March 2017

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, MARCH 14, 2017.

 

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

 

 

Present:  Brenda Castille Hobbs, Howard Alexander, Ernest Ledet, Glenn Michael Angelle and Gary Champagne.

 

Absent:  None

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board approved the additions of the following three items to the agenda:

Item #16- To Authorize Mayor to Award the Bid on the Baldwin St. Drainage Project.

Item #17- To Authorize Mayor to Award bid on the Carl Williams Park Project.

Item #18- Adopt a Resolution Supporting LaMats BidBoard Services.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander duly seconded by Gary Champagne and unanimously carried the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the regular council meeting held on February 14, 2017.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Alderman moved to adopt resolution concerning the Breaux Bridge Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report.

 

CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE

MUNICIPAL WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Breaux Bridge informs the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality that the following actions were taken by the Mayor and Board of Alderman.

  1. Reviewed the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report, which is attached to this Resolution

 

On roll call, the above resolution was adopted as follows:

YEAS: Brenda Castille Hobbs, Howard Alexander, Ernest Ledet, Glenn Michael Angelle and Gary Champagne

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

_________________________________                                                                                 Ricky Calais, Mayor

ATTEST:

____________________________________

Pattie Dupuis, MMC, City Clerk

 

 

 

CERTIFICATE

I certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and correct copy of a resolution adopted at a meeting held on March, 14, 2017, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this 14, day of March, 2017.

_________________________________

Pattie Dupuis, City Clerk

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to open a Public Hearing #2 on Ordinance #2227 (An Ordinance approving and adopting an Amendment to the Master Plan to include the following projects: (1) Reconstruction and overlay of a section of Bear Creek Circle; (2) The extension of utility services provided by the City of Breaux Bridge, including, but not limited to, water and sewer services, to the intersection of Rees Street and Interstate 10 in anticipation of future commercial development, to be funded through the use of tax proceeds generated by the special tax imposed by Sales Tax District No. 1 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana, and providing for other matters in connection therewith).

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, unanimously carried, and having no input from the public, the Board of Aldermen moved to close the public hearing on Ordinance #2227.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Brenda Castille Hobbs, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to adopt Ordinance #2227 as follows:

 

 

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2227     

 

An ordinance approving and adopting an Amendment to the Master Plan to include the following projects: (1) Reconstruction and Overlay of Bear Creek Circle; (2) The extension of utility services provided by the City of Breaux Bridge, including, but not limited to, water and sewer services, to the intersection of Rees Street and Interstate 10 in anticipation of future commercial development, to be funded through the use of tax proceeds generated by the special tax imposed by Sales Tax District No. 1 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

WHEREAS, by Act Number 923 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session, La R.S. 33:2711 was amended by the enactment of subparagraph D thereof to permit a municipality such as the City of Breaux Bridge to create a special sales tax district within a portion of the municipality for the purpose of levying and collecting a one (1%) per cent sales and use tax;

 

WHEREAS, the said Act Number 923 mandated that the proceeds from such a tax be used by the municipality pursuant to the specific terms and conditions of an intergovernmental agreement between the municipality and the sales tax district;

 

WHEREAS, the said Act Number 923 further mandated that the proceeds of the aforementioned tax be utilized for the payment of the costs and expenses of constructing, improving, and maintaining the municipality’s infrastructure which services property located within its jurisdictional boundaries or be used to promote the economic development of both the district and municipality;

 

WHEREAS, on November 11, 2008, by Ordinance Number 2163, the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge created a special sales tax district and designated it as “Sales Tax District No. 1 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana” (“District”);

 

WHEREAS, by Ordinance Number 2163, the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge further approved and adopted an intergovernmental agreement between it and the District with respect to the use and expenditure of the proceeds of the taxes generated by the District;

 

WHEREAS, on November 11, 2008, by Ordinance Number 2164, the District and/or the City of Breaux Bridge levied and imposed a sales and use tax of one (1%) per cent upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property, and on sales of services within the District, commencing on January 1, 2009;

 

WHEREAS, the aforementioned intergovernmental agreement, as well as Ordinance Number 2164, created with the fiscal agent bank of the City of Breaux Bridge a special fund designated as the “Sales Tax District No. 1 Infrastructure Fund”, into which fund there would be deposited and held as sacred funds all proceeds collection by the Parish Sales Tax Collector from the levy of the tax after deducting therefrom the reasonable expenses of the Collector incurred in connection with the collection and enforcement of the collection of the tax, all as more fully set forth in Ordinance Number 2164;

 

WHEREAS, the aforementioned intergovernmental agreement further provided that all proceeds received by the City of Breaux Bridge from the collection of the said tax shall be used for the payment of the costs and expenses of constructing, improving, and maintaining the City’s infrastructure which serves property located therein or shall be used to promote the economic development of the District or the City, it being provided, however, that a minimum of thirty-five (35%) per cent of the annual proceeds of the tax shall be dedicated and set aside for the purpose of providing matching funds to be received by the City from state and/or federal grants for the construction and improvement of the infrastructure of the City;

 

WHEREAS, La.R.S.33:2711(D) was amended and re-enacted by Act Number 568 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislature to include provisions relative to the City of Breaux Bridge, and the expenditure by the municipality of those proceeds generated by the increased sales and use tax within the boundaries of a special sales tax district. La R.S. 47:338.1(D)(2)(b), enacted under Act Number 568, provides that, in the Municipality of Breaux Bridge, the proceeds of any additional sales tax levied within the boundaries of a special taxing district established pursuant to the provisions of La R.S. 47:338.1, shall be expended as follows: (i) Twenty percent (20%) of the proceeds shall be used annually for the repair and maintenance of the municipality’s infrastructure which serves property located within the municipality provided that an Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure is approved by the adoption of an ordinance of the governing authority of the municipality, by a two-thirds vote; (ii)(aa) Eighty percent (80%) of the proceeds shall be expended on new construction of infrastructure or substantial improvements of existing infrastructure. However, any such expenditure must be pursuant to a Master Plan for the Construction of Municipal Infrastructure listing the specific projects to be funded through the said tax proceeds, and furthermore, that any such plan be adopted by ordinance passed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the City’s governing authority;

 

WHEREAS, the intergovernmental agreement confected between the City of Breaux Bridge and the District was revised and amended by virtue of Ordinance Number 2200 adopted on March 11, 2014, to reflect the mandates set forth in La R.S. 47:338.1(D) as amended by Act Number 568 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislature;

WHEREAS, the Mayor and city engineer for the City of Breaux Bridge prepared a Master Plan for the Construction of Municipal Infrastructure, which was adopted by the governing authority of the City of Breaux Bridge on June 11, 2014 by Ordinance Number 2201;

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and city engineer for the City of Breaux Bridge have prepared an Amendment to the Master Plan to include the following projects: (1) Reconstruction and Overlay of Bear Creek Circle; (2) The extension of utility services provided by the City of Breaux Bridge, including, but not limited to, water and sewer services, to the intersection of Rees Street and Interstate 10;

 

WHEREAS, in accordance with the dictates of La R.S. 47:338.1(D)(2)(b)(i), an ordinance must be adopted by the City of Breaux Bridge approving the attached Amendment to the Master Plan to include the following projects: (1) Reconstruction and Overlay of Bear Creek Circle; (2) The extension of utility services provided by the City of Breaux Bridge, including, but not limited to, water and sewer services, to the intersection of Rees Street and Interstate 10;

 

BE IT, THEREFORE, ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that the Amendment to the Master Plan to include the following projects: (1) Reconstruction and Overlay of Bear Creek Circle; (2) The extension of utility services provided by the City of Breaux Bridge, including, but not limited to, water and sewer services, to the intersection of Rees Street and Interstate 10;

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the estimated costs for each of the projects identified on the attached Amendment to the Master Plan are set forth for informative purposes only. As such, the undertaking of these projects is not dependent upon the actual costs associated therewith. The total amount of the proceeds from the Sales Tax District No. 1 Infrastructure Fund to be used for the projects embraced by the Master Plan for the Construction of Municipal Infrastructure, as amended herein, shall not exceed the total of the sum of eighty (80%) per cent of the sales tax proceeds on deposit in the said fund after expenditures associated with the Master Plan.

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the City of Breaux Bridge shall not be obligated to undertake the projects identified on the attached Amendment to the Master Plan in the event that the final costs therefor exceed available funds or that any project associated therewith be determined to be fiscally imprudent.

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Mayor for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, be and is hereby authorized, directed, and empowered to execute any and all documents which may be necessary to effectuate the above and foregoing edicts.

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED 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 Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in regular session on the 14th day of March, 2017, that this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon signature of the Mayor.

 

UPON MOTION of Howard Alexander seconded by Brenda Castille Hobbs, and upon verification and assurance that the foregoing ordinance was:

 

  1. Introduced on February 14, 2017, at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;

 

  1. Disseminated to the Mayor and all aldermen;

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Presented at a public hearing held on the 14th day of February, 2017, before the Board of Aldermen, and at a public hearing held on the 14th day of March, 2017, before the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance Number 2227 on the 14th day of March, 2017, by virtue of the following votes:

 

YEAS: Brenda Castille Hobbs, Howard Alexander, Ernest Ledet, Glenn Michael Angelle and Gary Champagne

 

NAYS:  None

 

ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

AND THIS ORDINANCE is hereby declared adopted as of this 14th day of March, 2017.

ATTEST:

 

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PATTIE B. DUPUIS, CITY CLERK

 

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DATE

 

APPROVED:

 

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RICKY J. CALAIS

 

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DATE

 

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to open a Public Hearing for Ordinance #2228 (An Ordinance creating Sales Tax District No. 2 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana; and providing for other matters in connection therewith).

 

Mayor explained Ordinance #2228 to the Council and the Public. Mayor doesn’t feel that the Council has to vote on this right now. He wanted to explain it and see if anyone had any questions or comments. Mr. Blanchard asked about taxing Mac Truck Stop. Mayor stated they are not in the city and they would have to allow the City to incorporate it. Mr. Champagne explained his thoughts and gave his opinion about the Sales Tax District; which he does not agree with at this time. Mayor also explained that it will just involve the businesses. Mr. Angelle commented that the city can’t continue on the present tax rate that the City has now. He agrees with the Sales Tax District. Mr. Alexander also shared his thoughts and agrees to it. Mayor will have another Public Hearing at the next City Council Meeting.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander, unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to close the public hearing on Ordinance #2228.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried the Board of Aldermen moved to open a Public Hearing for Ordinance #2229 (An Ordinance levying an additional sales and use tax of one percent (1%) in Sales Tax District No. 2 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana; in the manner and for the purposes as set forth under that certain intergovernmental agreement between the City and the District and in accordance with the provisions of LA R.S. 47:338.1., and certain other related matters)

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander, unanimously carried, and having no input from the public, the Board of Aldermen moved to close the public hearing on Ordinance #2229.

 

Upon motion of Brenda Castille Hobbs, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and Glenn Michael Angelle, unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to award the bid on North Bridge Drainage Project to C Core, Inc., 7258 Grand Prairie Hwy, Rayne, Louisiana, 70578, for $17,500.00.

 

Upon motion of Brenda Castille Hobbs, duly seconded by Howard Alexander, unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to approve the recommendation from Planning and Zoning concerning the rezoning of property of Larry and Dana Arcement at 1603 Rees Street from Commercial 3 to Commercial 2.

 

Mr. Joe Guidry gave a presentation on Storm Water Pollution Prevention.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to Authorize Mayor Calais to advertise and receive bids on the purchase of a new Jet-A-Rooter.
Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Howard Alexander, unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to Authorize Mayor Calais to award the bid on the Baldwin Street Project.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander, unanimously carried, the Board of Alderman moved to Authorize Mayor Calais to award the bid on the Carl Williams Park Project.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, unanimously carried, the Board of Alderman moved to adopt a resolution supporting LaMats BidBoard Services.

 

CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE

ADOPT LaMATS BidBoard SERVICES

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Municipal Advisory and Technical Services Bureau (“LaMATS”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Louisiana Municipal Association (“LMA”)  and has formed the LaMATS BidBoard Procurement Network to provide electronic procurement services including: 1) Electronic Sealed Bid Solicitations; 2) Electronic Online Reverse Auctions; 3) BidBoard Shopping-pre-negotiated contract prices on small purchase; 4) Network opportunities for “piggybacking” and cooperative contracting with other local government entities; and 5) Consulting and advisory services related to procurement.

WHEREAS, LaMATS, presented a summary of its services to the City of Breaux Bridge on March 9, 2017, where it was well accepted.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Breaux Bridge hereby supports and endorses LaMATS BidBoard Procurement Network and resolves to use its services offered where proper and appropriate by its Mayor, staff and agents charged with procurements matters.

On roll call, the above resolution was adopted as follows:

YEAS: Brenda Castille Hobbs, Howard Alexander, Ernest Ledet, Glenn Michael Angelle and Gary Champagne

NAYS:  None

ABSTAINED:  None

ABSENT:  None

_________________________________                                                                                 Ricky Calais, Mayor

ATTEST: __________________________________

Pattie Dupuis, MMC, City Clerk

CERTIFICATE

I certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and correct copy of a resolution adopted at a meeting held on March, 14, 2017, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this 14th day of March, 2017.

_________________________________

Pattie Dupuis, City Clerk

Mr. Joe Guidry gave his Compliance Report. Mr. Kelly Richard was in attendance for the property at 415 Wild Cherry Lane.

 

Sales Tax for the month of February collected in March 2017 was 246,681.49

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Gary Champagne and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

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                     Pattie Dupuis                                                                  Ricky Calais

                        City Clerk                                                                         Mayor