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 OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
            SEPTEMBER 6, 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, September 6, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

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

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

The minutes of the August 16, 2005 Council meeting were approved as written.

Councilman Dee Richard asked the Mayor to give the Council a brief report on the work done for Hurricane Katrina. The Mayor explained that there was no significant damage in the City of Thibodaux. The main problem experienced was the lack of communications.

The Council allowed Ms. Ethel Knobloch of 626 Jackson Street to address the Council with concerns about the communication failure after the storm. She asked that the City devise a plan of communication to keep citizens informed in the event that phone communications are lost again. She also stated that she feels that if KTIB were operating again, they would have kept local citizens informed about things in our area.

The State has created a Restoration Tax Abatement Program that provides property owners with incentives to restore structures located within historic, developmental or economic districts. This program provides 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.

Robert and Leah Payne have filed an application for participation in this program with the State for a structure located on St. Louis Street. The project has been designated as Application No. 2004-0407-56, and it does meet the criteria for participation.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting Application No. 2004-0407-56 for the Louisiana Tax Abatement Program submitted by Mr. Robert Payne for property located at 102 St. Louis Street. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1143


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 September 6, 2005 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 2004-0407-56 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, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSTAINED: None
ABSENT: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

David Duplantis, Project Engineer, has advised the Council Administrator it is necessary for the City Council to consider the approval of Change Order No. 1 for the 2004 CDBG Project. This change order is being proposed in order to adjust the contract price as a result of approved additional work and liquidated damages assessed due to delay of the completion of the project. The proposed change order will decrease the final contract price by $18,600.35, thereby making the final contract price $170,303.65.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving Change Order No. 1 for the 2004 CDBG Project. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1144

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN CHANGE ORDER #1 WITH SEALEVEL CONSTRUCTION, INC. FOR THE 2004 CDBG PROJECT

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

WHEREAS, the City entered into a contract with Sealevel Construction, Inc. for the 2004 CDBG Project; and

WHEREAS, due to the reconciliation of all contract quantities which includes additional asphalt and liquidated damages, the execution of a change order is required; and

WHEREAS, the proposed change order decreases the contract price in the amount of $18,600.35 under the original contract bid for a final contract price of $170,303.65.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute Change Order No. 1 with Sealevel Construction, Inc. in the amount mentioned above.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said change order 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, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSTAINED: None
ABSENT: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

David Duplantis, Project Engineer, advised the Council Administrator that the 2004 CDBG Project is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications. It is necessary for the City Council to consider the adoption of a resolution of substantial completion in order to commence the 45-day lien period on this contract.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the 2004 CDBG Project. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1145

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 March 2, 2005 for the 2004 CDBG Project; and

WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on August 5, 2005; 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 September 6, 2005 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 Duplantis Design Group, 314 East Bayou Road, Thibodaux, LA 70301.

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

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

The property owner of the houses located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street appeared before the City Council at the June 7, 2005 Council meeting relative to the possible condemnation of the structures. The owner was instructed at that meeting to return to tonight’s meeting to report on the status of the buildings in question.

Mr. Jeffery Duncan of 306 Melrose Drive appeared before the Council concerning the property located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street. Mr. Duncan informed the Council that they have been working on these structures and would like the Council to allow him more time to complete the renovations.

Councilman Swanner stated that he would like to give Mr. Duncan more time since work is in progress on the structures, and he would like Mr. Duncan to keep up the yard and keep the property clean.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner the Council granted Mr. Duncan an extension in order to complete repairs being made to the structures located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street. The Council also asked that Mr. Duncan appear at the January 3, 2006 City Council meeting to provide another status report to the Council. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

A public hearing was held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the construction of a sewer line alone Rosedown Drive.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the location of a sanitary sewer line. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

ORDINANCE NO. 2264

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A SERVITUDE AGREEMENT WITH J.B. LEVERT LAND COMPANY FOR THE LOCATION OF A SANITARY SEWER LINE

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

WHEREAS, the City is in the process of locating a sewer line in North Thibodaux along Rosedown Drive; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to acquire a twelve (12’) foot servitude from the property owner so as to construct the aforesaid line; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the execution of the servitude agreement by the adoption of an appropriate ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that the City does hereby authorize the Mayor to execute a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the location of a sewer line as outlined hereinabove.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the servitude 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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

A public hearing was then held on an ordinance to establish a 4-way stop at the intersection of Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road.

The Councilmen were presented with a traffic study performed by the Police Department of the intersection in question. Based on the number of accidents in that area and the location of W.S. Lafargue Elementary School, the Police Department has determined that it is feasible to place a 4-way stop at that intersection.

Councilman Dee Richard questioned the removal of the existing 4-way stop at the intersection of Plantation Road and Jefferson Street. The Chief informed the Council that that intersection is located outside of the City limits therefore it would be up to the Parish to remove it. It is not the recommendation of the Police Department that that 4-way be removed.

Councilman Swanner asked the Chief to provide some type of awareness at this intersection of the new 4-way stop sign in order to prevent accidents until the citizens get used to having the stop sign in place.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 20-4 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to create sub-section (y); 4-way stop – Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

ORDINANCE NO. 2265

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT
SECTION 20-4 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE
OF ORDINANCES SO AS TO CREATE SUB-SECTION
(y); FOUR-WAY STOP –PLANTATION ROAD AND
RIDGEFIELD ROAD

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 20-4 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances are hereby amended and re-enacted so as to add Sub-Section (v) to read as follows:

Sec. 20-5. Four-Way Stop Intersections.

y) Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road

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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

The Mayor has requested that the City Council declare a state of emergency in the City in conjunction with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this is to authorize the Mayor to execute contracts or service agreements in order to restore the City to normal operating condition.

By acclamation of the City Council, they adopted an ordinance declaring a state of emergency in the City of Thibodaux in conjunction with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

ORDINANCE NO. 2266

AN ORDINANCE DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY
IN THE CITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AFTERMATH
OF HURRICANE KATRINA


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

WHEREAS, the effects of Hurricane Katrina has caused a significant amount of damage to infrastructure, trees and homes in the community; and

WHEREAS, the said damage has generated a large amount of trash and debris which must be collected and removed from the City; and

WHEREAS, any delay in addressing the problems associated with the aftermath of the hurricane may cause a threat to our citizens and their property; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby declare the situation in the City relative to Hurricane Katrina an emergency in conjunction with the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the Thibodaux City Charter.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute any and all service contracts required in order to address the cleanup and recovery efforts of the City relative to Hurricane Katrina.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that public bid requirements relative to the aforestated emergency shall be waived in accordance with the provisions of LRS 38:2212D(1)

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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

Councilman Dee Richard reminded the Council of the pre-budget conference scheduled next Tuesday (September 13th) at 5:00 PM, and also reminded the Councilmen that any requests that they wish to discuss at the hearing must be presented to the Mayor by Thursday, September 8, 2005.

Councilman Dee Richard then asked the Council to consider going into executive session in order to discuss pending litigation against the City of Thibodaux.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to go into executive session. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

The Council reconvened and there being no further business the meeting was adjourned.
 

_____________________________                   ____________________________
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Jerome Richard, President

 
 
     
 
City of Thibodaux, LA

 OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF THIBODAUX
CITY HALL
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA
            SEPTEMBER 6, 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, September 6, 2005 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

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

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

The minutes of the August 16, 2005 Council meeting were approved as written.

Councilman Dee Richard asked the Mayor to give the Council a brief report on the work done for Hurricane Katrina. The Mayor explained that there was no significant damage in the City of Thibodaux. The main problem experienced was the lack of communications.

The Council allowed Ms. Ethel Knobloch of 626 Jackson Street to address the Council with concerns about the communication failure after the storm. She asked that the City devise a plan of communication to keep citizens informed in the event that phone communications are lost again. She also stated that she feels that if KTIB were operating again, they would have kept local citizens informed about things in our area.

The State has created a Restoration Tax Abatement Program that provides property owners with incentives to restore structures located within historic, developmental or economic districts. This program provides 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.

Robert and Leah Payne have filed an application for participation in this program with the State for a structure located on St. Louis Street. The project has been designated as Application No. 2004-0407-56, and it does meet the criteria for participation.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Gene Richard, the Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting Application No. 2004-0407-56 for the Louisiana Tax Abatement Program submitted by Mr. Robert Payne for property located at 102 St. Louis Street. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1143


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 September 6, 2005 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 2004-0407-56 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, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSTAINED: None
ABSENT: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

David Duplantis, Project Engineer, has advised the Council Administrator it is necessary for the City Council to consider the approval of Change Order No. 1 for the 2004 CDBG Project. This change order is being proposed in order to adjust the contract price as a result of approved additional work and liquidated damages assessed due to delay of the completion of the project. The proposed change order will decrease the final contract price by $18,600.35, thereby making the final contract price $170,303.65.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt a resolution approving Change Order No. 1 for the 2004 CDBG Project. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1144

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN CHANGE ORDER #1 WITH SEALEVEL CONSTRUCTION, INC. FOR THE 2004 CDBG PROJECT

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

WHEREAS, the City entered into a contract with Sealevel Construction, Inc. for the 2004 CDBG Project; and

WHEREAS, due to the reconciliation of all contract quantities which includes additional asphalt and liquidated damages, the execution of a change order is required; and

WHEREAS, the proposed change order decreases the contract price in the amount of $18,600.35 under the original contract bid for a final contract price of $170,303.65.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute Change Order No. 1 with Sealevel Construction, Inc. in the amount mentioned above.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the said change order 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, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSTAINED: None
ABSENT: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

David Duplantis, Project Engineer, advised the Council Administrator that the 2004 CDBG Project is substantially complete in accordance with all contract documents and specifications. It is necessary for the City Council to consider the adoption of a resolution of substantial completion in order to commence the 45-day lien period on this contract.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Swanner, the Council voted to adopt a resolution of substantial completion for the 2004 CDBG Project. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

RESOLUTION NO. 1145

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 March 2, 2005 for the 2004 CDBG Project; and

WHEREAS, the work under the aforementioned contract was substantially complete in accordance with the plans and specifications by the contractor on August 5, 2005; 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 September 6, 2005 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 Duplantis Design Group, 314 East Bayou Road, Thibodaux, LA 70301.

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

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

And the above resolution was declared adopted this 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

The property owner of the houses located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street appeared before the City Council at the June 7, 2005 Council meeting relative to the possible condemnation of the structures. The owner was instructed at that meeting to return to tonight’s meeting to report on the status of the buildings in question.

Mr. Jeffery Duncan of 306 Melrose Drive appeared before the Council concerning the property located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street. Mr. Duncan informed the Council that they have been working on these structures and would like the Council to allow him more time to complete the renovations.

Councilman Swanner stated that he would like to give Mr. Duncan more time since work is in progress on the structures, and he would like Mr. Duncan to keep up the yard and keep the property clean.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Swanner the Council granted Mr. Duncan an extension in order to complete repairs being made to the structures located at 227 and 229 North 10th Street. The Council also asked that Mr. Duncan appear at the January 3, 2006 City Council meeting to provide another status report to the Council. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

A public hearing was held on an ordinance authorizing the execution of a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the construction of a sewer line alone Rosedown Drive.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the location of a sanitary sewer line. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

ORDINANCE NO. 2264

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A SERVITUDE AGREEMENT WITH J.B. LEVERT LAND COMPANY FOR THE LOCATION OF A SANITARY SEWER LINE

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

WHEREAS, the City is in the process of locating a sewer line in North Thibodaux along Rosedown Drive; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to acquire a twelve (12’) foot servitude from the property owner so as to construct the aforesaid line; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the execution of the servitude agreement by the adoption of an appropriate ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux that the City does hereby authorize the Mayor to execute a servitude agreement with J.B. Levert Land Company for the location of a sewer line as outlined hereinabove.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that a copy of the servitude 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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

A public hearing was then held on an ordinance to establish a 4-way stop at the intersection of Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road.

The Councilmen were presented with a traffic study performed by the Police Department of the intersection in question. Based on the number of accidents in that area and the location of W.S. Lafargue Elementary School, the Police Department has determined that it is feasible to place a 4-way stop at that intersection.

Councilman Dee Richard questioned the removal of the existing 4-way stop at the intersection of Plantation Road and Jefferson Street. The Chief informed the Council that that intersection is located outside of the City limits therefore it would be up to the Parish to remove it. It is not the recommendation of the Police Department that that 4-way be removed.

Councilman Swanner asked the Chief to provide some type of awareness at this intersection of the new 4-way stop sign in order to prevent accidents until the citizens get used to having the stop sign in place.

On motion of Councilman Mire, seconded by Councilman Winston, the Council voted to adopt an ordinance to amend and re-enact Section 20-4 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances so as to create sub-section (y); 4-way stop – Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G. Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

ORDINANCE NO. 2265

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND RE-ENACT
SECTION 20-4 OF THE THIBODAUX CITY CODE
OF ORDINANCES SO AS TO CREATE SUB-SECTION
(y); FOUR-WAY STOP –PLANTATION ROAD AND
RIDGEFIELD ROAD

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Thibodaux in regular session assembled, that Section 20-4 of the Thibodaux City Code of Ordinances are hereby amended and re-enacted so as to add Sub-Section (v) to read as follows:

Sec. 20-5. Four-Way Stop Intersections.

y) Plantation Road and Ridgefield Road

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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

The Mayor has requested that the City Council declare a state of emergency in the City in conjunction with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this is to authorize the Mayor to execute contracts or service agreements in order to restore the City to normal operating condition.

By acclamation of the City Council, they adopted an ordinance declaring a state of emergency in the City of Thibodaux in conjunction with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

ORDINANCE NO. 2266

AN ORDINANCE DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY
IN THE CITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AFTERMATH
OF HURRICANE KATRINA


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

WHEREAS, the effects of Hurricane Katrina has caused a significant amount of damage to infrastructure, trees and homes in the community; and

WHEREAS, the said damage has generated a large amount of trash and debris which must be collected and removed from the City; and

WHEREAS, any delay in addressing the problems associated with the aftermath of the hurricane may cause a threat to our citizens and their property; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED that the City Council of the City of Thibodaux does hereby declare the situation in the City relative to Hurricane Katrina an emergency in conjunction with the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the Thibodaux City Charter.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute any and all service contracts required in order to address the cleanup and recovery efforts of the City relative to Hurricane Katrina.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that public bid requirements relative to the aforestated emergency shall be waived in accordance with the provisions of LRS 38:2212D(1)

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 6th day of September 2005.

/s/Tommy Eschete /s/Jerome Richard
Tommy Eschete, Council Adm. Jerome Richard, President

Councilman Dee Richard reminded the Council of the pre-budget conference scheduled next Tuesday (September 13th) at 5:00 PM, and also reminded the Councilmen that any requests that they wish to discuss at the hearing must be presented to the Mayor by Thursday, September 8, 2005.

Councilman Dee Richard then asked the Council to consider going into executive session in order to discuss pending litigation against the City of Thibodaux.

On motion of Councilman Gene Richard, seconded by Councilman Mire, the Council voted to go into executive session. Upon roll call the vote was as follows:

YEAS: Councilmen Swanner, G Richard, Winston, Mire and D. Richard
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None

The Council reconvened and there being no further business the meeting was adjourned.
 

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Tommy Eschete, Council Adm.                          Jerome Richard, President

 
   
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