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, November 10, 2020.
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
Monthly budget-to-actual comparisons on the General Fund, Sales Tax Funds, Park and Recreation Fund, and Utility Funds were distributed to the Councilmen and Mayor.
Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Scotty Borel and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the minutes of the October 13, 2020 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting.
Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen approved the request by Councilman Neil Melancon to add the following the agenda:
- Cleco Update
City Auditor, Russell Champagne of Champagne and Co. gave a brief summary of the City’s financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.
Upon motion of Neil Melancon, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance #2267 (An ordinance to amend Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances by the repeal, amendment, revision, enactment, and/or re-enactment of Sections 23-4.19, 23-5.10 through 23-5.15 and 23-5.19.5 regarding zoning regulations).
Upon motion of Ryan Breaux, duly seconded by Eddy LeBlanc and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen introduced Ordinance #2268 (An ordinance approving and adopting an Annual Plan for Repair and Maintenance of Municipality Infrastructure for the fiscal year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 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).
Upon motion of Eddy LeBlanc, duly seconded by Ernest Ledet, the Board of Aldermen approved the recommendation for Mayor Calais to award a bid for the Ophelia Street lift station project to be funded by LGAP 2019-2020 grant.
Rule to show cause for the property at 414 West Bridge Street:
Compliance officer, Bianca Faulk gave an update on the property. She stated that she and Mr. Rodney Richard, inspector, had visited the property numerous times in the past 9 months. Mr. Richard reiterated that at each of these visits his recommendation was the condemn and demolish the structure.
City attorney Bart Hebert explained that because the property had changed ownership since the first condemnation order, the Council revisited the issue with the new owners and extended the timeframe for them to bring the building up to code. The length of time given was 9 months.
After input from many councilmen, Ms. Faulk, Mr. Richard, the property owner’s and the Mayor, the following motion was made:
Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Scotty Borel and unanimously carried, the Board of Aldermen ordered that the property be brought up to code or be demolished.
Upon motion of Ernest Ledet, duly seconded by Ryan Breaux and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.
Kristi LeBlanc, CMC Ricky J. Calais
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