October 7, 2020 | Administrative & Finance Committee

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL 

ADMINISTRATIVE/FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2020 

DELTA GRAND THEATRE, 120 SOUTH MARKET ST. 

OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA 

ADMINISTRATIVE/FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 

  1. Chairman Wayne Ardoin called the Administrative/Finance Committee of the St. Landry Parish Council to order. 
  1. Roll Call:   

Present:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.   

Ex-Officio Coby Clavier.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly. 

Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin requested to amend the agenda to add an additional item to the Agenda.  Item #21 will read:  Approval to price I-Pads for the Council to assist in the betterment of the meetings.  

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to amend the agenda to add an additional item for discussion to the agenda.  Item #21 will read:  Approval to price I-Pads for the Council.  

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.   

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion carried. 

  1. Persons to Address the Committee. 

Lena Charles addressed the council stating, “I have two items for discussion.  The first item is regarding Opelousas Downtown Development (ODD).  I am the Chairperson.  Periodically before the pandemic I would come to give progress on how we are doing.  It has been a while.  We were not able to complete our master plan due to the pandemic.  We had several community meetings scheduled.  We were very successful on March 3rd.  We had other meeting that were scheduled and had to be postponed and cancelled.  We are at a point that we want to try to get enough information for the underserved and a portion of the population and the citizens that did not get an opportunity to give input, suggestions or feedback.  On November 7th, and the 14th, we are going to have an Outdoor Court House event here on the grounds of the court house. We will be having social distancing.  We plan to have stations where there are 4 exhibit where people can participate move on.  No food will be served and we will have event insurance coverage as well as Security.  I am working with Parish President, Mr. Bellard as well as our Consultant to make sure that we do a safe event.  It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This is enough time for people to come by, give their input and any suggestions and move on.  We do have a live DJ.  I wanted to let you know that this is how we are going to try to get enough information on that day and we feel that if it well attended we could start moving on and start getting drafts for our Master Plan.  After tonight we will start doing publicity and signage and stuff.  I always like to respect my council and let you all know so that when you here it first, It is from me, then you will hear it out there.    My next item I would like to discuss is a Resolution of Support for the Opelousas Downtown Development District.  We are the Vine Street Project.  When we formed the district, we looked at what was already going on in the city, what the city needs and definitely Infrastructure is one of our main things.  That is what we have been formed for.  We can’t revitalize until we address main infrastructure.  Picking up the Vine Street Project, I have been hearing for years.  When we got into it, it has been around.  It was on the list but it never significantly moved forward.  Working with our State Representative, our Senator Mr. Shawn Wilson and even our Governor, the time is right for us to move it from off the list but in actual reality.  This Capital Outlay, we are looking for the support from City Government, the Mayor and Parish as well as all the entities that we have.  C-SLED, SLEED, ODD and we want to make sure that when we present this to our representative and the Governor, we are all intercede.  This is a huge project.  Just to get it started it will properly be about 2-3 years, but we have to start.  We need to start by trying to get thru on the Capital Outlay.  We have a lot of needs in our parish and I know that you as Parish Government put in for things that you need, city puts in for things that they need.  I was assured by Shawn, and Jessie made that call to, Mr. Wilson and he said this project is not as totally different than the project that you all have been putting in.  This is a huge long time project, we plan to get easement right away. When you start talking about that, with the master plan, we are looking for a beautiful street scape, going thru our city.  That will take a lot of funds to do that. Hopefully we can get into this realm of Capital Outlay and start something.  I am asking the council for a Resolution of support for the ODD to move forward and submit the request for the Capital Outlay for the Vine Street Project.” 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Nancy Carriere, seconded by Councilman Dexter  

Brown to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 approving a Resolution of Support for the Opelousas Development District (ODD) to move forward and submit the request for the Capital Outlay for the Vine Street Project.   

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.   

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Parish President and Finance Reports. 

a. CEA between the Parish and the City for Waste Water Treatment Facility and  

   Associated Improvements. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “This Waste Water Treatment Facility was put together thru Capital Outlay Money from the state thru CSLED.  At this time we are requesting that it be turned over to the city of Opelousas as part of the deal that was made.  Bill Rodier, Mr. Buddy Helton and William Gerald meet with me the other day about it and said that was the agreement that was done back in the past if you all were aware of that, I am not sure.  Councilman Dexter Brown questioned Parish President Jessie Bellard if this Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) was pressing.  He stated it would give the council time to review the documents. Parish President Jessie Bellard stated this CEA is not pressing and he will get the documents for the council’s review.   Councilman Timmy Lejeune asked about any new revenue that may come from any new developments.  Parish President Jessie Bellard state he will invite Mr. William Gerald to come and address the council with updates regarding the Waste Water Treatment Facility.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “We purchased that property, the council passed a Resolution.  It was executed by the Interim President, Amanda Cain before Mr. Bellard.  As for as the CEA, I looked at it and I approved it.  I believe it is for the Waste Water Treatment Facility off of Harry Guilbeau Road.  It is a joint venture between City of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish Government.  There was a Tax Increment Financing Tiff Tax passed which goes to both the Parish and the City.  It supposed to be a joint venture where any development in that area, the parish and the city would reap the benefits if that area is developed.  I think the Architectural plans to develop that area off of Harry Guilbeau Road may have been drawn up.  There is just no financing to develop it at this time.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin asked why is the City is involved?  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “Some of that Economic Development District in that area runs inside of the city limits and some runs outside of the city limits.  Courville Toyota is outside of the city limits, but the hospital and the hotel is inside the city limits.  That is where the boundaries of the city runs along that area takes.  It takes in Clou-De-Blau Subdivision, but a lot of it is outside of the city limits.  I believe a Tiff Tax has been passed.  It is a joint venture between Parish and City.  If development comes to that area, then the parish and the city will both benefit from it.  That is how that district was conceived years ago.  

A motion was made by Councilman Gil Savoy 

There was no second. 

Councilman Gil Savoy withdraw his motion. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown authorizing Mr. William Jarrell to address the council at the next Committee Meeting held on Wednesday November 4th, 2020 regarding the Waste Water Treatment Facility and Associated Improvements.  

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.   

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion carried. 

Councilman Timmy Lejeune also requested that Mr. William Jarrell presents in his address to the council to make sure that inside the boundaries it remains the Parish Government access for any new development there.  Councilman Timmy Lejeune stated, “It seems there are a lot of hand shake deals that went on.  We need to make sure that it is documented and it stays within the Parish boundaries and it cannot be absorbed by the city.  We need all the paper work in order and maps showing the boundaries.”  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “If the city attempts to annex boundaries in that area, the parish will know about it.  The Parish will have legal right to object to it.  I do not for see that as happing at this time.” Councilman Timmy Lejeune questioned if they have the authority to take it without the approval of the parish.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “No, they would attempt to annex it by Ordinance.  It would be published in the newspaper.  The parish would have an opportunity to object to any annexation that the city makes and a court will decide as to whether or not to allow a city to annex a property.  At this time the city boundaries are set and I have no indication that the city is attempting to annex any further in that area.  The area as I have said is a joint venture between parish and city and parish and city will both reap the benefits if that area is ever developed.   

  • Parish President Jessie Bellard stated Finance Director Amanda Cain is at a conference.  She will present the Finance Report at the next regular meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020.   

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown 

to accept the Parish President & Finance Report. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion carried. 

  1. Forward to full council the approval of Auditor Report from Darnall Sikes & Frederick. 

A motion was made by Councilman Gil Savoy, seconded by Councilwoman Nancy Carriere to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the approval of the Auditor Report from Darnall Sikes & Frederick. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

 NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss Permit Ordinance on Greenhouses. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The Ordinance that was passed in July, 2020 regarding the Greenhouses, the way it was worded, the definition of a form pretty much says that if you own a Chicken basically, and you want to kill it to eat it, you have a form.  That exempts a lot of permits.  I think we need to look at that again.  Mr. Duplechain and I have been discussing it.  I think the definition of a form needs to be addressed and everything else will be ok.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “On this item that we are talking about, the Greenhouses, there is a state statue, am I correct, that is why we changed it because it was a green house.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Right, but in the definition of a farm, which the farm was any crop grown or animals raised to be harvested then it becomes a farm.  If you have one chicken and somebody comes to our office and says they have a chicken, then technically we have to give them a permit of lesser value for a building.  That type of building was not included in the green house.  It is just a little twerking, which all we have to do with that.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “Now dealing with the Green House, you and I spoke about that, this gentleman, we charged him and we found we were not in the right to charge this man for his greenhouse permit.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The problem with that is you all pass an Ordinance and you all stated to give him back his money.  The problem with that is the inspection fee was already issued to the inspector and the inspection was completed.  The permit money is still here but the inspection money is not.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin questioned, “How much inspection money do we have tied up?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I want to say it is about $1,225.00.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “In other words, this gentlemen will not get his $1,200.00 back?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I am just saying, we don’t have the money, we have the permit money, but we gave the money to the inspection company to do the inspection.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “On the other hand Mr. Bellard, out of all due respect to that gentlemen, that inspector, when he came to out meeting across the street, he read his certificate how he had this, he had that, He should have caught it at that time that we were maybe not doing something legal.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I was not there for that time.  All I can say is you all ordinance does say for us to give him his money back.  We can do that, but the only this is we don’t have the inspection money.  It will be an expense on the Parish Government.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “I am going to ask you as the Chairman here that you get with him and we will see about trying to get these people’s money.  Not just Mr. Champagne, but anybody else.  He got his money and he should have seen that state law supersedes and you do not charge these people.” 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I can get with him next week and see if he can give us back the money.  In the meantime, I can give him back the permit money and we can work on the other part.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “Please, because you have a couple of others that the green house is coming into effect.  It is our fault in a way, but then when he sided to us of all his credentials he should have caught this with these people.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I will get with him next week.”   Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “That will take care of Item 6.  You and Mr. Duplechain will get together on the other part as far as identifying the form.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “That is correct.” 

No action taken. 

  1. Discuss Information on Eunice Hospital. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The city of Eunice and the Hospital District, I meet with them a couple of weeks ago regarding the old Moosa Memorial Hospital.  It needs to be torn down but it is full of Asbestos.  They have $286,000.00 in their bank account for that Hospital Board.  They are asking us to put up $10,000.00 so they can get the contract out to start doing the Asbestos removal.  The plan is to remove the Asbestos from the hospital and at that time put the hospital up for sale.  The deal is, whoever buys the property has to tear the hospital down to the ground, even the concrete has to come up, it is down to dirt.” Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “So they want $10,000.00 from us, from Parish Government and they are sitting with $286,000.00?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Yes sir, it will cost $296,000.00 for the job and all they have is $286.  I look at it like this, at the end of the day the hospital belongs to the Parish Government.  If that board runs out of money, because they don’t have any money coming back in, if that board runs out of money, it belongs to us and we foot the whole bill.” Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I have two questions, I know you said that they would have to tear the hospital down, so when they are going to sell it, what price are they selling it at?  With the building, without the building? And the second thing is, I did provide you with some information about assistance with Asbestos and cleaning up, did you contact that company.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “I contacted the board because they are taking care of that part.  But to answer the first question, we are going to sell the Hospital as it is without the Asbestos in it.  Once the sale goes thru, whatever money comes from the sale, we will get our money back from the sale.”  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I was just wondering, beings that we are going to put up money to clean it, it is not going to be worth probably over $200 or $300,000.00 to be able to sell it to recoup their money they used.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “They are not worrying about their money, they know that the hospital is not going to be worth the money anyway.  Right now it is an eyesore.  It can become a drug haven for the city.  I look at it from this standpoint.  The requirements for the Asbestos removal has dropped a lot.  We don’t have to do as many things, so the cost comes down.  It used to be about $700 and something thousand dollars.  Now we are at $296,000.00.  If we don’t do it now and the board runs out of money, because there is no re-occurring revenue for the board, then it will be like the Arnaudville Hospital.  It will come to us regardless if we want it or not and we will have everything on out back.  Right now it is costing us $10,000.00 and with the sale of the hospital we will get out money back.”  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I know you said that they contact you, but for future reference about applying for the funds you did look into that?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Yes Ma’am.”  Councilman Dexter Brown questioned who owns the Eunice Hospital.  He also questioned if part of the $10,000.00 cost to remove the Asbestos be shared with the town of Eunice.   

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The Eunice Hospital is owned by the Hospital Board.  That Board was put together by that Police Jury back in the day and a tax was passed.  It is the same thing like any drainage board or anything else.  If it is all dissolved it becomes Parish Government Property.  That is where the problem comes.  The Hospital does not belong to the City at all.  I can ask the Mayor if they can pay one half of the $10,000.00 to remove the Asbestos. I just don’t know if they can legally do it.  The building does not belong to them.”  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “Mr. Bellard can request that the city Attorney for Eunice will inform them whether or not they can make that contribution.”  

A motion was made by Councilman Dexter Brown authorizing the Parish President to contact the Mayor or the City Council of Eunice to request for assistance with one half of the $10,000.00 funding to have the Asbestos removed from the Eunice Hospital.   

No second.  

Councilman Timmy Lejeune stated, “I would like to know if the new Hospital in Eunice ties in with the Old Hospital.  There was a question about two-three years ago.  Mr. Taylor had brought that up about the two hospitals and how their board was put together.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The land that the new hospital sits on, it is owned by the Board.  The board owns the land, the hospital pays for the expenses of the board.  It does not have reoccurring revenue.”  Councilman Timmy Lejeune stated, “So the property that the old hospital is siting on actually belongs to the Parish?”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “It belongs to the Hospital Board.”  Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “In relations to Mr. Lejeune’s comment, a couple of things I would just like to refresh everybody’s memory.  Last time we got into Hospital business it cost us $186,000.00.  How can I say this diplomatically and I must apologize I am not very  diplomatic.  The Hospital Board just raised their fees to go to meetings to manage what the defunct building.  They must be getting some sort of income from the land that they donated or gave or leased or whatever to the private hospital that is there now.  It would seem to me that the hospital that is sitting on their land would come up with the $10,000.00.  Here we go again.  We are getting into areas…..let’s be clear about this.  The Hospital District owns that piece of property…not the property, incidentally we would be cleaning private property whenever we put $10,000.00 in taking that building down because it reverts back to the original owners.”  Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “No Sir.”  Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “Well I thing we have the documentation on that Mr. Bellard.  You might have asked a question but I have the documentation and it goes back to the private individuals.  It was donated for a Hospital and if it ceases to be a Hospital, it is given back to their state.  I caution us to get involved in this at this time.  Mr. Brown, I commend you resolution asking the city to get involved in it.  It there was compromise, I would give them $5,000.00 to get the thing torn down but I am just telling you guys we are going to get more request for assistance like this and we can’t even gravel a road.  That is all I got to say.” 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The problem is, at the end of the day, they are only getting $150.00 a month rent where they have a building that they rent to Acadian Ambulance.  That is the only source of revenue that comes in.  They receive no tax money.  The new hospital pays for their expenses for their board meeting and what not, that is all.  They have no re-accord.  The question I have is, what happens when the Hospital Board runs out of money and the board is dismantled, who takes over the hospital?”  Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “That is something we can deal with later, that is my opinion.” 

A motion was made by Councilman Dexter Brown seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to contact the Mayor and the City Council of Eunice to request for assistance with one half of the $10,000.00 funding to have the Asbestos removed from the Eunice Hospital.   

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 requesting the new Hospital Board to donate $10,000.00 to dismantle that old Hospital and there will be no cost to the Parish. Once they sell the property they can be reimbursed.      

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “I will also ask that a motion be presented that Mr. Duplechain researches who owns Moosa…..I was told back in the years the Moosa family donated that property and if anything ever happens and that hospital did not function anymore, it will revert back to the Moosa family.  Would you research that Mr. Duplechain?   Ms. Andrea West was our ADA at that time.”  

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain to research who owns Moosa Hospital and find out if before the property is sold, will the property revert back to the family that donated it.  

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. The St. Landry Parish Planning Department would like final approval for Country View Mobile Home Park Phase II. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilwoman Nancy Carriere to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the final approval for the Country View Mobile Home Park Phase II. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss and forward to full council the authorization of Parish President to sign the contract between St. Landry Parish Government (St. Landry Parish Airport-Ahart Field) and KSA Engineers. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “KSA Engineers cancelled the contract.  He stated he received an e-mail from them yesterday.  He stated Morgan Goudeau and Associates were Number 2 on the list.  The will bring a contract for the full council meeting.  They could not have it ready for tonight’s meeting because it was a short notice.  It will be ready for the full council meeting.” 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Gil Savoy to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to sign the Contract between St. Landry Parish Government (St. Landry Parish Airport-Ahart Field) and Morgan Goudeau and Associates. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Introduction to Resolution No. 033-2020. 

A Resolution providing for canvassing and declaring the results of the special election held in Road District No. 2 of Ward 1 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 to authorize the levy of a special tax therein. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilwoman Nancy Carriere to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 the approval of Resolution No. 033-2020 and remove the wording “to authorize the levy of a special tax therein”   A Resolution providing for canvassing and declaring the results of the Special Election held in Road District No. 2 of Ward 1 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 to authorize the levy of a special tax therein. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Introduction to Resolution No. 034-2020. 

A Resolution requesting Financial Assistance from the State of Louisiana under the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Local Government Assistance Program. 

Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “From what I am being told, this Resolution is a pot of money that the state has that the Governor issues out.  You have to make the request.  Sometimes you will get $20,000.00, $30,000.00.  It is just whatever they have available for us.  That is to do pretty much anything we can do in Government.   

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 the approval of Resolution No. 034-2020.  A Resolution requesting Financial Assistance from the State of Louisiana under the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Local Government Assistance Program. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly. ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss waiving the building permit fees for the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.  (Councilwoman Nancy Carriere). 

Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I was contacted by Mr. Ronald Milburn. Greater Union Baptist Church and St. Mary’s Church Catholic Church is in Mr. Gil’s District and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is in Timmy’s District.  I live near Greater Union, he contacted me and ask if we could waive the permit fee because it was no fault of their own that the church had burned down.  Now they are having to rebuild.  I informed him I would present it to the council because we have waivered a fire permit fee because of a fire recently.  These were the three church that was not their fault.  One of the permits we cannot do anything about but Greater Union is up to the council to waive that fee.” 

Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “Mr. Duplechain, if you remember correctly about two months ago we had a young couple that had lost their home.  They were rebuilding on the same property.  We waived their fees because the law states that you can waive the fees.  In this item #12, would that be the same?”  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “I would say that would result in a financial benefit or gain to these individual entities which I don’t think the parish government can do.  I think the ordinance that imposes the building fees has to be followed so the parish government can be very careful about bestowing a financial gift or benefit to an individual or to an entity that other individual or entities do not receive.”  Administrative Finance Chairman Wayne Ardoin stated, “What comes into place?  They have to pay the building fees?” 

Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “If the Ordinance is passed by the council specifically says that some fees can be waived in certain situations, then it can be waived.  We would have to follow that ordinance very carefully.”  Councilman Timmy Lejeune stated, “I would like to make a motion that the ordinance to be reviewed to make sure that we don’t open ourselves up in a situation that we will be like in the greenhouses.  At this point I would like to have that item Tabled until that ordinance can be completely reviewed for clarity and to make sure we do the proper thing.”  Councilmember Dexter Brown seconded,  

No action taken

Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I know you read the Ordinance for financial gain, this is a Non Profit.  I think we are in the same situation.”  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “Donating money to a nonprofit organization and waiving a Building Permit Fee are two different things.  I would thing that we would have to follow the ordinance very specifically as to specifically what the ordinance says.  If the ordinance allows in some situation for building fees to be waived then we can.  We would have to follow exactly what that ordinance says.”  Councilwoman Nancy Carriere questioned if we could donate.  Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated, “I am not suggesting that we donate money to these nonprofit organizations, I am just saying that waiving a building fee is something that we probably would not want to do unless the ordinance allows us to do it.  This matter should be passed to the full council.  Councilman Harold Taylor stated, “Actually there were three churches that were burned, do we waiver it for all of them?”  We are getting into slippery-slops here again folks.  Let me just share this with you.  The three churches that burned, and it was horrible, received $2.2 million dollar split between the three of them to rebuild plus the $300,000.00 fund that was set up thru the St. Landry and Acadian Foundations which is going to help them with their furniture and stuff.  I don’t think that it is a matter of needing money at all.  I just want to remind you if we are going to give a waiver for this one, even if the law say it does, who is next?”    

 Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “In reference to this, we did research the ordinance and it does state that the council has the authority to waive the permits for those specific reasons, natural disaster, fires and what not.  However the ordinance does say within one year of the event.  I think we are beyond that year.  That is the council action.  I did read that ordinance and we did discuss it in the office.  I wanted to make sure we were doing something right that is why it is before the council.”  Councilman Timmy Lejeune stated, “I think we do not assist in reducing this permit or excluding them from the permit fees.” 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to Table waiving the building permit fees for Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  Nancy Carriere.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion carried. 

  1. Discuss and forward to full council the authorization of the Parish President to sign the FY 2021-2022 DOTD 5311 Non-Emergency Transportation Grant Contract.  

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to sign the FY 2021-2022 DOTD 5311 Non-Emergency Transportation Grant Contract. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune. 

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss and forward to full council the Authorization of Parish President to sign the FY2021 CSBG (Community Service Block Grant) Contract. 

A motion was made by Councilman Dexter Brown, seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to sign the FY2021 CSBG (Community Service Block Grant) Contract. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss and forward to Full Council the Authorization of the Parish President to sign the CEA between the Department of Transportation and Development and the Parish of St. Landry Donation of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Gil Savoy to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to sign the CEA between the Department of Transportation and Development and the Parish of St. Landry Donation of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss seeking reimbursement from the inspection company for Mr. Scott Champagne regarding the $1,200.00 inspection fee of his Green House due to a recent Ordinance Amendment (Councilman Dexter Brown.) 

Item was discussed earlier in the meeting.  Parish President Jessie Bellard informed the council that he will contact the Inspection Company to seek reimbursement for the inspection on Mr. Scott Champagne’s green house and report his findings to the council.  

A motion was made by Councilman Dexter Brown, seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 to authorize the Parish President Jessie Bellard to seek reimbursement from the Inspection Company that did the inspection on Mr. Scott Champagne’s Green House and report the findings to the council. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Review and forward to full council introduction of Resolution No. 035-2020 

A resolution Granting Approval of Solid Waste to release at this time the sum of $7,728.72 as the 9th drawdown of the $190,000.00 grant as per documentation submitted by the Parish President and St. Landry Parish Council. 

A motion was made by Councilman Gil Savoy, seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 granting approval of Solid Waste to release at this time the sum of $7,728.72 as the 9th drawdown of the $190,000.00 grant as per documentation submitted by the Parish President and St. Landry Parish Council. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss and forward to full council the authorization of Parish President to sign the Emergency Management Performance and State Homeland Security Grant for Fiscal Year 2020. 

A motion was made by Councilman Dexter Brown, seconded by Councilman Gil Savoy to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President to sign the Emergency Management Performance and State Homeland Security Grant for Fiscal Year 2020. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Review and forward to Full Council Introduction of Resolution No. 036-2020. 

A Resolution to relocate the polling location at Pupil Appraisal Center to St. Landry Accelerated Transition School (SLATS). 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilwoman Nancy Carriere to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 granting approval of Resolution No. 036-2020.  A Resolution to relocate the polling location at Pupil Appraisal Center to St. Landry Accelerated Transition School (SLATS). 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Review and forward to Full Council Introduction of Resolution No. 037-2020

ANNUAL CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE OF LOUISIANA OFF SYSTEM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. 

WHEREAS, the Code of Federal Regulations as enacted by the United States 

Congress mandates that all structures defined as bridges located on all public road shall be inspected, rated for safe load capacity and posted in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and that an inventory of these bridges be maintained by each State; and 

WHEREAS, the responsibility to inspect, rate and load-post Parish bridges is under the authority of St. Landry Parish Government in accordance with standards as delegated by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (herein referred to as DOTD) for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. 

A motion was made by Councilman Timmy Lejeune, seconded by Councilman Gil Savoy to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 granting approval of Resolution No. 037-2020.   

ANNUAL CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE OF LOUISIANA OFF SYSTEM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. 

WHEREAS, the Code of Federal Regulations as enacted by the United States 

Congress mandates that all structures defined as bridges located on all public road shall be inspected, rated for safe load capacity and posted in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and that an inventory of these bridges be maintained by each State; and 

WHEREAS, the responsibility to inspect, rate and load-post Parish bridges is under the authority of St. Landry Parish Government in accordance with standards as delegated by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (herein referred to as DOTD) for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

  1. Discuss purchasing I-Pads for Councilmembers. 

A motion was made by Councilman Gil Savoy, seconded by Councilman Timmy Lejeune to forward to regular meeting held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Finance Director, Amanda Cain to get prices on I-Pads for the Councilmembers and present the findings to the council.   

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

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

None. 

  1. Adjourn 

A motion was made by Councilman Gil Savoy, seconded by Councilman Dexter Brown to adjourn the Administrative Finance Committee Meeting. 

On roll call vote:  YEAS:  Nancy Carriere, Gil Savoy, Dexter Brown and Timmy Lejeune.  

NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  Alvin Stelly.  ABSTAINED:  None. 

Motion forwarded. 

I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE EXACT AND TRUE  

KAREN BARLOW, ASSISTANT COUNCIL CLERK 

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