TOWN OF MARINGOUIN
PUBLIC HEARING/ REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING
APRIL 12, 2021
MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Town Clerk