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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA.
August 4, 2011
Mayor Edward R. Jones opened the regular session of the Grambling City Council at 6:05 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 July 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 July 7, 201. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to adopt the agenda as presented.
Part II. Information
1. Mr. Kip Franklin- Homeland Security- gave an overview of the Lincoln Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan.
2. Mr. Dean Dick, Engineer, gave the following status update report: Project Description/Project Status
2313 Grambling WWTP: We are awaiting response from LDEQ pertaining to the status of our Request for Categorical Exclusion and Re-Budget for completion of the full application. Closeout documents were forwarded to LDEQ for review on 7/18/11 and 8/02/11.
2377 LGAP 0910: Equipment purchases are continuing under this grant funding for in-house installation where possible.
2409 Well No. 4 Plans and Specifications Completion of the Site Plan is pending. Submittal to Facility Planning and Control and DHH is awaiting drawing completion.
2447 LGAP 1011 No report at this time.
2494 City-wide Retrofit of AMR Meters w/built-in leak detection: We held an initial meeting with TRITON AMI on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, to discuss shared responsibilities for a joint effort under the project.
2497 Community Center Renovation: Contractor has achieved 100% completion under the existing contract. ADA compliance items required by USDA are being addressed in order to release funds for the City's truck. Additional cabinetry authorization will be addressed at tonight's meeting.
2498 Safe Routes to School Awaiting receipt of contract from State authorizing DDE to proceed under this grant.
Part III. Comments
Administration Department Mayor Jones reported the following items: The exit interview for the 2010 Audit Report will be Tuesday, August 9, 2011, with Allen, Green & Williamson
The Administrative Office and the Water Department will be moving to 127 King Street after the Labor Day Holiday.
Police Department
Chief Tommy Clark, Jr. stated that a shooting had occurred in the parking lot of a business in the city.
Public Works
No report.
Others
Representative Richard Gallot stated that application for Capital Outlay needs to be submitted by November 1st.
Part IV. Old Business
1. It was moved by Council member Cathy Holmes and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. the approval to adopt
ORDINANCE NO. 0707011-3
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING AMENDING THE MINIMUM STANDARDS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE SECOND CHANCE GRANT PROGRAM
WHEREAS, the City of Grambling has applied to participate in the Second Chance Grant Program and such program appears to be in the best interest of the City of Grambling and its citizens; WHEREAS, participation in the Second Chance Grant Program will require exceptions to the minimum standards for employment with the City of Grambling; WHEREAS, an ordinance has been proposed to be adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Grambling;
WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance must be introduced by its title;
WHEREAS, a public hearing must be held prior to its adoption; and
WHEREAS, the title of the proposed ordinance must be published in the official journal, and the notice shall provide for the time and place where the Board will consider its adoption. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that the following ordinance be, and it is hereby adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Grambling: Section 1: Pursuant to Ordinance 1209-2, the City of Grambling set minimum requirements for all applicants for employment. This ordinance provides that individuals who had been convicted of a felony, exhausted all legal remedies, and had not been pardoned were disqualified from employment with the City of Grambling unless it had been more than fifteen years since the completion of the original sentence. This ordinance also provides that individuals who have been convicted of more than four misdemeanors (other than traffic violations) during the five years preceding the hire date are disqualified from employment with the City of Grambling.
Section 2: The City of Grambling desires to participate in the Second Chance Grant Program that will assist individuals in retraining and becoming an effective member of society.
Section 3: Therefore, participants in the Second Chance Grant Program shall not be excluded from employment by the City of Grambling due to a criminal conviction that otherwise would be a disqualifier pursuant to Ordinance 1209-2 and may apply and be hired by the City of Grambling provided the participant complies with all terms of the Second Chance Grant Program.
Section 4: If a participant in the Second Chance Grant Program is hired by the City of Grambling and later fails to comply with the terms of that program, said participant may be terminated from employment.
Section 5: This Ordinance shall become effective after its promulgation all in the manner and form prescribed by law.
Section 6. This Ordinance was duly introduced, published in accordance with law, and then duly read and adopted by the following votes:
YEA: Council members Birdex Copeland, Jr., Cathy Holmes, Yanise Days, Cullen Jackson and Roy Jackson
NAY: None
ABSENT: None
The Ordinance was adopted on August 4th, 2011.
2. It was moved by Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson the approval of The Stogan Development, L. L. C. Buy-Sell Agreement.
Buy-Sell Option Agreement
City of Grambling
2045 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Grambling, LA 71245
Being hereinafter referred to as the Seller, who declared that the owner of the hereinafter described property and that for valuable Consideration and the mutual benefits to be derived, it is granted unto Stogan Development, LLC. (Hereinafter referred to as the Buyer), Its successors, assigns or designee, for a period of 6 months from this date and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, the exclusive Right and privilege to purchase for the approximate price and sum of $ 160,000.00 which is the Buyer's estimate of the fair market value of the following - $10,000 per acre. Described property, to wit: Approximately 16 +/- acres per attached plat (see complete legal, attached) All acreage will be verified by a full legal survey from a licensed professional land surveyor Grambling, LA - Lincoln Parish For and in consideration of this agreement, the Buyer submits the sum of $1,600.00 which shall be applied to the sale price. The Buyer will apply to a reputable commercial lender or a mortgage broker/originator for the mortgage financing. This agreement is predicated on approval of a mortgage loan and contract to purchase the land, including all the terms and contract of sale and price to be paid to Buyer. In the event the financing is denied, the initial payment shall be returned to the buyer and this agreement shall be terminated. The Buyer agrees that should the financial commitment not be made, this Agreement will become null and void. To continue this agreement in effect for the full 6 months, Buyer must furnish to Seller a copy of the financial commitment, a commitment letter, and/or authorization to prepare closing documentation prior to the end of the term. Failure to receive financial approval shall be the only reason for termination of this agreement. It is further understood and agreed that time of the essence in this agreement and that all rights of said Buyer and/or its assigns hereunder shall cease and terminate if not exercised within 6 months of this date. Upon such termination, there shall be no further obligation by either Seller or Buyer. At Buyer's election, this option may be automatically extended for an additional six (6) months upon a payment by Buyer to Seller in the amount of $1,600.00 delivered to Seller's representative any time prior to the expiration of the initial six (6) month term. This amount and original agreement payment shall apply to the sales price. In the event that Buyer desires to exercise the agreement herein granted, it shall send a Registered letter to Seller's representative no later than 6 months from this date. In such event, the act of sale of the hereinabove described property shall be passed before a Notary Public within 30 days of the date of the posting of said registered letter. During the term of this agreement, Buyer shall have the right to enter upon said tract for the purpose of making topographical surveys, geotechnical testing, appraisals, and environmental phase I evaluations so long as Buyer shall pay all expenses and shall hold Seller harmless from any liability as a result of such actions. The Seller will retain all mineral rights associated with aforementioned property. Buyer shall have the right to assign this option to a new corporation for the purpose of financing and building apartments or homes.
All expenses incidental to the passing of this act of sale shall be paid by Buyer. Seller shall provide free and clear title and pay all expenses.
Part V. New Business
1. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to approve Hi-Tech Professional Services Agreement for technical services.
2. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Yanise Days the approval to purchase property adjacent to Park Street from LaVelle W. Aycock, Jr. and Cathy Brown Aycock at the amount of $7,360.25. The property is situated in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, to-wit: Beginning at the Northwest corner of the SW _ of SW _, Section 20, Township 18 North, Range 3 West, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, and run thence South for a distant of 175 yards; thence run East parallel with the north line of said “forty” for a distance of 69 yards; thence run North for a distance of 175 yards, and to North line of said “forty”; thence run West along the North line of said “forty” for a distance of 69 yards, and back to the point of beginning, containing 2-1/2 acres, more or less.
3. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. the approval to purchase property adjacent to Park Street from George Love and Truena Richardson Love at the amount of $6, 182.61. The property is situated in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, to-wit:
Township 18 North, Range 3 West Grambling, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.
Section 20: Begin at the Northwest corner of the SW _ of SW _ of said Section 20, and run thence South for a distance of 69 yards, and to the starting point. From said starting point, run thence North for a distance of 175 yards; thence run West for a distance of 55.32 yards, and back to the starting point, containing two (2) acres, more or less
4. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes the approval of an option Purchase Agreement for Immovable Property on R. W. E. Jones Drive from Claudia Manning at the amount of $175,000. The property is situated in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, to-wit: Beginning at the Southwest (SW) corner of the Northwest quarter (NW1/4), section Nineteen (19), Township Eighteen (18) North, Range Three (3) West, and run East 1,320 feet to the Southwest (SE) corner of said property. The “Market Value” of the 9.28 +/- Acres located RWE Jones Dr. / Hwy 149 in Grambling near I-20 as described.
5. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson the approval to Appraise property on R. W. E. Jones Drive owned by Mrs. Claudia Manning.
6. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adopt f the following: RESOLUTION # 14 of 2011 ADOPTING THE LINCOLN PARISH HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN
WHEREAS, Lincoln Parish is a grant recipient of a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (“PDM”) grant from the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (“GOHSEP”) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) for the purpose of preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan; and, WHEREAS, a Hazard Mitigation Plan will enable the Parish to better prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters; and, WHEREAS, Lincoln Parish formed a Steering Committee consisting of state and local governments and agencies, local organizations, businesses and private citizens; and, WHEREAS, this Steering Committee has prepared a Lincoln Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan dated May 2011 (the “Lincoln Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan”) that will guide the Parish; and, WHEREAS, the City of Grambling desires to adopt the Lincoln Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA:
§1. The City of Grambling formally adopts the Lincoln Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan.
§2. This Resolution shall become effective upon final adoption and signature of the Mayor.
This Resolution after having been read and considered on motion to adopt by Alderman Roy Jackson, and seconded by Alderman Cullen Jackson, a record vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: Council members Birdex Copeland, Jr., Cathy Holmes, Yanise Days, Cullen Jackson and Roy Jackson
NAY: None
ABSENT: None
WHEREUPON, the presiding officer declared the above Resolution duly adopted in full on this the 4th day of August, 2011.
7. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to increase the monthly contract for American Wastewater Management based on the amount of the Entergy bill because of the newly installed aerators.
8. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adopt the following: Intangible Asset Policy
Governmental Accounting Standard Board statement #51 ( assets that may be considered intangible assets, including easements, water rights, timber rights, patents, trademarks, and computer software) became effective for financial statements for periods beginning after June 15, 2009. The requirements of this statement require that all intangible assets be classified as capital assets. Therefore, the City of Grambling adopts a capital threshold of $50,000 as the threshold for intangible assets. The capital threshold for tangible capital assets will remain at $1,000.
9. It was moved by Council member Cathy Holmes and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson the approval of Change Order #2 Revision DDE Project #2497 in the amount of $7,800.
10. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following:
Ordinance #0804011-4
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 0510-1 AND ARTICLE B, SECT. 10-2013(A) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA, TO ESTABLISH REGULAR HOURS OF OPERATION OF BOTTLE/ BYOB CLUBS.
WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance must be introduced by its title; and WHEREAS, a public hearing must be held prior to its adoption; and
WHERAS, the title of the proposed ordinance must be published in the official journal and the notice shall provide for the time and place where the Board will consider its adoption; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen in the City of Grambling finds that it is in the interest of the general health, safety and welfare that the hours of operation of Bottle/BYOB in the City of Grambling be amended;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that Ordinance No. 0510-1 and Article B, Sect. 10-2013(a) of the Municipal Code of the City of Grambling be and is hereby amended by the Board of Aldermen to provide for the following:
BE IT ORDAINED that Article B, Sect. 10-2013(a) of the Municipal Code of the City of Grambling is hereby amended to read as follows:
(a) Except as provided by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, give away alcoholic beverages, or allow patrons to consume alcoholic beverages upon the premises of a Bottle/ BYOB Club as defined by this chapter, between the hours of 1:00 a.m., Saturday, and 6:00 a.m. Monday, and 12:00 midnight of any weekday, to 6:00 a.m. the following morning. All places of business that normally serve alcohol and/or allow the consumption of alcohol have a valid city occupational license may be open and allow the consumption of alcohol on Sundays between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. A public hearing will be held on the Ordinance, and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council to be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 1, 2011, Public Hearing will be held Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 2045 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Grambling, Louisiana.
11. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following:
Ordinance #0804011-5
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 149-97 OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING CODE OF ORDIANCES TO PROVIDE FOR CLOSING HOURS FOR BUSINESSES SELLING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. WHEREAS, the proposed ordinance must be introduced by its title; and WHEREAS, a public hearing must be held prior to its adoption; and WHERAS, the title of the proposed ordinance must be published in the official journal and the notice shall provide for the time and place where the Board will consider its adoption; and WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen in the City of Grambling finds that it is in the interest of the general health, safety and welfare that the closing hours for businesses selling alcoholic beverages in the City of Grambling be amended;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that Ordinance No. 149-97, Section 9:43 only be and is hereby amended by the Board of Aldermen to provide for the following: Section 9:43 Closing Hours.
(1) All places of business where alcoholic beverages are kept, sold, stored for the sale at retail, served or consumed, including, without limitation thereto, cabarets, nightclubs, road houses, saloons and public dance halls, shall close their place of business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 am. of any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and between the hours of 1:00 a.m. Sunday and 6:00 a.m. the following Monday
(2)All places of business that are in compliance with section 9:24 (H) shall not sell, serve or allow consumption of alcoholic beverages between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and between the hours of 1:00 a.m. Sunday and 6:00 a.m. the following Monday, provided however that said businesses shall be allowed to sell, serve, and allow the consumption of beer and/or wine only, in conjunction with meals prepared and served on the premises on Sundays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 pm. A public Hearing will be held on the Ordinance and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council to be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 1, 2011, Public Hearing will be held Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 2045 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Grambling, Louisiana.
11. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson the approval to re-establish Vacation Time as previously stated in the City's Handbook.
Vacation Time Schedule
After One Year Employment - Eligible for One Week Vacation
40 Hours
26 Pay Periods = 1.5385 per pay period
After Two Years Employment - Eligible for 2 Weeks Vacation
80 Hours
26 Pay Periods = 3.0769 per pay period
After Five Years of Employment Eligible for 3 Weeks Vacation
120 Hours
26 Pay Periods = 4.6154 per pay period
After Ten Years of Employment Eligible for 4 Weeks Vacation
160 Hours
26 Pay Periods = 6.1538 per pay period
SICK TIME
2 WEEKS PER YEAR - ALL EMPLOYEES
80 Hours
26 Pay Periods = 3.0769 per pay period
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. abstained.
12. It was moved by Council member Roy Jackson and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to introduce the following:
Ordinance #0804011-1
ORDINANCE LEVYING AND IMPOSING TAXES ON ALL PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION IN THE CITY OF GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2011 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the city of Grambling of the Parish of Lincoln, Louisiana, in a public/hearing was conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Law and the additional requirements of Article VII, Section 23 (C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705 (B), that the following millage rates be and they are hereby levied upon the dollar of the assessed valuation of all property subject to ad valorem taxation within said Parish for the year 2011, for the purpose of raising revenue:
MILLAGE
General Alimony 6.00 mill
Grambling Fire Protection/Pub Imp 17.63 mill
Grambling Police Department 4.66 mill
Grambling Public Streets 5.51mill
Grambling Water System 4.24mill
Grambling Public Improvement 9.49 mill
was introduced by Council member Roy Jackson on August 4, 2011. A public Hearing will be held on the Ordinance, and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council to be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 1, 2011; Public Hearing will be held Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 2045 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Grambling, Louisiana.
13. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes to approve the purchase of a table for the Liberty Hill Baptist Association Banquet.
Public Comments
Announcements-
Council member Yanise Days announced a “Back to School Workshop” at New Rocky Baptist Church, Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
Mrs. Valena Lane announced that 53 senior citizens will be traveling to Washington, D. C.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. to adjourn this meeting at 7:40 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Pamela J. Stringfellow, CMC
“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”
1td: September 6, 2011

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