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Phyllis Savoy

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OCTOBER 9, 2017


The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville, Louisiana, met in regular session on Monday, October 9, 2017, beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Loreauville Town Hall.

There were present: Brad Clifton, Mayor
Sandy Sonnier, Alderman
Eric Borne, Alderman
Joseph J. DeCourt, Alderman

Absent: None

Also present: Phyllis B. Savoy, Clerk
Dean Wattigny, attorney
Lindy Broussard, CenterPoint Energy
Brody Champagne, LVFD and VOL
Gene Jefferies, Port commissioner
Timothy Smith, citizen
Sharon Russo, Chez Hope
Danny Fenster, Daily Iberian
T.J. Savoy, Sellers & Associates, Inc.
Robert Guillotte, business owner

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. Borne.

It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne, and carried to dispense with the reading of the September 11, 2017 regular minutes and to adopt them as written.

There were no public comments.

The mayor opened the Public Hearing for ordinance adoption to hear Comments on the Centerpoint Energy franchise renewal. The hearing was opened at 6:31 P.M.

There being no comments on Mr. Wattingy's acknowledgement that the amendments were incorporated into the franchise agreement as discussed at the last meeting, the Mayor closed the Public Hearing. The public hearing closed at 6:32 P.M.

It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adopt the Centerpoint Energy Franchise renewal with the following amendments:

ORDINANCE N0. 10-9-2017

"Grantee’s facilities shall be installed and operated in a workman like manner, and this Municipality shall be held harmless from any damages caused by the negligence of Grantee’s employees, agents or representatives in the course of their employment. Grantee shall tunnel beneath paved streets, sidewalks and alleys wherever practical in laying and replacing mains. Grantee shall refill its excavations and restore sidewalks and pavements promptly upon completion of work. Grantee’s lines shall be laid so as not to interfere with the present sewer and/or water system, and if a new sewer and/or water line crosses Grantee’s pipeline at the same level, then Grantee will be required to raise or lower Grantee’s line promptly after being given adequate notice. Grantee will also be required to relocate its facilities if they are in conflict with any new road construction within the city limits. However, if any relocation of Grantee’s pipelines and/or related facilities is required as a result of any project of the United States federal government or any project financed in whole or in part by the United States federal government, then the Municipality shall pay Grantee the costs and expenses incurred by Grantee in relocating Grantee’s pipelines and/or related facilities up to but not greater than the total finances provided in connection with any such project by the United States federal government."

Mayor Clifton asked Ms. Sharon Russo, Chez Hope to address the board. Ms. Russo invited all to the Open House to be held on October 26. There will be a candle light vigil in the evening. The Mayor read and signed the Proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the village. The Proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security and humanity due to the physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse; and
Whereas, the problems of domestic violence are not confined to any group or groups of people but crosses all economic, racial and societal barriers and are supported by societal indifferences; and
Whereas, the problems of domestic violence are wide ranging, not only affecting individuals but society as a whole; and
Whereas, our homes should be a place of warmth, love, tranquility, peace and security. Now Therefore, I, Brad Clifton, Mayor of the Village of Loreauville do hereby proclaim the month of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the Village of Loreauville and urge all citizens to actively participate in the activities and programs to work towards improving victim safety and holding perpetrators of domestic violence accountable with the understanding that world peace begins at home.
Fr. Crochet with the PUSH program and Mr. Costa Latiolais were not in attendance at the meeting.

Mayor Clifton requested Robert Guillotte address the board regarding the policy making landlords pay for tenant's sewer utility which Mr. Guillotte feels is extremely unfair to the landlords. Mr. Guillotte presented his complaint to the mayor and board in which it has been 29 years since he opened a business in Loreauville and began rental properties. This is the second time he has appeared in a meeting and asked how did the elected officials feel they can charge the landlords for the tenant's water service left outstanding. His tenant left owing $187.65 to the village. In this particular instance, Mr. Guillotte had no indication the tenant left owing a bill and he sold the trailer which did not have a lien placed against it for the bill. The village policy and procedures were discussed, the flood of 2016 was discussed and once the decision was made to allow the new owner to pay partial payments towards the outstanding amount with her water service to be connected October 10th, Mr. Guillotte said he would pay the tenant's outstanding sewer bill. He feels a satisfactory decision was made so he would clear the bill.

Mrs. T.J. Savoy, Sellers & Associates presented the Capital Outlay resolution. It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to adopt the resolution which allows the village to submit an application for Capital Outlay funding. The resolution is as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 10-9-2017

WHEREAS, the State of Louisiana has announced that applications are being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Capital Outlay Program; and
WHEREAS, the Capital Outlay 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, it is deemed necessary and proper for the Village to submit applications to the State of Louisiana Capital Outlay Program; and
WHEREAS, the Village of Loreauville hereby commits to a local match of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total project cost.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville that Sellers & Associates, Inc. is hereby authorized to submit the necessary documents for the Capital Outlay Program on behalf of the Village of Loreauville and that the Honorable Brad Clifton, Mayor, is hereby authorized to sign all documents related to the 2018-2019 Capital Outlay Program.
THEREUPON, the above resolution was approved.

There being no ordinances for introduction and no new business, the mayor continued to unfinished business.

Mr. Sonnier led discussion on the Sheriff's contract which expires in 2020. It was determined the next contract will be amended to address more detailed and specific duties for the deputies, including the need to have the deputy within the boundaries of the village corporate limits. Currently there a quite a bit of hours spent outside of the corporate limits being paid by the village funds. Another one of the specifics needed is the exact time the deputy will be directing the school traffic.

Mayor Clifton reported on the need to increase sewer user fees from $3.75 to $4.25 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed in an attempt to begin getting the sewer fund in the black. This is being increased now that the DHH line item fee has been reduced and the recycling fee has been removed from the sewer utility billings. It was moved by Mr. Borne, seconded by Mr. DeCourt and carried to have LAWCO increase the fees as soon as possible.

The mayor's report consisted of the results of Kamryn's run/walk for St. Jude's Children's hospital and the OLV fair. The Babineaux's invoice was briefly discussed with the decision to break down the dollar amount of the streets satisfactorily completed for the next meeting. The board will then have an exact amount to authorize for approval. Mr. Wattigny asked that he be given the details on this as notification needs to be given Babineaux's they are in violation of the contract.

The mayor requested an expansion to the agenda to discuss an invoice in the amount of $544 from Teche Armature Works. It was moved by Mr. DeCourt, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to expand the agenda. The Mayor asked for any public comments on the agenda expansion. There being none, he reported on the repairs to the motors and pump at Pine St. It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to approve payment of the invoice.

There were no aldermen reports.

The clerk's report consisted of the monthly and fiscal year financials.

Mr. Wattigny had no report.

Mr. Champagne reported all looks good in the village.

Mr. Jefferies reported the Port is going surprisingly well and there is one new company installing a gas line costing over a million dollars.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM.

It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Borne and carried to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Phyllis Savoy
Village of Loreauville, LA
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