Posted: April 4, 2018

Minutes - Public Committee Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018



                                   Town of Madisonville

                                      403 St. Francis St.

                               Public Committee Meeting

                             Wednesday, March 28, 2018


CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Jean Pelloat

ROLL CALL – Wayne Morlier

All present except for Councilman Bounds

PLEDGE – Councilman Hitzman

Mayor Pelloat requested a change to the order of the agenda to first allow discussion of the opioid class-action lawsuit. Motion made by Councilman Haddox, seconded by Councilman Doran, motion passed with all in favor. See below discussion under Public Safety Committee. 


Committee Members:  Councilman Tim Bounds

                                     Councilman Chris Hitzman


Committee Members:   Councilman Chris Hitzman

                                     Councilman Brad Haddox

1.       2018 Budget

Mayor Pelloat discussed the proposed budget for FY2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).  He also stated the grants do not look good.  Councilman Hitzman suggested contacting Mike Cooper, the governor’s Chief of Staff, and that he would send Mr. Cooper’s email address to Mayor Pelloat. Councilman Haddox stated that he participated in the budget meetings and that the Town would attempt to purchase two new vehicles this fiscal year.  He also stated that the FY2017 budget projected a $118,000 loss but had an actual $60,000 profit.  He also stated that the FY2018 budget is a zero budget but a surplus is projected at this time. Mayor Pelloat addressed the three Town owned buildings and repairs needed on the police station. He reported the initial bid is $52,000 to replace rotten wood. If funds were not available within the existing FY18 or FY19 budgets, an amendment to the budget could be approved once it was decided to perform the work. Councilman Doran spoke to the Fire Department building and asked if there was any interest in renting the building or using for other town offices. Mayor Pelloat stated the existing Town Hall needs renovations and landscaping and that there is $60,000 of donated funds already in the General Fund that is dedicated to renovations to the existing Town Hall. There was then a discussion on the police station being on the historical registry. Councilman Haddox and Mayor Pelloat attended a meeting where it was stated that grants could be available for historical revenue generating properties. Next, the Mayor provided a list of items that may be funded this fiscal year is monies are available. Councilman Haddox stated that the budget and approach looks great.  Mayor Pelloat stated the budget would be introduced at the April Council meeting.


Committee Members:         Councilman Brad Haddox

                                            Councilman Jim Bouey

·         Riverfront Commercial Ordinance

1.       Revision of Chapter 10.14.1

( Permitted uses: line #8 - limit to 4 within the district )

·         Entertainment Ordinance

2.       Revision of Chapter 13, Section13.1-13.5

( a. If the entertainment is located within 500’ of a residential district, then outside , amplified entertainment shall be limited as follows):

Sunday – Thursday ……….. until 8:pm

Friday and Saturday ……… until 10:pm

Mayor Pelloat referenced the above changes to two ordinances that were introduced at the March 14, 2018 Town Council meeting and that will be open for discussion at the April 11, 2018 Public Hearing. Mayor Pelloat asked if there were any comments or recommended changes. In response to a question, Mr. Danner stated that at the March Town Council meeting he had handed out a revised version that included definitions for certain terms. He further stated that the Council had voted to introduce the revised version during the March Council meeting. Councilman Doran stated that the provision in Section 13.2 (b) allowing amplified music until 2am if outside of 500’ from a residence district could be an issue if outside other than Friday or Saturday nights. After discussion, Councilman Hitzman suggested keeping the language as is for now. No further discussion.

·         Review ordinances in Town of Madisonville pertaining to square footage allowed in commercial and institutional building permits.

Mayor Pelloat stated he spoke with Mr. Myron Bourg regarding other municipal ordinances that address size limits of buildings.  There was discussion involving setbacks, green space, master plans, codification of the Town’s ordinances, the Catholic Archidiocese plan, and the St. Anselm proposed new building. It was decided to have a public meeting with the Church pastor and architects present to discuss their plans. It was also agreed to have the public meeting on or about April 26th and send a letter to all residents within the Town limits so their voices could be heard at the meeting. Councilman Bounds will be requested to contact Father Frank to confirm the date.


Committee Members:         Councilman Kevin Doran

                                           Councilman Tim Bounds

1.       Class-Action Lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors

Attorney Arlen Braud explained the status of the opioid lawsuits and the benefits to the Town of participating in the lawsuit. Both Mr. Danner and Mr. Braud do not see a downside of participating.  After discussion, Mayor Pelloat asked Mr. Braud to prepare a document for the Town Council to review prior to the April 11, 2018 Town Council meeting. Mr. Braud agreed.  

Public Comment Period:  members of the audience will have three (3) minutes to make a statement or express a concern.  (Anyone having or expressing a concern tonight may or may not get an answer due to the fact that the council is hearing the concern for the first time.   All statements will be considered and everyone will receive an answer in the near future).

Mr. Gordon Melloncamp addressed the Council regarding the size, planning, etc. connected to the Master Plan.  He suggested a five year including maybe selling or rebuilding some of the Town buildings.  He also suggested a comprehensive plan and getting the public behind the plan, including any new or revised ordinances.  He also stated that the open public meetings have been great and that the Mayor is doing a great job as the town’s manager.

Next, Ms. Judy Darby addressed the Council and recommended that she heard about Brannigan’s wanting to lease the Fire Station when it becomes available.  She requested that the Council and Mayor visit with her before any decision is made as she would like to negotiate the use of the property.


Councilman Hitzman made a motion to adjourn, Councilman Haddox seconded, motion passed with all in favor.