Posted: July 9, 2018

Minutes - Public Committee Meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7pm

Town of Madisonville
403 St. Francis St.
Public Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Jean Pelloat

ROLL CALL – Wayne Morlier
Present: Councilman Haddox, Bouey and Doran
Absent:   Councilman Bounds and Hitzman

PLEDGE – Councilman Doran

Committee Members:   Councilman Tim Bounds
                                     Councilman Chris Hitzman
No items for discussion.
Committee Members:   Councilman Chris Hitzman
                                     Councilman Brad Haddox
No items for discussion.

Committee Members:  Councilman Brad Haddox
                                    Councilman Jim Bouey

Mayor Pelloat requested the Council provide nominations for the Master Plan Advisory Committee. He stated the following names have already been submitted. He also asked for additional names for consideration including those in a variety of professions and who will provide coverage throughout Town. The kick-off meeting will be mid-July on or about July 12th. Mayor Pelloat also asked the Councilmen to consider being involved and stated he would contact the nominees after finding out the amount of time that will be required. 
• Master Plan – (CPEX) (Appointments by Councilmen)
1. Haddox – Guy Hebert
2. Bounds –
3. Bouey – Louis Ogle
4. Hitzman – Christian Harris
5. Doran – Ann Ollendike

• Resolution for Recreational Trails Grant
Mayor Pelloat asked Mr. Danner to read the resolution which after approved tonight by the Council present, will be ratified at the July 11th Regular Council meeting. After Mr. Danner read the resolution, Councilman Bouey made a motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Doran seconded, motion passed with all present in favor.

• Review plans for town buildings;
1. Town Hall
2. Fire Dept.
3. Present Police Station
Mayor Pelloat asked the Council for their thoughts on the Town’s buildings since the Main Street fire station is vacant. Councilman Haddox stated he feels the Town Hall should be updated, that no buildings should remain vacant, and determine if the Police Station could qualify for state grants as a historical building, including turning the building into revenue generating if required for the grant. He also stated that these ideas should be incorporated into the future Town Master Plan. He also suggested creation of a capital improvement fund/tax for a set period of time.
Councilman Doran challenged the administration to search for other grants that don’t restrict the use of Town buildings. He also challenged CPEX to recommend alternative uses of the Town buildings. Councilman Bouey questioned investing money in the Town Hall and Fire Station that most likely will flood in the future.

Mayor Pelloat stated his belief that the Town Hall is can be repaired and is not beyond use. He disagreed that the building is outdated and that Council recommendations will determine next steps. He asked for thoughts or comments from anyone, including Ms. Judy Darby who was in the audience. Ms. Judy stated she would rather see the Police Station as institutional rather than a commercial business. She questioned has a retail establishment can make enough money to be profitable. Mayor Pelloat encouraged continued conversation on the use of the Town buildings.

Councilman Bouey stated the new Fire Station on Highway 22 will be dedicated on July 14th at 11:00am.

Committee Members: Councilman Kevin Doran
                                   Councilman Tim Bounds

• Replace/Rewrite Ordinance No. 105- Chapter 9, Traffic and Criminal Regulations
Chief Tyrney stated he would like to add criminal violations to the ordinance. He added traffic violations continue to be encountered. He stated any new stop signs and speed limits need to be updated and more research is needed on state mandated changes to highways. He added the Public Safety Committee and the Mayor have reviewed the new fines. Mayor Pelloat stated his proposal for changes have been agreed to by the Chief. Councilman Doran stated that Councilman Bounds and he went over the changes with the Chief and that they feel comfortable.  Mayor Pelloat requested that the overall ordinance be reviewed. Chief Tyrney stated he would like to include reducing Water Street and feeder streets to 15 MPH.

Mayor Pelloat asked Mr. Danner why the Town does not have more control over streets inside its city limits. Mr. Danner stated that the State controls State highways.  He also stated the ordinance needs to be revised to update State changes to the highway speed limits.

Councilman Doran addressed golf carts and his understanding that they are legal if they can go 35 MPH and that streets in Town are not posted above 35 MPH. Mayor Pelloat read an opinion from State Attorney General Caldwell regarding the City of Sulfur. The general idea is that golf carts cannot receive inspection stickers. Councilman Doran stated that this conflicts with the Wooden Boat Festival when golf carts are allowed. He added that if the gold cart is not licensed and not registered with the State then it is not legal.  Mayor Pelloat agreed. Councilman Doran suggested the Town can obtain insurance on golf carts to protect the Town.
Councilman Haddox read an article on State Law regarding golf carts and stated it is problematic as crossing State highways is not allowed. There was discussion with Councilman Doran suggesting a decision be passed and fully enforced.  Mayor Pelloat stated he does not interfere with the Police doing their job and that they have been told to enforce the existing laws.

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).

In regards to the Main Street Fire House, Ms. Judy Darby asked if the Municipality has an obligation to re-purpose or sell the property in the interest of finding the highest and best use of the property.  She suggested obtaining an appraisal and that selling the property should be an option. She also suggested the greatest value and best use of the property would be residential.

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Bouey, seconded by Councilman Haddox, motion passed with all present in favor.

Wayne C. Morlier, Town Clerk