Posted: October 10, 2016

Minutes September 14 2016 Regular Meeting

Town of Madisonville

Regular Town Council Meeting

September 14, 2016

7:00pm

 

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pelloat.

Roll call – Present:  Mayor Pelloat, Councilmen Bounds, Hitzman, Haddox, Doran and Bouey.

The pledge was led by Councilman Bounds.

The invocation was given by Councilman Bouey.

 

Approval of August 10, 2016 minutes – the August 10, 2016 minutes were approved on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Doran.  The motion carried.

At this time the Agenda was amended to include the August 31, 2016 Special Meeting Minutes.  The amendment was approved on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.  The August 31, 2016 Special Meeting Minutes were approved on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Haddox.  The motion carried.

Approval of July 2016 financial statements – the July 2016 were accepted on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Doran.  The motion carried.

Comments:  members of the audience will have three (3) minutes to make a statement or express a concern at the outset of the meeting –

Lighthouse steps - $28,000 – John Ammerman reported that steps 5-9 were replaced at a cost of $28,250.  Mayor Pelloat reported the issue was discussed at a previous meeting but never voted on.  He recommended the bill be paid.  Approval to pay the bill was given on motion of Councilman Haddox and seconded by Councilman Hitzman.  The motion carried.

Noise ordinance – Mayor Pelloat reported that the special meeting was well attended and they got a lot of opinions and ideas.  He reported he had spoken with legal counsel to get his thoughts and opinion.  Mr. Danner suggested the possible use of the permitting process by setting time limits and to restrain from having to use decibel meters. After more discussion by the Council, Mr. Danner suggested they come up with something, talk about it and bring it to the next meeting.

Orange cones, bushes or trees on town property – Mayor Pelloat reported that a lot of opinions and ideas was received regarding the cones but not many about the trees and bushes.  He suggested that these items be discussed at a Committee Meeting that will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

 

Monthly Department reports:

A.Engineer – Joe Harman reported that the Mabel Drive project should be completed by the 23rd (concrete construction) and the asphalt construction by October 2nd.  He reported that the gas line project punch list should be completed by Friday.  Mr. Harman presented the Council with a guide for sources of funds such as Capital Outlay which has a deadline of November 1st.

B.Police Department – Chief Smith reported they logged 8308 miles, 2896 events, and 46 tickets.  He reported the cameras at the boat launch and they have issued careless operation and littering tickets.  It was also reported that a new police unit has been ordered and will arrive in December.

C.Maintenance – Kyle reported that the new lines in Ruelle du Chene are completed and twenty-four customers were added; he reported the Welcome to Madisonville signs have been completed; the sewer plant screens are installed; the generator is installed at the Main St. well.  He reported three grants have been applied for CWEF for fire hydrant replacement; LGAP for a new vehicle with a deadline of October 1; and Recreation & Trails for sidewalks along Old Ponchatoula to Madison Ridge subdivision.  He reported the fuel tanks at the barn will be raised in the event of flooding.

D.Permits Department: Emergency Operations Plan; Planning and Zoning recap – Jewell

reported it has been a slow month with one new house and some minor renovations.  He reported that he is working with FEMA trying to get assistance for those homes built “pre-firm”. A copy of the Emergency Operations Plan was given to the Council to consider adopting.

Resolutions:

A. A Resolution authorizing the mayor to submit an application to LGAP, to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville and to enter into any and all contractual obligations on behalf of the Town of Madisonville – authorization was given on motion of Councilman Doran and seconded by Councilman Haddox.  The motion carried.

B.A Resolution authorizing the mayor to submit an application to CWEF, to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville and to enter into any and all contractual obligations on behalf of the Town of Madisonville – authorization was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Doran.  The motion carried.

C.A Resolution authorizing the mayor to submit an application to Capital Outlay, to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville and to enter into any and all contractual obligations on behalf of the Town of Madisonville – authorization was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.

Charlotte Benton – cancer walk – Mrs. Benton stated the walk will be held October 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and will begin at the ballpark and end up on Water St.

Gail Perry – stop sign at Pine St. at St. Louis – Ms. Perry requested that another means of speed control be used on Pine St.  (see attached request).  A motion to not move the sign at Pine St. and St. Louis St. was made by Councilman Bound and seconded by Councilman Doran.  The motion carried.

Comments by Council – at this time Councilman Hitzman reported a letter had been received asking that rooster/fowl be added to the noise ordinance.  Also at this time Councilman Bounds apologized for not being at last month’s meeting.

Mayor’s report to Council – Mayor Pelloat reported the robo call that went out for the special meeting was successful and approximately eighty people attended and the system will be used to address future events in town.  He reported that after the flood he and the departments heads brainstormed on how we could help our neighbors.  The Town of Springfield was contacted and they said they would call if they needed anything.  Also, at this time he recognized Shawn Woessner for taking the time to go to the Livingston/Baton Rouge area to cook for those affected by the flood.  He also recognized Danny Lavigne for transporting supplies donated by the Piggly Wiggly to Springfield.  Mayor Pelloat also reported that it was posted on the web-site that the Baptist church was accepting donations.  He stated he wanted to compliment the maintenance department, police department and Jewell for the work on the Emergency Operations Plan and he reported he had received compliments for the maintenance department on the work that has been done in the last few months.

Adjournment – there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned on motion of Councilman Haddox and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.

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Joyce Core, Clerk