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 10, 2020.

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

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

Absent: None

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 Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the February 11, 2020 City Council meeting.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution to adjust sewer rates.

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING UTILITY RATES

            WHEREAS, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, manages and operates a Municipal sewerage system for the majority of the residents within the City;

            WHEREAS, the costs associated with maintaining said system have been increasing, along with that of adhering to all federal and state standards have escalated;

            WHEREAS, we must fund and pursue substantial repairs and upgrades to our oxidation ponds, as well as to significant sections of our sewerage system throughout the City;

            WHEREAS, our current sewer rate structure is insufficient to support the costs associated with completing all the necessary repairs, upgrades and improvements;

            WHEREAS, La.R.S. 33:4161, et seq, grants unto the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the authority to operate and maintain utility services within its municipal limits;

            WHEREAS, La. R.S. 33:4163 expressly grants unto the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the authority to establish rates, rules, and regulations, with regard to the sale and distribution of utility services;

            WHEREAS, the establishment of rates, rules, and regulations, with regard to the sale and distribution of municipal utility services has been deemed a legislative function:

            BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that the sewerage rates for the sale and distribution of the said utilities for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, are hereby increased to

Proposed Sewer Rate Structure (Residential)

Water Consumption                                                     Sewer Rate

(thousand gallons)                                                        (per thousand gallons)

  •                                                     $12.15

2-4                                                                                   3.00

5-6                                                                                   3.10

  •                                                                             3.15

Greater than 8                                                                  3.35

Proposed Sewer Rate Structure (Commercial)

Water Consumption                                                     Sewer Rate

(thousand gallons)                                                        (per thousand gallons

0-1                                                                               $17.00

2-4                                                                                   3.15

5-6                                                                                   3.25

7-8                                                                                   3.35

Greater than 8                                                                  3.50

For the period beginning January 1, 2021 and thereafter:

(a)        RESIDENTIAL USER – Beginning January 1, 2021 and on the first day of January of each year thereafter, each rate then in effect shall be adjusted utilizing the annual average percentage change in        Consumer Price Index- All Urban Consumers ( Not seasonally Adjusted, US city average, All items) for the previous 12 month period ending October 31st of each year.

(b)        COMMERCIAL USER – Beginning January 1, 2021 and on the first day of January of each year thereafter, each rate then in effect shall be adjusted utilizing the annual average percentage change in        Consumer Price Index- All Urban Consumers ( Not seasonally Adjusted, US city average, All items) for the previous 12 month period ending October 31st of each year.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the subject rates shall be charged effective March 11, 2020.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, be and is hereby authorized, directed, and empowered to adopt any and all steps necessary and deemed fit and appropriate in his discretion in order to implement and effectuate the foregoing resolution(s).

            THIS RESOLUTION, having been submitted to a vote, the result was as follows:

YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

NAYS: None            

ABSENTIONS: None

ABSENTS: None

          THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted on the 10th day of March, 2020.

ATTEST:

________________________

KRISTI LEBLANC,

City Clerk

_________________________

RICKY J. CALAIS

Mayor

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution to adjust water rates.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet and unanimously carried the following resolution establishing utility rates was adopted.

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING UTILITY RATES

          WHEREAS, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, manages, operates, and distributes water and sewerage services for the majority of the residents within the City;

          WHEREAS, the cost to secure water for the said services has been increasing at significant rates over the last several years;

          WHEREAS, the expenses associated with the treatment of ground water to insure that the water is potable and meets all federal and state health standards have similarly escalated;

          WHEREAS, the maintenance of the water and sewerage lines located within the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, have been subjected to increasing costs and expenses;

          WHEREAS, it has been numerous years since the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has increased the rates which it charges its residents for sewerage and water services;

          WHEREAS, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has been losing significant sums of money with regard to the management, operation, and distribution of its water and sewerage services;

          WHEREAS, auditors for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, have recommended on several occasions that the City consider increasing its water and sewerage rates;

          WHEREAS, La.R.S. 33:4161, et seq, grants unto the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the authority to operate and maintain utility services within its municipal limits;

          WHEREAS, La. R.S. 33:4163 expressly grants unto the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the authority to establish rates, rules, and regulations with regard to the sale and distribution of utility services;

          WHEREAS, the establishment of rates, rules, and regulations with regard to the sale and distribution of municipal utility services has been deemed a legislative function:

          BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that the water and sewerage rates for the sale and distribution of the said utilities for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, are hereby increased to

 Current Water Rate Structure

Water Consumption                                              Water Rate

(thousand gallons)                                       (per thousand gallons)

0-2                                                              $11.25 (Flat Rate)

3                                                                 $  4.75

4-5                                                              $  4.85

6-10                                                            $  5.00

11-30                                                          $  5.10

Wholesale                                                   $3.85 per thousand gallon

Proposed Water Rate Structure

Water Consumption                                              Water Rate

(thousand gallons)                                       (per thousand gallons)

0-2                                                              $12.75

3                                                                 $  4.90

4-5                                                              $  5.10

6-10                                                            $  5.15

11-30                                                          $  5.20

Wholesale                                                   $  3.90

Residential and Commerical: Non-City Use in Thousand Gallons

Water Consumption                                              Water Rate

(thousand gallons)                                       (thousand gallons)

0-2                                                              $17.10

3                                                                 $  7.25

4-5                                                              $  7.50

6-10                                                            $  7.75

11-30                                                          $  8.00

For the period beginning January 1, 2021 and thereafter:

(a)        RESIDENTIAL USER – Beginning January 1, 2021 and on the first day of January of each year thereafter, each rate then in effect shall be adjusted utilizing the annual average percentage change in        Consumer Price Index- All Urban Consumers ( Not seasonally Adjusted, US city average, All items) for the previous 12 month period ending October 31st of each year.

(b)        COMMERCIAL USER – Beginning January 1, 2021 and on the first day of January of each year thereafter, each rate then in effect shall be adjusted utilizing the annual average percentage change in        Consumer Price Index- All Urban Consumers ( Not seasonally Adjusted, US city average, All items) for the previous 12 month period ending October 31st of each year.

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the subject rates shall be charged effective March 11, 2020.

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, be and is hereby authorized, directed, and empowered to adopt any and all steps necessary and deemed fit and appropriate in his discretion in order to implement and effectuate the foregoing resolution(s).

          THIS RESOLUTION having been submitted to a vote, the result was as follows:

YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc   

NAYS: None

ABSENTIONS: None

ABSENTS: None

THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted on the 10th day of March, 2020.

ATTEST:

________________________

KRISTI LEBLANC,

City Clerk

_________________________

RICKY CALAIS

Mayor

Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved Chief Cantu’s recommendation to hire Thomas Granger as a full-time patrol officer.

Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution concerning the Breaux Bridge Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report.

RESOLUTION

CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE

MUNICIPAL WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION

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

  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:  Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None


ABSENT: None

                                                                                    _____________________________

                                                                                    Ricky J. Calais, Mayor

ATTEST:

_____________________________

Kristi LeBlanc

City Clerk

CERTIFICATE

I certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and correct copy of a resolution adopted at a meeting held on the 10th day of March 2020, at which meeting a quoram was present and voting.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this 10th day of March 2020.

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Kristi LeBlanc

                                                                                    City Clerk

Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adjourned the meeting.

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Kristi LeBlanc                                                                     Ricky J. Calais

City Clerk                                                       Mayor