Town of Homer Regular Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, July 13, 2015

In the absence of the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, Councilman Brandon Rich and Town Council of the Town of Homer met in a regular meeting session on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 400 East Main, Homer, LA.

Call to Order
The regular meeting of the Council of the Town of Homer was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Councilman Brandon Rich (Mayor Roy Lewis was absent due to medical reasons) at 6:00 p.m., extending greetings to all citizens, staff and council members present for the meeting. Councilman Willie Knowles offered the Invocation and Councilman Keldron Johnston led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call
On Roll Call, the following members were Present:
Councilman Willie Curry, District 1
Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk, District 2
Councilman Keldron Johnston, District 3
Councilman Brandon Rich, District 4 (serving as Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Roy Lewis)
Councilman Willie Knowles, District 5

Staff Present: City Attorney, Daniel Bays
Police Chief, Russell Mills
Town Clerk, Lori Kirkpatrick
Town Treasurer, Shenovia Harris
James Colvin, Financial Consultant
Public Works Supt, Lee Wells
Kathy Hightower, Guardian Journal

Absent: Mayor Danny Roy Lewis

Adoption of June 8, 2015 Town Council Meeting Minutes
On a motion made by Councilman Willie Knowles, seconded by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk to adopt the minutes of the June 8, 2015 meeting. Motion passed by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

Public Comments:
Mr. Bob Burns – 1430 Pearl St. Homer, LA.- addressed the Council regarding item #6 on meeting agenda- Speed Bumps on Pearl St. Mr. Burns stated that he had spoken with first responders in regards to emergency vehicles having to travel onto Pearl Street and be slowed down by speed bumps that he would like to see in place to deter motorist from traveling that street at such high rates of speed. He was informed by those that he contacted that speed bumps would not interfere with their response time. He asked if there was such an ordinance in place with the town that stated speed bumps should not be placed on the street and if it is a law/ordinance against the speed bumps he would like to see it. Mayor Pro Tem Rich informed Mr. Burns that he knew of no such law but that he would speak with Mayor Lewis and find out what the issue is and will follow up with Mr. Burns.

New Business
1. Notice of Intent to Apply for Financial Assistance -USDA Rural Development for purchase of Police Vehicles and Equipment.
Mayor Pro Tem Rich asked that Police Chief Russell Mills to explain the purpose of the Town applying for financial assistance from USDA Rural Development. Chief Mills explained that the purpose of the application was to provide the Police with much needed vehicles and equipment for the department. Any assistance they can receive from this grant would be a great help. He hopes to hear something in regards to this request for assistance soon.

2. Approve Resolution #15-009 declaring the intention of the Mayor and Board of Selectmen to issue Utility Revenue Bonds, in an amount not to exceed ($2,250,000) for the purpose of constructing and acquiring improvements, extensions and replacements to the combined water and sewer systems of the Town.
On a motion made by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk, seconded by Councilman Willie Knowles to approve Resolution #15-009. Motion passed to adopt this resolution by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

3. Approve Resolution 15-010-A Resolution Adopting Procedures for Procurement with Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Funds Establishing Regulations and Guidelines pertaining to the use of Federal Funds for Procurement.
On a motion made by Councilman Willie Curry, seconded by Councilman Keldron Johnston to approve Resolution #15-010-A. Motion passed to adopt this resolution by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

4. Approve Resolution 15-011-Authorizing the Mayor to Request Administrative Consultant’s Proposal for Services when applying for funding from the LCDBG program to make public facility improvements.
On a motion made by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk, seconded by Councilman Willie Knowles to approve Resolution #15-010-A. Motion passed to adopt this resolution by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

5. Approve Resolution 15-012-Authorizing the Mayor to Request Engineer’s Qualifications Statements when applying for funding from the LCDBG program to make public facility improvements.
On a motion made by Councilman Willie Knowles, seconded by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk to approve Resolution #15-012. Motion passed to adopt this resolution by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0

6. Discuss speed bumps on Pearl St. and Monroe St. – Councilman Willie Curry
Councilman Curry talked to council regarding the excessive speed vehicles travel on Pearl and Monroe St. Speed Bumps are definitely needed to remedy this issue. He stated that the council really needs to consider placing these speed deterrents before some child is seriously injured. He has also researched to see if there are town laws in place as to why they speed bumps cannot be placed there and he has found nothing.

7. Discuss abandoned and dilapidated houses – Councilman Willie Curry
Councilman Curry stated that throughout his district and other districts within the Town there is abundance of old dilapidated and abandoned houses. These houses are not only eyesores but they are being used for illegal activities by hiding stolen goods and drug activity. These houses are not fit for human habitation and should be torn down. Town of Homer has laws on the books and he strongly feels they should be followed regarding abandoned and dilapidated properties.

8. Adoption of amendment of Part II of Code of Ordinance Chapter 7-16~7-45 Articles II in regards to Homer Volunteer Fire Department.
The foregoing amendment of Part II of Code of Ordinance Chapter 7-16~7-45 Articles II in regards to Homer Volunteer Fire Department was read in full by Mayor Pro temp Rich. On a motion made by Councilman Willie Knowles, seconded by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk to adopt the amendment of Part II of Code of Ordinance Chapter 7-16~7-45 Articles II. Motion passed by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

9. Declaration of surplus unit – 1996 Chevrolet Suburban VIN# 3GNEC16R6TG101608- Homer Fire Dept.
On a motion made by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk, seconded by Councilman Willie Knowles to declare the 1996 Chevrolet Suburban VIN# 3GNEC16R6TG101608 – Homer Fire Dept. Minimum bid is set at $1,000.00. Motion passed by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

10. Approve Amendment No. 3 Agreement for American Wastewater, LLC – Resolution #15-013
On a motion made by Councilman Willie Knowles, seconded by Councilman Keldron Johnston to approve Amendment Agreement No .3 for American Wastewater, LLC. Motion passed by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0.

Mayor’s Report

1. Financials – Mr. Colvin reported that the Audit had been completed and the Town is starting to look good financially and it shows improvements every month and is now performing above budget. In spite of dealing with past issues; things are slowly working themselves out.
2. Police – No reports
3. Public Works – Lee Wells, Public Works Supt. reported that over the weekend there was a backwash system failure at the Mayfield Well causing dirt to enter into the water system. Mr. Jerry Shirey with Louisiana Lift Stations came to the site and identified the problem. Public Works department has performed backwashing to clear out the system.

4. Grants – No reports
5. Main Street – Cynthia Steele – Mainstreet Homer has received positive feedback for three grants they have applied for funding. One that is specifically applied for with the Town of Homer will be targeted to assist in stabilizing two historic buildings owned by the Town located within the MainStreet area. Mainstreet Homer is also working with Architect Lester Martin to do an updated survey on all standing structures in the HMS historic district. Last survey was done in 1986. Third grant (2016) is in conjunction with the Claiborne Parish Library and the Smithsonian Institution and Museums on Main. Steele reported on several up­coming events that are being sponsored by Main Street­ Homer including the Tablescapes for Street Scapes Luncheon and Styleshow slated for August 8, 2015 and Great Louisiana Harmonica Festival that will take place on the courthouse lawn again this fall on Saturday,October 17 with many of the great names in harmonica returning to headline the festival.

Adjourn
There being no further business before the Mayor and Board of Selectmen, motion by Councilman Willie Knowles, seconded by Councilwoman Vannessia Kirk, Motion passed by the following vote: Ayes: 4 (Curry, Kirk, Johnston, Knowles). Nays: 0. Out of the Chamber: 0. Absent: 0 Abstentions: 0. meeting was adjourned.

I, LORI KIRKPATRICK, CLERK, TOWN OF HOMER, DO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE CONSTITUTES A TRUE AND CORRECT COPY OF THE MEETING MINUTES HELD BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN OF THE TOWN OF HOMER, THIS July 13, 2015, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, HOMER, LOUISIANA.
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Lori Kirkpatrick
TOWN CLERK, TOWN OF HOMER, HOMER, LA.