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Minutes – July 8, 2024

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman John Carriere was absent. Also present was Town Attorney Jerry Guillot and CPA Jacob Waguespack.

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll Call, Pledge and Prayers.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: Sweet Home Baptist Church questioned the Board about an agreement made 40 years ago to cut the grass at the Church. Mayor Harris explained that the Town cannot use property for personal use and there was no records of any agreement. The church is stating that the water line goes through the church property and that was the reason for the grass upkeep. It was stated last night that the 8 inch line goes behind the church. Church requested that pipes be removed. Town will check with the Clerk of Court to see if any paperwork was filed pertaining to this. Alderman Martin volunteered to cut their grass.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris announced that the Summer Enrichments Program will start July 9th at the Education Center. Any assistance will be much appreciated.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes from the June 10, 2024 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Justin Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS: Review of the Rental Contract for the Community Center was tabled until next meeting.

Mr. Alfred Collar was not present with his occupational license, after a discussion with the Board it was decided that Mr. Collar does not live in the city limits and would not require an Occupational License from the Town, he would have to contact the Parish.

Ms. Linda Dees requested Occupational License to open her snowball stand in Maringouin. There were no objections and Alderman Martin made the motion to have a license issued. Motion seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Alderman Martin introduced Ordinance for Public Record charges: Fees are as follows, Letter or Legal paper $1.00 per page, Letter or Legal paper (color) $1.50 per page, 11 x 17 pages $2.00 per page, larger than 11×17 pages $15.00 per page, redacted pages $2.00 per page, USB or CD $10.00 each, mail copies $10.00 each.

Alderman Martin made the motion to go into a 10 minutes Executive Session to discuss the suit of Vorise vs. Town of Maringouin. Motion seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Alderman Martin made the motion to return to the meeting from Executive Session. Motion seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Alderman Martin introduced Ordinance to provide for regulations of speed bumps and speed humps, motion seconded by Alderwoman Hill.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Jacob Waguespack outlined the financials for May. Finances are still in good shape, however there was a large spike in over 30 days outstanding utility bills. It was discussed cut-offs would be done this week.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS: FIRE: Chief Washington reported 13 calls for the month and all units are in service. New truck just purchased was present for everyone to inspect.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported that Officer Braud’s last day was Friday. He is expecting to employ 2 people part-time. The police station had some water damage a few months ago and we are waiting on the insurance company to make settlement. Chief requested permission from the Board to have the repairs done while we wait. He also requested a culvert be put in the ditch by the police station.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director reported the work is being done for the pipe installations and another street has been added. Audience requested if the driveways be put back like they were before.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill didn’t anything to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere was absent, however Mayor Harris reported that cut-offs will be done.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix informed the Board that two student summer workers were employed and one full-timer for the Maintenance Department. Also custodian was employed for the Community Center.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel reported that grass and weeds still need to be cut. She was requested to present a list of all the problems so certified letters can be sent.

ROADS, STREETS & DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin had nothing new to report.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned by a motion from Alderwoman Hill, seconded by Alderman Bessix.

Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk

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Minutes June 10, 2024

Public Hearing began at 6:00 on the Closeout Hearing with attendees signing in and given notes concerning the grant used to complete the work for the Love Louisiana Outdoors grant. it was explained that this public hearing was called to let everyone know that the improvements at the Walking Trail were completed and audience comments and questions were requested.

No comments were received.

Public Hearing began at 6:10 on the Millage roll forward. Mayor Harris explained the roll-forward would provide revenues to the Town and he explained the amount that would be increased in mills. There were no audience comments.

A motion was made by Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Bessix to close public hearings and open Regular Meeting.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin and Aldermen John Carriere. CPA Jacob Waguespack was absent.

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll Call, Pledge and Prayer.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: None

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris announced that the Spring Gospel Festival was held over the weekend and it was a success.

Mayor Harris announced that two of our local children have received scholarships, Alden Dupree who will be attending Southeastern and Makeriah Harris who will be attending LSU.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes from the May 13, 2024 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Veronica Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINES: CPA Jacob Waguespack was absent so Alderwoman Veronica Hill presented the April financials to the Board. She explained that cash had increased by $274,600 since September, 2023 mainly due to maintained spending levels and increased sales tax. She explained that the Revenue trends are up at this time. Utility receivables are 81% current which was a good place to be in. At this time there are no problems and everything looks good.

NEW BUSINESS: Alderman Carriere made the motion to adopt the adjusted millage, seconded by Alderwoman Edna Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

Alderman Carriere made the motion to set forth the adjusted millage rate and roll forward, motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made to appoint Jerry Guillot as Town Attorney and Magistrate by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 15 calls made in May. All units are in service except the Rescue 8. It was reported that some of the equipment for the new unit was picked up and the balance will be delivered soon for installation in the new unit.

POLICE: Chief Anderson informed the Board that the garbage at the Dollar Store has been removed. Chief Anderson asked the Board if we could consider getting the radar cameras.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Butler informed the Board that all is in good shape at this time, water samples will be picked up Wednesday. He informed the Board that he has a Pipeline Safety meeting Wednesday. They are preparing for the hurricane season. Mayor Harris asked him to have a list of equipment we have or may need. Mr. Butler asked the Board about receiving recognition on the plaques that are installed at the Walking Trail, Town Hall. He was involved with the engineers in getting projects completed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill presented check registers to the board for all the expenses paid during month of May.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere informed the Board that there were 9 disconnects last month and 5 have been re-connected.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix informed the Board that we have received a couple of Summer Work applications, two students will be employed for this position. He also informed the Board that a Custodian has been selected.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel advised that there are several building that are falling down and weeds need to be cut.

ROAD, STREETS & DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin informed the Board that the rains had slow down the drainage work. Mr. Butler advised that they would be back on the project tomorrow.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned by a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Bessix.

Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk

MINUTES – May 13, 2024

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman John Carriere. Also present was Town Attorney Gerard Morgan and CPA Jacob Waguespack.

Roll Call: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll Call and Pledge . Prayer was led by Donald Ray Patterson.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: nONE

ANNOUNCEMENTS: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes from the April 8, 2024 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the March financials to the Board. Mr. Waguespack explained that the Town is still in good shape. Sale Taxes continue to still be up. Collection rate is still good. No problems.

Policy updates tabled from last month were discussed with a Motion to accept them by Alderman Carriere. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS; CPA Tony Ruiz presented his final audit findings to the Board. There was one issue that was a repeat from last audit. He informed the Board that the Town is in good shape.

A motion to adopt the Resolution for Surplus Equipment was made by Alderman Martin. Motion seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

Mayor Harris read the Proclamation for Fair Housing Month.

Motion to continue support of Spring Gospel Festival was made by Alderman Carriere. Motion seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board. Date for Festival has been set at June 8th.

The Ordinance to set rates for Public Request Records was introduced.

Plans for the Annual Fall Festival were discussed and two dates have tentatively been set. October 25, 26 and 27th. or November 8, 9 and 10th.

Mayor Harris announced that there will be a Juneteenth Parade on June 15th in Grosse Tete.

FIRE: Chief Washington reported that the meeting was very good. All units are in operation except Rescue 8.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported the situation with Jr. Mart’s ATM. One arrest has been made with more to come. He informed the Board that the Police Station had a hot water leak which caused damage to the walls. Insurance adjuster was there today to do a report. He asked the Board to consider hiring another full-time officer for his department.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Lee Butler informed the Board that everything is good at this time. He is due an inspection tomorrow.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

There were no committee reports due to the weather alert we were under.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned with a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderwoman Hill.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Town of Maringouin is completing work on its FY2021 Community Development Block Grant for improvements to the Town’s park facilities. The purpose of the meeting is to hear comments from the public concerning the Town’s performance of the activities funded under the FY2021 Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (LCDBG-CV) Love Louisiana Outdoors Program (LLOP). Funding from this grant provided for improvements to the Town Park which included outdoor fitness equipment, shade shelters, benches, et.

This public notice and a final public hearing are being held prior to final closeout documents being sent to the State. If anyone has any comments, questions, or grievances, they should present these at the public hearing to be held on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 6:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Minutes, April 8, 2024

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, and Alderman John Carriere. Also present were Town Attorney Gerard Morgan and CPA Jacob Waguespack.

Roll Call: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll Call, Pledge and Prayer.

Audience Comments: Demi Vorise requested our policies and procedures for the requirements of the speed bumps installed on the streets of Maringouin. She also requested the maintenance log for the Bayou Pavilion, records from the Police department. She informed the Board that the Welcome signs have algae and need to be cleaned.

We got a request for our requirements on grass cutting, it was reported that in the past on some empty lots, the grass was used for hay, however the height should be 18″. Also it was requested about the requirements for old cars parked on property in the Town. Attorney Morgan suggesed that a Zoning Ordinance be done to handle these problems in the future.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris reminded everyone that the Community Health Fair sponsored by Arbor Health is to be held Tuesday, April 16th at the Community Center 10:00 to 2:00. There will be many activities for everyone, with raffles throughout the day.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes from the March 11, 2024 meeting and the March 14, 2024 Special Meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Jeffery Hill was here to answer any and all questions from the Board concerning new business he wants to open on Landry Drive. We were informed that DEQ has to send letter of approval for the handling of used tires. He states that there will be no old tire visible to the public.

The quote for the shade to be placed over the playground equipment was discussed and decided that another option be checked out due to the cost.

The quote for the replacement of computers in the Town Hall was discussed but no decision made, it was requested that other quotes be obtained.

Keep Louisiana beautiful project scheduled for April 27th was discussed and we will be finalizing the plans and arrangements.

CPA Waguespack informed the Board that we have some changes to our Policies and Procedures and he has updated them in the Sexual Harassment, Purchasing and Disbursements, IT Security and Debit Service. These were discussed but was requested that they be put on next month’s Agenda to give the Board members more time to review tham.

Waguespack informed the Board that our monthly rates will be calculated by Kel-Ar entirely and hopefully this will take care of the recurring item in our audit findings each year.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the February financials to the Board. He explained that we are still in good shape at this time. He expects the sale taxes to flatten-out in the future. Since they have started keeping records of each of the utilities, water, gas and sewer they are above to see what department is not holding its own and that is the water and sewer.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 7 calls in March. Chief Washington informed the Board that all units are in order expect the Rescue 8 unit.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported that the new unit we just purchased is being equipped.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Lee Butler informed the Board of the drainage job they have been doing. Alderman Carriere informed him of the good job his men did with the drainage job they did on Bayou Road. Sloping the drainage will keep problems from occurring again.

Alderman Carriere informed the Board that the Engleman Farms is requesting water service from the Town. This will be looked into and getting more information that is needed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere reported that we had 6 disconnects and all are now re-connected.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix didn’t have anything new to add.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin informed the Board that the Company doing our drainage project has his equipment se-up and will be starting that job soon.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel once again listed houses that need to be addressed. Mayor Harris stated that we will be looking for another company to the condemnation work for us.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned with a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Hill.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Clerk

MINUTES

November 13, 2023

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderman John Carriere and Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin was absent. Also present was CPA Jacob Waguespack and Town Attorney Gerald Morgan.

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll Call and Pledge. Prayer was led by Bernaud Christmas.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: A complaint was made about the drainage not being handled since her last meeting in July. Mayor Harris informed her that we have given a contractor the request and we are waiting on quotes. If it is required, this job may have to be bided out.

Parish Councilman Matt Jewell informed the Board and audience of the updates on Parish projects. He stated Magnolia Production is coming up fast and he expects will be ready next year. Shintech is opening another phase to their works and we can expect this ready soon. He informed everyone that sale taxes are continuing to go up, giving municipalities more income

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Carriere to approve the minutes from the October 9, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS: Alderwoman Mitchel made the motion to authorize Mayor to sign the two Engagement letters from Faulk & Winkler. Motion was seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Mr. Roger Morris was present requesting information concerning building inspections of his two businesses. Mayor Harris informed him that he would have to comply with the Town Ordinances. Mr. Morris explained that he does not need a commercial license contractor according to information he has read. Town Attorney further stated that the Town’s Ordinances must be followed. Mayor Harris informed him that the Council and Attorney would review everything and get back to him.

Alderwoman Hill made the motion to adopt the 2024 Holiday schedule, motion seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the September financials to the Board. He informed the Board that we are in good shape at this time. He stated that they are getting ready for the audit.

The Ordinance to increase the salary of elected officials was made by a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Mayor Harris requested the Agenda be amended to include updated report from Seneca Toussant. Mr. Toussant informed the Board that on the Ridgewood Subdivision drainage project we recently had bided out, Tullier was low bidder. He is also requesting a 20% budget increase to cover this project.

Mayor Harris requested that the project for Maringouin Bayou be looked into as soon as possible. Mr. Toussant reported that it is set to break ground on 1-25. Mr. Toussant will be updating the Board next month.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 6 calls in October. He stated that all trucks were in service at this time, however he will be putting one back in the shop for more work. Mr. Washington requested permission to have a night Parade, motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance. Fire Chief requested everyone vote on the Amendment No. 3.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported that they have worked on getting the certifications from each officer before the end of the year. He stated the Fall Festival had no issues.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director was not present at meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: FINANCE – Alderwoman Hill presented the Board with a Check Register of all the payments made last month and the report on the expenses from the Fall Festival.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere didn’t have anything new to add, delinquent accounts are being paid.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix didn’t have anything new to add.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel requested that some limbs be cut on the trees at the Walking Trail. She requested information on the walking bridge across Maringouin Bayou and was informed that a contractor would be needed to re-do the bridge.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin was absent.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned with a motion from Alderwoman Hill, seconded by Alderman Bessix.

Minutes – September 11, 2023

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present; Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman Justin Bessix and Alderman John Carriere. Alderwoman Veronica Hill was absent.

Also present was CPA Jacob Waguespack and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.

Roll Call: Mayor Harris opened the Public Hearing with a Roll Call, Pledge and Prayer.

Public Hearing was opened with a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

CPA Jacob Waguespack presented the 2023-2024 budget to the public and explained that four line items needed to be amended.

Audience comments: Councilman Jewell was in favor of the budget. He explained that the Parish had new businesses coming that would increase revenues for the town and parish.

Chief Washington questioned a salary increase. Budget will be amended to include this increase.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the board in attendance to close public hearing and return to regular scheduled meeting.

Announcements: Mayor Harris announced that the Fall festival is scheduled for 11-7-23.

Audience comments: Sam Watson candidate for Parish Councilman addressed the Board. He informed the board that he was qualified and ready for the position.

Garrick Scott complained about bids not being fairly accepted. He feels the Town should look to Maringouin first.

We had a complaint from a citizen about the toxic waste from one of the lift stations. She feels something needs to be done. She was informed that the pumping station is checked Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly,.

Tammi Fabre, candidate for State Representative handed out her information outline her qualifications.

Ms. Vorise explained she was at the meeting to meet with Roger Morris of Stoner Island. She questioned the board about permits for work being done at Stoner island. She feels town has not followed the ordinance.

Approval of minutes: A motion was made by Alderman Carriere to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

New Business: A motion to approve the 2023-2024 budget and amend the ordinance to increase salary of the Fire Chief was done by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

The Resolution to participate in the State of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was adopted by a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the board in attendance.

The Ordinance to increase the salary of Policy Chief, Fire Chief and Clerk was made by motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the board in attendance.

It was announced that he plans for the fall festival are almost completed. The date was changed to November 11th in hopes the weather will be cooler. Flyers will be mailed out advertising.

Old Business: CPA Jacob Waguespack presented the Council with the financial statements of July, 2023. He informed the board that the 2022-2023 budget was amended. He informed them the sales taxes are continuing to do good and the collections are in good shape.

The police call log was presented to the board for the month of June since there was no July meeting.

Fire: Chief Washington reported 13 calls last month. Training and meeting has been done. Has a unit down.

Police: Police Chief informed the Board that he had some radios that they didn’t use anymore and he was going to donate them to Melville.

Maintenance: Public works director Lee Butler advised the board that everything was okay at this time. His gas inspection only had two problems that have been fixed. He advised the board that water grant was available and he is in needs of valves for the water system.

Committee reports: Finance, Ms. Hill was absent.

Utilities: Mr. Carriere reported that there were 121 on the delinquent list but a large number of them have been collected and only three are off.

Personnel: Mr. Bessix informed the board that custodian has been hired.

Building & grounds: Alderwoman Mitchel questioned the board about the bridge on 76. It either needs to be repaired or removed. Requests for bids to repair will be done.

Roads, streets and drainage: Alderman Martin requested information on the LED lights that have been submitted months ago.

Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Martin.

Minutes October 9, 2023

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Public hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderman John Carriere. Alderwoman Edna Mitchel was absent. Also present was CPA Jacob Waguespack and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.

Roll Call: Mayor Harris opened the Public Hearing with a Roll Call, Pledge. Prayer was led by Felton Deon Williams.

Public Hearing: was opened with a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Mayor Harris informed the audience that the Town is applying for a LCDBG grant that will be used for street improvements. Audience was for suggestions, complaints and any ideas they have. It was asked if this help with the drainage problem in one area.

Since there were no other comments, Public Hearing was closed with a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Regular meeting was opened with an announcement from Mr. Felton Deon Williams. His church Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church is sponsoring a Community Health Fair at the Masonic Hall, 77215 Lane Street, Maringouin, La. on Saturday, October 28th. He invited the public to attend. He informed everyone they plan to have several vendors who will be giving out information.

Audience Comments: a complaint was made about the drainage not being handled since her last meeting in July. Mayor Harris informed her that we have been trying to get a contractor to handle this but the job is too small for any. Mr. Williams suggested the would send the Mayor a name of a contractor he knows.

Approval of Minutes: corrections from the September 11, 2023 minutes a motion for introduction of Ordinances authorizing the incurring of debt and issuance of a Table Excess Revenue Bond was made by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the board. Also Fire Chief’s salary increased was not recorded in the minutes. Salary will increase to $880.00 per week, annual salary of $10,560.00 approved at the last meeting. Alderman Carriere made the motion to approve the minutes with the two corrections added, motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

New Business: Introduction of Ordinance to increase salary of elected officials was made by Alderman Carriere.

Motion to adopt the Bond Ordinance was made by Alderwoman Hill. Motion was seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the board in attendance.

Resolutions to Hire Engineering Services, Hire administrative services and citizens participation was made by a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the board in attendance.

Old Business – CPA Waguespack presented the August financials to the Board. He informed the board that we are in good shape. no problems with the budget. Water and sewer will be short. Collection rate is good, receivables are in good shape.

Fire: Fire Chief Washington was on a call so LaRose gave the report for calls in September.

Police; Chief Anderson informed everyone everything is good. He and the board just had a zoom meeting on the cameras for speeding.

Maintenance: Public Works Director was not present at meeting, however Mayor Harris informed the Board that a bill will be sent to Grid Source for all the expenses with the broken water lines and our repairs.

Committee Reports: Finance, Alderwoman Hill presented the board with a check register of all the payments made last month.

Utilities: Alderman Carriere informed the Board that there were 121 on the delinquent list but they are paying.

Personnel: Alderman Bessix didn’t have anything new to add.

Building & Grounds: Alderwoman Mitchel was absent.

Road, streets and drainage: Alderman Martin asked for ideas and suggestions from the audience. He stated these meeting are opened to the public but no one attends – Come to the meeting and participate.

Adjourn: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned with a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Bessix.

Minutes – September 25, 2023

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Special Schedules Meeting with the following member present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Justin Bessix, Alderman John Carriere and Alderwoman Veronica Hill. Alderman Jerome Martin was absent. Also present was Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.

Roll Call: Mayor Harris opened the Public Hearing with a Roll Call, Pledge and Prayer.

Audience Comments: Chris Daigle, candidate for Parish President thanked the Council for giving him this opportunity to meet with them. He outlined his qualifications for this position and informed the Council of changes he fees needed. He advised that all municipalities need to have a say and that he would be here for the municipalities.

LaRose Washington reminded everyone of the Relay for Life to be held in Grosse Tete Saturday.

New Business: Special meeting was called to meet with Mr. Roger Morris of Stoner Island due to receiving suit notice on this business, Mr. Morris did not appear.

Town Attorney, Gerald Morgan has reviewed the Ordinances, revised the Permit application to follow the Ordinances in detail. It was decided a stop order be issued on Stoner Mart due to no request for Permits on file. It was also decided that Stoner Island be inspected to make sure all requirements have been met.

Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderwoman Hill.