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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR, CITY HALL, 401 NORTH TRENTON, RUSTON, LOUISIANA
A regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ruston was held Monday, April 4, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers/Courtroom, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana. A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Elmore Mayfield, Jim Pearce and Alderwomen Glenda Howard and Marie Riggs were present. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m. The invocation was delivered by Alderman Jim Pearce.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the agenda. There were no comments from the audience. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF MARCH 7, 2011, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, to approve the Minutes of the March 7, 2011, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. PUBLIC HEARING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:35 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:35 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM AND/OR PROSCRIPTION AGAINST THE CONSTRUCTION, ERECTION AND/OR INSTALLATION OF OFF- PREMISE SIGNS AS DEFINED IN SECTION 22-2 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1607 OF 2011)
C. PUBLIC HEARING.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:36 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:36 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
D. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, APPROVING THE APPLICATION AND CERTIFYING PARTICIPATION IN THE RESTORATION TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM FOR WILLIAM S. BALDWIN AT 102-114 WEST PARK AVENUE IN THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Kristi Lumpkin explained the need for the resolution which would approve the application and certify the participation in the Restoration Tax Abatement Program for William S. Baldwin at 102-114 West Park Avenue. Following a brief discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 732 OF 2011)
E. REAPPOINT JAY ROBBINS TO THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD FOR A TERM OF FIVE (5) YEARS.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to reappoint Jay Robbins to the Airport Authority Board for a term of five years. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
III. PARKS AND RECREATION:
A. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD RELATIVE TO TENNIS COURT COMPLEX.
Wes Barton was present to discuss the 25 year agreement with Lincoln Parish School Board for the Tennis Court Complex. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the agreement. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IV. AIRPORT:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 20-11, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT.
Jay Robbins was present to explain the proposed resolution saying it was for the Airport’s Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS). Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 733 OF 2011)
V. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, ADOPTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE FY 2012/2013 LCDBG PROGRAM APPLICATION.
Troy Whitman was present to explain the resolution. Following a brief discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to adopt the resolution adopting the provisions of the 2012/2013 LCDBG Program Application. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 734 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013 LOUISIANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION.
Troy Whitman was present to explain the resolution. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution authorizing the grant application. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 735 OF 2011)
C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, ESTABLISHING FEES FOR UTILITY SERVICES AND FINES/PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 27-125 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Troy Whitman explained that rate changes have not been made since 2007. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and John Hays asked a question relative to his home water meter. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 736 OF 2011)
VI. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ESTABLISH THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION OF FRAZIER ROAD BRIDGE OVER MONCRIEF CREEK, LA DOTD PROJECT NO. 713-31-0104, F.A.P. NO. BRO-3106(506).
Lewis Love was present to explain that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has prepared a Design Exception/Design Waiver Form for the Frazier Road Bridge Over Moncrief Creek Project and requires that the posted speed limit of 25 mph be enforced immediately following completion of construction. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 737 OF 2011)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2011, FIRST AMENDED RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY AND TO INSTITUTE EXPROPRIATION ACTIONS NECESSARY FOR CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION OF INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO LEWIS STREET PROJECT IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Lewis Love explained that the proposed resolution is required in order to acquire property and institute expropriation actions necessary for construction and completion of the Lewis Street Project. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 738 OF 2011)
VII. PLANNING & ZONING:
A. PUBLIC HEARING.
Jim Hays stated that Liberty Holding, LLC, has purchased the old Sabine Bank property at 2600 North Trenton Street and proposes to use the building as a healthcare billing office. He further stated that the Zoning Commission had reviewed elements of this application in a public hearing on February 21, 2011, and voted unanimously to recommend approval by the Board of Aldermen subject to the following conditions:
1) Project must be completed within thirty days of Council approval;
2) The development must be substantially in conformance with the approved site plans submitted as part of the conditional use permit; and,
3) Add additional landscape plantings in Northwest corner of the property.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:55 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN
Case No. 1079: Application for Rezoning (from R-15, One Family Residential to CN, Commercial Node)
Applicant: Liberty Holdings, LLC/Bill Elmore
Location: 2600 North Trenton
Following a brief discussion, motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1608 OF 2011)
C. PUBLIC HEARING.
Pat Doane explained the changes made to the ordinance since it was introduced in March. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, second by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to amend the ordinance. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Consultant, Ken Tipton of Tipton Associates in Baton Rouge, commented on the success of the Ruston 21 Comprehensive Plan. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:00 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
D. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, ADOPTING THE RUSTON 21 COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN AND FUTURE LAND USE MAP AND SUPERSEDING AND REPLACING THE ORIGINAL MASTER PLAN AND AMENDMENTS THERETO.
Following a discussion, motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the ordinance, as amended. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1609 OF 2011)
Alderwoman Marie Riggs shared her enthusiasm for the Ruston 21 Comprehensive Plan saying that this was truly a roadmap for the future. She thanked those who have been involved in this two and one-half year endeavor including Mayor Hollingsworth and Council members, members of the Ruston Planning Commission, City Staff, Ken Tipton of Baton Rouge, Neil Erwin of Shreveport and the citizens of Ruston.
VIII. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. REQUEST PERMISSION TO START THE PROPERTY CONDEMNATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
Address, Owner
1512 Sikes, Ashley Celest
510 Calcot, Dexter White
1405 Hill Avenue, Katherine Lyons
3010 S. Vienna, South Parkway Church
912 Jones, Brinard Odom, Toni Odom, Wilbur Odom, Jr., Crevonne Odom
1203 Oakdale, James L. Elam, Eliza Hatter
907 Larson, Aaron Austin Jr., Lela Austin
700 Arlington, Marvin Davis
712 Arlington, Clyde Oliver
1101 Pecan, Phyllis Wilson, Jeanette Wilson, Dianne Wilson, Latonia Harrison, James Harrison
207 Union, Floyd Stinson
1207 S. Trenton, Vinson Crawford, Betty Crawford
Mark Joiner stated that there would no action taken for 1101 Pecan. He recommended that the other listed properties be demolished, removed or improved to meet current Building Code and also requested permission to start the property condemnation process on these structures. Joiner stated that all property owners have been notified. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner’s recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 2609 KAVANAUGH CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 2609 Kavanaugh and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Gene “Hank” Evans) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:10 p.m. Property owner, Hank Evans, stated that he wants to bring the structure at 2609 Kavanaugh up to code and use it as a storage/warehouse in that area where he has rental property. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:12 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
C. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 2609 KAVANAUGH.
Jim Hays explained that the building is situated on the front part of the property and cannot be used for storage or as a warehouse. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1510 SIKES CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1510 Sikes and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner is listed as (Ray Stringfellow) and he wishes to remodel the structure. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structure and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:18 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:18 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
E. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1510 SIKES.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
F. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 421 DUNBAR CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 421 Dunbar and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Eric Smith and Tiffany Woods) have been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that property owners have been issued a remodel permit and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owners to repair, remove or demolish the structure, and if the owners fail or refuse to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owners. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:20 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:20 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
G. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 421 DUNBAR.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
H. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1106 EASTLAND CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1106 Eastland and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (A.K. Goff, III) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structure, and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:21 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:21 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
I. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1106 EASTLAND.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
J. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 617 SECOND CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 617 Second and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Nancy Properties, LLC) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner stated that owner has begun remodeling the structure and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days, and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:22 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:22 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
K. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 617 SECOND.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
L. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 414 GAAR CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 414 Gaar and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Mose Pierce) has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council set a deadline of sixty (60) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structure, and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the time frame allowed, then the City may proceed with the cleanup with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:23 p.m. Property owner, Mose Pierce, stated that he had just received a report that there is no asbestos in the structure and will begin immediately to tear down the structure. He thinks sixty days will be sufficient time for him to complete the work. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:24 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
M. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 414 GAAR.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IX. FINANCE:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, ADOPTING AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1, 2010, THROUGH MARCH 31, 2011, TO THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, FOR THE CITY OF RUSTON LOUISIANA.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Jedd Lewis.
X. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:25 p.m.
May 2, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: May 6, 2011

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