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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

Minutes for Council Meeting
October 22, 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, Ms. Blakes, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Clark.

There was absent: None.

Chairman Clark announced that a quorum was present and that the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance would be led by Mrs. Ezernack’s designee, Rev. Leonard Montgomery.

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

Dr. Armstrong welcomed everyone to tonight’s meeting.
 
Mrs. Ezernack welcomed everyone tonight and special thanks to Chief Williams for a great Fire Prevention Week and capped the week off with a race and fire prevention luncheon that was well attended and very informative.  Thanks to all of the Departments for a great job.

Ms. Blakes thanked everyone for coming out and to Chief Williams for the Fire Prevention Week. A thank you to Chairman Clark on the breakfast that he sponsored at the school, because the Kids are our Future.

Mr. Wilson congratulated the Mayor on his run for Congress, he did well.  Thanks to Mr. Chris Fisher for allowing Ms. Robinson of Code Enforcement to ride throughout the neighborhood.  Also, thanks to Mr.’s Janway,  Don Hopkins and James Simon of Public Works Department in the cleaning up of the Orange Street Firestation, Texas Avenue and South 7th Street and Ms. Robinson for taking care of.  Also, Brochure’s "Let’s Talk Trash” should be going out soon in cycles in the water bills.  I receive a lot of calls from constituents wanting telephone numbers of Public Works, Code Enforcement, Animal control and this information will be in the brochure.  Thank you to Mr. David Barnes, Administration for allowing us to put this out to citizens and there were 4 quotes and the amount came out to under $1,000 and this is pretty reasonable to cover the entire city, District 1-5.  I had a meeting with Delta Planning, Mr. David Creed and other gentleman that Mr. Creed invited to do a bus tour through south Monroe Districts 3, 4, 5 and  certainly will be hearing more about and as a team and family work together to clean our areas.

Mayor Mayo thanked the Constituency of 5th Congressional District.  He stated he was pleased about the perception that people throughout the region had about the City of Monroe.  There is a lot of work to do throughout the region and in Monroe.

Chairman Clark welcomed  everyone in attendance and acknowledged several ministers and school board member president.  Thanked Mr. Wilson for his time energy, passion for getting the brochure out in conjunction with the Administration, we believe the brochure will be beneficial.  He has worked tirelessly advancing the interest of  not only his District but the City as a whole.  Mr. Clark thanked the other Council Members as well and knows that each District is continuing to move forward and as each District moves forward in a positive manner the City moves forward. 

Upon motion of Ms.Blakes, seconded by Mr. Wilson to amend the minutes of the Legal and Regular Session of October 8, 2013 were unanimously approved as presented. (There were no comments from the public).

Ms. Blakes said there were corrections to the minutes to be made.  Page 2 where there was a typo as it was written Ms. Blakes was present for vote although she was absent and on Page 4 for Public Comments

Upon motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack to approve the minutes as amended for the Legal and Regular Session of October 8, 2013 were unanimously approved as presented. (There were no comments from the public).

PRESENTATION:  There were two presentations.

Presentation (1):  Three area preachers, Rev. Brass, spokesperson who represented the Louisiana Convention presented a check back to the Mayor/City in the amount of $10,000 because there was a surplus of funds and decided they would donate back to the city.  The Mayor donated the initial donation of $10,000 from the Economic Development Fund to this organization for the Convention to the City.

Presentation (2):  Steve Villavaso - Villavaso and Associates Presentation on the proposed Comprehensive Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. Villavaso and Associates are the consultants on this project and are based in New Orleans, LA. They have worked all over Louisiana on Ordinances and Comprehensive Plans for municipalities and parishes.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  NONE.

PROPOSED CONDEMNATIONS:

1. 1610 South 6th Street (Owner Sylven L. Coleman II) "Notice to Show Cause” was served. Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

Mr. Kelly of Code Enforcement came forward and reported that the property is in District 4 and it is an open and unsafe structure.  He crawled through the weeds as they are seen in the picture to get to the structure.  Mr. Wilson stated he had the opportunity to visit with the homeowner who is next door to the property.

2.  712 South 2nd Street (Owner -Robert & Jennifer Cooper & OPPJ) "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

Mr. Kelly came forward and reported that the property is in District 4 and today someone was at the property today removing debris from the carport area and property but nothing has been done to secure the property.

3. 402 South 25th Street, 2400, 2402-2402 ½, 2404-2404 ½, 2406 Renwick Street- (Owners –
Willie Lee Smith, Willie Lee Smith c/o Traci McCrell, Smith & Nwokorie c/o Brian Smith, (Not curator) Wright & Underwood, LLP c/o Patrick Wright, Jr., (Not curator) Adair Asset Management LLC/US Bank (Not curator) Upon a motion by Dr. Armstrong,  seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to remove 2400 Renwick Street from the agenda. (There were no comments from the public).

Chairman Clark stated there was a request from Code Enforcement to remove said item from the agenda. Ms. Blakes asked since there are new owners if Council do we have to wait to see what the new owners will do. Attorney Summersgill said Catherine Robinson called her to day about the properties.  Ms. Robinson came forward and stated that Asset Management gave up the properties and let them go and all but one of the properties went into adjudication OPPJ.  She said she served OPPJ previously. Serious Business, LLC  purchased only one structure in the tax sale.  She wanted to know if we move along legally with the remainder of the structures and start over with the 2400. Attorney Summersgill said if we had  service on the owner at the time when the notice was sent and as of tonight you can go forward.  Ms. Robinson said it was 2010 ADJ for OPPJ and this is a 2013 for this year and would it be legal to proceed.  Attorney Summersgill said it would but the better thing to do Ms. Blakes is to get service again.  Attorney Summersgill said you could as long as Ms. Robinson feels on those pieces of property that you got service on the owner at the time.  All but one got service and Ms. Summersgill said all but one could be done tonight.

402 South 25th Street, 2402-2402 ½, 2404-2404 ½, 2406 Renwick Street- (Owners –Willie Lee Smith, Willie Lee Smith c/o Traci McCrell, Smith & Nwokorie c/o Brian Smith, (Not curator) Wright & Underwood, LLP c/o Patrick Wright, Jr., (Not curator) Adair Asset Management LLC/US Bank (Not curator). Upon a Motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved  for the owner to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

4. 1104 Alabama Street (Owner -Woodrow & Dorothy Hogard): "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved for the owner to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

Mr. Kelly came forward and stated the property was located in District 4. He stated that he spoke with the son in law of the property owner and that they wanted to do some work but the right front of the structure is caving in and is beyond repair. Mr. Wilson stated that he had received a call on it but understands that the owners don’t have the funds to repair and to move forward with condemnation of property.

5. 924 Camp Street - (Owner - Joe Coleman): "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Upon a motion by Mr. Clark, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved for the owner to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

6. 2103 Flynn Street - (Owner - Eugene & Alberta J. Randle) "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to remove item from tonight’s Agenda.  (There were no comments from the public).

7. 4005 Halsell Street (Owner - Alfred & Lureatha Standifer, Commercial Securities Company, Inc.): "Notice to Show Cause” was served.  Upon a motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to remove item from tonight’s Agenda. (There were no comments from the public).

8. 321 Malvern Street (Owners - OPPJ, E. C. McCormack, Jr.): "Notice to Show Cause” was served.   Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved for the owner to be given 30 days or until November 22, 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).

Mr. Kelly came forward and stated the structure is in District 4 and is open and unsafe and that Mr. Wilson had been in contact with Code Enforcement about the property. 

VII: ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF BIDS:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to Accept the bid of Scott Equipment Company of Monroe for a Gradall for the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department Ref bid # 85-0485 as recommended by the Director of Administration as meeting the specifications of this bid. The Vendor meets the specifications of this bid and has been cleared by the Tax and Revenue Division. The cost of this Gradall is $355,890.00. Funds for this purchase will be derived from the Capital Fund Account. (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Ms. Blakes stated that she noticed there were four bids mailed out and asked if we were in compliance to accept the one bid.  Mr. Janway said there is only one manufacturer of this type of equipment with the exception of Badger who recently got in the business now, no bid. Only piece of equipment sold in Louisiana. Mr. Janway stated that as far as he knows we are in compliance.

(b) Upon a motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Accept the bids of bids Executive Business Products, Monroe, LA, Stuart’s West Monroe, LA, Quill Lincolnshires, IL, Peregrine Corporation, Monroe, LA and Parker Paper of Bastrop, LA for a one hundred and eighty (180) day supply contract of Office Supplies Ref # 85-0446 as recommended by the Director of Administration as complying with the specifications of this bid. All of these vendors complies with the specifications of this bid and has been cleared by Tax and Revenue Division. Funds for these purchases will be derived from the Inventory Account. (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Mr. Gibson came forward and asked that Stuarts’s West Monroe, LA be removed from the bid list because they are behind in their taxes.  Upon a motion Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved to remove Stuart’s West Monroe, LA from the bid list.

Ms. Blakes asked since Stuart’s, West Monroe, La was being removed from the bid list, was there any other company who could offer the products.  Mr. Gibson said the next low bidder would be awarded the contract.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved to Accept the bids of bids Executive Business Products, Monroe, LA, Quill Lincolnshires, IL, Peregrine Corporation, Monroe, LA and Parker Paper of Bastrop, LA for a one hundred and eighty (180) day supply contract of Office Supplies Ref # 85-0446 as recommended by the Director of Administration as complying with the specifications of this bid. All of these vendors complies with the specifications of this bid and has been cleared by Tax and Revenue Division. Funds for these purchases will be derived from the Inventory Account.

Comments:  Ms.Nell Bradley came forward and asked how much was the contract for.  Mr. Barnes said it is the unit price based upon what is purchased. 

(c)  Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to accept the bid Traxler Construction of Monroe, LA for Roof project to the Monroe Transit Terminal Building Ref # 85-0535 as recommended by the Director of Administration as being the lowest responsive bid. The Vendor complies with the specifications of this bid and has been cleared by the Tax & Revenue Division. The cost of this project is $89,000.00 and funds for this project will be derived from a Capital Grant through the FTA.  (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Ms. Blakes asked if the entire roof or partial roof was being repaired.  Tom Janway responded by saying that all of the asphalt shingles were being replaced.  He said what has happened to the roofing system over the years is gotten water underneath the roof of the shingles and are going to take off the first row of decking and replace.  It will basically be a new roof with some new decking underneath along the edge where it has rotten and there will be some splicing of the rafters and joists as needed.

Ms. Blakes said she understood we were getting a grant for this roof replacement project. Mr. Janway stated, yes and the grant pays 80 per cent of the $89,000.  20 per cent of the $89,000 is what the city will pay.

VIII: RESOLUTIONS AND MINUTE ENTRIES:

1. Department of Administration: NONE.

2. Department of Planning & Urban Development:  NONE.

3. Legal Department:  NONE.

4. Mayor’s Office:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Louisiana, Authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor to enter into and execute a Cooperative Agreement between the City of Monroe and the LSU Agcenter for services as per the attached Cooperative Agreement and further providing with respect thereto.  (There were no comments from the public).

Ms. Blakes asked where the office located was.  It was stated the office was located on Cypress Street in West Monroe, La.

Mrs. Ezernack stated that the amount the City is providing to LSUAgcenter is $1800 annually.  Mr. Barnes said yes and that it has been $1750 since 2005. 

Ms. Blakes asked if the amount was $1800 for five years.  Mr. Clark reiterated that the agreement is $188 per year for five years.

5. Department of Public Works:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt a Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to submit an application for State Financial Assistance to the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation (LaDotd) for the Monroe Regional Airport and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to Adopt a Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to accept one (1) grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation, namely, a Perimeter Fence Realignment and Taxiway G Rehabilitation Grant in the amount of $184,512.00, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

(c) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Consider request from the Water Treatment a Division of the Public Works Department for Council approval to advertise for bids to purchase and installation of a video surveillance system. The estimated cost of items and services is $60,000.00. Funds for this purchase will be derived from the Water Treatment Repairs and Maintenance Account, which has a balance of $206,000.00.

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley asked if this surveillance is for the Water Treatment Division at Park Avenue.  Mr. Benton said that it was for the Water Treatment and Park Avenue.

Ms. Blakes asked why the surveillance camera was needed at the Water Treatment Facility.  Mr. Benton said the surveillance camera is needed for the entire facility.  He added that after 911, President placed an act on bioterrorism and threats to the water system.  Mr. Benton stated his department did an assessment and decided to beef up the security around the plant.  He also stated that there was a breech in their security as someone cut a wire and this is another measure to protect the water system.

6. Council:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes and unanimously approved to pass over this item until the next Council Meeting to Adopt a Resolution confirming the appointment of Sam T. Shaw to the Southside Economic Development District Board of Commissioners and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

7. Department of Community Affairs:  NONE.

8. Police Department:   NONE.

9. Fire Department:

(a) Upon a motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to remove both Items (a) and (b) from the agenda; (a) to Consider request from the City of Monroe Fire Department for City Council approval for the Purchasing Division to advertise for Fire Hoses. Funds for these purchases will be derived from the Capital Account. and (b) Consider request from the City of Monroe Fire Department for Council approval for the Purchasing Division to advertise for Protective Fire Jacket and Pants for structural Fire Fighting. Funds for these purchases will be derived from the Uniform Account.
(There were no comments from the public).

10. Engineering Services:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to Adopt a Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Change Order No. One (1) to Tower-Armand Connector Project, between the City of Monroe and Amethyst Construction, Inc. for an increase of $36,997.96, of said project and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Consider a request to authorize the Purchasing Manager to advertise for bids on Basin MR-04/05/07(a)2 Rehabilitation Project. The estimated cost of this project is $4,842,000.00. (c) Adopt a Resolution accepting as Substantially Complete and Change Order #1 for work done by and between the City of Monroe and Jabar Corporation, in the amount of a $985.00 increase for the Emergency Force Main Improvements (Dog Pound Oxidation Pond), and further providing with respect thereto.

Comments:  Ms. Bradley asked  if someone explain to her what the project is.  Mr. Arthur Holland said it is a sewer project on the South Side of Monroe and it covers 33 streets. Ms. Bradley asked if this had come before Council before and Mr. Holland said it had not.  Ms. Bradley asked where the funds would come from.  Mr. Barnes said the funds would come from the Infrastructure System which is a 1% sales tax.

(c) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Adopt a Resolution accepting as Substantially Complete and Change Order #1 for work done by and between the City of Monroe and Jabar Corporation, in the amount of a $985.00 increase for the Emergency Force Main Improvements (Dog Pound Oxidation Pond), and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no comments from the public).

IX: INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES:

(a) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson  and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance accepting the donation of a Solar Audio Post from the Selman Field Historical Society for the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks.) (There were no comments from the public).

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Ms. Blakes  and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance amending Chapter 37, Zoning, and Article III, Districts, Division 5. Other Districts, Section 37-122, C-1, Campus District of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Monroe, Louisiana; repealing all ordinances in conflict herewith. (P&Z)

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley asked how long it will take to get the Ordinance on the Internet. Joan Poret said when it’s passed and sent to MuniCode for it to be online.  Ms. Bradley asked if she could get a copy of the proposed Ordinance to compare to the current Ordinance and Ms. Poret said that she could get her a copy.

(c) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Armstrong and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance rescinding Ordinance No. 11,422 adopting Millage Rates and further providing with respect thereto. (Admin.) (There were no comments from the public).

(d) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Introduce an Ordinance adopting the authorized Millage Rate(s) and providing for the Levying of Special and General Taxes for the City of Monroe for the year 2013. (Admin.)

Comments:  Ms. Nell Bradley asked would the property taxes be going up with the Millage Rate.  Mr. Barnes responded that the taxes would not be going up and the only way that it would be as if the homeowner’s property is reappraised at a higher value.

Attorney Summersgill made a Public Announcement that on Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:30 pm in Council Chamber there would be a special Council Meeting to finally Adopt the Ordinance adopting the authorized Millage Rate(s).

(e) Upon a motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack to add Item to Agenda to Introduce an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into an agreement for Traffic Analysis Services with Neel-Schaffer and further providing with respect thereto was voted upon and unanimously approved.
 (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Dr. Armstrong stated that this request was initially made on March 5, 2013 and there is a $170,000 contract from DOTD that we stand to lose if this Ordinance is not passed.  Dr. Armstrong stated there is a letter from DOTD requesting this be done and pointing out to us that we have 90 days to be completed and we are late.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson to Introduce an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into an agreement for Traffic Analysis Services with Neel-Schaffer and further providing with respect thereto was voted upon and unanimously approved. (There were no comments from the public).

X: RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES FOR SECOND READING AND FINAL ADOPTION:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt 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).

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt 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.) (There were no comments from the public).

(c) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved to Finally adopt 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).

(d) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt an Ordinance authorizing the sale of certain property at the Monroe Air Industrial Park pursuant to a Contract of Lease with Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation containing an option to purchase and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks)

Comments:  Ms. Bradley asked if this was the property that Dr. Armstrong thought should be reappraised.  Dr. Armstrong stated it was not this particular property.

(e) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, seconded by Mr. Wilson with Mrs. Ezernack, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Clark voting yes; Dr. Armstrong and Ms. Blakes voting no was approved to Finally adopt an Ordinance declaring certain immovable property in Monroe Air Industrial Park as not being needed for public use and authorizing the same to be sold at private sale of said property to JAF Properties, LP, pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 33:4712, and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks) (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Dr. Armstrong stated in relation to the appraisal that there is one comparable sale that is seven years old and two others that are city sales.  He doesn’t know if these comparables are valid to establishing a valid price for the property.  He said he doesn’t have a problem selling the property but do have some concerns about a fair price with some questions relative to the appraisal.

Mrs. Ezernack said in looking at the appraisal and  if they were city sales in and around that particular property and will be creating a comparable based upon the Chase sale at $10,000 an acre.  This one is selling for $20 something thousand for a little over an acre.  You would not go into other parts of the city and pull a comparable for an industrial park that’s owned by the City in that area; that is not where they would go to look for those comparables in doing that.  She said she reviewed it and felt comfortable with the comps and information provided.  They would not be comparable with other properties in the main part of the city.

Dr. Armstrong said the price of the property works out to be about fifty cents a square foot, that’s mighty cheap.   

(f) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved to Finally adopt an Ordinance declaring certain immovable property in Monroe as no longer being needed for public use and authorizing the same to be sold to Michael Echols Properties, LLC, pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 33:4712, and further providing with respect thereto.(Legal) (There were no comments from the public).

Comments:  Mr. Wilson acknowledged Mr. Echols and thanked him for doing an awesome job in downtown Monroe.

(g) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved to Finally adopt an Ordinance amending the City of Monroe Code of Ordinances deleting Chapter 32, Subdivisions; Chapter 37, Zoning; and the Official Zoning Map for the City of Monroe in their entirety and adopting an updated Chapter 32, Subdivisions; Chapter 37, Zoning and Official Zoning Map for the City of Monroe and further provided with respect thereto. (P&Z)

Comments:  Mr. Ben Peters came forward said including council meeting tonight he has attended five meeting and two of which did not have quorums.  To this good moment he doesn’t think anyone present has seen the zoning map and the map that the presentation was for and shown is about six months old.  He said some of his properties on the map are incorrect.  He said that he believes there is going to be a problem with no due process and had been promised and promised.  There is nothing on the map to see what is being zoned in Monroe, LA. 

Ms. Poret stated all the changes have been made that were requested and the map hasn’t been printed yet.  The map that’s in the lobby is the one that the Planning Commission adopted with the corrections that needed to be made.  All of the corrections haven’t been made it’s a back and forth project with the person doing the GIS corrections.

Dr. Armstrong said he had a copy of the zoning map and asked if it was the final copy.  Ms. Poret said they are waiting to make all of the corrections and as of today all of corrections have been made.  As soon as the amended map she can make copies for them.  Dr. Armstrong said so Council doesn’t know what they are voting for.  Ms. Poret said it’s all of the changes that were asked for at the Planning Commission meeting and things that were found for example all of the schools and campus districts zoned.  No major changes just few odds and ends and corrections.

Dr. Armstrong said he is in complete favor of the zoning ordinance but doesn’t think that it’s not one of those things were we need to pass it until we know what’s in it.  He said we need to all look at it as it is distributed once it is finalized.  If we haven’t seen something that he needs to vote on then he can’t vote for it.

Mrs. Ezernack asked if it would be proper to vote it tonight but to ask Ms. Poret to come back with the revisions to the map within the 90 days effective date.  She asked when the map would be available to view.  Ms. Poret said she sent her the last two today, as soon as she can make the new changes she can print the new map.  Mrs. Ezernack asked would it be appropriate to vote on the text then bring the map back at the next meeting or would it interfere with the 90 days.  Ms. Poret said the 90 days will be used to train staff and for procedural changes. It could be done at the next Council Meeting.

Mr. Steve Villavaso stated that all of the changes to the map were the changes as recommended  by the Planning Commission.  There was a set of changes that they realized there were some mistakes on the map and the changes as recommended by Mr. Peter.  Whether you adopt together or separate is a discretion, and communities have done them both ways.  But the effective date of the 90 day period would not be until both have been adopted, you can’t do one with out the other.

Mr. Wilson said he thought his copy was the final as well and asked  how long it would be before the corrections are made.  She said the corrections were sent today and as soon as they are made then she can get the map printed.

Ms. Blakes said since the Ordinance is up for adoption and don’t have the corrections what does Council need to do.  Ms. Summersgill said Council could pass over.

Upon a motion by Ms. Blakes, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Passover this Agenda Item until the next Council Meeting.

Mr. Fisher said the consultant would be coming back to Council Meeting to give another presentation. 

XI: CITIZENS PARTICIPATION

Mr. Ray Jones Jr. said that been in meetings about Economic Development and was trained to serve in Vietnam and when got orders stated to go to Paris and Germany and be in charge of booking entertainment for NCO club.  Always mindful may have to fight there.  Thank Mayor and City Council to serve on South Side Economic Development District. 

Mrs. Rowena Sledge  said her daughter is still having problems with fleas at her home and that they called Code Enforcement and Ms. Anzalone came out and Code Enforcement said that they would send out a letter to homeowners.  What do you do when you have this type of problem and the homeowner hasn’t sprayed.  She said at the corner of 700 and Florida Street the area is filthy with tires, paper and it has been that way since September.  She thanked City for getting Texas Avenue block cleaned up, long overdue.  South 2nd Street business still hasn’t been cleaned up. 

Ms. Gloria Walker came tonight to talk about the community concern about the Congressional Race and shared her thoughts about the disadvantaged.   

XII: ADJOURN.

There being no further business to come before the council, the meeting was adjourned at

Mr. Eddie Clark
Chairman

Carolus S. Riley
Council Clerk

Jacqueline Benjamin
Council Secretary

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

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