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Minutes, July 23, 2021

    TOWN OF MARINGOUIN

                                       PUBLIC HEARING/ REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                     JULY 23, 2021

                                               MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL

                                                            6:00 P.M.

                                                            MINUTES 

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Public Hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman Clarence Wiley.  Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha was absent. Also present by zoom were, Town Attorney Gerard Morgan and Jacob Waguespack, CPA. 

A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill to open the Public Hearing, motion seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Mayor Harris opened the Public Hearing with the Prayer and Pledge.  

A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill to close Public Hearing and start the Regular Meeting.

Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

ROLL CALL:  Mayor Harris called the roll.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS:  none

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Mayor Harris announced our Back to School Supply Giveaway is scheduled for

Saturday, July 31st.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2021 meeting.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS:

Alderman Wiley made the motion to adopt the 4.22 Millage, motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

A Sealed Bid was received for the tires removed from the Police Unit.  Bid was from Albert Smith, Jr. in the amount of $100.00.  A motion was made by Alderman Martin to accept the bid.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Plans for the October Festival was tabled at this time due to the return of Covid cases.

OLD BUSINESS:

There was none.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE:  Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add Financials were presented to the Board on 7-12-21.

UTILITIES: Mayor Harris informed the Board that cut-offs would be done Monday, July 26th.

BUILDING & GROUNDS:  Alderman Wiley suggested that we get someone to clean the outside of

the building. It was also discussed that we get more tables and chairs for the Hall.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Martin asked why we didn’t hire younger men for the maintenance department.  Alderman Watson had nothing new to add.

STREETS, ROAD & DRAINAGE:  The leak was brought up again, Mayor Harris explained that the old metal pipe needs to be replaced and that size is on order.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, the meeting was by a motion from Alderman Wiley, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor                                                  Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk

Minutes, May 10,2021

   

                                          REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                     MAY 10, 2021

                                               MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL

                                                            6:00 P.M.

                                                            MINUTES 

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman Clarence Wiley.  Also present were, Police Chief Hosea Anderson and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan. 

Mayor Harris opened the Regular Meeting with the Prayer and Pledge.    

AUDIENCE COMMENTS:  Several audience members questioned the Board concerning the high utility

bills.  A request for shrubs and flowers be removed for the school bus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  A motion was made by Alderman Watson to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2021 meeting.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to adopt Resolutions for the three new condemnation cases, motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

Seneca Toussant addressed the Board concerning questions they had pertaining to the Intergovernmental Agreement between the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and

Development and the Town of Maringouin.  He informed the Board that a grant was requested in 2018 and again in 2019 for this drainage work to the Bayou of Maringouin.

OLD BUSINESS:

Mr. Jacob Waguespack of Faulk & Winkler presented the financial report for March to the Board. He advised that there are no problems at this time.  Sales taxes are on a decline.  All expenses are in line with the budget.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the ordinance to allow Fire Marshall to investigate all fires in Maringouin.  Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

The Resolution to enter into an agreement with the State of La. Dept. of Transportation was tabled until next month.

The resolution to amend the current Liquor Ordinance was not approved.  A motion was made by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Wiley but failed to get approval by the Board.

FIRE:  Chief Stanley Washington informed the Board that they had 17 calls in April.  Next training is scheduled for May 19 in St. Gabriel.

MAINTENANCE:  Public Works Director Lee Butler, III advised the Board that we have had problems with a lift station.    Alderwoman Gougisha made the motion to have the tint removed from the maintenance

Department trucks.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and passed by the Board 4 to 1.

POLICE:  Chief Hosea Anderson advised the Board that he is looking for a full-time officer and has a female in mind.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE:  Alderwoman Hill had no new items to add to the meeting.

UTILITIES:  Alderwoman Gougisha advised the Board that cut-offs were done last month on some cases and re-connects were collected on some.  She informed the Board that money was received from Plaquemine to use towards some of the utility accounts. 

BUILDING & GROUNDS:  Alderman Wiley advised the Board that this subject has already been covered. PERSONNEL:  Alderman Watson advised that we will need to fill the vacancy in the utility department.

STREETS, ROAD & DRAINAGE:  Alderman Martin didn’t have anything to report at this time.

Alderman Gougisha made a motion to go into executive session.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the board.

Alderman Watson made the motion to return to the Regular Meeting from executive session.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

ADJOURNMENT:  A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adjourn meeting.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor                                                  Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk

Minutes

    TOWN OF MARINGOUIN

                                    PUBLIC HEARING/ REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                     APRIL 12, 2021

                                               MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL

                                                            6:00 P.M.

                                                            MINUTES

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in Public Hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman Clarence Wiley.  Also present were, Police Chief Hosea Anderson and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.

Mayor Harris opened the Public hearing with the Prayer and Pledge. 

Motion made by Alderman Wiley to open Public Hearing, motion seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

Mr. Thomas David of Pan American Engineers reviewed the Condemnation cases, the first hearing on the Kimball Oil Company.  Mr. Craig Lewis represented the Kimball family. He informed the Board that repairs have been made to the buildings located at 77500 Allain Street.  A motion was made by Alderman Martin and seconded by Alderman Watson to terminate the condemnation hearing on this property.  Motion unanimously approved by the Board.

On Case Church Street, Crump family.  Attorney Canova’s associated Caroline Lobue was present.  She informed the Board that letters were sent to all the heirs, they placed advertisements in the papers.  It is recommended that the family be given 30 days to demolish site.  A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill for this recommendation, motion seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board. 

On Case 10090 Hwy. 77, owner shown as State Farm Insurance. Attorneys Canova & Delayhaye’s associate Caroline Lobue advised the Board that numerous notices were sent out by mail, faxed and published in the paper.  A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to approve the recommendation to condemn the property.  Alderman Watson seconded by the motion and unanimously approved by the
Board.

Mr. David of Pan American Engineers reviewed the bids received for the demolition of 10760 First Street (Structure B).  Lowest bid was received from Scott Construction.  A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to award the Bid Contract to Scott Construction.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Wiley to close the Public Hearing.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS:  Once again the high gas bills was the topic of discussion.  The audience was advised that the Town has already lowered the gas budget by $450,000.  Another reduction to the budget can’t be done until the new budget is prepared for October, 2021.

Mr. David informed the Board that he would send us a survey that he has on file for several communities and parishes.  This can be used to compare our rates.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  A motion was made by Alderman Watson to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2021 meeting.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor Harris introduced the Ordinance to allow Fire Marshall to investigate fires in Maringouin.  Ordinance will be published and voted on at the next meeting.

The Resolution to enter into an Agreement with the State of La. Department of Transportation & Development was tabled until next meeting.

The subject of changing the Town Hall office hours was tabled until next meeting.

Alderman Wiley made a motion for additional properties be considered for condemnation. Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS:

Mr. Jacob Waguespack of Faulk & Winkler presented the financial report for February to the Board.

He advised that there are no problems at this time.  Sales taxes is back on budget.  All expenses are in line with the budget.

Mr. David Colson of PEC was not present to update the Board on pending projects.

The Liquor Ordinance was discussed and a motion was made by Alderman Martin to amend the present Ordinance to allow Hill to open a Daiquiri Shop.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

FIRE:  Chief Stanley Washington informed the Board that they had 9 calls in March.  All trucks are in service and tires have been replaced on one unit.

MAINTENANCE:  Public Works Director Lee Butler, III advised the Board that there is no problems at this time.  Some projects have been delayed due to the wet weather and will be done as soon as it dries up.

POLICE:  Chief Hosea Anderson advised the Board that the officers are writing tickets.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

UTILITIES:  Alderwoman Gougisha advised the Board that she had called the Utility meeting last week with CPA Jacob Waguespack and C.J. Arnold of Kel-Ar to discuss reducing the gas rates.  There was nothing done at this time.  Mr. Arnold of Kel-Ar made the suggestion that we might want to sell the gas to an outside organization.  It was discussed that we amend Ordinance.  This was tabled until next meeting.  The Policy and Procedures will be amended.

BUILDING & GROUNDS:  Alderman Wiley advised the Board that this subject has already been covered.

PERSONNEL:  Alderman Watson advised that this subject has already been covered.

ADJOURNMENT:  A motion was made by Alderman Wiley to adjourn meeting.  Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor                                                  Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk

MINUTES, FEBRUARY 8, 2021

   

                                         REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                     FEBRUARY 8, 2020

                                               MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL

                                                            6:00 P.M.

                                                            MINUTES

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in Regular Scheduled Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderwoman Veronica Hill and Alderman Jerome Martin.  Also present were, Police Chief Hosea Anderson, Jacob Waguespack of Faulk & Winkler and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan. Alderman Clarence Wiley was absent.   

There was no Public Hearing due to Covid.

Meeting was called to Order by Mayor Harris with a Roll call.

Pledge and Prayer was led by Mayor Harris.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS:  

Once again, the water line on Prestenback Lane was brought to the Council for their help.  Mayor Harris was presented with a quote, but he has requested a total of 3 quotes before any action will be taken.

Mr. Butler’s opinion about the proper pressure was asked.  Mr. Butler also suggested that if we are to run water line a gas line should be done at the same time.  Town Attorney Morgan says this can be done.  Alderwoman Gougisha made the motion to run 2000 feet of line.  Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Jeffery Hill again requested permission to open a Daiquiri Shop on Landry Drive.  It was discussed in length. Attorney Morgan advised that an Ordinance will need to be done and published for a public hearing before any actions can be taken.  It was suggested that the Attorney look into the location of the shop to the Church.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Alderwoman Gougisha announced that Covid shots were being given at the Pharmacy in Grosse Tete.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes of January 11, 2021.  Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Gougisha and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.  

NEW BUSINESS:  The American Tower lease was discussed.  Mayor Harris explained the lease as being the same as before.  Council questioned the length of contract.  This was tabled until next meeting for further review.

After a discussion it was decided that the 2002 Chevrolet Impala be donated to the Fire Department for training purposes.  Alderwoman Gougisha made the motion to donate vehicle.  Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Jacob Waguespack, CPA of Faulk- Winkler presented the financial statements for

December,2020 to the Board.  Mr. Waguespack informed the Board that the there are no concerns over the finances.  Sales taxes are down but are still on budget currently. Collections are current, gas charges are up.

David Colson of PEC was absent

FIRE: Fire Chief Stanley Washington informed the Board that there were 18 calls in January.  All units are in service currently.  A Training and meeting for February has already been done.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler advised the Board that he is requesting plastic pipe to replace some medal pipe that is currently being used due to his department having to cut this pipe in difference lengths.

Mr. Butler informed the Board that the Trackhoe is working.

POLICE:  Chief Hosea Anderson advised the Board that the two potential applicants did not work out, one did not pass the test and the other one took another job. Chief Anderson advised the Board that he and the Attorney will be working on a Policy and Procedure Manual for the Police Department.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE:   Alderwoman Hill informed the Board that she had no report at this time.

PERSONNELAlderman Watson informed the Board that he had nothing to report. 

UTILITIES:  Alderwoman Gougisha informed the Board that there were no cut-offs last month.  She informed everyone that the new utility billing system has been put in place.  Direct Deposit was discussed again, it was decided that those who want it can have it and those who do not want it will stay on the old system.  

STREETS, ROADS & DRAINAGE: BUILDING & GROUNDS:  Alderman Martin informed the Board that we need to replace several street signs.  He will be presenting a list to Mr. Butler.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderman Wiley was absent.  Mayor Harris advised the Board that the demolition contract was awarded to Scott.

Adjournment:  A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha, seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance

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Maurice Harris, Mayor                                                  Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk