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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.
May 5, 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 April 7, 2011.
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 April 7, 2011.
Part II. Information
The Mayor presented Dr. Waneene Dorsey a plaque for all her hard work she did closing the HERD Grant.
Mr. Dean Dick, Engineer gave the following status report:
Project # Project Description/Project Status
2269 Well #4: Preparation of Plans and Specifications for restoration of Well #4 are in progress.
2313 Grambling WWTP: Plan of Action for the resolution of the non-compliance for ammonia levels at the WWTP was presented and discussed. Attorney Breedlove’s lengthy comments followed. Recommended appointment with LDEQ in Baton Rouge to be attended by Mayor Jones and R. Dean Dick.
2447 LGAP Contract #1011-LNC-0401 granted the City of Grambling the authorization to advertise for bids for sewage pumping and collection facilities of unsewered areas of West Grambling.
It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to authorize the Mayor, the City’s Engineer, and Mr. Mario Papadoulos to come up with a Plan of Action for the problem with the aerators and present it to the representatives of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality soliciting funding for the replacement of the aerators at the Treatment Plant. The Mayor was authorized to write a letter to Air Masters requesting a refund for the purchase of the aerators that are currently at the Treatment Plant. There will be a Special Called Meeting Monday, May 9, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Plan of Action for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mr. Karl Johnson, American Wastewater Management- submitted a written report.
Mr. Nick Weaver, School Coordinator, Lincoln Parish Career Academy, request assistance for summer employment for some of the students that attend the academy. The Mayor stated that he would get with the council.
Part III. Approvals/Comments
1. Administration- no report.
2. Police Department- Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. will be attending the Homeland Security conference in Alabama. Councilmember Birdex Copeland, Jr. stated that he is concerned about the city’s preparedness during a Disaster. Council member Cullen Jackson wants the dog situation addressed in the city. Chief Clark was presented a plaque for the department from Beta Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sonority, Inc. Chief Clark also announced National Police Appreciation Week, May 15-21, 2011.
3. Fire Department- Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. reported that AWM will assist the Fire Department with the locating of Fire Hydrants.
4. Public Works- Mr. Vivian Moffett requesting the council to approve adjusting customers’ water bill. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to allow the customers at 120 Humphrey Lane & 218 South R. W. E. Jones Drive, and 105 Gum Street to pay a normal water bill until a policy for adjusting water bill can be established. Mr. Feairron Bolen was hired as a fulltime employee in the Health & Sanitation Department, effective May 6, 2011. The Mayor was authorized to get the fire hydrant on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Main Street repaired.
5. Planning & Zoning- Mrs. Mary Gipson is requesting a Public Hearing for the property located on Lee Street. Council member Cullen Jackson read a statement from some of the property owners not desiring to allow the rezoning of the property on Lee Street.
It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to approve the Planning & Zoning Commission to start demolition procedures on the list of property submitted when funds are available.
Part IV. Old Business
1. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and second by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following
Ordinance #0505011-1 (Kewon Edwards)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING TO AMEND
THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING PROVIDING THAT THE FOLLOWING PROPERTY ON LEE STREET SHALL BE REZONED AS R-2 SUBJECT TO THE LISTED RESTRICTIONS.
There will be a Public Hearing Thursday June 2, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.
Part V. New Business
1. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to adopt the following;
Resolution (Census)
A Resolution of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Grambling Regarding the 2010 Census Count
Questions Resolution Program
2. It was moved by Cullen Jackson and seconded by Roy Jackson the approval to change a matured Certificate of Deposit at Chase Ban into a checking account entitled Community Grants & Development in the amount of $31,160.00, it will be used for travel and before funds are spent the council has to approve it.
3. Edwin Jones, P. E., MBA President/ CEO of EJES, Inc. a private owned company categorized under Engineering Consultants. The company is established in Dallas, Texas presented a drawing of a proposed development for the property located on R. W. E. Jones Drive.
4. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to transfer the Payroll Account at Regions Bank to Grambling Shreveport Federal Credit Union.
Roll call was as follows:
Yea
Council member Yanise Days
Council member Cathy Holmes
Council member Cullen Jackson
Council member Roy Jackson
Nay
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr.
Abstain Absent
The motion was adopted.
It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. to enter into Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. for Personnel matter in the Fire Department.It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. to return to Regular Session at 8:20 p.m. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Councilmember Cullen Jackson to adjust the rate of pay for the following in the Fire Department:
Firefighter II from $13.50 to $14.00
Firefighter II/EMT from $14.00 to $14.50
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to adjourn this meeting at 8:22 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Pamela J. Stringfellow, CMC
1td: June 8, 2011

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