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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.
March 3, 2011
Mayor Edward R. Jones opened the regular session of the Grambling City Council at 6:00 p.m. at Grambling City Hall. Mr. Joseph Arrington offered the invocation and led the council and congregation into the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were the following Council members: Birdex Copeland, Jr., Yanise Days, Cathy Holmes, Cullen Jackson and Roy Jackson. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adopt the Minutes dated February 3, 2011, with the correction of the spelling of Mrs. Ida Ary’s name.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay Abstain Absent
The motion was carried to adopt the minutes of the Meeting dated February 3, 2010.
Part II. Information
Mayor Jones introduced the newly hired employees: Mrs. Shatanjela Black who replaced Ms. Brittany Jones as the Assistant Clerk. Ms. Mennet Saulsberry as the Custodian. Mr. Dean Dick, Engineer was not present.
Part III. Approvals/Comments
Police Department
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. informed Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. that if the amounts for travel are in his budget, no approval is necessary only for documentation. The Officers will attend the following: Agent Troy Hughes will attend the ROCIC Narcotics Training in Dallas, Texas; March20-23, 2011
Agent Troy Hughes will attend the Commercial Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction course at the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department in Poplaville, Mississippi; March 28-31, 2011. Officer Jonathan Taylor will attend the Taser Instructor Certification at the Tyler Police Department; March 23-25, 2011.
Fire Department
It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland to accept the resignation of Mr. Deshun Mardis, effective February 11, 2011. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to recommend Fire Fighter Roxanne Jackson status be changed from a non-certified Firefighter to Certified Fire Fighter with the pay increase reflected in the pay scale. The motion was declared adopted. The following Fire Fighters will complete the required certification for stage exams 4, at Rayville Fire Training Center:
Rodderick Jackson
Tommy Woods
Nathaniel Burks
Tony Williams
Fire Fighters Roxanne Jackson and David Wells will attend the Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Class; April 4-15, 2011, at LSU-Pine Country Training Facility.
It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to hire Mr. Tommy Woods as a non-certified Firefighter trainee, effective March3, 2011. The motion was declared adopted.
Public Works Department
* The report will be given later in the meeting.
Part IV. Old Business
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Grambling shall meet on the 7th day of April, 2011 at 6:00 o'clock p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, Grambling, LA, to consider the adoption of the following
Ordinance #0206011-1
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING TO DECLARE PROPERTY AS SURPLUS AND TO AUTHORIZE SALE OF SAID SURPLUS PROPERTY. (Treatment Plant)
A public hearing will be held on said ordinance on April 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Part V. New Business
It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to rescind the motion to close the Entergy Account at First National Bank. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to transfer $409.07 in the Sewer Project Fund at Regions Bank to the Revenue Bond Fund at First National Bank. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to transfer the Revenue Bond Fund at Regions Bank to Revenue Bond at First National Bank to establish a new account to avoid an analysis fee charged by the current bank. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to change the Entergy Settlement Account at First National Bank to Capital Outlay/Bond Payment for Fire Recreation. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to close the Capital Outlay/Bond Payment for Fire and Recreation and transfer $5,220.20, to Capital Outlay Account at First National Bank. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to change the LAMP Water Meter Deposit Account to Capital Outlay Account. . The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Cathy Holmes and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. to introduce
ORDINANCE NO. #0303011-1
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA, TO CREATE THE POSITION OF PROPERTY MANAGER / PURCHASING AGENT / WEBSITE COORDINATOR WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING.
The motion was declared adopted. There will be a Public Hearing Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes the approval of opening a USDA Construction Account with a minimum amount of $6,000 to satisfy the regulations of the grant to purchase two trucks for the Public Works Department. The $14,000 grant will be received from United States Department of Agriculture. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to transfer $232.61 from the Fire/Recreation Fund at Regions Bank to the General Fund Fire Protection Account at First National bank. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. the approval to advertise for Fire Chief Position. The motion was declared adopted. Mayor Jones also commended Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. and Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Moore for additional duties they have performed. Mayor Jones stated that they should be compensated for performing the extra duties. Mayor Jones stated that the balance of the HERD Grant is over $9,000, but he is trying to make sure it is properly closed out. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to approve the following Holidays for 2011 for the city:
New Year’s Day- January 1st-
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Third Monday in January
Mardi Gras- Fat Tuesday
Good Friday- Friday before Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday- Monday after Easter
Memorial Day- May 30th (Fifth Monday in May)
Independence Day- July 4th
Labor Day- 1st Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thursday and Friday in November
Christmas- December 25th (extra time set by Mayor, with approval of city Council)
New Year’s Day Eve- December 31st
*** All full-time employees get their birthday off with pay
*** If any of the above holidays fall on Saturday, employees will not work on Friday; and if holidays fall on Sunday, employees will not work on Monday. The motion was declared adopted. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following:
ORDINANCE NO. #0303011-2
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING TO DECLARE PROPERTY AS SURPLUS AND TO AUTHORIZE SALE OF SAID SURPLUS PROPERTY. (Automobiles)
There will be a Public Hearing Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Mayor stated he would be going to Washington, D.C., March 29-30, 2011, concerning the Tarbutton Road Project. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to support the Grambling Kittenettes contingent that it is for an advertisement or table at a banquet. The Mayor stated he is soliciting volunteers for the Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival in the city.
Public Comments: Mr. Bobby Rabon inquired the Mayor’s salary. The Mayor stated that he is receiving the annual salary that the previous Council approved in 2009, the amount of $70,000. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to enter into Executive Session at 7:20 p.m. to discuss a request from the former Fire Chief Herbert Ulmer. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to return to Regular Session at 7:40 p.m. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to adjourn this meeting at 7:42 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Pamela Stringfellow, CMC
1td: April 5, 2011Ma

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