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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 7, 2013, 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 7, 2013, 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 and Jim Pearce and 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. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT 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 and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES DECEMBER 3, 2012, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderwoman Glenda Howard made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the December 3, 2012, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA.
Ed Pittman was present to answer questions from the Council regarding the annual agreement. Alderman Mayfield commented about the positive affect the Boys and Girls Club has on our area youth and commended Eldonte Osborne for outstanding leadership with the Club. Alderman Mayfield recommended in the form of a motion to authorize the cooperative endeavor agreement but that Section 2.6 of the agreement be amended to increase funding for the Boys and Girls Club from $30,000 to $50,000 for the 2013 season. Alderman Pearce stated that while he is in full agreement with Alderman Mayfield, the matter should have been discussed and concluded during Budget preparation time. All of the council members agreed on the increase in funding. The motion was seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and Eldonte Osborne, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, stated that the greatest resources of the City of Ruston are the people and it is critical that we invest in our young people who are leaders of tomorrow. He thanked the Council for their consideration. The motion to increase funding and approve the cooperative endeavor agreement passed by unanimous vote.
B. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH RUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY. (GREENWOOD)
Ed Pittman was present to answer questions from the Council about the annual agreement. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to authorize the agreement with Ruston Housing Authority for the 2013 season. 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 questions from the Council. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard to authorize the agreement with Ruston Dixie Baseball Association, Inc., for the 2013 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 questions from the Council. Motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to authorize the agreement with Ruston Girls Softball Association for the 2013 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)
Ed Pittman 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 Community Sports Programs for the 2013 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 2013, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO INTERSECTIONS.
Ed Pittman reported that Highway Transfer Funds have been appropriated out of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to finance local safety program projects under the direct administration of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the City could receive up to $23,500 in federal funding. He added that this resolution would authorize agreement with LADOTD for work to improve road safety at four City intersections by installing regulatory and warning signs, flashing solar beacons and/or pavement markings. Pittman reported that the four intersections which were chosen by the State are: West Arizona/South Monroe, Morrison Drive/Celebrity Drive, Celebrity Drive/Eagle Drive, and Eagle Drive at I-20 South Service Road. He further stated that since the Eagle Drive at I-20 South Service Road has been signalized, City officials will work with the State to determine the fourth intersection. A motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution authorizing the agreement. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 824 OF 2013)
V. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. 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
2800 West California Patrick and Acquanette Mitchell
1301 Larson Aaron and Lela Austin
806 Martin Luther King Lettie Ray Anderson Smith
1809 Martin Luther King Brown and Sons Realty/Larry Gray
1500 Martin Luther King Melvin Harris and Wilnora Harris.
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. Sanderson also reported that his office has been contacted by property owners of 2800 West California, 1301 Larson, and 1500 Martin Luther Drive and that arrangements are being made for those locations. After a brief discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. 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 5:52 p.m.
February 4, 2013
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: February 8, 2013

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