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    City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana

     February 10, 2009

     7:00 p.m.

    There was a legal and regular session of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Louisiana held this date at the Council’s regular meeting place, the Council Chamber, City Hall

    Building, Monroe, Louisiana.

     The Honorable Robert Stevens, Chairman, called the meeting to order. He then asked the clerk to call the roll.

     There were present: Council members Marx, Gilmore, Stevens and Oliver.

     There was absent: Councilman Katz

    Chairman Robert Stevens announced that a quorum was present and that the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Mr. Katz.

Councilman Oliver gave the invocation in the absence of Mr. Katz.

    Mr. Stevens welcomed the concerned citizens who are here observing and thanked them for coming out. He then recognized the presence of the Mayor and the department heads as well as other city employees and citizens who have taken time out to be here for the meeting.

    The Chairman expressed condolences for Councilman Katz, who is not here tonight because of the passing of his mother and prayers go out to him and his family.

    Mr. Stevens asked if any council member had any communications or special announcements.

    The Council and the Mayor further expressed condolences for Mr. Katz and his family.

    Mr. Kevin Johnson was recognized by Councilman Gilmore, he is the son of the late Councilman Charles Johnson.

    Mr. Sevens welcomed Ms. Rhoden from Florida, who is visiting her daughter here in Monroe and also works in city government. Ms. Rhoden shared with Mr. Stevens some point on their Garbage Ordinance as the City implements their new Garbage Ordinance and he thanked her for sharing.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Marx the minutes of the Legal and Regular Session of January 27, 2009 were approved as presented.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Marx the bid of All Phase Service Company, in the amount of $14,700.00 for a structure located at 1502 Pine Street, Lamyville Neighborhood under

    the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Health and Safety Improvement Program

    was unanimously rejected. This structure was bided on November 13, 2008 and was accepted by the City Council on December 23, 2008.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept the bid of All Phase Service Company in the amount of $14,700.00 for a structure located at 1502 Pine

    Street, Lamyville Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

    Moderate Emergency Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program. This structure was bided on

    November 13, 2008. CDBG Project Number B-08-MC-22-0005-E-007 and further providing with respect thereto. Grant balance is $104,973, IDIS # 1026.

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Stevens the bid of A-1 Construction, in the amount rd Street, Lamyville Neighborhood under the of $ 14,850.00 for a structure located at 500 South 23

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Senior Homeowner Repair Program was

    unanimously rejected. This structure was bided on November 13, 2008 and was accepted by the City Council on December 23, 2008.

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Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept the bid rd Street, of A-1 Construction in the amount of $14,850.00 for a structure located at 500 South 23

    Lamyville Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Moderate

    Emergency Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program. This structure was bided on November

    13, 2008. CDBG Project Number B-08-MC-22-0005-E-008 and further providing with respect thereto. Grant balance is $104,973, IDIS # 1026.

    Upon motion of Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Gilmore the bid of RW Contractors in the amount of $19,050.00 for a structure located at 3804 Curry Street, BTW Neighborhood under the

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Senior Housing Repair Program was

    unanimously rejected. This structure was bided on August 14, 2008 and was accepted by the City Council on August 26, 2008.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept the bid of RW Contractors in the amount of $19,050.00 for a structure located at 3804 Curry Street, BTW

    Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Moderate Emergency

    Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program. This structure was bided on November 13, 2008.

    CDBG Project Number B-08-MC-22-0005-E-006 and providing with respect thereto. Grant balance is $104,973, IDIS # 1026.

    Upon motion of Mr. Stevens, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved to accept the bid of RW Contractors, in the amount of $21,350.00 for a structure located at 2100 Georgia Street,

    Terminal Heights under the HOME Investment Partnership Substantial Housing

    Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the Director of PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $0.00. Bid date- January

    29, 2009.

    Upon motion of Mr. Marx, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved to accept the bid of Harbor Home Improvement, in the amount of $25,425.00 for a structure located at 3900 White

    Street, BTW Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

    Moderate Emergency Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the

    Director of PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $425.00. Grant limits may be exceeded when funding is available and if a hardship can be documented. Hardship cases will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Bid

    Date-January 29, 2009.

    Upon motion of Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved to accept the bid of A-1 Construction, in the amount of $39,050.00 for a structure located at 1023 Alabama Street,

    Terminal Heights Neighborhood under the HOME Investment Partnership Substantial

    Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the Director of PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $14,050.00. Grant limits may be exceeded when funding is available and if a hardship can be documented. Hardship cases will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Bid Date- January 29, 2009.

    Upon motion of Mr. Stevens, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved to accept the bid of A-1 Construction, in the amount of $45,350.00 for a structure located at 207 Malvern Street, Lee

    Avenue Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Moderate

    Emergency Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the Director of

    PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $20,350.00. Grant limits may be exceeded when funding is available and if a hardship can be documented. Hardship cases will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Bid Date-

    January 29, 2009.

    Upon motion of Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved to accept the bid of A-1 Construction, in the amount of $48,500.00 for a structure located at 717 Wilson Street,

    Bryant’s Addition Neighborhood under the HOME Investment Partnership Substantial

    Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the Director of PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $23,500.00. Grant limits may be exceeded when funding is available and if a hardship can be documented. Hardship cases will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Bid Date- January 29, 2009.

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    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved to accept the bid of RW Contractors, in the amount of $35,350.00 for a structure located at 3602 Louberta

    Street, BTW Neighborhood under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

    Moderate Emergency Substantial Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the

    Director of PUD as being the lowest and best bid received meeting the specifications. The homeowner is responsible for $10,350.00. Grant limits may be exceeded when funding is available and if a hardship can be documented. Hardship cases will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Bid

    Date- January 29, 2009.

    Upon motion of Mr. Marx, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved an application by Billy Ray Anderson dba Cadillac Jack’s Bar & Grill, 3610 Desiard Street, Monroe, LA for a new

    2009 Class A Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Cleared, Cert. of Occupy Cleared.)

    Resolution No. 5327 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr. Gilmore was unanimously approved and adopted.

    Resolution appointing Successor Trustees for the Monroe-West Monroe (Ouachita Parish) Public Trust Financing Authority to replace those Trustees whose terms expired February 28, 2009, the Trustees herein being appointed to serve until February 28, 2014.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Marx and unanimously approved a request from the Monroe Police Department for the Purchasing Division to advertise for uniforms. The funds for these purchases will be derived from the Police Department Uniform Account, which has a balance of $34,707.50. This contract will be for one year with the option to renew two (2) times, terms and prices to remain the same and not to exceed three years.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved a request from the Monroe Police Department for the Purchasing Division to advertise for light/bars. The funds for these purchases will be derived from the Police Department Equipment Account. This contract will be for one year with the option to renew two (2) times, terms and prices to remain the same and not to exceed three years.

    Resolution No. 5328 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by Mr. Marx was unanimously approved and adopted.

    Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Close-Out Change Order No. Five (5) to Basin MR-21A between the City of Monroe and Jabar Corporation for a decrease of $170,943.36 of said project.

    Resolution No. 5329 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Oliver and on his motion seconded by Mr. Stevens was unanimously approved and adopted.

    Resolution accepting as Substantially Complete work done by and between the City of Monroe and Chemical Insulation Co., Inc., for the Public Works Building Roof Coating Project, and further providing with respect thereto.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Stevens an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into a Servitude Agreement with Monroe Development L.L.C. and further providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption thereto.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Oliver an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor to Enter into a Cooperative Service Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and further providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption thereto.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Oliver an Ordinance accepting the bid of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for the leasing of Farm Parcel No. 2 at Monroe Regional

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    Airport and further authorizing James Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a lease with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and for said land was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption thereto.

    Ordinance No. 10,884 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by Mr. Marx, was unanimously approved and adopted.

    The Chairman opened the Public Hearing and seeing no one come forward the hearing was declared closed.

    Ordinance adopting and amending the Zoning Map for the City of Monroe, Louisiana to rezone a 75’ x 120.22’ x 83.63’ x 43.63’ tract of land presently zoned I-1, Light Industrial District to B-3,

    General Business District, presently located in Ouachita Parish and more particularly described as 100 Renwick Street - APPLICANT: Simeon Profit -

    Upon motion of Mr. Marx, seconded by Mr. Gilmore an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo to enter into a contract with Dr. Samuel Mitcham to research and write a grant application to have the Cooley House designated as a National Register Property of National Significance and further providing with respect thereto was unanimously removed from the agenda during Pre-Council Meeting at the request of the Legal Department.

    Chairman Stevens announced that the Council had concluded the regular portion of the agenda, and was now at the Point of Citizens Participation. He then asked if anyone had any comments/questions.

    Ms. Jennifer Rhoden, 1417 S. Grand, Monroe, LA came forward to address nuisance concerns: Ms. Rhoden thank the Mayor and Council for allowing her to address these concerns in her neighborhood and throughout the City. She further commended the Mayor and his

    administration for their quick response to her last complaint, but that most of the conditions still exist. Ms. Rhoden is aware that there are laws outlined to take care of these problems and wanted to know why the problems still persist. She further pointed out several areas and addresses that require attention in this matter. Ms. Rhoden noted that her mother is visiting her here from Florida and that she is embarrassed by the areas in her neighborhood that are blighted with unkempt properties, but she is please that the City is taking steps to improve these problems.

    Mr. Frank Taylor, Jr., 3032 Polk St., Monroe, LA came forward representing the Recreation and Advisory Board and to invite the Council and Mayor to the Recreation and Advisory Board Meeting March 2, 2009, at 6pm at the Henrietta Johnson Community Center. Mr. Taylor further noted that funds are needed to fix a water leak at the center and that the other centers need work and that faithful employees are being looked over for positions or working for many years at the same rate of pay.

    Mr. Stevens explained some things to Mr. Taylor and Mr. Janway will look into the water leak.

    There being no further business to come before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m., upon motion of Mr. Marx, and seconded by Mr. Gilmore.

Robert Stevens

    Chairman

Carolus S. Riley

    Council Clerk

    For extended details on the council meeting please call the Council Clerk Monday-Friday at 318-329-2252 to schedule an appointment to listen to the minute tape.

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