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Minutes, March 13, 2023

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Regular Schedules Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman John Carriere and Alderman Justin Bessix. 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: Iberville Parish Councilman Matt Jewell gave the Board an update on projects coming to Iberville Parish which will provide more jobs. Mr. Jewell states the Parish is doing good, sale taxes are up, he is looking for good things to come.

Announcements: LMA Annual Municipal Day at the Capitol is scheduled for April 26, 2023. Job Fair is scheduled for March 30, 2023 at the Carl F. Civic Center.

Mayor Harris presented to the Board for their discussion and review some quotes he received from Best Buy for the audio system to the Community Center. He has requested to have another movie night for the kids. Arrangements are being made for this. He also wants to be able to have more community events at the Community Center.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

New Business: Resolution authorizing the Mayor to proceed with the grant request to make improvements at the Sewer pond was done by a motion from Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

Old Business:

Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the financials for January to the Board. He informed the Board that sale taxes are above budget at this time and continue to rise. Our cash position is down due to extra spent on Capital Outlay for the draining project.

Fire: Chief Washington was not at the meeting so Mayor gave a report of 9 calls received in February. All units are in service.

Police: Chief Anderson informed the Board that the building next to Bobbens had another event over the weekend with no problems.

Maintenance; Mr. Butler was absent but he had 4 new men start working.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Ms. hill had nothing new to report. Everything is in good shape

UTILITY: Alderman Carriere informed the Board that we had 15 cut-offs and 9 of them have been reconnected.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix reminded the Board that 4 people have been employed for the Maintenance Department.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: It was discussed that additional parking is needed in the back of the community center. Mayor Harris suggested that we have our own stage built for the October festivals in the future.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin informed the Board that the 3rd. street project is done. Reporting street lights was discussed as Entergy is not replacing lights out after they are reported.

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

MINUTES

February 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, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman John Carriere and Alderman Justin Bessix. 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 Bernard Christmas.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: Roger Morris, owner of the Event Center introduced himself to the Council. Mr. Morris explained his plans for the building he has recently renovated. He just had a comedy show at which time there were no difficulties.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris informed the Council that the Town of Maringouin’s water system got an A rating. He Commended Mr. Butler for the good job.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2023 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Harris opened Bid received on our Love Louisiana Outdoors grant. Bid was from Spinks Construction in the amount of $68,000.00. Since only one bid was received David Colson of PEC was going to get with CDBG for approval to accept or find out if it would have to be re-advertised.

Resolution to appoint member to serve as Director and Alternate Director was done by motion from Alderwoman Hill, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board. Mayor Harris will be appointed as Director and Alderman John Carriere will serve as Alternate Director.

Alderman Carriere made the motion to adopt the Resolution for the Cash Sale of the building for the Police Department. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to have the water tower painted by Pittsburg Tank in the amount of $35,000.00. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the financials for December to the Board. He informed the Board that sales taxes are above budget at this time and will continue to rise. All other accounts are in budget and we remain in very good shape. He sees no concerns at this time.

Seneca Toussant was not at the meeting so Mayor Harris updated the Board on the water shed project presently in the works.

LaTania Anderson introduced herself to the new council members. She explained the Housing Rehabilitation program was a good project to look into now. A motion was made by Alderman Carriere to appoint Ms. Anderson as grant writer for the Town of Maringouin. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board. Ms. Anderson presented contract for Mayor to sign.

The Mardi Gras committee have finalized plans for the Parade to take place Saturday, February 18, 2023. Parade is scheduled to run 1:30. We have 21 Waivers for entries so far. Mayor Harris informed the Board that the Town is sponsoring two floats, one will carry the Football players and one will carry the Volley Ball players. As done in the past the Town will feed the police officers working the parade. Any and all volunteers helping out are appreciated.

FIRE: Stanley asked the Board if he was still the Fire Chief. Mayor Harris re-appointed Washington as Chief. Fire Chief gave his report of the calls received in the month of January. He informed the Board that all units are in service.

POLICE: Chief Anderson thanked the Board for approval to move forward with purchasing the new building. He informed the Board that he has approximately 40 officers lined up for the Mardi Gras parade.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler had the necessary forms for the pipeline safety signed by the Council. He asked if anyone had any questions for him. Everything is going okay now. Water is back on at the Water Tower.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Ms. Hill had nothing new to report. Everything is in good shape.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere reported that he and Mr. Butler have been looking into moving a water line on Musson Lane.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix informed the Board that we have drug tested 5 applicants and now have four of them approved. He informed the Board that we will be hiring soon.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel requested information about the burned house on Ropollo Street. She advised the Board that work needs to be done at the Community Center.

ROADS,STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin informed the Board that the 3rd Street project is done.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes

Public Hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting

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

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the Meeting with a Roll Call, and Pledge was led by Katie Watson.

A Motion was made by Alderman Martin to open the Public Hearing, motion seconded by Alderwoman Mitchel and unanimously approved by the Board

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: Audience member questioned the newspaper listing. It was noted that the Ordinance was not posted on our Website

No other comments relating to the Ordinance to increase traffic fines.

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: It was discussed that a homeowner’s drive and yard is holding a lot of water from each rain. He is requesting catch basins be installed. This matter will be looked into.

Another member of the audience requested dirt be put in another low spot.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris announced that the Martin L. King March is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Mayor Harris informed everyone that the Town will once again host the Mardi Gras Parade and he has asked for everyone’s assistance. The theme has not been decided and is being discussed. As decided, there will be no fees for floats, however the Waivers will need to be signed. We will once again feed the Police Officers and the Fire Department volunteers. Parade is scheduled for 1:00 P.M.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderwoman Hill to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2022 meeting and the Special Meeting of December 29, 2022. Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Harris made his appointments of Committee Chairs as follows:

Utilities – John Carriere – Streets, Roads & Drainage – Gillis Martin – Buildings & Grounds – Edna Mitchel – Finances – Bonnie Hill – Personnel – Justin Bessix

Mayor Harris appointed Ms. Veronica Hill as Mayor Pro-tempore, Public Works Director is Lee Butler, Town Attorney is Gerard Morgan, Primary Engineer LaTerre, secondary Engineer PEC.

The Resolution to approve our Financial Institutions as Guaranty Bank, Regions Bank and Lamp was made by a motion from Alderman Martin, motion seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA was absent however November financials were presented to the Board by Alderwoman Hill.

A motion was made by Alderman Carriere, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board to adopt the Ordinance to increase the traffic fines.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Town of Maringouin’s policy

This represents Town of Maringouin policy concerning harrassment – both general and sexual. Any questions concerning the context of this policy should be discussed with your department head or Executive Director, Mayor.

It is the Town of Maringouin’s belief that its employees are the primary means by which the goals and objectives of the organization will be met. All employees of the Town of Maringouin must understand its position on harassment. By definition, harassment is an unwanted physical or verbal conduct or action prohibited by law by someone in the workplace that creates an intimidating hostile, or offensive work environment, including discrimination and sexual harassment.

The management of the Town of Maringouin strongly disapproves of activity which falls within the definitions of unlawful harassment and will take appropriate action to end said harassment and/or prevent the recurrence of any such misconduct. Any form of harassment or discrimination that violates federal, state or local law, including not limited to that which is related to an individual’s race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, or other traits, characteristics, or activities that are protected by law, is a violation of this policy and will be treated as a disciplinary matter.

The procedure for reporting and dealing with these very sensitive issues is as follows: If a person’s behavior makes an employee uncomfortable, the employee should feel free to immediately advise the person that, in the employee’s opinion, the behavior is inappropriate and that the employee would like it stopped.

If the employee is not comfortable discussing the issue with the person, or if the person fails to respect an employee request, the employee should report the incident to his or her supervisor. If, for whatever reason, the employee does not feel that the supervisor is a suitable person to whom to report the incident, the employee should contact the Executive Director or Mayor.

More specifically as to the issue of Sexual Harassment, it may be defined as unsolicited, offensive behavior that inappropriately asserts sexuality over employees including but not limited to the following:

a) Verbal: Sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, threats, sexual humor: b) Non-Verbal: Leering, whistling, obscene gestures: c) Physical: Touching, brushing the body, coerced sexual activity, assault.

Whether or not a particular incident is sexual harassment requires a complete factual investigation, and the Town of Maringouin will conduct such investigations on all complaints in a manner so as not to cause any serious effect on innocent employees who either file a complaint and/or may be the subject of a filed complaint. In all instances, a prompt and thorough investigation will take place, giving careful consideration to protect the rights and dignity of all persons involved. The Town of Maringouin will take those steps it feels necessary to resolve the problem which may include verbal or written reprimand, suspension or termination.

It must be understood that the Town of Maringouin will investigate by gathering information, in as confidential manner as possible, given the need to investigate the complaint, from all concerned parties, and will not retaliate against any employee as as result of reports of alleged harassment or cooperation with any investigation. The Town of Maringouin may consult its legal representative for assistance in determining whether conduct which has occurred does in fact constitute sexual harassment. The Town of Maringouin may also make subsequent inquiries from time to time to ensure offensive conduct does not resume and/or that the subject of such harassment has not suffered any retaliation. No retaliation of any kind will be tolerated because and employee in good faith reports an incident or suspected harassment. The supervisor, or other person to whom the complaint was made, will work to establish mutually agreed upon safeguards against retaliation while attempting to mediate any sexual harassment complaint.

Any employee who believes he or she has been subjected to unlawful harassment, sexual harassment, or retaliated against for reporting such activities or assisting in a related investigation of such activities must report the alleged act immediately or as soon as possible to the employee’s immediate supervisor or to the Mayor. It is not necessary to complain to an offending supervisor in order to report sexual harassment.

Any employee, department head, or supervisor found by the Town of Maringouin to have unlawfully harasses, sexually harassed otherwise unlawfully discriminated against, or unlawfully retaliated against another employee will be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including termination

Waiver and Release of Liability

Mardi Gras Parade, Saturday, February 18, 2023

IN CONSIDERATION OF the risk of injury that exists while participating in the MARINGOUIN MARDI GRAS PARADE; and

INCONSIDERATION OF my desire to participate in said Activity and being given the right to participate in same;

I HEREBY, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, assign or personal representatives “I” knowingly and voluntarily enter into this WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of actions of any kind arising out of my participation in the MARINGOUIN MARDI GRAS PARADE; and

I HEREBY release and forever discharge TOWN OF MARINGOUIN located at 77520 Landry Drive, Maringouin, Louisiana 70757 their affiliates, Mayor, Board Members, Agents, Attorneys, Staff Volunteers, heirs, representatives predecessors, successors and assigns RELEASES from any physical or psychological injury that I may suffer as a direct result of my participation in the aforementioned activity.

I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ACTIVITY AND I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY ENTIRELY AT MY OWN RISK. I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGIVAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISABILITY (INCLUDING APRALSIS), ECONOMIC OR EMOTIONAL LOSS, AND DEALTH . I UNSTAND THAT THESE INJURIES OR OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM MY OWN OR OTHERS’ NEGLIGENCE, CONDITION RELATED TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE ACTIVITY, OR FROM CONDITIONS AT THE ACTIVITY LOCATIONS(S). NONETHELESS, I ASSUME ALL RELATED RISKS. BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN TO ME, OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS ACTIVITY.

I FURTHER AGREE to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Releases against any and all claims, suits or actions of any kind whatsoever for liability, damages, compensation or otherwise brought by me or anyone on my behalf, including attorney’s fees and any related costs.

I FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE that Releases are not responsible for errors, omissions, acts or failure to act of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity on behalf of a Releases. In the event that I should require medical care or treatment, I authorize Town of Maringouin to provide all emergency medical care deemed necessary, including but not limited to, first aid, CPR, the use of AED’s emergency medical transport, and sharing of medical information with medical personnel. I further agree to assume all costs involved and agree to be financially responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such treatment. I am aware and understand that I should carry my own health insurance.

I FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE that this Activity may involve a test of a person’s physical and mental limits and may carry with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. I agree not to participate in the Activity unless I am medically able and properly trained and I agree to abide by the decisions of the Town of Maringouin officials or agent, regarding my approval to participate in the Activity.

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS “WAIVER AND RELEASE” AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY. I EXPRESSLY AGREE TO RELEASE AND DISCHARGE Town of Maringouin AND ALL OF ITS AFFILIATES, MAYOR, BOARD MEMBERS, AGENTS, ATTORNEYS, PREDECESSOR, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION AND I AGREE TO OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING A LEGAL ACTION AGAINST Town of Maringouin FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

To the extent that statute or case law does not prohibit releases for ordinary negligence, this release is also for such negligence on the Part of Town of Maringouin, its agents and employees.

I agree that this Release shall be governed for all purposes by Louisiana Law, without regard to any conflict of law principles. This Release supersedes any and all previous oral or written promises or other agreements.

In the event that any damage to equipment or facilities occurs as a result of my or my family’s or my agent’s willful actions, neglect or recklessness, I acknowledge and agree to be held liable for any and all costs associated with any such actions of neglect or recklessness.

THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE DURATION OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THE ACTIVITY, DURING THIS INITIAL AND ALL SUBSEQUENT EVENTS OF PARTICIPATION.

THIS AGREEMENT was entered into at arm’s-length, without duress or coercion, and is to be interpreted as an agreement between two parties of equal bargaining strength. Both Participant, _______________________________________ and Town of Maringouin agree that this agreement is clear and unambiguous as to its terms, and that no other evidence shall be used or admitted to alter or explain the terms of this agreement, but that it will be interpreted based on the language in accordance with the purposes for which it is entered ino.

In the event that any provision contained within this Release of Liability shall be deemed to be severable or invalid, or if any term, condition, phase or portion of this agreement shall be determined to be unlawful or otherwise unenforceable the remainder of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect. If a court shall find that any provision of this agreement to be invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting said provision it would become valid and enforceable, then said provision shall be deemed to be written, construed and enforced as so limited.

In the event of an emergency, please contact the following person(s) in the order presented: EMERGENCY CONTACT CONTACT RELATIONSHIP CONTACT TELEPHONE _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

I, THE UNDERSIGNED PARTICIPANT, AFFIRM THAT I AM OF THE AGE OF 18 OR OLDER, AND THAT I AM FREELY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT. I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, THAT I FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT AND THAT THIS RELEASE CANNOT BE MODIFIED ORALLY. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT AND THAT I AM SIGNING IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.

Participate’s Name: ____________________________________________________________ Participate’s Address: __________________________________________________________ Signature: ___________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________________________________________

PARENT/GUARDIAN WAIVER FOR MINORS

In the event that the participate is under the age of consent (18 years of age). Then this release must be signed by a parent or guardian, as follows:

I HEREBY CERTIFY that I am the parent or guardian of ____________________________ named above, and do hereby give my consent without reservation to the foregoing on behalf of this individual.

Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________________________ Relationship to Minor: ___________________________________________________________ Signature: ___________________________________________________________

Date: ____________________________________________________________

Minutes

Special Scheduled Meeting, December 29, 2022

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in a Special Schedule Meeting with the following members present: Mayor Maurice Harris, Alderwoman Veronica Hill, Alderwoman Edna Mitchel, Alderman Jerome Martin, Alderman John Carriere and Alderman Justin Bessix. Also present was Judge John Guidry.

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the Meeting with a Roll Call and Pledge. We were led in Prayer by Pastor Rob.

NEW BUSINESS:

Purpose of this Special Meeting was the Swearing in of our newly elected officials which was done by Judge Guidry.

Mayor Harris announced Refreshments were being served for all in attendance.

ADJORNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Carriere and unanimously approved by the Board.

Minutes

Regular Schedule Meeting, November 14, 2022

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

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

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: Grant writer Latania Anderson provided the Mayor and Council with a list of her services and background history.

Iberville Parish Councilman Matt Jewell informed the Council of the projects in the Parish. He informed them that sales taxes are up and they expect property taxes will increase. He advised the Board that there are several green projects in the works for the Parish which they are excited about.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris informed the Board of LWRA 2023 W.J. Scholarship applications available for all high school seniors.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to approve the minutes of the October 10, 2022 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS: the 2023 Holiday Schedule was discussed with two corrections. Motion made by Alderwoman Gougisha, seconded by Alderman Wiley. Vote was three to 1 to approve the schedule.

Mayor Harris informed the Board that the Water Tower had been inspected and they were presented with the results and recommendations. It would cost the Town $196,000.00 to have all the items corrected. Alderman Wiley made the motion to proceed with their recommendations. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board in attendance.

OLD BUSINESS:

Seneca Toussant addressed the Board concerning the drainage projects for the Town. The LW1 project is in the final stages and some changes were made that will move the water towards Bayou Grosse Tete. The final cost will increase approximately $20,000.00 or $30,000.00

Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the September financials to the Board. He explained sale taxes are in good shape actually have gone up. He states the collection rates at this time is 97.6% which is very good. He stated Administration is doing a good job with the collections. Mr. Waguespack explained the old Aging accounts have all been sent to a collection Agency but at this time we have not received any payments. Mr. Waguespack has no concerns, he explained the Town if managing to stay in budget. The only problem was the cost of gas increased. His department was in last week closing the books for the end of the year and getting ready for the auditor.

The Ordinance for the Traffic Fine increase was tabled until December meeting due to Town Attorney not present.

FIRE: Chief Stanley Washington reported a total of 12 calls in October. All units are in service at this time.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler was absent.

POLICE: Chief Hosea Anderson gave the Board an update on the office building on Wagley Road that he is interested in. In addition to the purchase price there are some improvements and updates that will need to be done. Chief Anderson informed the Board that the Sheriff will be donating some units to our Police Department.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderwoman Gougisha had nothing new to add. It was decided that the write-offs be put on the Agenda for the December meeting.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Watson was absent.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderman Wiley had nothing new to add.

STREETS, ROAD & DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin requested more culverts be upgraded and has gotten with the Maintenance Department in reference to this.

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

MINUTES

Public Hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting, October 10, 2022

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, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman Clarence Wiley. Also present were Town Attorney Gerard Morgan and CPA Jacob Waguespack.

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

A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha, seconded by Alderman Watson to open the Public Hearing.

Mayor Harris reviewed the information to the public in attendance in reference to the Community Development needs of the Town for street overlay improvements.

Information was requested about two streets that need more than an overlay. No other concerns.

Alderman Martin closed the Public hearing, seconded by Alderwoman Gougisha and unanimously approved by the Board.

Regular Meeting was opened.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: None was made.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Candidate for School Board Polly Higdon introduced herself to the Board. She informed them she is a retired teacher. She wants to serve all districts of the Parish.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2022 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: Trick or Treat Schedule for the Town will be Monday, October 31st 6-8. On October 29th, there will be the Trunk or Treat at the Walking Trail at 7 to 9.

Alderwoman Gougisha made the motion to advertise for Engineering Services and Administration Services for the CDBG Street Improvement grant. Motion seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion to adopt Resolutions for LGAP and CWEF grants was made by Alderman Watson, seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the August Financials to the Board. Mr. Waguespack stated the Town has the most money he has seen in his years with the Town. He explained sale taxes are in good shape actually have gone up. He states the collection rates at this time is 97-1/2% which is very good shape. He states Administration is doing a good job with the collections. Mr. Waguespack explained the old Aging accounts have all been sent to the Collection Agency but at this time we have not received any payments. Mr. Waguespack has no concerns at this time. They will be closing the books in early November for the year.

FIRE: Chief Stanley Washington reported a total of 7 calls in September. All units are in service at this time.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler advised the Board that the utilities are fine no problems. Grass has stopped growing and they are catching up on other jobs.

POLICE: Chief Anderson introduced new Officer Derek Braud hired for the Police Department. Alderwoman Gougisha made the motion to hire Mr. Braud, motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board. Chief Anderson explained he has a unit down at this time, Officer Darden had an accident. Chief Anderson requested information on the building he wants for the police department. A motion was made by Alderman Martin to move forward with the purchase of the building on Wagley Road. Motion seconded by Alderman Wiley and approved by Alderwoman Hill, Alderman Wiley, Alderman Wiley, Alderman Watson, not approved by Alderwoman Gougisha. Motion passed with a majority of the Board’s approval. It was requested that renters know they have to get security for all rentals. Chief Anderson passed out new fine schedule to the Board for their review. It was decided that a Public Hearing will be scheduled for November 14 to amend the ordinance for these new fines.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderwoman Gougisha had nothing new to add.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Watson informed the Board that two new maintenance workers have been employed.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderman Wiley outlined the Plans for October Festival scheduled for October 30, 2022. He has everything just about completed. Flyers and Shirts have been ordered. He has contacted several bands and applications are being received for Vendors at the Town Hall.

STREETS, ROAD & DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin requested more culverts be installed.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion by Alderman Wiley, seconded by Alderwoman Gougisha and unanimously approved by the Board.

Minutes

Public Hearing/Regular Scheduled Meeting, September 12, 2022

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, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderman Jerome Martin and Alderman Clarence Wiley. Also present was Town Attorney Gerard Morgan and CPA Jacob Waguespack.

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

A motion was made by Alderman Wiley, seconded by Alderman Martin to open the Public Hearing.

CPA Jacob Waguespack presented the proposed Budget for 22-23.

No audience comments on the proposed Budget.

Alderwoman Gougisha closed the Public Hearing, seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

Regular Meeting was opened:

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: A complaint was made about the loud music. Chief Anderson advised everyone when they see or hear something to contact Dispatcher.

Another complaint was made concerning the high grass on Hwy. 77, they were advised to contact DOTD as this is a state highway.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris informed the Board of Suicide Prevention Month. He informed everyone of the hot line and will display flyers with more information.

LaRose Washington informed everyone of the Annual Relay for Life. She will bring some flyers to the Town Hall.

Mr. John Morgan, candidate for the School Board (Member at Large) addressed the Council. He states he will be the voice for the Parish, his number is 60.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Watson to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2022 meeting. A motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the Ordinance to increase Clerk’s salary. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to Amend the 21-22 Budget. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the 22-23 proposed Budget. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the Resolution for LW1-CDBG-DR project and all 14 parts to the Resolution. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the July Financials to the Board. There has been a slight increase in cash due to sales taxes at this time. Old outstanding utility collections have been sent to a collection agency. Expenses are under Budget.

FIRE: Chief Stanley Washington reported a total of 10 calls in August. Rescue 8 is still out of service at this time.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler advised the Board that the utilities are fine no problems. He informed the Board that Tullier has completed one job and is presently working on the second one.

POLICE: Chief Anderson advised the Board he has one prospect for employment who will be taking exam. He reminded everyone to call Dispatch when they see something.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderwoman Gougisha had nothing new to add.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Watson stated that we need additional people for the Maintenance Department.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderman Wiley discussed plans for October Festival scheduled for October 30, 2022. Festival will be for 1 day 12:00 to 7:00. Mr. Wiley will be making arrangements for the artists needed to perform.

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

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion by Alderwoman Gougisha, seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

MINUTES

Regular Scheduled Meeting, August 8, 2022

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

A motion was made to amend the Agenda by Alderman Watson, motion seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

ROLL CALL: Mayor Harris opened the meeting with a Roll call and Pledge.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: A complaint was made concerning firing of employees. Guidelines were asked for:

ANNOUNCEMENTS: none

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2022 meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt Resolution for the LCDBG grant. Motion seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to Adopt Section 504 Grievance Procedure Resolution . Motion seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt Residential Antidisplacement Resolution & Plan. Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to Adopt Resolution for Collection Agency – AMS. Motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderman Martin to authorize Mayor to sign Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

Agenda was amended to include the introduction of the ordinance for the Clerk’s salary increase.

The ordinance for the proposed operating Budge 22-23 was introduced.

Ordinance amending the 2022 Budget was introduced.

A motion to schedule a public hearing for September 12, 2022 was made by Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

OLD BUSINESS: Jacob Waguespack, CPA presented the June Financials to Board. Everything seems to be on budget at this time with no concerns.

FIRE: Chief Stanley Washington reported a total of 16 calls in July. Rescue 8 is out of service at this time. It was reported truck was unsafe to drive. Chief Washington is requesting a new truck be purchased. A request was made for Dana Hill to teach CPR classes.

MAINTENANCE: Mr. Butler advised the Board that DHH collect water samples weekly and he collects samples each day. Pipeline Safety was in last week to do their inspection. Mr. Butler advised the Board that we do have an issue with the sewer. Mr. Butler states the sewer department needs two more aerators and a clarifier.

POLICE: Chief Hosea Anderson advised the Board he has tested two officers and both have passed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderwoman Gougisha questioned a check written. She was informed it was for work done at the Community Center.

PERSONNEL: A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to go into executive session. Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to return from executive session. Motion was seconded by Alderman Wiley and unanimously approved by the Board. Mayor Harris informed everyone that Ms. Mitchel will be returning to work on a 90 day probationary period.

BUILDING & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Gougisha requested updates on two pending abandoned properties. Mayor Harris informed her that a letter has been sent to one owner and a letter will be sent to the Mortgage Company for the house on Landry Dr.

STREETS, ROAD & DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin advised of several pot holes that need to be filled on Lane Street and 3rd. Street

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjorned.