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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016, 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, August 1, 2016, 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.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Brother Joe Melton led in the invocation.
Mayor Walker announced that the City of Ruston had recently received the Louisiana Municipal Association's Community Achievement Award for “Outstanding Community Improvement in Economic Development” in 2015. He presented a plaque to Kristi Lumpkin, the City's Economic Development Director, and one to each member of the Board of Aldermen.
I. AGENDA AND MINUTES:
A. ADOPT AGENDA.
Alderman Jim Pearce made a motion, seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund, to amend the Agenda by deleting Item II-A (Consider Resolution No. ____ of 2016, Approving Amendment to Oil, Gas and Mineral Leases with Wildhorse Resources, L.L.C.). There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
Alderwoman Carolyn Cage made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jim Pearce, to adopt the agenda, as amended. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. APPROVE MINUTES OF JULY 11, 2016 - REGULAR MEETING.
Alderwoman Angela Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderman Jedd Lewis, to approve the Minutes of the July 11, 2016, regular Council meeting. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
II. ADMINISTRATION:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2016, APPROVING AMENDMENT OF OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LEASES WITH WILDHORSE RESOURCES, L.C.C.
This item was deleted by amendment to the agenda.
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2016, AMENDING CHAPTER 5 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
Bill Carter explained the amendments to Chapter 5 relating to alcoholic beverages saying the revisions include: (i) modifying the menu items required to be served after 10 p.m. in a restaurant; (ii) modifying the closing hours of restaurants from midnight to 2 a.m.; (iii) modifying the open container limitations to allow open containers at special events approved by the City and on sidewalks adjacent to restaurants (iv) and various administrative revisions.
Mayor Walker summarized the four points presented for consideration and commented that a committee made up of himself, four from his management team, Chief Steve Rogers, and City Attorney Bill Carter had spent eight months formulating the revisions before presenting them to the Board of Aldermen. He feels that the revised ordinance will encourage economic development and bring the City in line with other university communities.
B.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING CHAPTER 5 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 5:35 p.m. The following came forward to comment:
Ted McKinney, 1607 Ravine Drive, said he has always spoken against the use of alcohol and is opposed to the amendments and any expansion of alcohol use. He feels that the extra hours will place a burden on area first responders.
Ed Shell, 201 Audubon Drive, said he is opposed to the proposed amendments and saying his objections are based on logic and thinks nothing good happens after drinking until 2 a.m.
Harriet Jones, 1001 Sherwood Drive, spoke in opposition to the amendments and feels no benefit will come with expanding the hours for restaurants or promoting the use of alcohol for Tech students or anyone else. She said she had checked with the local restaurants and only two were interested.
Mary Belle McKinney, 1607 Ravine Drive, spoke in opposition to the proposed amendments and summarized statistics regarding alcohol use with Tech students as related to the bad effects that extending these alcohol hours might have on college students.
Judy Copeland , Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President, 2111 North Trenton, spoke in favor of the amendments saying the changes will help the City look more attractive to potential new businesses and while she understands the concerns from the family values perspective feels you must also consider from a commerce perspective.
T.J. Cranford, 250 Sav Road, spoke in favor of the amendments saying he feels the City should benefit from the tax dollars.
Chris Garriga, 1112 Lisa Lane, Co-owner of Ponchatoula's and Log Cabin Restaurants, backed the changes saying the later hours will afford businesses a competitive edge and give them an option to stay open or not.
Richard Lewis, 1120 Sweetbriar, representing the Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke in favor of the amendments saying the CVB Board had been polled and they are in favor of passing the ordinance and giving businesses the opportunity to stay open.
Having no one else from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 5:52 p.m. Alderman Siegmund asked the Mayor to address some of the concerns mentioned during the public hearing. Mayor Walker said the committee had spent much time and consideration on all the options and decided on the four they felt would best serve the community. Judy Copeland added that instituting the special events waiver will make legal what's happening at the Peach Festival and Tech tailgating. Alderman Pearce said he doesn't think the extended hours will be a positive thing for our community's image. He feels that it doesn't hurt for our community to be different because we already have a good City and good University.
Mayor Walker called for a motion to adopt. Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, to adopt the ordinance. Alderman Pearce said he would like to make a motion to amend the motion to approve the revisions by asking that the current midnight rule replace the 2 a.m. time. [Because motion and second were already on the table for consideration and Alderman Lewis, who made the motion, did not consent to the amendment, Pearce's motion to amend the motion was not considered.] The title of the ordinance was read, a roll call vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN CAROLYN CAGE
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
NAY: ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed with three (3) votes in favor of and two (2) opposed being Aldermen Jim Pearce and Bruce Siegmund. (ORDINANCE NO. 1687 OF 2016)
III. CRIMINAL CODE:
A. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2016, AMENDING SEC. 11-100 OF CHAPTER 11 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield.
IV. WATER UTILITIES:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2016, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH CHARLES STACHACZ IN CONNECTION WITH THE ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE WATER METER PROJECT.
Keith Jeselink reported that the proposed resolution will authorize the City to enter into a professional services agreement with Charles Stachacz to facilitate the replacement of water meters with AMI water smart meters and the cost is estimated to not exceed $129,800 with funding from Moving Ruston Forward funds. Following a brief discussion, motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 1055 OF 2016)
V. LIGHT AND POWER:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2016, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH CHAIN ELECTRIC COMPANY FOR UTILITY SERVICES RELATED TO MLK EXTENSION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.
Randy Colvin stated that the proposed resolution will authorize an agreement with Chain Electric for the construction, relocation and upgrade of the electric utilities from Farmerville Street and Martin Luther King to Highway 167, and also upgrade the electric utilities on White Street, all a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Extension Improvements Project with an associated cost of approximately $130,000 with funds budgeted through Moving Ruston Forward. After discussion, 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. 1056 OF 2016)
VI. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2016, AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE RILEY COMPANY OF LOUISIANA, INC., FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES RELATED TO LEE AVENUE BOX CULVERT IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT.
John Freeman stated that the proposed resolution will authorize the City to enter into a professional services agreement with Riley Company of Louisiana for improvements to Lee Avenue. He added that the project will reconstruct the existing block structure damaged by March flooding with an estimated cost for the project to be $375,000 and funded by the General Fund and will continue conversations with FEMA to obtain the maximum funds from them. After discussion, a motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderman Bruce Siegmund to adopt the resolution. There were no comments from the audience and the motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 1057 OF 2016)
VII. PLANNING AND ZONING:
A. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2016, AMENDING THE ZONING CODE OF THE CITY OF RUSTON. (Small Scale Specialty Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Production and Sales)
Jim Hays stated that this ordinance is part of the City's ongoing commitment to respond to citizen input and to keep the Zoning Code current and effective. He added that the City has been approached by citizens who have shown an interest in the possibility of developing coffee roasting uses and the amendment to the Code will allow coffee roasting in non-residential districts under a new use category called “Small Scale Specialty Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Production and Sales.” He reported that the Zoning Commission had reviewed the proposed revisions at its June 20, 2016, meeting and voted unanimously to recommend approval by the Board of Alderman.
A.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING THE ZONING CODE OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 6:14 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:14 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
Alderwoman Angela Mayfield made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, 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 CAROLYN CAGE
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1688 OF 2016)
B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2016, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case No. 1273: Application for Preliminary Plat of Planned Unit Development Application to rezone from R-25, One Family Residential to PUD, Planned Unit Development
Applicant: JD Red, LLC
Location: Vacant lot on east side of South Barnett Springs Road, across from 954 South Barnett Springs
Legal Description:
Beginning at a found 5/8: rebar at the southeast corner of the NE/4 of the NE/4, Section 28, T18N, R3W, land district north of Red River, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, said point being the northeast corner of that certain tract conveyed to Randy L. Ewing in Conveyance Book 245, Page 668, records of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, and the northwest corner of that certain 4.0 acre tract conveyed to Frank Q Tibbitt, as Parcel No. 28183000852, records of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana; Thence south 00 degrees 44 minutes 31 seconds west along the east line of said Ewing tract and the west line of said Tibbitt tract a distance of 50.00 feet to a set 5/8” rebar; Thence north 89 degrees 15 minutes 29 seconds west, parallel to the north line of said Ewing tract, a distance of 290.00 feet to a set 5/8” rebar; Thence south 65 degrees 27 minutes 16 seconds west a distance of 822.00 feet to a set 5/8” rebar; Thence north 89 degrees 15 minutes 29 seconds west a distance of 484.46 feet to a set 5/8” rebar on the east right of way line of South Barnett Springs Road; Thence continue north 89 degrees 15 minutes 29 seconds west a distance of 40.00 feet to a set nail in the centerline of said South Barnett Springs Road; Thence northerly along said centerline and along a curve to the right, said curve having a radius of 780.00 feet, a chord bearing of north 18 degrees 14 minutes 21 seconds east 420.59 feet; for an arc length of 425.85 feet to a set nail at the northwest corner of said Randy L. Ewing tract; Thence south 89 degrees 15 minutes 29 seconds east along said Ewing north line a distance of 1431.24 feet to the Point of Beginning, being subject to the right of way of South Barnett Springs Road and all other rights of ways, easements, and servitudes of record or of use.
Jim Hays reported that the applicant has applied to develop a Planned Unit Development for a 15 unit multi-family development to include three residential buildings with a pavilion and a walking trail for residents' use. He added that it will be located on approximately 8.6 acres on the east side of South Barnett Springs Road across from 954 South Barnett Springs, and the development will be called “Pine Grove.” Hays reported that the Planning and Zoning Commissions had reviewed the case at their June 20, 2016, meetings and the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the preliminary plat and the Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend rezoning to PUD. The project does not include any public dedications or infrastructure that would require final plat approval; and therefore, if the preliminary plat is approved by the Board of Aldermen, there will be no further action required from the Board for this case.
B.(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. Having no one from the audience to comment, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:15 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
Alderman Jedd Lewis made a motion, seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage, 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 CAROLYN CAGE
ALDERWOMAN ANGELA MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERMAN BRUCE SIEGMUND
NAY: NONE
ABSENT: NONE
The motion passed by unanimous vote. (ORDINANCE NO. 1689 OF 2016)
C. INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. ____ OF 2016, AMENDING CHAPTER 29 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES PROVIDED FOR THEREIN.
Case No. 1276: Application to Rezone from R-10, One Family Residential, to CN, Commercial Node
Applicant: Frank M. Cordaro
Location: Northeast Corner of Wynnwood Avenue and North Trenton Street
The ordinance was introduced by Alderman Bruce Siegmund.
VIII. CODE ENFORCEMENT:

A. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD
BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 506 EAST COLORADO AVENUE.
In the absence of Bill Sanderson, Jim Hays reported that the Council had previously voted unanimously to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 506 East Colorado Avenue and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the owners (Consolidated Crescent) have been notified of the hearing. Hays said that Sanderson's recommendation is 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.
A .(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 506 EAST COLORADO AVENUE.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 6:20 p.m. Having no one to comment from the audience, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:20 p.m., and called for final consideration by the Aldermen.
A motion was made by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and seconded by Alderwoman Carolyn Cage to approve Sanderson's recommendations, as reported by Jim Hays, and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
B. TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE ABATEMENT OF THE SUBSTANDARD
BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1106 OAKDALE STREET.
In the absence of Bill Sanderson, Jim Hays reported that the Council had previously voted unanimously to accept a recommendation to demolish, remove or improve the structure(s) at 1106 Oakdale Street and to start the property condemnation process. He reported that the owner (Lisa Reynolds) has been notified of the hearing. Hays read Sanderson's recommendation that the Council set a deadline of thirty (30) days for the owner to repair, remove or demolish the structure(s) 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 owners.
B .(1) PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING(S) OR STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED AT 1106 OAKDALE STREET.
Mayor Walker called for a public hearing at 6:21 p.m. Having no one to comment from the audience, the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:21 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 approve Sanderson's recommendations, as reported by Jim Hays, and proceed with the appropriate action. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
IX. FINANCE:
A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. ____ OF 2016, AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF RUSTON, PARISH OF LINCOLN, STATE OF LOUISIANA TO SET FORTH CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE AND REPAYMENT OF LONG-TERM DEBT; ADOPT A DEBT POLICY TO PROTECT THE CITY'S FINANCIAL INTEGRITY; AND OTHERWISE PROVIDING WITH RESPECT THERETO.
Emmett Gibbs was present to discuss the resolution pertaining to the adoption of a debt policy for the City and set forth criteria for issuance and repayment of long-term debt. He said the adoption of this policy will be of benefit in connection with the issuance of bonds by the City. A motion was made by Alderman Jedd Lewis and seconded by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield to adopt the resolution. The Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none. The motion passed by unanimous vote. (RESOLUTION NO. 1058 OF 2016)
X. ADJOURN MEETING.
There being no further business, on motion by Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and second by Alderman Jedd Lewis, the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.
August 15, 2016
APPROVED
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
RONNY WALKER, MAYOR
1td: August 19, 2016

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