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|Public Notices Published Sunday, October 18th, 2009Franklin Parish Police Jury|
Public Hearing/Regular Meeting
September 10, 2009 @ 6:00 P.M.
The Franklin Parish Police Jury met in regular session following a Public Hearing on the 10th day of September, 2009 in the Police Jury meeting room, Courthouse Building, Winnsboro, Louisiana with the following members present: Honorable Harvey R. Guimbellot, Jackie Johnson, Ray Young, K. W. “Buddy” Parks and Troy Hendry.
Jurors Leroy Scott and Ricky Campbell were absent.
Juror Ray Young led the group in prayer and the pledge.
The meeting convened in regular session. Motion by Hendry and seconded by Parks to approve the agenda. Unanimously approved
Motion by Parks and seconded by Hendry to approve the minutes of August 11, 2009 and August 19, 2009 meetings. Unanimously approved
Public Hearing was opened for Board of Review of 2009 assessments. Rod Elrod asked if there were any complaints. No complaints were registered with the Assessor’s office or the Police Jury Office.
Motion by Johnson and seconded by Young to close Public Hearing for Board of Review. Unanimously approved
Motion by Parks and seconded by Young to adopt 2009 millage rates.
YEAS: Guimbellot, Johnson, Young, Parks, and Hendry
Absent: Leroy Scott and Ricky Campbell
Open Public Hearing on accepting pre-submission forms for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Parish recovery projects associated with Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Danny Magee of Frye Magee spoke to Jurors concerning these projects.
Motion by Young and seconded by Hendry to adopt list of projects and add Washington Subdivision Sewer System to list. Unanimously approved
Carol Pinnell-Alison of the LSU Ag Center spoke to Jurors concerning the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Jury they are asking for up to 9% increase for FY 2010-2015. Motion by Young and seconded by Parks to take request under advisement. Unanimously approved
We were given a Franklin 4-H Newsletter with September and October activities.
Concerning Washington Subdivision Sewer System. Mrs. Norman wanted to know the status of the system. Juror Johnson said (for the record) “ I had requested that we make Elam a sewage district and we talked about that myself, Troy and Buddy we learned that if you form a sewage district that the district would still – first the district must be formed by the Police Jury and even after if you were to form a district the district would be owned by the Parish and I’m under the impression that the Parish does not want to according to our conversation that the Parish does not want to assume the responsibility for a sewage district. In taking that under consideration, I must point out the districts that the Parish owns all of fire district that are located throughout the Parish and the responsibility that comes with owning a Fire district with the same stipulations that would occur if the Parish would own a sewage district – the equipment and everything that’s affiliated with the Fire district should something occur or was unable to be kept up with would revert back to the Franklin Parish Police Jury so it’s a service that is available to the Parish to provide a service to the people of Franklin Parish now the Parish already owns two sewage districts they own the sewage district at Abe Lincoln subdivision they own the sewage district actually three they own the Elam sewage district and they own the district at Horace White sewage district so these are – these are a district – gives that particular district authority to levy tax, to request funds, and to – it impowers the district in order to attain the necessary funds to operate that district in a safe manner. Now something I must admit the idea of a non-profit organization was brought up but we’re looking at a time consuming issue by going through necessary time and steps it takes to form a non-profit organization and at the same time we’re looking at a community (everything that I’ve said would be for the record too). The problem with time is that doing all this time there’s raw sewage laying the community we’re talking about disease infected disease carrying sources that the community is exposed to on a daily basis. Now we think that it is only affecting the community but the children and adults who leave that community and go to a public school and the people they come in contact with during that day at school it is a possibility that these same germs and disease infested carriers be transported on the children they meet at school and play with they go to the cafeteria with so we’re talking about the time element that is involved and the time element that it would take to remove these items from the school I mean from the community. There are other options if the Jury simply refuses to grant this community a sewage district status even though you’ve granted districts all over the Parish it seems strange that the makeup of this community and all over the Parish the makeup of the districts you have appointed it looks as though that we are denying people the right too – based on something other than mere facts it looks to me like it might be racially motivated and being racially motivated it endangers the Parish as a whole because we receive millions and millions of federal dollars every year millions of dollars from the federal government with the stipulation that we would not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religious or national origin and just from a person glancing on what has taken place here and looking at the districts that does exist throughout the Parish it would look like it is something other than those areas and it would lead a prudent person to think that maybe there is some discrimination being practiced in the decision making of this and I hope that I’m wrong I hope that this is not a ball game or a game that we’re playing with each other because if it is we’re playing with peoples health. There are some other alternatives that is open to the citizens of Washington subdivision – one of the alternatives is that the existing sewer district would have the power to purchase this sewage district and in purchasing this sewage district it would be a part of an existing sewage district that already exist that would be determined by the existing board members that are already in place and to obtain representation by the community in all and all I’m requesting that we at least debate the sources of a sewage district for Elam subdivision. I’ll yield for the purpose of a debate. All right if there’s nothing that’s already been discussed and outside of the meeting and your minds already made up that …. yes what”
President Guimbellot said he talked with Doyle Robinson about forming a non-profit organization. Doyle said this way the quickest and best way for the community to get help.
Members of the organization should come to his office and he would assist them in getting started.
Juror Johnson said forming the non-profit organization would be a time consuming process. He told of the various steps that would be needed to get application going liking applying through the IRS to get a 5013C status. Johnson said this is an emergency area and that a disease potential is already present. He said a sewage district could take place immediately with the Jury forming the board.
David Doughty, parish attorney said applying for 5013C status would take a few months. He said he would call Doyle Robinson to see what needed to be done. David also said that the D.A.’s office would do what they could to help. They would draw up the paperwork etc. David is to get back with the office and let them know what he found out. David said that the responsibility of the system would be the owner’s (Leedale Heckard) the Jury is not responsible.
Mrs. Norman asked the Jury to help them now. They need a quick fix and then go with the non-profit organization.
A gentleman from the audience (Anderson) stated that the community already has a Charter in existence and is good for 99 years.
Discussion between Jurors and audience regarding who is responsible for the Sewer System.
Juror Young said Charter already in effect appoint new members and get in touch with Doyle Robinson this is the fastest way to get things going.
Greg said there is a drainage problem in that community with the ditch going out of the subdivision crossing Hwy 562. The sewer system is a foot below the grade of the ditch. The culvert needs to be lowered at Hwy 562. David Doughty suggested getting in touch with Representative Noble Ellington to get something done.
Superintendent’s Report: Motion by Hendry and seconded by Young to approve work schedule for September/October 2009. Unanimously approved
Greg also gave Jurors an updated list of all projects they are working on.
Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Young and seconded by parks to approve the following budget amendments. Unanimously approved
Acct# Acct. Name Actual Budgeted Suggested
Office of State Parks Revenue
3330350 0.00 100,000.00 -100,000.00
4040210 Dues & Subs Elec 700.00 600.00 100.00
4050154 Workers Comp 2,168.78 1,500.00 1,100.00last year
4050241 Postage 3,062.51 2,000.00 500.00 last year
4100242 Phone - PS 969.30 800.00 500.00 Reimbursed
Postpone amendments to Rec. Meeting was not held
Road and Brdge
Acct# Acct. Name Actual Budgeted Suggested
3320000 Workforce Reimb. 50,048.74 0.00 50,050.00
3345201 Union Church 76,381.44 0.00 800,000.00
4200255 LGAP Expense 69,410.28 65,000.00 4,410.28
4200411 Raspberry Bridge 82,623.50 0.00 82,623.50
4200122 Workforce OT 201.90 0.00 202.00
4200121 Workforce Wages 28,604.50 0.00 28,604.50
4200211 Advertising 461.26 300.00 362.00 bids in July and LGAP
4200241 Postage 76.13 20.00 150.00
4200252 Hauling 274,589.08 294,414.00 55,586.00
FEMA expenses…. will make 350K
4200270 Contract Labor 55,531.63 50,000.00 28,031.63
4200280 Audit Fees 13,070.54 5,530.00 7,541.00 LC
4200310 Office Supplies 3,320.46 2,500.00 1,820.00
4200331 Gravel 396,706.97 415,000.00 50,000.00
FEMA expenses…. 465K
4200332 Culverts 105,892.45 130,000.00 16,500.00
4200333 Grader Blades 33,810.00 33,810.00 33,810.00
Need to place a complete order to receive best pos. price.
4200336 Asphalt 47,599.23 50,000.00 20,000.00
4203099 Misc. Exp 306.77 0.00 307.00 LA Machinery
4203241 Postage 7.70 0.00 35.00
4203252 Hauling 351.00 0.00 351.00 Washington Sub
4203280 Audit Fees 2,463.01 1,500.00 1,500.00 LC
4201321 Filters 1,476.98 1,000.00 1,000.00
Fulfill Lease requirements
Garbage Committee Report: The recommendation of the committee is to place an ad in the Franklin Sun addressing the problem of garbage carts being left on the roadside after pick-up and to write individual letters to citizens who are doing this.
Recreation Committee Report: Recreation Committee did not meet.
Public Works Committee Report: Motion by Parks and seconded by Hendry to check into pursuing funds (Recovery Money) to work on Parish roads. Unanimously approved
Motion by Hendry and seconded by Young to approve Hardship Certification for Mrs. Rosa Slade, 559 Seymore Road, Baskin, LA. Unanimously approved
Motion by Young and seconded by Hendry to prepare and submit two (2) resolutions through L-GAP for a mini-excavator and public work trucks. Unanimously approved
Personnel Committee Report: Motion by Johnson and seconded by Young to change Sam’s work schedule from 7:30 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. through April. Unanimously approved
Under Visitors: A lady from the audience had some questions about an inmate on work release salary. Greg explained to her that the position he has was advertised in the paper and no one applied for the position. Since he was already doing the job, he was offered the position. The lady said she didn’t think it was right for an inmate to have the job and get paid for doing it.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
There being no further business to discuss, on a motion by Johnson and seconded by Young the meeting was unanimously approved adjourned.
/s/Johnnie Wesley, Parish Sec.
Franklin Parish Police Jury
/s/Harvey Guimbellot, Parish President
Franklin Parish Police Jury
CITY OF WINNSBORO
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
6:00 PM - CALL TO ORDER
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Winnsboro, Louisiana, met in regular session on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 6:00 PM at the Winnsboro City Court, 1308 Cornell Street, Winnsboro, Louisiana, with Mayor Jack Hammons presiding.
Pledge led by Mayor Jack Hammons
Prayer led by John Dumas
Aldermen present: Richard Mahoney, John Dumas, Craig Gill,
Absent: Johnson, McCarthy
Motion by Gill, second by Dumas to approve the minutes of the regular session held on August 17, 2009. Unanimously approved.
RESOLUTION NO. 09-0901:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2009 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the City of Winnsboro:
CITY OF WINNSBORO 7.41 MILLS
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this proper administrative officials of the Parish of FRANKLIN, State of LOUISIANA, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2009, and to make the collections of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in a manner provided by law.
The foregoing resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:
YEAS: Richard Mahoney, John Dumas, Craig Gill
ABSENT: Betty Johnson, Rex McCarthy
JACK HAMMONS, MAYOR
PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE 933:
After a public hearing a motion was made by Dumas, second by Mahoney and unanimously approved to adopt Ordinance No. 933 - Allowing a variance in the usage of property located at 2002 Ellis Street, currently zoned R2, to be used as a parking lot in conjunction with the dialysis center located directly across the street.
APPROVE SEWER CONNECTION:
Motion by Dumas, second by Gill and unanimously approved to allow business located at 7500 Highway 4 to connect to the City of Winnsboro Sewer System. The business owner will be responsible for all expenses related to the connection and requirements by city ordinances.
David Strange appeared before the Board with an update on the progress of the Meadowbrook Subdivision.
Paul Trimble with Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson gave an update of the City of Winnsboro’s ongoing projects.
FIRE CHIEF MONTHLY REPORT:
Chief Truman Welch gave a monthly activity report for the City of Winnsboro Fire Department. Motion by Gill, second by Mahoney to accept the report as given. Unanimously approved.
POLICE CHIEF MONTHLY REPORT:
Chief Lester Thomas gave a monthly activity report for the City of Winnsboro Police Department. Motion by Mahoney, second by Dumas to accept the report as given. Unanimously approved.
Motion by Gill, second by Dumas to enter into executive session to discuss legal issues. Unanimously approved.
RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION:
Motion by Gill, second by Dumas to return to regular session. Unanimously approved.
MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS:
Motion by Mahoney, second by Gill to accept the monthly financial reports. Unanimously approved.
There being no more business to come before the board at this time, a motion was made by Gill, second by Mahoney and unanimously approved that the meeting be adjourned.
Roxy Fletcher Jack Hammons
City Clerk Mayor
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
CITY OF WINNSBORO, LOUISIANA
Sealed bids for Renovations to the McClemore Building will be received by the City of Winnsboro, at the Winnsboro City Hall, located at 3814 Front Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295 until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2009, and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud. Bids will be received on the following contract:
Renovations to the McClemore Building
City of Winnsboro
If forwarded by mail, the sealed envelope containing the bid must be enclosed in another envelope addressed to the City of Winnsboro at P.O. Box 250, Winnsboro, LA 71295.
The Bid Proposals, Plans, Specifications, Forms of Contract, and Forms of Bid Bond, Performance Bond and Payment Bond, and other contract documents may be examined at the office of the Engineer:
Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson, Inc.
Telephone (318) 448-0888
3666 Government Street
P.O. Drawer 5444
Alexandria, Louisiana 71307-5444
Copies of the plans, specifications and contract documents may be obtained from the office of the Engineer. The cost per set will be $170.00, which cost represents the cost of reproduction and is nonrefundable. Any requests for bid documents shall be accompanied by payment in full.
Each bid proposal is to be accompanied by a bid bond in the amount of five (5%) percent of the base bid. Bidders may not withdraw their bid within one hundred twenty (120) days after the actual date of opening thereof. The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids.
Date: March 25, 2009
/s/ Jack Hammons
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