November 4, 2020 | Public Works Committee

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL 

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2020 

DELTA GRAND THEATRE, 120 SOUTH MARKET STREET 

OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA 

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 

  1. Chairman Jimmie Edwards called the Public Works Committee of the St. Landry Parish Council to order.    
  1. Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation was said earlier in the meeting. 
  1. Roll Call:  

Present:  Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, and Vivian Olivier.  Ex Officio Coby Clavier.  ABSENT:  None. 

  1. Persons to Address the Committee:   
  1. Paul David addressed the committee regarding a right a-way that goes through his property at 247 Visor Lane. Mr. David stated his neighbor has his own right a-way where he wouldn’t have to use his property. Councilman Jerry Red Jr. stated to Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain this seems to be a civil matter. Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “He does not have the legal right to go thru nor on your property unless you give him permission or access to your private property.  If the right of way was granted, so he does not become land locked, it would be very helpful if the Conveyance record was pulled and copied and brought to the police jury or parish council to see if it was not granted to him a long time ago.  That conveyance would be recorded in the clerk of court office.  The right away for the property would not be land lock.  It would be very helpful if you had it and our parish council could look at it.  As for as your private property, he does not access to it unless you grant access onto your private property.  That included your gate or any fence whatever private property that you own.   Tire marks is evidence if you want to call law enforcement to point out trespassing on your property.  The starting point is the Conveyance Office in the Courthouse.   Mr. Paul David informed the council that he does not own the property.  He stated he has been living there for the past 12 years and property owner lives in River Ranch.  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. questioned Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain if this matter is a civil matter.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “It is a civil matter and trespassing can also be a criminal matter.  It would be better if you had a private attorney to handle this matter.”  Mr. Paul David stated he will contact the owner of the property and see if he can put a stop it.     
  1. Public Works Report:  
  1. Update on Adjudicated Property in the Parish. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated they had a meeting today with Rene Robinson regarding adjudicated property, he has some ideas and plans on helping get rid of some adjudicated property. Rene Robinson will get with Bruce Gaudin and draft up a sale on a sample piece of property he would like to purchase and bring it to the Council and he takes all the risk. If he doesn’t want to go through Civic Source then he doesn’t have to but he will go through Bruce Gaudin and Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain it may take a couple months to start process.   

  1. Update on Road Work throughout the Parish. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated we had a CEA between Parish Government and DOTD regarding reclaimed asphalt at the last Council meeting. Nick Chachere has called and asked if we can amend to include District 5 and District 6 on that CEA so they can get a thousand yards each.  Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “If I am correct we will get a thousand yards and each of the other districts will get a thousand yards also.” Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “that is correct each district would get a thousand yards.” 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilman Jerry Red Jr. forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 to amend CEA between the Parish Government and DOTD to add District 5 and District 6 to the CEA to receive Asphalt.  

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. Forward all applications received for one appointment to Ward Two Gravity  

Drainage District No. 1 for the remainder of a four year term ending  

04-19-2021. 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for the remainder of a four term ending 04-19-2021 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. 

  1. Authorize the Council Clerk to advertise for five appointment to Ward 3   

            Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 for a four year term.  

(12-21-2020 – 12-21-2024.) 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor seconded by Councilman Easton Shelvin to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 all applications received for five appointments for a four year term to Ward 3 Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1. 

(12-21-2020 to 12-21-24).  

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. Authorize the Council Clerk to advertise for one appointment to the St. 

Landry Gravity Drainage District No. 14 for the remainder of a four year term ending 06-21-2021. 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor,  seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 all applications received for one appointment for the remainder of a four year term ending 06-21-2021 to the St. Landry Gravity Drainage District No. 14.  

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 the status of debris pick up in the Parish.  (Councilwoman Mildred 

Thierry). 

Councilwoman Mildred Thierry thanked Richard LeBeouf, Director of Waste Management for the work that he is doing to remove debris throughout the parish.  Mr. LeBeouf stated, “I appreciate the council giving us the opportunity.  We still do not have a declaration for St. Landry.  Where it stands right now, most debris from Hurricane Delta has been picked up.  We had about 16 or 18 thousand yards.  With the help of Parish Government we are working diligently together.  We have five Grapplers working throughout the parish now.  I know a lot of you are getting swamped with calls but we are doing the best that we can with the resources that we have.  I spoke to Joe Leger and we have equipment on loan from solid waste.  We choose the west side of I-49 all the way to the parish line south of 190 to work.  It seems to be the part that had some little tornado or twisters throughout the parish and then we will address some of the districts that you all are in and where your constituents are calling you from.  The hardest hit area was below Sunset, the Cankton area and Swords.  That is the area that we will be addressing first. We will begin addressing areas that have safety issues on Monday.  Please inform your constituents to call us at the landfill if they have any safety issues.  

On November 30th we will start a sweep with five super grapplers’ parish wide.”  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. questioned if all of the five grapplers are in the same area.  Mr. LeBeouf stated, “No Sir, we have one in the Sunset, one in Grand Coteau and one in the Eunice area.  We also have two that are working south of 190.  They work 6 days per week, Monday thru Saturday and they began on October 19th.”  Councilman Jerry Red Jr. questioned a time that the crew will get to the Westgate area.  Mr. LeBeouf stated, “I am not sure, we are doing our best, maybe within a week or so.  No guarantee but we are trying.” 

Councilman Timmy Lejeune questioned if Solid Waste will screen every road to make sure it is cleaned or will the constituents have to let you all know.  Mr. LeBeouf stated, “We will take care of every road.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin questioned the trees that are in the ditch.  Mr. LeBeouf stated, “We will clean up the ditches where the trees have fallen.  Mr. Wilson of DOTD will take care of every state highway and it will include the Frontage Road on I-49.  Solid Waste will take care of Parish Roads.” 

  1. Discuss what is being done to address the flooded areas in the Parish.   

            (Councilwoman Mildred Thierry). 

Mr. Bellard stated, “I have Mr. Gerald looking at some drainage issues in District 4 right now.  He informed me on Monday that he has a plan to present to me.  One of the biggest issues in that area is the culvert size on the 167 state road is not addressing the needs of the parish roads to get the water off of the subdivision.  He will come up with a plan.” 

  1. Authorize the start of the abandonment at the end of Sand Pit Road.  Morgan   

Goudeau and Associates Inc. have been contacted.  

(Councilman Wayne Ardoin.) 

Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “At the end of Sand Pit Road off of HWY 93, it goes into a wooded area.  There is a gentleman by the name of Scott Broussard that bought the property.  He is going to pay for a Cul de Sac in the back so that the garbage truck can turn around.  I would like for Mr. Duplechain to start the Ordinance so we can abandon part of that road. 

Mr. Broussard does own both sides of that road.”  

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilman Easton Shelvin to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 the introduction of an Ordinance to abandon part of Sand Pit 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 any other business properly brought before the committee.   

Chairman Coby Clavier question Parish President Jessie Bellard about widening Beck Miller Road about 1 foot on each side.  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I will get with Mr. Jared and see what it takes to do that.  We may have to buy some right of way, it may be a little problem.  I will get with him in reference to that.” 

Councilman Jerry Red Jr., questioned any updates on the Census.  Finance Director Amanda Cain stated they had extended the deadline due to the COVID-19.   

Councilman Dexter Brown ask that someone from the Public Works Committee make a motion to allow DOTD to deliver 1000 yards of Asphalt to Ward 1 District 10. 

A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Easton Shelvin to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 requesting DOTD to deliver 1000 yards of Asphalt to Ward 1 District 10.     

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

Motion forwarded. 

Councilwoman Nancy Carriere questioned Parish President Jessie Bellard regarding the street lighting on Hwy 182 North on the corner of McNeese Street.  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated he will call Nick in the morning and see if he has anything to do with CLECO or SLEMCO and we will address it.  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere also questioned Asphalt.  Parish President Jessie Bellard, “Our plan is to administer the Black Gold or the Reclaimed Asphalt on these roads that need it.  Please keep in mind that this used to raise the road up and not so much as a limestone or a gravel.  It does makes some bumps and you have to keep on grading it.  We are applying this to roads that need to be raised up in the low line areas of the parish.  That is the main purpose for it right now.  I will ask for as much as we can from DOTD.”  

Councilwoman Mildred Thierry questioned St. Amand Road. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The material just came in last week.  This week they started on St. Amand Bridge.  We are supplying the dirt.  Our two dump trucks are hauling dirt to the St. Amand Bridge Project.  They are not putting material on road right now because of those trucks being used.  Once we can get our feet out the door and make sure we can get moving they will start putting a reclaim where it belongs to raise up the road.  Mainly on Collins Roads and stuff like that, we have serious problems.”  

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “We don’t operate in single districts anymore. It is a one parish government.    I will request as much black gold as I can for the parish as a whole.  I cannot be specific to a certain area.” 

Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “Public Works District 5 and District 6 are chartered by the State of Louisiana.  The only function this council have with that group is that we appoint their members.  They have a precinct meeting every time they have a vacancy or a renewal.  It is a public meeting, they nominate someone and they send the recommendation to us and all we do is confirmed.  The only reason that the state is asking to piggy back with the parish is because there is only two forms of government that the DOTD have in their system as Cooperative Endeavor partners, parishes, cities, towns and villages.  Mr. Chachere spoke to the Parish President and stated it would be real simple if we could just piggyback and include these two district to get the material.  Mr. Bellard is right, Dexter and Nancy, it is illegal to say you will get so much and you will get so much.  You have to understand that these two districts are completely separated from this Parish Government.  They don’t have to go thru us.  They could go thru the town of Port Barre or the town of Melville or Krotz Springs.” 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “We do work in those districts.  It is done mostly by those taxing districts.  I wanted to make sure that nobody thinks that we are not going in that district.  We are.  The bulk of it is done by these taxing districts because they have the money to do so.  We help them, they help us, but the bulk of the work is being done in those districts by the taxing district.   

  1.  Adjourn. 

A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilman Easton Shelvin 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 forwarded. 

I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE EXACT AND TRUE 

SHERELL JORDAN, COUNCIL CLERK 

KAREN BARLOW, ASSISTANT COUNCIL CLERK 

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