PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE HELD AT THE CITY HALL, 101 BERARD STREET, BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA 70517, AT 6:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019.

Mayor Ricky Calais called the meeting to order, the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were recited.

Present:  Ryan Breaux, Ernest “E. J.” Ledet, Neil Melancon and Eddy Leblanc.

Absent:  Scotty Borel

Monthly budget-to-actual comparisons on the General Fund, Sales Tax Funds, Park and Recreation Fund, and Utility Funds were distributed to the Councilmen and Mayor.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the following sets of minutes for the City of Breaux Bridge:

            1) Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen held on November 12, 2019

            2) Special Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen held on November 20, 2019

            3) Special Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen held on December 3, 2019

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of a patrol car for the Police Department.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a public hearing regarding the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny the request of the property owner to rezone their property located at 136 Barton Place from Residential-3, single family, to Residential-5, multifamily for a group home.

The property owner, Joslyn Alex, explained how the multifamily for a group home would benefit children in the community between the ages of 8-18 years with autism and mental illnesses.  Such conditions would require psychological and medical professionals to visit the children daily.

Attorney Bart Hebert explained that the category Ms. Alex was requesting of “R-5” did not technically apply to this type of facility which would better be characterized as a medical facility and not a multifamily group home.  He went on to explain that the City does not have a proper zoning category for this type of endeavor.  He also stated the options presented by the Planning and Zoning Commission were as follows: 1) Because the property does not fit into the “R-5” definition, they recommended that the rezone be denied; or 2) Grant the “R-5” designation with conditions.  Mr. Hebert explained that the second option was not legal.  He recommended, therefore that the Board of Aldermen accept the first recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Board to deny the rezone request.

Upon motion of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen closed the Public Hearing for the consideration of the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission in regards to the property located at 136 Barton Place.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Neil Melancon, the Board of Aldermen accepted the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny the request to rezone 136 Barton Place from R-3 to R-5 by virtue of the following vote:
            YEAS:            Ryan Breaux, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

            NAYS: Ernest “E.J.” Ledet

            ABSENT: Scotty Borel

            ABSTENTIONS: None

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux, the Board of Aldermen denied the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to grant the rezone of the property at 136 Barton Place from R-3 to R-5 with certain conditions and restrictions by virtue of the following vote:
            YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

            NAYS: Ernest “E.J.” Ledet

            ABSENT: Scotty Borel

            ABSTENTIONS: None

Upon motion of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adjourned the meeting.

Kristi LeBlanc, City Clerk                                                      Ricky Calais, Mayor