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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COU

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 4, 2005

 

 

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, October 4, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Germaine Jackson.

 

            The minutes of the September 20, 2005 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Councilman Swanner introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce for the promotion of tourism and economic development in the City of Thibodaux.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            Councilman Mire introduced an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 20-13 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to add Sub-Section (vv) “No Parking on the south side of East 7th Street from Tetreau Street to Cardinal Drive”.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council Administrator that he has requested that Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects prepare a professional services contract authorizing the said firm to supervise the renovations and repairs to the Thibodaux Civic Center.  These renovations are necessary as a result of the damage caused during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with Thomas Boudreaux, Architect for the supervision of the repairs and renovations at the Thibodaux Civic Center.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1147

 

 

                                    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN AN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT

 WITH THOMAS J. BOUDREAUX, ARCHITECT

 

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, as a result of the damage caused by recent hurricanes to the Thibodaux Civic Center, the City has extensive repairs and renovations to make to the said facility; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Mayor has selected the firm of Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects to supervise the renovations so as to insure that they comply with all local and state design requirements; and

 

    WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a professional services contract with Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects for the services to be rendered in conjunction with this renovation project.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a professional services contract with Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects for the services rendered to the City in conjunction with the renovations and repairs being made to the Thibodaux Civic Center.

 

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

 

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

 

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

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.             Jerome Richard, President

 

            A public hearing was held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with TAC Americas.  The Finance Director informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending the execution of the contract with TAC Americas for the purpose of performing an Energy Audit for the Civic Center, City Hall and the Stark Municipal Complex.  The Mayor concurs with her recommendation.

 

            Once the audit id performed, it will be determined if the City should proceed with a guaranteed building improvement program implemented by TAC.  If the audit does illustrate enough of a potential savings, a recommendation will be made as to whether or not to proceed with energy equipment improvements.

 

            Kathleen Viguerie, of TAC Energy Solutions, conducted a power point presentation explaining the services offered by her company and answered any questions that the Council or Administration may have.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with TAC Americas for the Energy Audit at the Civic Center, City Hall and Stark Municipal Complex.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2267

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                    TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH TAC AMERICAS

                                    INC. (ENERGY AUDIT AGREEMENT)

                         

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm in order to perform a detailed energy audit for the Civic Center, City Hall and the Stark Municipal Complex; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of TAC Americas, Inc. has been selected by the Mayor to administer the aforesaid services; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said 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 TAC Services, Inc. for the services mentioned above.

 

    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, Mire and D. Richard

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Jerome Richard, President   

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a contract with AMS Utiliserv.  The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending that the City execute an agreement with AMS Utiliserv for the purpose of continuing the contracting out of our meter reading needs.  The proposed agreement would be for a period of twenty-four months terminating on December 31, 2007.  The Mayor concurs with her recommendation.

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with AMS Utiliserv for the City’s utility meter reading needs.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman Winston

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2268

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH AMS UTILISERV

                         

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm in order to continue the contracting out of the reading of City utility meters; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of AMS Utiliserv has been selected by the Mayor to administer the aforesaid services; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said 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 AMS Utiliserv for the services mentioned above.

 

    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, Mire and D. Richard

     NAYS: Councilman Winston

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Jerome Richard, President

 

            Public hearings were then held on three separate ordinances to increase the rates charges for the City’s water, sewer and gas services.

 

            The Mayor has been contemplating the adjustment of the City’s utility rates for water, sewer and gas services.  After a review of the operating expenses of each of the utility systems it is apparent that the current rates charges by the City do not generate enough revenue to meet those expenses.  Therefore, the City has been required to subsidize the systems’ operations by transferring funds from investments to meet the expenses and make necessary improvements to the system infrastructure.

 

            The Administration has met several times with Council members, the Council Administrator and the City’s Bond Counsel to derive a new rate structure for City utilities that will meet the needs of each system.

 

            Mr. Ed Bouterie, the City’s auditor explained to the City Council the need for increases to the City’s utility rates in order to cover the operating costs of each system. He stated that if the City continues to transfer money to cover the operating costs of each system, it would eventually bankrupt the utility funds and possibly the City.

 

            Mr. Al Badeaux, City Engineer, explained to the Council the Capital Improvements that are needed to the City’s water system, and the estimated costs that the City would incur in order to make the required improvements. 

 

            Mr. Kermit Kraemer, Public Works Director, explained to the City Council the Capital Improvements that are needed at the City’s sewer treatment plant and the sewer system, and the estimated costs that would be incurred by the City to make these improvements.

 

            The mayor explained the new proposed rate structures for each utility system.  He stated that he is now proposing to implement the new gas rate effective April 1, 2006 in order to avoid problems for consumers through the winter months.  He also is proposing a two-year phase in on the needed increase to the sewer system rates.  And he also has proposed a three-year phase in on the needed water rate increase.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard offered a motion to table the vote on these ordinance until the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting in order to allow the public another chance to explain there concerns with the increases.  And also to give the Council members more time to study the rates as presented tonight. 

 

            Councilman Dee Richard’s motion died for lack of a second.

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposal for the natural gas rate structure.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted on an amendment to the proposed gas rate ordinance to make the new rate of $3.07 per Mmbtu effective on April 1, 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-26 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Natural Gas Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman Dee Richard

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2269

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 21-26 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                                    OF ORDINANCES (NATURAL GAS RATES)

 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-26 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

 

     Sec. 21-26.  Natural gas rates.

 

 

The rate charged for the consumption of natural gas for all commercial, residential, industrial and institutional customers shall be as follows:

 

Cost of natural gas delivered to the city gate + $3.07/MmBtu.

 

    Minimum monthly charge - $3.00

 

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an   

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.

 

 

    BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the effective date of the above rate shall be April 1, 2006. 

 

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

 

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

     NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposed water rates, and the need to increase rates enough to generate enough revenue to cover operating costs and also create the revenue needed to fund the needed capital projects to the water system.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted on an amendment to phase in the water rate increase over a three year period, and to include enough of an increase in years 2007 and 2008 to be able to sell bonds at the end of the three year period to fund five (5) million dollars in capital improvements to the water system.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-43 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Water Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2270

 

 

                        AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                   SECTION 21-43 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                   OF ORDINANCES (WATER RATES)

 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-43 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

 

     Sec. 21-43.  Water rates.

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2005:

 

$1.91                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $1.86/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $1.81/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $1.76/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $1.71/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

 

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2006:

 

$2.66                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $2.61/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $2.56/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $2.51/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $2.46/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

 

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2007:

 

$3.42                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $3.37/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $3.32/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $3.27/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $3.22/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

   

 

   

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an   

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.         

           

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

 

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

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposed sewer rates and the increase needed to cover operating costs of the sewer system and also fund $2.5 million in bond debt for capital improvements to the sewer system.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to amend the proposed ordinance in order to phase in the needed sewer increase over a two (2) year period to $1.92 per thousand gallons of water consumed in 2005, and to $2.05 per thousand gallons of water consumed in 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-12 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Sewer Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

            ABSENT: None

 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2271

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 21-12 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                                    OF ORDINANCES (SEWER SERVICE CHARGES)

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-12 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

     Sec. 21-12.  Sewer service charges.

 

The following sewerage service charges shall be imposed on the residents of the City effective December 1, 2005:

 

One dollar and ninety-two cents ($1.92) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of 

water purchased.

   

The following sewerage service charges shall be imposed on the residents of the City effective December 1, 2006:

 

Two dollars and five cents ($2.05) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water

Purchased.

 

 

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an    

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.         

           

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

 

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

     NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to include on the agenda a vote on a resolution for the Help Your Neighbor Program.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            By acclamation the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting the Help Your Neighbor Utility Customer Assistance Fund that will be administered by the Lafourche Council on Aging. 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1148

 

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

 

WHEREAS, elderly citizens in the City of Thibodaux have worked most of their lives building the community we enjoy today, and

 

WHEREAS, Help Your Neighbor is a community-based program established to provide financial assistance to qualified elderly city residents who need help in paying their utility bills; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the U. S. Bureau of Census approximately 18.2 percent of the city’s population living in poverty are 65 years and over; and

 

WHEREAS, the funds for the program will be collected by the city through donations from city utility customers and can be used as an income tax deduction; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux will pay administrative fees to the Lafourche Council on Aging so that 100% of all funds donated will go to assist the elderly recipients; and

 

WHEREAS, Thibodaux elderly customers experience temporary crisis due to medical or other expenses resulting in a need for assistance.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Thibodaux through its Mayor and City Council supports participation in the Help Your Neighbor Utility Customer Assistance Fund that allows:

 

1.  Customers to indicate on their bills a monthly and/or one time donation to the Help Your Neighbor program and add their voluntary donation to their utility payment.

2.  Provide funds to the Council on Aging that will be used to assist elderly 

customers at least 60 years old or disabled/handicapped who is currently facing a serious financial or health emergency.

3.  All funds received will be administered by the Lafourche Council on    Aging agency who will submit monthly administrative reports to the City for accountability purposes.

4.  All contributions will directly benefit elderly citizens to receive two    payments of up to $50.00 each per year to pay for city utilities as monies are available in the fund.

 

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

 

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

            NAYS: NONE

            ABSTAINED:  NONE

            ABSENT:  NONE

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

 Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                        Jerome Richard, President

 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

__________________________                    ___________________________

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Jerome Richard, President   


 

 
     
 
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COU

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 4, 2005

 

 

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, October 4, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Germaine Jackson.

 

            The minutes of the September 20, 2005 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Councilman Swanner introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce for the promotion of tourism and economic development in the City of Thibodaux.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            Councilman Mire introduced an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 20-13 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to add Sub-Section (vv) “No Parking on the south side of East 7th Street from Tetreau Street to Cardinal Drive”.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council Administrator that he has requested that Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects prepare a professional services contract authorizing the said firm to supervise the renovations and repairs to the Thibodaux Civic Center.  These renovations are necessary as a result of the damage caused during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with Thomas Boudreaux, Architect for the supervision of the repairs and renovations at the Thibodaux Civic Center.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1147

 

 

                                    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN AN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT

 WITH THOMAS J. BOUDREAUX, ARCHITECT

 

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, as a result of the damage caused by recent hurricanes to the Thibodaux Civic Center, the City has extensive repairs and renovations to make to the said facility; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Mayor has selected the firm of Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects to supervise the renovations so as to insure that they comply with all local and state design requirements; and

 

    WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a professional services contract with Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects for the services to be rendered in conjunction with this renovation project.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a professional services contract with Thomas J. Boudreaux, Architects for the services rendered to the City in conjunction with the renovations and repairs being made to the Thibodaux Civic Center.

 

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

 

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

 

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

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.             Jerome Richard, President

 

            A public hearing was held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with TAC Americas.  The Finance Director informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending the execution of the contract with TAC Americas for the purpose of performing an Energy Audit for the Civic Center, City Hall and the Stark Municipal Complex.  The Mayor concurs with her recommendation.

 

            Once the audit id performed, it will be determined if the City should proceed with a guaranteed building improvement program implemented by TAC.  If the audit does illustrate enough of a potential savings, a recommendation will be made as to whether or not to proceed with energy equipment improvements.

 

            Kathleen Viguerie, of TAC Energy Solutions, conducted a power point presentation explaining the services offered by her company and answered any questions that the Council or Administration may have.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with TAC Americas for the Energy Audit at the Civic Center, City Hall and Stark Municipal Complex.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2267

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                    TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH TAC AMERICAS

                                    INC. (ENERGY AUDIT AGREEMENT)

                         

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm in order to perform a detailed energy audit for the Civic Center, City Hall and the Stark Municipal Complex; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of TAC Americas, Inc. has been selected by the Mayor to administer the aforesaid services; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said 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 TAC Services, Inc. for the services mentioned above.

 

    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, Mire and D. Richard

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Jerome Richard, President   

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a contract with AMS Utiliserv.  The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending that the City execute an agreement with AMS Utiliserv for the purpose of continuing the contracting out of our meter reading needs.  The proposed agreement would be for a period of twenty-four months terminating on December 31, 2007.  The Mayor concurs with her recommendation.

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a contract with AMS Utiliserv for the City’s utility meter reading needs.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman Winston

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2268

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH AMS UTILISERV

                         

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm in order to continue the contracting out of the reading of City utility meters; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of AMS Utiliserv has been selected by the Mayor to administer the aforesaid services; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said 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 AMS Utiliserv for the services mentioned above.

 

    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, Mire and D. Richard

     NAYS: Councilman Winston

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                    Jerome Richard, President

 

            Public hearings were then held on three separate ordinances to increase the rates charges for the City’s water, sewer and gas services.

 

            The Mayor has been contemplating the adjustment of the City’s utility rates for water, sewer and gas services.  After a review of the operating expenses of each of the utility systems it is apparent that the current rates charges by the City do not generate enough revenue to meet those expenses.  Therefore, the City has been required to subsidize the systems’ operations by transferring funds from investments to meet the expenses and make necessary improvements to the system infrastructure.

 

            The Administration has met several times with Council members, the Council Administrator and the City’s Bond Counsel to derive a new rate structure for City utilities that will meet the needs of each system.

 

            Mr. Ed Bouterie, the City’s auditor explained to the City Council the need for increases to the City’s utility rates in order to cover the operating costs of each system. He stated that if the City continues to transfer money to cover the operating costs of each system, it would eventually bankrupt the utility funds and possibly the City.

 

            Mr. Al Badeaux, City Engineer, explained to the Council the Capital Improvements that are needed to the City’s water system, and the estimated costs that the City would incur in order to make the required improvements. 

 

            Mr. Kermit Kraemer, Public Works Director, explained to the City Council the Capital Improvements that are needed at the City’s sewer treatment plant and the sewer system, and the estimated costs that would be incurred by the City to make these improvements.

 

            The mayor explained the new proposed rate structures for each utility system.  He stated that he is now proposing to implement the new gas rate effective April 1, 2006 in order to avoid problems for consumers through the winter months.  He also is proposing a two-year phase in on the needed increase to the sewer system rates.  And he also has proposed a three-year phase in on the needed water rate increase.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard offered a motion to table the vote on these ordinance until the October 18, 2005 City Council meeting in order to allow the public another chance to explain there concerns with the increases.  And also to give the Council members more time to study the rates as presented tonight. 

 

            Councilman Dee Richard’s motion died for lack of a second.

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposal for the natural gas rate structure.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted on an amendment to the proposed gas rate ordinance to make the new rate of $3.07 per Mmbtu effective on April 1, 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-26 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Natural Gas Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman Dee Richard

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2269

 

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 21-26 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                                    OF ORDINANCES (NATURAL GAS RATES)

 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-26 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

 

     Sec. 21-26.  Natural gas rates.

 

 

The rate charged for the consumption of natural gas for all commercial, residential, industrial and institutional customers shall be as follows:

 

Cost of natural gas delivered to the city gate + $3.07/MmBtu.

 

    Minimum monthly charge - $3.00

 

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an   

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.

 

 

    BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the effective date of the above rate shall be April 1, 2006. 

 

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

 

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

     NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposed water rates, and the need to increase rates enough to generate enough revenue to cover operating costs and also create the revenue needed to fund the needed capital projects to the water system.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted on an amendment to phase in the water rate increase over a three year period, and to include enough of an increase in years 2007 and 2008 to be able to sell bonds at the end of the three year period to fund five (5) million dollars in capital improvements to the water system.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-43 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Water Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2270

 

 

                        AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                   SECTION 21-43 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                   OF ORDINANCES (WATER RATES)

 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-43 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

 

     Sec. 21-43.  Water rates.

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2005:

 

$1.91                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $1.86/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $1.81/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $1.76/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $1.71/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

 

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2006:

 

$2.66                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $2.61/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $2.56/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $2.51/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $2.46/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

 

 

The following monthly water rates shall be imposed on the residents of the city effective December 1, 2007:

 

$3.42                                                   Minimum charge 1,000 gallons or less.

     $3.37/1,000 gallons                        1,001 – 15,000 gallons

     $3.32/1,000 gallons                        15,001 – 50,000 gallons

     $3.27/1,000 gallons                        50,001 – 100,000 gallons

     $3.22/1,000 gallons                        Over 100,000 gallons

   

 

   

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an   

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.         

           

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

 

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

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            There was then a discussion concerning the proposed sewer rates and the increase needed to cover operating costs of the sewer system and also fund $2.5 million in bond debt for capital improvements to the sewer system.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to amend the proposed ordinance in order to phase in the needed sewer increase over a two (2) year period to $1.92 per thousand gallons of water consumed in 2005, and to $2.05 per thousand gallons of water consumed in 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 21-12 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances (Sewer Rates) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

            ABSENT: None

 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2271

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 21-12 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE

                                    OF ORDINANCES (SEWER SERVICE CHARGES)

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 21-12 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

 

     Sec. 21-12.  Sewer service charges.

 

The following sewerage service charges shall be imposed on the residents of the City effective December 1, 2005:

 

One dollar and ninety-two cents ($1.92) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of 

water purchased.

   

The following sewerage service charges shall be imposed on the residents of the City effective December 1, 2006:

 

Two dollars and five cents ($2.05) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water

Purchased.

 

 

    The administration shall have the authority to adjust this rate annually in an    

    amount not to exceed the average South Urban National Consumer Price

    Index for the previous 12 months as published by the U.S. Department of

   Labor.         

           

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

 

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

     NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome Richard, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to include on the agenda a vote on a resolution for the Help Your Neighbor Program.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            By acclamation the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting the Help Your Neighbor Utility Customer Assistance Fund that will be administered by the Lafourche Council on Aging. 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1148

 

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

 

WHEREAS, elderly citizens in the City of Thibodaux have worked most of their lives building the community we enjoy today, and

 

WHEREAS, Help Your Neighbor is a community-based program established to provide financial assistance to qualified elderly city residents who need help in paying their utility bills; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the U. S. Bureau of Census approximately 18.2 percent of the city’s population living in poverty are 65 years and over; and

 

WHEREAS, the funds for the program will be collected by the city through donations from city utility customers and can be used as an income tax deduction; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux will pay administrative fees to the Lafourche Council on Aging so that 100% of all funds donated will go to assist the elderly recipients; and

 

WHEREAS, Thibodaux elderly customers experience temporary crisis due to medical or other expenses resulting in a need for assistance.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Thibodaux through its Mayor and City Council supports participation in the Help Your Neighbor Utility Customer Assistance Fund that allows:

 

1.  Customers to indicate on their bills a monthly and/or one time donation to the Help Your Neighbor program and add their voluntary donation to their utility payment.

2.  Provide funds to the Council on Aging that will be used to assist elderly 

customers at least 60 years old or disabled/handicapped who is currently facing a serious financial or health emergency.

3.  All funds received will be administered by the Lafourche Council on    Aging agency who will submit monthly administrative reports to the City for accountability purposes.

4.  All contributions will directly benefit elderly citizens to receive two    payments of up to $50.00 each per year to pay for city utilities as monies are available in the fund.

 

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

 

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

            NAYS: NONE

            ABSTAINED:  NONE

            ABSENT:  NONE

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 4th day of October 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                            /s/Jerome Richard

 Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                        Jerome Richard, President

 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

__________________________                    ___________________________

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Jerome Richard, President   


 

   
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