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, October 11, 2016.
Mayor Ricky Calais called the meeting to order, the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were recited.
Present: Brenda Castille Hobbs, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Howard Alexander, Glenn Michael Angelle
Upon motion of Glenn M. Angelle and unanimously carried item # 6 and 7 was deleted from the agenda, and item # 15 Resolution to enter into an agreement with the Teche Project and item #16 authorize Mayor to award bids on the utility relocation was approved.
Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried the minutes of the September 13, 2016 council meeting was approved.
Sales Tax for the month of August 2016 collected in September 2016 $244,233.76
Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Gary Champagne and unanimously carried, the council approved the City of Breaux Bridge 20% share amount of $80,000.00 for the MPO/DOTD Project to redesign Rees Street.
Upon motion of Brenda Castille Hobbs, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Resolution to support legislation to authorize the Police Chief to appoint, discipline and discharge police personnel and related matters without Board of Aldermen approval was tabled.
Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the public hearing on Ordinance # 2224 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Article II, Division 4 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by the enactment of Section 20-81 through 20-81.5, relative to the peddlers and those engaged in the peddling of goods within city limits.) was opened.
Councilman Howard Alexander asked Mayor why this was brought up because he looked throughout the city and the only two people he saw was the popcorn man that has been there for a long time so he must have his permit and once in a while he see the guy selling shrimp and see nothing else as peddlers in town.
Mayor Calais informed him that Councilman Champagne first approached him about it and he simply followed through on it.
Councilman Champagne stated the reason he brought it up was in his district he has had flower sales people come and sell flowers on the side of the road, at the corner of Rees Street and East Bridge Street where they are fixing up the gas station he always have people there throwing up anything, they have an old van that is selling anything from rugs to glass ware. He stated it was not fair that they come here with no overhead and sell and we have all of our merchants doing business and have to abide by the rules that have to get occupational licenses, permits and all and even have to get insurance.
Councilman Alexander stated that he did not have a problem with it and asked what happens to the people that do the garage sales once a year.
Councilwoman Brenda Castille Hobbs stated that was her question also.
City Attorney Bart Hebert stated that Councilman Champagne asked him about it and he informed there is currently a provision for door to door solicitation that does have a license but it does not really compare to that and that is why right now someone going door to door have to apply for a license, what we define as a peddler does not have a license. On the question regarding the garage sales type items, the way this is drafted it is for someone engaged in peddling business and by clarifying things is all the more important so they could qualify it anyway they want, for instance, for more than a day or excluding one day events or peddling is defined as operational business is more than one day or two days whatever they decide he thinks it would be important to do that.
Councilman Glenn M. Angelle asked about the Crawfish Festival and was informed by City Attorney Bart Hebert that the Festival had its own special event permit.
Councilman Champagne stated he has had a lot of problems in the past with this and wanted them to consider it.
Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Gary Champagne and unanimously carried, there being no further input the hearing was closed.
Mayor Calais announced the next public hearing for Ordinance #2224 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Article II, Division 4 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by the enactment of Section 20-81 through 20-81.5, relative to the peddlers and those engaged in the peddling of goods within city limits.) will be scheduled for the next council meeting scheduled for November 9, 2016.
Upon motion of Brenda Castille Hobbs, duly seconded by Glenn M. Angelle and unanimously carried, the following Resolution was adopted:
CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MAYOR RICKY CALAIS TO ENTER INTO A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE TECHE PROJECT CONCERNING THE USE OF THE TRAILHEAD FACILITY AT PARC DES PONT
WHEREAS, on this 11th day of October, 2016, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, did meet in open and regular session in order to consider this Resolution; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen of the City of Breaux Bridge that the Teche Project be allowed use of the office space located within the restroom facilities of the Trailhead for storage of restroom and cleaning supplies; and that the Teche Project and St. Bernard School be allowed to access and given keys to those facilities for maintenance of the property, and use of the facilities for kayak/canoe events and/or functions.
This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption.
By motion of ________________________, duly seconded by ____________________, the above Resolution was adopted by the following vote on this 11th October, 2016:
YEAS: Howard Alexander, Glenn M. Angell, Gary Champagne, Brenda Castille Hobbs
and Earnest “E.J.” Ledet
AND THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted as of the 11th day of October, 2016.
I, Pattie Dupuis, City Clerk of the City of Breaux Bridge, do hereby certify that the above is a true and exact copy of a resolution adopted by the City Council of the City of Breaux Bridge on October 11, 2016, at which time a quorum was present and voting.
PATTIE DUPUIS, CLERK
Upon motion of Glenn M. Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the council authorized Mayor Ricky Calais to accept and award the bid on the utility relocation on the I-10 Rees Street Project.
Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by the Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.
Pattie Dupuis Ricky J. Calais
City Clerk Mayor