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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012, 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, January 9, 2012, 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, Alderwomen Glenda Howard and Marie Riggs were present. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m., and Alderman Jim Pearce delivered the invocation.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce 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 DECEMBER 5, 2011, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, to approve the Minutes of the December 5, 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. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2011, AMENDING SEC. 1-10 OF CHAPTER 1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON.
Darrell Caraway was present to discuss details of the proposed ordinance.
A.(1). PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 1-10 OF CHAPTER 1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:32 p.m. No one from the audience came forward to comment and the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:32 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderwoman Marie Riggs made a motion, 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 1623 OF 2012)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, ENDORSING THE PARTICIPATION OF D&H WHOLESALE MEDICAL, INC. IN THE LOUISIANA QUALITY JOBS PROGRAM.
Kristi Lumpkin was present to explain the resolution and said the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program offers significant incentives for economic development. Following discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield 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. 774 OF 2012)
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA.
Lewis Love was present to answer questions from the Council. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to authorize the agreement with Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana for the 2012 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (GREENWOOD).
Lewis Love was present to answer questions from the Council. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the agreement with Ruston Housing Authority for Greenwood during 2012. 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 RUSTON DIXIE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.
Wes Barton was present to answer Council's questions. Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to authorize the agreement with Ruston Dixie Baseball Association for the 2012 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION.
Wes Barton was present to answer Council's questions. Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to authorize the agreement with Ruston Girls Softball Association for the 2012 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY. (COMMUNITY SPORTS PROGRAMS)
Wes Barton was present to answer Council's questions. Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, to authorize the agreement with Ruston Housing Authority for the 2012 season. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IV. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2012, CERTIFYING AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY PER LA R.S. 38:2212(D) AND AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIRS TO THE PUBLIC WORKS COMPLEX OF THE CITY.
Lewis Love was present to discuss details of the damage from a fire which occurred on December 21, 2011, in the Repair Shop/Vehicle Maintenance Building at the Public Works Complex resulting in extensive damage to the Shop and Administrative Building at 701 East Tennessee. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to adopt the resolution declaring an emergency per LA R.S. 38:2212(D) and authorizing the City to enter into agreements and contracts for reconstruction and repairs to the Public Works Complex. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 775 OF 2012
V. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2012, AMENDING CHAPTER 22 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA RELATING TO SIGNS.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Marie Riggs.
B. REQUEST PERMISSION TO START THE PROPERTY CONDEMNATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
Address
Owner
814 Howard Geneva Albritton
1105 Taylor Bobby Pruitt and Jean Pruitt
609 Martin Luther King Deborah P. Jackson
Bill Sanderson recommended that the listed properties be demolished, removed or improved to meet current Building Code and also requested permission to start the property condemnation process. Sanderson stated that all property owners have been notified. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
C. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 808 PEARL.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 808 Pearl and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Barbara Thomas) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
C.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 808 PEARL.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:41 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:41 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1612 BRANSCOME.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1612 Branscome and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (James Mattox) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
D.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1612 BRANSCOME.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:43 p.m. James Mattox, property owner, stated that he had begun upgrades to the house and hoped ninety days would be sufficient time to make repairs. Alderwoman Glenda Howard stated that if he had made significant progress in ninety days, but not completed the repairs, the Council would revisit the matter. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:45 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
E. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 200 EAST LINE.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 200 East Line and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Mabry Edwin Elliott) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
E.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 200 EAST LINE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:47 p.m. Mabry Elliott, property owner, stated that he had a work permit, the garage is torn down and is working on the main structure. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:49 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Elmore Mayfield requested that Code Enforcement please monitor the progress on abatement matters. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
F. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1019 OAKDALE.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1019 Oakdale and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Eloise Elam) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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. Alderwoman Riggs asked why thirty days and Mr. Sanderson said it was because they felt the mobile home was beyond repair.
F.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1019 OAKDALE.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:52 p.m. Eloise Elam, property owner of 804 Center Street, explained some of the problems encountered with the property. Ms. Elam asked about cost of demolition and Bill Sanderson explained the bid process used for demolition contracts. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:56 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
G. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 809 HOWARD.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 809 Howard and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Fred Albritton) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
G.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 809 HOWARD.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:58 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:58 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
H. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1905 BOLD.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1905 Bold and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Earl and Shirley Day) have been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures 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.
H.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1905 BOLD.
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. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
I. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 503 ASH.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 503 Ash and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Ruthie Pastor, Patricia Sampson, Ollie Wimberly) have been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of fifteen (15) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures 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.
I.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 503 ASH.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:02 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:02 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
J. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 910 BONITA.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 910 Bonita and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Jesse Dunn) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
J.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 910 BONITA.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:03 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:03 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
K. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 908 BONITA
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 908 Bonita and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owners (Ruthie Pastor, Patricia Sampson, Ollie Wimberly) have been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of sixty (60) days for the owners to repair, demolish or remove the structures 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.
K.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 908 BONITA.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:04 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:04 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderwoman Glenda Howard and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
L. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1405 MAYBERRY
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1405 Mayberry and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the property owner (Becky Tittle) has been notified of the hearing and recommended that the Council set a deadline of ninety (90) days for the owner to repair, demolish or remove 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.
L.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1405 MAYBERRY.
Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 6:06 p.m. Becky Tittle, property owner, came forward to request more time in which to bring the structure up to Code. Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:10 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen. Alderman Elmore Mayfield stated that if she had made significant progress in ninety days, but not completed the repairs, the Council would revisit the matter. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to approve Sanderson's recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
VI. ADJOURN MEETING:
There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:12 p.m.
February 6, 2012
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLI NGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: February 10, 2012

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