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City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana February 8, 2005 700 pm There was

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City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana February 8, 2005 700 pm There was

    City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana

     February 8, 2005

     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 Arthur Gilmore, Jr., chairman, called the meeting to order. He then asked the clerk to call the roll.

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

     There was absent: None.

    Mr. Gilmore announced that a quorum was present and that the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Mr. Johnson or his designee.

    Mr. Johnson asked Chief Bryant, Monroe Fire Department, to deliver the Invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

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

    Mr. Marx stated, “I’m going to make a couple of statements pertaining to the upcoming Budget Hearings and I make them knowing that this is my first time, officially, to go through a Budget Hearing and be apart of this process. I have never dealt with a $48 million budget before, but I have years of experience dealing with budgets and I do recognize from my previous volunteer work with the City that we are at a crucial point. I am hoping that we as employees be it councilmen, department heads or whatever that we understand that the budget we are getting ready to put together is going to be the foundation of what happens during our next year. Over the last several years, many years really we have had to cut at the end and try to catch up 8 months and 4 months. I am hopeful that from these experiences that we learn and we work as a team, that everybody puts their own turf to the side and we work toward a conservative budget that will allow us to build a fund balance and make Monroe a better place, thank you.”

    Mr. Katz stated, “We have returned from our annual lobbying trip to Washington, which I think was well attended by the council and the mayor and I think having a number of people participating did a lot of good for us. I think we are going to be very successful in requesting funds for infrastructure needs for our town. I congratulate everybody for the parts they played in the many meetings they went to in trying to secure funding for us and thank you Mayor.

    Mayor Mayo stated, “We do have an upcoming Budget Hearing Process that will start, thofficially on Thursday, February 10 and as far as I am concerned it has already started and

    has been going on for some time. It will be quite clear where we are going and where we are trying to go from an administrative stand point. I do appreciate the council members for your support in trying to continue to provide the services to the community and doing it in an efficient and effective way. This will be a tough budget as there have been talk of trying to address some issues that we have had relevant to the budget. This country is experiencing the largest deficit that we have probably experienced and the Federal Government is close to a Trillion Dollar deficit and they are making cuts. Many cities are having to make cuts and also come up with innovative ways to continue to provide services to the community, so we are certainly no exception to that but there shouldn’t be any exceptions in the way we go about

    trying to address these issues.

    What I would ask the city council members as we go through this process, we will attempt to make the process as clear as possible as we always try to do in terms of what we are trying to do and what the thought processes are. Again, we will ask that at the very end as you go through the process because we have tried to streamline as best we can it does become difficult if any additional expenditures are added, which means on the revenue side you would have to raise revenues to be able to balance the budget. So throughout the process if you would please keep that in mind and when we get to the very end, hopefully, we all will be standing as one as we move forward to this upcoming fiscal year, thank you.”

    Mr. Gilmore stated, “I would like to wish everyone a Happy Fat Tuesday and looking

    forward to a good Ash Wednesday.”

    Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Marx, the minutes of the Legal and Regular Session of January 25, 2005, were unanimously approved as presented.

     Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved to accept the bids of Copeland Electric and Universal Dynamics for parts to rebuild molding machine at the Guide Corporation Plant located at 11000 Millhaven Road, Monroe, Louisiana. The Purchasing Division and Planning and Urban Development recommend awarding this bid. Funds for the project will be provided by the EDAP awarded to the City of Monroe. This bid was received, opened, read and filed by the Purchasing Department on January 28, 2005, and is listed in the Bid Tabulation Book on file in the Purchasing Department and both the Bid Tabulation Book and the original bids are open to the inspection of the public.

    Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Marx and unanimously approved, the bid of R. W. Contractor’s in the amount of $23,400, for a structure located at 911 Bryant

    Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved, the bid of R W Contractor’s in the amount of $25,150, for a structure located at 1607 Ford

    Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved, the bid of Harbor Home Improvement in the amount of $24,000, for a structure located at 302

    Morton Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved, the bid of R W Contractor’s in the amount of $30,900, for a structure located at 823 Bryant

    Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved, the bid of Harbor Home Improvement in the amount of $42,200, for a structure located at 3807 Harvester Drive, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended

    by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Stevens, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved, the bid of Johnston Construction in the amount of $31,650, for a structure located at 410

    Wilson Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

    Upon motion of Mr. Stevens, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved, rdthe bid of R W Contractor’s in the amount of $49,700, for a structure located at 612 South 3

    Street, under the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, as recommended by the Interim Director of PUD, as being the lowest and most responsive bid received that meets the work write-up specifications.

     Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved an application by Joseph Manuel, Jr. dba Boudreaux’s Creole Grill LLC, 3610 DeSiard St., for a new 2005 Class A Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and sales tax has been approved. (Co-Applied for and Distance report ordered.)

    Resolution No. 4712 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr. Katz, was unanimously approved and adopted.

    Resolution approving the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for the Monroe Development, LLC/vantage Health Plan, Inc. regarding the renovation of a historic structure located at 130 DeSiard Street, Monroe, Louisiana; and further providing with respect thereto. (This item was passed over at the last Council Meeting.)

     Resolution No. 4713 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Katz and on his motion seconded by Mr. Stevens, was unanimously approved and adopted.

    Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor to enter into and execute a Memorandum of Understanding by and between the City of Monroe and Ouachita Council on Aging for $13,490 from CDBG B-04-MC-22-0005, and further providing with respect thereto.

     Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Katz and unanimously approved a request from the Monroe Regional Airport for authorization for the Purchasing Division to advertise for the lease of a parcel of land formerly known as Farm Parcel #2 located at the Monroe Regional Airport which would be use for agricultural purposes only.

     Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Katz and unanimously approved a request from the Water Pollution Control Center for authorization for the Purchasing Division to advertise for a one (1) year contract of various lighting equipment, lamps; ballasts; sleeves etc. These parts are needed to operate the UV4000 Disinfecting Unit for the plant. The funds will be derived from the Water Pollution Control Center Repairs and Maintenance Account, which has a current balance of $42,714.73.

     Resolution No. 4714 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Katz and on his motion seconded by Mr. Gilmore, was unanimously approved and adopted. (Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved this item was added to the agenda during Pre-Council Meeting.)

    A Resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Charles Pritchard to Board of Directors of the I-20 Economic Development Commission and further providing with respect thereto.

    Resolution No. 4715 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Stevens and on his motion seconded by Mr. Katz, was unanimously approved and adopted. (Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved this item was added to the agenda during Pre-Council Meeting.)

    A Resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Claude Minor, Jr. to Board of Directors of the I-20 Economic Development Commission and further providing with respect thereto.

    Resolution No. 4716 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr. Katz, was unanimously approved and adopted. (Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved this item was added to the agenda during Pre-Council Meeting.)

    A Resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Lyle Miller to Board of Directors of the I-20 Economic Development Commission and further providing with respect thereto.

    Resolution No. 4717 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr. Katz, was unanimously approved and adopted. (Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved this item was added to the agenda during Pre-Council Meeting.)

    A Resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Charles Roggerson to Board of Directors of the I-20 Economic Development Commission and further providing with respect thereto.

     Upon motion of Mr. Stevens, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved, an Ordinance approving a Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2005, by and between the City of Monroe and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local #1160, AFL-CIO 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. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved an Ordinance authorizing the borrowing by the City of Monroe, State of Louisiana, of not exceeding Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000) providing for the payment thereof; providing with respect to the rate of interest thereon; providing for a pledge and dedication of taxes and other revenues of said City for security and payment thereof in principal and interest; and other matters in connection therewith 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.

     Mr. Gilmore 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. Gloria Walker, 2912 Georgia Street came forward and stated, “I would like for

    everyone to look at their watches, because I’m being timed. On two weeks ago Mr. Gilmore, I

    want to say he disrespected himself and I’m going to ask him if he did not want to serve as

    chairperson of this council and for his district would he put in his resignation, because it is well warranted. He disrespected himself not me and he disrespected the council, because they didn’t say anything about it.

    I would like to know the procedure for getting on the agenda for doing an Ordinance or whatever. I would like to know how it’s done on the codes and like Mr. Gardner said last week that this could be put on Jackson Street because it is already in the area. How do we go about getting it rescinded so it won’t be in that area where they can’t do what they did?

    Mr. Gardner replied, “You file an application with the Planning and Zoning

    Commission.”

    Ms. Walker asked, “Mayor, under Urban Development has Mr. Gene Tarver submitted a plan to use for the next 3 years on how and what? He is supposed to have you information and a plan that is suppose to work for the entire city and I am asking you has Mr. Tarver submitted you anything this year from his office as a plan to move this City forward?”

    Mayor Mayo replied, “We are working on an updated Comprehensive Plan.”

    Ms. Walker replied, “I’m not talking about Jamie Mayo’s Plan. I’m talking about Mr. Tarver’s office he’s over the code and everything. What he does directs the future for the City.”

    Mayor Mayo replied, “That’s what I’m talking about this City put together a Comprehensive Plan and I believe it started in 1980. It needs to be updated and it has been 15 years since it has been updated. Mr. Tarver and his staff went about updating that plan and

    they are working on that now. Has a final copy or draft been presented no, but they are working on that now.”

    Ms. Walker asked, “What about the budget when is that going to happen?”

    Mayor Mayo replied, “Thursday, it starts at 5:15 here in the Council Chamber.”

    Ms. Walker asked, “On the rules and regulations of the Recreation Centers, each recreation center managers have different rules. I would like to see a composite of new rules and fees etc. for the recreation centers, because it’s inconsistent.

    Today I had a neighbor to call me, the trash was being picked up and a little dog was killed. I don’t know how it happened, but it shouldn’t have happen and if they did it they should have knocked on the door and they should have taken the dog too. It was a regular trash day it was the big truck and I don’t know how they came in contact with that dog, but it happened today. You have a sad family and some sad kids.”

    Mr. Stevens asked, “What street was this on Ms. Walker?”

    Ms. Walker replied, “It was on Carolina Street and I’m still not happy with that

    building down there.

    Ms. Walker noted that a 1 minute note was on the Podium and asked if speaking to the council was limited to one minute now. It was noted that the note must have been left by a prior group meeting in the chamber.

    Ms. Walker continued, “All of us are busy people and Mr. Gilmore works and everyone up here works, what he does is no one can get him until they come to a regular meeting. No one can get anybody here until they come to a regular meeting because everybody has a job. I think someone should allow something on the agenda where they can come in if they want to speak they should be allowed a place on the agenda to do that. No one should be stopped from see important people that are getting paid to hit a gavel and it was very rude and no one said anything, it was okay. Mr. Gilmore thinks that was okay and I just want to go in the minutes and tell you all it was not okay and you all need to get a little more backbone because the City is not going to make it.”

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

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