October 12, 2020 | Special Meeting

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL 

SPECIAL MEETING 

MONDAYOCTOBER 12th2020  

OLD CITY MARKET, 131 W BELLEVUE ST 

OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA 

MINUTES 

  1. This meeting was called to order by Chairman Coby Clavier. 
  1. Councilman Easton Shelvin led the Pledge and Invocation. 
  1. Roll Call:  PRESENT:  Jerry Red Jr., Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor,  Gil Savoy, Alvin Stelly, Vivian Olivier, Wayne Ardoin and Timmy Lejeune.   

ABSENT:  Nancy Carriere, Dexter Brown and Jimmie Edwards. 

Councilwoman Nancy Carriere was late for roll call but later joined the meeting. 

  1. Items for Discussion:   

Discuss and Authorize Parish President Jessie Bellard to sign a Contract for Debris Removal throughout St. Landry Parish and Monitor the amount of debris being removed from the Parish. 

Chairman Coby Clavier asked Parish President Jessie Bellard to summarize what this agenda item is about before the council takes a vote. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “There are two contracts.  One contract is with DRC, a company that will remove the debris.  The second contract is with Thompson Consulting Services.   

Thompson Consulting Services will be our eyes and ears to make sure that whatever DRC picks up we will get reimbursed for it.  FEMA requires the documentation and that is what Thompson does.  

The last time we had this was during Hurricane Gustave.  We had DRC and DER which is the same kind of engineering firm and DRC was doing the pickup.  DRC has local people to do the work.  They will do the contract and they will subcontract with local people so our people can help with the pickup.  The same thing with Thompson Consulting Services, they will hire local people to help them do the monitoring.  Thompson and DRC has the license and the insurance that is the main reason why we are going with them.” Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “I see that they are from Florida, we don’t have anybody local to do this.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The biggest problem is there is nobody local that is big enough to handle this type of job.  That is one of the biggest things.  If we go thru the bidding process they don’t have all the requirements.  Some of them have one or two trucks, some have the equipment and some have the trucks.”  Councilman  

Timmy Lejeune questioned, “Mr. Bellard, how will we come up with that money to pay that?” Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Tonight Solid Waste is meeting to discuss the payment like we did the last time.  They paid for it and when we got the money we paid them back.”  Councilman Wayne Ardoin questioned, “Mr. Bellard, how many rounds are they going to make?  How long will are they going to be here?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Fourteen (14) rounds.  The more they pick up the more they make.”  Councilman Wayne Ardoin stated, “With the newspaper situation, we have to get it out on Social Media and let people bring it to the front so it can get picked up.  What happened before, we had some people that lagged behind, or maybe there tree person did not get there in time.  A lot of people will be busy.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Next Monday we want to start the first round of pickup.  This week is to let everybody know what is going on.”    Councilman Wayne Ardoin questioned, “Do you have any idea of how many truck they will be using?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, No he will access everything and come up with a plan and get as many trucks as we can on the ground.”  Councilman Harold Taylor questioned, “Is it 100% reimbursable?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “No it is not, 75% reimbursable from FEMA and 25% for Solid Waste.”  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “Some people may misunderstand and place a washing machine out with this debris, not realizing this is only for debris.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “We have three different kinds of pickups.  We have Debris, Construction and the White Good which is the washing machine and freezers.  Each truck will be doing a different job.”  Councilman Harold Taylor questioned, 

“If it is a certified 25, will Solid Waste pick up part of the 25%?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “That is the plan.  If anything changes, I will come back to you all.”  Councilman Harold Taylor questioned, “Do you have a ball park figure as to what this is?  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I have no idea right now.”  Councilman Wayne Ardoin questioned, “Jessie, are they going to do like they did the last time, you remember, they marked the tree.  Will they come back there and remove part of that tree because, I went on Choctaw yesterday.  Public Works cut just a little path there.  The rest of it is in that man’s yard.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “All we did this weekend was to move it so that people could pass.” 

A motion was made by Councilman Wayne Ardoin, seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to authorize the Parish President Jessie Bellard to sign the contracts with DRC Emergency Services and Thompson Consulting Services for Debris pickup in the Parish.    

On roll call vote:  YEAS: Jerry Red Jr., Nancy Carriere, Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, Gil Savoy, Alvin Stelly, Vivian Olivier, Wayne Ardoin and Timmy Lejeune.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Dexter Brown and Jimmie Edwards. ABSTAINED:  None. 

WHEREUPON, this motion was adopted on this, the 12th, day of October, 2020. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated they are distributing water, ice and MRE in the rear of the Yambilee Building by the AG Arena. 

  1. ADJOURN. 

A motion was made by Councilman Wayne Ardoin seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to adjourn this Special Meeting.  

On roll call vote:  YEAS: Jerry Red Jr., Nancy Carriere, Easton Shelvin, Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, Gil Savoy, Alvin Stelly, Vivian Olivier, Wayne Ardoin and Timmy Lejeune.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Dexter Brown and Jimmie Edwards. ABSTAINED:  None. 

WHEREUPON, this motion was adopted on this, the 12th, day of October, 2020. 

I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE EXACT AND TRUE 

KAREN BARLOW, ASSISTANT COUNCIL CLERK 

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