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|Public Notices Published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011CITY OF WINNSBORO|
ORDINANCE NO. 944
FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION ORDINANCE
STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION, FINDINGS OF FACT, PURPOSE AND METHODS
SECTION A. STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION
The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has in statute LRS 38:84 delegated the responsibility of local governmental units to adopt regulations designed to minimize flood losses. Therefore, the Board of Aldermen of the City of Winnsboro, Louisiana, does ordain as follows:
SECTION B. FINDINGS OF FACT
(1) The flood hazard areas of the City of Winnsboro are subject to periodic inundation, which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.
(2) These flood losses are created by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains which cause an increase in flood heights and velocities, and by the occupancy of flood hazard areas by uses vulnerable to floods and hazardous to other lands because they are inadequately elevated, flood proofed or otherwise protected from flood damage.
SECTION C. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
It is the purpose of this ordinance to promote the public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas by provisions designed to:
(1) Protect human life and health;
(2) Minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects;
(3) Minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
(4) Minimize prolonged business interruptions;
(5) Minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and bridges located in floodplains;
(6) Help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood-prone areas in such a manner as to minimize future flood blight areas; and
(7) Insure that potential buyers are notified that property is in a flood area.
SECTION D. METHODS OF REDUCING FLOOD LOSSES
In order to accomplish its purposes, this ordinance uses the following methods:
(1) Restrict or prohibit uses that are dangerous to health, safety or property in times of flood, or cause excessive increases in flood heights or velocities;
(2) Require that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction;
(3) Control the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective barriers, which are involved in the accommodation of flood waters;
(4) Control filling, grading, dredging and other development which may increase flood damage;
(5) Prevent or regulate the construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert flood waters or which may increase flood hazards to other lands.
Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this ordinance shall be interpreted to give them the meaning they have in common usage and to give this ordinance its most reasonable application.
ALLUVIAL FAN FLOODING - means flooding occurring on the surface of an alluvial fan or similar landform which originates at the apex and is characterized by high-velocity flows; active processes of erosion, sediment transport, and deposition; and unpredictable flow paths.
APEX - means a point on an alluvial fan or similar landform below which the flow path of the major stream that formed the fan becomes unpredictable and alluvial fan flooding can occur.
APPURTENANT STRUCTURE - means a structure which is on the same parcel of property as the principal structure to be insured and the use of which is incidental to the use of the principal structure
AREA OF FUTURE CONDITIONS FLOOD HAZARD - means the land area that would be inundated by the 1-percent-annual chance (100 year) flood based on future conditions hydrology.
AREA OF SHALLOW FLOODING - means a designated AO, AH, AR/AO, AR/AH, or VO zone on a community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) with a 1 percent or greater annual chance of flooding to an average depth of 1 to 3 feet where a clearly defined channel does not exist, where the path of flooding is unpredictable and where velocity flow may be evident. Such flooding is characterized by ponding or sheet flow.
AREA OF SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD - is the land in the floodplain within a community subject to a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. The area may be designated as Zone A on the Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM). After detailed rate making has been completed in preparation for publication of the FIRM, Zone A usually is refined into Zones A, AO, AH, A1-30, AE, A99, AR, AR/A1-30, AR/AE, AR/AO, AR/AH, AR/A, VO, V1-30, VE or V.
BASE FLOOD - means the flood having a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.
BASE FLOOD ELEVATION - The elevation shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and found in the accompanying Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Zones A, AE, AH, A1-A30, AR, V1-V30, or VE that indicates the water surface elevation resulting from the flood that has a 1% chance of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year - also called the Base Flood.
BASEMENT - means any area of the building having its floor subgrade (below ground level) on all sides.
BREAKAWAY WALL ‚Äì means a wall that is not part of the structural support of the building and is intended through its design and construction to collapse under specific lateral loading forces, without causing damage to the elevated portion of the building or supporting foundation system.
CRITICAL FEATURE - means an integral and readily identifiable part of a flood protection system, without which the flood protection provided by the entire system would be compromised.
DEVELOPMENT - means any man-made change to improved and unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.
ELEVATED BUILDING - means, for insurance purposes, a non-basement building, which has its lowest elevated floor, raised above ground level by foundation walls, shear walls, posts, piers, pilings, or columns.
EXISTING CONSTRUCTION - means for the purposes of determining rates, structures for which the “start of construction” commenced before the effective date of the FIRM or before January 1, 1975, for FIRMs effective before that date. “Existing construction” may also be referred to as “existing structures.”
EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION - means a manufactured home park or subdivision for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including, at a minimum, the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads) is completed before the effective date of the floodplain management regulations adopted by a community.
EXPANSION TO AN EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION - means the preparation of additional sites by the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads).
FREEBOARD - means a factor of safety usually expressed in feet above a flood level for purposes of floodplain management. Freeboard tends to compensate for the many unknown factors that could contribute to flood heights greater than the height calculated for a selected size flood and floodway conditions, such as a wave action, blocked bridge or culvert openings, and the hydrological effect of urbanization of the watershed.
FLOOD OR FLOODING - means a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from:
(1) the overflow of inland or tidal waters.
(2) the unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source.
FLOOD ELEVATION STUDY - means an examination, evaluation and determination of flood hazards and, if appropriate, corresponding water surface elevations, or an examination, evaluation and determination of mudslide (i.e., mudflow) and/or flood-related erosion hazards.
FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAP (FIRM) - means an official map of a community, on which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has delineated both the special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community.
FLOOD INSURANCE STUDY (FIS) - see Flood Elevation Study
FLOODPLAIN OR FLOOD-PRONE AREA - means any land area susceptible to being inundated by water from any source (see definition of flooding).
FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT - means the operation of an overall program of corrective and preventive measures for reducing flood damage, including but not limited to emergency preparedness plans, flood control works and floodplain management regulations.
FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS - means zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, building codes, health regulations, special purpose ordinances (such as a floodplain ordinance, grading ordinance and erosion control ordinance) and other applications of police power. The term describes such state or local regulations, in any combination thereof, which provide standards for the purpose of flood damage prevention and reduction.
FLOOD PROTECTION SYSTEM - means those physical structural works for which funds have been authorized, appropriated, and expended and which have been constructed specifically to modify flooding in order to reduce the extent of the area within a community subject to a “special flood hazard” and the extent of the depths of associated flooding. Such a system typically includes hurricane tidal barriers, dams, reservoirs, levees or dikes. These specialized flood modifying works are those constructed in conformance with sound engineering standards.
FLOOD PROOFING - means any combination of structural and non-structural additions, changes, or adjustments to structures which reduce or eliminate flood damage to real estate or improved real property, water and sanitary facilities, structures and their contents.
FLOODWAY - see Regulatory Floodway
FUNCTIONALLY DEPENDENT USE - means a use, which cannot perform its intended purpose unless it is located or carried out in close proximity to water. The term includes only docking facilities, port facilities that are necessary for the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers, and ship building and ship repair facilities, but does not include long-term storage or related manufacturing facilities.
HIGHEST ADJACENT GRADE - means the highest natural elevation of the ground surface prior to construction next to the proposed walls of a structure.
HISTORIC STRUCTURE - means any structure that is:
(1) Listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places (a listing maintained by the Department of Interior) or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as meeting the requirements for individual listing on the National Register;
(2) Certified or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as contributing to the historical significance of a registered historic district or a district preliminarily determined by the Secretary to qualify as a registered historic district;
(3) Individually listed on a state inventory of historic places in states with historic preservation programs which have been approved by the Secretary of the Interior; or
(4) Individually listed on a local inventory or historic places in communities with historic preservation programs that have been certified either:
(a) By an approved state program as determined by the Secretary of the Interior or;
(b) Directly by the Secretary of the Interior in states without approved programs.
LEVEE - means a man-made structure, usually an earthen embankment, designed and constructed in accordance with sound engineering practices to contain, control, or divert the flow of water so as to provide protection from temporary flooding.
LEVEE SYSTEM - means a flood protection system which consists of a levee, or levees, and associated structures, such as closure and drainage devices, which are constructed and operated in accordance with sound engineering practices.
LOWEST FLOOR - means the lowest floor of the lowest enclosed area (including basement). An unfinished or flood resistant enclosure, usable solely for parking or vehicles, building access or storage in an area other than a basement area is not considered a building’s lowest floor; provided that such enclosure is not built so as to render the structure in violation of the applicable non-elevation design requirement of Section 60.3 of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations.
MANUFACTURED HOME - means a structure transportable in one or more sections, which is built on a permanent chassis and is designed for use with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities. The term “manufactured home” does not include a “recreational vehicle”.
MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION - means a parcel (or contiguous parcels) of land divided into two or more manufactured home lots for rent or sale.
MEAN SEA LEVEL - means, for purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program, the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD) of 1988 or other datum, to which base flood elevations shown on a community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map are referenced.
NEW CONSTRUCTION - means, for the purpose of determining insurance rates, structures for which the “start of construction” commenced on or after the effective date of an initial FIRM or after December 31, 1974, whichever is later, and includes any subsequent improvements to such structures. For floodplain management purposes, “new construction” means structures for which the “start of construction” commenced on or after the effective date of a floodplain management regulation adopted by a community and includes any subsequent improvements to such structures.
NEW MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION - means a manufactured home park or subdivision for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including at a minimum, the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads) is completed on or after the effective date of floodplain management regulations adopted by a community.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE - means a vehicle which is (i) built on a single chassis; (ii) 400 square feet or less when measured at the largest horizontal projections; (iii) designed to be self-propelled or permanently towable by a light duty truck; and (iv) designed primarily not for use as a permanent dwelling but as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel, or seasonal use.
REGULATORY FLOODWAY - means the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height.
RIVERINE - means relating to, formed by, or resembling a river (including tributaries), stream, brook, etc.
SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD AREA - see Area of Special Flood Hazard
START OF CONSTRUCTION - (for other than new construction or substantial improvements under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (Pub. L. 97-348)), includes substantial improvement and means the date the building permit was issued, provided the actual start of construction, repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition placement, or other improvement was within 180 days of the permit date. The actual start means either the first placement of permanent construction of a structure on a site, such as the pouring of slab or footings, the installation of piles, the construction of columns, or any work beyond the stage of excavation; or the placement of a manufactured home on a foundation. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, such as clearing, grading and filling; nor does it include the installation of streets and/or walkways; nor does it include excavation for basement, footings, piers or foundations or the erection of temporary forms; nor does it include the installation on the property of accessory buildings, such as garages or sheds not occupied as dwelling units or not part of the main structure. For a substantial improvement, the actual start of construction means the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part of a building, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the building.
STRUCTURE - means, for floodplain management purposes, a walled and roofed building, including a gas or liquid storage tank, that is principally above ground, as well as a manufactured home.
SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE - means damage of any origin sustained by a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its before damaged condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.
SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT - means any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure before “start of construction” of the improvement. This term includes structures which have incurred “substantial damage”, regardless of the actual repair work performed. The term does not, however, include either: (1) Any project for improvement of a structure to correct existing violations of state or local health, sanitary, or safety code specifications which have been identified by the local code enforcement official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions or (2) Any alteration of a “historic structure”, provided that the alteration will not preclude the structure’s continued designation as a “historic structure.”
VARIANCE - means a grant of relief by a community from the terms of a floodplain management regulation. (For full requirements see Section 60.6 of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations.)
VIOLATION - means the failure of a structure or other development to be fully compliant with the community’s floodplain management regulations. A structure or other development without the elevation certificate, other certifications, or other evidence of compliance required in Section 60.3(b)(5), (c)(4), (c)(10), (d)(3), (e)(2), (e)(4), or (e)(5) is presumed to be in violation until such time as that documentation is provided.
WATER SURFACE ELEVATION - means the height, in relation to the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD) of 1988 (or other datum, where specified), of floods of various magnitudes and frequencies in the floodplains of coastal or riverine areas.
SECTION A. LANDS TO WHICH THIS ORDINANCE APPLIES
The ordinance shall apply to all areas of special flood hazard with the jurisdiction of the City of Winnsboro.
SECTION B. BASIS FOR ESTABLISHING THE AREAS OF SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD
The areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the current scientific and engineering report entitled,-The Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Franklin Parish, Louisiana and incorporated areas,” dated September 02, 2011, with accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) dated September 02, 2011, and any revisions thereto are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this ordinance.
SECTION C. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT
A Floodplain Development Permit shall be required to ensure conformance with the provisions of this ordinance.
SECTION D. COMPLIANCE
No structure or land shall hereafter be located, altered, or have its use changed without full compliance with the terms of this ordinance and other applicable regulations.
SECTION E. ABROGATION AND GREATER RESTRICTIONS
This ordinance is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where this ordinance and another ordinance, easement, covenant, or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.
SECTION F. INTERPRETATION
In the interpretation and application of this ordinance, all provisions shall be; (1) considered as minimum requirements; (2) liberally construed in favor of the governing body; and (3) deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under State statutes.
SECTION G. WARNING AND DISCLAIMER OR LIABILITY
The degree of flood protection required by this ordinance is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. On rare occasions greater floods can and will occur and flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This ordinance does not imply that land outside the areas of special flood hazards or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damages. This ordinance shall not create liability on the part of the community or any official or employee thereof for any flood damages that result from reliance on this ordinance or any administrative decision lawfully made hereunder.
SECTION A. DESIGNATION OF THE FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR
The building official or superintendent is hereby appointed the Floodplain Administrator to administer and implement the provisions of this ordinance and other appropriate sections of 44 CFR (Emergency Management and Assistance - National Flood Insurance Program Regulations) pertaining to floodplain management.
SECTION B. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR
Duties and responsibilities of the Floodplain Administrator shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Maintain and hold open for public inspection all records pertaining to the provisions of this ordinance.
(2) Review permit application to determine whether to ensure that the proposed building site project, including the placement of manufactured homes, will be reasonably safe from flooding.
(3) Review, approve or deny all applications for development permits required by adoption of this ordinance.
(4) Review permits for proposed development to assure that all necessary permits have been obtained from those Federal, State or local governmental agencies (including Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, 33 U.S.C. 1334) from which prior approval is required.
(5) Where interpretation is needed as to the exact location of the boundaries of the areas of special flood hazards (for example, where there appears to be a conflict between a mapped boundary and actual field conditions) the Floodplain Administrator shall make the necessary interpretation.
(6) Notify, in riverine situations, adjacent communities and the State Coordinating Agency which is the Department of Transportation and Development, prior to any alteration or relocation of a watercourse, and submit evidence of such notification to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
(7) Assure that the flood carrying capacity within the altered or relocated portion of any watercourse is maintained.
(8) When base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with Article 3, Section B, the Floodplain Administrator shall obtain, review and reasonably utilize any base flood elevation data and floodway data available from a Federal, State or other source, in order to administer the provisions of Article 5.
(9) When a regulatory floodway has not been designated, the Floodplain Administrator must require that no new construction, substantial improvements, or other development (including fill) shall be permitted within Zones A1-30 and AE on the community’s FIRM, unless it is demonstrated that the cumulative effect of the proposed development, when combined with all other existing and anticipated development, will not increase the water surface elevation of the base flood more than one foot at any point within the community.
(10) Under the provisions of 44 CFR Chapter 1, Section 65.12, of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations, a community may approve certain development in Zones A1-30, AE, AH, on the community’s FIRM which increases the water surface elevation of the base flood by more than 1 foot, provided that the community first completes all of the provisions required by Section 65.12.
SECTION C. PERMIT PROCEDURES
(1) Application for a Floodplain Development Permit shall be presented to the Floodplain Administrator on forms furnished by him/her and may include, but not be limited to, plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the location, dimensions, and elevation of proposed landscape alterations, existing and proposed structures, including the placement of manufactured homes, and the location of the foregoing in relation to areas of special flood hazard. Additionally, the following information is required:
(a) Elevation (in relation to mean sea level), of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new and substantially improved structures;
(b) Elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any nonresidential structure shall be floodproofed;
(c) A certificate from a registered professional engineer or architect that the nonresidential floodproofed structure shall meet the floodproofing criteria of Article 5, Section B (2);
(d) Description of the extent to which any watercourse or natural drainage will be altered or relocated as a result of proposed development;
(e) Maintain a record of all such information in accordance with Article 4, Section (B)(1);
(2) Approval or denial of a Floodplain Development Permit by the Flooplain Administrator shall be based on all of the provisions of this ordinance and the following relevant factors:
(a) The danger to life and property due to flooding or erosion damage;
(b) The susceptibility of the proposed facility and its contents to flood damage and the effect of such damage on the individual owner;
(c) The danger that materials may be swept onto other lands to the injury of others;
(d) The compatibility of the proposed use with existing and anticipated development;
(e) The safety of access to the property in times of flood for ordinary and emergency vehicles;
(f) The costs of providing governmental services during and after flood conditions including maintenance and repair of streets and bridges, and public utilities and facilities such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems;
(g) The expected heights, velocity, duration, rate of rise and sediment transport of the floodwaters and the effects of wave action, if applicable, expected at the site;
(h) The necessity to the facility of a waterfront location, where applicable;
(i) The availability of alternative locations, not subject to flooding or erosion damage, for the proposed use.
SECTION D. VARIANCE PROCEDURES
(1) The Appeal Board, as established by the community, shall hear and render judgment on requests for variances from the requirements of this ordinance.
(2) The Appeal Board shall hear and render judgment on an appeal only when it is alleged there is an error in any requirement, decision, or determination made by the Floodplain Administrator in the enforcement or administration of this ordinance.
(3) Any person or persons aggrieved by the decision of the Appeal Board may appeal such decision in the courts of competent jurisdiction.
(4) The Floodplain Administrator shall maintain a record of all actions involving an appeal and shall report variances to the Federal Emergency Management Agency upon request.
(5) Variances may be issued for the reconstruction, rehabilitation or restoration of structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the State Inventory of Historic Places, without regard to the procedures set forth in the remainder of this ordinance.
(6) Variances may be issued for new construction and substantial improvements to be erected on a lot of 1/2 acre or less in size contiguous to and surrounded by lots with existing structures constructed below the base flood level, providing the relevant factors in Section C (2) of this Article have been fully considered. As the lot size increases beyond the 1/2 acre, the technical justification required for issuing the variance increases.
(7) Upon consideration of the factors noted above and the intent of this ordinance, the Appeal Board may attach such conditions to the granting of variances as it deems necessary to further the purpose and objectives of this ordinance (Article 1, Section C).
(8) Variances shall not be issued within any designated floodway if any increase in flood levels during the base flood discharge would result.
(9) Variances may be issued for the repair or rehabilitation of historic structures upon a determination that the proposed repair or rehabilitation will not preclude the structure’s continued designation as a historic structure and the variance is the minimum necessary to preserve the historic character and design of the structure.
[10) Prerequisites for granting variances:
(a) Variances shall only be issued upon a determination that the variance is the minimum necessary, considering the flood hazard, to afford relief.
(b) Variances shall only be issued upon: (i) showing a good and sufficient cause; (ii) a determination that failure to grant the variance would result in exceptional hardship to the applicant, and (iii) a determination that the granting of a variance will not result in increased flood heights, additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances, cause fraud on or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing local laws or ordinances.
(c) Any application to which a variance is granted shall be given written notice that the structure will be permitted to be built with the lowest floor elevation below the base flood elevation, and that the cost of flood insurance will be commensurate with the increased risk resulting from the reduced lowest floor elevation.
(11) Variances may be issued by a community for new construction and substantial improvements and for other development necessary for the conduct of a functionally dependent use provided that (i) the criteria outlined in Article 4, Section D (1)-(9) are met, and (ii) the structure or other development is protected by methods that minimize flood damages during the base flood and create no additional threats to public safety.
PROVISIONS FOR FLOOD HAZARD REDUCTION
SECTION A. GENERAL STANDARDS
In all areas of special flood hazards the following provisions are required for all new construction and substantial improvements:
(1) All new construction or substantial improvements shall be designed (or modified) and adequately anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or lateral movement of the structure resulting from hydrodynamic and hydrostatic loads, including the effects of buoyancy;
(2) All new construction or substantial improvements shall be constructed by methods and practices that minimize flood damage and have a required 1 foot of freeboard;
(3) All new construction or substantial improvements shall be constructed with materials resistant to flood damage;
(4) All new construction or substantial improvements shall be constructed with electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning equipment and other service facilities that are designed and/or located so as to prevent water from entering or accumulating within the components during conditions of flooding;
(5) All new and replacement water supply systems shall be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the system;
(6) New and replacement sanitary sewage systems shall be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the system and discharge from the systems into flood waters; and,
(7) On-site waste disposal systems shall be located to avoid impairment to them or contamination from them during flooding.
SECTION B. SPECIFIC STANDARDS
In all areas of special flood hazards where base flood elevation data has been provided as set forth in (i) Article 3, Section B, (ii) Article 4, Section B (8), or (iii) Article 5, Section C (3), the following provisions are required:
(1) Residential Construction - new construction and substantial improvement of any residential structure shall have the lowest floor (including basement), elevated to or above the base flood elevation. A registered professional engineer, architect, or land surveyor shall submit a certification to the Floodplain Administrator that the standard of this subsection as proposed in Article 4, Section C (1) a., is satisfied.
(2) Nonresidential Construction - new construction and substantial improvements of any commercial, industrial or other nonresidential structure shall either have the lowest floor (including basement) elevated to or above the base flood level or together with attendant utility and sanitary facilities, be designed so that below the base flood level the structure is watertight with walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water and with structural components having the capability of resisting hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads and effects of buoyancy. A registered professional engineer or architect shall develop and/or review structural design, specifications, and plans for the construction, and shall certify that the design and methods of construction are in accordance with accepted standards of practice as outlined in this subsection. A record of such certification which includes the specific elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which such structures are floodproofed shall be maintained by the Floodplain Administrator.
(3) Enclosures - new construction and substantial improvements, with fully enclosed areas below the lowest floor that are usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access or storage in an area other than a basement and which are subject to flooding shall be designed to automatically equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls by allowing for the entry and exit of floodwaters. Designs for meeting this requirement must either be certified by a registered professional engineer or architect or meet or exceed the following minimum criteria:
(a) A minimum of two openings on separate walls having a total net area of not less than 1 square inch for every square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding shall be provided.
(b) The bottom of all openings shall be no higher than 1 foot above grade.
(c) Openings may be equipped with screens, louvers, valves, or other coverings or devices provided that they permit the automatic entry and exit of floodwaters.
(4) Manufactured Homes -
(a) Require that all manufactured homes to be placed within Zone A on a community’s FHBM or FIRM shall be installed using methods and practices which minimize flood damage. For the purposes of this requirement, manufactured homes must be elevated and anchored to resist flotation, collapse, or lateral movement. Methods of anchoring may include, but are not limited to, use of over-the-top or frame ties to ground anchors. This requirement is in addition to applicable State and local anchoring requirements for resisting wind forces.
(b) Require that manufactured homes that are placed or substantially improved within Zones A1-30, AH, and AE on the community’s FIRM on sites (i) outside of a manufactured home park or subdivision, (ii) in a new manufactured home park or subdivision, (iii) in an expansion to an existing manufactured home park or subdivision, or (iv) in an existing manufactured home park or subdivision on which a manufactured home has incurred “substantial damage” as a result of a flood, be elevated on a permanent foundation such that the bottom of the longitudinal structural I beam of the manufactured home is elevated to or above the base flood elevation and be securely anchored to an adequately anchored foundation system to resist flotation, collapse, and lateral movement.
(c) Require that manufactured homes be placed or substantially improved on sites in an existing manufactured home park or subdivision with Zones A1-30, AH and AE on the community’s FIRM that are not subject to the provisions of paragraph (4) of this section be elevated so that either:
(i) the bottom of the longitudinal structural I beam of the manufactured home is at or above the base flood elevation, or
(ii) the manufactured home chassis is supported by reinforced piers or other foundation elements of at least equivalent strength that are no less than 36 inches in height above grade and be securely anchored to an adequately anchored foundation system to resist flotation, collapse, and lateral movement.
(5) Recreational Vehicles - Require that recreational vehicles placed on sites within Zones A1-30, AH, and AE on the community’s FIRM either (i) be on the site for fewer than 180 consecutive days, or (ii) be fully licensed and ready for highway use, or (iii) meet the permit requirements of Article 4, Section C (1), and the elevation and anchoring requirements for “manufactured homes” in paragraph (4) of this section. A recreational vehicle is ready for highway use if it is on its wheels or jacking system, is attached to the site only by quick disconnect type utilities and security devices, and has no permanently attached additions.
SECTION C. STANDARDS FOR SUBDIVISION PROPOSALS
(1) All subdivision proposals including the placement of manufactured home parks and subdivisions shall be consistent with Article 1, Sections B, C, and D of this ordinance.
(2) All proposals for the development of subdivisions including the placement of manufactured home parks and subdivisions shall meet Floodplain Development Permit requirements of Article 3, Section C; Article 4, Section C; and the provisions of Article 5 of this ordinance.
(3) Base flood elevation data shall be generated for subdivision proposals and other proposed development including the placement of manufactured home parks and subdivisions which is greater than 50 lots or 5 acres, whichever is lesser, if not otherwise provided pursuant to Article 3, Section B or Article 4, Section B (8) of this ordinance.
(4) All subdivision proposals including the placement of manufactured home parks and subdivisions shall have adequate drainage provided to reduce exposure to flood hazards.
(5) All subdivision proposals including the placement of manufactured home parks and subdivisions shall have public utilities and facilities such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems located and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage.
SECTION D. STANDARDS FOR AREAS OF SHALLOW FLOODING (AO/AH ZONES)
Located within the areas of special flood hazard established in Article 3, Section B, are areas designated as shallow flooding. These areas have special flood hazards associated with flood depths of 1 to 3 feet where a clearly defined channel does not exist, where the path of flooding is unpredictable, and where velocity flow may be evident. Such flooding is characterized by ponding or sheet flow; therefore, the following provisions apply:
(1) All new construction and substantial improvements of residential structures have the lowest floor (including basement) elevated to or above the base flood elevation or the highest adjacent grade at least as high as the depth number specified in feet on the community’s FIRM (at least 2 feet if no depth number is specified).
(2) All new construction and substantial improvements of non-residential structures;
(a) have the lowest floor (including basement) elevated to or above the base flood elevation or the highest adjacent grade at least as high as the depth number specified in feet on the community’s FIRM (at least 2 feet if no depth number is specified), or
(b) together with attendant utility and sanitary facilities be designed so that below the base specified flood depth in an AO Zone, or below the Base Flood Elevation in an AH Zone, level the structure is watertight with walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water and with structural components having the capability of resisting hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads of effects of buoyancy.
(3) A registered professional engineer or architect shall submit a certification to the Floodplain Administrator that the standards of this Section, as proposed in Article 4, Section C are satisfied.
(4) Require within Zones AH or AO adequate drainage paths around structures on slopes, to guide flood waters around and away from proposed structures.
SECTION E. FLOODWAYS
Floodways - located within areas of special flood hazard established in Article 3, Section B, are areas designated as floodways. Since the floodway is an extremely hazardous area due to the velocity of flood waters which carry debris, potential projectiles and erosion potential, the following provisions shall apply:
(1) Encroachments are prohibited, including fill, new construction, substantial improvements and other development within the adopted regulatory floodway unless it has been demonstrated through hydrologic and hydraulic analyses performed in accordance with standard engineering practice that the proposed encroachment would not result in any increase in flood levels within the community during the occurrence of the base flood discharge.
(2) If Article 5, Section E (1) above is satisfied, all new construction and substantial improvements shall comply with all applicable flood hazard reduction provisions of Article 5.
(3) Under the provisions of 44 CFR Chapter 1, Section 65.12, of the National Flood Insurance Program Regulations, a community may permit encroachments within the adopted regulatory floodway that would result in an increase in base flood elevations, provided that the community first completes all of the provisions required by Section 65.12.
SECTION F. SEVERABILITY
If any section, clause, sentence, or phrase of this Ordinance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, then said holding shall in no way affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.
SECTION G. PENALTIES FOR NON COMPLIANCE
No structure or land shall hereafter be constructed, located, extended, converted, or altered without full compliance with the terms of this ordinance and other applicable regulations. Violation of the provisions of this ordinance by failure to comply with any of its requirements (including violations of conditions and safeguards established in connection with conditions) shall constitute a misdemeanor. Any person who violates this ordinance or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall upon conviction thereof be fined or imprisoned, or both, for each violation. Each day the violation continues shall be deemed a new violation. In addition, the violator shall pay all costs and expenses involved in the case. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the City of Winnsboro from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
I, the undersigned, Roxy Fletcher, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct copy of an ordinance duly adopted by the Board of Aldermen, at a regular meeting duly convened on June 20, 2011.
Roxy Fletcher, City Clerk
TOWN OF WISNER
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
June 9, 2011
The Town Council of Wisner met in regular session on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wisner Town Hall.
Present: Mayor Luckett, Thomas Moore, Thomas Lemle, Marc McCarty and Nettie B. Brown.
Absent: Roger Hilliard.
Also present: Town Clerk, Police Chief and guests.
There being a quorum Mayor Luckett called the meeting proceedings to order.
The invocation was given by Thomas Lemle.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marc McCarty.
Marc McCarty made a motion to approve minutes from previous meeting. Nettie B. Brown seconded. Minutes approved.
The financial reports and expenditures were provided for the month.
Nettie B. Brown made a motion to accept the financial reports and pay all bills. Thomas Moore seconded. Motion carried.
Marc McCarty made a motion to adopt the Fy 2011/2012 budget.
Nettie B. Brown seconded. Budget adopted for FY 2011/2012.
Nettie B. Brown made a motion to adopt the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Thomas Lemle seconded. Flood Prevention Ordinance adopted.
Thomas Moore made a motion to table the selection of Engineering Services for the LCDBG project. Marc McCarty seconded. Motion carried.
Marc McCarty made a lotion to select The Franklin Sun as the Official Municipal Journal for FY2011-2012
Melissa Herrington from McManus Engineers discussed the progress of the painting off the elevated water tower. She informed council that work will begin in a couple of weeks.
Chief Doug Denmon reported that the volunteer firefighters had attended several fires.
Chief Billy Cureington reported that there had been several burglaries in the area and several arrests have been made.
Bobby Rushing reported that everything was going good and that he is waiting for the police jury to deliver asphalt. The Clerk was instructed to call and find out the delivery date.
Business owner asked for an application to apply for a beer permit and was instructed to apply at the state level first.
With no further business Thomas Moore made a motion to adjourn. Nettie B. Brown seconded. Meeting adjourned.
Clarice Collins, CMC
Allyn Jean Luckett, Mayor
VILLAGE OF BASKIN
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
July 12, 2011
The Mayor and Council of the Village of Baskin met in regular session on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., at the Village of Baskin Town Hall.
Present: Mayor Jean Clark and Council members Marie Barber and Larry LaBorde.
Also present: Town Clerk, Chief of Police and guests.
There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
The Pledge of Allegiance and opening prayer was led by Mayor Clark.
The minutes of the previous council meeting were presented.
Marie Barber made a motion to accept the minutes. Larry LaBorde seconded the motion. Yeas 2. Nays 0. Absent 1.
Reports were given stating that the American Flags and the set of Military flags were purchased and displayed for the Fourth of July weekend.
The new phone system has been ordered.
Permission was granted to pay all financial obligations.
Larry LaBorde made a motion that all bills be paid. Marie Barber seconded the motion. Yeas 2. Nays 0. Absent 1.
Chief Barber reported that all is going well with the department.
Fire Chief Bobby Fife told that some of the volunteers are continuing to attend training classes for FFII and FFI. The new fire report system is being installed this week. Chief Fife told that the air conditioners (window unit) in the office at the fire station is extremely old and noisy so that it interrupts meetings. He requested that the unit be replaced with a combination heater/air conditioner which would operate more economically. Larry LaBorde made a motion that the window unit be replaced. Marie Barber seconded the motion. Yeas 2. Nays 0. Absent 1.
Having no further business, Mayor Clark called for a motion to adjourn. Larry LaBorde made a motion to close the meeting. Marie Barber seconded that motion. The meeting ended at 5:09 p.m.
Merlyn Ritchie, Clerk
Jean Clark, Mayor
LOUISIANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
CONCORDIA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC
Docket No. U-31947
In re: Request for Adjustment in Retail Rates
Concordia Electric Cooperative, Inc., has applied to the Louisiana Public Service Commission under Docket No. U-31947 for authority to implement an upward adjustment in its retail rates to its member/owners within the parishes of Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle
and Tensas. The application was filed with the Louisiana Public Service Commission on May 24, 2011. Concordia Electric Cooperative, Inc. may be contacted at (318) 339-7969.
The rate application seeks an approximate annual rate increase of $1,021,000 in revenues to Concordia Electric, representing a 6.0% increase above existing rates. It is estimated that the increase will have the following impact upon the monthly bills of Concordia Electric’s member/owners, based upon the June, 2011 power cost adjustment: a bill for Residential Service for 1,000 kWh would increase from $83.67 to $88.84; a bill for Residential Service to a seasonal camp for 400 kWh would increase from $37.97 to 46.94; a bill for Commercial and Non-Residential Service for 5,000 kWh would increase from $521.96 to $536.26; a bill for General Service for 800 kWh would increase from $89.57 to 92.02; a bill for Power Service for 17,500 kWh would increase from $1,640.87 to $1,721.22.
For questions or comments please call the LPSC toll free at (800) 256-2397. Additionally, the company’s filing and its proposed tariff may be viewed in the Records Division of the LPSC at the following address:
602 N. 5th Street, 12th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Telephone: (225) 342-3157
Vs. No. 42,059
RE.RWF., L.L.C; RON’S WAREHOUSE FURNITURE, INC. AND RONNIE O. ASHLEY
State of Louisiana
Parish of Franklin
Fifth District Court
By virtue of a writ of SEIZURE AND SALE, to me directed by the honorable Fifth District Court of Louisiana, in and for the Parish of Franklin, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the front door of the Courthouse, in the City of Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, La., on Wednesday the 24th day of August A.D., 2011, within legal hours beginning at 10:00 a.m., the following described property, to-wit:
A certain lot or parcel of land lying in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE/4 of SW/4), Section 27, Township 15 North, Range 7 East, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, containing 0.665 acres, more or less, and being more particularly described as follows:
Commence at 5/8” rebar found marking the Southwest corner of the Southeast Quarter of Southwest Quarter (SE/4 of SW/4), Section 27, Township 15 North, Range 7 East, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, as shown by plat of survey prepared by Kenneth M. McKay, Registered Land Surveyor, and dated 12/5/95; thence run North 00°52’24” East along the West side of said SE/4 of SW/4 as shown by said plat of survey, for a distance of 589.00 feet to a 3/4” iron pipe; thence run South 84°29’17” East along an old tree line, for a distance of 240.28 feet (called 257.4’, more or less) to a 3/4” iron pipe marking the Northwest corner of that certain parcel of land acquired by Ronnie O’Neil Ashley and Calvin Ray Ashley and being referred to as the “Ashley Property” in Exchange Deed as found recorded in Conveyance Book 215, Page 734, records of Franklin Parish, Louisiana, and being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence from said POINT OF BEGINNING run North 17°58’25” East along the West side of said Ashley Property, for a distance of 132.01 feet (called 130.4 feet, more or less), to a 3/4” iron pipe marking the Northwest corner of that certain parcel of land acquired by Jerry Cupit in deed of record in Conveyance Book 330, Page 314, records of Franklin Parish, Louisiana, and also being the Southwest corner of said Ashley Property; thence run North 71°57’59” East, along the line between said Ashley and Cupit properties, for a distance of 191.43 feet (called 191.14’) to a 3/4” iron pipe located on the West right-of-way line of Louisiana State Highway No. 15, and being the Northeast corner of said Jerry Cupit property; thence run North 17°58’25” West, along the West right-of-way line of said highway for a distance of 151.26 feet to a 3/4” iron pipe; thence run South 71°57’59” West, for a distance of 191.43 feet to a 3/4” iron pipe marking the Northwest corner of herein described parcel of land; thence run South 17°58’25” East, for a distance of 19.25 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, and being subject to the rights-of-way of all existing utilities of record or of use and being further shown by a plat prepared by Mason Surveying, Inc., West Monroe, Louisiana.
Together with all rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, crops, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to crop producers, all water and riparian rights, wells, ditches, reservoirs, and water stock and all existing and future improvements, structures, fixtures, and replacements that may now, or at any time in the future, be part of the real estate described above.
The Real Property or its address is commonly known as 1434 Hwy. 15, Baskin, LA
All furniture, inventory and accounts receivable of RE.RWF, L.L.C.
Seized in this above style suit. Terms of sale, cash, with the benefit appraisement.
Steve E. Pylant, Sheriff
Sheriff’s Office, Winnsboro, La.
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
FRANKLIN PARISH POLICE JURY
6558 Main Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295
Separate sealed Bids for the construction of Contract A-New Water Wells, Project No. 09-12-536E will be received by McMANUS CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. at the office located at 116 SMELSER ROAD, MONROE, LOUISIANA 71202 until 10:00 a.m. (Local Time) TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011 (year), and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.
The Contract Documents may be examined at the following locations:
FRANKLIN PARISH POLICE JURY
6558 MAIN STREET
WINNSBORO, LA 71295
MCMANUS CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC.
116 SMELSER ROAD (P.O. BOX 4318, 71211)
MONROE, LA 71202
Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the Issuing Office, MCMANUS CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC., located at 116 SMELSER ROAD, MONROE, LA 71202 upon payment of a $100.00 deposit. Deposits on the first set of documents furnished by bona fide prime bidders will be fully refunded upon return of the documents no later than ten (10) days after receipt of bids. On other sets of documents furnished to bidders, the deposit ($100.00), less actual reproduction costs ($50.00), shall be refunded, if documents returned in good condition, no later than ten (10) days after receipt of bids. Contractor shall pay all shipping costs.
This project is classified as Municipal and Public Works; Specialty - Water Wells.
Franklin Parish Police Jury
Ricky Campbell, President
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Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Vs. No. 42,015
Tommy Max Martin and Leigh Ann Kirkpatrick Martin
State of Louisiana
Parish of Franklin
Fifth District Court
By virtue of a writ of SEIZURE AND SALE, to me directed by the honorable Fifth District Court of Louisiana, in and for the Parish of Franklin, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the front door of the Courthouse, in the City of Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, La., on Wednesday the 27th day of July A.D., 2011, within legal hours beginning at 10:00 a.m., the following described property, to-wit:
A certain lot or parcel of land situated in the Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section 25, Township 14 North, Range 8 East, in Franklin Parish, described as follows:
Beginning at the Southwest corner of the Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4); thence in an easterly direction along the south boundary of Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), a distance of 153 yards to the southeast corner of that certain tract of land acquired by this Vendor from James E. Clark, recorded in Conveyance Book 155, page 140, and POINT OF BEGINNING of this lot; thence in a northerly direction parallel to the west boundary of Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), and along the east boundary of that certain lot acquired by this Vendor, a distance of 40 yards; thence in a westerly direction along the north boundary of lot acquired by this Vendor from James E. Clark, a distance of 50 yards; thence in a southerly direction parallel to the west boundary of Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), a distance of 40 yards to the south boundary of Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4); thence in an easterly direction along the south boundary of Southwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section 25, Township 14 North, Range 8 East, a distance of 50 yards to the POINT OF BEGINNING: subject to restrictions, servitudes, rights-of-way and outstanding mineral rights of record affecting the property.
Seized in this above style suit. Terms of sale, cash, without the benefit appraisement.
Steve E. Pylant, Sheriff
Sheriff’s Office, Winnsboro, La.
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LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE
On June 27, 2011, an application for construction permit was filed by Tom D. Gay for a new FM station at Wisner, Louisiana on 107.9 mHz. The application is for a Class C3 construction permit at 25 kW power at the coordinates: Latitude: 39 degrees, 11 minutes, 2 seconds; Longitude: 91 degrees, 44 minutes, 51 seconds, with an antenna height above ground of 98 meters. The location of the station’s studio will be 1823 Hwy. 618, Winnsboro, LA.
A copy of the application, any amendments thereto and related materials are available for public viewing during normal business hours at 1823 Hwy. 618, Winnsboro, LA.
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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
The Franklin Parish Pupil Progression Plan for 2011-2012 is available to the public at the Franklin Parish School Board office during regular office hours (8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.), Monday -Thursday. The plan will be available for review beginning Monday, July 18, 2011 and remain available through Monday, August 1, 2011.
All interested persons may present written comments during this review period.
Please direct any questions you may have to Wiley McClary at (318) 435-9046.
Upon approval by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, this plan shall become the official Pupil Progression document for the 2011-2012 school year.