August 5, 2020 | Public Works Committee

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2020
OLD CITY MARKET, 131 W. BELLEVUE ST.
OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Council Members are using

 Ring Master Conference Calling System to participate in the meeting

            Councilman Wayne Ardoin called for a Point of Order. He questioned agenda Items 10, 11, 12

and 15 on the Public Works Agenda.  He questions if the items were related to Public Works or Administrative Finance.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. placed the items on the agenda.  He stated he spoke to IT Manager, Derek Legendre regarding items 11 and 15 and they may be removed.  Agenda Item 10 and 12 may be moved to the Administrative Finance Committee for discussion.

  1. Chairman Jimmie Edwards called the Public Works Committee of the St. Landry Parish Council to order.  
  • Roll Call:

Conference Call:  Jerry Red Jr; Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, Vivian Olivier and Jimmie Edwards.  ABSENT:  None.   Ex Officio Coby Clavier.

Councilwoman Mildred Thierry requested to amend the agenda to discuss the traffic on Raiders, Watson and Frilot Cove Roads.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry, seconded by Councilman Jerry Red to amend the Agenda to add one additional item to discuss the traffic on Frilot Cove Road.

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, Vivian Olivier and Jimmie Edwards. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion carried.

  • Person to address the Committee:
  • Lena Charles, Opelousas Down Town Development District.  She addressed the council regarding a master project to beautify the courthouse building and the courthouse grounds at no cost to the parish. 
  • Sandra Davis addressed the council regarding the Evangeline Subdivision.  She expressed her concerns about a permit that was issued to a constituent with a trailer that is planning on moving into the Evangeline Subdivision.  She expressed her concerns about property depreciating if the trailer is moved in that area. She is asking the council to recall the permit and stop the trailer from being placed on the lot.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated the restriction for the Evangeline Subdivision is that all homes must be on a concrete slab or brick pillars.  He stated this trailer will be placed on brick pillars and it will be in compliance.  He informed Mrs. Davis to hire an attorney and have her attorney contact him or the attorney for the trailer owners, Mr. Odgen Pete.  He stated if she seeks an attorney, he does not see any way that the permit can be revoked. Councilman Harold Taylor informed Ms. Davis to contact her Home Owners Association.
  • Public Works Report:
    • Update on Adjudicated Property in the Parish.

Richard Lucito forwarded the council an update on future adjudicated property date of sales.  He stated two properties have a date of sale on August 5th, 2020.  Two properties have a date of sale on September 2nd, 2020. Three properties have a date of sale September 3rd, 2020.  One property have a date of sale on September 16th, 2020 and one property have a date of sale on October 8th, 2020. 

  • Update on Road District No. 1 Smooth Ride Home, Phase IV.

Public Works Director, Russell Schexnider stated the last three roads in Phase IV Elwood, Hackberry and Twisted Oaks will be overlaid and completed this week.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr., informed Mr. Schexnider about a work order that he turn in about three months ago in the Westgate Subdivision on St. James Avenue.  He stated the work crew dug a ditch and placed a culvert across the street from the work order that he had turned in three months ago. He stated to his understanding the Public Works Department no longer install culverts.  A Public Works Employee told his constituent that his crew could not dig the ditch now, she would have to call the office.  The Public Works Crew went back the next week and dug the ditch for the constituent but only dug in front of the constituent’s house.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. questioned if the Public Works Department installing culverts.  Public Works Director, Russell Schexnider stated they are installing driveway culverts.  The permit allows them to install 40’ of driveway culverts, more than 40’ would be the homeowner responsibility.  In the past the homeowner have placed culverts, but not in the proper grade and it would affect the drainage in the ditch.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr., stated he will contact Mr. Russell regarding installing culverts and drainage issues on Gallow Road.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr; also questioned spraying in non-taxing districts for overgrown blood weeds.   Public Works Director, Russell Schexnider stated the person that was testing for a spraying license was given the wrong test by the Department of Agriculture.  They will be taking another test tomorrow.   He is hoping the department can began spraying the first of September.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr., stated he will contact Mr. Russell regarding overgrown blood weeds on St. Berchman Drive and Andrepont Road.

A motion was made by Council Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to accept the Public Works Report.

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion carried.

  • Forward all applications received for one appointment for the remainder of a five year term ending 08-04-2022 to the St. Landry Parish Housing Authority.

A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr; seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for the remainder of a five year term ending 08-04-2022 to the St. Landry Parish Housing Authority. 

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  • Forward all applications received for one appointment for a four year term to Ward Two Gravity Drainage District No. 1.  (09-21-2020  to 09-21-2024).

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for a four year term to Ward Two Gravity Drainage District No. 1.  

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  • Authorize the Council Clerk to advertise for one appointment for a four year term to Public Works Commission District Six.  (10-20-2020   to 10-20-2024).

A motion was made by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry, seconded by Councilman Easton Shelvin to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for a four year term to the Public Works Commission District Six. 

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  • Authorize the Council Clerk to advertise for one appointment for a six year term to the Acadia-St. Landry Hospital Service District.   (10-01-2020 to 10-01-2026).

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for a six year term to the Acadia-St. Landry Hospital Service District.  (10-01-2020 to 10-01-2026).

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  • Discuss the properties in Sunset:  Budd Street and M.L. King.      (V. Olivier).

Councilwoman Vivian Olivier meet with Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain, Sunset Mayor Charles James and Parish President Designee, Amanda Cain.  She stated they have not decided the price for the proprieties on Budd Street and M.L. King.  Sunset Mayor is asking for the lowest price and would like a five year plan to pay for the properties.  Councilwoman Vivian Olivier stated they have been maintaining the upkeep on properties for thirty years.  The owners of the properties live in Texas and that is how the parish owns it now.  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere questioned if the sale of the properties will be at fair market value.  She also questioned if the properties have been appraised.   Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated the properties have not been appraised.  He stated he has an assessment from the Assessor’s Office which shows there is a lot with a structure on it at 336 Budd Street in Sunset with a value of $30,000.00.  There is another property on M.L. King Street with a structure and a lot valued at $15,000.00.  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated a fair market value on properties needs an appraisal, an assessed value on properties are not always accurate.  She stated it is up to the council if they wish to accept the assessed value on properties or the appraised value.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr; questioned Councilwoman Vivian Olivier asking if both properties are worth over $45,000.00.  Councilwoman Vivian Olivier stated no they are not worth over $45,000.000.  They are small pieces of properties.  They have an old house that is boarded up that has to come down. Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated a fair market value is thru an appraisal.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated Sunset will have to present a written offer for the properties.  Once we get their offer, we can work with them.  If we accept their offer, they are requesting to pay in installments. 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilwoman Vivian Olivier to forward to regular meeting, Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 authorizing Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain to meet with the Legal Counsel from Sunset regarding an amical price for the two properties in Sunset (Budd Street and M.L. King) and present the findings to the council. 

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  1. Update on issues from Community Action.         (J. Red Jr.)

This item was forwarded to the Administrative Finance Committee for discussion.

  1. What are the duties of the IT.             (J. Red Jr.) 

Council Jerry Red Jr; requested to remove this agenda item.

  1. Explain the Do’s and the Don’ts of the CARES Act.       (J. Red Jr.)

Councilman Jerry Red Jr; stated he spoke to Kirsten Thomas Monday regarding the CARES Act.  He asked Ms. Thomas to clarify the use of the CARES Act because he had a constituent inquire if the CARES Act will offer assistance with their bills.  Kirsten Thomas stated, “The CARES Act has different types of funding.  As of today I still have not received the funding from the CARES Act Funding that the council approved last month.  I am still waiting for the Louisiana Workforce Commission to administer those dollars to us.  I cannot start any programs until I get the funding.   If a constituent is referring to Entergy Assistance, we do not refuse anyone that has a disconnection notice.  Cleco, Slemco and Entergy are not issuing disconnect notices, if they are issuing disconnect notices, there is a procedure where we can make arrangement to see a client and honor their disconnection.  Assistance with disconnection services are eligible once per year. That is the services of the Entergy Assistance Program and not the CARES Act.”  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. questioned the difference between the Entergy Assistance and the CARES Act assistance.  Kirsten Thomas stated they are two different programs.  A person who need Entergy Assistance have to make an appointment.  There are different types of services, it depends on the level of services they are requesting.  Ms. Thomas stated she made a FACEBOOK Post on the breakdown of the assistance that is offered.  Once the program is situated on how the funds will be used she will forward a copy to the Council Clerk. There are a lot of programs and people sometimes gets confused on how they work. 

  1. Discuss placing a No Thru Sign on Andrepont Road and Frank Road.     (J. Red Jr.).

Councilman Jerry Red Jr; stated, “Andrepont Road is already a No Thru Street for 18 Wheelers.  I would like to place a sign on Frank Road as well.  They have sugar cane fields in the back of HWY 103, when they start running those trucks in late October, early November, the truckers will look for the shortest route to get to HWY 190.  Let’s put some No Thru Truck Signs on Andrepont and Frank Road so they will know not to pass on those roads.”   Public Works Director, Russell Schexnider stated, Andrepont Road is already an Ordinance for No Thru Trucks.  The council will have to adopt an Ordinance to place the sign on Frank Road.  If the Public Works Department place a sign now, it will be Orange with Black lettering which will be a caution.  For the sign to be legal, it will need an Ordinance and the lettering will be Black on White.    

A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr; seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to regular meeting, Wednesday August 19th, 2020 authorizing Public Works to place a No Thru Street for 18 Wheelers on Frank Road and Andrepont Road.   

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion forwarded.

  1. Discuss Ordinance No. 2020-010.  An Ordinance to prohibit more than two mobile homes being located on one piece of property in St. Landry Parish Louisiana. 

Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated he will review Ordinance No. 2020-010 and contact Chairman Coby Clavier with the findings and changes. 

No Action taken.

  1. Look at Inspection Fees.          (J Red Jr.)

Council Jerry Red Jr; requested to remove this agenda item.

  1. Councilwoman Mildred Thierry addressed the council regarding heavy traffic on Frilot Cove and Raiders Road and Frilot Cove and Watson Road.  She suggest creating an Ordinance to place a three way stop sign in that area to control the traffic.  Councilman Harold Taylor suggested She contact Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain regarding creating that Ordinance.

No Action Taken.

  1. Discuss any other business properly brought before this committee.

None.

  1. Adjourn.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Vivian Olivier, seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to adjourn the Public Works Committee Meeting.

On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS:  None.  ABSENT: None.  ABSTAINED: None.

Motion carried.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE EXACT AND TRUE

KAREN BARLOW, ASSISTANT COUNCIL CLERK

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