue. He stated that this property is further described as being south of West California Avenue, east of Highway 818, and west of Penn Street. He also stated that the Zoning Commission reviewed this request and held a public hearing at their November 12, 2018, meeting and voted unanimously to recommend approval of the annexation and the zoning.
Mayor Walker opened a public hearing at 5:49 p.m. and asked if there were any comments from the public.
Comments from the public were:
Kevin Crume, 1110 Sweetbriar Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana asked what the zoning was and Jim Hays stated that the property is being considered for B-2 zoning, Light Business; and R-3 Multi-Family Residential.
There were no further comments from the public. The Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:53 p.m. and asked if there was any discussion by the Aldermen.
Alderman Bruce Siegmund made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, 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 CAGE
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY: NONE
ABSTAINED: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote.
V. ADJOURN MEETING.
There being no further business, on motion by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:56 p.m.
ATTEST:
LAURA HARTT, CLERK RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
1td February 8, 2019

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