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, JUNE 8, 2021

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

PRESENT:  Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Neil Melancon and 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 Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, and unanimously carried,  the minutes of the May 11, 2021 City Council meeting were approved.

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux duly seconded by Eddy Leblanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened a Public Hearing on Ordinance #2270 (BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2021 BE AMENDED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “Exhibit A”).

Mayor Ricky Calais, asked Mr. J.L. Sonnier to assist in explaining the process of amending the budget.  Mr. Sonnier gave a brief explanation of this process and explained that the amended budget projection is $300,000.00 better than what was in the original budget.  Mayor Calais asked the council to approve an additional line item not listed in this proposed amended budget in the amount of $150,000.00 for Hurricane Debris Clean Up.  He explained that these expenses would most likely take place before the end of this fiscal year, though the City would be reimbursed for most if not all of these expenses in the next fiscal year.

Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, and having no further input from the Council or public, the public hearing on Ordinance #2270 was closed.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance #2270  (BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET OFR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2021 BE AMENDED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT A”).

ORDINANCE 2270

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA, THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2021 BE AMENDED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT A”.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana duly convened in session on June 8, 2021 that:

The Municipal Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021 be amended according to the terms and figures contained in the attached exhibit identified as “Exhibit A”.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in session on the 8th day of June, 2021, that this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon signature of the Mayor.

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, seconded by Ryan Breaux, and upon verification and assurances that the foregoing ordinance was:

  1. Introduced on May 11, 2021 at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;
  2. Disseminated to the Mayor and all Aldermen;
  3. Published, by title, in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, together with notice of the time and place of its consideration for formal adoption; and
  4. Presented at a public hearing on the 8th of June, 2021.

The Board of Aldermen, on June 8, 2021 adopted Ordinance number 2270 by virtue of the following votes:

Yeas: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

Nays: None

Absent: None

Attest: None

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Kristi Leblanc, City Clerk

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Ricky Calais, Mayor                                                               Date

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Scotty Borel and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened the public hearing on Ordinance #2271 (BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2022 BE ADOPTED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT A”). 

J.L. Sonnier mentioned that the proposed 2022 budget   projects revenues of about $12.3 million versus $11,750,000.00 in 2021, approximately a half million dollars increase and about 4.4% increase. The expenditures were projecting to be down from $11.5 million to about $10.5 million which is an improvement of about $1,000,000.00. 

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Neil Melancon and unanimously carried, and having no further input from the council or public, the Board of Aldermen closed the Public Hearing on Ordinance #2271.

Upon motion of Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance #2271 (BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2022 BE ADOPTED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT a”.)

ORDINANCE 2271

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, LOUISIANA THAT THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2022 BE ADOPTED ACCORDING TO THE TERMS AND FIGURES CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT IDENTIFIED AS “EXHIBIT A”.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in session on June 8, 2021, that:

The Municipal Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022 be adopted according to the terms and figures contained in the attached exhibit identified as “Exhibit A”.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in session on the 8th day of June, that this ordinance shall become effective immediately upon signature of the Mayor.

Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, and unanimously seconded by Ryan Breaux  and upon verification and assurances that the foregoing ordinance was:

  1. Introduced on May 11, 2021 at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
  2. Disseminated to the Mayor and all Aldermen;
  3. Published, by title in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, together with notice of the time and place of its consideration for formal adoption; and,
  4. Presented at a public hearing on the 8th day of June.

The Board of Aldermen, on June 8, 2021 adopted Ordinance Number 2271 by virtue of the following votes:

Yeas:   Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc

Nays:  None

Absent: None

Attest:

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Kristi LeBlanc, City Clerk

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Ricky Calais, Mayor                                                                         Date

Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest “E.J.” Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen opened the public hearing on Ordinance #2272 (AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING AND ANNUAL PLAN FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MUNICIPALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 TO BE FUNDED THROUGH THE USE OF TAX PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE SPECIAL TAX IMPOSED BY SALES TAX DISTRICT NO. 1 OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, STATE OF LOUISIANA,  AND PROVIDING FOR MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.)

Mayor Calais explained that an Annual Plan is required to be passed each fiscal year in accordance with the legislation pertaining to the City’s special taxing district.  This Annual Plan consists of 20% of the proceeds collected by the special tax and must be dedicated to maintenance of existing infrastructure.  The Mayor explained that the 20% collected for the upcoming fiscal year would be spent on upkeep of the City’s parks.ardyH

Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the public hearing on Ordinance #2272 was closed.

Upon motion of Eddy Leblanc, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen adopted Ordinance #2272 (AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING AND ANNUAL PLAN FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MUNICIPALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 TO BE FUNDED THROUGH THE USE OF TAX PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE SPECIAL TAX IMPOSED BY SALES TAX DISTRICT NO. 1 OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, AND PROVIDING FOR MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.)

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2272

AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING AN ANNUAL PLAN FOR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF MUNICIPALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 TO BE FUNDED THROUGH THE USE OF TAX PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE SPECIAL TAX IMPOSED BY SALES TAX DISTRICT NO. 1 OF THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge,Louisiana, duly convened in regular session on the 8th day of June, 2021, that:

WHEREAS, by act Number 923 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session, La.R.S. 33:2711 was amended by the enactment of subparagraph D thereof to permit a municipality such as the City of Breaux Bridge to create a special sales tax district within a portion of the municipality for the purpose of levying and collecting a one (1%) per cent sales and use tax;

            WHEREAS, the said Act Number 923 mandated that the proceeds from such a tax be used by the municipality pursuant to the specific terms and conditions of an intergovernmental agreement between the municipality and the sales tax district;

            WHEREAS, the said Act Number 923 further mandated that the proceeds of the aforementioned tax be utilized for the payment of the costs and expenses of constructing, improving, and maintaining the municipality’s infrastructure which services property located within its jurisdictional boundaries or be used to promote the economic development of both the district and municipality;

            WHEREAS, on November 11, 2008, by Ordinance Number 2163, the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge created a special sales tax district and designated it as “Sales Tax District No. 1 of the City of Breaux Bridge, State of Louisiana” (“District”);

            WHEREAS, by Ordinance Number 2163, the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge further approved and adopted an intergovernmental agreement between it and the District with respect to the use and expenditure of the proceeds of the taxes generated by the District;

            WHEREAS, on November 11, 2008, by Ordinance Number 2164, the District and/or the City of Breaux Bridge levied and imposed a sales and use tax of one (1%) per cent upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property, and on sales of services within the District, commencing on January 1, 2009;

            WHEREAS, the aforementioned intergovernmental agreement, as well as Ordinance Number 2164, created with the fiscal agent bank of the City of Breaux Bridge a special fund designated as the “Sales Tax District No. 1 Infrastructure Fund”, into which fund there would be deposited and held as sacred funds all proceeds collected by the Parish Sales Tax Collector from the levy of the tax after deducting therefrom the reasonable expenses of the Collector incurred in connection with the collection and enforcement of the collection of the tax, all as more fully set forth in Ordinance Number 2164;

            WHEREAS, the aforementioned intergovernmental agreement further provided that all proceeds received by the City of Breaux Bridge from the collection of the said tax shall be used for the payment of the costs and expenses of constructing, improving, and maintaining the City’s infrastructure which serves property located therein or shall be used to promote the economic development of the District or the City, it being provided, however, that a minimum of thirty-five (35%) per cent of the annual proceeds of the tax shall be dedicated and set aside for the purpose of providing matching funds to be received by the City from state and/or federal grants for the construction and improvement of the infrastructure of the City;

            WHEREAS, La. R.S. 33:2711(D) was amended and re-enacted by Act Number 568 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislature as La.R.S. 47:338.1(D) to require that all tax proceeds generated by the District be expended as follows: twenty (20%) per cent of the proceeds be used annually for the repair and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure provided that an Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure be approved by ordinance and by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Aldermen, and eighty (80%) per cent of the proceeds collected be expended on new construction of infrastructure or substantial improvements of  existing infrastructure.  However, any such expenditure must be pursuant to a Master Plan for the Construction of Municipal Infrastructure listing the specific projects to be funded through the said tax proceeds, and furthermore, that any such plan be adopted by ordinance passed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the City’s governing authority;

            WHEREAS, the intergovernmental agreement confected between the City of Breaux Bridge and the District was revised and amended by virtue of Ordinance Number 2200 adopted on March 11, 2014, to reflect the mandates set forth in La. R.S. 47:338.1(D) as amended by Act Number 568 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislature;

                        WHEREAS, the Mayor and city engineer for the City of Breaux Bridge have prepared an Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure for the fiscal year 2021-2022, a replica of which is appended to this ordinance;

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the dictates of La.R.S. 47:338.1(D)(2)(b)(i), an ordinance must be adopted by the City of Breaux Bridge approving the attached Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure for the fiscal year 2021-2022:

            BE IT, THEREFORE, ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, that the Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure for the fiscal year 2021-2022 be and is hereby approved, adopted and satisfied, as applicable.

            BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the total amount of the proceeds from the Sales Tax District No. 1 Infrastructure Fund to be used for the projects embraced by the Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 shall not exceed the total of the sum of twenty (20%) per cent of the sales tax proceeds on deposit in the said fund after expenditures associated with the Annual Plan adopted for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

            BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Mayor for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, be and is hereby authorized, directed, and empowered to execute any and all documents which may be necessary to effectuate the above and foregoing edicts.

            BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable, and if any provision, word, phrase, or clause of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof:

WHEREAS, this Ordinance shall become effective upon signature of the Mayor of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the lapse of ten (10) days after receipt by the Mayor of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana without signature or veto, or upon an override of a veto, whichever occurs first.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, duly convened in regular session on the _____th day of ___________, 2021, that the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable, and if any provision, word, phrase, or clause of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.

UPON MOTION of Eddy LeBlanc, seconded by Ryan Breaux, and upon verification and assurance that the foregoing ordinance was:

  1. Introduced on May 11, 2021, at the regular meeting of the
    Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana;
  • Disseminated to the Mayor and all aldermen;
  • Published, by title, in the official journal of the City of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, together with notice of the time and place of its consideration for formal adoption; and
  • Presented at a public hearing held on the 8th day of June, 2021, the Board of Aldermen, on the 8th day of June, 2021, adopted Ordinance Number 2272 by virtue of the following votes:

YEAS: Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel, Ernest Ledet, Neil Melancon, Eddy LeBlanc 

NAYS:            None

ABSENT:       None

ABSENTENTIONS:None

ATTEST:                                                                     APPROVED:

KRISTI LEBLANC, CITY CLERK                          RICKY CALAIS, MAYOR

Date:                                                                           Date:                                                  

City of Breaux Bridge

2021-2022 Annual Plan

for the Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure

The following items have been identified as projects that need to be performed as part of the repair and maintenance of the city’s utility infrastructure.

  • Maintenance of and repairs to Parc Hardy baseball and softball fields, to include painting of all wood surfaces, dirt work, playing field turf treatments, drainage work, parking lot improvements, scoreboard installations.

This plan is prepared in accordance with La. R.S. 47:338.1(D) as it relates to the funds available for the repair and maintenance of the City’s Infrastructure from the proceeds of the sales tax revenues from the Special Taxing District.

Jeremy Broussard Director of Planning and Zoning explained the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board to rezone the properties located on the east side of Rees Street between Latiolais Drive and Interstate 10 from Commercial-5 to Commercial-6.

Upon motion of  Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy Leblanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Alderman approved the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board to rezone the properties located on the east side of Rees Street between Latiolais  Drive and Interstate 10 from Commercial-5 to Commercial-6.

Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen moved to: condemn the structures at 606 Blanchard Street, have the rear structure at 606 Blanchard Street demolished, give thirty (30) days for the property owners to acquire the necessary permits to repair the front structure, and give six (6) months from the issue date of permits to bring the front structure at 606 Blanchard Street up to code with the provision that if the front structure has not been repaired to code within 6 months of the permit’s issue date, then the structure be demolished.

Upon motion of Ernest E.J. Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the Board of Alderman ordered that the rear building be condemned and  demolished with the opportunity to acquire a permit within thirty (30) days.  The front building ordered condemn and demolish with the opportunity and/or either repaired to code standards within six months or demolish at the end of six months.

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

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                     Kristi LeBlanc, CMC                                              Ricky J. Calais, Mayor