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.