Minutes, April 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 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: Demi Vorise requested our policies and procedures for the requirements of the speed bumps installed on the streets of Maringouin. She also requested the maintenance log for the Bayou Pavilion, records from the Police department. She informed the Board that the Welcome signs have algae and need to be cleaned.

We got a request for our requirements on grass cutting, it was reported that in the past on some empty lots, the grass was used for hay, however the height should be 18″. Also it was requested about the requirements for old cars parked on property in the Town. Attorney Morgan suggesed that a Zoning Ordinance be done to handle these problems in the future.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mayor Harris reminded everyone that the Community Health Fair sponsored by Arbor Health is to be held Tuesday, April 16th at the Community Center 10:00 to 2:00. There will be many activities for everyone, with raffles throughout the day.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Martin to approve the minutes from the March 11, 2024 meeting and the March 14, 2024 Special Meeting. Motion was seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Jeffery Hill was here to answer any and all questions from the Board concerning new business he wants to open on Landry Drive. We were informed that DEQ has to send letter of approval for the handling of used tires. He states that there will be no old tire visible to the public.

The quote for the shade to be placed over the playground equipment was discussed and decided that another option be checked out due to the cost.

The quote for the replacement of computers in the Town Hall was discussed but no decision made, it was requested that other quotes be obtained.

Keep Louisiana beautiful project scheduled for April 27th was discussed and we will be finalizing the plans and arrangements.

CPA Waguespack informed the Board that we have some changes to our Policies and Procedures and he has updated them in the Sexual Harassment, Purchasing and Disbursements, IT Security and Debit Service. These were discussed but was requested that they be put on next month’s Agenda to give the Board members more time to review tham.

Waguespack informed the Board that our monthly rates will be calculated by Kel-Ar entirely and hopefully this will take care of the recurring item in our audit findings each year.

OLD BUSINESS: CPA Waguespack presented the February financials to the Board. He explained that we are still in good shape at this time. He expects the sale taxes to flatten-out in the future. Since they have started keeping records of each of the utilities, water, gas and sewer they are above to see what department is not holding its own and that is the water and sewer.

FIRE: Fire Chief Washington reported 7 calls in March. Chief Washington informed the Board that all units are in order expect the Rescue 8 unit.

POLICE: Chief Anderson reported that the new unit we just purchased is being equipped.

MAINTENANCE: Public Works Director Lee Butler informed the Board of the drainage job they have been doing. Alderman Carriere informed him of the good job his men did with the drainage job they did on Bayou Road. Sloping the drainage will keep problems from occurring again.

Alderman Carriere informed the Board that the Engleman Farms is requesting water service from the Town. This will be looked into and getting more information that is needed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE: Alderwoman Hill had nothing new to add.

UTILITIES: Alderman Carriere reported that we had 6 disconnects and all are now re-connected.

PERSONNEL: Alderman Bessix didn’t have anything new to add.

ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin informed the Board that the Company doing our drainage project has his equipment se-up and will be starting that job soon.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: Alderwoman Mitchel once again listed houses that need to be addressed. Mayor Harris stated that we will be looking for another company to the condemnation work for us.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, meeting was adjourned with a motion from Alderman Martin, seconded by Alderwoman Hill.

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Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn Marino, Clerk