WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2020
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Present: Jerry Red Jr., Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor, and Vivian Olivier. Ex Officio Coby Clavier. ABSENT: Easton Shelvin.
Crystal Cochran addressed the Council regarding a resolution on the properties at 185 Koch Road Arnaudville, La and 159 Koch Road in Arnaudville, La. This is my second appearance to resolve $4,101.59 of inferior damage to property and removal of a 10 ft high pile of debris left where they cleaned the two canals. There is approximately $1,300.00 for the fence, 4 strings bob wire, hot wire, all of the T-post, requesting for the labor, and the materials to fix it. Three estimates were received and the cheapest of the three estimates was chosen. The east canal the fence is totally gone and the back side of the property the fence is totally gone. This is a 12 acre property. Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain asked was it the drainage board that had done some work where the fence was located. Ms. Cochran stated that is correct, the drainage board cleared the canals as they do often and they have a property across from Koch Road property total free of fencing that they could have started to clear but they chose our property and removed some of the fence. Legal Counsel Duplechain asked what was lowest estimate received for damages done to fence? Crystal Cochran stated $1,101.59 is lowest estimate for the material and labor. Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated he did contact the drainage board and they offered $2,000.00 for repair of fence. Crystal Cochran stated that offer is not enough it will not put fence back or remove debris that’s on the property. Legal Counsel Duplechain stated this is a civil matter so one option is to obtain an attorney and sue the drainage board to get an adequate amount to recover funds for the fence or the other option is to accept the amount that was offered to you. Crystal Cochran stated she is really having a hard time understanding there isn’t any type of assistance from the Government or Council. I or my mother did nothing wrong in this so why should I have to fight with an attorney yall have some type of goverance over this board. Councilman Jerry Red Jr. stated his question is if this is between the constituent and the drainage board can they handle the matter and it not come before the Council. Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain that is correct that’s why he contacted the drainage board before the meeting to get a resolution and the drainage board offered $2,000.00 to resolve the damages. Legal Counsel Duplechain asked Crystal Cochran if she attended one of the drainage board meetings and Crystal replied she was told it was closed to the public. Legal Counsel Duplechain stated the meeting is not closed to the public, you have the right to attend the meeting and state your case. Legal Counsel stated its only one other thing the Council can do which is place on agenda for a representative of the drainage board come to the meeting. This Council will do everything it can to help solve the problem. \
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 a member of the Ward 3 Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 drainage board come to the full council meeting and once we hear from them then we can bring back to committee meeting November 4, 2020.
On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS: None. ABSENT: Easton Shelvin. ABSTAINED: None.
Councilman Dexter Brown asked Council Clerk Sherell Jordan to email Crystal Cochran the drainage board members times and dates that they meet. Councilman Brown asked Crystal
Cochran if she recall who told her she could not speak to meeting. Crystal Cochran stated Kenneth Olivier whom refused to return her calls so he transfers the message through Mr.
Nezat which stated it was a closed meeting. Councilman Brown stated if they refuse to allow Crystal Cochran in meeting and it’s an open meeting then she can move forward.
Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated she would suggest to contact the board secretary to be placed on their agenda.
Parish President Jessie Bellard stated met with Civic Source which most Council attended but nothing has changed with Civic Source yet. We are discussing other options and alternatives as well.
Parish President Jessie Bellard stated they have been doing a two week schedule whenever work orders are called in to the parish about a complaint on the road. We ask the constituents give two weeks and lately we have been addressing those issues within two weeks so it is going good. We are waiting on tractors to be finished the bidding process so grass can be cut once we get the tractors available.
Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated Mr. Russell had been working on a few complaints that she had already, is the work orders being picked up that he left. Mr. Bellard advised they are working all previous work orders called in that was put in the system and working on those complaints as they come out of the system. If any current or new complaints let him know so it can be addressed. Councilwoman Mildred Thierry stated she would like to say how much she appreciate the job Parish President Jessie Bellard is doing this far, we really appreciate the transparency that seems to be coming forth and the Council want to thank you.
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry forward to Public Works report to full council held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.
On roll call vote: Jerry Red Jr., Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS: None. ABSENT: Easton Shelvin. ABSTAINED: None.
A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilman Jerry Red Jr. forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 all applications received for two appointments 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 Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 all applications received for two appointments ending 09-19-2020 and four appointments ending 11-18- 2020 to Fire District No. 7 for a one and two year term.
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 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.
Councilwoman Nancy Carriere stated, “I have some concerns the CDC has set guidelines for all open audiences and buildings and considering the situation that we just had with our President last weekend it’s only appropriate that we too follow those guidelines and all wear mask for the safety of each other and for the people that are coming in.” The stores are following the guidelines, the court house are following the guidelines and we should not be any different. As much as any of us has not been harmed by the situation yet we can be and it would be sad for any of us to bring anything back to our families or back to the community. Councilwoman Mildred Thierry stated, “I too support this because I personally along with several others among this Council have underline health issues and in the high risk category and I think it’s not a matter of not considering others if we would all just take the opportunity and put on a mask for the meeting I know you have that right if you don’t want to but I’m just saying I respect you and you respecting me by putting on a mask.”
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 authorizing all to follow CDC guidelines requiring everyone to wear a mask attending St. Landry Parish Council meeting.
On roll call vote: Mildred Thierry, Harold Taylor and Vivian Olivier. NAYS: Jerry Red Jr. ABSENT: Easton Shelvin. ABSTAINED: None.
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 update from Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain on adjudicated property in Sunset.
parish. Parish President Jessie Bellard stated he did speak to Bill Rodier yesterday which he is out of town at this time but he can come to the full council meeting and give update.
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 to have Bill Rodier from SLED give update on a multi-purpose center.
Parish President Jessie Bellard stated in reference to this, there is a big sink hole on Frilot Street in the city of Opelousas. It’s a bridge that cuts across one of the main arteries to get back to the South part of the City. President Bellard and Mayor Alsandor looked at the bridge the other day and he is asking for some assistance. The City don’t have enough money to do the complete project and he spoke with William Gerard and he stated if the parish can supply the equipment (the excavator) and a man to operate it then the city can supply the culvert and whatever material is needed to knock it out within a day or so.
Councilman Harold Taylor stated we have a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City now to do grading for them and they reimburse so much an hour, is this same type of agreement they would like to make. Parish President Jessie Bellard said yes it’s the same type of agreement but this is with an excavator and not a motor grader.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Mildred Thierry, seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 authorizing the Parish President Jessie Bellard to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Opelousas for use of Equipment and Manpower to help with Drainage.
Chairman Clavier stated Melanie Lane dead ends approximately 284 feet away from a property that was just purchased by Mr. Paul Fontenot of Eunice and he asked if we can extend Melanie Lane 284 feet to meet his property. Councilman Harold Taylor stated Mr. Clavier I assume it’s a parish road right. Chairman Clavier replied, “yes it is.” Councilman Taylor asked Legal Counsel what the road ordinance say about new and extending roads. Legal Counsel Garett Duplechain stated as for as extending the road the Council can take it up at the full council meeting and vote to extend the road. No particular ordinance that governs as far as extending a road. Councilman Taylor stated, “I guess my question is we don’t accept roads unless they black topped, is that correct.” Chairman Clavier stated it is a gravel road. Councilman Taylor stated we are on a slippery slope here because he has gravel roads he would like to also bring into the system. Councilman Taylor asked if the Parish President would look at the road to determine the right a-way if so he move that we forward to full council. Councilman Jerry Red Jr. stated, “is the parish supposed to cover the cost of all this.” Chairman Clavier said it would be a parish road and he wouldn’t pay for anything. No second to motion.
Parish President Jessie Bellard stated “A pipe is being requested by Bellevue & Coulee Crouche Drainage District No. 20 it’s a pipe along the roadway that they would like us to help change it out cost is $4,002.00 they are asking us to pay $2,001.00 and that come out of Mr. Dexter Brown district Fund 28.
A motion was made by Councilman Harold Taylor, seconded by Councilman Jerry Red Jr. to forward to Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 authorizing of Parish President to sign a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Bellevue & Coulee Crouche Drainage District No. 20.
Parish President Jessie Bellard stated he have some updates on the hurricane and other items. The latest information on the hurricane from what was told this afternoon is coming up Eunice as of right now hopefully it changes again. We have put in place voluntary evacuations for our parish. We also have a curfew set for Friday at noon until 8 o’clock Saturday morning for the parish of St. Landry and we sign a Declaration of Emergency Preparedness this morning so we can receive funding back from FEMA. A 9’oclock meeting is scheduled tomorrow morning with elected officials everyone should have received an email regarding that meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. It will be a parish wide meeting with all elected officials. Sand bagging is continued until dark tonight and tomorrow morning starts back up until dark tomorrow night. We brought approximately 1,100 sand bags to the municipalities in our parish. Every little town and community is asking so we are providing sand bags. Our two sand bagging machines are working and the inmates are actually bagging at a lot faster rate then what I was anticipating so that’s good. Everything is on track and our EOC will be at the courthouse Friday morning until the duration of the storm. Councilwoman Nancy Carriere asked, “Are we prepared for any shelters or are we not anticipating a shelter is needed at this time” Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “The yambilee building will be a shelter of last result cause every storm we been through we always had a few people stranded on the road so we take them in at some location but for this one the yambilee was inspected by the health department today and it is good to shelter as last result.” Councilman Jerry Red Jr. asked “Do we have to sign a contract for a person to pick up our trash removal?” Parish President Jessie Bellard stated, “Mr. Richard LeBouef with Solid Waste has agreed to help with trash pickup again if it gets too much it depend on what happen but the initial response will be our agency with three crews and he will provide four crews and will be the initial to get the roadways clear but the actual pick up of debris if any we will have to look at that and see if we need to get into a contract with someone.”
A motion was made by Councilman Jerry Red Jr., seconded by Councilman Harold Taylor to adjourn the Public Works Committee meeting.
I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE EXACT AND TRUE SHERELL JORDAN, COUNCIL CLERK
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