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, AT 6:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020.

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 Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the following addition to the agenda:

            Item #14:         Consider authorizing the Mayor to accept the Bayou Lane/Berard Street

                                    Sewer Extension Project as substantially complete.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the January 14, 2020 City Council meeting.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux, the Board of Aldermen approved the nomination of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet as Mayor Pro Tem for the calendar year of 2020.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation of Chief Rollie Cantu to hire Thomas Granger as a reserve officer.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a public hearing for Ordinance #2258 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 3, Article I of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 3-1 and 3-7, relative to alcoholic beverages.)

City Attorney Bart Hebert gave a brief explanation of this Ordinance.  He explained that the Prosecutor expressed that the Ordinance in its current form was ambiguous and therefore difficult to enforce.  Ordinance #2258 would make the intent of the law clearer and less ambiguous.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, having no further input from the public, the Board of Aldermen closed the pubic hearing for Ordinance #2258.

Upon motion of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance # 2258  (An ordinance to amend Chapter 3, Article I of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 3-1 and 3-7, relative to alcoholic beverages.)

ORDINANCE NUMBER ___2258______

An ordinance to amend Chapter 3, Article I of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 3-1 and 3-7, relative to alcoholic beverages.

            BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Alderman for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana duly convened in regular session on the 11th day of February 2020, that:

            Article I of Chapter 3 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, be amended by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 3-1 and 3-7, as follows:

Sec. 3-1. – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Alcoholic beverages means any fluid or any solid capable of being converted into fluid, suitable for human consumption, and containing more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume, including, but not limited to, malt, vinous, spirituous, alcoholic or intoxicating liquors, beer, porter, ale, stout fruit juices, cider, or wine.

Beverages of high alcoholic content means alcoholic beverages containing more than six percent alcohol by volume.

Beverages of low alcoholic content means alcoholic beverages containing not more than six percent alcohol by volume.

Collector means the tax collector for the city or his duly authorized agent.

Dealer means any person, association of persons, firm or corporation that sells alcoholic beverages either at wholesale or retail.

Dealing for the purposes of this chapter means the handling of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale, either at retail or wholesale.

Licensed premises means the building or that part of the building as defined in the application for the permit in which alcoholic beverages are sold; except in cases where such beverages are regularly sold or served outside the building, the terms shall also include such outside area.

Retail dealer means every person who offers for sale, exposes for sale, has in his possession for sale or distribution, or sells alcoholic beverages in any quantity to persons other than licensed wholesale or retail dealers.

Wholesale dealer means those persons who sell alcoholic beverages to licensed wholesale dealers or licensed retail dealers within the state or to any person for delivery beyond the borders of the state.

Sec. 3-7. – Possession of open alcoholic beverage containers and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages restricted.

(a) No person shall possess any open alcoholic beverage container or drink or consume any alcoholic beverage on any street, sidewalk or any other public property in the city, any parking lot held open for use by the public, or the premises of any private business of another without permission of the owner or person in control of such premises.

(b) The city council is hereby granted the authority to suspend the enforcement of this section when requested to do so by a civic organization for the purpose of conducting a citywide festival or fair.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that all other ordinances and provisions of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that are in conflict with the provisions hereof are hereby declared to be repealed to the extent any such conflict exists.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable, and if any provision, word, phrase, or clause of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.

      BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Alderman for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in regular session on the 11th day of February, 2020, that this ordinance shall become effective upon signature of the Mayor of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the lapse of ten (10) days after receipt of the Mayor of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana without signature or veto, or upon an override of a veto, whichever occurs first.

            UPON MOTION of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, seconded by Ryan Breaux, and upon verification and assurance that the foregoing ordinance was:

  1. Introduced on January 14, 2020, at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;
  2. Disseminated to the Mayor and all Aldermen;
  3. Published, by title, in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, together with the notice of the time and place of its consideration for formal adoption; and
  4. Presented at a public hearing held on the 11th  day of February, 2020,

The Board of Aldermen, on the 11th day of February, 2020, adopted Ordinance Number 2258 by virtue of the following votes:

YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Eddy LeBlanc, Neil Melancon

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Scotty Borel

ABSENTIONS: None

ATTEST:                                                                               APPROVED:

______________________                                                    ________________________

KRISTI LEBLANC,                                                              RICKY CALAIS,

CITY CLERK                                                                        MAYOR

______________________                                                    ________________________

DATE                                                                                     DATE

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Kristi LeBlanc                                                             Ricky J. Calais

City Clerk                                                                   Mayor

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a public hearing for Ordinance #2259 ( An ordinance to amend the Municipal Budget of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 according to the terms and figures contained in the attached identified as Exhibit “A”.)

Mayor Calais explained that this was an amendment to the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.  This amendment was needed because of the recently passed additional 1% Sales Tax for the City.  Exhibit “A” distributes the projected revenue for certain projects, equipment and a piece of property.

Councilman Melancon expressed approval of the purchase of the property as an asset for the future growth of the City.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, having no further input from the public, the Board of Aldermen closed the Public Hearing for Ordinance #2259.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance #2259 ( An ordinance to amend the Municipal Budget of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 according to the terms and figures contained in the attached identified as Exhibit “A”.)

ORDINANCE 2259

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA, THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2020 BE AMENDED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT A”.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana duly convened in session on February 11, 2020 that:

The Municipal Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020 be amended according to the terms and figures contained in the attached exhibit identified as “Exhibit A”.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in session on the 11th day of February, 2020, that this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon signature of the Mayor.

Upon motion of Ryan  Breaux, seconded by Neil Melancon, and upon verification and assurances that the foregoing ordinance was:

  1. Introduced on January 14, 2020 at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;
  2. Disseminated to the Mayor and all Aldermen;
  3. Published, by title, in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, together with notice of the time and place of its consideration for formal adoption; and
  4. Presented at a public hearing on the 11th day of February, 2020.

The Board of Aldermen, on February 11, 2020 adopted Ordinance number 2259 by virtue of the following votes:

Yeas: Ryan Breaux, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Eddy LeBlanc, Neil Melancon

Nays: None

Absent: Scotty Borel  

Attest: None

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Kristi Leblanc, City Clerk

___________________________________________          _____________________

Ricky Calais, Mayor                                                               Date

ORDINANCE 2259

“EXHIBIT A”

  • Sales Tax #2 Revenue                                                                        $1,022,000
  • Reconstruction of Latiolais Road                                                       $   315,000
  • Excavator and trailer                                                                                  80,000
  • Dump truck                                                                                                50,000
  • Transfer to Parks and Recreation                                                             225,000

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved authorizing the Mayor to purchase the Hancock-Whitney Bank storage building on Refinery Street.

The following notice was read aloud by Mayor Calais:

Notice: The draft Storm Water Management Plan Annual Report for the City of Breaux Bridge is available for review by citizens at City Hall, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.  All comments should be directed to Joe Guidry at (337) 332-8517 or jguidry@breauxbridgela.net.  Comments are due to Mr. Guidry no later than February 20, 2020.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved accepting the Bayou Lane/Berard Street Sewer Extension Project as substantially complete.

Rules to Show Cause:

219 Brick Street

Attorney Lee Durio reported that he was unsuccessful at finding heirs to this property.
Inspector, Mr. Rodney Richard, reported that no discernable improvement of the structure had been done.  Further, he recommended that due to the unsafe and irreparable state of the structure, that it be condemned and demolished.
City Attorney Bart Hebert asked Mr. Richard if any improvements had been made since August 2018, to which Mr. Richard answered, “No.”  Mr. Hebert asked Mr. Richard if it was his opinion that the structure was a danger to the public, to which Mr. Richard answered, “Yes.”

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to condemn the structure at 219 Brick Street and ordered the structure to be demolished after the 10th day from this meeting if it is not brought up to code within that time.

1107 Grant Street

Mr. Rodney Richard explained the dilapidated state of the trailer located at this address.
The property owner was present, and she explained that a family member had started to demolish the structure but had not completed the job.
City Attorney Bart Hebert asked the property owner if she would agree to allow the City to condemn and demolish the structure and be billed for the work done.  She agreed to those terms.
Mr. Richard agreed that, in his professional opinion, the structure needed to be condemned and demolished.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to condemn and demolish the structure located at 1107 Grant Street.

605 Berard Street

Claven Gabriel and Samantha Matthews, representatives of the property and resident of the property, were present as were several other heirs. They expressed their plan to sell the house.
Mr. Richard, the code inspector, explained that although he had not been inside the home, he observed that the ceiling of the garage is falling down, buildings on the property are in a dilapidated condition, the front steps are crumbling, posing a safety hazard, the roof system has many leaks and is causing water damage to the structure.  He said that the main structure could be salvaged with enough time and money, however the garage and surrounding structures were in such a state of dilapidation they could not reasonably be repaired to code.
City Attorney Bart Hebert asked Mr. Richard to do an inside inspection of the house, to which the owner’s agreed.  Mr. Richard will compile a list of what needs to be done for the structure to be brought up to code

Upon motion of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen condemned the property at 605 Berard Street and will allow Mr. Richard to inspect the interior of the home and make a list of what needs to be done for the structure to be brought up to code and allow six (6) months for the property owners to meet these requirements; if not completed within this timeframe, the City will demolish the structure.

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