Posted: September 7, 2018

Minutes - Public Committee Meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Approved Minutes

Town of Madisonville

403 St. Francis St.

Public Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:00p.m.

CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Jean Pelloat

ROLL CALL – Wayne Morlier – All present except Councilman Bounds

PLEDGE – Councilman Bouey

PARKS AND RECREATION:

Committee Members:  Councilman Tim Bounds

                                     Councilman Chris Hitzman

·Madisonville Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan feasibility study.

Mayor Pelloat reported that a grant for $45,000 for the above study was given to the Town by the Regional Planning Commission (RPC).  Today, the contract was signed and a check for $9,000 for the Town’s 20% matching was issued.  RPC awarded the contract last Tuesday to a firm, Perez, out of New Orleans with a minority company out of Slidell being involved.  Councilman Haddox stated the timing is great and asked if this study will fold into the CPEX Master Plan. Mayor Pelloat responded that CPEX will be getting with the Perez firm.   

FINANCE:

Committee Members:  Councilman Chris Hitzman

                                     Councilman Brad Haddox

·SBA – Cell Tower Agreement

Mayor Pelloat asked Town Attorney, Mr. Danner, to address this topic. He stated he spoke with the gentleman who signed the letter dated June 12, 2018 offering the Town $478,000 for a perpetual easement and that he will need to revisit the offer. Mr. Danner then stated he recently participated in a two hour webinar regarding cell tower zoning and placement; however, the instructors did not speak to buying out leases. Councilman Hitzman asked if our cell tower would be de-valued if other cell towers come into the area. Mayor Pelloat stated that on August 3, 2018 AT&T called regarding constructing a cell tower near the Madisonville Post Office. Mr. Morlier stated that he asked the AT&T representative to submit plans to the Town for the purposes of issuing a permit. Councilman Doran asking if there was a formal offer from SBA; Mr. Danner responded that the letter was not a formal offer. Councilman Doran also stated that the cell tower lease is valuable and that the Council should perform due diligence to ensure the appropriate dollars are received. There was discussion including Councilman Doran reading the Town’s cell tower ordinance and asking if the sale of the cell tower is subject to public bidding. At this time, no one knew the public bid requirement. The discussion concluded with the Council agreeing to look further into the fair market value of the SBA offer.

·Friends Coastal Restaurant

There was discussion on the status of Friends reopening including Councilman Doran offering options to make the purchase of Friends enticing.  Discussion included making concessions on amount of parking and the status of the residential property that was rezoned to commercial for parking purposes only. It was agreed that the property should have reverted back to residential as the ownership has changed hands. Mayor Pelloat reminded the Council of the orange cones that were placed on Town property by the residents to limit parking by Friends patrons. The Mayor also informed the Council of his significant efforts in attempting to secure additional parking for Friends with no success. Councilman Haddox stated there can’t be a lot of concessions without Friends taking over the Town. In response to Councilman Doran’s question in regards to tax revenue previously collected from Friends, Mayor Pelloat stated approximately $90,000 annually. After further discussion, Councilman Doran agreed to reach out tomorrow to Investar Bank and the realtor regarding possible options for selling Friends.

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE:

Committee Members:   Councilman Brad Haddox

                                      Councilman Jim Bouey

·Gas System

Mayor Pelloat informed the Council that it was necessary to upgrade the Town’s gas distribution connection on Hwy 1077 near Hwy 190 in Goodbee. This is necessary to keep up with demand during winter months and to provide gas supply to two industrial sites not currently being serviced. The quote from the Town’s supplier, Gulfsouth, was $1,500,000 to upgrade the connection. As the connection is owned by Gulfsouth, only Gulfsouth can upgrade the connection. Mayor Pelloat asked Mr. Kyle Matthews, Public Works Director, to address the upgrade. Mr. Matthews stated that the Town is maxed-out during winter months and with new residential growth and the two industrial sites, it will not be possible to keep up with demand without the upgrade. Mr. Matthews stated the payback on the upgrade would be three years. There was discussion including various funding options. Mayor Pelloat agreed to meet with the Finance Committee once he has all the information on the final cost of the upgrade and various options to fund the upgrade.

 ·Review plans for town buildings;

1. Town Hall

2. Fire Dept.

3. Present Police Station

Mayor Pelloat stated that he met with an architect at the Firehouse and that with some minor renovations the Police Department could have nice offices for the Chief, Police Clerk and its officers. Mr. Matthews stated he would meet tomorrow with the Chief and Building Official, Mr. Al Courouleau, to explain the architect’s recommendations. Councilman Doran stated that once it is determined to move the Police Station to the Firehouse, he would like to know the future goal for the present Police Station.

·Chapter 7 – Streets, Sidewalks, Wharves and Public Ways

oSection 7.1 All streets…declared to be public property…and

no one shall…obstruct…

Mayor Pelloat asked for clarification from the Council on enforcing the ordinance. All Councilmen present agreed that the intent of not enforcing the ordinance was only for existing shrubbery and that new planting was not allowed. Regarding the Thigpen’s situation, Mayor Pelloat stated the plants are still on Town property. There was discussion including that the Police Department will be Code Enforcement, hopefully the Town Master Plan will address the issue and Town ordinances will be updated. The discussion ended with Councilman Bouey stating he would meet with the Thigpen’s and request their cooperation.  Mayor Pelloat stated no action would be taken until he hears back from Councilman Bouey.

PUBLIC SAFETY:

Committee Members:   Councilman Kevin Doran

                                      Councilman Tim Bounds

·Replace/Rewrite Ordinance No. 105- Chapter 9, Traffic and Criminal Regulations

Mayor Pelloat asked if there were any questions or comments regarding this topic.  All Councilmen present agreed with the Replace/Rewrite of Ordinance No. 105.

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 Hope House presentation to the Council on August 8th, Councilman Doran asked if they were asking for a donation. Mayor Pelloat stated “yes” and recommended an amount of $300 as the Parish does not give a lot. Mayor Pelloat then said a motion can be made at the September Council meeting.

Mayor Pelloat then made the Council aware that there is an area requesting annexation but that no action has been taken at this time.

Mayor Pelloat then made the Council aware that a Fall Festival/Craft Show to be held in Madisonville on October 27-28 is being promoted on social media; however, the final agreement and details have not yet been finalized.

Adjournment

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

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Wayne C. Morlier, Town Clerk