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District #1
Dr. Raymond A. Armstrong
Vice Chairman                                       

District #2  
Mrs. Gretchen H. Ezernack 

District #3
Ms. Betty Blakes

District #4                                                     
Mr. Kenneth Wilson 

District #5
Mr. Eddie Clark
Chairman  

City Council
CITY OF MONROE, LOUISIANA
Post Office Box 123
Monroe, Louisiana 71210-0123
Phone (318) 329-2252
Fax (318) 329-3416

Minutes for Council Meeting
October 8, 2013
6:00 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 Eddie Clark, Chairman, called the meeting to order. He then asked the clerk to call the roll.

There were present: Council members Dr. Armstrong, Mrs. Ezernack, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Clark.

There was absent: Ms. Blakes.

Chairman Clark announced that a quorum was present and that the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance would be led by Dr. Armstrong’s designee, Mr. J. Roddy Taylor.

Chairman Clark proceeded by acknowledging the time for special announcements and/or communications.

Dr. Armstrong welcomed everyone and said there is so much going on in the city and there are some exciting things going on here that will unveil themselves in time.

Mrs. Ezernack welcomed everyone tonight and said that she appreciated everyone’s participation in city government.

Mr. Wilson thanked all the citizens including District 4 for their attendance.  Mr. Wilson thanked Entergy, Rod Worthy, ATT and  Comcast for finally getting the utility post that was broken and the wires that were in the street.  He thanked the Public Works department for cutting the tree down that had been broken as the result of a storm and was hanging in the street on Richmond and Lidell Streets.  Mr. Wilson thanked Ms. Marlene James for staying on top of the matter and getting this hazard taken care of.  Mr. Wilson said the goals are to revitalize our community as we look at common ground to move forward. We ran into a glitch with getting information on illegal dumping, proper disposal of large items, garbage & trash info into the water bills for this billing cycle. He said it will start to be placed into the water bills on Thursday this week October 10th and that you will be seeing it in your very next water bill. This information will be complete with contact numbers to call with your questions.  Mr. Wilson thanked all of the workers and volunteers with Susan G. Komen Foundation for highlighting Breast Cancer this month.  Mr. Wilson added, together Cancer will be defeated.

Mr. Clark stated that he had no communication for tonight.  He said that citizens were perhaps at the West Monroe City Council Meeting tonight (Smoke Free Air Act Ordinance being voted upon).

Upon motion of Dr. Armstrong, seconded by Mr. Wilson the minutes of the Legal and Regular Session of September 24, 2013 were unanimously approved as presented. (There were no comments from the public). APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LEGAL AND REGULAR SESSION OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2013:

PRESENTATION:  NONE.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  NONE.

PROPOSED CONDEMNATIONS:

311 North 9th Street (New Tabernacle Baptist Church – Roosevelt Wright, et al). Code Enforcement Officer Kelly came forward and asked that this agenda item be removed because owner is in compliance with structure.  Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to remove item from agenda.  (There were no comments from the public).

1304 South 2nd Street (Owner – Jimmie C. Herring, OPPJ) "Notice to Show Cause” was served. 
Upon a motion by Mr. Clark, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved for the owner to be given 60 days or until December 9, 2013, in which to bring the structures into compliance with the code, remove obnoxious growth and clean the lot without condemning the structure. 

Comments: Code Enforcement Officer Kelly came forward and stated that the structure was located in District 4.  He said the structure was opened and unsafe; Mr. Kelly reported that he had spoken with the owner and his office has been working with Mr. Herring (owner) for several months in bringing it up to code.  He said that the owner has taken out a permit but that the structure as explained to the owner is still open and still unsafe, but that the owner does plan to do work on the structure.

 Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Herring, owner to tell the Council what he planned to do with the property.  Mr. Herring responded by saying that this property will be his proposed real estate office and that he does have a permit which extends to December 27, 2013.  He said the delay has been because of some unexpected expenses and family medical problems. He said he has the time needed now to finish the project and that the property needs painting and a little more work and that he should be completed with the work by the permit end date.

Mr. Wilson asked if the area where the property was located was Residential or Business.  Mr. Herring said it was Business.  Mr. Wilson then asked Mr. Herring how much time he needed to bring the property into compliance.  Mr. Herring said that he would need until the end of his permit date.   

1602 Dawnview Lane (Owner – Brown & Sons Realty, LLC) "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Code Enforcement Officer Kelly stated that the structure is in District 4 and said it is an open and burnt structure.  He said it is still open from the rear and that the owner secured the rear after receiving notice from the Legal Department.  The case was sent to his office back in May because kids were playing in and out of the structure.  It was recently secured last week but as of today it remains open because someone took the boards off of the structure.   Upon a motion by Mr. Clark, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved for the owner to be given 30 days or until November 9, 2013, in which to bring the structures into compliance with the code or demolish the structures and clean the lot.  (There were no comments from the public).

ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF BIDS:

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to remove from agenda; Item to Accept the Bid of Insight, Inc. of Ruston, LA for Telescopic Bleachers for the GYM at Emily P. Robinson Community Center Ref # 85-0364 as recommended by the Director of Administration as meeting the specifications of the bid and have been cleared by the Tax & Revenue Division. The estimated cost of this project is $28,950.00 and funds will be derived from the Capital Account. (This item was passed over at the last meeting) (Comm.Affairs). (There were no comments from the public).

Mr. Clark asked Mr. Ross to give the public some insight as to why the item was requested to be removed from tonight’s agenda. 

Mr. Ross explained that his department had two projects down at Emily P. Robinson that they were working on in addition to the new floor.  The two projects were the new bleachers and the new ceiling in the gym.  When the bids came back for both projects the bids were more than what was in the Public Trust Authority Fund to pay for the projects.  It had to be determined strategically how to get both done.  The projects would have to be prioritized and we based this on much concern from the public on getting the gym ceiling repaired.  Mr. Ross said that he agreed with the concerns of the public that the ceiling should be repaired.  He said that with the new gym flooring down, new paint on the wall and to look up at the terrible looking ceiling, it was decided to repair it.  Mr. Ross said the bid to repair the ceiling came in at $84,000 and they had to figure out a way to reduce that cost so that they could get the bleachers.  He said he got with Mr. Willie Carr who is back with his department in Recreation who looked at several different ways to do it.  He said he also spoke with Insight and is going to hold off on them until we decide about the other projects.  Mr. Ross added that he got with Tempco who is handling the ceiling and with this being the lone bid and the law states that we can negotiate with them.  For the ceiling we are going to be taking another look to see that we are on point.  He said his department is going to remove the ceiling themselves and this will be about $51,000 and should leave enough to do the bleachers.  It’s about a $200 difference plus and if there are no change orders. This is why we need to remove not cancel the bleachers project to take care of the ceiling so that we can know how much we have to take care of the ceiling.  I guarantee that both of the projects will be done.

Mr. Clark said that it is his understanding that the project will be done in-house and that workers would be utilized from Public Works.  Mr. Ross responded by saying that Mr. Willie Carr said he could take care of everything needed.  Mr. Clark asked if he would be doing the entire ceiling.  Mr. Ross said yes, the entire ceiling, he said they would rent a sizzle lift at a cost of  $700 a month and will need it for possibly one week and; to cover the floor is another $400 for a total of $1100 that we will put up on it.

Mr. Clark asked what type of time frame to get it done by Mr. Carr.  Mr. .Ross said first he would have to come back to Council to accept their bid, because the company did change their bid to $51,000 so therefore will come back after everything is worked out with the contract in  a timely manner. Mr. Clark asked would it be brought back to the Council at the next meeting or no later than the last meeting in November.  Mr. Ross said he hopes too and it depends upon the contract engineer taking care of the contract with the paperwork being signed.  He said he can’t guarantee them with the contract but can guarantee both being done.

Mr. Wilson said he understood according to Mr. Hemphill that bathroom facilities would be put in the recreation as well.  Mr. Ross said he is surveying and that they are looking at putting in five new restrooms.  Mr. Wilson asked if they would have showers and Mr. Ross said no showers.  Mr. Wilson said he looked at the layout and it appeared to have showers.  Mr. Ross said it could be an option to have showers.  Mr. Wilson asked if the bathrooms would be on the west side of the building and Mr. Ross stated that he has not received the drawing and that the locations have not been determined yet.  

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Accept the Bid of Smith Machine Works of Monroe LA for Sludge Remover at the Water Treatment Plant Ref # 85-0482 as recommended by the Director of Administration as meeting the specifications for this bid. The Vendor was the low bidder and meets the specification for this bid and has been cleared by the Tax & Revenue Division. The estimated cost of this project is $48,750.00 and the funds will come from the Water Plant Capital account. (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Accept the Bid of HD Supply of Monroe LA for a Pax Mixer System at the Water Treatment Plant Ref # 85-0383 as recommended by the Director of Administration as meeting the specifications for this bid. The Vendor was the low bidder and meets the specification for this bid and has been cleared by the Tax & Revenue Division. The estimated cost of this project is $42,222.22 and the funds will come from the Water Plant Capital account.  (There were no comments from the public).

RESOLUTIONS AND MINUTE ENTRIES:

Department of Administration:

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Consider Application by Thurman Dickey Jr. dba Thurman Food Factory, 1608 Stubbs Ave., Monroe, LA 71201 for a New 2013 Class A Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Cleared) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Consider Application by Johnny Harvey dba DeSiard Plaza Centre, 371 DeSiard St., Monroe, LA 71203 for a New 2013 Class F Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Cleared) 

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley came forward to say that she was not for or against this Permit; she just wanted to know what a Class F Alcoholic Beverage Permit was.  Mr. Clark asked that someone from the Police Department come forward to answer this question. 
Mr. Johnny Harvey a representative from DeSiard Plaza Center, 371 DeSiard Plaza Drive came forward to address the question about the Class F Permit.  Mr. Harvey stated that the Class F Permit is a BYOB Permit and there will be weddings and private parties at the location and this permit would allow patrons to bring alcohol into the building.

Department of Planning & Urban Development:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution  No. 6141 authorizing the acceptance of the lowest bid of Womack and Sons Construction Group for the Gustav/Ike Stormwater Improvements and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Mr. Clark asked that Mr. Holland come forward.  He then asked if the Council Members had just received the information on this agenda item. Mr. Holland responded yes, it was just put in packets prior to meeting because he wasn’t aware that the item was on the agenda and didn’t know what attachments had been given to the Council Members prior.  Mr. Clark asked that Mr. Charles Westrom explain to the public by giving them a brief overview of this particular project.  Mr. Westrom explained that this is the same storm water project which has been talked about for well over a year.  There is a $1,496,000 (one million four hundred and ninety six thousand dollars) in grant money from the Gustav/Ike Fund and are replacing pumps and renovating some of the stations and adding backup power.  A Bid was received from Womack in the amount of $1,797,000 (one million seven hundred and ninety seven thousand dollars) which exceeded the available funds.  Mr. Westrom said that a change order on the existing contract has been agreed upon by the contractors and the new bid will be $1,454,000 (one million four hundred fifty four dollars) and this will leave the fund with a surplus of approximately  $42,000. Ms. Ezernack stated that the bid summary sheet was the only thing left out of the information packet.

Legal Department:  NONE.

Mayor’s Office:  NONE.

Department of Public Works:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 6142 authorizing the City of Monroe to Request Proposals for the Management of the Monroe Transit System, and further providing with respect thereto. 

Comments:  Mr. Edward Moore came forward and stated that he understands it is a Resolution to be Adopted but that he asked the Council to give the Citizens of Monroe and the Monroe Area a chance to run their Monroe Transit.  He said that we have been dealing with First Transit, First Group since the early 1980’s.  He said that we have been paying them roughly over $300,000 last year.  He said that he knows that there is someone in Monroe who can run the Monroe Transit.  Mr. Moore stated that FTA has made it easier because of the population drop in that we were getting $500,000-$600,000 now because of the population drop we can get a million dollars a year in grant money to help with the salaries and wages.  He said we haven’t been getting anything from First Transit because they have been shuffling managers in and out every six months or once a year.  We should try and change our way of thinking, we did it for the Civic Center, why can’t we do it for Transit. Thank you.

Mr. Eugene Baine, Recording Secretary for Transit Union Local 1160.  Stated about a year ago today, there were issues about management before Council. There was a misconception on what was really meant on what was being proposed and can someone elaborate on what is being proposed.  Mr. Clark stated that as he understands it is simply a Resolution for the City of Monroe to request proposals for the management.  Mr. Clark asked Mr. Janway to let everyone know what this proposal is all about. Mr. Janway said that it is a request for proposals required by the FTA.  He said the current contract with First Transit has been since 1998 and he understands they have had a contract with the city for about 30 years.  We have to go back out and re-solicit proposals from different agencies.  The end of First Transit’s contract is November 30, 2013 so we have approximately two months to go through the proposal process.  Mr. Janway stated that two things was said that was misinformation.  He said First Transit is paid a little under $200,000 and on the Request for Proposals there were some numbers transposed, it reads 1.5 million dollar operation and it should be 5.1 million dollar operation.  He said he thinks the comment was made that we received no grant money but in the current years budget we will receive 2.7 million dollars in current money.  He said when you read the first paragraph of the statement of work, of what is included in management contract you will see the technical scope of work that’s involved in managing  Transit  dollars; he said he’s not pushing First Transit, they are not even here tonight.  Mr. Janway added under First Transit Management about 5 years ago, The Mayor, himself and the Transit Manager, that Monroe received a national award for best management practices award that is transferrable to other systems throughout the nation; of course we have won multiple state awards for different things in Transit.  We have a state of the art Transit System and it is a first class system for a city of our size and wants to maintain it as a first class system.

Mr. Eugene Baine continued to say that last year they did have issues with the current management staff who runs the Transit System.  He said we are with the same mindset with employees about the current management staff.  He continued and stated that with the budget that pays First Transit, he believes the city would save more money by managing the system itself.  He said our city is small considering other cities in the United States and he said Shreveport and Baton Rouge manages their own and are much larger than Monroe.  He believes and the employees believe that Monroe would come out on top financially if we considered managing the system ourselves.

Mr. Wilson asked that once the proposals go out would the proposals come back to Council for approval. Mr. Janway said yes and because of the short time frame they will advertise with local media and will place the RFP on the Internet site, Transit Talent, a website where you can hire professionals to run your system; this is the quickest way to get it out.  Mr. Janway said there aren’t many companies that are in the Transit Management Business.  This is the way that we will get the word out to those businesses that are in the transit management business.  Mr. Wilson asked how soon the Council would have a copy of the Proposal before it is put out and would the proposal have any changes or will it stand as it is.  Mr. Janway said that within the request for proposals there is a scoring system, so based on other documents received from those companies who turn in proposals; they will be evaluated based upon the criteria set forth in the RFP and come back with a recommendation to Council.  Mr. Wilson asked have Monroe Transit ever looked within the City to run the Monroe Transit Operations.  Mr. Janway responded by saying not since the City has been under contract with First Transit and not within his nine years of being with the City that this is the first time to actually open it up for request for proposals.  He knows that it hasn’t been opened up since 1998. Mr. Clark asked Mr. Janway how the city can seek to be competitive with the turn around time being November 30, 2013 about a month and two weeks; to acquire proposals from interested companies. Mr. Janway said getting it on the website is for a fee and feels very comfortable that we can get it in the hands of the people who are in the business. Mr. Janway stated that if Council approves it tonight that it will be on the website tomorrow.  Mr. Clark asked how long it would be put on the website for companies to respond.  Mr. Janway said that on the proposal itself, October 31, 2013 and hopefully it can come before Council during the first meeting in November.  Mr. Clark said so basically this will give interested companies two weeks to respond; he said that he is mainly interested in how many will respond back to the proposal request in the two week time period. Mr. Janway said that he would provide Council with this information and also the evaluation criteria in the RFP.      
Council:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution  No. 6143 confirming the appointment of Ray Jones Jr., to the Southside Economic Development District Board of Commissioners and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

Department of Community Affairs: NONE.

Police Department:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 6144 authorizing James E. Mayo to sign and accept a Louisiana Highway Safety Enforcement Commission Grant for the 2014 fiscal year grant and further providing with respect thereto.

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley asked how much the grant is for and what will the grant be used for.  Ms. Summersgill answered that the grant is a highway safety grant and would be used for programs for the Police Department to run DWI and seatbelt check points.  The grant is for $148,000.  Ms. Nell Bradley asked if this grant is put into the Police Department General Fund; Ms. Summersgill answered that the grant has to be used for the purpose it is for.

Fire Department: NONE.

Engineering Services: NONE.

INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance authorizing the City of Monroe to take Corporeal Possession of the property described below and sell to Jeff T. Wilmore, for two thousand four hundred twenty-one and 75/100 dollars, all rights, title and interest that the City may have acquired in and to Lot 4 of Arent and Gordon’s Subdivision of Lot 14 of Stubbs Young’s Bayou Addition, Monroe, La, District 3, by adjudication at Tax Sale dated September 1, 1993, and further with respect thereto. (Legal Dept.) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into a contract to supply potable water to Greater Ouachita Water Company and further providing with respect thereto. (Admin.)

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley came forward and asked how long the contract for was.  Ms. Summersgill said it falls in line with Greater Ouachita Water’s big contract with City.  It is for four years. 

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance amending the Water Purchase Contract with Better Water Works Company and further providing with respect thereto. (Admin.) (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Mr. Clark asked Ms. Summersgill to explain to the public what the amended Ordinance was.  Ms. Summersgill said the amended Ordinance is that we allow them to get one hundred and forty million gallons a year on the original contract and it is being amended to bring them up to one hundred fifty four million gallons.  Mr. Clark asked would the price stay the same and Ms. Summersgill said it would.  Mr. Clark asked what was the price; Ms. Summersgill stated it is 1.3 times the inside city rate.  

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES FOR SECOND READING AND FINAL ADOPTION:

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,423 declaring certain movable property of the City of Monroe as being no longer needed for public use and further providing with respect thereto. (Property Control) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,424 authorizing the City of Monroe to take corporeal possession of the property described below and sell to Charlon Brown and Jermy C. Perkins, for two thousand two hundred forty-three and 98/100 dollars, all rights, title and interest that the City may have acquired in and to Lot thirteen (13) of Block eighty-one (81) of Unit thirteen (13), Booker T. Washington Addition, Monroe, La, by adjudication at Tax Sale dated July 15, 2002, and further with respect thereto. (Legal) (There were no comments from the public).
 
Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,425 revoking Serbanes Oxley Place from the west right-of-way line of Broadmoor Drive west approximately 434’ to its terminus and further providing with respect thereto – Vantage Health Plan Inc – (P & Z) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,426 adopting and amending the Zoning Map for the City of Monroe, Louisiana and authorizing the Clerk to publish notice of Public Hearing to rezone an existing B-1 Transition Business District to a B-2 Neighborhood Business District presently located in Ouachita Parish and located in Lot 1 and 2 of the Oliver Medical Park Subdivision – APPLICANT – Vantage Health Plan Inc. – (P&Z) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Dr. Armstrong, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,427 adopting and amending the Zoning Map for the City of Monroe, Louisiana and authorizing the Clerk to publish notice of Public Hearing to rezone an existing B-3General Business District to a B-3R General Business/Residential District presently located in Ouachita Parish and located at 3210 Concordia Avenue –APPLICANT –Dung Q. Pham – (P&Z) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,428 adopting and amending the Zoning Map for the City of Monroe, Louisiana and authorizing the Clerk to publish notice of Public Hearing to rezone an existing B-1 Transition Business District to a B-3R General Business/Residential District presently located in Ouachita Parish and being a part of 117 Hudson Lane–APPLICANT –Wolf Develop. – (P&Z) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,429 amending and adjusting the City of Monroe Operating Budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 and further providing with respect thereto. (Admin.) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,430 accepting the donation of a parcel of real estate into the City of Monroe from the Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in connection with an effort to develop blighted property, and further providing with respect thereto.(Legal) (There were no comments from the public).

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt  Ordinance No. 11,431 donating a parcel of real estate to Rays of Sonshine pursuant to Louisiana Constitutional Article 7, Section B(6) in connection with an effort to develop blighted property, and further providing with respect thereto.(Legal) (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Mr. Wilson asked what the time frame was to put a structure on the site. Summersgill said there is no time frame.  They will be responsible for the mowing and taking care of the property.  As far as she knows they do not have any funds for the property and there would be no reason to accept it into the city and have no one to donate it to is why it is being done concurrently.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION:

Earline Bryant came forward and acknowledged her gratitude to workers who came out in her south Monroe, they cleaned and did a very good job, and she believes they were from GB Cooley.  She also thanked Mr. Calvin Turner and his crew cut grass and cleaned under the bridge by Chase bank, they did a great job.  She said the people are still parking on the boulevard and make the area look really bad. So far there has not been any beautification to done on the South side and a gentleman was hired but nothing has been done.  She said she is still concerned about the homeless living on the outside, ground, bridges and there are fire stations no longer being used and can’t understand why these building can’t be utilized for the homeless.  She said if the City can give the Preachers $10,000 to help them and give a Sorority $15,000 for their convention she know we can at least do something for the homeless.  To give them a cart or something and that they would appreciate just being in a building from outside.  She said it looks like we are going to have an early fall and winter and would appreciate if the City would give the homeless situation some consideration.

Ray Jones thanked the Council for giving him an opportunity to serve on the Committee.  He said he received a call to let him know about the Resolution, because he didn’t know anything about it.  He said his heart is for the City of Monroe.  He thanked Mr. Janway for getting Gordon and Forest.  He said he has been a volunteer at Barkdull Faulk Elementary and they are celebrating their 92nd Anniversary and is the only school in that area. He stated that Barkdull Faulk have 254 students at the school.  Ninety eight percent of the students are African American and the students were very happy when they saw the City crew cleaning off the sidewalk and they got really excited knowing that it would be their wellness and fitness trail walk painted with tiger paws. Mr. Jones thanked Mr. Wilson and the entire Council and Mr. Janway.  Mr. Clark asked that Mr. Jones provide the Council with his address that being 3007 Pearl Street. 

Rowena Cherry Sledge thanked the new Council and said that she is a Social Worker for the State and that she meet a lot of people and they wanted her to convey their thanks to the new Council and they are doing a good job and to keep up the good work.  She said her daughter was here and that she had an issue with dogs and fleas at her home because of  the next door neighbor. 

Jowena Sledge came forward and said she had been calling Code Enforcement for over a month and a half to come out and no one came out until yesterday.  She said she had to call Ms. Dawson (Kinya) to actually get someone to come out.  She felt if there is something going on at someone’s home that the people should not have to wait long periods for someone to come out.  Mr. Clark asked if it has been fully addressed.  Ms. Sledge said that Ms. Anzalone came out and addressed the issue.

Johnny Thomas said the petition for the red light is going really good and they have 1500 signatures and still working the petition.  You can’t expect someone else to do something if we are not doing it and really need the City of Monroe to get on this project.  She suggested that the city being One City, One Future, and asked if it was possible that the Code Enforcement and Beautification Director get together and do one area at a time to enhance our city so that we can see some sort of improvement in South Monroe.  We say there is a difference between the North side and South side and it is a fact that it is, but the people on the Southside need to get a mentality to do something for themselves.  You can’t sit around and expect others to do what you can do.  She wanted to let Mr. Janway and the city workers know that she has seen the work that they have done and appreciates how the garbage truck comes through and then the trash truck comes behind picking up trash.  She said she doesn’t know why these city workers are off on the weekend and that she saw the trash truck coming from the North side of town and that we need to get together and do for everybody the same way.  Let us stick together and do what we can for our city because nobody can come in do it, we have to do it for ourselves.

There being no further business to come before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m., upon motion of Mr. Wilson and seconded by Mr. Clark.

Mr. Eddie Clark
Chairman

Carolus S. Riley
Council Clerk

Jacqueline Benjamin
Council Secretary

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