Town of Kentwood February 1, 2018
The Town Council of the Town of Kentwood, Louisiana met in regular session at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at City Hall, with Mayor Irma T. Gordon presiding. Mayor Gordon called the meeting to order following the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. The roll was called with the following results:
Present: Gary Callihan, Irma Clines, Michael Hall, Terrell Hookfin, Paul Stewart
A motion was offered by Gary Callihan, second by Michael Hall and unanimously carried to approve minutes of last month’s meeting(s).
Louis Joseph and Ginger Tassin spoke about details of Litter Program and gave information of Keep Tangipahoa Parish Beautiful Grant Louis also gave updates about the construction of the new museum in Kentwood, in the very near future.
A motion was offered by Irma Clines, second by Paul Stewart and unanimously carried to adopt Resolutions approving the filing and appointing of the Mayor as agent of the Town of Kentwood to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents, including but not limited to application for the 2018 grants; LGAP, Highway Enrichment Program, Local Road Safety Program, Delta Regional Authority, Federal Appropriations, Community Water Enrichment Fund, Recreational Trails, Capital Outlay, USDA Rural Development, Land and Water Conservation Fund and LCDBG.
Mr. Charles Buckles was present to discuss proposal from Red Flex, Inc. which includes two handheld radar units to be used by Kentwood Police Dept.
A motion was offered by Paul Stewart, second by Gary Callihan and unanimously carried to introduce Ordinance to allow the use of photo electronic traffic enforcement within the corporate limits of the Town of Kentwood. A public hearing was set for March 1, 2018, at 6:45PM. (Meeting postpone until April 5, 2018, at 6:45PM.
A motion was offered by Gary Callihan, second by Irma Clines and unanimously carried to adopt a Resolution to allow the Chief of Police to negotiate any contracts between the Town of Kentwood and Red Flex, Inc., photo electronic traffic enforcement.
A motion was offered by Terrell Hookfin, second by Michael Hall and unanimously carried to introduce adopt Ordinance to Amend Article IV, Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Kentwood, Louisiana, pertaining to vendors’ license fee for special events.
Engineer was unavailable to attend meeting to give updates on the present status of Ave. A bridge soil testing, work scope and or quotes.
Mayor and Bruce Harrell discussed the update on federal and statewide agreed upon procedures and presented a guideline to go by to update the Towns’.
A motion was offered by Gary Callihan, second by Irma Clines and unanimously carried to adopt
revised 2018 Housing Payment Standards.
A discussion was held on the repeal of an Ordinance on Retiree Health Insurance and an OPEB report required to be prepared showing the present cost of a future liability and whether or not there is any way of keeping the ordinance on the books but placing a moratorium on it for qualified future use.
Melissa Fontenot from Ocean’s Behavioral Hospital was present to discuss services provided and programs offered to this and surrounding communities.
Quentin Hookfin spoke on behalf of Town workers concerning the potential Employee Health Care Increase and Budget cut suggestions, he stated that an increase would be too expensive on employees because those currently making low or minimum wage could not afford to pay an increase and asked the Council when they vote, please remember the workers.
A discussion was held on budget cuts that could potentially increase revenues in the 2018 FYE Budget to make up a still existing deficit of $251,000, after increases in utility rates were put into effect.
With no further items on the agenda a motion was offered by Terrell Hookfin, second by Gary Callihan and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.
Town Clerk – Michelle Anthony Mayor – Irma T. Gordon
Publish in the Kentwood News Ledger on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.