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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
              NOVEMBER 16, 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, November 16, 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 November 3, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Mrs. Rose Ramaraj of 1025 bayou Blue Bypass Road addressed the Council and presented a petition concerning the prohibition of allowing individuals to take their pets on the recreational area around the raw water reservoir.  Mrs. Ramaraj stated that she is not asking the Council to amend the ordinance establishing rules at City parks; she is only asking that the prohibition of animals at the reservoir be removed.

 

            Councilman Mire stated that her request was an Administrative decision and directed her request to the Mayor.  The Mayor stated that the main problem at the reservoir is that it is not a flat walking track.  If someone were to fall off of the track they will go into the water.  He feels that the other walking tracks in the City are better suited for the walking of dogs.

 

            Dr. Vinita Sangtani of 110 B Louisa Drive stated that she feels that the reservoir facility is the safest place to walk in the evenings after work due to the lighting and parking availability.  She asked if there have been many complaints concerning the dogs on the track, because she has never witnessed any problems with her dog or anyone else having problems with dogs on the track.

 

            The Mayor stated that there were no formal complaints made to him directly, but he feels that the potential problems that could occur at the reservoir because of the dogs warrant the prohibition at that facility.  He feels that the other parks and walking paths in the City are better suited for that purpose.

 

            Councilman Winston stated that he understands the concerns of both the petitioners and the Mayor, and he would like to see a compromise reached not only concerning the dogs, but also the fishing at the facility.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard stated that he also is an animal lover, but he is also aware that some people are afraid of dogs therefore he chooses to walk his dog around his neighborhood instead of at the reservoir facility.

 

            Angela Dorsette stated that she has called to complain about dogs on the reservoir path because she is afraid of dogs and she will not use the facility if the dogs are allowed to walk on the path.

 

            The Human Resources Director has informed the Council Administrator that United healthcare has made a proposal to renew the City’s health insurance coverage for the year 2005, and calls for a 3% decrease in premiums. 

 

            The Council Administrator was also informed that a renewal offer foe the City’s dental insurance program from MetLife was submitted and calls for a 5% decrease in premiums for 2005.

 

            The Human resources Director has recommended that the Mayor accept the renewals of United Healthcare and MetLife for next year.  Since these are renewals that require no new contracts, no Council action is required.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard thanked the Human Resources Director and the agents of record for their hard work in acquiring such great renewals for the City and the employees.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council that in addition to the decrease in premiums, the City also increased the benefits available including a wellness program that will hopefully help keep premiums down in the future.  He also thanked the Human Resources Director and the agents.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Lafourche Parish School board for the collection of sales taxes for the fiscal years 2004-2006.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the December 7, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            All City departments have forwarded to the Finance Director a list of City property that is no longer used or needed by the City.  The Mayor is requesting that the City Council declare this property surplus and subject to public sale.  Some of the items declared surplus are of no value and will be discarded or destroyed.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution declaring certain City property surplus and subject to disposal or public sale.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1088

 

 

   A RESOLUTION DECLARING CERTAIN CITY

     PROPERTY SURPLUS AND SUBJECT TO SALE

 

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, it has been decided that certain property owned by the City of Thibodaux is no longer needed for public purposes; and

 

     WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of Title 33, Section 4712 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes (R.S.  33:4712), the City Council must adopt a resolution declaring the said property surplus and fixing the minimum price at and terms of the sale; and

 

     WHEREAS, this resolution shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned statutes in the local journal prior to the sale of the property; and

 

     WHEREAS, all sales made relative to this matter shall be final and shall not include any warranties or guarantees.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session that certain City property be and is hereby declared surplus in accordance with the State Statutes referred to herein.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the list of property and minimum price acceptable for the property to be sold 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 16th day of November 2004.

 

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

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

 

            Under the pay plan structure established as a result of the Waters Consulting Group Compensation Study, it is necessary to make the annual civil service salary range adjustment.  As per the request of the Civil Service Director, Mr. Rollie Waters recommended an adjustment to all pay ranges for all classified positions in the City of 2%.

 

            The Civil Service Board adopted a motion recommending a 2% adjustment to the civil service salary ranges at its November 9, 2004 meting.  It is now necessary for the City Council to adopt a resolution approving this adjustment for the year 2005.

 

            The Council Administrator stated that after reviewing the City Charter with the Mayor and Finance Director it was discovered that the salary adjustments need to be presented to the Civil Service Board no later than April 1st and approved by the Council no later than the second meeting in May prior to the commencement of the next fiscal year.  Therefore it is too late to make salary range adjustments for 2005.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council adopted a motion to send the recommendation back to the Civil Service Board to determine what action could be taken for 2005, and to make another recommendation according to the provisions of the City Charter for the year 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

A public hearing was scheduled on the Appropriation Ordinance for the year 2005.  Upon review of Article V, Section 1(F) of the Thibodaux City Charter, the Council must hold a special meeting for the purpose of a public hearing on only the budget.

 

On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to continue the public hearing on the Appropriation Ordinance for the year 2005 until a special meeting scheduled for November 30, 2004 at 5:00 PM at the Council’s regular meeting place.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: None

 

              

A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Lafourche Parish concerning the Animal Shelter Facility.

 

               The City has taken the steps necessary to acquire funds so as to contribute to the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility.  The City has received a grant from the Lorio Foundation in the amount of $130,000 to contribute to this project.  Once the project is complete, the Parish of Lafourche will own, operate and maintain the facility.

 

               In order for the City to contribute the aforesaid funding for the project, it is necessary for the City to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Lafourche Parish to define the conditions under which the funding will be utilized.  The agreement provides that the City funds along with other funds from other Parish entities will fund the remaining portion of the construction costs.

 

               On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Parish of Lafourche for the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

  

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

               NAYS: None

               ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2229

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE PARISH OF LAFOURCHE (ANIMAL SHELTER FACILITY)

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, the governmental entities in Lafourche Parish have agreed in principal to cooperate financially in the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide funding received from the Lorio Foundation to the Parish of Lafourche for the construction of this facility and the services it will provide to its citizens; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide an amount not to exceed $130,000 to the Parish of Lafourche which will represent the City’s share of the construction costs for the said facility; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to provide the said funding, it is necessary to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement outlining the conditions under which the said funding will be made; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the Mayor to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize him to do so.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Parish of Lafourche for the purposes, and under the conditions mentioned hereinabove.

 

            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

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 16th day of November 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
              NOVEMBER 16, 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, November 16, 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 November 3, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

           

            Mrs. Rose Ramaraj of 1025 bayou Blue Bypass Road addressed the Council and presented a petition concerning the prohibition of allowing individuals to take their pets on the recreational area around the raw water reservoir.  Mrs. Ramaraj stated that she is not asking the Council to amend the ordinance establishing rules at City parks; she is only asking that the prohibition of animals at the reservoir be removed.

 

            Councilman Mire stated that her request was an Administrative decision and directed her request to the Mayor.  The Mayor stated that the main problem at the reservoir is that it is not a flat walking track.  If someone were to fall off of the track they will go into the water.  He feels that the other walking tracks in the City are better suited for the walking of dogs.

 

            Dr. Vinita Sangtani of 110 B Louisa Drive stated that she feels that the reservoir facility is the safest place to walk in the evenings after work due to the lighting and parking availability.  She asked if there have been many complaints concerning the dogs on the track, because she has never witnessed any problems with her dog or anyone else having problems with dogs on the track.

 

            The Mayor stated that there were no formal complaints made to him directly, but he feels that the potential problems that could occur at the reservoir because of the dogs warrant the prohibition at that facility.  He feels that the other parks and walking paths in the City are better suited for that purpose.

 

            Councilman Winston stated that he understands the concerns of both the petitioners and the Mayor, and he would like to see a compromise reached not only concerning the dogs, but also the fishing at the facility.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard stated that he also is an animal lover, but he is also aware that some people are afraid of dogs therefore he chooses to walk his dog around his neighborhood instead of at the reservoir facility.

 

            Angela Dorsette stated that she has called to complain about dogs on the reservoir path because she is afraid of dogs and she will not use the facility if the dogs are allowed to walk on the path.

 

            The Human Resources Director has informed the Council Administrator that United healthcare has made a proposal to renew the City’s health insurance coverage for the year 2005, and calls for a 3% decrease in premiums. 

 

            The Council Administrator was also informed that a renewal offer foe the City’s dental insurance program from MetLife was submitted and calls for a 5% decrease in premiums for 2005.

 

            The Human resources Director has recommended that the Mayor accept the renewals of United Healthcare and MetLife for next year.  Since these are renewals that require no new contracts, no Council action is required.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard thanked the Human Resources Director and the agents of record for their hard work in acquiring such great renewals for the City and the employees.

 

            The Mayor informed the Council that in addition to the decrease in premiums, the City also increased the benefits available including a wellness program that will hopefully help keep premiums down in the future.  He also thanked the Human Resources Director and the agents.

 

            Councilman Dee Richard introduced an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Lafourche Parish School board for the collection of sales taxes for the fiscal years 2004-2006.  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the December 7, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

            All City departments have forwarded to the Finance Director a list of City property that is no longer used or needed by the City.  The Mayor is requesting that the City Council declare this property surplus and subject to public sale.  Some of the items declared surplus are of no value and will be discarded or destroyed.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution declaring certain City property surplus and subject to disposal or public sale.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

RESOLUTION NO. 1088

 

 

   A RESOLUTION DECLARING CERTAIN CITY

     PROPERTY SURPLUS AND SUBJECT TO SALE

 

 

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

 

     WHEREAS, it has been decided that certain property owned by the City of Thibodaux is no longer needed for public purposes; and

 

     WHEREAS, in accordance with the provisions of Title 33, Section 4712 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes (R.S.  33:4712), the City Council must adopt a resolution declaring the said property surplus and fixing the minimum price at and terms of the sale; and

 

     WHEREAS, this resolution shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned statutes in the local journal prior to the sale of the property; and

 

     WHEREAS, all sales made relative to this matter shall be final and shall not include any warranties or guarantees.

 

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session that certain City property be and is hereby declared surplus in accordance with the State Statutes referred to herein.

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the list of property and minimum price acceptable for the property to be sold 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 16th day of November 2004.

 

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

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

 

            Under the pay plan structure established as a result of the Waters Consulting Group Compensation Study, it is necessary to make the annual civil service salary range adjustment.  As per the request of the Civil Service Director, Mr. Rollie Waters recommended an adjustment to all pay ranges for all classified positions in the City of 2%.

 

            The Civil Service Board adopted a motion recommending a 2% adjustment to the civil service salary ranges at its November 9, 2004 meting.  It is now necessary for the City Council to adopt a resolution approving this adjustment for the year 2005.

 

            The Council Administrator stated that after reviewing the City Charter with the Mayor and Finance Director it was discovered that the salary adjustments need to be presented to the Civil Service Board no later than April 1st and approved by the Council no later than the second meeting in May prior to the commencement of the next fiscal year.  Therefore it is too late to make salary range adjustments for 2005.

 

            On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council adopted a motion to send the recommendation back to the Civil Service Board to determine what action could be taken for 2005, and to make another recommendation according to the provisions of the City Charter for the year 2006.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

A public hearing was scheduled on the Appropriation Ordinance for the year 2005.  Upon review of Article V, Section 1(F) of the Thibodaux City Charter, the Council must hold a special meeting for the purpose of a public hearing on only the budget.

 

On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to continue the public hearing on the Appropriation Ordinance for the year 2005 until a special meeting scheduled for November 30, 2004 at 5:00 PM at the Council’s regular meeting place.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: None

 

              

A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Lafourche Parish concerning the Animal Shelter Facility.

 

               The City has taken the steps necessary to acquire funds so as to contribute to the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility.  The City has received a grant from the Lorio Foundation in the amount of $130,000 to contribute to this project.  Once the project is complete, the Parish of Lafourche will own, operate and maintain the facility.

 

               In order for the City to contribute the aforesaid funding for the project, it is necessary for the City to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Lafourche Parish to define the conditions under which the funding will be utilized.  The agreement provides that the City funds along with other funds from other Parish entities will fund the remaining portion of the construction costs.

 

               On motion of Councilman Dee Richard, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Parish of Lafourche for the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

  

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

               NAYS: None

               ABSENT: None

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2229

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE PARISH OF LAFOURCHE (ANIMAL SHELTER FACILITY)

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, the governmental entities in Lafourche Parish have agreed in principal to cooperate financially in the construction of a parish-wide animal shelter facility; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide funding received from the Lorio Foundation to the Parish of Lafourche for the construction of this facility and the services it will provide to its citizens; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide an amount not to exceed $130,000 to the Parish of Lafourche which will represent the City’s share of the construction costs for the said facility; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to provide the said funding, it is necessary to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement outlining the conditions under which the said funding will be made; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the Mayor to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize him to do so.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Parish of Lafourche for the purposes, and under the conditions mentioned hereinabove.

 

            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

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 16th day of November 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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