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.