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Minutes- May 5, 2015
Minutes- May 5, 2015
May 8, 2015 --
MINUTES OF THE ROAD COMMITTEE MEETING
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
May 5, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.
MEMBERS: Steve Ramsey; Steve Lemmons; Jim Bonsall; Vera Davison; Perry Kirkland; Bruce Blanton; Jerri Lee; Randy Thomas; Daniel Thomas; and Charles Odom
MEMBERS ABSENT: Allen Gilbert; and Dorthy Walker
Mr. Steve Ramsey called the meeting to order and asked Mr. Steve Lemmons to open the meeting with prayer. Mr. Ramsey then asked for additions to the agenda.
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas to the following to the agenda:
2. Recycling with discussion on Litter
7. Water Treatment plant
8. Parking lot at Old Health Unit in Springhill (City of Springhill)
9. Mosquito treatment
Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Ramsey requested that Agenda item # 2 be moved up on the Agenda. Lt. Kenny Balkom and
Sgt. Mike Kelley with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were at the meeting to discuss the laws and procedures that their department uses in regard to litter. They explained how each offence is handled. Statistics were given to the Committee regarding current tickets and fines.
Many recommendations were discussed by the Committee including a litter program, education in the schools, publication of offenders, and meetings with Sheriff, DA, Legislators, etc. for resolution. The Committee suggested adding Litter to the agenda each month for updates.
Mr. Charles Odom gave an update on the Recycling programs in Webster. Some of the blue bins will be painted green and put out for “plastics only”.
No action taken
Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas to approve a Resolution from the Village of Dubberly to complete the resurfacing of Garrett Drive as far as the municipality funding will go. Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to approve a Resolution from the Village of Dubberly to clean brush and ditches inside the city limits for the year 2015 using municipality funding. Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Perry Kirkland to approve a Resolution for the Village of Dubberly to allow for installation of residential culverts inside the city limits for the year 2015. Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Perry Kirkland moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to approve a Resolution from the Town of Cotton Valley to dig out ditches on Nora Avenue. Motion carried unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was to discuss the right of way for Smithville Road Bridge in the DOTD Bridge Program for Webster. There are three landowners with property adjacent to the proposed bridge. Two of the landowners have agreed to the right of way servitudes for the construction and for the bridge. There has been no progress in obtaining the other servitude. Mr. Charles Odom moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to allow the District Attorney’s Office to move forward with ex-appropriation litigation to obtain the needed right of way. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion concerning property within the City of Springhill was the next item on the agenda. The Police Jury owns the property that was previously the Springhill Health Unit. After construction of the new Health Unit, the Police Jury leased the property to the City of Springhill for use by the City Marshall’s Office. The City of Springhill has requested that the Police Jury allow the City to overlay a section of property for use as a parking lot. Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to have the Secretary-Treasurer review the records and then move forward with allowing the city use of the land as requested. Motion carried unanimously.
At the April Environmental Committee meeting there was discussion concerning a request from Benson Environmental to have the Police Jury do mosquito spraying and bill the company for expense. Mr. Holloway reported on this. No action.
Road Committee – Continued
May 5, 2015
Mr. Jim Bonsall told the Committee members about the proposed Bossier Parish Police Jury agreement with KSA to do a study of the water plant at Camp Minden and the possibility of putting the plant into service for areas of Webster and Bossier Parish. This will be presented at the Regular Meeting for concurrence of the Webster Parish Police Jury to move forward with the feasibility study.
There being no further business to bring before the Committee, the meeting adjourned.
Ronda C. Carnahan Steve Ramsey
Secretary-Treasurer Chairman – Road Committee
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
May 5, 2015, 2015 10:30 a.m.
MEMBERS: Jim Bonsall, President; Vera Davison, Vice President; Jerri Lee, Daniel Thomas, Bruce Blanton, Steve Lemmons, Randy Thomas, Charles Odom, Perry Kirkland, and Steve Ramsey.
MEMBER ABSENT: Dorthy Walker, and Allen Gilbert
PUBLIC HEARING: To hear comments concerning the adoption of 2015 Millage Rates for the Webster Parish Police Jury as presented in Webster Parish Ordinance # 1013-2015. No comments.
Mr. Bonsall called the meeting to order and asked COL Carl Thompson to open the meeting with prayer. A Cadet, Shantarica Kemp, with the Louisiana Youth Challenge at Camp Minden then led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Bonsall then asked for additions to the agenda.
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Perry Kirkland moved, to add the following items to the agenda:
7. District 7 – completion of Garrett Drive for the Village of Dubberly $1,000.00
District 1 – Springhill City Court audit expense $1,000.00
10. District 1 – Bistineau Task Force appointment
11. Lane Merritt
Motion carried unanimously.
There were no comments concerning the agenda.
Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to adopt the minutes of the April 7, 2015 Road Committee; to adopt the minutes of the April 5, 2015 Regular Meeting, and the April 15, 2015 Environmental Committee Meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
There was a moment of silent prayer.
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve invoices for payment pending review of the committee. Motion carried unanimously.
The next item on the agenda is the presentation of the Proposal for Water Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Study at Camp Minden by KSA Engineering for the Bossier Parish Police Jury. Mr. Glenn Benton, Juror, Bossier Parish Police Jury spoke to the Jury about the need for water in both parishes and gave information concerning the study. Mr. Lanny Buck, PE, KSA Engineers also answered questions about the study.
Mr. Randy Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to support the Bossier Parish Police Jury efforts to look into the feasibility of the Water Treatment Plant Rehabilitation and to concur with the study as presented. Motion carried. Mr. Daniel Thomas and Mr. Bruce Blanton abstained from the vote.
Mr. Lane Merritt spoke against the proposed study due to his concerns with surface water being removed from Dorcheat Bayou. Mr. Merritt gave the Jurors 2012 documents from the DNR and USGS supporting the Scenic River Act for review.
Regular Meeting – Continued
May 5, 2015
Mrs. Jerri M. Lee moved, seconded by Mrs. Vera Davison to approve budget amendments of the Webster Parish Police Jury financials as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Recreational funding items were presented:
District #2 Council on Aging – Cullen $ 400.00
District #7 Village of Dubberly – Garrett Drive $1,000.00 +
District #1 Springhill City Court for audit expense $1,000.00
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve the recreational funding as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Vera Davison moved, seconded by Mr. Perry Kirkland to approve to advertise for the Legal Journal for July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 that is a 5 day a week publication to meet Louisiana advertising requirements for legal publication. Motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Jerri M. Lee moved, seconded by Mr. Perry Kirkland to approve the 2015 millage rates for the Webster Parish Police Jury as presented and to approve Webster Parish Ordinance # 1013-2015. There is no change in the millage rate for this year. Motion carried unanimously.
General Alimony 4.06 Mill
Exempted Municipalities 2.03 Mill
Courthouse,etc. 2.78 Mill
Road District “A” 2.65 Mill
Road District “B” 3.92 Mill
Library 12.00 Mill
Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas to appoint Mr. Steve Lemmons to the Bistineau Task Force to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Charles Walker. Motion carried unanimously.
Mary Whitaker, WPPJ Office of Community Services
Wanda Finley, WP Head Start Director
Beverly Hammett, Webster Parish Library
COL Carl Thompson, Webster Parish Assessor’s Office
Shawn Hatcher, YCP at Camp Minden
Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve the action taken at the Road Committee meeting held earlier today. Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Steve Lemmons reported on the Water Fest that was held at Caney Lake. 250- 6thgrade school children attended the event.
Mr. Charles Odom addressed the Bossier Parish Police Jurors and KSA and extended his thanks for their efforts to rehabilitate the Water Plant at Camp Minden. Mr. Odom stated that he would attend a Louisiana Preservation Project this week. He then addressed the issue of Litter in the parish. The Jury is working with other agencies to try to urge residents to take pride in their community and eliminate the litter problem in Webster Parish.
Ms. Vera Davison extended compliments to the agencies that present reports to the Jury each month. It keeps the Jury up to date with activities of the parish. It is required that the WPPJ OCS Head Start program keep the Jury informed.
Mr. Bruce Blanton thanked the Bossier Police Jury for their efforts on the water issue.
Mr. Daniel Thomas commented on the Litter issue in the Parish. Due to State budget cuts, the State rights of way are not being picked up as they were in the past. Bill Altimus with Bossier PPJ explained how their parish handles the litter pick up. The Bossier Parish Sheriff and Bossier PPJ each have a crew to pick up and to bag the litter. The Parish picks up on Parish rights of way, and the State will pick up on State rights of way.
Mr. Bonsall then gave closing remarks, the meeting adjourned.
Ronda C. Carnahan- Secretary-Treasurer Jim Bonsall, President
WEBSTER PARISH ORDINANCE # 1013-Tax
AN ORDINANCE LEVYING TAXES FOR REVENUE FOR EXPENSES OF THE WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY FOR THE YEAR 2015
SECTION I. BE IT ORDAINEDby the Webster Parish Police Jury in regular session convened, this 5th day of May , 2015, that in accordance with law and conformable to the budget of expenditures heretofore adopted by the Webster Parish Police Jury for the year 2015, and for the purpose of raising the necessary revenues to meet the charges and expenses of the Parish of Webster, according to its value as may be finally assessed, the following taxes for the year 2015, to wit:
- For general parish purposes (General alimony tax) on all taxable property inside the corporate limits of the City of Minden, Louisiana and inside the corporate limits of the City of Springhill, Louisiana……………(2.03) MILLS 1077003
- For general parish purposes (General alimony tax) on all taxable property outside
the corporate limits of the City of Minden, Louisiana and the City of Springhill, Louisiana……………………………………………..(4.06) MILLS 1077002
- For the maintenance and operation of the Webster Parish Courthouse, Webster
Parish Health Unit and Agricultural Extension Service..(2.78) MILLS 1077004
- For acquiring, constructing, improving, furnishing, equipping, operating and/or
maintaining Public Libraries in Webster Parish…… (12.00) MILLS 1077005
- For the construction, maintenance, and repairing of Roads and Bridges located
in Road District “A” of Webster Parish, Louisiana……...(2.65) MILLS 1077009
- For the construction, maintenance, and repairing of Road and Bridges located in
Road District “B” of Webster Parish Louisiana………….(3.92) MILLS 1077010
SECTION II. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the Assessor of Webster Parish, Louisiana, shall extend said tax on the assessment rolls of Webster Parish, Louisiana for the year 2015, and the Tax Collector of Webster Parish, Louisiana shall collect and account for the same in the same manner at the same time as provided for the collection of taxes and that same shall become delinquent and bear the same penalty as provided by law for taxes.
WHICH ORDINANCE, On Motion of Jerri M. Lee , seconded by
Perry Kirkland Was adopted this 5thday of May, 2015. by the following vote:
YEA: 10 ABSTAIN: 0
NEA: 0 ABSENT: 2
Ronda C. Carnahan Jim Bonsall
Webster Parish Police Jury - Webster Parish Courthouse Annex
401 Main St., 1st Floor - P.O. Box 389 - Minden, LA 71058 - (318) 377-7564 Office - (318) 371-2366 Fax