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2017, Feb. 13 Minutes

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Phyllis Savoy

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FEBRUARY 13, 2017


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
Eric Borne, Alderman
Joseph J. DeCourt, Alderman
Sandy Sonnier, Alderman

Absent: None

Also present: Phyllis B. Savoy, Clerk
Dean Wattigny, attorney
Todd Simon, Village Market
Dante Zacharie
Brianna Oubre
Kaitlyn Romero
Jordan Henry
Connor Angelle
Precious Provost
Alexis Antoine
Abraysia Hill
Trailand Anthony
Salivia Youman
Alexis Harcourt
Caitlin Migues
Shan ' Tajha Vital
Ariyan Jacob
Asia Jackson
Bryan Stephens
Eva Vital
Ebony Jacob
Shanna Vital
Emma Chambers
Marvel Boutte
Leslie Chambers
Brenda A. Berard
Bridget Judice
Kyla DeCourt
Julie Clifton

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.

It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne, and carried to dispense with the reading of the January 2, 2017 minutes and to adopt them as written.

Mayor Clifton read a letter giving recognition to the LHS Cheerleaders for their first place award at the Battle of the Capitol cheer competition in January, 2015.

Mayor Clifton read a letter giving recognition to the LHS Lady Tigers for their winning 8-0 in district 6-2A games this basketball season resulting in the first ever district championship title in the history of LHS.

A round of applause was given for the students and teachers present. Mayor Clifton spoke briefly about the great example for Loreauville these students set for other persons that may not think highly of our community. Just as the village officials lead the way so do these achievers lead the way also.

It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adopt Res. #03-13-2017 granting temporary suspension of Ord. 3-2 for Mardi Gras Parade on Feb.28, 2017 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 02-13-2017

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, that Ordinance No. 3-2 is temporarily suspended during the Annual Papa Red Dog Mardi Gras Parade to be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 P.M.

Village attorney Dean Wattigny presided over the installation of Mr. DeCourt for his appointment and election to the board of aldermen. Mr. DeCourt signed his oaths of office and the clerk will record this at Iberia Parish Clerk of Court office.

Discussion was held on the wording in the burning ordinance. The mayor reported the state statute is no longer in effect. The village adopted the state statute on burning in 1992. It was determined recreational burning should be able to continue, but there should be a smaller community with a burn ordinance we can use which would provide guidelines for an amendment to the village ordinance. Mr. Wattigny will research this for the village and get more information to the mayor and board for the March meeting.

It was moved by Mr. DeCourt, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to approve Tennant Sales & Service Invoice in the amount of $853.32 for sweeper servicing and a new brush. Discussion held included the sweeper needing servicing approximately once a quarter due to the dust factor from its usage on village streets.

It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne to approve Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co. as auditors for fiscal years 2017-2020.

It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt to approve purchasing a side-by-side from Perry Judice in the amount of $4,800 for work in drainage improvements. This piece of equipment will be used in assistance with the street sweeper.

It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt to table payment for the repairs by Babineaux's Plumbing at the WWTP for back-flow preventors. The aldermen would like to have the invoices before authorizing payment of them. One back-flow preventor was damaged during the freeze in January, 2017. When Ralph Calligari with C & C Bio-Treatment discovered the damage a price was obtained from Babineaux for the second installation needed for the chlorinator. The second one will cost approximately $900-$1,000. Discussion on this item included the need to have the piping for the back-flow preventors wrapped with insulation to prevent this from happening again.

Mayor Clifton advised the board they are invited to the IPRPB meeting on Feb. 16 at the Harold Landry Memorial Building in the Loreauville Park. Mayor Clifton, Alderman Eric Borne and board member Mark Senette will attend. A brief discussion also included having a smaller committee formed of about 7 persons from Loreauville to help Mr. Senette with views and ideas to present to IPRPB members in the future.

The mayor said the WWTP update would be skipped but a copy of the WWTP line items (highlighted in gray) was on their desk. Mrs. Savoy with Sellers will be in attendance at the March meeting should there be any need to discuss the highlighted items.

The final payment from DHH has been received which will be used to pay Bihm Construction for retainage.

Discussion was held on the $20,000 Grant received for removal of another water well at Bridge St. property. (Water Well No. 1). Mr. Sonnier would like more than one price from other companies besides Segura Hardware. Discussion was held on using the same bid package (Water Well No. 2) from Owen & White to seek bids for the project. Removal of Water Well No 2 was awarded to Segura Hardware. More information will be presented at the March meeting on prices for the water well removal. Discussion on this item also included the amount of cement to be removed from water well no. 1 versus well no. 2 which may increase the price of the bids.

The mayor reported on the village letters to residents asking them to repair breaks in their sewer lines on private property. About 13-15 have been repaired. If the owner delays in the repair the village will discuss the fines to be implemented. Also quite a few leaks are in village manholes so the engineers have been asked to begin looking for grant funds to help in the village repairs. An LCDBG application may not be an option for a source of funding.

After discussion on the parish wanting the ending of the recycling program, it was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to authorize the clerk to send a request to LAWCO removing the household recycling fee in the amount of $1.96 from utility bills as soon as the contract for recycling expires. The fee needs to be removed as soon as possible to prevent charging customers for a service that will no longer be provided. An alternative to household recycling will be the creation of a drop-off point for recyclables.

Mayor Clifton's report consisted of the April cleanest city contest details, Loreauville Family Fun Day on April 1 and the Mayor Al walk/run which will raise funds for the New Acadia Project in conjunction with Fun Day, and his visit to the Acadian Odyssey monument in Houma,

The Aldermen had no reports.

The Clerk presented her monthly financial reports.

Mr. Wattigny had no further report.

Mr. Jefferies and the IPSO deputy were not in attendance.

Mayor Clifton asked Mr. Todd Simon with Village Market to address the board regarding the Iberia Development Foundation. Mr. Simon is the appointed village member to serve on this board. Mr. Simon spoke about the Morton Salt grand opening, the 503-C status on the Acadian Odyssey Monument, the Port of Iberia seeking foreign trade, ARA opening a new terminal, a new research facility has opened at ARA and funding is being sought to have a direct point from Hwy. 90 to the airport. Mayor Clifton spoke briefly about the dedication ceremony at the Morton Salt training facility and that Morton Salt is committed to investing in the Loreauville community.

There being no further business, the mayor announced the next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

It was moved unanimously to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.
Phyllis Savoy
Village of Loreauville, LA
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