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|Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:07 am Post subject: 2017, April 10 minutes
APRIL 10, 2017
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE VILLAGE OF LOREAUVILLE, LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, met in regular session on Monday, April 10, 2017, beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Loreauville Town Hall.
There were present: Brad Clifton Mayor
Eric Borne, Alderman
Joseph J. DeCourt, Alderman
Absent: Sandy Sonnier, Alderman and Mayor Pro-tempore
Also Present: Phyllis Savoy, Clerk
Dean Wattigny, attorney
Mrs. Catherine Wattigny
Mrs. Juliette Dressel
Mrs. Keith Arceneaux
Mr. Gene Jefferies, Port Commissioner
Mr. Mike Barras, Crime Stoppers
Mrs. Mike Barras
Ms. Carol Whipp, Council on Aging
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Brad Clifton.
The prayer was led by Mr. Borne.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. DeCourt.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt, and carried to dispense with the reading of the March 13, 2017 minutes and to adopt them as written.
Mayor Clifton asked Ms. Carol Whipp with the Council on Aging to address the board. She explained the organization is for persons 60 years or older by providing Meals on Wheels, preventing isolation for elderly persons living at home by delivering meals to home-bound individuals, exercising for persons line dancing and bus trips. She is working with Homeland Security to determine if home-bound individuals can evacuate should a hurricane come to our area. The services the organization provides are many and she asked the Mayor and Board to consider ordering meals for the May hot dog fundraiser. Also May is Older American Month and she asked the village to adopt a proclamation supporting this. Ms. Whipp thanked the board for allowing her to address them this evening.
The Mayor read the letter for LHS achieving an A+ rating. Mrs. Bashay and the teachers will be invited to the May meeting to receive this letter.
Mayor Clifton asked Mr. Mike Barras with Crime Stoppers to address the board regarding this non-profit organization which should begin on May 1, 2017 in Iberia Parish. Mr. Barras explained the program which includes remaining anonymous should an individual provide a tip that leads to arrest and conviction with the reward up to $1,000. Mr. Barras asked for support from Loreauville and parish citizens.
It was moved by Mr. DeCourt, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to adopt Resolution No. 04-10-2017 regarding Internet Loophole which would enforce charging sales tax on internet purchases as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 04-10-2017
A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to enact legislation that will enable local governments to collect revenues already due that are essential to the maintenance and expansion of local and regional economies, the creation of thousands of new jobs, the enhancement of the quality of life, and the preservation of limited local revenue sources.
WHEREAS, many local governments rely on the collection of sales and use taxes to support funding to improve needed infrastructure improvements, strengthen local small businesses, create jobs for their citizens, and fund essential services; and
WHEREAS, local brick-and-mortar merchants are important parts of our communities, providing employment to residents, contributing to charities, and keeping communities vibrant; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has previously ruled that state and local governments do not have the authority to require the collection of sales tax by retailers that have no physical presence or nexus in the state (Bellas Hess 1967; Quill 1992); and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court’s precedent puts local merchants at an automatic five to ten percent competitive disadvantage by following the law and collecting sales tax at the time of purchase, while remote online retailers are not required to do so; and
WHEREAS, national studies reveal that state and local governments lose up to $30 billion each year from uncollected sales taxes from transactions involving remote internet retailers; and
WHEREAS, internet sales tax revenue could be utilized to better provide basic services, improve infrastructure, and bolster public safety, all without any additional funding from the federal government; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has historically been reluctant to interfere with the ability of local governments to raise and regulate their own revenues, and should not undermine municipal autonomy with respect to remote sales tax collection; and
WHEREAS, technology has evolved to the point that moving the Marketplace Fairness Act or other legislation forward to allow the collection and remittance of destination rate-based sales taxes on internet transactions is not only practical but warranted,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Village of Loreauville commends Congress on recognizing the importance of resolving the issue to put remote retailers and traditional ones on a level playing field; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village of Loreauville urges Congress to pass destination rate-based legislation that would give states the option to collect from remote online retailers the same tax that local brick-and-mortar merchants currently collect; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be transmitted to the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, as well as Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adopt the resolution supporting HB 259 for a Constitutional Amendment for levee district funding as requested by Mr. Ray Fremin with the Iberia Parish Levee Board, as follows:
Resolution Number 04-10- 2017A
Whereas, HB 259 of the 2017 Session has been filed which contains language providing funding for levee districts for Iberia, St. Tammany, St. Mary and Chenier Plain Districts; and
Whereas, If HB 259 is passed with 2/3 vote of the House and Senate of the State of Louisiana certain provisions in the language of the bill will allow a statewide vote on October 14, 2017, to provide funding for the above four levee districts in the amount of a 5 mill property tax in each respective jurisdictions; and
Whereas, The Iberia Parish Levee Hurricane and Conservation District is in need of the funding to continue to operate and obtain levee protection for the coast of Iberia Parish:
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville are in support of HB 259 and by the adoption of this resolution are requesting the House and Senate members of the State of Louisiana to vote favorably in support of this legislation.
The Mayor announced he signed a Proclamation designating April as Safe Digging Month as follows:
WHEREAS, Each year, Louisiana's underground utility infrastructure is jeopardized by unintentional damage by those who fail to call to have underground lines located prior to digging; and
WHEREAS, undesired consequences such as service interruption, damage to the environment and personal injury and even death are the potential results; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana law requires that anyone planning excavation or demolition must notify Louisiana One Call and, if a facility must be located, personnel will be sent to mark the location of underground facilities at no cost to the requesting party; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana One Call, the State Department of Natural Resources and the State Office of Public Safety promote the National Call-Before-You-Dig number, 8ll, as well as the use of safe digging practices, in an effort to reduce these damages; and
WHEREAS, Through education on safe digging practices, excavators and homeowners can save time and money keeping Louisiana and our nation safe and connected by making a simple call to 811 in advance of any digging project, waiting the required amount of time, respecting the marked lines, and finally, digging with care around the marks; and
WHEREAS, All parties agree that safe digging is a shared responsibility:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brad Clifton, Mayor of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, do hereby proclaim April, 2017 as
“Safe Digging Month”
In the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, and ask all residents to acknowledge as such.
The Mayor announced he signed a proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month as follows:
WHEREAS, the 49th Anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, during the month of April, is an occasion for all Americans – individually and collectively – to rededicate themselves to the principal of freedom from housing discrimination whenever it exists; and
WHEREAS, this law guarantees for each citizen the critical, personal element of freely choosing a home; and
WHEREAS, a fair housing law has been passed by the State of Louisiana; and implementation of the law requires the positive commitment, involvement and support of each of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, the department and agencies of the State of Louisiana are to provide leadership in the effort to make fair housing not just an idea, but an ideal for all our citizens; and
WHEREAS, barriers that diminish the rights and limit the options of any citizen to freely choose a home will ultimately diminish the rights and limit the options of all.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brad M. Clifton, Mayor of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2017 as
FAIR HOUSING MONTH
In the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana.
Mr. Wattigny presented samples of burning ordinances from smaller municipalities which will be reviewed by the board before the wording is finalized. This will be addressed at the May meeting.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to issue approval for new blower at the WWTP in the amount of $1,675.81. This blower is a quieter model than the one which burnt.
Mayor Clifton announced there will be prayer at the town hall on May 4, 2017 beginning at 12:30 for National Day of Prayer. He invited everyone to attend.
The invoice from Chastant's Garage was not approved for payment as the amount was for four tires and the mayor authorized changing the front two only. Later in the meeting it was determined to table this.
Discussion was held on enforcement of repairs to private property sewer leaks. After discussion and upon advice from Mr. Wattigny it was determined the village will not fix the leaks still not repaired. Action will be taken by sending a second letter to the property owner saying if the sewer leak is not repaired within two months the property owner will be hearing from the village attorney. The second letter will stress the importance of contacting the town hall if the leak has been repaired. The village ordinance does provide if the leak is not repaired it will be considered a misdemeanor. The village attorney will handle this part of the ordinance and the property owner will charged and then brought to court.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to table the discussion on hiring a street employee until the May meeting. The board members would like input from Mr. Sonnier also.
Mayor Clifton reported Mrs. Savoy with Sellers & Associates will be in attendance at the May meeting to present the report on converting the grated drain at 511 North Main to an open type drain. The change will not be extremely difficult to convert.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to issue approval to pay Southern Constructors the amount of $13,650 for drainage improvements.
Mayor Clifton reported Mrs. Savoy at Sellers said the WWTP improvements are completed and he had nothing to report on the water line improvement project.
The mayor's report consisted of Judging for Cleanest City is the afternoon of April 12 at 1:30 PM. The judges will have a small reception at Community First Bank. He invited everyone to attend.
Mr. Borne asked the mayor to follow up on a drainage problem on Railroad Avenue.
The Clerk presented her monthly financial reports.
Mr. Wattigny had no further report.
Mr. Jefferies reported on the Port.
There being no further business, the mayor announced the next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM.
It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 P.M.
Village of Loreauville, LA