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|Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:35 am Post subject: 2017, January 2 Minutes
JANUARY 2, 2017
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE VILLAGE OF LOREAUVILLE, LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT THEIR SPECIAL AND REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, met in special and regular session on Monday, beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Loreauville Town Hall.
There were present: Brad Clifton, Mayor
Eric Borne, Alderman
Sandy Sonnier, Alderman
Alderman Joseph J. DeCourt took his seat after his alderman appointment.
Also present: Phyllis B. Savoy, Clerk
T.J. Savoy, Sellers & Associates, Inc.
Gene Jefferies, Port Commissioner
Junelle Jefferies, citizen
Mr. and Mrs. James Clifton
Mrs. Julie Clifton
Corey Vaughn, Daily Iberian
Dean Wattigny, attorney
Mrs. Dean Wattigny
Joseph J. DeCourt
Mark and Penny Landry
IPSO Daniel Ellis
A quorum being present, the special meeting was called to order by Mayor Brad Clifton.
The prayer was led by Mr. Sonnier.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Borne.
Mayor Clifton opened the Public Comment period for the special meeting. There being no comments he moved to the next agenda item.
Mayor Clifton stated the village needs to appoint a person to the vacant alderman seat and his recommendation was Joseph "J." DeCourt. It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to appoint Mr. DeCourt to this position.
Village attorney Dean Wattigny presided over the installation of elected officials. Mr. DeCourt will wait to be installed once he receives his documents from the State of Louisiana.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. Sonnier and carried to move into regular session.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne, and carried to dispense with the reading of the December 12, 2016 minutes and to adopt them as written.
Mayor Clifton read a proclamation of acknowledgement for Mark Landry's years of service as Loreauville Alderman. The Proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS, The Village of Loreauville, also known as the Village on the Teche and Little Heaven, has been blessed with so many extraordinary residents; and
WHEREAS, In particular one outstanding public servant Mark Landry has served our community for many years as Loreauville Alderman; and
WHEREAS, Mark Landry has shown dedication to the village by being elected to the Board of Aldermen for three terms, a total of twelve years; and
WHEREAS, A portion of his time in office included serving the village as Mayor pro-tempore; and
WHEREAS, Mark Landry's commitment to the village included not only providing valuable opinions on many issues affecting our community but also spending time listening and addressing the issues of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, Mark Landry in serving as Loreauville Alderman spent many hours of his time being in attendance at village, parish and state meetings; and
WHEREAS, The Village of Loreauville wants to express a sincere thank you to Mark Landry for his dedication and service; and
WHEREAS, It is only appropriate to acknowledge and give honor to Alderman Mark Landry for a job well done:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brad Clifton, Mayor of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, do hereby proclaim Mark Landry be given the title
“Outstanding Loreauville Alderman”
Of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, and ask all residents to acknowledge this honor bestowed on Mark Landry.
Mr. Landry spoke about the last 12 years being a pleasure to serve Loreauville. Maybe there were times the items at hand were not agreed upon by all, but the village officials worked together for the best solution for the village. He asked the board to put Loreauville first like the past village officials did. Mr. Landry has imposed a term limit on himself to give others the opportunity to serve Loreauville but he is still a citizen and will continue to volunteer.
There being no resolutions or ordinances, Mayor Clifton asked the board members to decide which alderman would serve as Mayor pro-tempore. After the board discussed it, Sandy Sonnier said he would accept this position. It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to appoint Mr. Sonnier as Mayor Pro-tempore.
It was moved by Mr. DeCourt, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to appoint Phyllis Savoy as Clerk as recommended by Mayor Clifton.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to appoint Dean Wattigny as Village Attorney as recommended by Mayor Clifton.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to appoint Phyllis Savoy as Tax Collector as recommended by Mayor Clifton.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to renew the IPSO law enforcement contract for Sheriff Ackal's term in office. The contract expires on June 30, 2020. The price remains at $60,000 annually.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to approve KDM's invoice for WWTP generator work in the amount of $778.56. $541 of the invoice is for the annual maintenance schedule, however there were problems with the generator so the price was increased for the technician labor to remove the unit and replace the battery. The estimate approved at the December meeting was the quote to complete the generator work so the battery function.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to approve the 2017 meeting dates. The meeting dates are the second Monday of each month.
Mrs. T.J. Savoy reported the WWTP Project is substantially complete. It has passed inspection with a punch list attached. She requested the following approval for the project:
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to approve Payment Request No. 7 in the amount of $57,966.54. The payment will withhold $8,500 for the punch list items.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to approve Change Order No. 5 which changes the contract price to reflect the as-builts in the amount of $12,071.41 changing the contract price to $441,935.02 all contingent on FP&C approval.
Mayor Clifton reminded Mrs. Savoy the Main Street report needs to be done soon.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adopt a Resolution of Acceptance which authorizes the Mayor to execute an act of acceptance from JC Construction for the completion of the WWTP rehabilitation.
Mayor Clifton reported the water line project is complete and the village is waiting on DHH approval of the project. He said the final phase of the project was to replace water lines on some of the back streets with newer pipe.
Mayor Clifton's report consisted of the great projects on board for 2017, including the Acadian Odyssey monument, the Park, development of a business association and establishing a Loreauville Community Fund which will help for special projects in the village, i.e. Christmas decorations. He also reported on the drainage work being done by a contractor to clean out culverts.
The Aldermen had no reports.
The Clerk presented her monthly financial reports.
Deputy Daniel Ellis introduced himself to the board. He has been working for the sheriff's department for six years.
Mr. Jefferies congratulated the new board and said their duties are important to our community.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:00 P.M.
Village of Loreauville, LA