PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE HELD AT CITY HALL, 101 BERARD STREET, AT 6:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2022.
Mayor Ricky Calais called the meeting to order, the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance were recited.
Present: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc
Monthly budget-to-actual comparisons on the General Funds, Sales Tax Funds, Park and Recreation Fund, and Utility Funds were distributed to the councilmen and Mayor.
Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the minutes of the January 11, 2022 City Council meeting were approved.
Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance 2275 (An Ordinance to amend Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances, the Zoning Ordinance, by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 23-5.12, 23-5.19.3, 23-5.19.4, 23-5.19.10 3.1, et al. regarding zoning regulations applicable to C-3 and C-6 concerning off street parking regulations, and concerning schools, and matters related thereto).
Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and carried, the Board of Aldermen
adopted a Resolution requesting the Louisiana State Legislature to enact legislation to amend
LA. R.S. 33.381 or otherwise to allow the City to appoint its Chief of Police.
RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE LOUISIANA STATE LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO AMEND LA. R.S. 33:381 OR OTHERWISE TO ALLOW THE CITY TO APPOINT ITS CHIEF OF POLICE
WHEREAS the Board of Aldermen of the City of Breaux Bridge wishes to provide for and improve the security afforded to its citizens;
WHEREAS it is critical to this community that we create the opportunity to expand our pool of available, qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Police;
WHEREAS the position of Chief of Police of the City of Breaux Bridge is currently limited to candidates residing within the corporate limits of the City of Breaux Bridge;
WHEREAS the current size of the City’s population limits available candidates for this critical position;
WHEREAS the Board of Aldermen desires to remove the current requirement that the Chief of Police reside within the City’s corporate limits;
WHEREAS the Board of Aldermen desires that the Mayor be permitted to make a recommendation to fill the position of Chief of Police, with final approval by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen;
WHEREAS the Board of Aldermen desires that the Board of Aldermen be permitted to set the salary of the Chief of Police upon recommendation of the Mayor;
WHEREAS the Board of Aldermen desires to impose a minimum of five years of law enforcement experience as a requirement for consideration for the position of Chief of Police;
WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen desires the assistance of the local delegation of Louisiana state legislators to amend La. R.S. 33:381 to provide for the changes mentioned above with regard to the appointment of the Chief of Police for the City of Breaux Bridge; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen of the City of Breaux Bridge requests Senator Fred Mills pursue the enactment of legislation in support of and providing for the change to La. R.S. 33:381, or otherwise, with regard to the appointment of Chief of Police, in accordance with the foregoing, and to become effective January 1, 2023, or such other time deemed appropriate by the Louisiana state legislators.
This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption.
By motion of Alderman Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Alderman Eddy LeBlanc, the above Resolution was adopted by the following vote on this 8th day of February, 2022:
YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc
NAYS: Scotty Borel, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet
AND THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted as of the 8th day of February, 2022.
Ricky J. Calais, Mayor, City of Breaux Bridge
I, Kristi LeBlanc, 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 February 8, 2022, at which time a quorum was present and voting.
KRISTI LEBLANC, CLERK
Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the
Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation by the Zoning Committee to rezone 1 lot
Parcel ID# 06900O2857. Lot is 44.42 acres with 499.18 feet of frontage on Champagne Blvd. from
Residential – 1 to Medical – 1.
Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the request by Chief Cantu to hire two patrol officers: Nolan Davis and Hannah Hayes.
Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet and Ryan Breaux, and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adjourned the meeting.
Kristi LeBlanc, CMC Ricky Calais
City Clerk Mayor