September 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, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017.

 

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

 

Present:  Brenda Castille Hobbs, Glenn Michael Angelle and Gary Champagne.

 

Absent:  Howard Alexander, Ernest Ledet

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the following additions to the September Meeting Agenda:

Item #17:  Introduction of Ordinance #2238

Item #18: Introduction of Ordinance #2237

Item #19: Consider possible action regarding Atchafalaya Trace Subdivision

 

Shanese Lewis gave a brief overview of the work in which she is involved with the Council on Aging and requested the City to formally support the passage of a 1.75 Mill to help fund the organization.

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Brenda Castille Hobbs, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved a Resolution in support of the 1.75 Mill Proposition.

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the minutes of the August 8, 2017 City Council meeting were approved.

 

A presentation was given by architect Glenn Angelle on the proposed improvements and additions to be made to Parc Hardy.

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the Mayor to authorize payment, and move forward with the proposed improvements of Parc Hardy Master Plan as presented by Glenn Angelle.

 

Upon motion of Brenda Hobbs, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the property owners at 602 Blanchard Street were granted a 60 day extension to bring the property up to code.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a public hearing for Ordinance #2235 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 23-3.1, 23-4.19, 23-4.20, 23-4.26, 23-5.7, 23-5.8, 23-5.9, 23-5.10, 23-10a, 23-5.16 through 23-5.16.8, 23-10.1, 23-10.3 and 23-11.1 regarding zoning regulations).

 

Mike Hollier with the Acadiana Planning Commission gave an overview of the contents of the Ordinance.  His explanation included the changing of zoning requirements, specifically in regards to Medical Districts, adding zoning categories, the suggestion of adding the logo of the City of Breaux Bridge to all new businesses’ signs and landscaping requirements.  Mr. Hollier and Mayor Calais explained the process by which these new codes were developed which included collaboration between the Acadiana Planning Commission, the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Mayor Calais. Mr. Hollier explained the planned changes to zoning districts, specifically for medical districts.  This proposal would eliminate the need for three separate districts for medical and combine them to be incorporated into one.  Mr. Hollier explained that another suggestion would be to have businesses display the crawfish logo on their signs, visible from the road.  Councilman Angelle expressed concern for implementation, as well as whether or not the requirement would be a benefit to the City.  Mayor Calais said that he liked the idea as a potential tourist and branding benefit, but expressed the same concerns as Councilman Angelle.

 

Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification on the following sections of the Ordinance:

Section 23-5.7 pertaining to M-1 Medical Services District:  Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification of the wording, “May not be adjacent to, or fronting a major roadway.”  Mr. Hollier explained that this zoning category is designed to allow for certain “quiet use” businesses, such as assisted living, but prohibit commercial developments in a residential area.  Councilman Hobbs asked if this requirement would prohibit the building of a residential retirement or assisted living facility north of Interstate 10 along the main highway to which Mr. Hollier replied that it would and explained that this district would be created to prevent a loophole to place a commercial business in a primarily residential area, but would permit certain services that are not community-wide businesses.

 

Section 23-5.16.1 pertaining to vehicular auto and truck travel services and infrastructure:  Councilman Hobbs asked if “vehicular auto and truck travel service infrastructure” was a truck stop or truck plaza, to which Mr. Hollier replied that it was.  Councilman Hobbs then asked if there would be a priority lane used to go with the vehicular auto and truck travel services, to which Mr. Hollier replied there would be.  Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification of what “major fueling stations” were.  Mr. Hollier explained those are also truck stops.

 

Section 25-5.16.3 pertaining to permitted uses and concept review plans: Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification on this section.  Mr. Hollier explained that this is basically allowing for some discretion with the Planning Commission and the City to see a concept review plan.  The concept review plan would allow for a comprehensive development mixed use proposal.

 

Section 25-5.16.5 pertaining to requirements of vegetative buffers, gateway improvements, and utility line placement: Councilman Hobbs asked if the City had any existing requirements for buffers to which Mayor Calais answered, “No.”  Mr. Hollier explained that due to his experience in Lafayette, and his research, he recommended a relatively affordable and visually appealing solution to this problem: landscaping.  Specifically he recommended a plant known as “I-10 Bamboo.”

Councilman Hobbs then pointed out that in the proposed ordinance the requirement for businesses to display the crawfish logo to be visible from the road was still in place.  Amanda LeBlanc and Mayor Calais explained that it is not a requirement and that wording had been changed in an updated version of the ordinance.

Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification on the part of this section that outlines the placement of utility lines.  Councilman Angelle explained that the main lines which are along the roads will be overhead, but service lines, which run from the transformer to the structure, must be underground.  Mayor confirmed that anything outside of the main lines along the highway must be placed underground.

 

Section 23-10.1 pertaining to enforcement: Councilman Hobbs asked for clarification on the enforcement process and asked if a City employee could enforce an ordinance.  Attorney Hebert replied that it is the job of the Mayor and executive branch to enforce the ordinances that the Council passes and the Council has the authority to hear an appeal if one is requested.

 

Having no further discussion, upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen closed the Public Hearing on Ordinance #2235 and moved to table approval of this ordinance until the next council meeting to be held on October 10, 2017.

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to accept the proposal of Atchafalaya Trace Subdivision after the punch list outlined by Chris Richard is addressed and contingent upon the removal of the monument sign.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Brenda Hobbs, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen Introduced Ordinance #2236 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 19-2 through 19-55 regarding the regulation of development of subdivisions) and moved to table approval for the next City Council meeting to be held on October 10, 2017.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Brenda Hobbs, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of a 4-door pick-up truck for the maintenance crew.

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen authorized Mayor Calais to advertise, accept and award bids for the Dorset Street widening project.

 

Upon motion of Brenda Hobbs, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen authorized Mayor Calais to advertise, accept and award bids for the reconstruction of Armentine Cove.

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted the following resolution on the sale of City surplus movable property.

 

 

RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR

AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN

OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA

 

WHEREAS, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, owns certain surplus movable property which is not needed for public purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, the City now desires to sell said surplus movable property to the highest bidder; and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, that the City of Breaux Bridge, will solicit bids for the sale of the following described surplus movable property, which is not needed for public purposes, with the lowest acceptable bid being as noted below, to wit:

1998 John Deere Backhoe 310E    T0310EX842296

$900.00 minimum bid on 1998 John Deere Backhoe

 

2009 Kubota Tractor

$750.00 minimum bid on 2009 Kubota Tractor

 

2004 Ford F250 Crew Cab     1FTSW30L14EC87909

$150.00 minimum bid on 2004 Ford F250 Crew Cab

 

2006 Chevrolet Pickup Crew Cab 1GCEC19216E221378

$200.00 minimum bid on 2006 Chevrolet Pickup Crew Cab

 

1999 Ford F250 Pickup 1FTSW30L9XCED71707

$150.00 minimum bid on 1999 Ford F250 Pickup

 

 

FURTHER RESOLVED that after the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Breaux Bridge will advertise for bids for said surplus property in accordance with law;

 

FURTHER RESOLVED that Notice of this Resolution and the proposed sale of said movable property shall be published one time at least fifteen days prior to the date of the sale in the official journal of the city.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this 12th day of September, 2017.

 

 

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RICKY CALAIS, MAYOR

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PATTIE DUPUIS, CITY CLERK

 

 

Upon motion of Glenn Michael Angelle, duly seconded by Gary Champagne, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation of Chief Cantu to hire the following: 1 reserve officer, Marquis Domonter and one patrol officer, Gabrielle L. Amador.

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Glenn Michael Angelle, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance #2238 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 6, Article VII of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 6-162, 6-165, 6-166 and 6-168, relative to buildings or structures in a dilapidated and dangerous condition).

 

Upon motion of Gary Champagne, duly seconded by Brenda Hobbs, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance #2237 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 14, Article III of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 14-37 through 14-41, relative to nuisances and junk, wrecked or used automobiles or motor vehicles).

 

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

 

 

 

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Pattie B. Dupuis                                                          Ricky J. Calais

City Clerk                                                                   Mayor