EUNICE, LOUISIANA

MAY 10, 2011

 

THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN AND ALDERWOMAN, THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF EUNICE, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY/ACADIA, STATE OF LOUISIANA, met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at six-thirty (6:30) o’clock p.m., at their regular meeting place, the Eunice City Hall.

There were present: Honorable Mayor Claud W. Moody, Jr., Alderman at Large Jack Burson, Alderman Roland Miller, Alderwoman Germaine Simpson, Alderman James Bergeron, Jr. and Alderman Scott Fontenot.

It was announced that a quorum was present and ready to transact business.

It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to adopt the minutes of the April 12, 2011 regular council meeting as they have been printed and previously distributed to the Mayor and Council.

Mayor Moody recognized members of the LSU Eunice Bengals Baseball team and their coach, Mr. Jeff Willis, who were the 2010 NJCAA National Baseball Champions.

It was moved by Mr. Burson, seconded by Mr. Fontenot and carried to concurr with the recommendation of Fire Chief Wayne Lavergne and hire Mr. Benjamin Stelly as Fire Fighter with the Eunice Fire Department.

Mayor Moody thanked the Eunice Rotary Club for purchasing playground equipment for the Recreation Complex.

Mr. Jerry Gunstream with Community Development Inc. addressed the Board on plans to develop a senior apartment community on their property on Nile Street, location of the old Eunice Nursing Home. Mr. Gunstream told the Council that after a Public Hearing is held on the proposed development, he would ask the Board to submit a Letter of Support for the Summer Breeze senior apartment complex development.

It was moved by Mr. Burson, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to authorize the Mayor to sign a 99-year lease with Mrs. Ruth Manuel for city lake property.

It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to adopt the Ordinance establishing a four-way stop at the intersection of McKenzie Street and Yukon Avenue.

It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to adopt the Ordinance establishing a four-way stop at the intersection of Great Slave Street and Athabaska Avenue.

It was moved by Mr. Fontenot, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to table the Ordinance reducing the speed limit to 25 mph on North 8th Street from Laurel Avenue (Hwy. 190) to the northern corporate boundaries of the City of Eunice.

It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to adopt the Ordinance reducing the speed limit to 25 mph on North 2nd Street from its intersection with West Peach Avenue to the northern corporate boundaries of the City of Eunice.

It was moved by Mr. Burson, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to introduce for consideration an Ordinance to amend the City of Eunice fiscal budget for the year ending June 30, 2011.

It was moved by Mr. Burdon, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to introduce for consideration an Ordinance to adopt the proposed City of Eunice fiscal budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

It was moved by Mr. Burdon, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to adopt a Resolution requesting the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to establish and collect a service fee of three dollars ($3.00) on all motor vehicle office transactions to be used to defray the cost of operations of the Eunice field office.

It was moved by Mr. Fontenot, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to authorize the Mayor to sign the Notice to Proceed to Prairie Contractors, Inc. for the project “City of Eunice Street Improvements” AEI (Acadian Engineers, Inc.) File No. 10-01C.

It was moved by Mr. Burson, seconded by Mr. Bergeron and carried to grant the request for a Liquor License by Mr. Allen P. Martel, dba D’s Tavern & Pool Hall at 205 South 2nd Street, satisfied that he had completed all necessary documents for the City of Eunice and confirmation of a clear background check by Chief of Police Ronald Dies.

It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Burson and carried to declare as surplus twenty (20) iron boxes from the Police Department.

Mr. Michael Robinson, attorney for Robbie’s Wrecker Service addressed the Council on issues: The City Attorney representing the Chief of Police in the issue of Robbie’s Wrecker Service being removed, by the Chief, from the Police Department’s wrecker rotation list; The Chief of Police’s hiring of a consultant for the Police Department; The Board of Alderman passing an Ordinance regulating the Eunice Police Department’s wrecker rotation list. No action was taken by the Board on any item raised by Mr. Robinson.

Alderman Roland Miller gave an update on Charter Communication’s broadcasting of the Eunice Council Meetings, an update on development of a playground in Ward 1, in the northeast section of Eunice, and an update on the search for funding to asphalt remaining gravel roads in Eunice.

Alderwoman Germaine Simpson gave an update on the improvements being done to the Southeast Park, asked citizens to be cautious of putting litter and debris in ditches which can keep water from draining from property and streets and discussed the problem of citizens tearing down structures and leaving the debris at the road, instead of renting dumpsters.

Alderman Scott Fontenot gave on update on two properties on Shell Street that had been cleaned up and improved the area.

Mayor Moody announced that each member of the Council received a copy of the monthly reports.

It was moved by Mr. Bergeron, seconded by Mr. Miller and carried to adjourn.

 

 

CLAUD W. MOODY, JR., MAYOR

 

ATTEST:

 

 

EARLENE LEJEUNE, CITY CLERK

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