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City of Thibodaux, LA

           

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
JULY 20, 2004

 

            The City Council of the City of Thibodaux assembled in regular session at its regular meeting place, City Hall, 310 West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

              There were present:  Councilmen Swanner, Gene Richard, Winston, Dee Richard and Mire. 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Ms. Germaine Jackson, City Attorney. 

            The minutes of the July 6, 2004 Council meeting and the July 12, 2004 special Council meeting were approved as written.   

The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider approving the acceptance of the final plat for the Plantation Acres IV – Addendum #2 Subdivision.

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance approving the final plat of the Plantation Acres IV 0 Addendum #2 Subdivision.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider approving the final plat for Lots 8A-1 and 8A-2 located on East 6th Street so as to accommodate the construction of residential structures.

            Councilman Gene Richard introduced an ordinance approving the re-subdivision of property located on East 6th Street.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider the adoption of the International Building and Residential Codes.

            Councilman Winston introduced an ordinance to amend and re-enact Chapter 6 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to adopt the current edition of the International Building and Residential Codes.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the term of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate member of the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments expired on July 7, 2004.  Mr. Savoie would like to be re-appointed to another three-year term as an alternate member to the Board of Adjustments.

            Councilman Gene Richard has agreed to nominate Mr. Savoie for re-appointment to the Board of Adjustments for an additional three-year term.

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate member to the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments.  Mr. Savoie’s term will expire on July 7, 2007.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None  

            ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO.  1057

             BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

                WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments is comprised of five regular members and two alternate members; and

             WHEREAS, due to the expiration of the term of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate board member, it is necessary for the City Council to appoint a new alternate member or re-appoint Mr. Savoie to a new term on the board; and

             WHEREAS, in accordance with the rotation method of nomination employed by the City Council, Councilman Gene Richard has nominated Mr. Clarence Savoie to be re-appointed as an alternate member to the said board.

             NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that in accordance with the provisions of Article IX of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance, Clarence Savoie is hereby re-appointed as an alternate member to the Thibodaux Board of Adjustment whose term will expire July 20, 2007.

             The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED:  None    

            ABSENT:  None

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                                       /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                                Chad J. Mire, President

             The Civil Service voted to approve the re-grading of the position of Building and Construction Inspector I to Grade 61 of System B of the salary structure at its July 13, 2004 meeting.  The re-grading was requested so as to accommodate increased responsibilities added to the job description of this position.  The result of this re-grade will be a 4% increase for the employee currently holding the position.

             Councilman Dee Richard asked what duties were being added to this job description.  The Civil Service Director stated that supervising the surveillance crew performing video monitoring of sewer lines, supervising the construction of new sewer lines, and preparing plans and specifications for the repair of sewer lines ere the added duties.

             Councilman Dee Richard then asked who was performing these duties before they were added to this job description.  The public Works Director stated that the person in this position now has been performing these duties and he is just updating his job description to reflect the work currently being done by this employee.

             The Mayor stated that the drainage division was created approximately two years ago, and the City purchased the video surveillance equipment since this division was created.  The Building and Construction Inspector I has been doing this work since the City began this type of surveillance work.

             Ms. Jeannie Spinella addressed the Council stating that approximately two months age this Council voted against the creation of an Assistant Public Works Director, and it seems that this issue is coming back to the Council again.  She is afraid that this situation is the same as the one voted against then in disguise.

             Councilman Winston stated that he has listened to both side concerning this re-grading and that it seems to him that we are fine tuning what we already have in place.  He was reluctant to support this until he heard all of the information presented at the meeting.

             Councilman Dee Richard stated that he did vote against the Assistant Public Works Director, and he does understand Ms. Spinella’s concerns.  He does not agree with the way this situation was handled and he would appreciate being better informed about why these things are needed and being done.

             On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the re-grading of the Building and Construction Inspector I position to grade 61 of System B of the salary structure.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1058

       BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed a request by the Civil Service Board and the Director of Public Works to re-grade the position of Building and Construction Inspector I; and

      WHEREAS, the said board has recommended that the job description be amended as requested and that it be regarded and placed in Grade 61 of System B of the pay plan; and

      WHEREAS, the said board has approved the requests made and has recommended that the City Council approve these changes to the pay plan.   

    NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby approve the amendment of the Civil Service Pay Plan by re-grading the position of Building and Construction Inspector I into Grade 61 of System B of the pay plan as per the recommendation of the Thibodaux Civil Service Board.

      The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

      And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                               /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President

             The Project Engineer has informed the Council Administrator that the Sewer pump Station Upgrade Project on North 9th Street, St. john Drive and Ashland Drive is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the sewer pump station upgrade project.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1059

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux entered into a contract with Civil Construction Contractors, Inc. dated October 15, 2003 for the Upgrading of the Sewer Pump Stations at N. 9th Street, St. John Drive and Ashland Drive; and     

      WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on June 23, 2004; and

      WHEREAS, a final inspection was conducted by representatives of the City and the Project Engineer; and

      WHEREAS, all work was found to be satisfactory for acceptance with respect to the application for payment by the contractor less and except any items included on a punch list.

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session on July 20, 2004 that the work under the aforementioned project be and is hereby accepted as substantially complete on the date hereinbefore specified.

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council Administrator is hereby authorized to file with the Clerk of Court of the Parish of Lafourche, a certified copy of this resolution in order to commence the 45-day lien period.

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this resolution be forwarded to Trison Constructors, LLC, P.O. Box 113282, Metairie, LA 70002, and to David A. Waitz Engineering, P.O. Box 1203, Thibodaux, LA 70302.

      The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS:  None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                        /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Chad J. Mire, President

             The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the State Department of Transportation and Development administers a Transportation Enhancement Grant Program.  The Mayor is interested in applying for a grant under the provisions of this program to acquire funding for pedestrian and beautification improvements along St. Patrick Highway.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting the City’s application to the LA Department of Transportation and Development for Transportation Enhancement Grant Funds for pedestrian and beautification improvements on St. Patrick highway.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1060

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City wishes to apply for participation in the State Department of Transportation and Development Transportation Enhancement Grant Program; and

       WHEREAS, the funding received through the said grant would fund pedestrian and beautification improvements along St. Patrick Highway; and

      WHEREAS, in order to make the application and accept the grant award it is necessary for the City Council to authorize the Mayor to do so.

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby authorize the Mayor to apply for and accept the award of funds in conjunction with the LA DOTD Transportation Enhancement Grant Program.

           The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAINED: None

      And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, City Clerk                                       Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Police Department has conducted a survey relative to the existing traffic controls in the Acacia Woods area.  Captain Scott Toups presented a power-point presentation outlining the recommendations made as a result of this survey to improve traffic flow in this subdivision.

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to adopt a motion concurring with the recommendations made by the Police Department and asking that the Administration proceed with the implementation of these recommendations for the improvement of traffic flow in Acadia Woods Subdivision.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

            A public hearing as then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that representatives of Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. have indicated that they are in a position to locate a store in Thibodaux.  The corporation has forwarded an agreement outlining certain considerations that they feel the City should agree to should they locate the store in Thibodaux.

            The agreement stipulates that the City, with assistance from the state DOTD, will construct a traffic signal at the intersection of LA Hwy 20 and Glenwild Drive.  It also states that the City will approve and participate in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program for construction purposes, which will grant a sales tax exemption on any taxable construction expenses.  The City also agrees to expedite the building permit process once all construction documents are filed with the Building Inspector.

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2210

    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AGREEMENT WITH LOWE’S HOME CENTERS, INC. 

            BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

             WHEREAS, Lowe’s Home Centers is considering locating a store within the corporate limits of the City; and

             WHEREAS, the City desires to provide economic assistance to Lowe’s through the construction of a traffic signal by the State and the inclusion of the construction phase in the Louisiana enterprise Zone Program; and 

            WHEREAS, the City will expedite the building permits acquisition process should Lowe’s decide to locate in Thibodaux; and 

            WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement outlining the aforesaid considerations by the City; and

             WHEREAS, in order for the City to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize the Mayor to execute the Memorandum of Understanding. 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc as per the conditions mentioned hereinabove.

             BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and thereby made a part hereof.

             The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President

             A public hearing was then held on the supplemental appropriation ordinance.

             The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that it is time to present the Council with the mid-year supplemental appropriation to the 2004 budget.  The proposed adjustments to the budget will accommodate transfers of funds within a department by reducing or increasing appropriations in individual line items or the lack of appropriations.  These adjustments are required in order to comply with State Law that requires that our budget, after all adjustments, be within five (5%) percent of the actual activity after being audited.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend ordinance no. 2173 “Appropriation Ordinance for 2004” (Supplemental Appropriation).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

          

ORDINANCE NO.  2211 

                               AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 2173

                               "APPROPRIATION   ORDINANCE   FOR   2004"

                               (SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION)

       BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 1 of the Thibodaux City Charter indicates that the appropriation ordinance shall contain appropriations of the expenditures for each City Department; and

     WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2173 adopted by the City Council on November 20, 2003 approved appropriations for the 2004 Budget by line item; and

      WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 2 of the Thibodaux City Charter reads in part, "If during the fiscal year the Mayor certifies that there are available for appropriation, revenues in excess of those estimated in the budget, the Mayor may present a supplemental appropriation ordinance for the disposition of such revenues; and the Council may adopt it."

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, that in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Thibodaux City Charter, that the following items as indicated are amended in accordance with the recommendations of the Mayor:

(Exhibit "A")

         The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAINED: None

      And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                    /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                 Chad J. Mire, President

             A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a grant agreement with LA DOTD.

             The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the State DOTD have approved funding for the overlay to the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  The total grant is approximately $360,000.  The FAA will fund 95% of the grant while the State will fund the remaining 5%. 

            On motion of Councilman Winston, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a Grant Agreement with LA DOTD for the overlay of the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire 

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 ORDINANCE NO.   2212 

                        AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A

GRANT AGREEMENT WITH LA DOTD FOR THE OVERLAY

OF THE RUNWAY AND APRON AT THE THIBODAUX

 MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

 

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that: 

WHEREAS, Act 451 of the 1989 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the financing of certain airport improvements from funds appropriated from the Transportation Trust Fund; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux has requested funding assistance from the LA DOTD to overlay runway 8/26 and the aircraft parking apron with asphaltic concrete; and 

WHEREAS, the stated project has been approved by the Louisiana Legislature and the LA DOTD is agreeable to the implementation of this project and desires to cooperate with the City of Thibodaux according to the terms and conditions identified in the attached Agreement; and 

WHEREAS, the FAA will provide up to 95% of the necessary funding, and the LA DOTD will provide up to 5% of the necessary funding, and the sponsor providing the remainder, 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDIANED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that it does hereby authorize the Mayor to execute an Agreement for the project identified as AIP No. 3-22-0072-001-2004 and SPN 929-01-0005, more fully identified in the Agreement attached hereto. 

The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None 

And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                     Chad J. Mire, President 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite resources. 

            The City has utilized the wetlands enhancement process as an additional means of treatment of City sewerage.  Since this process was approved, the City was required to monitor the effectiveness of the program in accordance with the provisions of our NPDES Discharge Permit.  For the past four years, the City has contracted with Comite Resources to provide the said monitoring services.  Now that the City has received its new NPDES Permit, it is necessary to initiate a new monitoring program for the wetlands process. 

            The proposed new contract with Comite Resources calls for a five (5) year monitoring program at a total cost of $203,000. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite Resources for the monitoring of the Wetlands Enhancement Project in conjunction with the EPA NPDES Permit.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None         

ORDINANCE NO. 2213 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH COMITE RESOURCES FOR THE MONITORING OF THE WETLANDS ENHANCEMENT PROJECT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EPA NPDES PERMIT 

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that; 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux has employed an approved process of wetlands enhancement wastewater treatment utilized as a means of tertiary treatment of City sewerage; and 

WHEREAS, under the original permit for this process, the City contracted with for the monitoring requirements dictated by the Environmental Protection Agency NPDES permit; and 

WHEREAS, under our new five (5) year NPDES permit it is necessary to continue the said monitoring program; and 

WHEREAS, Comite Resources has proposed to continue to perform the said monitoring program through a five year agreement at a total cost of $203,000; and 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said consulting firm for the services mentioned hereinbefore. 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Comite Resources, LLP for the monitoring of wastewater assimilation in conjunction with the wetlands enhancement NPDES Permit requirements. 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said contract is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof. 

The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

       NAYS: None

       ABSTAINED: None

       ABSENT: None 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004. 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                   Chad J. Mire, President
 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

___________________________                              __________________________
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                Chad J. Mire, President

 

 

 

 
 
     
 
City of Thibodaux, LA

           

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
JULY 20, 2004

 

            The City Council of the City of Thibodaux assembled in regular session at its regular meeting place, City Hall, 310 West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

              There were present:  Councilmen Swanner, Gene Richard, Winston, Dee Richard and Mire. 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Ms. Germaine Jackson, City Attorney. 

            The minutes of the July 6, 2004 Council meeting and the July 12, 2004 special Council meeting were approved as written.   

The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider approving the acceptance of the final plat for the Plantation Acres IV – Addendum #2 Subdivision.

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance approving the final plat of the Plantation Acres IV 0 Addendum #2 Subdivision.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider approving the final plat for Lots 8A-1 and 8A-2 located on East 6th Street so as to accommodate the construction of residential structures.

            Councilman Gene Richard introduced an ordinance approving the re-subdivision of property located on East 6th Street.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider the adoption of the International Building and Residential Codes.

            Councilman Winston introduced an ordinance to amend and re-enact Chapter 6 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to adopt the current edition of the International Building and Residential Codes.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 3, 2004 City Council meeting.

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the term of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate member of the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments expired on July 7, 2004.  Mr. Savoie would like to be re-appointed to another three-year term as an alternate member to the Board of Adjustments.

            Councilman Gene Richard has agreed to nominate Mr. Savoie for re-appointment to the Board of Adjustments for an additional three-year term.

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate member to the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments.  Mr. Savoie’s term will expire on July 7, 2007.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None  

            ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO.  1057

             BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

                WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Board of Adjustments is comprised of five regular members and two alternate members; and

             WHEREAS, due to the expiration of the term of Mr. Clarence Savoie as an alternate board member, it is necessary for the City Council to appoint a new alternate member or re-appoint Mr. Savoie to a new term on the board; and

             WHEREAS, in accordance with the rotation method of nomination employed by the City Council, Councilman Gene Richard has nominated Mr. Clarence Savoie to be re-appointed as an alternate member to the said board.

             NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that in accordance with the provisions of Article IX of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance, Clarence Savoie is hereby re-appointed as an alternate member to the Thibodaux Board of Adjustment whose term will expire July 20, 2007.

             The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED:  None    

            ABSENT:  None

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                                       /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                                Chad J. Mire, President

             The Civil Service voted to approve the re-grading of the position of Building and Construction Inspector I to Grade 61 of System B of the salary structure at its July 13, 2004 meeting.  The re-grading was requested so as to accommodate increased responsibilities added to the job description of this position.  The result of this re-grade will be a 4% increase for the employee currently holding the position.

             Councilman Dee Richard asked what duties were being added to this job description.  The Civil Service Director stated that supervising the surveillance crew performing video monitoring of sewer lines, supervising the construction of new sewer lines, and preparing plans and specifications for the repair of sewer lines ere the added duties.

             Councilman Dee Richard then asked who was performing these duties before they were added to this job description.  The public Works Director stated that the person in this position now has been performing these duties and he is just updating his job description to reflect the work currently being done by this employee.

             The Mayor stated that the drainage division was created approximately two years ago, and the City purchased the video surveillance equipment since this division was created.  The Building and Construction Inspector I has been doing this work since the City began this type of surveillance work.

             Ms. Jeannie Spinella addressed the Council stating that approximately two months age this Council voted against the creation of an Assistant Public Works Director, and it seems that this issue is coming back to the Council again.  She is afraid that this situation is the same as the one voted against then in disguise.

             Councilman Winston stated that he has listened to both side concerning this re-grading and that it seems to him that we are fine tuning what we already have in place.  He was reluctant to support this until he heard all of the information presented at the meeting.

             Councilman Dee Richard stated that he did vote against the Assistant Public Works Director, and he does understand Ms. Spinella’s concerns.  He does not agree with the way this situation was handled and he would appreciate being better informed about why these things are needed and being done.

             On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the re-grading of the Building and Construction Inspector I position to grade 61 of System B of the salary structure.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1058

       BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed a request by the Civil Service Board and the Director of Public Works to re-grade the position of Building and Construction Inspector I; and

      WHEREAS, the said board has recommended that the job description be amended as requested and that it be regarded and placed in Grade 61 of System B of the pay plan; and

      WHEREAS, the said board has approved the requests made and has recommended that the City Council approve these changes to the pay plan.   

    NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby approve the amendment of the Civil Service Pay Plan by re-grading the position of Building and Construction Inspector I into Grade 61 of System B of the pay plan as per the recommendation of the Thibodaux Civil Service Board.

      The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

      And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                               /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President

             The Project Engineer has informed the Council Administrator that the Sewer pump Station Upgrade Project on North 9th Street, St. john Drive and Ashland Drive is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the sewer pump station upgrade project.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1059

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux entered into a contract with Civil Construction Contractors, Inc. dated October 15, 2003 for the Upgrading of the Sewer Pump Stations at N. 9th Street, St. John Drive and Ashland Drive; and     

      WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on June 23, 2004; and

      WHEREAS, a final inspection was conducted by representatives of the City and the Project Engineer; and

      WHEREAS, all work was found to be satisfactory for acceptance with respect to the application for payment by the contractor less and except any items included on a punch list.

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session on July 20, 2004 that the work under the aforementioned project be and is hereby accepted as substantially complete on the date hereinbefore specified.

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council Administrator is hereby authorized to file with the Clerk of Court of the Parish of Lafourche, a certified copy of this resolution in order to commence the 45-day lien period.

      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this resolution be forwarded to Trison Constructors, LLC, P.O. Box 113282, Metairie, LA 70002, and to David A. Waitz Engineering, P.O. Box 1203, Thibodaux, LA 70302.

      The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS:  None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                        /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Chad J. Mire, President

             The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the State Department of Transportation and Development administers a Transportation Enhancement Grant Program.  The Mayor is interested in applying for a grant under the provisions of this program to acquire funding for pedestrian and beautification improvements along St. Patrick Highway.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting the City’s application to the LA Department of Transportation and Development for Transportation Enhancement Grant Funds for pedestrian and beautification improvements on St. Patrick highway.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1060

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, the City wishes to apply for participation in the State Department of Transportation and Development Transportation Enhancement Grant Program; and

       WHEREAS, the funding received through the said grant would fund pedestrian and beautification improvements along St. Patrick Highway; and

      WHEREAS, in order to make the application and accept the grant award it is necessary for the City Council to authorize the Mayor to do so.

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby authorize the Mayor to apply for and accept the award of funds in conjunction with the LA DOTD Transportation Enhancement Grant Program.

           The above resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAINED: None

      And the above resolution was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, City Clerk                                       Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Police Department has conducted a survey relative to the existing traffic controls in the Acacia Woods area.  Captain Scott Toups presented a power-point presentation outlining the recommendations made as a result of this survey to improve traffic flow in this subdivision.

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to adopt a motion concurring with the recommendations made by the Police Department and asking that the Administration proceed with the implementation of these recommendations for the improvement of traffic flow in Acadia Woods Subdivision.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

            A public hearing as then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that representatives of Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. have indicated that they are in a position to locate a store in Thibodaux.  The corporation has forwarded an agreement outlining certain considerations that they feel the City should agree to should they locate the store in Thibodaux.

            The agreement stipulates that the City, with assistance from the state DOTD, will construct a traffic signal at the intersection of LA Hwy 20 and Glenwild Drive.  It also states that the City will approve and participate in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program for construction purposes, which will grant a sales tax exemption on any taxable construction expenses.  The City also agrees to expedite the building permit process once all construction documents are filed with the Building Inspector.

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2210

    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AGREEMENT WITH LOWE’S HOME CENTERS, INC. 

            BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

             WHEREAS, Lowe’s Home Centers is considering locating a store within the corporate limits of the City; and

             WHEREAS, the City desires to provide economic assistance to Lowe’s through the construction of a traffic signal by the State and the inclusion of the construction phase in the Louisiana enterprise Zone Program; and 

            WHEREAS, the City will expedite the building permits acquisition process should Lowe’s decide to locate in Thibodaux; and 

            WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement outlining the aforesaid considerations by the City; and

             WHEREAS, in order for the City to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize the Mayor to execute the Memorandum of Understanding. 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc as per the conditions mentioned hereinabove.

             BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and thereby made a part hereof.

             The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President

             A public hearing was then held on the supplemental appropriation ordinance.

             The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that it is time to present the Council with the mid-year supplemental appropriation to the 2004 budget.  The proposed adjustments to the budget will accommodate transfers of funds within a department by reducing or increasing appropriations in individual line items or the lack of appropriations.  These adjustments are required in order to comply with State Law that requires that our budget, after all adjustments, be within five (5%) percent of the actual activity after being audited.

             On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend ordinance no. 2173 “Appropriation Ordinance for 2004” (Supplemental Appropriation).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

             YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

          

ORDINANCE NO.  2211 

                               AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 2173

                               "APPROPRIATION   ORDINANCE   FOR   2004"

                               (SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION)

       BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

      WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 1 of the Thibodaux City Charter indicates that the appropriation ordinance shall contain appropriations of the expenditures for each City Department; and

     WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2173 adopted by the City Council on November 20, 2003 approved appropriations for the 2004 Budget by line item; and

      WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 2 of the Thibodaux City Charter reads in part, "If during the fiscal year the Mayor certifies that there are available for appropriation, revenues in excess of those estimated in the budget, the Mayor may present a supplemental appropriation ordinance for the disposition of such revenues; and the Council may adopt it."

      NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, that in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Thibodaux City Charter, that the following items as indicated are amended in accordance with the recommendations of the Mayor:

(Exhibit "A")

         The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAINED: None

      And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004.

 /s/Tommy Eschete                                    /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                 Chad J. Mire, President

             A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a grant agreement with LA DOTD.

             The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the State DOTD have approved funding for the overlay to the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  The total grant is approximately $360,000.  The FAA will fund 95% of the grant while the State will fund the remaining 5%. 

            On motion of Councilman Winston, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a Grant Agreement with LA DOTD for the overlay of the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire 

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 ORDINANCE NO.   2212 

                        AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A

GRANT AGREEMENT WITH LA DOTD FOR THE OVERLAY

OF THE RUNWAY AND APRON AT THE THIBODAUX

 MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

 

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that: 

WHEREAS, Act 451 of the 1989 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the financing of certain airport improvements from funds appropriated from the Transportation Trust Fund; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux has requested funding assistance from the LA DOTD to overlay runway 8/26 and the aircraft parking apron with asphaltic concrete; and 

WHEREAS, the stated project has been approved by the Louisiana Legislature and the LA DOTD is agreeable to the implementation of this project and desires to cooperate with the City of Thibodaux according to the terms and conditions identified in the attached Agreement; and 

WHEREAS, the FAA will provide up to 95% of the necessary funding, and the LA DOTD will provide up to 5% of the necessary funding, and the sponsor providing the remainder, 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDIANED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that it does hereby authorize the Mayor to execute an Agreement for the project identified as AIP No. 3-22-0072-001-2004 and SPN 929-01-0005, more fully identified in the Agreement attached hereto. 

The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None 

And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                     Chad J. Mire, President 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite resources. 

            The City has utilized the wetlands enhancement process as an additional means of treatment of City sewerage.  Since this process was approved, the City was required to monitor the effectiveness of the program in accordance with the provisions of our NPDES Discharge Permit.  For the past four years, the City has contracted with Comite Resources to provide the said monitoring services.  Now that the City has received its new NPDES Permit, it is necessary to initiate a new monitoring program for the wetlands process. 

            The proposed new contract with Comite Resources calls for a five (5) year monitoring program at a total cost of $203,000. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite Resources for the monitoring of the Wetlands Enhancement Project in conjunction with the EPA NPDES Permit.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None         

ORDINANCE NO. 2213 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH COMITE RESOURCES FOR THE MONITORING OF THE WETLANDS ENHANCEMENT PROJECT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EPA NPDES PERMIT 

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that; 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux has employed an approved process of wetlands enhancement wastewater treatment utilized as a means of tertiary treatment of City sewerage; and 

WHEREAS, under the original permit for this process, the City contracted with for the monitoring requirements dictated by the Environmental Protection Agency NPDES permit; and 

WHEREAS, under our new five (5) year NPDES permit it is necessary to continue the said monitoring program; and 

WHEREAS, Comite Resources has proposed to continue to perform the said monitoring program through a five year agreement at a total cost of $203,000; and 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said consulting firm for the services mentioned hereinbefore. 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Comite Resources, LLP for the monitoring of wastewater assimilation in conjunction with the wetlands enhancement NPDES Permit requirements. 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said contract is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof. 

The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows: 

      YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

       NAYS: None

       ABSTAINED: None

       ABSENT: None 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 20th day of July 2004. 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                           /s/Chad J. Mire
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                   Chad J. Mire, President
 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

___________________________                              __________________________
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                Chad J. Mire, President

 

 

 

 
   
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