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City of Thibodaux, LA

           OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
              JANUARY 4, 2005
 

 

           

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, January 4, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Germaine Jackson.

 

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

 

            The State Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has approved the creation of a couplet system in the City of Thibodaux along LA 1 and LA 308.  While studying the feasibility of a couplet system, it was determined by DOTD that the construction of two (2) bridges across Bayou Lafourche would be required to make the couplet system functional.

 

            The Mayor has received some indication that DOTD might be planning to implement the couplet system prior to the construction of the two bridges.  Based on the input given by the City and other agencies during the public hearing process on the couplet system; this would not be acceptable.

 

            The Mayor is requesting that the City Council consider the adoption of a resolution committing support for the couplet system, but contingent upon the fact that the system will not be implemented until the new bridges are constructed.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard asked for a brief refresher on where we stand on the couplet issue.  The Council Administrator explained that this started ten (10) years ago because of the traffic problems on St. Mary (LA HWY 1).  The City requested that the State consider constructing a center turn lane on St. Mary to ease traffic congestion, and the State conducted studies in that area and decided that a couplet system would be a better choice to ease traffic problems throughout the City for the long term.

 

            Mr. Ronnie Clement of 100 Belmont Drive stated that he supports the couplet system in the City Of Thibodaux.  He encouraged the City Council to really consider supporting this because he feels that this is the only way to ease traffic congestion in the City of Thibodaux.

 

            Councilman Swanner stated that we could also look at alternatives to the two new bridges, such as improvements to the existing bridges to add turn lanes so that the bridges could accommodate more traffic flow.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard suggested that the Council not take any action tonight and requested that the Mayor contact Representative Warren Triche and Senator Joel Chiasson and invite them to attend the next Council meeting in order to discuss any options that the City may have in this project so that the Council can draft a resolution that they feel will be the most beneficial to the entire City.

 

            The Mayor stated that he would contact Mr. Triche and Mr. Chiasson and ask them to attend the January 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            The proposed resolution supporting the couplet system in the City of Thibodaux died for lack of a motion.

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce.

 

            The Chamber of Commerce provides many services to the City relative to the promotion of tourism and economic development in the City of Thibodaux.  The Mayor wishes to assist the Chamber in their promotion of our City by providing funding in the amount of $10,000 to offset expenses incurred by the Chamber over a two-year period.  In order for the City to contribute the funding to the Chamber, it is necessary for the City to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the organization so as to define the conditions under which the funding will be utilized.

 

            It is also necessary to amend the proposed agreement as introduced due to the first payment date needing to be changed from “first payment due to be paid prior to December 31, 2004” to “first payment due to be paid prior to January 31, 2005”.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to amend the ordinance and agreement for the first payment to be made prior to January 31, 2005.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council vote to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2233

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE THIBODAUX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce actively promotes tourism and economic development within the City of Thibodaux; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide funding to the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce for the invaluable service it provides the City in the aforesaid arenas; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a two year period with $5,000 payable on or before January 31, 2005 and the balance of $5,000 payable on or before December 31, 2005; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to provide the said funding, it is necessary to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement outlining the benefits to be received by the City of Thibodaux in exchange for the said funding; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize the Mayor to execute the said cooperative endeavor agreement.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce 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, Mire and D. Richard

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of January 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                        /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome “Dee” Richard, 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
              JANUARY 4, 2005
 

 

           

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, January 4, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

            There were also present:  Mayor Charles Caillouet and Germaine Jackson.

 

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

 

            The State Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has approved the creation of a couplet system in the City of Thibodaux along LA 1 and LA 308.  While studying the feasibility of a couplet system, it was determined by DOTD that the construction of two (2) bridges across Bayou Lafourche would be required to make the couplet system functional.

 

            The Mayor has received some indication that DOTD might be planning to implement the couplet system prior to the construction of the two bridges.  Based on the input given by the City and other agencies during the public hearing process on the couplet system; this would not be acceptable.

 

            The Mayor is requesting that the City Council consider the adoption of a resolution committing support for the couplet system, but contingent upon the fact that the system will not be implemented until the new bridges are constructed.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard asked for a brief refresher on where we stand on the couplet issue.  The Council Administrator explained that this started ten (10) years ago because of the traffic problems on St. Mary (LA HWY 1).  The City requested that the State consider constructing a center turn lane on St. Mary to ease traffic congestion, and the State conducted studies in that area and decided that a couplet system would be a better choice to ease traffic problems throughout the City for the long term.

 

            Mr. Ronnie Clement of 100 Belmont Drive stated that he supports the couplet system in the City Of Thibodaux.  He encouraged the City Council to really consider supporting this because he feels that this is the only way to ease traffic congestion in the City of Thibodaux.

 

            Councilman Swanner stated that we could also look at alternatives to the two new bridges, such as improvements to the existing bridges to add turn lanes so that the bridges could accommodate more traffic flow.

 

            Councilman Gene Richard suggested that the Council not take any action tonight and requested that the Mayor contact Representative Warren Triche and Senator Joel Chiasson and invite them to attend the next Council meeting in order to discuss any options that the City may have in this project so that the Council can draft a resolution that they feel will be the most beneficial to the entire City.

 

            The Mayor stated that he would contact Mr. Triche and Mr. Chiasson and ask them to attend the January 18, 2005 City Council meeting.

 

            The proposed resolution supporting the couplet system in the City of Thibodaux died for lack of a motion.

 

            A public hearing was then held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce.

 

            The Chamber of Commerce provides many services to the City relative to the promotion of tourism and economic development in the City of Thibodaux.  The Mayor wishes to assist the Chamber in their promotion of our City by providing funding in the amount of $10,000 to offset expenses incurred by the Chamber over a two-year period.  In order for the City to contribute the funding to the Chamber, it is necessary for the City to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the organization so as to define the conditions under which the funding will be utilized.

 

            It is also necessary to amend the proposed agreement as introduced due to the first payment date needing to be changed from “first payment due to be paid prior to December 31, 2004” to “first payment due to be paid prior to January 31, 2005”.

 

            On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to amend the ordinance and agreement for the first payment to be made prior to January 31, 2005.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

            NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

On motion of Councilman Swanner, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council vote to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce as amended.  Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

 

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

NAYS: None

            ABSENT: None

 

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2233

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE THIBODAUX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

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

 

            WHEREAS, the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce actively promotes tourism and economic development within the City of Thibodaux; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide funding to the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce for the invaluable service it provides the City in the aforesaid arenas; and

 

            WHEREAS, the City desires to provide an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a two year period with $5,000 payable on or before January 31, 2005 and the balance of $5,000 payable on or before December 31, 2005; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to provide the said funding, it is necessary to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement outlining the benefits to be received by the City of Thibodaux in exchange for the said funding; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order for the City to execute this proposed agreement it is necessary for the Council to authorize the Mayor to execute the said cooperative endeavor agreement.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce 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, Mire and D. Richard

            NAYS: None

            ABSTAINED: None

            ABSENT: None

 

            And the above ordinance was declared adopted this 4th day of January 2005.

 

/s/Tommy Eschete                                                        /s/Jerome Richard

Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                         Jerome “Dee” Richard, President

 

            There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

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

 
   
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