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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

Meeting December 11, 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, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman Carriere was absent. Also present was CPA Jacob Waguespack and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: A complaint was made about the garbage not being picked up on some Mondays.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris informed the Board that plans for the annual Mardi Gras Parade are being made. Parade is to be held Saturday, February 11th at 1:00.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderwoman Mitchel to approve the minutes from the November 13, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS: Seneca Toussant updated the Board concerning the (3) drainage projects for the community.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the October 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. He informed the Board that the Sewer division is not carry its own and rates will need to be increased since DEQ has advised it must operate on its own.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 6 calls in November. He stated that all but one truck was in service at this time. It was called to his attention during the last inspection that the hydrant on Hwy. 76 is not working. Her has requested Maintenance put a valve on it. He is requesting that the helipad be cleaned and lights put on it.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported that the Attorney sent letters to Stoner Island informing him of what information is needed.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director informed the Board that things are slowing down now that grass cutting season is over. DHH will be here this week to collect samples. Everything else is in good shape. We finally received a quote from a contractor to start the draining work after the 1st. of the year.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: – finance – Alderwoman Hill presented the Board with a Check Register of all the payments made last month and had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere was not present.

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

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel had most of her concerns already covered.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin had nothing new to add.

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

MINUTES

February 12, 2024 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 Alderman John Carriere. Also present was Town Attorney Gerard Morgan. CPA Jacob Waguespack was absent.

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: There were none

ANNOUNCEMENTS: LRWA will award two scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each to either graduating high school seniors or enrolled college students.

The Iberville Parish/West Baton Rouge Parish Job Fair is scheduled for March 20th 9AM – 1PM at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

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

NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made by Alderman Carriere to support Preparation and Submittal of an Application for Funding through the Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP). Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

A Motion was made by Alderman Carriere to support preparation and submittal of an application for funding through the Community Water Enrichment Fund Program (CWEF). Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to adopt Resolution for the State of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) Program which will require the commitment of local funds to lower expense of the grant in the amount of $68,801.00. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the board.

LaTania Anderson presented to the Board her renewal contract for her grant services through Landerson Consulting, Inc. Ms. Anderson also presented her 2023 Funding Recap of accomplishments for the Town and the Goals for 2024.

A request to change the office hours to 8:00 AM with a 30 minute rotating lunch and closing at 4:30 was rejected.

Alderman Martin made the motion authorizing town to open night deposit account for the Town of Maringouin. Carolyn, Danielle and Lee are authorized to pick up bags. Annual Fee is to be deducted from Consolidated Account. Motion was seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board.

Changes to be made to the Community Center Rental Contract was discussed. it was decided to make the security deposit $250.00 effective immediately. Attorney Morgan will be updating the contract to include a walk-thru before renting and a walk-thru after event. It was also discussed that the Center will not be rented at Mardi Gras and New Year’s Eve, due to security not being available for these holidays. Also Chief Anderson informed the Board that the security fee will be increasing to $35.00 per hour.

The Board reviewed four Occupational License Applications and approved all.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack was absent but forwarded the Financials for December, 2023. Alderwoman Hill reviewed these Financials with the Board.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 16 calls in January. Regular Meeting was held with 7 members present. There will be a parish-wide training on February 24th. Chief Washington discussed the expenses Rescue 8 is costing the town. It was discussed maybe looking for a replacement.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported Mardi Gras Parade was a success. He has requested permission to sell the Tahoe as surplus equipment to another agency. Bids will be minimum of $10,000.00 He reported that there was an accident with one of the units outside of city limits. Officer will be suspended for 30 days without pay. The information on the ticket cameras was discussed again. Chief will have the representative at our next meeting to give the Board the necessary information. it was requested that the old police building be used for AA meetings.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Lee Butler was questioned about the light on top of the water tower. it was decided that an Electrician will be contracted to check this problem out since there is a problem with the wiring.

COMMITTEE REPORTS; finance – Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere informed the Board that the auditor questioned him about the billings and our ordinances.

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

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel requested letter be sent to Dixon about his trailer park on Church Street. She walked through and found all the building materials stacked on the bayou bank. Also trash was noted at another location in which a letter will be sent to homeowner. Alderwoman Mitchel requested that the D-Dot shop be sent a letter, since it is an abandoned building.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin had nothing new to add. But he requested information about the Mid-Winter Conference coming up in February in Marksville.

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

MINUTES

Regular Scheduled Meeting

January 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 was CPA Jacob Waguespack. Town Attorney Gerard Morgan was absent.

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: There were none

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris informed the Board that procedures for issuing Occupational Licenses has been changed effective 1-1-24. The Board will now review applications before Licenses are issued. Mayor Harris informed the Board that Best Buy would be at the Community Center tomorrow to install the sound system. It was requested that additional tables be ordered for the Center. Mayor Harris informed the Board of the Mid-Winder Conference scheduled 2-27-24 and 2-28-24 in Marksville. He also informed the Board that the Swearing In Ceremony for the Parish President and Council was changed to Tuesday due to the bad weather.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill to approve the minutes from the December 11, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made by Alderman Martin authorizing Mayor to sign Engagement Letter with DDR, CPA for the annual audit. motion seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Carriere authorizing Mayor to sign Compliance Questionnaire. Motion was seconded by Alderman Bessix and unanimously approved by the Board.

Plans for the 2024 Mardi Gras Parade were discussed. We will try to schedule the Bands from last year. The Theme selected for the Parade is Moving and Grooving on the Bayou – Music Theme. Lunch will be served to the Police Officers working the parade as usual at the Education Center. It was decided that the Town would sponsor a float again this year.

Floats, trucks and cars will be judged on the Theme and trophies will be presented to each category. Judges will use score cards to award the trophy. Plans for the Mardi-Gras T-shirts will be handled by Alderman Martin along with the Posters.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the November financials to the Board. He informed the Board that there were no problems at this time. Sale Taxes are still up but is expected to flatten out during the year. He informed the Board that November delinquents were up.

FIRE: Chief Washington reported 11 calls in December. He stated that all but one truck was in service at this time. Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. he inquired about the lights for the helipad.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported to the Board that plans are being made for a Get Together for all Seniors (60 and up) on February 16, 2024 at the Community Center, 5-9. More arrangements will be announced. Mayor Harris also announced that plans at the next meeting is being made to acknowledge 2023 deceased citizens in the community. He also wants to present Proclamations to elderly citizens at this meeting. Chief Anderson requested time for the streets to be cleared after the Mardi Gras Parade (4:00 p.m.)

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Lee Butler was absent. Mayor Harris informed the Board that the Contractor will begin installing culverts in areas throughout the Town that have had flooding problems.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: FINANCE – Alderwoman Hill Presented the Board with a Check Register of all the payments made last month and had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere informed the Board that during November we had 7 disconnects and 4 of these have been reconnected. In December we had 11 disconnects and 9 of those have been reconnected.

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

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel commented on the work that was done to the Bridge. She informed the Board that the Basketball goals need new nets. Work at the Walking Trail had begun but due to the rains it is on hold. She informed the Board that the weeds by both bridges need to be cut.

ROAD, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin had nothing new to add.

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

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.

Minutes, April 10, 2023

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

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: Pastor Patterson requested the Town sponsor the Gospel Festival at the Park. It was decided that we would look into this and get back with them. Garbage cans were requested to be put at the Walking Trail. Also restrooms at the Walking Trail were requested. This will be done with the exercise equipment to be installed. A request for additional parking at the Community Center was made, this will be looked into.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris announced that the Town has submitted an application to the Clean Water Revolving Fund for funds to be used at the sewer plant. He also announced that Huff Management Company has send a request for referrals of any who need affordable housing at the Ridgewood Apartments. Mayor Harris informed the Board of the Movie Night scheduled for April 12, 2023.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS: There were no bids to open. Mayor Harris is checking out other sound systems for the Community Center. Adding the mosquito emblem to the water tower was not approved.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the financials for February to the Board. He informed the Board that sale taxes are again above budget and continue to rise.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to amend the Agenda to add Project Updates with Seneca Toussant. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

Mr. Seneca informed the Board that we are presently waiting on the Permit from the Core with Phase I of the Drainage project. Phase II – Round 2 a pre-application has been submitted. Bayou Maringouin is still just sitting, Seneca plans on giving Ourso a call to see status.

FIRE: Chief Washington was not at the meeting due to a call-out for an emergency.

POLICE: Chief Anderson informed the Board that the Event Center had another event over the weekend with a problem, he informed the Board that two security officers are on duty there. Chief Anderson informed the Board that the roof has been completed on the new building. He requested the amount of budget he has to make improvements. He discussed moving the generator from the old building to the new building.

MAINTENANCE: Butler informed the Board that the last two weeks have been hectic, and hopefully everything has cleared out now. He informed the Board that valves are put on the lines where none were before. He informed the Board that he has 3 lift stations that need work now. We need to call Sun Electric for the power at the Water Tower.

COMMITTEE REPORTS : FINANCE – Ms. Hill had nothing new to report

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere was absent. Mayor Harris informed the Board that the Parish will be making payments for utilities.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix reminded the Board interviews will be scheduled for next week to hire a utility clerk.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: It was suggested that the Community Center needs another roof.

ROAD, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin questioned the lights that have been requested for several areas.

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