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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING

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MINUTES. CITY OF GRAMBLING, GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA. Monthly Meeting May 3, 2012
Mayor Edward R. Jones opened the regular session of the Grambling City Council at 6:00 p.m. at Grambling City Hall. Mr. William 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 Yanise Days to adopt the Minutes dated April 5, 2012.
Roll call was as follows: Yea Nay Abstain Absent
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. X
Council member Yanise Days X
Council member Cathy Holmes X
Council member Cullen Jackson X
Council member Roy Jackson X
The motion was carried to adopt the minutes of the Meetings dated April 5, 2012.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson to adopt the agenda as presented.
Part II. Comments, Information, and Presentation:
1. Ms. Jessica Raynold, Grambling State University, presented, “The Green Project”, which will combine efforts of the community and the campus to sustain a compost site and assist in the renovation and maintenance of a plant nursery. The citizens and students will be responsible for collecting leaves and plant debris from the community and campus, which would be used to create the compost planting soil for the nursery. Ms. Raynold was advised to contact Mrs. Bettye Giles, Chairman, Beautification Committee.
2. Mr. Dean Dick, Engineer, gave the following status report:
Project # Project Description/Project Status
2313 Grambling WWTP: The upgrade project has been successfully closed-out with the E.P.A. stimulus audit satisfied.
2394EECDG City Hall Renovations: The Energy Efficiency Community Development
Grant for the former City Hall renovations is complete, awaiting the State Reimbursement through the Lincoln Parish Police Jury. High efficiency 18 SEER HVAC units were installed along with duct work modifications.
2447 LGAP 1011 (Unsewered Areas - West College) Funding for sewer improvements has been initiated for Webster Street lift station repairs and high I & I problems. Re-sizing of pumps is in progress.
2500 WWTP Upgrades (Project #CS221056-01) WWTP Low Interest Loan through LDEQ for additional improvements is pending satisfactory Legislative Audit approval anticipated in June, 2012. Delivery of lease/purchase new aerator replacements are scheduled this month.
2530
FY 2012 LCDBG Public Facilities application in the amount of $311,900 to be used to rehabilitate West College Avenue was awarded by letter from the Governor dated 4/18/12.
Notification: A Pre-application for Flood Control funding was submitted to the La DOTD prior to the 5/1/12 deadline.
Council member Cullen Jackson wants a map of the areas that are presently not connected to the city's sewerage.
3. Mr. Carl Johnson- American Wastewater Management- submitted a written report.
4. Chief-of-Police- Mr. Tommy Clark, Jr. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes the approval to advertise for a fulltime Communications Operator. Chief Clark also reported that the Police Department was awarded a Highway Safety Grant from May 21, 2012 to July 21, 2012.Officer William Sullivan was recognized for his investigation of the shooting which occurred July 23, 2011 in the city.
Public Comment:
To Comply with ACT No. 850 H.B. No. 1307 the Mayor allowed time for the Public to make comments before the adoption of the proposed Ordinance and to make comments concerning any itemspresented on the Agenda items.
No comment.
Part III. Old Business
1. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Roy Jackson to adopt the following:
ORDINANCE NO. 11-0405012
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRAMBLING ESTABLISHING AN ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE.
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the public welfare to establish specific guidelines for animal control and penalties for violating same;
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 17 - Enforcement.
(a) The Mayor, subject to the approval of the Board of Aldermen, shall have the authority to appoint animal control officers and such other personnel as it deems proper to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(b) The animal control officers shall have authority to exercise the following limited police powers:
(1) Issue citations for the enforcement of this chapter, as well as take action necessary to enforce state statutes regarding animals.
(2) Assist law enforcement personnel in obtaining warrants for violations and making arrests for such violations.
(3) Submit affidavits to the courts regarding such violations.
(c) In enforcing the provisions of this Code, the animal control officer and his authorized representatives are authorized to enter private property without warrant to pursue, capture, or otherwise apprehend animals subject to impoundment or restraint under the provisions of this chapter. If an animal enters an uninhabited structure and the officer can safely gain entry in the same manner as the animal, the officer may enter the structure to capture the animal. If the animal enters the structure through an opening such as a window, hole in the wall or like entrance, the structure will be secured, and the officer will obtain permission to enter from the owner/tenant, or obtain a warrant to enter the structure. If human safety is a legitimate and immediate concern, the officer may enter the uninhabited structure to capture the animal. This authority to enter does not include inhabited structures unless other justifications dictate immediate entry.
(d) All City of Grambling police officers have authority to enforce provisions of this section.
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that if any portion of this ordinance shall be held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions herein which can be given effect without the invalid provision, and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable.
This Ordinance was duly introduced; the title of this ordinance was duly published in accordance with law, and then duly read and adopted on the 3rd day of May, 2012 by the following votes:
5 YEAS 0 NAYS None ABSENT None ABSTAIN.
The ordinance was adopted.
Part IV. New Business:
1. It was moved by Council member Cullen Jackson and seconded by Council member Yanise Days the approval for David Wells to become the Fire Chief effective July 3, 2012, at the annual salary of $40,000.
Roll call was as follows: Yea Nay Abstain Absent
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. X
Council member Yanise Days X
Council member Cathy Holmes X
Council member Cullen Jackson X
Council member Roy Jackson X
The motion was carried and adopted.
2. It was moved by Council member Birdex Copeland and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes the approval for pay increase for City Judge from $1,200 to $1,500 per month.
Roll call was as follows: Yea Nay Abstain Absent
Council member Birdex Copeland, Jr. X
Council member Yanise Days X
Council member Cathy Holmes X
Council member Cullen Jackson X
Council member Roy Jackson X
The motion was carried and adopted.
3. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cathy Holmes the approval to change the July's Monthly meeting from July 5th, 2012 to July 12th, 2012.
4. It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member Cullen Jackson the approval of the water adjustment for James Goree.
Announcements
The election for the Delegate for the Democratic National Convention will be Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grambling Community Center.
It was moved by Council member Yanise Days and seconded by Council member
Cullen Jackson to adjourn this meeting at 6:40 p.m.
Edward R. Jones, Mayor Pamela J. Stringfellow, CMC
“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”
1td: June 11, 2012

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