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|Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:23 pm Post subject: 2016, September 12 minutes
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE VILLAGE OF LOREAUVILLE, LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, met in regular session on Monday, beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Loreauville Town Hall.
There were present: Brad Clifton, Mayor
Mark Landry, Alderman
Sandy Sonnier, Alderman
Absent: John C. Broussard, Alderman
Also present: Phyllis B. Savoy, Clerk
Dean Wattigny, attorney
Russ Champagne, KCSC, LLC
Larry Richard, IP President
Joel Dugas, IP Councilman
Ray Fremin, Levee Board
Brody Champagne, LVFD
Darryon Babineaux, LVFD
Matthew Albert, LVFD
Scott Ransonet, Levee Board rep.
Kevin Gondron, Fire Chief
Eric Borne, newly elected Alderman
T.J. Savoy, Sellers & Associates, Inc.
John McBride, IPSO
Oran Broussard, citizen
Gerard Gondron, citizen
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Brad Clifton.
The prayer was led by Mr. Sonnier.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Landry.
Mayor Clifton called for a moment of silence in memory of September 11, 2001.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Landry, and carried to dispense with the reading of the August 8, 2016 regular minutes and to adopt them as written.
Mayor Clifton acknowledged the volunteers that helped fill sand bags, delivered them to the elderly, and who continued to fill the sand bags so people in need did not have to fill their own as they drove up to the Loreauville park. The persons in attendance are Eric Borne, Greg Dennison, Ellie Doyle. There were several others and they all worked both Friday and Saturday to fill bags. Sandbags were made from four piles of sand.
Mayor Clifton asked Mr. Larry Richard, Iberia Parish President, to address the board regarding various projects around the parish. Mr. Richard said he came to introduce him self including Parish councilman, Joel Dugas, and said if anyone needs him he will do everything he can to assist. He provided his cell phone number to all in attendance. Mayor Clifton thanked Mr. Richard for his leadership in the storm which caused record flooding. Mayor Clifton said Mr. Richard kept him up-to-date on all issues and Mr. Richard personally has tried to help the Lake Dauterive residents that flooded.
Mr. Russell Champagne, KCSC, LLC, addressed the board with the audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. He said it was a clean audit which meant there were no new findings. Mr. Champagne went over the statement of net positions. Our improvements are about $200,000 over last year in general and about $64,618 in sewer. This is due to having received grant funding to use towards capital improvements. It is Mr. Champagne's recommendation the mayor and board continue to monitor the utility fund and to either increase revenues or reduce expenses to balance it. It was moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Sonnier and carried to adopt the audit as presented.
Mayor Clifton asked Mr. Ray Fremin, Levee Board to address the board with an update on the Iberia Parish Levee system. Mr. Fremin said they are just called the Levee district they are much more, including flood protection and drainage. Mr. Fremin gave a brief history on the creation of the Levee District. He also reviewed several hurricanes and the storm surge each created in Iberia Parish. Mr. Fremin explained the structures and gates that will be developed and the protection each will provide. He said the most important thing is to find the 20% local funding needed to receive the federal and state matches to proceed with the levee structure. At this time it will cost 524 million dollars with 60% from state, 20% from federal and 20% local. It will take approximately 12-15 years to construct. The portion of Iberia Parish included in the Atchafalaya Levee tax cannot pay an additional ad valorem tax towards the Iberia Parish levee ad valorem tax if one is approved by the voters. Mr. Fremin is willing to given the presentation to anyone interested in learning about the Iberia Parish Levee. Mayor Clifton thanked Mr. Fremin for bringing this to our attention and for the hard work Mr. Fremin has put into the project and he also acknowledged Scott Ransonet our Levee board member was in attendance at the meeting.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Landry and carried to adopt Res. #09-12-2016 approving an application for FY '17 LGAP and CWEF grants as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 09-12-2016
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
UNDER THE FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
COMMUNITY WATER ENRICHMENT FUND PROGRAM
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Office of Community Development has announced that applications are being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP); and
WHEREAS, the Local Government Assistance Program offers grants to eligible municipalities and parishes for a wide range of projects to improve public health, public safety, living conditions and for economic development purposes; and
WHEREAS, in previous years the Louisiana Office of Community Development has also accepted applications for Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) Program; and
WHEREAS, the Community Water Enrichment Fund Program offers grants to eligible municipalities and parishes for rehabilitation, improvements and new construction projects for community potable water systems; and
WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary and proper to submit an application to the Louisiana Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program and also should applications be accepted the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Community Water Enrichment Fund Program.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville that Mayor Brad M. Clifton is hereby authorized to sign and submit an application to the State of Louisiana, Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program and also execute any and all documents should this grant be funded; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign and submit an application to the State of Louisiana, Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Community Water Enrichment Fund Program if the State accepts such applications and also execute any and all documents should this grant be funded.
THEREUPON, the above resolution was declared adopted.
Mayor Clifton notified the board the grant will be to remove Water Well No. 2 at the fire station.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Landry and carried to approve having Southern Constructors continue drainage improvements in the amount of $20,650. The improvements are along Sidney Blanchard, Main St. and to Jetter route the culvers on Granger, Ed Broussard and Main St.
The clerk explained the letter from FEMA regarding the National Flood Insurance Program. No action taken.
It was determined the LVFD has approval to enter into an agreement to use the NOFD contract for equipment purchase, which will save approximately $300 per air pack. Mr. Wattigny said this was perfectly acceptable.
It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Landry and carried to allow the LVFD hire Sam Bird to write the 2017 FD grant. The fee is $500.
The mayor reviewed the letter from the Secretary of State saying the village proclamation calling for a special election in 2017 to fill the seat of alderman has been received and accepted.
Mrs. Savoy reported on the MPO project including deadlines which she discussed with Chris Cole. There will be another whiteboard meeting in 2017. She also reported the WWTP repairs were finished, inspected and were satisfactory. Capital Outlay grant deadline is November 1, so a resolution needs to be adopted at the October meeting. Mayor Clifton attended the IP Council meeting at which the Ed Broussard sidewalk project was discussed. He explained to Mr. Richard, Parish President the funding from IP is for the 2018 fiscal year, not this fiscal year which was a misunderstanding. Mayor Clifton will stay in touch with both Joel Dugas and Larry Richard regarding the MPO projects.
The Mayor reported on the water line update. The punch list has not been completed yet. He anticipates the deconstruction of water well #1 should begin soon.
The Mayor reported the drainage project at the corner of Main St and Bridge St. has come into a glitch but it is progressing.
The aldermen had no reports.
The clerk reported the Family Dollar has made inquiries on the process to sell packaged beer and low alcohol content beverages. She presented her monthly reports for August and the fiscal year. No action taken.
Mr. Wattigny had no report.
Deputy McBride introduced himself to the mayor and board and said Deputy Gary is on vacation so was unable to attend the meeting.
The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
It was moved unanimously to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 P.M.
Phyllis B. Savoy, Clerk Brad Clifton, Mayor
Village of Loreauville, LA