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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010, 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, December 6, 2010, 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, Levell Thurman and Alderwoman Marie Riggs were present. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The invocation was delivered by Alderman Jim Pearce.
I. ADOPT:
A. AGENDA.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Levell Thurman, to adopt the agenda as presented. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 1, 2010, REGULAR MEETING.
Alderwoman Riggs noted that under Item VII-A, of the November minutes, Kourtney’s last name (Keim) should be added. Alderwoman Marie Riggs made a motion, seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the November 1, 2010, Regular Council meeting. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. WATER UTILITIES:
A. ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2010, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN, SURVEY, PROPERTY ACQUISITION, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES RELATED TO HIGHWAY 33 SANITARY SEWER EXTENSION PROJECT.
Troy Whitman was present to answer Council’s questions, adding that this resolution will authorize the City to enter into an agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc., for engineering design, field surveying, property acquisition, construction cost estimating, preparation of construction plans and specifications, bid documents and construction phase services related to the Highway 33 Sanitary Sewer Extension Project. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 718 OF 2010)
B. ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2010, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF CELEBRITY DRIVE SEWER MAIN EXTENSION.
Troy Whitman said this resolution will authorize a contract with the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for all work described in the construction plans and specifications for the Celebrity Drive Sewer Main Extension Project. Motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 719 OF 2010)
III. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2010, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH HUNT, GUILLOT & ASSOCIATES, LLC, FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO DOWNTOWN RAILWAY TRAFFIC QUIET ZONE STUDY.
Lewis Love said this resolution will authorize a professional services agreement with Hunt Guillot & Associates, LLC, for engineering services relative to development of a railway traffic Quiet Zone Study. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and econded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 720 OF 2010)
B. ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2010, AUTHORIZING CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY AND TO INSTITUTE EXPROPRIATION ACTION NECESSARY FOR ACQUISITION OF PARKING LOT NORTH OF THE RUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING IN THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Lewis Love said this resolution would authorize the City to acquire property and institute expropriation action necessary for acquisition of the parking lot north of the Ruston Police Department building. Motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Levell Thurman to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 721 OF 2010)
IV. PLANNING & ZONING:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2010, ANNEXING APPROXIMATELY 17.5 ACRES OF LAND INTO THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Jedd Lewis.
V. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
REQUEST PERMISSION TO START THE PROPERTY CONDEMNATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE STRUCTURES LOCATED AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
Address: Owner:
1508 Branscome Mary Lois Howard
1510 Branscome Willie Henry Burton
1615 Allen Clyde Faison, Pedro Faison, James McDonald, Dee Zeno, Earl McDonald, Frederick Faison, Lydell Faison, Reynard Faison
307 Lincoln John Haynes, Crossover Financial Investments
1206 Jones John Tellis, Jr.
508 Jackson Gladys Gray, Timothy Gray, Vitor Calcote, Adrian Elmore, LaQuenta Gray
1003 Arlington Felmon Harris, Mary Harris
1004 Arlington Johnny Martin, II, Jaylen Martin, Felissia Martin, Brown & Sons Realty, LLC
Mark Joiner 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 on these structures. Joiner stated that all property owners have been notified. After he read aloud the listed properties, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Levell Thurman to approve Joiner’s recommendations. Mayor Hollingsworth asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Alderman Mayfield asked Mark Joiner to follow up on the structures which are demolished by property owners because many do not complete the task or clear the area of rubbish.
B. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 427 SOUTH FARMERVILLE CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 427 South Farmerville and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as Deborah Andrews and she has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that this matter be deferred because of pending insurance issues.
C. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 427 SOUTH FARMERVILLE.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Levell Thurman to approve Joiner’s recommendation and defer to a future date. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
D. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 307 EAST ARIZONA AVENUE CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 307 East Arizona Avenue and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as A. Kennon Goff, III, and he has been notified of the hearing. He recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) for the owner to repair or demolish and remove the structure and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the timeframe allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:46 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:46 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
E. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 307 EAST ARIZONA.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
F. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1203 PECAN CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1203 Pecan and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed as Roy Mayberry and he has been notified of the hearing. He further recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair or demolish and remove the structures and if the owner fails or refuses to comply with the order within the timeframe allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:48 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:48 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
G. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1203 PECAN. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Levell Thurman and seconded by Alderman Elmore Mayfield to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
H. PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF 1307 DUNN CONCERNING ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED THERE.
Mark Joiner reported that the Council had previously voted to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1307 Dunn and to start the property condemnation process. He stated that the owner is listed an Andrew Mattex and he has been notified of the hearing. Joiner recommended that the Council order the structure condemned and set a timeframe of fifteen (15) days for the owner to repair or demolish and remove the structure and if the owner refuses to comply with the order within the timeframe allowed, then the City may proceed with the demolition of the structure with all costs billed to the owner. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:49 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:49 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
I. DISCUSS AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD STRUCTURES LOCATED AT 1307 DUNN.
After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Elmore Mayfield and seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis to approve Joiner’s recommendations and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
VI. FINANCE:
A. PUBLIC HEARING.
Emmett Gibbs was present to explain the ordinance. Mayor Hollingsworth called for a public hearing at 5:50 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:50 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2010, PROVIDING THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2011.
Alderman Elmore Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to adopt the ordinance. The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE RIGGS
ALDERMAN LEVELL THURMAN
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO 1604 OF 2010)
VII. ADJOURN MEETING:
Mayor Hollingsworth presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Levell Thurman, Alderman – Ward 1, for diligent service and dedicated commitment to the citizens of the City of Ruston during his tenure on the Board of Aldermen from January 1, 1995 through December 31, 2010. Alderman Thurman was also commended by Alderwoman Marie Riggs and Alderman Elmore Mayfield for outstanding service to the City of Ruston. Alderman Thurman thanked the Mayor and Council and encouraged incoming Ward 1 Alderwoman Glenda Howard. There being no further business, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:55 p.m. January 3, 2011
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK DAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td:January 7, 2011

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