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.