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Minutes- January 3, 2017
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY

January 3, 2017

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Jim Bonsall, President; Vera Davison, Vice President; Steve Lemmons, Daniel Thomas, Steve Ramsey, Bruce Blanton, Randy Thomas, Dustin Moseley, Bernard Hudson, Allen Gilbert, Jerri Lee, and Nick Cox

 

Mr. Jim Bonsall, President, called the meeting to order and asked Sam Mims to open the meeting with prayer and COL Carl Thompson, Ret. lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

The first order of business is the election of officers for the year 2017, Mr. Bonsall asked for nominations:

Mr. Dustin Moseley moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to nominate Mr. Nick Cox for President.

Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Ms. Vera Davison to nominate Mr. Jim Bonsall for President.

            Mr. Nick Cox for President:  yes:  Daniel Thomas, Bruce Blanton, Allen Gilbert, Bernard Hudson, Dustin Moseley, and Nick Cox.

            Mr. Jim Bonsall for President: yes:  Vera Davison, Jerri Lee, Randy Thomas, Steve Lemmons, Steve Ramsey, and Jim Bonsall.

Mr. Patrick Jackson, ADA- Legal Counsel for the Police Jury addressed the issue of a tie vote.  Mr. Jackson stated that Mr. Bonsall would remain as President until a vote of 7 changes.

Mr. Daniel Thomas nominated Bruce Blanton for Vice-President, seconded by Mr. Allen Gilbert.

Mrs. Jerri Lee nominated Ms. Vera Davison for Vice-President, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons.

Mr. Steve Ramsey moved to close nominations, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas.

            Mr. Bruce Blanton for Vice-President:     Daniel Thomas, Bruce Blanton, Allen Gilbert, Dustin Moseley, and Nick Cox. Yes, 5

            Ms. Vera Davison for Vice-President:  Vera Davison, Jerri Lee, Jim Bonsall, Steve Ramsey, Steve Lemmons, Randy Thomas, and Bernard Hudson. Yes 7  Vera Davison elected Vice-President.

 

Mr. Bonsall then asked for additions to the agenda: 

            20.  FEMA Notice of Hazard Mitigation funds

            21.  Resolution of Support for Glenn Benton to LAPJA 2ndVP.

Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri M. Lee to add the items to the agenda.  Motion carried unanimously.

There were no audience comments.

 

Mrs. Jerri M. Lee moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to set the day and time for the 2017 Police Jury meetings to the 1stTuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the 2ndfloor meeting room of the Webster Parish Courthouse, Minden, Louisiana.  Motion carried.  No:  Nick Cox and Dustin Moseley.  Abstain:  Daniel Thomas.  Yes:  Jim Bonsall, Jerri Lee, Randy Thomas, Bruce Blanton, Vera Davison, Steve Lemmons, Steve Ramsey, Bernard Hudson, Allen Gilbert.

 

Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Bernard Hudson to approve a Signature Resolution, 001-2017, authorizing the President and the Secretary-Treasurer to sign documents on behalf of the Webster Parish Police Jury for the year 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Randy Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey to approve the minutes of the December 6, Road Committee Meeting as corrected:  Allen Gilbert was not listed as a member present, and Steve Ramsey was listed two times.  On the item “to pull the Webster Parish Police Jury support of the application to the LDWF, Scenic Rivers to draw from Lake Bistineau….”.  It states in the minutes that Mr. Ramsey did not vote due to his being Chairman, Mr. Ramsey did actually vote.  The vote now stands as Yes:  D. Thomas, Blanton, Gilbert, Hudson, Cox, and Moseley

     No: Bonsall, Davison, Lee, Lemmons, R. Thomas, Ramsey

Also to approve the minutes of the December 6, 2016 Finance Committee Meeting, and the December 6, 2016 Regular Meeting. 

Motion carried to approve the minutes as corrected.  11 Yes and Mr. Allen Gilbert abstained.

 

Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to approve invoices for payment pending review of the Jury.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Dathene Brown, Director of the Webster Parish Council on Aging- Retired effective 12-31-2016.  Mrs. Brown asked to speak to the Jury and thank them for the support she and the Council received over the 48 years she served.  Mr. Jim Bonsall presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Jury for her years of service.

 

Mrs. Jerri Lee moved, seconded by Ms. Vera Davison to adopt the final 2016 budget amendments of the Webster Parish Police Jury.  Motion carried unanimously.

  

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Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to adopt the final 2017 Budget of the Webster Parish Police Jury with actual brought forward figures.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Jerri Lee moved, seconded by Ms. Vera Davison to approve the audit engagement of Allen Green and Williamson for the 2016 audit of financials, and to engage Martin, Wise and Cole, CPA for preparation of trial balance and other CPA duties as needed.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The next item on the agenda is to advertise for bids on the Courthouse Annex Renovation through Mike McSwain Architect.  The Jury had voted to table this item until the January meeting.  Mr. Randy Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Nick Cox.  Motion carried. Yes 11,   No- Dustin Moseley.

 

Ms. Vera Davison moved, seconded by Mr. Allen Gilbert to appoint Mary Whitaker Director of the Office of Community Services for the year 2017 and to approve WPPJ OCS By Laws changes as presented from the Board of the Office of Community Services.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey to Canvas the returns and declare the results of the election for Road District A (passed) and Road District B (failed) on December 10, 2016.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Allen Gilbert to give Notice of Public Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Police Jury Meeting Room, Webster Parish Courthouse, 410 Main Street, Minden, Louisiana, the Police Jury of the Parish of Webster, State of Louisiana, plans to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling an election to be held within Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana to authorize the continuation of an ad valorem tax.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Daniel Thomas asked that a Resolution of support be presented for approval of the Jury at the February Police Jury Meeting. 

 

Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas to approve the bid tabulation for 2017 Road Materials as presented pending review by the Public Works Director and by the Attorney.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Randy Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve a request from the Germantown Water System to clean up an area around a substation located in the Timberline Subdivision outside of Minden pending a Cooperative Endeavor agreement.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Randy Thomas to approve 2017 Beer and Video Poker Permit Renewals as presented:  Motion carried unanimously.

Video Poker:

               Webster P II, LLC                                2198 Hwy 532, Minden, LA 71055

               Two Jacks Casino                                2193 Hwy 532, Minden, LA   71055

               Pot O ’Gold                                         230 Goodwill Rd. Minden, LA 71055

               Minden Truck stop & Casino              1629 LA Hwy 531, Minden, LA   71055

               Timberland Truck stop                        26026 Hwy 371, Sarepta, LA 71071

               Shongaloo Crossroad Lounge            13529 Hwy 159, Shongaloo, LA 71072

               Shongaloo Crossroad Deli                  13531 Hwy 159, Shongaloo, LA   71072

Beer:

               E-Z Mart                                              26545 Hwy 371, Sarepta, LA 71071

               Shongaloo Crossroad Lounge            13529 Hwy 159, Shongaloo, LA71072

               Shongaloo Crossroad Deli                   13531 Hwy 159, Shongaloo, LA 71072

               Sawmill Lounge                                   26026 Hwy 371, Sarepta, LA 71071

               Timberland Truck stop LLC                26026 Hwy 371, Sarepta, LA 71071

               Springhill Country Club                       26746 Hwy 371, Cullen, LA 71021

 

High Alcohol Content:

               Springhill Country Club                       26746 Hwy 371, Cullen, LA 71021

 

Mr. Bernard Hudson moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to approve the North Louisiana Crime Lab budget of 2017 as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Nick Cox to approve the Webster Parish Communications District board appointments as presented:  To reappoint Mr. Billy Dorsey and to reappoint Mr. Kip Mourad to a full term to expire December 31, 2020.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

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The next item on the agenda is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding Allocation Announcement from the March 2016 Severe Storms and Flooding- DR-LA-4263.  There followed discussion concerning the allocation for Webster Parish.  Jenny Reynolds, OEP/Homeland Security Director for Webster Parish explained the funding opportunity.  Mrs. Reynolds will work with the Jury to develop the Project/ Scope/ Initial Cost Estimate for the Parish.   Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Nick Cox to move forward with meeting the deadlines for the GOHSEP project.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey to prepare a Resolution of Support of Glenn Benton, Bossier Parish Police Juror as a candidate for 2ndVice President of the Louisiana Police Jury Association that will be voted on in February at State Convention.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

COMMENTS:

Mary Whitaker                                     Webster Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services

Wanda Finley                                       Webster Parish Head Start Office

Beverly Hammett                                 Webster Parish Library

Jerry Madden                                        Webster Parish Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau

Joan Almond                                        Webster Parish LSU Ag Center

Christy Cox                                          Webster Parish Coroner- Max Stell, M.D.

COL Carl Thompson, Ret.                    Webster Assessor, Morris Guin

 

AUDIENCE COMMENTS:

Linda Williams, Cotton Valley Alderman

C.C. “Cat” Cox, Cotton Valley Alderman

Shannon White and Weldon Thomas    Rebuilding Bistineau Strong

Rebecca Shelley, CAG

Sam Mims, CAG member and Political Activist

Larry House, Doyline resident

Mr. Rick Buckner with City of Minden Waterworks.

 

Mr. Schuyler Marvin, District Attorney of the 26thJDC- Bossier and Webster was in attendance

 

JUROR COMMENTS:

Mr. Allen Gilbert

Mr. Bernard Hudson

Mr. Steve Ramsey

Mr. Nick Cox

Ms. Vera Davison

Mr. Bruce Blanton

Mr. Daniel Thomas

Mr. Randy Thomas

Mrs. Jerri Lee

Mr. Dustin Moseley

 

President gave closing comments.

 

There being no other business to bring before the committee, the meeting adjourned.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                   Jim Bonsall

Secretary-Treasurer                                                                   President

 

 

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                       The following resolution was offered by ____Bruce Blanton_______________________ and seconded by

__Steve Ramsey____________________________:

WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY

RESOLUTION #      -2017

 

A resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special elections held in (i) Road District "A" of Webster Parish, Louisiana and (ii) Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein.

 

                       BE IT RESOLVED by the Police Jury of the Parish of Webster, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of (i) Road District "A" of Webster Parish, Louisiana and (ii) Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana, that:

 

                       SECTION 1.  Canvass.  This Governing Authority does now proceed in open and public session to examine the official tabulations of votes cast at the special elections held in (i) Road District "A" of Webster Parish, Louisiana and (ii) Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana, on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein, and said Governing Authority does further proceed to examine and canvass the returns and declare the result of the special elections.

 

                       SECTION 2.  Procès Verbal.  A Procès Verbalof the canvass of the returns of said elections shall be made and a certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who shall record the same in his office; another certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Clerk of Court and Ex-OfficioRecorder of Mortgages in and for the Parish of Webster, who shall record the same in the Mortgage Records of said Parish; and another copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of this Governing Authority.

 

                       SECTION 3.  Promulgation of Elections Result.  The re­sult of said elections shall be promulgated by publication in the manner provided by law.

 

This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

MEMBERS:                 YEAS:       NAYS:  ABSENT:             ABSTAINING:                                                                  

 

Bruce Blanton                                  X                                                                     

Allen Gilbert                                     X                                                                     

Daniel Thomas                                 X                                                                     

Randy Thomas                                 X                                                                     

Bernard Hudson                              X                                                                     

                Jim Bonsall                                       X                                                                     

Steve Lemmons                               X                                                                     

Nick Cox                                            X                                                                     

Jerri M. Lee                                      X                                                                     

Vera Davison                                    X                                                                     

Steve Ramsey                                  X                                                                     

Dustin Moseley                                X                                                                     

 

                       And the resolution was declared adopted on this, the 3rdday of January, 2017.

 

 

                              /s/ Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                         /s/ Jim Bonsall              

                                     Secretary                                                                                        President


 

PROCÈS VERBAL AND PROCLAMATION OF THE CANVASS OF THE VOTES CAST AT THE SPECIAL ELECTIONS HELD IN (I) ROAD DISTRICT "A" OF WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA AND (II) ROAD DISTRICT B OF WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA, ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016.

 

               BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED that on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at ten-thirty o'clock (10:30) a.m., at its regular meeting place, the Police Jury Meeting Room, Webster Parish Courthouse, 410 Main Street, Minden, Louisiana, the Police Jury of the Parish of Webster, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of (i) Road District "A" of Webster Parish, Louisiana and (ii) Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana (the "District"), and being the authority ordering the special elections held therein on Saturday, December 10, 2016, with the following members present:

               Bruce Blanton, Allen Gilbert, Daniel Thomas, Randy Thomas, Bernard Hudson, Jim Bonsall, Steve Lemmons, Nick Cox, Jerri M. Lee, Vera Davison, Steve Ramsey and Dustin Moseley;

There being absent:  None;

did, in open and public session, examine the official certified tabulations of votes cast at the said elections, and did examine and canvass the returns of the said elections, there having been submitted at said elections the following propositions, to wit:

 

ROAD DISTRICT "A" OF WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA

PROPOSITION (MILLAGE RENEWAL)

 

Shall Road District "A" of Webster Parish, Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of two and sixty-five hundredths (2.65) mills on all property subject to taxation within the District (an estimated $437,250 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2018 and ending with the year 2027, for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and repairing roads and bridges throughout the District?

 

ROAD DISTRICT B OF WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA

PROPOSITION (MILLAGE RENEWAL)

 

Shall Road District B of Webster Parish, Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of three and ninety-two hundredths (3.92) mills on all property subject to taxation within the District (an estimated $454,720 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a  period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2017 and ending with the year 2026, for the purpose of building, constructing, maintaining and repairing roads and bridges in the District?

 

               There was found by said count and canvass that the following votes had been cast at the said special elections IN FAVOR OFand AGAINST, respectively, the proposi­tions as hereinabove set forth at the following polling places, to-wit:

 

ROAD DISTRICT "A" POLLING PLACES

VOTE TABULATION

Precinct

Location

FOR

AGAINST

13

(IN PART) North Webster Upper Elementary, 6245 Hwy. 160, Cotton Valley (No Voters)

0

0

14

(IN PART) Evergreen Community House, 1857 Evergreen Road, Evergreen (No Voters)

0

0

15

(IN PART) Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Activities Building, 16835 Hwy. 371, Minden

49

39

16

(IN PART) Minden Community House, 711 Gladney Street, Minden

119

112

17

Alternative School, 109 Clerk Street, Minden

90

63

17A

Alternative School, 109 Clerk Street, Minden

18

13

18

Alternative School, 109 Clerk Street, Minden

132

107

22

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

117

92

24

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

36

22

25

Phillips Elementary School, 811 Durwood Drive, Minden

104

46

25A

Phillips Elementary School, 811 Durwood Drive, Minden

7

1

26

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

88

61

27

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

58

38

28

Minden Community House, 711 Gladney Street, Minden

167

87

29

Harper Elementary School, 618 Germantown Road, Minden

112

97

31

Minden Community House, 711 Gladney Street, Minden

91

73

32

Dubberly Fire Station, 838 Hwy. 532, Dubberly

82

70

33

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

116

114

34

Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway Street, Minden

53

39

35

Sibley Civic Center, 127 SE Fourth Avenue, Sibley

108

90

36

Dubberly Fire Station, 838 Hwy. 532, Dubberly

24

27

38

Heflin Civic Center, 116 N. Main Street, Heflin

42

23

39

Heflin Civic Center, 116 N. Main Street, Heflin

150

85

40

Sibley Civic Center, 127 SE Fourth Avenue, Sibley

45

43

41

Doyline High School, 376 College Street, Doyline

279

123

42

Doyline High School, 376 College Street, Doyline

94

32

43

Fire District #7, Fire Station #5, 11217 Hwy. 80, Minden

127

92

ABSENTEE VOTES

734

634

TOTAL

3,042

2,223

MAJORITY FOR

819

 

ROAD DISTRICT B POLLING PLACES

VOTE TABULATION

Precinct

Location

FOR

AGAINST

1

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

85

82

2

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

72

75

2B

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

1

0

3

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

24

25

4

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

44

37

5

Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill

23

41

6

Cullen Municipal Building, 405 Coyle Avenue, Cullen

59

65

7

Sarepta Community Building, 210 Vines Street, Sarepta

29

41

8

Sarepta Community Building, 210 Vines Street, Sarepta

47

64

9

New Shonagloo Civic Center, 119 Hwy. ALT 2, Shonagloo

86

84

10

New Shonagloo Civic Center, 119 Hwy. ALT 2, Shonagloo

17

14

11

Sarepta Community Building, 210 Vines Street, Sarepta

75

116

12

North Webster Upper Elementary, 6245 Hwy. 160, Cotton Valley

115

90

13

(IN PART) North Webster Upper Elementary, 6245 Hwy. 160, Cotton Valley

25

25

14

(IN PART) Evergreen Community House, 1857 Evergreen Road, Evergreen

37

37

15

(IN PART) Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Activities Building, 16835 Hwy. 371, Minden

0

0

16

(IN PART) Minden Community House, 711 Gladney Street, Minden (No Voters)

0

0

ABSENTEE VOTES

283

298

TOTAL

1,022

1,094

MAJORITY AGAINST

-72

 

               The polling places above specified being the only polling places designated at which to hold the said elections, it was therefore shown that:

 

(i) there was a total of 3,042 votes cast IN FAVOR OFRoad District “A” Proposition and a total of 2,223 votes cast AGAINSTRoad District “A” Proposi­tion, as hereinabove set forth, and that there was a majority of 819 votes cast IN FAVOR OFRoad District “A” Proposition as hereinabove set forth; and

 

(ii) there was a total of 1,022 votes cast IN FAVOR OFRoad District B Proposition and a total of 1,094 votes cast AGAINSTRoad District B Proposi­tion, as hereinabove set forth, and that there was a majority of 72 votes cast AGAINSTRoad District B Proposition as hereinabove set forth.

 

 

 

 

 

               Therefore, the Governing Authority did declare and proclaim and does hereby declare and proclaim in open and public session that Road District “A” Proposition as herein­above set forth was duly CARRIEDby a majority of the votes cast and Road District B Proposition as herein­above set forth was duly DEFEATEDby a majority of the votes cast by the qualified electors voting at the said special elections held in the respective Districts on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

 

               Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part of this ProcèsVerbalis a copy of the Notice of Special Elections and proof of publication thereof.

 

               THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Minden, Louisiana, on this, the 3rdday of January, 2017.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                                                          /s/ Jim Bonsall                       

President

 

                                                                                                                       /s/ Ronda C. Carnahan                         

                                                                                                      Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

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