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 July 13, 2021.

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

Preset: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, E.J. Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

Absent: None

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 Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the following addition to the agenda:

            Item #12 – Approve the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board to rezone the properties located on Enterprise Parkway and Latiolais Drive from Commercial-5 to Commercial-2.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by E.J. Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the June 8, 2021 City Council Meeting.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to execute on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, an Act of Acceptance from A & P Electrical Services, Inc. pertaining to the completion of the LGAP 2019-2020 Ophelia Street Lift Station Generator Project.

Resolution of Acceptance

            A resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to execute for and on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana an Act of Acceptance from A & P Electrical Service, Inc.  Inc., of Youngsville, LA, Contractor, pertaining to the completion of the LGAP 2019-2020 Ophelia Street Lift Station Generator for the City of Breaux Bridge, LA.

            Whereas, A & P Electrical Service, Inc.  Inc., as Contractor, has substantially completed the LGAP 2019-2020 Ophelia Street Lift Station Generator for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in accordance with the plans and specifications contained in the Contract Documents pertaining thereto; and

            Whereas, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana acting through its Mayor and Councilmen, desires to accept the completed work;

            Now, therefore, it be resolved by the Councilmen of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, acting as the governing authority for the said City of Breaux Bridge, that the Mayor, be and he is hereby empowered, authorized and directed to execute an Act of Acceptance for and on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, accepting the work as being complete, and that he be authorized and directed to have a copy of said Acceptance recorded in the Conveyance Records of the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana.

            The foregoing resolution was offered by Eddy LeBlanc and seconded by Neil Melancon.

This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

YeasRyan Breaux, Scotty Borel, E.J. Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc
  
NaysNone
  
AbsentNone

            And the resolution was declared adopted on this the 13th day of July, 2021.

Attest:

By_________________________________

        Mayor

By_______________________________

                        Secretary

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE

            TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and especially to all subcontractors, workmen, laborers, mechanics, and furnishers of materials:

Public Notice is hereby given according to law that the undersigned Owner has accepted, as substantially complete, the work done on the LGAP 2019-2020

Ophelia Street Lift Station Generator  by A & P Electrical Service, Inc.  Inc., Contractor, under his contract with the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, dated November 18, 2020, and recorded under Book No. 1649, page 142 in the Records of the Clerk of Court, Parish of St. Martin, Louisiana;

            All subcontractors, workmen, laborers, mechanics, and furnishers of materials must assert whatever claim they may have against the said Contractor, growing out of the execution of said Contract, according to law, within 45 days from registration hereof.

                                                            CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA

                                                            BY:_______________________________

                                                                        Ricky J. Calais, Mayor

Date:  13th day of July, 2021.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to execute for and on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana an Act of Acceptance from M. Matt Durand, LLC, of St. Martinville, LA, Contractor, pertaining to the completion of the Latiolais Street Road Reconstruction Project for the City of Breaux Bridge, LA.

Resolution of Acceptance

            A resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to execute for and on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana an Act of Acceptance from M. Matt Durand, LLC, of St. Martinville, LA, Contractor, pertaining to the completion of the Latiolais Street Road Reconstruction for the City of Breaux Bridge, LA.

            Whereas, M. Matt Durand, LLC., as Contractor, has substantially completed the Latiolais Street Road Reconstruction for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in accordance with the plans and specifications contained in the Contract Documents pertaining thereto; and

            Whereas, the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana acting through its Mayor and Councilmen, desires to accept the completed work;

            Now, therefore, it be resolved by the Councilmen of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, acting as the governing authority for the said City of Breaux Bridge, that the Mayor, be and he is hereby empowered, authorized and directed to execute an Act of Acceptance for and on behalf of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, accepting the work as being complete, and that he be authorized and directed to have a copy of said Acceptance recorded in the Conveyance Records of the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana.

            The foregoing resolution was offered by Eddy LeBlanc and

seconded by Ryan Breaux.

This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

YeasRyan Breaux, Scotty Borel, E.J. Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc
  
NaysNone
  
AbsentNone

            And the resolution was declared adopted on this the 13th day of July, 2021.

Attest:

By_______________________________                 BY                                                                 

                        Secretary                                                                                 Mayor

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE

            TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and especially to all subcontractors, workmen, laborers, mechanics, and furnishers of materials:

Public Notice is hereby given according to law that the undersigned Owner has accepted, as substantially complete, the work done on the Latiolais Street Road Reconstruction by M. Matt Durand, LLC., Contractor, under his contract with the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, dated March 29, 2021, and recorded under Book No. 1663, page 222 in the Records of the Clerk of Court, Parish of St. Martin, Louisiana;

            All subcontractors, workmen, laborers, mechanics, and furnishers of materials must assert whatever claim they may have against the said Contractor, growing out of the execution of said Contract, according to law, within 45 days from registration hereof.

                                                            CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA

                                                            BY:_______________________________

                                                                        Ricky J. Calais, Mayor

Date:  13th day of July, 2021.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen accepted the recommendation of Marshal Jimmy Dupuis to hire Gerald Bouquet as the Deputy Marshal effective July 1, 2021.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted a Resolution establishing utility rates for the City of Breaux Bridge.

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 Water Rate Structure (Residential)

Water Usage (thousand gallons)                                   Water Rate (per thousand gallons)

0-2                                                                               $13.50

3                                                                                      5.08

4-5                                                                                   5.26

6-10                                                                                 5.35

11 and above                                                                    5.50

Wholesale                                                                      $4.50

Proposed Water Rate Structure (Non-City Residential & Commercial)

Water Usage (thousand gallons)                                   Water Rate (per thousand gallons)

0-2                                                                               $18.50

3                                                                                      7.70

4-8                                                                                   8.20

9-10                                                                                 8.35

11 and above                                                                    8.50

Proposed Sewer Rate Structure (Residential)

Water Consumption                                                     Sewer Rate

(thousand gallons)                                                        (per thousand gallons)

2-4                                                                                   3.22

5-6                                                                                   3.30

Greater than 8                                                                  3.85

Proposed Sewer Rate Structure (Commercial)

Water Consumption                                                     Sewer Rate

(thousand gallons)                                                        (per thousand gallons

0-1                                                                               $20.00

2-4                                                                                   3.50

5-6                                                                                   3.65

7-8                                                                                   3.75

Greater than 8                                                                  3.95

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the subject rates shall be charged effective August 1, 2021.

            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, E.J. Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

NAYS:           None

ABSENTIONS:  None

ABSENTS:  None

          THIS RESOLUTION was declared adopted on the 13th day of July, 2021.

ATTEST:

________________________

KRISTI LEBLANC,

City Clerk

_________________________

RICKY J. CALAIS

Mayor

Upon motion of E.J. Ledet, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a Public Hearing regarding the rezoning of Enterprise Parkway and Latiolais Drive from Commerical-5 to Commercial-2.

Planning and Zoning Director, Jeremy Broussard explained the area in question with the aid of a printed-out map which outlined the specific properties to be included.  He explained that the proposed zoning (Commerical-2) is much less restrictive than the current zone (Commercial-5) and that rezoning to C-2 would be an incentive for potential business owners in the area. He explained that C-5 is typically used for areas which include large chain stores. He said that Wal-Mart is currently the only property in this area that is compliant with the zoning regulations.  Every other property has been grandfathered in and does not meet the current zoning standards. 

Alderman Melancon asked Mr. Broussard if he was aware of any potential business owner who was deterred from purchasing in this area because of the current C-5 zoning and accompanying regulations. Mr. Broussard replied that he had been made aware of this happening.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by E.J. Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen closed the Public Hearing regarding the rezoning of Enterprise Parkway and Latiolais Drive from Commerical-5 to Commercial-2.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board to rezone the properties located on Enterprise Parkway and Latiolais Drive from Commerical-5 to Commerical-2.

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

_______________________________                                              ________________________

Kristi LeBlanc                                                                                      Ricky J. Calais

City Clerk                                                                                             Mayor