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, SEPTEMEBER 13, 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, and Glenn Michael Angelle

 

Absent: Gary Champagne

 

Upon Motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved to add the following items to the agenda:

Item #16:         Acceptance of bids to repaint the surface tank at the water plant.

 

Upon motion of E. J. Ledet, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on August 9, 2016.

 

Sales tax for the month of July collected in August 2016 was $242,136.74.

 

The Police Department Civil Service Board Members were sworn in by the City Attorney. The three members who were sworn in were: Mr. Burton Dupuis, Mr. Lennet Guidry and Mr. Hubert Augustine.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution Certifying a Public Emergency concerning lift station repairs.

 

The following resolution was offered by Howard Alexander seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried:

 

RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION CERTIFYING A PUBLIC EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has determined that the Sewer Pump Stations across the City of Breaux Bridge, have flooded with water and as a consequence severe sewer problems occurred;

 

WHEREAS, the infiltration of water due to the large of amounts of rain in a short span of time caused Sewer Pump Stations flooding;

 

WHEREAS, the widespread flooding of these Sewer Pump Stations poses a safety concern for the City employees and the public;

 

WHEREAS, time is of the essence relative to the repair of these underwater flooded Sewer Pump Stations;

 

WHEREAS,  the repair and correction of the said underground sewer pumps via compliance with the time constraints associated with the bid process specified in the Public bid law of the State of Louisiana will jeopardize the public safety and welfare of the citizens and public employees of the City of Breaux Bridge and its property;

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Breaux Bridge has made decisions for the work necessary to service these Sewer Pump Stations post haste;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge hereby certifies the existence of a public emergency, as defined by La. R.S. 38:2211, all relative to the repair and removal of Sewer Pumps;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that notice of this declaration be published within ten (10) days in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge.

 

THIS RESOLUTION having been unanimously adopted by the Board of Aldermen on the 13th day of September, 2016, upon motion made and second.

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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PATTIE DUPUIS                                                         DATE

CITY CLERK

 

 

Approval of contract with Acadiana Broadband was tabled until next meeting.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution dedicating the use of Office Space inside the Bayou Teche Trailhead to the Teche Project and granting access and use of the facility to St. Bernard School and the Teche Project.

 

The following resolution was offered by Glenn Michael Angelle seconded by Howard Alexander, and unanimously carried:

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

 

CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE

RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION DEDICATING THE USE OF OFFICE SPACE INSIDE THE BAYOU TECHE TRAILHEAD TO THE TECHE PROJECT AND GRANTING ACCESS AND USE OF THE FACILITY TO ST. BERNARD SCHOOL AND THE TECHE PROJECT

 

WHEREAS,  through a grant in favor of the Teche Project and with support from the Federal Highways Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism (DCRT), the first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead was constructed at Parc Des Pont on the banks of the Bayou Teche (the “Trailhead”); and

 

WHEREAS,  the Trailhead offers the public access to restrooms and water fountains, while offering boaters a central location to lock up boats with easy access to the various amenities located in downtown Breaux Bridge; and

 

WHEREAS,  the Teche Project donated to the City of Breaux Bridge all movable property received by the Teche Project pursuant to the grant for the Trailhead, including but not limited to the floating dock located on said property; and

 

WHEREAS,  the City of Breaux Bridge maintains Parc Des Pont, which includes the Trailhead, by virtue of Lease in favor of the City of Breaux Bridge; and

 

WHEREAS, in accordance with the grant for the Trailhead, and agreement by the City of Breaux Bridge in connection with same, the City of Breaux Bridge desires that the office space located inside the restroom facilities of the Trailhead are dedicated to the Teche Project to use for the storage of supplies for the facility, and that the Teche Project and St. Bernard School be allowed to use, and be given keys to access, the Trailhead facility; and

 

WHEREAS,  on this 13th  day of September, 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 Aldermen Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Aldermen Howard Alexander, the above Resolution was adopted by the following vote on this 13th September, 2016:

 

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Gary Champagne

ABSTAIN: None

AND THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted as of the 13th day of September, 2016.

CERTIFICATE

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 September 13, 2016, at which time a quorum was present and voting.

 

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PATTIE DUPUIS, CLERK

 

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution calling for adoption of the Systems Survey and Compliance Questionnaire as required by the office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Louisiana.

 

The following resolution was offered by Howard Alexander seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried:

 

 

RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ADOPTION OF THE SYSTEMS SURVEY AND COMPLIANCE QUESTIONNAIRE AS REQUIRED BY THE OFFICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR, STATE OF LOUISIANA.

 

WHEREAS, The Legislative Auditor, State of Louisiana requires a Systems Survey and Compliance Questionnaire, and;

 

WHEREAS, Said questionnaire is to be completed and submitted to the Auditing Firm of Kolder, Champagne, Slaven and Company, LLC and;

 

WHEREAS, Said questionnaire must be adopted by a resolution of the Board of Aldermen,

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Aldermen, of the City of Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana duly convened in regular session on this the 13th day of September, that the aforementioned Systems Survey and Compliance Questionnaire is hereby adopted by the City of Breaux Bridge;

 

BE IF FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, said completed questionnaire and this resolution are forwarded to the auditing firm Kolder, Champagne, Slaven and Company, LLC Certified Public Accountants engaged by the City of Breaux Bridge.

 

The foregoing resolution having been submitted to a vote and the vote thereon was as follows:

 

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT:  Gary Champagne

 

And the resolution was adopted this one Thibod aux, Howard Ale Mic 13th day of September 2016, at which meeting a quorum was present.

 

GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL SIGNATURE and seal of office, this 13th day of September 2016.

 

 

____________________

Ricky Calais

Mayor

ATTEST:

 

 

_____________________

Pattie Dupuis

City Clerk

 

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance Number 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.)

Public Hearing to be held on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the Breaux Bridge City Hall, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on Proposed Ordinance #2224, being considered for Adoption by the City of Breaux Bridge.

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution requesting Financial Assistance from the State of Louisiana under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program and Community Water Enrichment Fund Program.

 

The following resolution was offered by Howard Alexander, seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle and duly resolved:

 

 

                                                             RESOLUTION NO

 

                        A RESOLUTION REQUESTING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

                                              FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

                                          UNDER THE FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018

                                LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

AND

COMMUNITY WATER ENRICHMENT FUND PROGRAM

 

                      WHEREAS, the Louisiana Office of Community Development has announced that applications are being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP); and

 

                      WHEREAS, the Local Government Assistance Program offers grants to eligible municipalities and parishes for a wide range of projects to improve public health, public safety, living conditions and for economic development purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, in previous years the Louisiana Office of Community Development has also accepted applications for Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) Program; and

 

WHEREAS, the Community Water Enrichment Fund Program offers grants to eligible municipalities and parishes for rehabilitation, improvements and new construction projects for community potable water systems; and

 

                      WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary and proper to submit an application to the Louisiana Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program and also should applications be accepted the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Community Water Enrichment Fund Program.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Breaux Bridge that Mayor Ricky J. Calais is hereby authorized to sign and submit an application to the State of Louisiana, Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Local Government Assistance Program and also execute any and all documents should this grant be funded; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign and submit an application to the State of Louisiana, Office of Community Development under the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Community Water Enrichment Fund Program if the State accepts such applications and also execute any and all documents should this grant be funded.

 

THEREUPON, the above resolution was declared adopted.

 

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C E R T I F I C A T E

 

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 September 13, 2016 at which time a quorum was present and voting.

__________________________

PATTIE DUPUIS, MMC

CITY CLERK

CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE

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Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation of Chief Cantu to hire Timothy Guidry as a Reserve Officer.

 

 

 

Upon motion of Howard Alexander, duly seconded by Brenda Castille Hobbs and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen recommended that the contract for the Lime Sludge Thickener Repainting be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, Precision Inspection of Plaucheville, LLC of Plaucheville, Louisiana, in the amount of $37,430.00.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen ordered Mr. Luke Bui to remediate the property located at 308 Boyer Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana within 90 days and to provide a report to the Board of Aldermen of progress within 30 days.

 

Upon motion of E.J. Ledet, duly seconded by Howard Alexander and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

________________________________                                ______________________________

Pattie Dupuis                                                                           Ricky Calais

City Clerk                                                                                Mayor