Posted: July 20, 2016

Minutes February 10 2016

Town of Madisonville

Regular Meeting

February 10, 2016

7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Roll call – the following were present:  Mayor Gitz, Councilmen Bounds, Pelloat, Ostendorf, Badeaux and Bouey.

 

Approval of January 13, 2016 minutes – the minutes were approved on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Ostendorf.  The motion carried.

 

Approval of December 2015 financial statements – the financial statements were approved on motion of Councilman Bounds and seconded by Councilman Ostendorf.  The motion carried.

 

Comments:  members of the audience will have two (2) minutes to make a statement at the outset of the meeting.  When the meeting begins members of the audience may have one (1) minute to make a statement about a matter coming up for vote on the Agenda – a representative for the Krewe of Tchefuncte expressed their thanks for the support and help provided by the Town of Madisonville during Mardi Gras.

 

PEC report – Mr. Joe Harman reported that the gas line project is 75-80% complete and a progress meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.

 

Annual reports – Don Lynch reported the Museum is partnered with Cub Scout Pack 221 and Boy Scout Troop 221 which are the largest in St. Tammany Parish; the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Bridge Church, St. Tammany Tourist Commission, American Classic Boating Society, Welding Society, Beach Sweep.  He reported that summer camp (ROV) is three one-week session and the ROV’s are tested at SLU.  Mr. Lynch reported they now have an outboard motor exhibit, Merchant Marines exhibit and the Friends of the Lighthouse Cottage; the Tchefuncte River Foundation.  He reported the Boat Festival has 300 volunteers and this year they helped raise toys for Toys for Tots sponsored by the Marines.

At this time Mayor Gitz reported they are trying to bring back the boat races like those held in the past.

 

At this time Tammi Martin reported for the Madisonville Branch Library with the following.   She reported there were 73,208 items checked out (books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and magazines; over 62,000 people entered the library; over 1000 children participated in the Summer Reading and during the Summer Reading program they were to touch fire trucks, garbage trucks, they met K9 officers, they were able to do yoga, meet the Mayor, Police Chief, Fire Chief and listened to a jazz band.  Ms. Martin reported 191 programs for people of various ages were held.  She reported the branch provides space for community meetings, home school groups, scout troops, HOA groups, teachers and the fire department.  Ms. Martin also reported that a benches have been installed under the oak trees.  She reported Friends of the Library have purchased children’s tablets that provide educational games to use in the library.  Ms. Martin reported the library offers access to digital resources 24 hours a day and a drive through book-drop.

 

Steven Marcus reported the Chamber has new memberships; they are holding business to business meetings so that the businesses can introduce themselves to each other.  He reported that membership renewals are up and they are in the process of consolidating their two web-sites into one.

 

Mrs. Lora Haddox reported the Mimosa Queens provide scholarships for young women in Madisonville and when they receive extra donations they put the funds toward another scholarship.

 

 

Mimosa Queens – presentation new Queen - At this time a Proclamation was read announcing Mrs. Lora Haddox as Mimosa Queen 2016 and as Honorary Citizen of the Year.

 

Request to hold Annual Merry Madisonville events – approval to hold the annual Merry Madisonville events December 3, 2016 was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.

 

Request for Wooden Boat Festival date(s) – approval to hold the Wooden Boat Festival on October 8-9, 2016 was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Ostendorf.  The motion carried.

 

Request to hold 7th Annual Dragon Boat Races May 14, 2016 – approval to hold the Dragon Boat Races on May 14, 2016 was given on motion of Councilman Pelloat and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.

 

Request to hold Tickfaw 200 Poker Run on May 6 and 7, 2016 – approval to hold the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run was given on motion of Councilman Pelloat and seconded by Councilman Ostendorf.  The motion carried.

 

Resolutions authorizing the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville to submit applications for CWEF grant and LGAP grant – approval for the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville to submit applications for CWEF grant was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Bounds.  The motion carried.  Approval for the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville to submit applications for LGAP grant was given on motion of Councilman Bounds and seconded by Councilman Pelloat.  The motion carried.

 

Resolution authorizing Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum to submit applications for construction permits for the “Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Protection for Education Outreach” – after the Resolution was read Mr. King recommended that it be changed to authorize the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville.  Approval authorizing the Mayor to sign on behalf of the Town of Madisonville for construction permits necessary for the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Habitat Restoration and Shoreline Protection for Education Outreach was given on roll call vote as follows:  Yeas:  Councilmen Bounds, Pelloat, Ostendorf, Badeaux and Bouey; Nays:  None; Absent: None.

 

Height variance –  it was recommended that the 40’ building height be reconsidered now that the fire department has equipment that will now reach 105’.  It was recommended that it be changed to 60’ now that houses/buildings are required to be elevated.   A motion to send the matter to the Planning Commission was made by Councilman Badeaux and seconded by Councilman Bouey.  The motion carried.

 

Request for beer/liquor license – petitioner:  River Food Mart and Lighthouse Pizza and Daiquiris – Steven Marcus and Troy Wild – after verifying with the Building Official that they have met all requirements, the request for beer/liquor licenses for River Food Mart and Lighthouse Pizza and Daiquiris was given on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Pelloat.  The motion carried.

 

Mayor’s report to Council – Mayor Gitz reported that now the water is down at the lake front work on the sidewalks will begin; he reported the Coast Guard shed needs repairing; and work needs to be done on Mabel Drive.

 

Pay approved invoices – approval to pay invoices was given on motion of Councilman Bounds and seconded by Councilman Ostendorf.  The motion carried.

 

Adjournment – the meeting was adjourned on motion of Councilman Bouey and seconded by Councilman Pelloat.  The motion carried.

 

 

 

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Joyce Core, Clerk