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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
OCTOBER 5, 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, October 5, 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 Germaine Jackson.

 

            The minutes of the September 21, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Mr. Charlie Melancon, candidate for Congress, introduced himself and asked for support of his candidacy.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council Administrator that he intends to appoint Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Director of Human Resources effective October 6, 2004, and he is also recommending that Mr. Gaylor’s salary be set at $40,000 annually.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Director of Human Resources at an annual salary of $40,000.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1076

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, Article III, Section 3E(9) of the Thibodaux City
Charter provides for the creation of departments not specifically created in the Charter; and

 

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid section of the City Charter, the City Council did create a Human Resources Department headed by a Human Resources Director to be appointed by the Mayor; and

 

            WHEREAS, in addition, this appointment must be confirmed by the City Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor wishes to appoint Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Human Resources Director at an annual salary of  $40,000.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby confirm the appointment of Mr. Frank Gaylor as Human Resources Director in accordance with the provisions of Article III, Section 3E(9) of the Thibodaux City Charter.

 

            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

            ABSTAIN: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

            On August 2, 2004, the City received bids for the Overlay Project for the Thibodaux Municipal Airport as designed by Leonard Chauvin.  The lowest responsible bid was received from Barriere Construction in the amount of $486,486.40. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution accepting the low bid of Barriere Construction for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport and authorizing the Mayor to execute the construction contract.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO.  1077

 

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOW BID OF BARRIERE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE OVERLAY PROJECT AT THE THIBODAUX MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT THEREWITH

                         

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has received bids for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport; and

 

     WHEREAS, the low base bid received was from Barriere Construction in the amount of $486,486.40; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to consider the acceptance of the low bid and execute a contract with the said contractor for the services mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City does hereby accept the low bid submitted by Barriere Construction in the amount stated hereinbefore.

           

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Barriere Construction for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in addition to the contract document itself, the Mayor is also empowered to execute all change orders relative to the contract after approval by the City Council by means of an appropriate resolution.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said contract 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

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

 

            On September 28, 2004 the City received bids for the 2004 Street Improvement Project as designed by Leonard Chauvin.  The lowest responsible bid was received from Coastal Bridge, LLC in the amount of $698,839.90.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard asked if Coastal Bridge has done work for the City in the past.  Mr. Leonard Chauvin stated that they did the road improvement project a couple of years ago, and they did a really good job.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard asked how the proposed drainage improvements for the Belle Meade area would affect the proposed road improvements in that area.  The Mayor stated that the streets in the Belle Meade area that were scheduled for road improvements this year will be pushed back until next year in order to complete the drainage improvements prior to the road improvements.  This will be done through a change order on this contract.  

                On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution accepting the low bid of Coastal Bridge, LLC for the 2004 Street Improvement Project and authorizing the Mayor to execute the construction contract.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1078

 

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOW BID OF COASTAL BRIDGE, L.L.C. FOR THE 2004 STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT THEREWITH

                         

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has received bids for the 2004 Street Improvement Project; and 

     WHEREAS, the low base bid received was from Coastal Bridge, L.L.C. in the amount of $698,839.90; and 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to consider the acceptance of the low bid and execute a contract with the said contractor for the services mentioned hereinbefore. 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City does hereby accept the low bid submitted by Coastal Bridge, L.L.C. in the amount stated hereinbefore.    

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Coastal Bridge, L.L.C., for the 2004 Street Improvement Project. 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in addition to the contract document itself, the Mayor is also empowered to execute all change orders relative to the contract after approval by the City Council by means of an appropriate resolution. 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said contract 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

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

            Lt. Brian Rhodes of the Thibodaux Police Department made a power point presentation describing the traffic study conducted in August 2004 at the intersections of Lagarde Street and East 7th Street and Narrow Street and East 7th Street.    He stated that they have come up with three options to try and remedy the problem at those intersections, particularly Narrow Street and East 7th Street.  Option one is to establish a 4-way stop at that intersection, option two is to remove one parking spot to the left of that intersection in order to create a better line of sight, and option three is to reverse the one way traffic flow on Narrow and Lagarde Streets. 

            Mr. Roland Price of 715 Lagarde Street stated that he doesn’t feel that a 4-way stop should be placed at the intersection of Narrow Street and East 7th Street, and doesn’t feel that reversing the traffic flow would help.  He feels that the best option is to remove one parking space to the left of the intersection for a trial period to clear the visibility at that spot. 

            The Council agreed that the best solution was to try eliminating one parking space to the left of the intersection to allow for better visibility.  The Mayor stated that he would try this on a trial basis to see if it does help the situation.  He will handle this through the Administration, as it does not require any Council action. 

            The State Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation administers a Grant Program to partially fund improvements to local eligible airport facilities.  The Mayor has informed the Council Administrator that he is interested in applying for a grant under the provisions of this program. 

            The purpose of the grant application is to acquire funding to hard surface the airport access road, the acquisition of additional easements and new pilot guidance for approaches to the runway.  

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution requesting assistance from the State DOTD, Office of Aviation for improvements to the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

  

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1079  

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, Title 2 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 provides that cities, towns, parishes, and other political subdivisions of this State may separately or jointly acquire, establish, construct, expand, own, lease, control, equip, improve, maintain, operate, and police airports and landing fields for the use of aircraft; and

 

      WHEREAS, the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation is charged by Title 2 with the responsibility for the development of aviation facilities within the State to foster air commerce and to safeguard the interests of those engaged in all phases of the aviation industry and of the general public; and, 

     WHEREAS, the City Of Thibodaux has completed an FAA and DOTD approved Master Plan, Action Plan, and/or Airport Layout Plan which outlines the specific future development of the Thibodaux Municipal Airport; and, the City is desirous of implementing a portion of the approved plan recommendations which provide for the critically needed improvements as stated below to substantially improve the safety and usability of the Airport, but does not have sufficient funds of its own for completing the needed improvements; and, 

            WHEREAS, these improvements include the following: Priority 1 – Access Road; Priority 2 – Precision Approach Path; and Priority 3 – Avigation Easements; and, 

            WHEREAS, the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation is authorized by Title 2 to expend funds for the construction or enlargement of airports for the safety and advancement of aeronautics;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: 

SECTION I: 

That the City of Thibodaux does hereby formally request that the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation provide funds required to complete the airport improvements at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport specifically as described in the Application for State Financial Assistance dated September 29, 2004.

 

SECTION II:  

That the said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation be and is hereby assured that all necessary servitudes, rights-of-way, rights if ingress and egress and means thereof will be furnished by the City of Thibodaux and the titles thereto will be valid and indefeasible, and that the City will assume ownership, financial reporting, and complete responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the airport after completion of said improvement.

 

SECTION III:  

That the City of Thibodaux will save and hold the said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation, its officers, agents, and employees harmless from any liability or claim for damages arising out of the project, including death or injuries to third parties including, but not limited to, liability or claim for damages out of the negligence of said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation, its officers, agents, or employees, and expressly agrees to defend any suit of any nature brought against the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation as a result of this project.

  

SECTION IV:  

That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized and directed to evidence this agreement by affixing his signature at the place provided therefore on this resolution and on subsequent related documents/agreements as required by the rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and the State of Louisiana and the Clerk is hereby authorized to attest said execution.

 SECTION V:

 

That this resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption.

         

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

     ABSTAINED: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

Tommy Eschete, City Clerk                            Chad J. Mire, President 

            The Lafourche Parish Assessor’s Office has notified the City that it is now time to consider the adoption of an ordinance levying the City’s millage assessments for the year 2004.It is the Mayor’s recommendation that the Council roll forward the millage assessments for the year 2004.  These assessments would be those millages approved at a referendum two years ago.  Due to the fact that 2004 is a re-assessment year, the City’s total assessed valuation of taxable property has increased.  In order for the City to assess the approved millages, the City must roll forward the millage assessments that were levied in 2003.  Rolling forward the current millages would, in effect, result in approximately $67,000 in additional revenues for the general fund. 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance to levy Ad Valorem taxes for the year 2004.  On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to levy Ad Valorem Tax Millages for the year 2004. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2225

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO LEVY AD VALOREM

                                    TAX MILLAGES FOR THE YEAR 2004

 

            BE IT ORDAINED, by the City of Thibodaux of the Parish of Lafourche, Louisiana, in a public hearing held on October 5, 2004, which hearing was conducted in accordance with the open meetings law and the additional requirements of Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Constitution, that the following adjusted millage rate(s) be and they are hereby levied upon the dollar of the assessed valuation of all property subject to ad valorem taxation within said Parish for the year 2004, for the purpose of

raising revenue:                                                                                                            

MILLAGE

 

General Alimony                                                                       5.04 mills

Special Improvements – Streets                                              2.58 mills

Special Improvements - Fire Dept.                                         1.84 mills  

            BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Assessor of the Parish of Lafourche, shall extend upon the assessment roll for the year 2004 the taxes herein levied, and the tax collector of said Parish shall collect and remit the same to said taxing authority in accordance with law.

 

The foregoing ordinance was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the ordinance was adopted by the following votes:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 5th day of October 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 to roll forward the Ad Valorem Taxes for the year 2004.  Councilman Dee Richard stated that he will vote against this ordinance because he feels that we are increasing the citizens’ taxes.  Councilman Swanner stated that he will support this because he feels that everything is increasing including taxes and wages, and he feels that the additional revenues are needed to continue the current level of services.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to roll forward the Ad Valorem Taxes for the year 2004.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2226

 

                        AN ORDINANCE TO ROLL FORWARD THE

                        AD VALOREM TAXES FOR THE YEAR 2004 

 

            BE IT ORDAINED, by the City of Thibodaux, of the Parish of Lafourche, Louisiana, in a public hearing held on October 5, 2004, which hearing was conducted in accordance with the open meetings law and the additional requirements of Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Constitution, that the taxing authority voted to increase the millage rate(s), but not in excess of the prior year’s maximum rate(s), on all taxable property shown on the official assessment roll for the year 2004, and when collected, the revenues from said taxes shall be used only for the specific purposes for which said taxes have been levied. Said millage rate(s) are: 

                                                                                    Adjusted Rate                        2004 Levy

 

General Alimony                                                           5.04 mills                 5.49 mills

Special Improvements – Streets                                  2.58 mills                 3.00 mills

Special Improvements - Fire Dept.                             1.84 mills                 2.00 mills

 

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Assessor of the Parish of Lafourche, shall extend upon the assessment roll for the year 2004 the taxes herein levied, and the tax collector of said Parish shall collect and remit the same to said taxing authority in accordance with law.  

The foregoing ordinance was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by no less than two-thirds of the total membership of the taxing authority voting in favor as required by Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B). The votes were as follows:

 

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

NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 5th day of October 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
OCTOBER 5, 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, October 5, 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 Germaine Jackson.

 

            The minutes of the September 21, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Mr. Charlie Melancon, candidate for Congress, introduced himself and asked for support of his candidacy.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council Administrator that he intends to appoint Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Director of Human Resources effective October 6, 2004, and he is also recommending that Mr. Gaylor’s salary be set at $40,000 annually.

 

            On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Director of Human Resources at an annual salary of $40,000.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1076

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, Article III, Section 3E(9) of the Thibodaux City
Charter provides for the creation of departments not specifically created in the Charter; and

 

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid section of the City Charter, the City Council did create a Human Resources Department headed by a Human Resources Director to be appointed by the Mayor; and

 

            WHEREAS, in addition, this appointment must be confirmed by the City Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor wishes to appoint Mr. Frank Gaylor to the position of Human Resources Director at an annual salary of  $40,000.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby confirm the appointment of Mr. Frank Gaylor as Human Resources Director in accordance with the provisions of Article III, Section 3E(9) of the Thibodaux City Charter.

 

            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

            ABSTAIN: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

            On August 2, 2004, the City received bids for the Overlay Project for the Thibodaux Municipal Airport as designed by Leonard Chauvin.  The lowest responsible bid was received from Barriere Construction in the amount of $486,486.40. 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt a resolution accepting the low bid of Barriere Construction for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport and authorizing the Mayor to execute the construction contract.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO.  1077

 

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOW BID OF BARRIERE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE OVERLAY PROJECT AT THE THIBODAUX MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT THEREWITH

                         

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has received bids for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport; and

 

     WHEREAS, the low base bid received was from Barriere Construction in the amount of $486,486.40; and

 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to consider the acceptance of the low bid and execute a contract with the said contractor for the services mentioned hereinbefore.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City does hereby accept the low bid submitted by Barriere Construction in the amount stated hereinbefore.

           

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Barriere Construction for the overlay project at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in addition to the contract document itself, the Mayor is also empowered to execute all change orders relative to the contract after approval by the City Council by means of an appropriate resolution.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said contract 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

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

 

            On September 28, 2004 the City received bids for the 2004 Street Improvement Project as designed by Leonard Chauvin.  The lowest responsible bid was received from Coastal Bridge, LLC in the amount of $698,839.90.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard asked if Coastal Bridge has done work for the City in the past.  Mr. Leonard Chauvin stated that they did the road improvement project a couple of years ago, and they did a really good job.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard asked how the proposed drainage improvements for the Belle Meade area would affect the proposed road improvements in that area.  The Mayor stated that the streets in the Belle Meade area that were scheduled for road improvements this year will be pushed back until next year in order to complete the drainage improvements prior to the road improvements.  This will be done through a change order on this contract.  

                On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution accepting the low bid of Coastal Bridge, LLC for the 2004 Street Improvement Project and authorizing the Mayor to execute the construction contract.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows: 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

RESOLUTION NO. 1078

 

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE LOW BID OF COASTAL BRIDGE, L.L.C. FOR THE 2004 STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN A CONTRACT THEREWITH

                         

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

 

     WHEREAS, the City has received bids for the 2004 Street Improvement Project; and 

     WHEREAS, the low base bid received was from Coastal Bridge, L.L.C. in the amount of $698,839.90; and 

     WHEREAS, it is necessary to consider the acceptance of the low bid and execute a contract with the said contractor for the services mentioned hereinbefore. 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City does hereby accept the low bid submitted by Coastal Bridge, L.L.C. in the amount stated hereinbefore.    

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Coastal Bridge, L.L.C., for the 2004 Street Improvement Project. 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in addition to the contract document itself, the Mayor is also empowered to execute all change orders relative to the contract after approval by the City Council by means of an appropriate resolution. 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said contract 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

     ABSTAIN: None

     ABSENT: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

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

            Lt. Brian Rhodes of the Thibodaux Police Department made a power point presentation describing the traffic study conducted in August 2004 at the intersections of Lagarde Street and East 7th Street and Narrow Street and East 7th Street.    He stated that they have come up with three options to try and remedy the problem at those intersections, particularly Narrow Street and East 7th Street.  Option one is to establish a 4-way stop at that intersection, option two is to remove one parking spot to the left of that intersection in order to create a better line of sight, and option three is to reverse the one way traffic flow on Narrow and Lagarde Streets. 

            Mr. Roland Price of 715 Lagarde Street stated that he doesn’t feel that a 4-way stop should be placed at the intersection of Narrow Street and East 7th Street, and doesn’t feel that reversing the traffic flow would help.  He feels that the best option is to remove one parking space to the left of the intersection for a trial period to clear the visibility at that spot. 

            The Council agreed that the best solution was to try eliminating one parking space to the left of the intersection to allow for better visibility.  The Mayor stated that he would try this on a trial basis to see if it does help the situation.  He will handle this through the Administration, as it does not require any Council action. 

            The State Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation administers a Grant Program to partially fund improvements to local eligible airport facilities.  The Mayor has informed the Council Administrator that he is interested in applying for a grant under the provisions of this program. 

            The purpose of the grant application is to acquire funding to hard surface the airport access road, the acquisition of additional easements and new pilot guidance for approaches to the runway.  

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution requesting assistance from the State DOTD, Office of Aviation for improvements to the Thibodaux Municipal Airport.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

  

 

RESOLUTION NO.  1079  

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, Title 2 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 provides that cities, towns, parishes, and other political subdivisions of this State may separately or jointly acquire, establish, construct, expand, own, lease, control, equip, improve, maintain, operate, and police airports and landing fields for the use of aircraft; and

 

      WHEREAS, the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation is charged by Title 2 with the responsibility for the development of aviation facilities within the State to foster air commerce and to safeguard the interests of those engaged in all phases of the aviation industry and of the general public; and, 

     WHEREAS, the City Of Thibodaux has completed an FAA and DOTD approved Master Plan, Action Plan, and/or Airport Layout Plan which outlines the specific future development of the Thibodaux Municipal Airport; and, the City is desirous of implementing a portion of the approved plan recommendations which provide for the critically needed improvements as stated below to substantially improve the safety and usability of the Airport, but does not have sufficient funds of its own for completing the needed improvements; and, 

            WHEREAS, these improvements include the following: Priority 1 – Access Road; Priority 2 – Precision Approach Path; and Priority 3 – Avigation Easements; and, 

            WHEREAS, the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation is authorized by Title 2 to expend funds for the construction or enlargement of airports for the safety and advancement of aeronautics;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: 

SECTION I: 

That the City of Thibodaux does hereby formally request that the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation provide funds required to complete the airport improvements at the Thibodaux Municipal Airport specifically as described in the Application for State Financial Assistance dated September 29, 2004.

 

SECTION II:  

That the said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation be and is hereby assured that all necessary servitudes, rights-of-way, rights if ingress and egress and means thereof will be furnished by the City of Thibodaux and the titles thereto will be valid and indefeasible, and that the City will assume ownership, financial reporting, and complete responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the airport after completion of said improvement.

 

SECTION III:  

That the City of Thibodaux will save and hold the said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation, its officers, agents, and employees harmless from any liability or claim for damages arising out of the project, including death or injuries to third parties including, but not limited to, liability or claim for damages out of the negligence of said LA DOTD, Division of Aviation, its officers, agents, or employees, and expressly agrees to defend any suit of any nature brought against the LA DOTD, Division of Aviation as a result of this project.

  

SECTION IV:  

That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized and directed to evidence this agreement by affixing his signature at the place provided therefore on this resolution and on subsequent related documents/agreements as required by the rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and the State of Louisiana and the Clerk is hereby authorized to attest said execution.

 SECTION V:

 

That this resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption.

         

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

     ABSTAINED: None

 

     And the above resolution was declared adopted this 5th day of October 2004.

 

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

Tommy Eschete, City Clerk                            Chad J. Mire, President 

            The Lafourche Parish Assessor’s Office has notified the City that it is now time to consider the adoption of an ordinance levying the City’s millage assessments for the year 2004.It is the Mayor’s recommendation that the Council roll forward the millage assessments for the year 2004.  These assessments would be those millages approved at a referendum two years ago.  Due to the fact that 2004 is a re-assessment year, the City’s total assessed valuation of taxable property has increased.  In order for the City to assess the approved millages, the City must roll forward the millage assessments that were levied in 2003.  Rolling forward the current millages would, in effect, result in approximately $67,000 in additional revenues for the general fund. 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance to levy Ad Valorem taxes for the year 2004.  On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to levy Ad Valorem Tax Millages for the year 2004. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2225

 

                                    AN ORDINANCE TO LEVY AD VALOREM

                                    TAX MILLAGES FOR THE YEAR 2004

 

            BE IT ORDAINED, by the City of Thibodaux of the Parish of Lafourche, Louisiana, in a public hearing held on October 5, 2004, which hearing was conducted in accordance with the open meetings law and the additional requirements of Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Constitution, that the following adjusted millage rate(s) be and they are hereby levied upon the dollar of the assessed valuation of all property subject to ad valorem taxation within said Parish for the year 2004, for the purpose of

raising revenue:                                                                                                            

MILLAGE

 

General Alimony                                                                       5.04 mills

Special Improvements – Streets                                              2.58 mills

Special Improvements - Fire Dept.                                         1.84 mills  

            BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Assessor of the Parish of Lafourche, shall extend upon the assessment roll for the year 2004 the taxes herein levied, and the tax collector of said Parish shall collect and remit the same to said taxing authority in accordance with law.

 

The foregoing ordinance was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the ordinance was adopted by the following votes:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 5th day of October 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 to roll forward the Ad Valorem Taxes for the year 2004.  Councilman Dee Richard stated that he will vote against this ordinance because he feels that we are increasing the citizens’ taxes.  Councilman Swanner stated that he will support this because he feels that everything is increasing including taxes and wages, and he feels that the additional revenues are needed to continue the current level of services.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to roll forward the Ad Valorem Taxes for the year 2004.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

            ABSENT: None 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2226

 

                        AN ORDINANCE TO ROLL FORWARD THE

                        AD VALOREM TAXES FOR THE YEAR 2004 

 

            BE IT ORDAINED, by the City of Thibodaux, of the Parish of Lafourche, Louisiana, in a public hearing held on October 5, 2004, which hearing was conducted in accordance with the open meetings law and the additional requirements of Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Constitution, that the taxing authority voted to increase the millage rate(s), but not in excess of the prior year’s maximum rate(s), on all taxable property shown on the official assessment roll for the year 2004, and when collected, the revenues from said taxes shall be used only for the specific purposes for which said taxes have been levied. Said millage rate(s) are: 

                                                                                    Adjusted Rate                        2004 Levy

 

General Alimony                                                           5.04 mills                 5.49 mills

Special Improvements – Streets                                  2.58 mills                 3.00 mills

Special Improvements - Fire Dept.                             1.84 mills                 2.00 mills

 

 

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Assessor of the Parish of Lafourche, shall extend upon the assessment roll for the year 2004 the taxes herein levied, and the tax collector of said Parish shall collect and remit the same to said taxing authority in accordance with law.  

The foregoing ordinance was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by no less than two-thirds of the total membership of the taxing authority voting in favor as required by Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B). The votes were as follows:

 

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

NAYS: Councilman D. Richard

ABSTAINED: None

ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 5th day of October 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

 

 

 

 
   
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