Special Meeting Minutes July 27 2016
TOWN OF MADISONVILLE
JULY 27, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pelloat.
On roll call the following were present: Mayor Pelloat, Councilmen Bounds, Hitzman, Haddox, Doran and Bouey.
Comments: members of the audience will have three (3) minutes to make a statement or express a concern at the outset of the meeting – 1) Charlotte Bourg 404 St. Tammany St. voiced her concern about the loud music coming from Friend’s Restaurant until 1:00a.m. and the noise from the dump trucks dumping the dumpster 4-6am in the morning. She asked that since there is no noise ordinance in Madisonville that the Parish ordinance be enforced until Madisonville get an ordinance. 2) Steve Benton 901 Pine St. inquired if the web-site was up and running. Mayor Pelloat stated the town has been working with Jericho to update the site and that the minutes are current and the ordinances have been on the site for some time. 3) Dawn Davis 702 Water St. asked if Water St. is up to code as far as the width of it. She stated that customers are parking in their landscaping trying to keep from being in the street where there is not enough room for two cars to pass. Ms. Davis suggest the street be widened or the riverfront parking be lessened. Councilman Bounds stated that it is to the root line of the trees in some area already. He suggested this may be a question for PEC. 4) Ryan Richard 607 Main St. stated he is in favor of one-way street for traffic on Water St. to help the flow. He suggested a professional traffic study be done. Mr. Richard stated that he wished those with noise problems from Friend’s would contact him personally with the issues. He stated he would as the company to come later or he would change companies. Mayor Pelloat asked that he notify the town hall of the outcome. Mr. Richard stated he would like to clarify the situation at Friend’s. They have filed Chapter 11 for a variety of reasons. He stated it is in the best interest of the business and employees. Mr. Richard reported they are doing well on paper but cash wise it is not. He stated that contrary to rumor he is not “screwing over” his creditors, etc. 5) Dawn Davis asked if anything is being done with the four-way stops? Mayor Pelloat reported that progress is being made – he met with the Coast Guard to discuss option and will be meeting with Rep. Schroder and DOTD on August 15th regarding the matter. Councilman Haddox there are ways to move traffic, but it increases the flow which brings more traffic which makes more congested. Councilman Bounds asked if there are solutions outside of town and suggested the need to depend on those with the State and Parish who know what they are doing. Mayor Pelloat reported the Parish has asked that at high traffic volume times to see if the police department could move traffic quicker. He also reported that there is not enough room to put a round-about there. 6) Mary Kay Holmes 1000 Pine St. asked why there are no on/off ramps at Hwy 1085?
Recreation – a representative from Coquille presented renderings of upcoming projects, i.e.-tennis courts, rubberized fill for play areas, areas for bocce ball, cricket, ping pong and shuffle board to name a few.
Mayor Pelloat reported that plans are being developed for parking at the Pine St. park and Coquille and the Town will share the expenses for the project.
Utilities – Councilman Haddox asked about the lift stations on Old Ponchatoula and Main St. and Jancke St. Mayor Pelloat replied that there are two at the Main St. station and one pump has been overhauled and the other one will be pulled, overhauled and reinstalled. He reported that signs to announce boil water advisories have been ordered.
Public safety – Mayor Pelloat stated the Parish has requested the police department test directing traffic at the four-way. He also reported that another officer will be on the street during school zone for traffic control.
At this time Councilman Haddox asked the fire department about the insurance rating. Randy Hess reported that the current rating is a 5 and water supply is forty percent (40%) of the grade. He reported that the hydrant at Piggly Wiggly and the little museum have poor water flow which creates a public safety issue with the school, etc. He reported that a list of hydrants was given to Danny in order for a determination be made as to what causes the deficiency at each one. Mr. Hess reported that ideal hydrants have one large discharge and 2 small discharges and that green hydrants indicate 1000-1500 gals., orange hydrants 500-1000 gals., and red hydrants 500 gals. or less. Councilman Haddox asked who is responsible for checking they hydrants? Mr. Hess answered – town maintenance.
At this time Mayor Pelloat asked the Council what project(s) on the list were priority? Councilman Bouey-riverfront upkeep, lights, etc. Councilman Haddox-riverfront-no one wants to change it just make it look nicer and keep it where you can still eat/drink there.
Councilman Doran-crosswalks/sidewalks-Morgan St. and Johnson St.-more stop signs or possibly speed bumps.
Councilman Haddox-emergency preparedness-Mayor Pelloat reported that Jewell will have an update at the next Council meeting. Also, they have met with the Parish and the City of Covington getting information from them. Crosswalks-Mayor Pelloat reported that we need to justify the pedestrian crossings in order to stripe them. Councilman Haddox also suggested updating the existing crosswalk signs.
Mayor Pelloat reported the Welcome to Madisonville sign that is across the river has been re-done and is back in place along with some landscaping. Also, the sign from Hwy 22 is now being worked on. He reported that the Chamber has been asked to take on the fence at the old cemetery and the Town would finish the Welcome sign project. At this time the Chamber reported they will be holding a Gumbo Cook-off on October 23rd on the riverfront to raise funds for the project. He stated it will be called Ghosts, Goblins and Gumbo with trick or treating for children. He reported that Keep Madisonville Beautiful had gotten a price in the past, but he intends to find a better price and get the businesses involved. He stated the Chamber would be willing to help with the 4th of July celebration if the Town is interested in having it. He suggested a committee be in charge to handle these projects.
Councilman Hitzman-master plan for parks-he stated he had seen crews out cutting grass, etc.
Councilman Bounds-noise ordinance-which was touched on tonight.
Mayor Pelloat-solution/resolution to residents putting additional crepe myrtle trees on town property and address the problem of cones in town-people claiming town property as their own.
Adjournment-the meeting was adjourned on motion of Councilman Bounds and seconded by Councilman Doran. All were in favor.
Joyce Core, Clerk