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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
JULY 6, 2004

 

            The City Council of the City of Thibodaux assembled in regular session at its regular meeting place, City Hall, 310 West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

            There were present:  Councilmen Swanner, Gene Richard, Winston, Dee Richard and Mire.

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Ms. Germaine Jackson, City Attorney.

 

            The minutes of the June 15, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that it is time to present the Council with the mid-year supplemental appropriation to the 2004 Budget.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 2173 “Appropriation Ordinance for 2004” (Supplemental Appropriation).  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that representatives of Lowe’s Home Centers have indicated that they are in a position to locate a store in Thibodaux.  The corporation has forwarded an agreement outlining certain considerations that they feel the City should agree to should they locate the store in Thibodaux.

 

            Councilman Winston introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the State DOTD have approved funding for the overlay to the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with LA DOTD for the overlay of the runway at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Secretary of the Thibodaux Fire Board has informed the Council Administrator that due to the resignation of Mr. Tommy Navarre from the Fire Board it is necessary to make an appointment of a new member to fill the vacancy.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Ben Benoit to the Thibodaux Fire Board.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1050 

 

            BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

            WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Fire Board is comprised of two members from each company in the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department along with a Chief, First Asst. Chief, Second Asst. Chief, Secretary and Treasurer; and

 

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-9 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances the members of the said board must be appointed by the City Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, due to the resignation of Tommy Navarre it is necessary for the Council to appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy on the board.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-9 Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances does hereby appoint the following member to the Thibodaux Fire Board for the remainder of the year 2004: 

Vigilant Chemical and Hose Fire Company – Ben Benoit  

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

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Project Engineer has advised the Council Administrator that the Peltier Park Improvement Project is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications.  It is necessary for the Council to consider the adoption of a resolution of substantial completion that will commence the 45-day lien period on this contract.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the Peltier Park Improvement Project.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1051

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux entered into a contract with Sealevel Construction, Inc. dated February 10, 2004 for the Peltier Park Improvements Project; and  

  

     WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on June 4, 2004; and

 

     WHEREAS, a final inspection was conducted by representatives of the City and the Project Engineer; and

 

     WHEREAS, all work was found to be satisfactory for acceptance with respect to the application for payment by the contractor less and except any items included on a punch list.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session on July 6, 2004 that the work under the aforementioned project be and is hereby accepted as substantially complete on the date hereinbefore specified.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council Administrator is hereby authorized to file with the Clerk of Court of the Parish of Lafourche, a certified copy of this resolution in order to commence the 45-day lien period.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this resolution be forwarded to Sealevel Construction, Inc., 202 Belle Meade Boulevard, Thibodaux, LA 70301, and to Picciola & Associates, P.O. Box 687, Cut Off, LA 70345.

 

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

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS:     None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAIN: None

    

    And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                               /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                           Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The State has created a Restoration Tax Abatement Program that provides property owners with incentives to restore structures that are located within Historic, Developmental and Economic Districts.  This program provides the property owners who expand, restore, improve or develop an existing structure, the right for five years after completion of the work to pay ad valorem taxes based on the assessed valuation of the property prior to the commencement of the project. 

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 514 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1052 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0303-40 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 512 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1053 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0304-41 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 510 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1054 

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0305-42 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

           

            The Public Works Director has informed the Council Administrator that the State DOTD has proposed that the City maintain the green space along State Highways located in our City under the provisions of an agreement that the City would be compensated for the services.  The City will be required to clean and mow the green space at least four (4) times per year.

 

            The proposed agreement is for the period of July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 at certain rates of reimbursement depending on the type of highway.  The City would be responsible for the maintenance of those sections of LA 1, LA 308, LA 20, LA 3107 and LA 648 that are located within the corporate limits of the City.

 

            In accordance with the provisions of the proposed maintenance agreement, the City would receive $12,659.90 annually for our maintenance services provided.  Payments for the services would be made on a semi-annual basis.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign a Maintenance Agreement with Louisiana DOTD for the maintenance of green space on state highways.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1055 

 

                                     A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH

LOUISIANA DOTD FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF

                                    GREEN SPACE ON STATE HIGHWAYS                         

 

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the Mayor has received a proposal from the State DOTD to compensate the City to maintain the green spaces located along the State Highway routes which are located within the corporate limits of the City; and

 

     WHEREAS, the State proposes to reimburse the City in the amount of $12,659.90 during the period of July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 for the maintenance of green space along 10.35 miles of State highways located within the City; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a maintenance agreement with the State DOTD for the reimbursements/compensation mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a maintenance agreement with the Louisiana DOTD for the maintenance of green space along State Highways located in the City limits as outlined above.

 

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

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

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The City has utilized the wetlands enhancement process as an additional means of treatment of City sewerage.  Since this process was approved, the City was required to monitor the effectiveness of the program in accordance with the provisions of our NPDES Discharge Permit.  For the past four years the City has contracted with Comite Resources to provide the said monitoring services.  Now that the City has received its new NPDES Permit, it is necessary to initiate a new monitoring program for the wetlands process.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard stated that he feels that a contract for this large of an amount should be approved by ordinance, instead of a resolution, so as to allow the public a chance to speak on the matter or ask any questions pertaining to the contract.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite Resources for the monitoring of the wetlands Enhancement Project in conjunction with the EPA NPDES Permit.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the City has received approval for an application made to the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for a $47,000 grant to assist in the funding of proposed improvements to City park restrooms.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for improvements to the City parks restrooms.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2205 

 

 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN

            A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE FOR A RURAL

DEVELOPMENT GRANT (PARK RESTROOM FACILITIES) 

 

      BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City has applied with the State Office of Rural Development for a Rural Development Grant; and

 

     WHEREAS, the said agency has awarded a grant to the City in the amount of  $47,000.00 for the purpose of making improvements to the restrooms at City recreation parks; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute an agreement with the State of Louisiana, Office of Rural Development for the grant mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for the purposes stated hereinbefore.

 

     BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                          /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider three amendments to the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance relative to sign regulations.

 

            The provisions of the zoning ordinance dictate sign sizes.  The proposed amendments revise the size restrictions on signs constructed in the City.  The proposed ordinances would amend Sections 2002.1 and 2005.2 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance, and also amend Article V of the Zoning Ordinance.

 

            The proposed amendments include increasing the height limits for businesses located over 100 feet from the street.  This regulation only applies to C-2 and C-3 Districts and Industrial Districts.  The other amendment provides for the installation or construction of a message board, which is an integral part of a permanent on-site sign.  The amendment provides that the message board can be up to sixteen square feet before its area will be calculated into the total square footage of the sign.  This also applies to C-2 and C-3 Districts.

 

            The proposed ordinances also provide for am amendment to the District Regulations so as to restrict the height of signs located in an R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and C-1 Districts to six feet.

 

            Marguerite Erwin of the Planning & Zoning Commission stated that she feels that all of the proposed changes are positive changes and is in favor of all of them.

 

            There was a discussion concerning how reader boards on signs in the City would affect existing businesses.

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2002.1 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (Prohibited Signs).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2206 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 2002.1 OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                    ORDINANCE (PROHIBITED SIGNS) 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 2002.1, Subsection (17)(c) of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following: 

Sec. 2002.1

 

(17) (c) The above mentioned signs shall be set on a block type base not less than one (1) foot in height, nor more than three (3) feet in height.  The overall height of the monument sign shall not exceed six (6) feet. In a single building over one hundred (100) feet from right-of-way, with multiple businesses in excess of eight (8) occupants, the overall height of the monument sign shall not exceed nine (9) feet in height.

 

    BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED THAT the same said section shall be further amended so as to create Subsection (17) (e) to read as follows:

(17) (e) one changeable letter sign per premise shall be allowed with permanent on-premise signs and shall be an integral part of the structure.  The first sixteen (16) square feet of a changeable letter sign face shall not be calculated in the total sign area and such changeable letter sign area shall not exceed a total of thirty-two (32) square feet.  The amount of square footage in excess of sixteen (16) will be included in the maximum square footage allowed in aggregate on that sign structure and such signs shall meet all other regulations as set forth herein.  (Changeable letter signs that are an integral part of a permanent on-premise sign are not considered temporary signs.) 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            Andy Andolsek of 202 E Bayou Road stated that the proposed change to Section 2005.2 of the Zoning Ordinance would allow business to have 1 ground sign and 2 wall signs.  If a business were located on a corner it would be allowed 2 ground signs and 3 wall signs.  The purpose of this change is to enhance signage for businesses located in the City.

 

            Councilman Mire questioned the signage that would be allowed on the corner of a building such as Dollar Tree.  The residents of Rienzi subdivision were against it when Dollar Tree was built, and if this ordinance allows that type of signage he does not feel that the residents would appreciate changing something that they were very opposed to.

 

            Mr. Andolsek stated that the Ordinance should clearly define what type of corner, either the corner of a building or a corner lot having access from 2 streets.

 

            Kathy Terracina of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce stated that when business decide whether or not to locate in a community, a large part of their decision is based on if they will be recognizable.  There are some businesses that have located outside the City and also the Parish due to sign ordinance restrictions.

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to amend the proposed ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2005.2 of the Zoning Ordinance so as to clarify “corner lots and double frontage lots”.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSNET: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2005.2 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (On-site Sign Standards) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2207 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 2005.2 OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                    ORDINANCE (ON-SITE SIGN STANDARDS) 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 2005.2, Subsection (5) of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following:

 

Sec. 2005.2

 

(5) Maximum number of signs.  Only one (1) ground sign and two (2) wall, mansard, marquis or canopy signs shall be allowed for each premises except that on corner lots and double frontage lots; two (2) ground signs and three (3) wall signs are allowed.

 

Any premise may utilize up to the maximum sign surface allowed for each frontage, but no transfers of allowable area may be made from one frontage to another.”

 

 

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/ Tommy Eschete                                                     /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Article V of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (District Regulations).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2208 

                                                AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                                ARTICLE V OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                                ORDINANCE (DISTRICT REGULATIONS)   

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Article V of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (District Regulations) is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following: 

 

Schedule of District Regulations for R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and C-1Signs:  Add the statement:  “Sign shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and comply with visual requirements.”

 

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with American Meter Service for the City’s utility meter reading needs.

           

            The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending that the City execute an agreement with American Meter Services for the purpose of contracting out our meter reading needs.  The proposed agreement would be for a period of one year with two additional one-year options.  The Mayor concurs with the recommendation made by the Finance Director.

 

            The two employees who currently read meters would be assigned to Public Works and the Civic Center with no loss or decrease in seniority or compensation.  Both employees are agreeable to their new assignments.  These assignments also meet the approval of the Civil Service Director.

 

            Based on the proposed cost of the services, during the initial term of the agreement, the City would save over $8,000 annually over the costs of providing this service with City Personnel.

 

            Councilman Winston stated that he is not comfortable with outsourcing.  Even though the existing employees are being reassigned to other positions, the City is still loosing three jobs along with benefits.  We don’t have many jobs to offer in Thibodaux, especially ones with health and retirement benefits.  He does not like the thought of loosing three positions with benefits. 

            The Finance Director stated that the contractor will be hiring local people to work for them and they do offer benefits.  The starting salary with American Meter Service is $8.00/hour, while the starting salary for the City positions is $7.45/hour. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with American Meter Service.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: Councilman Winston

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2209 

 

                        AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

TO SIGN A CONTRACT AMERICAN METER SERVICE                      

 

 

      BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm for the purpose of contracting out the reading of City water and gas meters; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of American Meter Service submitted a proposal to read the said meters for the City at a cost of $0.62 per meter; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said firm for the services mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with American Meter Service for the services mentioned hereinabove.

 

     BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said contract is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS:  Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: Councilman Winston

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                          /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Chad J. Mire, President

 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

_________________________                           _____________________
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President
 
 
     
 
City of Thibodaux, LA

           

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
JULY 6, 2004

 

            The City Council of the City of Thibodaux assembled in regular session at its regular meeting place, City Hall, 310 West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

            There were present:  Councilmen Swanner, Gene Richard, Winston, Dee Richard and Mire.

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Ms. Germaine Jackson, City Attorney.

 

            The minutes of the June 15, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that it is time to present the Council with the mid-year supplemental appropriation to the 2004 Budget.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 2173 “Appropriation Ordinance for 2004” (Supplemental Appropriation).  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that representatives of Lowe’s Home Centers have indicated that they are in a position to locate a store in Thibodaux.  The corporation has forwarded an agreement outlining certain considerations that they feel the City should agree to should they locate the store in Thibodaux.

 

            Councilman Winston introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the State DOTD have approved funding for the overlay to the runway and apron at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with LA DOTD for the overlay of the runway at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            The Secretary of the Thibodaux Fire Board has informed the Council Administrator that due to the resignation of Mr. Tommy Navarre from the Fire Board it is necessary to make an appointment of a new member to fill the vacancy.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Ben Benoit to the Thibodaux Fire Board.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1050 

 

            BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

            WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Fire Board is comprised of two members from each company in the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department along with a Chief, First Asst. Chief, Second Asst. Chief, Secretary and Treasurer; and

 

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-9 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances the members of the said board must be appointed by the City Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, due to the resignation of Tommy Navarre it is necessary for the Council to appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy on the board.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-9 Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances does hereby appoint the following member to the Thibodaux Fire Board for the remainder of the year 2004: 

Vigilant Chemical and Hose Fire Company – Ben Benoit  

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

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Project Engineer has advised the Council Administrator that the Peltier Park Improvement Project is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications.  It is necessary for the Council to consider the adoption of a resolution of substantial completion that will commence the 45-day lien period on this contract.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the Peltier Park Improvement Project.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1051

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux entered into a contract with Sealevel Construction, Inc. dated February 10, 2004 for the Peltier Park Improvements Project; and  

  

     WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on June 4, 2004; and

 

     WHEREAS, a final inspection was conducted by representatives of the City and the Project Engineer; and

 

     WHEREAS, all work was found to be satisfactory for acceptance with respect to the application for payment by the contractor less and except any items included on a punch list.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session on July 6, 2004 that the work under the aforementioned project be and is hereby accepted as substantially complete on the date hereinbefore specified.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council Administrator is hereby authorized to file with the Clerk of Court of the Parish of Lafourche, a certified copy of this resolution in order to commence the 45-day lien period.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this resolution be forwarded to Sealevel Construction, Inc., 202 Belle Meade Boulevard, Thibodaux, LA 70301, and to Picciola & Associates, P.O. Box 687, Cut Off, LA 70345.

 

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

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS:     None

     ABSENT: None

     ABSTAIN: None

    

    And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                               /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                           Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The State has created a Restoration Tax Abatement Program that provides property owners with incentives to restore structures that are located within Historic, Developmental and Economic Districts.  This program provides the property owners who expand, restore, improve or develop an existing structure, the right for five years after completion of the work to pay ad valorem taxes based on the assessed valuation of the property prior to the commencement of the project. 

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 514 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1052 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0303-40 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 512 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1053 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0304-41 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the Tax Abatement Program Application for property located at 510 West 3rd Street.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1054 

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

WHEREAS, the Restoration Tax Abatement Program has been created by the Electors of the State of Louisiana as Act 445 of 1983, and amended in Act 873 of 1984, Article VII, Part II, Section 21 (H) of the Louisianan Constitution and Louisiana R.S. 47: 4311-4319, to authorize the Board of Commerce and Industry, with the approval of the Governor and the local governing authority and in accordance with procedures and conditions provided by law, to enter into a contract granting property owners who propose the expansion, restoration, improvement or development of an existing structure or structures in a downtown development district, historic district, or economic development district, established in accordance with law, the right to pay ad valorem taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property prior to the commencement of the expansion, restoration, improvement or development, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Thibodaux desires to promote economic activity, create and retain job opportunities, and improve the tax base through the City for the benefit of all citizens, and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City Council to foster the continued growth and development (and redevelopment) of the City to the continued prosperity and welfare of the City, and

 

WHEREAS, the Thibodaux City Council at it's July 6, 2004 meeting recommended approval with regard to participation in the aforementioned tax program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Thibodaux in due, regular and legal session convened that the City Council hereby approves Restoration Abatement Program Application/Renewal Application Number 2004-0305-42 for participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program.

 

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application/renewal application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which ban be given effect without invalid provisions, items of application and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.

 

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

 

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

NAYS: None

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

           

            The Public Works Director has informed the Council Administrator that the State DOTD has proposed that the City maintain the green space along State Highways located in our City under the provisions of an agreement that the City would be compensated for the services.  The City will be required to clean and mow the green space at least four (4) times per year.

 

            The proposed agreement is for the period of July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 at certain rates of reimbursement depending on the type of highway.  The City would be responsible for the maintenance of those sections of LA 1, LA 308, LA 20, LA 3107 and LA 648 that are located within the corporate limits of the City.

 

            In accordance with the provisions of the proposed maintenance agreement, the City would receive $12,659.90 annually for our maintenance services provided.  Payments for the services would be made on a semi-annual basis.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign a Maintenance Agreement with Louisiana DOTD for the maintenance of green space on state highways.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1055 

 

                                     A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

                                     TO SIGN A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH

LOUISIANA DOTD FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF

                                    GREEN SPACE ON STATE HIGHWAYS                         

 

      BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the Mayor has received a proposal from the State DOTD to compensate the City to maintain the green spaces located along the State Highway routes which are located within the corporate limits of the City; and

 

     WHEREAS, the State proposes to reimburse the City in the amount of $12,659.90 during the period of July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 for the maintenance of green space along 10.35 miles of State highways located within the City; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a maintenance agreement with the State DOTD for the reimbursements/compensation mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a maintenance agreement with the Louisiana DOTD for the maintenance of green space along State Highways located in the City limits as outlined above.

 

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

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

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The City has utilized the wetlands enhancement process as an additional means of treatment of City sewerage.  Since this process was approved, the City was required to monitor the effectiveness of the program in accordance with the provisions of our NPDES Discharge Permit.  For the past four years the City has contracted with Comite Resources to provide the said monitoring services.  Now that the City has received its new NPDES Permit, it is necessary to initiate a new monitoring program for the wetlands process.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard stated that he feels that a contract for this large of an amount should be approved by ordinance, instead of a resolution, so as to allow the public a chance to speak on the matter or ask any questions pertaining to the contract.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Comite Resources for the monitoring of the wetlands Enhancement Project in conjunction with the EPA NPDES Permit.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the July 20, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development.

 

            The Grants Director has informed the Council Administrator that the City has received approval for an application made to the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for a $47,000 grant to assist in the funding of proposed improvements to City park restrooms.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for improvements to the City parks restrooms.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2205 

 

 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN

            A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE FOR A RURAL

DEVELOPMENT GRANT (PARK RESTROOM FACILITIES) 

 

      BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City has applied with the State Office of Rural Development for a Rural Development Grant; and

 

     WHEREAS, the said agency has awarded a grant to the City in the amount of  $47,000.00 for the purpose of making improvements to the restrooms at City recreation parks; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute an agreement with the State of Louisiana, Office of Rural Development for the grant mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a grant agreement with the Governor’s Office of Rural Development for the purposes stated hereinbefore.

 

     BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said agreement is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                          /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Chad J. Mire, President

 

            The Zoning Administrator has informed the Council Administrator that the Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended that the City Council consider three amendments to the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance relative to sign regulations.

 

            The provisions of the zoning ordinance dictate sign sizes.  The proposed amendments revise the size restrictions on signs constructed in the City.  The proposed ordinances would amend Sections 2002.1 and 2005.2 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance, and also amend Article V of the Zoning Ordinance.

 

            The proposed amendments include increasing the height limits for businesses located over 100 feet from the street.  This regulation only applies to C-2 and C-3 Districts and Industrial Districts.  The other amendment provides for the installation or construction of a message board, which is an integral part of a permanent on-site sign.  The amendment provides that the message board can be up to sixteen square feet before its area will be calculated into the total square footage of the sign.  This also applies to C-2 and C-3 Districts.

 

            The proposed ordinances also provide for am amendment to the District Regulations so as to restrict the height of signs located in an R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and C-1 Districts to six feet.

 

            Marguerite Erwin of the Planning & Zoning Commission stated that she feels that all of the proposed changes are positive changes and is in favor of all of them.

 

            There was a discussion concerning how reader boards on signs in the City would affect existing businesses.

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Dee Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2002.1 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (Prohibited Signs).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2206 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 2002.1 OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                    ORDINANCE (PROHIBITED SIGNS) 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 2002.1, Subsection (17)(c) of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following: 

Sec. 2002.1

 

(17) (c) The above mentioned signs shall be set on a block type base not less than one (1) foot in height, nor more than three (3) feet in height.  The overall height of the monument sign shall not exceed six (6) feet. In a single building over one hundred (100) feet from right-of-way, with multiple businesses in excess of eight (8) occupants, the overall height of the monument sign shall not exceed nine (9) feet in height.

 

    BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED THAT the same said section shall be further amended so as to create Subsection (17) (e) to read as follows:

(17) (e) one changeable letter sign per premise shall be allowed with permanent on-premise signs and shall be an integral part of the structure.  The first sixteen (16) square feet of a changeable letter sign face shall not be calculated in the total sign area and such changeable letter sign area shall not exceed a total of thirty-two (32) square feet.  The amount of square footage in excess of sixteen (16) will be included in the maximum square footage allowed in aggregate on that sign structure and such signs shall meet all other regulations as set forth herein.  (Changeable letter signs that are an integral part of a permanent on-premise sign are not considered temporary signs.) 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            Andy Andolsek of 202 E Bayou Road stated that the proposed change to Section 2005.2 of the Zoning Ordinance would allow business to have 1 ground sign and 2 wall signs.  If a business were located on a corner it would be allowed 2 ground signs and 3 wall signs.  The purpose of this change is to enhance signage for businesses located in the City.

 

            Councilman Mire questioned the signage that would be allowed on the corner of a building such as Dollar Tree.  The residents of Rienzi subdivision were against it when Dollar Tree was built, and if this ordinance allows that type of signage he does not feel that the residents would appreciate changing something that they were very opposed to.

 

            Mr. Andolsek stated that the Ordinance should clearly define what type of corner, either the corner of a building or a corner lot having access from 2 streets.

 

            Kathy Terracina of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce stated that when business decide whether or not to locate in a community, a large part of their decision is based on if they will be recognizable.  There are some businesses that have located outside the City and also the Parish due to sign ordinance restrictions.

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard the Council voted to amend the proposed ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2005.2 of the Zoning Ordinance so as to clarify “corner lots and double frontage lots”.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSNET: None

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 2005.2 of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (On-site Sign Standards) as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2207 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                     SECTION 2005.2 OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                    ORDINANCE (ON-SITE SIGN STANDARDS) 

 

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 2005.2, Subsection (5) of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following:

 

Sec. 2005.2

 

(5) Maximum number of signs.  Only one (1) ground sign and two (2) wall, mansard, marquis or canopy signs shall be allowed for each premises except that on corner lots and double frontage lots; two (2) ground signs and three (3) wall signs are allowed.

 

Any premise may utilize up to the maximum sign surface allowed for each frontage, but no transfers of allowable area may be made from one frontage to another.”

 

 

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/ Tommy Eschete                                                     /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Article V of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (District Regulations).  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2208 

                                                AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT

                                                ARTICLE V OF THE THIBODAUX ZONING

                                                ORDINANCE (DISTRICT REGULATIONS)   

     BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Article V of the Thibodaux Zoning Ordinance (District Regulations) is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to include the following: 

 

Schedule of District Regulations for R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and C-1Signs:  Add the statement:  “Sign shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and comply with visual requirements.”

 

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: None

     ABSTAINED: None

     ABSENT: None

 

    And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                      /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                                 Chad J. Mire, President

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with American Meter Service for the City’s utility meter reading needs.

           

            The Finance Director has informed the Council Administrator that she is recommending that the City execute an agreement with American Meter Services for the purpose of contracting out our meter reading needs.  The proposed agreement would be for a period of one year with two additional one-year options.  The Mayor concurs with the recommendation made by the Finance Director.

 

            The two employees who currently read meters would be assigned to Public Works and the Civic Center with no loss or decrease in seniority or compensation.  Both employees are agreeable to their new assignments.  These assignments also meet the approval of the Civil Service Director.

 

            Based on the proposed cost of the services, during the initial term of the agreement, the City would save over $8,000 annually over the costs of providing this service with City Personnel.

 

            Councilman Winston stated that he is not comfortable with outsourcing.  Even though the existing employees are being reassigned to other positions, the City is still loosing three jobs along with benefits.  We don’t have many jobs to offer in Thibodaux, especially ones with health and retirement benefits.  He does not like the thought of loosing three positions with benefits. 

            The Finance Director stated that the contractor will be hiring local people to work for them and they do offer benefits.  The starting salary with American Meter Service is $8.00/hour, while the starting salary for the City positions is $7.45/hour. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with American Meter Service.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

            YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, D. Richard and Mire

            NAYS: Councilman Winston

            ABSENT: None 

ORDINANCE NO. 2209 

 

                        AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

TO SIGN A CONTRACT AMERICAN METER SERVICE                      

 

 

      BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that:

 

     WHEREAS, the City has negotiated with a firm for the purpose of contracting out the reading of City water and gas meters; and

 

     WHEREAS, the firm of American Meter Service submitted a proposal to read the said meters for the City at a cost of $0.62 per meter; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to execute a contract with the said firm for the services mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with American Meter Service for the services mentioned hereinabove.

 

     BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the said contract is attached hereto as "Exhibit A" and thereby made a part hereof.

 

     The above ordinance having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

     YEAS:  Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, D. Richard and Mire

     NAYS: Councilman Winston

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 6th day of July 2004

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                          /s/Chad J. Mire

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                     Chad J. Mire, President

 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Chad J. Mire, President
 
   
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