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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015, AT 5:30 P.M., IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS/COURTROOM, 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, March 2, 2015, at 5:30 P.M., in Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 401 North Trenton, Ruston, Louisiana.
A quorum was present, notice having been duly served. Mayor Ronny Walker, Aldermen Jedd Lewis, Jim Pearce and Bruce Siegmund and Alderwomen Carolyn Elmore Cage and Angela Mayfield were present.
Mayor Walker welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Reverend Maurice M. White, Pastor of Zion Traveler Baptist Church led in the invocation.
I. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT AGENDA.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion to adopt the agenda. Alderwoman Carolyn Cage seconded the motion. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 2, 2015 - REGULAR MEETING.
Alderwoman Carolyn Cage made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, to approve the Minutes of the February 2, 2015, regular Council meeting. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. AUTHORIZE CITY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELATIVE TO THE NORTH LOUISIANA MILITARY MUSEUM.
Mayor Walker stated that the proposed annual agreement with the Louisiana Department of State will assist the Louisiana Military Museum with an annual cumulative credit in an amount not to exceed $5,500 for electricity and gas. After a brief discussion, Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, to authorize the agreement with the Louisiana Department of State relative to the North Louisiana Military Museum. Ernie Stevens, Director of the Museum, extended his appreciation to the City for their support. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO.____ OF 2015, APPROVING ASSIGNMENT OF OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LEASE FROM NELSON ACQUISITIONS, LLC, TO WILDHORSE RESOURCES, LLC, AND OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LEASE FROM TEAM EXPLORATION, INC., TO WILDHORSE RESOURCES, LLC.
Bill Carter reported that the adoption of the proposed resolution will approve assignments of two oil, gas and mineral leases adding that the City of Ruston granted a Lease for Oil, Gas and other liquid or gaseous minerals to Team Exploration, Inc., in 2007 and Nelson Acquisitions, LLC, in 2008. Carter stated that Wildhorse Resources, LLC, has purchased both leases and plans to drill additional wells within the area covered by the leases and any assignment must be approved by the City. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 940 OF 2015)
III. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015 AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT
AN APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA OFFICE
OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Keith Jeselink stated that the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development offers grant funds up to $50,000 through the Community Water Enrichment Fund to assist local governments with a population of 5,000 to 35,000 with funding for water system rehabilitation projects and the proposed resolution will authorize the application for funding from the State. Jeselink said the City is eligible for funds up to $50,000 which will be used in addition to budgeted funds for rehabilitation, improvement and construction projects located on Snowden Street, Bold Street, Turner Street and Ellis Avenue in the City. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Bruce Siegmund and seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce to adopt the resolution. Theresa Wyatt of the Police Jury, expressed her concern about needed work in the Snowden Street area and Keith Jeselink assured her that the work should begin in the spring with or without grant monies. There were no other comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 941 OF 2015)
B. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2015, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FAIRFIELD AERIAL SEWER CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS.
Keith Jeselink stated that the proposed resolution will authorize the City to enter into contract with the most responsive responsible bid for the Fairfield Aerial Sewer Crossing Improvements project. He added that UtiliServe, LLC, was the lowest quote received at $73,100. Jeselink explained that the project will provide a serviceable sewer main for the residents in that area as well as for future structures and will include the installation of approximately 380 feet of lined ductile iron pipe, several columns and the complete rehabilitation of two manholes and two sewer services with associated site improvements. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jim Pearce and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 942 OF 2015)
IV. 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 ADDRESS:
Address
1204 Eastland
Owner
Denvel McCullough; Velina McCullough
Address
1605 Allen
Owner
Curtis Mayfield
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 Bruce Siegmund and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to approve Sanderson's recommendations. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. After a brief discussion, the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 512 WEST LINE.
Bill Sanderson reported that the Council had previously voted unanimously to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 512 West Line and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the owners (Bennie Newhouse, Willie D. McKeever) have been notified of the hearing. Sanderson recommended that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owners to repair, remove or demolish the structure(s) 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.
B.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 512 WEST LINE.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:46 p.m. Kevin McKeever spoke for his father, Willie D. McKeever (property owner - also present). He said that Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the State Fire Marshal have both conducted investigations into the causes of fire which damaged the structure at 512 West Line; however, they have not received the results of the investigation. Mr. McKeever requested an indefinite amount of time in order to do an independent investigation. Bill Carter, City Attorney, suggested the Council postpone the matter in order to give property owners sufficient time to complete their investigation. Bill Sanderson stated that he was advised by the State Fire Marshal's office that they no longer needed access to the structure and a letter received from Liberty Mutual Insurance stated that their investigation is complete. Having no one else to comment from the audience, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:49 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
A motion was made by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to postpone the matter until the next meeting. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
V. ADJOURN MEETING.
There being no further business, Mayor Walker called for a motion to adjourn and on motion by Alderman Bruce Siegmund and second by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 5:51 P.M.
APRIL 6, 2015
APPROVED ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
1td: April 10, 2015

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