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THE LINCOLN Parish Police Jury

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THE LINCOLN Parish Police Jury met in regular session on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at its regular meeting place in the Courthouse, Ruston, Louisiana. Present were: Theresa Moore Wyatt, District One; Hazel D. Hunter, District Two; Bobby Bennett, District Three; Mike Franklin, District Four; David Hammons, District Five; Roy Glover, District Six; Jody Backus, District Seven; R. G. “Skip” Russell, District Eight; Joe Henderson, District Nine; Annie Brown, District Ten; Sharyon Mayfield, District Eleven; and R. D. “Mickey” Mays, District Twelve.
ABSENT: None
Theresa Wyatt called the meeting to order and Jody Backus delivered the Invocation. President Wyatt then recognized Mr. Glen Benton with the Bossier Parish Police Jury who is running for Region IV Executive Board of the Police Jury Association.
Bobby Bennett offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to approve the agenda. The motion carried with the following vote:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield and Mays
Nays: None
Absent: None
Annie Brown offered a motion, seconded by Sharyon Mayfield, to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2011 meeting. The motion carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield and Mays
Nays: None
Absent: None
First on the Agenda was to appoint Mr. L. Ray Dudley to the Lincoln Parish Communications District. Skip Russell offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to appoint Mr. Dudley.
RESOLUTION NO. 2011-31
BE IT RESOLVED by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in Regular Session this 13th day of September, 2011 that L. Ray Dudley Is hereby and herewith appointed, COMMISSIONER LINCOLN PARISH COMMUNICATIONS DISTRICT COMMISSION
Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, For the term of September 13, 2011 - September 13, 2015
Signed and Sealed this 13th day of September, 2011
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
/s/ Courtney Hall /s/ Theresa Wyatt
Courtney Hall Theresa Wyatt
Administrator President
The motion carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield and Mays
Nays: None
Absent: None
Following a brief discussion of the outline of procedural requirements for conducting a Board of Review and holding the necessary public hearings for the property tax assessment process for the year 2011, Sharyon Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, that the Police Jury recess the regular meeting and reconvene as the Property Assessment Board of Review for the year 2011. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
The purpose for conducting the public hearing was explained as being to consider the complaints of qualified persons as provided by Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:1992; and further, to make determinations as being necessary and proper relative to the assessment of real and personal property for the year 2011 in Lincoln Parish. There being no protests to come before the Board, Roy Glover made a motion, seconded Annie Brown, that the 2011 property assessment list as prepared by the Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor be certified and submitted to the Louisiana Tax Commission in accordance with the law. The motion carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield and Mays
Nays: None
Absent: None
There being no other business to come before the Board of Review for 2011, Annie Brown offered a motion, seconded by Roy Glover, that the Property Assessment Board of Review for the year 2011 adjourn and that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury reconvene in regular session pursuant to the adjournment of said Board. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Kyle Edmiston was present to present the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitor's Bureau 2012 Budget. Following discussion, Sharyon Mayfield offered a motion, seconded by Roy Glover, to approve the budget. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Mark DeBord, Regional Administrator, Department of Health and Hospitals, was present to give a presentation on the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority. After discussion, Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Bobby Bennett to table the item until further information is recieved. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, and Mayfield
NAYS: Mays
ABSENT: None
Next on the Agenda was to consider a Resolution opposing a proposal to the Louisiana Tax Commission for a change to the 2012 rules and regulations exempting subsurface oil and gas property currently being taxed. After discussion, Mickey Mays offered a motion, seconded by Annie Brown to approve the resolution.
RESOLUTION NO. 2011 -32
A RESOLUTION OPPOSING A PROPOSAL TO THE LOUISIANA TAX COMMISSION FOR A CHANGE TO THE 2012 RULES AND REGULATIONS TO ALLOW THAT THE SUBSURFACE OIL AND GAS PROPERTY CURRENTLY BEING TAXED UNDER CHAPTER 9 RULES SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM TAXATION. WHEREAS, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) have jointly offered a legal opinion for the Louisiana Tax Commission's (LTC) consideration that the subsurface oil and gas property currently being taxed under Chapter 9 rules should be exempt from taxation; and WHEREAS, said opinion seeks to change the 2012 Rules and Regulations would effectively remove oil and gas wells from taxation; and
WHEREAS, said proposal would exempt all subsurface equipment “well” Value from taxation, resulting in a total loss of $112,969,490 tax dollars statewide if adopted by the LTC; and WHEREAS, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury is opposed to the loss of a significant portion of tax revenues as a result of this proposal.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury does hereby oppose a proposal to Louisiana Tax Commission for a change to the 2012 Rules and Regulations to allow that the subsurface oil and gas property currently being taxed under Chapter 9 Rules should be exempt from taxation. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall be forwarded to the Louisiana Tax Commission and the Police Jury Association of Louisiana for their consideration and support. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and approval by the Parish President.
The foregoing resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Theresa Wyatt, Hazel Hunter, Bobby Bennett, Mike Franklin, David Hammons, Roy Glover, Jody Backus, Skip Russell, Joe Henderson, Annie Brown, Sharyon Mayfield, and Mickey Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
I, COURTNEY HALL, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of an Ordinance adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 13th day of September at which meeting a quorum was present.
GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL Signature and Seal of Office this 13th day of September, 2011.
/s/ Courtney Hall
COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
Next on the Agenda was to adopt a resolution authorizing the President to sign the annual public housing authority certification of compliance. Roy Glover offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to adopt the resolution.
Resolution No. 2011 -33
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury convened in regular session this 13th day of September, 2011 does hereby certify that it will carry out the public housing program of Lincoln Parish in conformity with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and hereby authorizes the President, Theresa Wyatt, to sign the Certifications.
I, COURTNEY HALL, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of an Ordinance adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 13th day of September at which meeting a quorum was present.
GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL Signature and Seal of Office this 13th day of September, 2011.
/s/ Courtney Hall
COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Mickey Mays offered a motion, seconded by Joe Henderson, to adopt an endorsement resolution supporting StormWall Industries, LLC's participation in the enterprise zone program.
RESOLUTION NO. 2011-34
RESOLUTION STATING Lincoln Parish Police Jury's ENDORSEMENT OF STORMWALL INDUSTRIES, LLC TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BENEFITS OF THE LOUISIANA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM; WHEREAS, the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Act 901 of 1981, Act 337 of 1982, Act 433 of 1987, Act 1024 of 1992, Act 581 of 1995, and Act 624 and Act 647 of 1997, and Act 977 of 1999; WHEREAS, the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program offers significant incentives for economic development to some of the most distressed areas in the State; and WHEREAS, the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish states this endorsement is in agreement with the Overall Economic Development Plan for the Parish of Lincoln; and WHEREAS, the attached Enterprise Zone map has been marked to show the location of the business being endorsed; and WHEREAS, in accordance with the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program requirements, the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana agrees:
1. To participate in the Enterprise Zone Program
2. To assist the Department in evaluating progress made in any enterprise zone within its jurisdiction
3. To REBATE all eligible parish sales/use taxes on the purchase of eligible construction materials, machinery, and equipment purchased for this project and used by the business permanently on that site. BE IT RESOLVED by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, in regular and legal session convened this 13th day of September 2011 that, STORMWALL INDUSTRIES, LLC is endorsed to participate in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if any provision or item of this resolution or the application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which can be given effect without the invalid provisions, items or applications and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all resolutions or parts thereof in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
I, COURTNEY HALL, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of an Ordinance adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 13th day of September at which meeting a quorum was present.
GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL Signature and Seal of Office this 13th day of September, 2011.
/s/ Courtney Hall
COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Bobby Bennett offered a motion, seconded by Sharyon Mayfield, to adopt a resolution authorizing the President to execute a contract with Highway Graphics, Inc. and issue a notice to proceed for the Braswell Lane sign and pavement marking project.
RESOLUTION 2011 - 35
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury convened in Regular Session this 13th day of September, 2011 does hereby authorize the President Theresa Wyatt to execute any and all documents relating to the Execution of the Contract with Highway Graphics, Inc. and Issue Notice to Proceed For Braswell Lane Sign and Pavement Marking Project.
I, COURTNEY HALL, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of an Ordinance adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 13th day of September at which meeting a quorum was present.
GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL Signature and Seal of Office this 14th day of September, 2011.
/s/ Courtney Hall
COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Jody Backus stated that the Finance Committee met at 5:00 p.m. this day to receive requests for the 2012 General Fund Budget and that no actions were taken. Mr. Backus reviewed the requests and offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to approve the minutes of the Finance Committee. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Skip Russell stated that the Public Works Committee met at 6:07 pm this day and the Committee recommends:
1. Proceeding in seeking authority in order to regulate the roadside sale of animals.
2. Continue the current system of administering the Uniform Construction Code Statutes.
3. Authorize a resolution of support for the Local Government Assistance Program for a sewer plant upgrade at Blueberry Hills.
Skip Russell offered a motion, seconded by Sharyon Mayfield, to approve the minutes of the Public Works Committee. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to adopt a resolution authorizing the President submit a Local Government Assistance grant application for the Blueberry Hills Sewer Treatment Plant.
RESOLUTION 2011-36
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session this 13th day of September, 2011, that it does hereby and herewith authorize President Theresa Wyatt to submit a $50,000.00 Local Government Assistance Program grant application to the State of Louisiana to purchase and install a sand media filtration system on the Blueberry Hills Sewer Treatment Plant and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury does hereby and herewith strongly support said application. And this resolution was declared adopted on this, the 13th day of September, 2011.
I, COURTNEY HALL, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 13th day of September, 2011 at which meeting a quorum was present.
/s/ Courtney Hall
COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Roy Glover stated that the Public Property and Buildings Committee met at 6:40 pm this day to hear an update on the Long Range Facility Plan from Mike Walpole, Architect and Sam Costanza of Hunt, Guillot, and Associates and that no actions were taken. Roy Glover offered a motion, seconded by Sharyon Mayfield, to approve the minutes of the Public Property and Buildings Committee. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Under other business, Parish Administrator Courtney Hall stated that there is a tentative trip to Washington D.C. planned for the Union Lincoln Water Supply Initiative for either October or November. Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to approve the travel. The motion carried with the following votes:
YEAS: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Franklin, Hammons, Glover, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Brown, Mayfield, and Mays
NAYS: None
ABSENT: None
Skip Russell stated that there would be a Pipeline Safety Program to be held at the Ruston Civic Center on October 13, 2011. He also reminded Jurors that mandatory ethics training needs to be completed by December 31, 2011. He also urged Jurors to register for the Region IV Meeting of the Police Jury Association hosted by Claiborne Parish. There being no other business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.
Courtney Hall Theresa Wyatt
Parish Administrator President
1td: October 25, 2011

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