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									                                             OFFICIAL MINUTES OF

                                 CITY OF GRETNA
                                                                         Gretna, LA
                                                                                   Wednesday, May 14, 2008
       The Mayor and City Council of the City of Gretna met this day on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at
5:30 p.m., in regular session with the following members present: Mayor Ronnie C. Harris; Council
Members: Raylyn R. Beevers, Belinda C. Constant, Vincent E. Cox III and Wayne A. Rau.
        Absent: Jonathan C. Bolar
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       Notice of the meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Gretna, scheduled for
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 was published in the Thursday, April 24, 2008 edition of the Gretna Times-
Picayune and posted on the Gretna City Hall bulletin board.
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        Apostle Reggie Wilson, Facilitating Pastor of Kingdom Ministries offered a prayer after the roll
call and thereafter the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America was recited.
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         Mrs. Marla Jean Clinesmith addressed the Mayor and City Council and provided a presentation on the
recent Outreach Event called the Winning Our World (WOW) Jam held in March 2008 at the Rugby Field in
Gretna City Park. This event was one of five WOW JAMS held in the metropolitan area. The founders were
Stephen and Linda Tavani who had held WOW Jams events in California and throughout the United States for
the past nineteen years. The strategy of a WOW JAM was to mobilize volunteers, churches, businesses, and
community organizations to help host a party for the community providing free barbecue, music, games and
prizes. In addition, the event’s mission was to reach the socially and financially oppressed residents of the city
and love them in practical ways such as providing them with free groceries, free haircuts, children bicycle
repairs, family photographing, rocking babies to sleep and sharing with the people that God loved them
personally and had a distinct purpose for their lives. Mrs. Clinesmith provided footage of a WOW JAM held
in the City of New Orleans and distributed brochures highlighting the activities of that event held in the City
of Gretna.
        Mrs. Clinesmith stated that WOW had committed to return to the City of Gretna in the spring to
encourage and give hope to the people in the city so that lives could be changed in order to change
communities. In conclusion, she asked the city to partner with the event and then presented a gift to Mayor
Harris on behalf of the city from the WOW Founder, Mr. Stephen Tavani.
         Mayor Harris thanked Mrs. Clinesmith for the presentation and explained that it outlined to city
officials what the Winning Our World (WOW Jam) event entailed. He requested that a three-month notice be
provided to the city prior to scheduling of the event. He believed due to the magnitude of the event advance
notice would be needed by the city to prepare and synchronize all city services required to cover the event.
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        Councilman Bolar entered the meeting at 5:48 p.m.
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       On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS RESOLVED to
approve the March 31, 2008 Special Meeting (Budget Hearing) minutes; the April 2, 2008 Special
Meeting (Budget Hearing) minutes and the April 9, 2008 Regular Meeting minutes, and the same were
unanimously approved.
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        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilwoman Beevers, IT WAS
RESOLVED to amend the May 14, 2008 meeting agenda to a resolution authorizing and directing the
Mayor to execute for and on behalf of the City of Gretna, Louisiana, Change Order No. 5 in an amount
of $386,073.00 for the Jefferson Parish Court House Drainage Project (FP&C Project No. 50-MB5-03B-
02); a resolution amending the Sewer Fund Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2008 to March 31,
2009 to appropriate funds in the amount of $57,000 for the Sewer Rate Study to be performed by URS
Corporation; a resolution reaffirming the City of Gretna’s contract with Weiser Services (Howard A.
Weiser) and recognizing David Alfortish as an assistant to Mr. Weiser with responsibilities for making
burials with the McDonoghville Cemetery; a resolution expressing the City of Gretna’s support of the
Gretna Police Department’s Grant Application to the Louisiana Office of Community Development,
Local Government Assistance Program for a $50,000 grant application for Police Protection Equipment;
an ordinance amending Article VII Noise of the Gretna Code of Ordinances by adding Sec. 42-210 Bulk
Waste Containers and an ordinance amending City of Gretna Ordinance No. 1743, adopted August 6,
1984; Said amendment would regulate unprotected swimming pools and excavations, and the same were
unanimously approved.
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                                           OFFICIAL MINUTES OF

                                CITY OF GRETNA
                                                                       Gretna, LA
                                                                                Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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       Bids were received for the following:

       City Hall and Memorial Arch Hurricane Repairs - Bid Opened April 17, 2008

                               City Hall       Alternate         City Hall   Memorial
       Bidder                  Base Bid        #1 Carpet          Total      Arch Bid         Total Bid
    JaRoy Construction         $269,582        $13,000           $282,582    $10,000         $292,582
    Roof Technologies          $247,538        $ 3,948           $251,486    $33,514         $285,000

       On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, and on the
recommendation of Mr. Michael Chopin, City Engineer, IT WAS RESOLVED to accept the low
responsive bid from Roof Technologies in the total amount of $285,000 for City Hall and Memorial
Arch Hurricane Repairs by the following vote:

       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
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       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilman Rau, IT WAS RESOLVED
to amend the May 14, 2008 agenda to add a presentation by Mr. Edwin Linero of the Rancho Tipico
Restaurant located at 516 Gretna Boulevard, and the same was unanimously approved.

        Mr. Edwin Linero addressed the Mayor and City Council regarding the establishment of his new
business to soon open in the city. He explained that they had been working for six months attempting to open
a restaurant and bar at 516 Gretna Boulevard. Mr. Linero projected the opening date of the restaurant to be
next weekend.

        Councilwoman Beevers stated that she visited the location on Friday and made a visual tour of the
restaurant. She observed that dining tables were set up, the kitchen was set up for food service and the
restaurant had a lounge area. She reported that she advised Mr. Linero that a live entertainment permit would
be needed should live entertainment events be held at the restaurant. Councilwoman Beevers concluded her
comments by welcoming Mr. Linero and his business to the City of Gretna.

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       Historic District Advisory Committee items considered:

       Miss Danika Gorrondona, Building Official reported that the Historic District Advisory
Committee met on May 5, 2008 at 3:00 p.m., and the following historic district applications were
considered: 310 Newton Street for demolition of shed and new construction of a garage, HDAC
recommended favorable approval for demolition of the existing shed and construction of a garage; 435
Huey P. Long for renovations of business, HDAC recommended favorable approval; 208 Lavoisier
Street for replacing windows, HDAC recommended favorable approval with modifications; 504
Monroe Street for demolition of structure, HDAC recommended favorable approval and 1316
Jefferson Street for new construction of a garage and the HDAC recommended favorable approval as
submitted.

        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS RESOLVED
to accept the Historic District Advisory Committee’s favorable recommendations and grant a permits to the
applicants of 310 Newton Street for demolition of shed and new construction of a garage; 435 Huey P. Long
for renovations and 208 Lavoisier Street for replacement of windows, and the same were unanimously
approved.

        On motion by Councilman Bolar and seconded by Councilman Rau, IT WAS RESOLVED to
accept the Historic District Advisory Committee’s favorable recommendations and grant a permits to the
applicants of 504 Monroe Street for demolition of the structure and 1316 Jefferson Street for new
construction of a garage, and the same were unanimously approved.

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                                                                       Gretna, LA
                                                                                 Wednesday, May 14, 2008
       Status report on repairs and proposed Condominium Project - 220 Governor Hall Street
        Councilman Bolar stated that Mayor Harris, the Building Official, the City Attorney and himself met
with Mr. Steve Durkin and his attorney on yesterday regarding the project. As a result of the meeting, the city
would send Mr. Durkin a letter to instruct him on what repairs were required by the city to secure the property
and make it safe. Prior to issuance of a building permit, Mr. Durkin would be required to provide written
correspondence to the city agreeing to satisfy those repairs stipulated by the city. In addition, Mr. Durkin
would be required to submit the proper application to obtain a building permit to include those repairs noted
by the city. Should a building permit be issued to Mr. Durkin it would specifically be to complete the repairs
to the building as promised to the City Council.

         Mayor Harris informed that presently there was no condominium project due to the condition of the
real estate market. He expressed that the city would consider this matter one step at a time. The city would be
instructing Mr. Durkin as to what repairs must be made and Mr. Durkin would submit plans to determine if
they were acceptable to the city.
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       On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilman Bolar, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                 RESOLUTION NO. 2008-046
                   A resolution approving the Louisiana Compliance
                   Questionnaire for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2008.

        WHEREAS, the City of Gretna is required by State Law to conduct a financial audit for the
fiscal year ending March 31, 2008; and

       WHEREAS, in preparation of the audit the City is required to present to its auditors a completed
“Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire” prior to the beginning of the audit.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council, acting as legislative authority
for the City of Gretna, that:
                      The Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for the Fiscal
                      Year ending March 31, 2008 is hereby approved.

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       On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilman Bolar, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                     RESOLUTION NO. 2008-047
                     A resolution amending Resolution No. 2002-093 rescinding
                     Section I, which required all city employees to use at least
                     half of their vacation time granted for the year.
         WHEREAS, the City of Gretna deemed it necessary to institute a new vacation time policy for
all city employees; and

        WHEREAS, the city now recognize that an unfair burden was placed on employees who could
not take their vacation time; and

        WHEREAS, the city desires to rescind Section I of Resolution No. 2002-093 that specified
effective January 1, 2003 all city employees must use at least half of their vacation time granted for the
year or, such time will be lost; and

       WHEREAS, all other provisions of Resolution No. 2002-093 shall remain in effect.

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:
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                                                                Gretna, LA
                                                                          Wednesday, May 14, 2008
                     Resolution No. 2002-093 rescinding Section I, which
                     required all city employees to use at least half of their
                     vacation time granted for the year, is hereby amended.

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       On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilman Rau, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                 RESOLUTION NO. 2008-048
             A resolution authorizing Mayor Ronnie C. Harris to execute a
             Cooperative Agreement for and on behalf of the City of Gretna with the
             Parish of Jefferson for participation in the Community Development
             Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships
             (HOME) Program for the Fiscal Years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

        WHEREAS, the City of Gretna has agreed to “opt in” with Jefferson Parish, who wishes to
participate as an Urban County (Parish) in the Community Development Block Grant Program and the
Home Investment Partnerships Program.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council, acting as legislative authority
for the City of Gretna, that:
            Mayor Ronnie C. Harris is hereby authorized to execute a Cooperative
            Agreement for and on behalf of the City of Gretna with the Parish of
            Jefferson for participation in the Community Development Block Grant
            (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
            Program for the Fiscal Years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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       On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilman Rau, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                        RESOLUTION NO. 2008-049
         A resolution amending Ordinance No. 3662 setting the Legislative Calendar for
         2008, in accordance with Section 2-46. Legislative Calendar of the Gretna Code of
         Ordinances, hereby adding a special meeting date for Wednesday, August 27, 2008
         to review projects for funding through the State Capital Outlay Program.

       WHEREAS, the City of Gretna has an interest in the health, safety and welfare of its citizens;
and

       WHEREAS, the city assess each year the various needs to improve the quality of live and the
maintenance of its major infrastructures to provide the best possible services to its citizens; and

       WHEREAS, over the years the city has submitted projects for funding through the State’s
Capital Outlay Program; and

        WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Council to schedule specific public meetings to discuss and
prioritized projects to be submitted each year to the State for funding through the Capital Outlay
Program.
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:
           The Legislative Calendar for 2008, in accordance with Section 2-46.
           Legislative Calendar of the Gretna Code of Ordinances, is hereby amended
           adding a special meeting date for Wednesday, August 27, 2008 to review
           projects for funding through the State Capital Outlay Program.
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                                                              Gretna, LA
                                                                        Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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       On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilman Cox, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
      Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
      Nays: None
      Absent: None
                                   RESOLUTION NO. 2008-050
             A resolution amending the Fire Protection Budget for the Fiscal Year of
             April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 to appropriate funds in the amount of
             $10,623 for professional fees related to the city’s Fire Rating.

       WHEREAS, in accordance with Gretna Ordinance No. 3009 dated February 7, 1994, the
following budget amendment is presented for approval:

             11-611-2634          Professional Fees           $10,623

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:

             The Fire Protection Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2007 to
             March 31, 2008 to appropriate funds in the amount of $10,623 for
             professional fees related to the city’s Fire Rating, is hereby amended.

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        On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, the following
resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
      Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
      Nays: None
      Absent: None
                                  RESOLUTION NO. 2008-051
        A resolution amending the Fire Protection Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1,
        2008 to March 31, 2009 to appropriate funds in the amount of $15,868 for the
        purchase of a 7’ x 12’ Generator Trailer and a 4” x 10” Fuel Trailer.

       WHEREAS, in accordance with Gretna Ordinance No. 3009 dated February 7, 1994, the
following budget amendment is presented for approval:

             11-611-2783          Equipment                   $15,868

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:

         The Fire Protection Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2008 to March 31,
         2009 to appropriate funds in the amount of $15,868 for the purchase of a 7’ x
         12’ Generator Trailer and a 4” x 10” Fuel Trailer, is hereby amended.

                                            

       On motion by Councilman Bolar and seconded by Councilman Rau, the following resolution
was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                     RESOLUTION NO. 2008-052
               A resolution amending the Recreation Fund and Capital Projects
               Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 to
               transfer funds in the amount of $1,000 from the Recreation Fund to
               the Capital Projects Budget for the Summer Arts Program.

       WHEREAS, in accordance with Gretna Ordinance No. 3009 dated February 7, 1994, the
following budget amendment is presented for approval:
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              14-40-581      Summer Arts Program Fees             <$1,000>
              31-40-581      Summer Arts Program Fees              $1,000

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:
                The Recreation Fund and Capital Projects Budget for the Fiscal
                Year of April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 to transfer funds in the
                amount of $1,000 from the Recreation Fund to the Capital Projects
                Budget for the Summer Arts Program are hereby amended.

                                                

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, the
following resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                   RESOLUTION NO. 2008-053
       A resolution authorizing Mayor Ronnie C. Harris to enter into a Cooperative
       Endeavor Agreement for and on behalf of the City of Gretna with the Parish of
       Jefferson to grant permission to Jefferson Parish to locate and operate a temporary
       library trailer on property owned by the City of Gretna on Willow Drive adjacent to
       the Gretna Library while the library is being renovated. (Parish Council District 1)

       WHEREAS, throughout our rich history, library services have been located in the City of Gretna
and such services have contributed to the overall quality of life that our constituents enjoy; and

        WHEREAS, the City of Gretna residents enjoyed library services provided by the Parish of
Jefferson until Hurricane Katrina damaged the library; and
        WHEREAS, Jefferson Parish desires to continue providing library services in the City of Gretna
until the Gretna Library renovations are completed by locating and operating a temporary library trailer
on city owned property; and

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:
       Mayor Ronnie C. Harris is hereby authorized to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor
       Agreement for and on behalf of the City of Gretna with the Parish of Jefferson to
       grant permission to Jefferson Parish to locate and operate a temporary library
       trailer on property owned by the City of Gretna on Willow Drive adjacent to the
       Gretna Library while the library is being renovated.(Parish Council District 1)
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        On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilwoman Beevers, the following
resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                   RESOLUTION NO. 2008-054
              A resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor to execute for and
              on behalf of the City of Gretna, Louisiana, Change Order No. 5 in an
              amount of $386,073.00 for the Jefferson Parish Court House Drainage
              Project (FP&C Project No. 50-MB5-03B-02).

       WHEREAS, Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC (Contractor) uncovered large concrete
obstructions under Fourth Street during the jacking and boring operations for the installation of new
drainage pipe on Dolhonde Street at the railroad tracks; and

       WHEREAS, the Contractor experienced delays in his construction operations to remove the
concrete obstructions to accommodate the new drainage pipe and casing installation; and


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                                                                  Gretna, LA
                                                                            Wednesday, May 14, 2008
        WHEREAS, the Contractor submitted his final quantities on the project, resulting an adjustment
in the project bid quantities and a net overrun in cost due to other unforeseen conditions and utilities
such as drainage field taps, conflict boxes, exploratory excavations, and sidewalk modifications to meet
ADA requirements; and

        WHEREAS, the project is being funded throughout the State Capital Outlay Program requiring
all change orders to be reviewed by the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control; and

       WHEREAS, the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control has reviewed the change
order and has stated that it is eligible for re-imbursement through the Capital Outlay Program up to the
authorized funding cap; and

         WHEREAS, Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc. has reviewed this change order with the owner and the
Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control and recommended that the work be performed to
facilitate the installation of the drain line; and

       WHEREAS, the City of Gretna has been advised of the State funding limitations and will join
with Jefferson Parish to fund the excess costs over the State’s budget cap.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the City of Gretna, Louisiana,
acting as legislative authority for said City, that:
        The Mayor execute for and on behalf of the City of Gretna, Louisiana, Change
        Order No. 5 for the Jefferson Parish Court House Drainage Project (FP&C
        Project No. 50-MB5-03B-02) in the amount of $386,073.00 and that he be directed
        to have a copy of this resolution recorded with the recorder of Mortgages of the
        Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, as originally filed on July 18, 2007, in
        Mortgage Book Number 4338, Folio 921.
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        On motion by Councilman Rau and seconded by Councilwoman Beevers, the following
resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                    RESOLUTION NO. 2008-055
              A resolution amending the Sewer Fund Budget for the Fiscal Year of
              April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 to appropriate funds in the amount of
              $57,000 for the Sewer Rate Study to be performed by URS Corporation.

       WHEREAS, in accordance with Gretna Ordinance No. 3009 dated February 7, 1994, the
following budget amendment is presented for approval:

              42-801-3644            Sewer Rate Study             $57,000

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:
              The Sewer Fund Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2008 to March
              31, 2009 to appropriate funds in the amount of $57,000 for the Sewer
              Rate Study to be performed by URS Corporation, is hereby amended.

                                               

        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilman Rau, the following
resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                        RESOLUTION NO. 2008-056
        A resolution reaffirming the City of Gretna’s contract with Weiser Services (Howard
        A. Weiser) and recognizing David Alfortish as an assistant to Mr. Weiser with
        responsibilities for making burials with the McDonoghville Cemetery.

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       WHEREAS, the City of Gretna has contracted with Weiser Services (Howard A. Weiser) to
maintain McDonoghville Cemetery; and

       WHEREAS, Weiser Services is responsible for making all burials within the cemetery; and

       WHEREAS, the city recognizes Mr. David Alfortish as an assistant to Mr. Weiser with
responsibility for making burials with McDonoghville Cemetery.

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:

                 The City of Gretna’s contract with Weiser Services (Howard A.
                 Weiser) and recognizing David Alfortish as an assistant to Mr.
                 Weiser with responsibilities for making burials with the
                 McDonoghville Cemetery are hereby reaffirmed and recognized.

                                               

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, the
following resolution was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:
       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                     RESOLUTION NO. 2008-057
           A resolution expressing the City of Gretna’s support of the Gretna Police
           Department’s Grant Application to the Louisiana Office of Community
           Development, Local Government Assistance Program for a $50,000 grant
           application for Police Protection Equipment.

        WHEREAS, the Gretna Police Department in an effort to provide the City with excellent police
protection, seeks additional revenue and resources from outside sources to assist in this effort; and

        WHEREAS, a funding has been located that will enable the purchase of additional police
protection equipment that will aid the department in its crime fighting efforts; and

        WHEREAS, the City along with the Police Department, has received various forms of
assistance from outside sources and has proven fiscal responsibility and capable administration of such
matter; and

        WHEREAS, these additional assets garnered from this successful $50,000 grant application will
benefit the members of the Gretna Police Department and our City as a whole; and

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Gretna, Louisiana, acting as
governing authority of said City that:

           The City of Gretna hereby express support of the Gretna Police
           Department’s Grant Application to the Louisiana Office of Community
           Development, Local Government Assistance Program for a $50,000 grant
           application for Police Protection Equipment.

                                               

        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS
RESOLVED to introduce an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1945 of the City of Gretna, adopted by
the City Council on the 12th day of July 1989, more particularly amending the zoning classification of
Lot B-1, Square 13, Garden Park Subdivision, Gretna, Louisiana, from C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial)
to C-2 (General Commercial), and directing, authorizing and empowering the Code Enforcement
Official to alter and amend the Official Zoning Map of the City of Gretna, and the same was
unanimously approved.

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      On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, IT WAS
RESOLVED to introduce an ordinance approving the resubdivision of Lots 3 and 4, Square 49, Village
of Mechanickham Subdivision, Gretna, Louisiana, INTO Lots 3-A and 4-A, Square 49, Village of
Mechanickham Subdivision, as per the plan of survey and resubdivision by Dufrene Surveying &
Engineering Inc., dated November 21, 2007, and the same was unanimously approved.

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        On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilman Rau, IT WAS RESOLVED to
introduce an ordinance requiring team sport free play participants desiring to use Gretna City Park to
register with and make a trash deposit with recreation department prior to the use of the fields at the
park. Team sport is defined as “any sport or game involving two or more teams wherein twelve or more
individuals participate in the game or sport at one time,” and the same was unanimously approved.

       Councilman Cox requested that the above ordinance be amended prior to adoption to exclude the
leased Rugby field, areas be posted with proper signage and to add fees for free play team sports.

                                                

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS
RESOLVED to introduce an ordinance amending Article VII Noise of the Gretna Code of Ordinances
by adding Sec. 42-210 Bulk Waste Containers, and the same was unanimously approved.

                                                

        On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilman Cox, and unanimously
approved, IT WAS RESOLVED to defer adoption of an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1945 of
the City of Gretna, adopted by the City Council on the 12th day of July 1989, more particularly amending
the zoning classification of Lot B-1, Square 13, Garden Park Subdivision, Gretna, Louisiana, from C-1
(Neighborhood Commercial) to C-2 (General Commercial), and directing, authorizing and
empowering the Code Enforcement Official to alter and amend the Official Zoning Map of the City of
Gretna until next month’s meeting.

                                                

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilman Cox, and unanimously
approved, IT WAS RESOLVED to defer adoption of an ordinance approving the resubdivision of Lots
35, 36, 37 and 38, Square 46, Oakdale Subdivision, City of Gretna, Parish of Jefferson, State of
Louisiana, INTO Lot 36-A, Square 46, Oakdale Subdivision, as per the plan of survey and resubdivision
by Dufrene Surveying & Engineering Inc., dated March 17, 2008 until next month’s meeting.

       Mr. Mike Chopin, City Engineer provided a report on the above ordinance as follows:

       We have reviewed the subject resubdivision request and offer the following observations:
Existing Conditions
The subject property consists of four (4) lots (Existing Lots 35, 36, 37 and 38). The lots are vacant and
have a concrete surfacing.
Proposed Resubdivision
The proposed resubdivision will create one (1) lot of record (Proposed Lot 36-A). This lot will have a
total square footage of 12,500 square feet.
Comments
The proposed resubdivision meets the requirements of the City of Gretna’s Code Ordinances.

       The following residents addressed the Mayor and City Council:

       A Dupas Street resident addressed the Mayor and City Council representing three families living
on Dupas Street. The resident wanted to know what type of industry was proposing to move into their
neighborhood.




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        Mr. Brady Garrity applicant addressed the resident’s comments. He stated it was proposed to
rezone and resubdivide the property to construct a building, which would be a leased. A potential tenant
had bee secured to open a business called “NO BREW ICED COFFEE”. The business process would
consist of filtering cold water over coffee grounds and subsequently poured into bottles and distributed
to grocery stores.

        Mr. Garrity expressed that they were not sure if the resubdivision should move forward should
the rezoning be denied. The reason was that if later they decided to propose another use for the property,
they would be required to wait two (2) years to re-apply.

       The Dupas Street resident expressed that a strip mall had been constructed on Dupas Street and
Whitney Avenue and the residents opposed another business being established in their residential
neighborhood.

       Two Dupas Street residents concurred with the previous resident’s concerns.

        Another Dupas Street resident asked what was the operating hours for the proposed business. The
resident complained that Garrity Construction conducted heavy machinery and industrial work all hours
of the night, which disturbed their small children.

       Mayor Harris expressed to the resident that the area along Whitney Avenue and Dupas Street was
zoned C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial), which permitted businesses and residential dwellings to co-
exist. Mayor Harris questioned whether the proposed business activity would be considered a
manufacturing process or general commercial.

       Mr. Garrity addressed the concerns with respect to Garrity Construction business hours of
operation; he explained that the purpose for the proposed project was because Garrity Construction
would cease utilizing the lot at all hours of the night. The proposed business would begin their
operations at 6:00 a.m., which would only consist of turning on a water valve.

        Mayor Harris pointed out another concern if the property were to be rezoned C-2 (General
Commercial). He emphasized that any business permitted in the C-2 zoning classification could operate
on the property in discussion, which could generate other concerns and traffic problems.

       Mr. Garrity concurred with Mayor Harris comments and expressed that many alternatives were
explored to determine the success of the proposed business at the location in discussion. He asked if it
were possible for the property to maintain its C-1 zoning classification and obtain a conditional use
permit for the proposed business.

       Mayor Harris replied that conditional uses were applied only to business that predated zoning.

       Councilman Bolar suggested that the proposed business owner addressed the Council with a
presentation as to what their business operations would entail at the location. Councilman Bolar also
expressed concerns regarding the traffic on Dupas Street that was affected four years ago due to the
changes of traffic flow in District 4. In addition, he reminded the Council that a traffic study was
performed on Dupas Street and recommended that the results of that study be reviewed prior to
permitting businesses to be established in the area.

      Mr. Garrity advised the Council that he would ask the proposed business owner to attend the next
Council meeting to explain the proposed business’ operations.

     Councilwoman Constant stated that since the property was already zoned C-1 (Neighborhood
Commercial), she expressed that the proposed business would not generate more traffic than any other
commercial business.

       Mr. Garrity pointed out that if an insurance office was to be established there, then they would
generate the traffic because they would always have four to five customers in an out all day and the
proposed business would probably only have two people working.

       Chief Lawson pointed out that under the current zoning classification any other type of business
could be placed there such as a barber/beauty shop or a church, which could create bigger problems than
the proposed business such as traffic congestion and parking concerns for residents on Dupas Street.

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        Councilwoman Beevers stated that she had received several complaints regarding noise coming
from Garrity Construction. She asked Mr. Garrity could anything be done to placate the noise to normal
business hours. She was of the opinion that due to many unanswered questions regarding the proposed
business’ operations such as hours of operations, the form of the coffee product to be used, potential
odor to be released into the atmosphere and a variance. Based on those noted issues she recommended
that the rezoning and resubdivision ordinance requests be deferred until such time that all noted concerns
by the city were addressed by the business owner. In addition, she requested that Mr. Garrity submit a
site plan on the proposed business for review.

       Mayor Harris stated to the residents who expressed opposition to the proposed project that he
was pleased and respected Councilwoman Beevers’ request to defer adoption of the ordinances until
next month.

                                                

       On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilman Rau, the following
ordinance was read and adopted section by section and then as a whole by the following vote:

       Yeas: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Nays: None
       Absent: None
                                      ORDINANCE NO. 3679
                An ordinance as amended approving the resubdivision of Lots 4,
                5, 6, 7, Part of Lots 8, 9 and 10, and Part of formerly 11 th Street,
                Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision, City of Gretna,
                Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, INTO Lots 4A, 6A, 7A
                and 8A, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision as per the
                plan of survey and resubdivision by Dufrene Surveying &
                Engineering Inc., dated April 4, 2008.
                Municipal Address: 201 11th Street & 1000 Governor Hall Street

        WHEREAS, Joseph F. Toomy and Christopher A. Palermo are the owners of Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, Part
of Lots 8, 9 and 10, and Part of formerly 11th Street, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision, City of
Gretna, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana; and

        WHEREAS, aforesaid owner has resubdivided Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, Part of Lots 8, 9 and 10, and Part
of formerly 11th Street, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision, City of Gretna, Parish of Jefferson,
State of Louisiana, INTO Lots 4A, 6A, 7A and 8A, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision as per
the plan of survey and resubdivision of Dufrene Surveying & Engineering Inc., dated April 4, 2008 and
desires approval of same, all in accordance with ordinances relative to same.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Gretna, acting as
legislative authority for said City, that:

        SECTION I: The plan of resubdivision of Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, Part of Lots 8, 9 and 10, and Part of
formerly 11th Street, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision, City of Gretna, Parish of Jefferson,
State of Louisiana, INTO Lots 4A, 6A, 7A and 8A, Square 44, Village of Brooklyn Subdivision as per
the plan of survey and resubdivision of Dufrene Surveying & Engineering Inc., dated April 4, 2008 be
and the same is hereby approved.

        SECTION II: The Mayor of the City of Gretna be and he is hereby authorized, empowered and
directed to sign and execute all acts, plans and documents necessary and proper in the premises to give
full force and effect to this ordinance.

        Provided that a majority of the City of Gretna Council have voted in favor of this ordinance, this
ordinance shall have the full force and effect of law at midnight on the tenth day following the Clerk’s
presentment of the same to the Mayor, in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statutes 33:406(c)(2)
unless the Mayor returns the same, unsigned, to the Clerk during that ten-day period.




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201 11th Street and 1000 Governor Hall Street




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       Mr. Mike Chopin, City Engineer provided a report on the above ordinance as follows:

       We have reviewed the subject resubdivision request and offer the following observations:

Existing Conditions
The subject property consists of four (4) lots (Existing Lots 4, 5, 6 and 7), parts of existing lots 8, 9 and
10 and a part of formerly 11th Street. The structure bearing municipal address 201 11th Street is located
on lots 8 and 9. The structure bearing the municipal address 1000 Governor Hall Street is located on lots
4 and 5, those structures are across current property lines.

Proposed Resubdivision
The proposed resubdivision would create four (4) lots of record (Proposed Lots 4A, 6A, 7A and 8A).
All of these lots would have an area in excess of 5,000 square feet and would clean up the lot lines so
that they are not located under the existing structures.

Comments
The proposed resubdivision meets the requirements of the City of Gretna’s Code Ordinances.

                                                  

         On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilwoman Beevers, IT WAS
RESOLVED that an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1945 of the City of Gretna, adopted by the
City Council on the 12th day of July 1989, more particularly amending the zoning classification of Lot 7,
Square 19, New Mechanickham Subdivision, Gretna, Louisiana, R-1 (Single Family Residential) to C-1
(Neighborhood Commercial), and directing, authorizing and empowering the Code Enforcement Official
to alter and amend the Official Zoning Map of the City of Gretna failed to pass by the following vote:

       Yeas: None
       Nays: Council Members Beevers, Bolar, Constant, Cox and Rau
       Absent: None

       Miss Susan Percle, Zoning Official provided the following report on the above rezoning
ordinance:

          At last month’s meeting of the Mayor and City Council, an ordinance was introduced to rezone Lot 7,
Square 19, New Mechanickham, from R-1; Single Family Residential District to C-1, Neighborhood
Commercial. There currently existed a daycare facility at this location. The entire street frontage along
Derbigny Street was zoned C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) however, this lot extended into the residential
district that fronted Weyer Street.

        The applicant proposed to add another building measuring 50’ x 24’ on the property that would house
classrooms and restroom facilities. This additional square footage (1,200) was being added to this business
without any additional parking spaces. This amount of square footage, per ordinance, would require four (4)
additional parking spaces.

       After last month’s meeting, the area was posted and advertised. Numerous phone calls were received
in opposition to this zoning change.

       Councilwoman Constant reported that she received many phone calls that expressed opposition to
expansion of the daycare business. She expressed that she was not in favor of approving this rezoning request.

       Councilman Rau also reported that he received seven (7) phone calls that expressed opposition to the
rezoning 711 Derbigny Street to expand the existing business.

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        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS
RESOLVED to defer adoption of an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1945 of the City of Gretna,
adopted by the City Council on the 12th day of July 1989, more particularly amending the zoning
classification of Lot 11, Square 7, Brooklyn #2 Subdivision, Gretna, Louisiana, from R-1 (Single Family
Residential) to R-2 (Two-Family Residential), and directing, authorizing and empowering the Code
Enforcement Official to alter and amend the Official Zoning Map of the City of Gretna, and the same
was unanimously approved.

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        Miss Susan Percle, Zoning Official provided an updated report on the occurrences since last
meeting on the above rezoning ordinance request. She informed the Council that the city’s
administration received the title research for the entire block. The city did own two lots in Square 7; one
of the lots abutted the property that the applicant was attempting to rezone.

        She explained that one of the problems encountered with the above rezoning request was that the
lot does not meet the lot size requirements for an R-2 (Two-Family Residential); it’s a substandard lot of
record (3,000 plus square feet). The two lots owned by the city were in excess of the 5,000 square feet
and if the applicant was interested as discussed, the city could resubdivide its property and add the
required amount of footage to the applicant’s property to create a standard lot of record for their
purposes. Thereafter the city would still own a lot of record of 5,700 square feet. This information had
been forwarded to the City Council and City Attorney requesting direction as to how this configuration
could occur. This process would involve a resubdivision as opposed to just the general sale of the two
lots because additional square footage would be added to the adjoining lot. It has been clarified exactly
what lots were owned by the city in that particular square. It must be determine exactly how the city can
accomplish the sale at the direction of the City Attorney.
        Mr. Mark Morgan, City Attorney explained that the city had two options. One option was to vote
on the ordinance as written, move ahead, and rezone it. This action would not be setting a precedent
because the entire area had double dwellings, remaining with the neighborhood norm. If the city chose
not to move in that direction, the path needed would be to resubdivide the lot owned by the city into the
portion as discussed by Miss Percle. Based on the existing law the city would have to place the property
up for public auction; it could not be sold directly to the applicant. He stated that he would research this
matter further to determine if there was a legal remedy to directly sell the portion of property to the
applicant. It was his understanding that based on city ordinances and State Law that any public property
to be sold must be sold at public auction. This matter would be reconsidered once the City Attorney
rendered his opinion based on research of the laws.

                                                 

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, IT WAS
RESOLVED to introduce an ordinance amending City of Gretna Ordinance No. 1743, adopted August
6, 1984; Said amendment would regulate unprotected swimming pools and excavation, and the same
was unanimously approved.

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       Citizens addressing the Mayor and City Council:
        A Lafayette Street resident addressed the Mayor and City Council regarding garbage and trash
violations. The resident complained of not receiving basic services from the Code Enforcement
Department. Violations were called in and the complainant had not received a follow-up on the
complaints. The resident emphasized that they would continue to attend open meeting until Mayor
Harris resolved their complaints promptly.

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       Mr. Mike Chopin, City Engineer provided a status report on current Citywide Projects:

4th Street Extension
A plan in hand meeting was held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 to discuss the plan drawings with the
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). As a result of this meeting, the
LADOTD will begin the review process and provide comments to us to finalize the drawings and
specifications.

Governor Hall Connector (No Change)
The Administration is in the process of having the Phase I – Environmental Assessment done on the
property to be purchased from the railroad. Union Pacific has provided the Administration with a
memorandum of understanding for the purchase of the property and the next step will be the completion
of the abstracts on the various pieces of property to be purchased by Gretna.

Gretna Downtown Drainage (Courthouse Drainage) (No Change)
All work on the project is complete with exception of a few punch list items.

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Gretna Amphitheater
The slope stability analysis is complete and we are in the process of evaluating the outcome of the report
relative to the current drawings. We are currently addressing the comments issued by the Corps of
Engineers on the permit.
Historic Street Lighting (No Change)
All work on this project is complete and we are waiting on a recommendation from the Engineer,
Huseman and Associates, to accept the project.
City Hall Generator (No Change)
The Engineer (Huseman and Associates) has provided 90% complete drawings and specifications for the
project. Until the space utilization plan is complete for both City Hall and the Annex building, the
project will be on hold. This is necessary to ensure that the required electrical room does not conflict
with anticipated office space.
City Hall Space Improvements (No Change)
The Architect (Koch-Wilson) has asked to review the electrical drawings for the generator and will be
making recommendations on the relocation of the planned electrical room required upstairs in the annex.
Water and Sewer Plants – Chlorine Rooms
Based on the adoption of the City of Gretna Budget for the Fiscal Year of April 1, 2008 to March 31,
2009, we will begin to advertise the sewer plant chlorine room. In addition, we will begin the design of
the water plant chlorine room.
Mel Ott Multi-Purpose Center (No Change)
The Architect (Burgdahl and Graves) has been asked to begin the development of the plans and
specifications.
Racetrack Detention Basin (No Change)
In order to begin the design of the basin, additional information is required from the Surveyor (BFM
Corporation). They are in the process of preparing this information and we will begin the design upon
the receipt of the final survey.
New Garden Park Detention Basin
We are addressing in-house comments on the report and will provide a copy to the Administration for
their review in the near future.
New Garden Park Street Lights – Phase II (No Change)
The Electrical Engineer (Huseman and Associates) is in the process of preparing the plans and
specifications based on the discussions they have had with the Administration and Councilmember
Beevers. A number of directions had to be given to the Engineer prior to laying out the streetlights. The
Engineer is in the process of completing the layout and gathering information relative to the existing
topographic features to finalize the street light locations.
Post Office Renovations (No Change)
The Contractor is substantially complete on the construction of the project. The Architect (Koch
Wilson) is developing a punch list for completing the project. Acceptance of the project should occur at
next month’s Council Meeting.
FEMA Repairs to the City Hall Building and the Memorial Arch
Bids were received earlier tonight on this project.

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       Reports by Police Department:

       Chief of Police, Arthur Lawson provided the following report on crime statistics:

      For the period of January 2008 through April 2008, he reported that crime in the City of Gretna
was down by 9%.
                                                 

       Mr. Bobby Black, Fire Chief addressed the Mayor and City Council. He reported that the
Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) had released their findings on the fire protection
insurance rating for the City of Gretna. He was pleased to announce that the City of Gretna would
continue to retain its rating of a Class 2 Classification. The Class 2 rating was an increase from property
insurance initial review of the rating schedule that was released in September 2007, which would have
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placed the city in the Class 3 category. The final tally received was higher than the city’s previous rating
in 2001, which was the highest, received. The return to the Class 2 rating was a direct result of the
combined efforts of the city’s Water Department, Police Communications Department and the David
Crockett Fire Company. Chief Black stated that PIAL perform fire rating every five years; however
sometime they do random ratings and choose areas to be reevaluated.

        Mayor Harris expressed thanks to the Fire Company and the City Council for allowing the
Administration to contract a consultant to help with the many issues brought into focus regarding the
city’s water deliverability and communications department. He stated that for the city to achieve an
83.18 score was a great achievement through team effort.

       Chief Black also informed the Council of the city’s most recent fire apparatuses purchase. He
thanked Mayor Harris and the City Council for their assistance and the citizens of Gretna for their
continued support provided to the David Fire Crockett Company.

                                                    

          Miss Danika Gorrondona, Building Official/Regulatory provided the following departmental
report:
                                     Department of Building and Regulatory
                                           For the Fiscal Year 2008-2009
                  Building Permit Statistics:
                                             2008-2009     Budget     2007-2008       2006-2007
                  Revenue Analysis              April        April        April         April
                  Permit Fees                  $8,799       $4,167      $2,080          $1,856
                               % Increase                    111%         323%          374%
                  Plumbing Fees                $1,095       $1,657      $1,690           $272
                               % Increase                    -34%         -35%          303%
                  Electrical Fees              $3,311       $3,333      $2,698           $814
                               % Increase                     -1%          23%          307%
                  Revenue                     $13,205       $9,157      $6,471          $2,942
                               % Increase                     44%         104%          349%
                              Amt Increase                  $4,048      $6,733         $10,263
                 Regulatory and Building Statistics:
                                             2008-2009     Budget     2007-2008
                  Expense Analysis              April        April        April
                  Grass Cutting Cost           $3,985       $4,167      $2,540
                               % Increase                     -4%          57%
                  Demo & Securing Cost                     $10,417      $9,600
                               % Increase                   -100%        -100%

                 Other Issues:
                 Total number of residents that visited the Department was 258
                 Total number of permits issues equaled 62
                 Electrical Licenses Apr-08 Collected $575
                 Plumbing Licenses Apr-08 Collected $720
                 Regulatory wrote 70 Abatement Notices; 65 are in compliance; 5 are pending deadline
                 Regulatory Office calls for month were 113

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          Mr. W. J. LeBlanc, Jr., Blight Coordinator provided a brief report as follows:

          Trailers:

             23 trailers remaining in the City of Gretna,
             14 trailers pending pick up/removal within the next few weeks with monitoring by the
              Regulatory Officer for removal by FEMA.
             6 trailers considered to be validly permitted by the City of Gretna. The trailers were for
              people actively working on their homes. These were also being monitored closely.
             3 trailers were considered illegal trailers and those individuals would be re-cited. These
              trailers are for those individuals that never applied for a building permit for their property and
              show no signs of ever getting one. They have not provided documentation that they were
              applying for money or waiting on grants or loans. The city would take a more aggressive
              position for removal.
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   Damaged buildings:

      10 houses demolished
      23 Notices to Abate sent, allowing 10-days to appeal or remediate the action, which some of the
       folks have appealed. Most properties were being processed by the city’s Curator ad hoc.
      4 building permits issued for repairs to properties.

      Mr. LeBlanc informed that all properties on the original priority list were developed by the
Mayor and the Chief of Police.

       Mayor Harris stated that the city did not have a Board of Adjustments & Appeals meeting
scheduled tonight, however, there would be a meeting in June. He asked if more time was needed before
the properties could be considered by the Board of Adjustments & Appeals.

        Mr. LeBlanc replied that due to the forthcoming Board of Adjustments & Appeals workload, it
would be advisable to consider changing the meeting time to 7:30 p.m. because the Board would be
considering the appeals from the property owners as well. He reported that Community Policing was
actively addressing tall grass, trash and debris.

        Mr. LeBlanc informed the Council that today Mayor Harris, Chief Lawson and himself went to
Baton Rouge. Councilman Templet had a bill drafted to establish the Blighted Properties Revolving
Loan Fund, which was very similar in concept to the Brownfields Property Revolving Loan Fund for
environmental hazard. This bill was greeted with broad base support. Mayor Harris secured the
endorsement by the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA). Several other mayors signed in favor of
the bill. The bill moved favorably out of committee and would go to the House floor; there was still
some work to do, which Mayor Harris would coordinate with Representative Templet regarding
distribution of funds. Conceptually there was a broad base of support for the bill.

        Councilwoman Constant asked where did the city stand with use of Environmental Court in the
blight process and should the Board of Adjustments & Appeals be considering the properties or should
they be handled through the Environmental Court.
       Mr. LeBlanc stated that he would be meeting tomorrow with Miss Debbie Villio and the Parish
Attorney assigned to Environmental Court to discuss the logistics of the process. Thereafter, he would
advise Mayor Harris, Chief Lawson and the Council as to how and if to proceed with blight through the
Parish’s Environmental Court.
        Chief Lawson suggested speaking to Judge Windhorst who expressed the willingness to hear
demolition cases in the Environmental Court, which would relieve the Council and the property owner
of the additional burden through the Board of Adjustments & Appeals process.

       Mayor Harris reminded the Council that fines levied in the Mayor’s Court remained in the city.
He questioned if the Environmental Court fines would remain solely with the Parish. He stressed that the
city must understand the administrative effect of Environmental Court and believed that it was
imperative to have the process clearly defined before a decision was made.

                                               

       Mr. Danny Lasyone, Public Works Director provided the following departmental status report:
       DISTRICT 1
       -Hancock Street from Kepler to Burmaster Streets scheduled to be milled and asphalted the
       second week in June 9, 2008
       -Asphalt repairs completed at Porter and Hancock Streets, 1135 Hancock, LeBoeuf and
        Kepler Streets
       -Installed new catch basins at Solon and Palfrey Streets, Solon and O’Connor Streets, Solon and
       Theard Streets
       -Repaired fence at dead end of Perry Street by canal
       -Various concrete repairs (ongoing)
       -Various utility repairs scheduled
       -Neutral ground maintenance (ongoing)
       -Maintenance on canals (ongoing)
       -Street sweeping maintenance (ongoing)
       -Mucked out ditch on Marchese Street

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       District 2
      -Governor Hall and Huber Canal mucked out (completed)
       -Vactor truck blew under driveways on Perry and Isbell Streets
       -Temporary help and city crew’s cleaned WPA ditches on Perry, Isbell, Madison & Jefferson Sts.
       -Various asphalt repairs completed on First Street by bus depot, Fried and Third Streets
       -Neutral ground maintenance (ongoing)
       -Parking meter maintenance (ongoing)
       -Various concrete repairs (ongoing) by Kass Bros.
       -Radio repeater building installed at Public Works yard, waiting for installation of radio
       equipment by Tomba Communications & generator being installed by Heritage Electric (ongoing)
       -Street sweeping maintenance (ongoing)
       -Maintenance on canals (completed)
       -Maintenance on drainage system with vactor truck, on the following streets: Americus,
        Monroe Streets and 823 Monroe Street
       -Various concrete repairs completed by Riverwest Construction
       District 3
       -Hero Drive improvement 95% complete
       -Street striping scheduled for Mason Street in curves
       -Grass will be cut and trimmed in preparation for BMX event (ongoing)
       -Various asphalt repairs scheduled
       -Various concrete repairs (ongoing)
       -Various utility repairs (ongoing)
       -Neutral ground maintenance (ongoing)
       -Street sweeping maintenance (ongoing)
       -Maintenance on neutral grounds (ongoing)
       -Maintenance of drainage system with vactor truck, on the following: 23rd St.-Claire Avenue to
       Newton Street; Rose Dr. & 24th Street, 1700 Block of Claire Ave.; 2912 & 2914 Claire Avenue
       -Cut and trimmed the Observatory area
       District 4
       -101 Creagan Avenue concrete repairs are scheduled
       -74 Creagan Avenue repair to drop inlet (ongoing)
       -Various concrete repairs (ongoing)
       -Various utility repairs at the following addresses: 64 Derbes Drive, 97 Creagan Avenue and
        Bruno Street and Creagan Avenue
       -Mel Ott Park recreational improvements (ongoing)
       -Neutral ground maintenance (ongoing)
       -Maintenance on drainage system with vactor truck, on the following streets: Dead end of Calder
       Street, 178-194 Willow Drive, 62-63 Derbes Street and Smith Way Drive and Howard Street
       -Street Sweeping maintenance (ongoing)
       -Street striping scheduled for Creagan Avenue in curves
       -3 drainage culverts under Holiday Inn parking lot (competed)
       Citywide
       -Sign maintenance
       -Drain maintenance
       -Grass cutting
       -WPA ditches cleaning Districts 1 and 2
       -Preparations for Art Walk
       -Preparations BMX event
       -Preparations for Boy Scout event
       -Cut and trimmed Observatory and field for fireworks display
       Councilman Cox commended the Public Works Department for cutting the grass in City Park.

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       Mr. Mike Baudoin, Public Utilities Director provided the departmental status report:
        Gretna Boulevard Water Tower
        Approximately 1-1/2 weeks ago, the water tower on Gretna Boulevard sprung a small leak on the
center column, which resulted in a fine water spray mist. The location of the leak was on a welded seam
and appeared not be critical, but was a nuisance and must be corrected.

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        In order to repair the leak, the tank must be taken out of service and drained. The valves used to
isolate the tank, due to age, were not functioning at 100%. Based on that information the city must go
further into the distribution system, and shut down additional valves. That procedure was more critical,
because of the potential water pressure fluctuations that would occur in the system. To prevent this
action a tentative plan must be developed that would include a new valve application that could be
installed under pressure without any or little disruption of water service. Additional lead-time would be
needed to coordinate this procedure. The repair was scheduled for the weekend of May 23, 2008. Once
the plan was final, residents and businesses in the affected area would be notified of the changes in water
pressure conditions, if additional valve shutoffs near the tank were necessary to complete the repair.
Once the tank was offline, it was expected to be out of service for approximately two weeks for repairs
and inspection.
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       Recreation Superintendent: None
                                                 

        Mr. Rudy DuSaules, Director of Finance provided a brief report regarding Gretna City Hall
security. He reported that there was a full time police officer at the main entrance to City Hall screening
people. The city had advertised for the X-Ray machine and bids would be opened May 29, 2008. In
addition, the police department was cooperating with the city with the installation of the card swipe
system for the doors.

                                                 

        On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, and on the
recommendation of Mayor Harris, IT WAS RESOLVED to appoint Mr. Edward Camnetar, CPA, as the
City of Gretna’s Auditor for the Fiscal Year of 2008-2009, and the same was unanimously approved.

                                                 

      Alcoholic Beverage application for Boozer Friendly, 505 Gretna Boulevard #9, Ronald B.
Coulthard, Applicant
       Councilman Cox asked Mrs. Azalea Roussell, Chief Licensing Officer why were some alcoholic
beverage applications presented to the Council for approval and others were not.
       Mrs. Roussell replied that it was because the location in question had not had an alcoholic
beverage license for many years and the location had been dormant. In addition, there was an existing
bar namely Murphy’s Bar operating in the shopping center. The addition of another bar in the shopping
center would require parking consideration. Based on those facts presented, this application was
presented to the Council for consideration.

       Mr. Ronald Coulthard, applicant addressed the Mayor and Council stating he wanted to place a
bar with pool and ping pong tables. His hours of operation would be from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. All the
other businesses (except bars) in the shopping center closed at 9:00 p.m.

        Councilman Cox stated that the concerns he had, was a restaurant across the street operating a
restaurant/bar and the more successful the business became, the more intrusive the activity would be to
the residential neighborhood. The last bar located in that particular location created parking problems for
residents in the area. Patrons were parking in the park, on neutral ground leaving trash and debris. He
believed permitting another bar in the shopping center would create congestion that would spread into
the Bellevue Subdivision.

      Mayor Harris asked the owner of the shopping center to share his business plans with the
Council, because it appeared that another business of that nature would place the city and his tenants in
an awkward position.

       Mr. Al Gomez, property owner responded that they had been trying to rent that particular suite as
a bar. Many applicants were declined because they wanted to open up a nightclub. The last applicant
declined tried to open a nightclub, because the management was misled by the real estate agent, who told
them that the proposed business would be a nice quiet small bar. He advised that for the last three years
they had attempted to lease the suite as a bar but was unsuccessful due to the city’s decline.


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       Mayor Harris stated that he did not know the difference between a bar and a nightclub, but they
both sold alcohol and people patronized them to have a good time, which defined more problems for the
city.
        Councilman Cox stated that when a nightclub/bar became successful and spilled into the streets
and the business owner advised that they could not control their patrons once they left the business then
that presented a problem for the city. He was uncertain if the area could handle another bar and the
parking congestion it could create.

       Chief Lawson stated that Mr. Gomez operated a good shopping center and the management was
very accommodating and believed that this situation placed the management in a dilemma. He outlined
an example in District 1, where there was a small neighborhood bar on Porter Street, which had become
successful and was creating parking problems in the neighborhood. Chief Lawson cautioned the Council
to be mindful of permitting a bar at that location based on the discussion.

        Councilman Rau suggested to the applicant operator of Murphy’s Bar, to combine that bar to the
location in question to make a bigger Murphy’s Bar instead of operating two separate bars in the same
shopping center.

       Councilwoman Constant stated that Councilman Rau’s suggestion was a good idea, because it
could be more conducive to rent that spot where Murphy’s was currently located to another tenant.

       Miss Susan Percle, Code Enforcement Officer stated that in 1999 the zoning ordinance was
amended, which changed the parking requirements for alcoholic beverage outlets, from one for every
400-square feet, to one parking space per 150-square feet. This amendment mandated greater parking
requirement for alcoholic beverage establishments. In addition, the city’s zoning ordinance did not allow
double counting of parking spaces.

       On motion by Councilwoman Beevers and seconded by Councilman Cox, IT WAS
RESOLVED to deny the Liquor License application for Boozer Friendly, proposed to be located at 505
Gretna Boulevard #9, and the same was unanimously approved.
                                                

     Alcoholic Beverage application for Front Street Station, 714 First Street, Gavin J. Istre,
Managing Member.

        Councilwoman Constant stated that she spoke with Mr. Istre regarding the application. She stated
that she handed out to the Council members a portfolio regarding Mr. Istre’s explanation of the proposed
business. The business would include a full service bar and grill. She highlighted that a full service
kitchen would be operating serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Given the designated
zoning of that location, she believed the proposed business was permitted in the zoning classification.
The location previously housed a bar and grill.

       Mr. Joey Istre, Operations Manager of the Front Street Station addressed the Mayor and City
Council. He stated that he came to the meeting to quiet some concerns and to address the Council with
resident’s parking issue.
        On motion by Councilwoman Constant and seconded by Councilwoman Beevers, IT WAS
RESOLVED to approve a Liquor License permit for Front Street Station (bar and grill) located at 714
First Street, and the same was unanimously approved.

        Mr. Istre stated that they canvassed the one block area because there were residents living in the
area of the proposed business. He advised that the parking meters in the area were unenforceable
because they were broken. There were two designated parking spaces “Residential Parking Only”. He
requested the Council to add two more tenant designated parking spots because there were actually four
tenants living in the area.

       Mayor Harris informed Mr. Istre that the city had ordinances in place to address these types of
concerns; the residents/tenants would have to come to City Hall and fill out an application for such
request.

       Councilwoman Constant asked Mr. Istre to please relay that information to the tenants.


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       Chief Lawson advised that the parking meters in the Downtown area produced revenue and
created problems in the area. Many meters had been reported inoperable and concerns of the Downtown
area not being business friendly had been voiced. He suggested the possibility of eliminating some
meters to make the parking area larger and to change them to longer parking durations.

       Mayor Harris asked the Public Works Department’s director to do a review of the conditions of
the parking meters. He also stated that he would like to discuss the parking of governmental employees
parking at meters with personalized designated parking.

        Councilwoman Constant suggested performing a study on the Downtown parking area and the
size of parking spots.
                                                   

       Councilman Cox invited city officials to the BMX Race Track on Friday and Sunday to enjoy the
scheduled racing competition.
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       Councilman Cox requested for next month’s meeting to have the prospective buyers of the
Malter Site property to make a presentation of their business plans to the City Council.
                                                   <:><:><:>

       In addition, Councilman Cox stated that he received an e-mail request from a constituent. He
asked what would it take the city to set up audio or video screening of the Council meetings. He
requested that the administration research the request and report their findings.
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       Councilman Cox stated that whenever the levee was mowed particularly in the area of the Perry
Street Wharf, the Bike Path was strewn with gravel, which was a hazard to bikers. He showed
photographs of the Bike Path area affected. He requested that the administration contact the agency
responsible for levee grass cutting and advised them to remedy this hazard.

       Mayor Harris stated that he would contact the Levee District and provide them with the
photographs in an effort to remedy this concern.

        Councilman Cox thanked Trudy Scales and Roland Labauve for going to the site on such short
notice to take photographs.
                                                   

      Mr. Bob Scully of the Rugby Club informed the Council that the Rugby Club Team received a
good write up in the Gambit Magazine, which also highlighted the City of Gretna. He stated that the
Rugby Team placed in the top 16th place to represent the city in the National Championship for the
Rugby Bowl.

                                                   

        Councilwoman Constant informed the Council that she met with Mr. Blaine Kern to discuss the
status of the property and the Kerns were given a 60-day deadline. The Kerns expressed an interest in
selling the property after the deadline. She stated that she was attempting to sign an agreement to list the
property. She informed that she would meet again with the Kerns at the end of June prior to the July
Council meeting.
                                                   <:><:><:>

        Councilwoman Constant also informed that Chief Lawson, Deputy Chief Whitmer and herself had
met with representatives of the Westbank Carnival Committee. This committee was formed to discuss the
possibilities of a Westbank unified parade route. As of today the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office expressed to
the committee that the Sheriff’s deputies would not be able to police unincorporated Jefferson Parish on Mardi
Gras Day because their manpower would be deployed on the Eastbank of Jefferson Parish. It was decided that
the 2009 Mardi Gras Season, Carnival Day would remain as it had been with regards to the route. The other
parade was still undecided and another meeting was scheduled for the end of this month. She informed that
by June 2008 there would be more information regarding the Westbank Unified Route for the Westbank
Carnival Committee.
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       Councilwoman Constant informed that she had been working with Mr. Mike Chopin, City
Engineer regarding the possibility of traffic circles, calming devices and traffic controls. She requested
that Mr. Chopin provide a report to the Council at the June meeting.

                                                  <:><:><:>

        Councilwoman Constant stated that she met with Chief Lawson, Major Christiana and Miss
Susan Percle regarding the possibility of a Community Service Program that would be initiated by the
24th Judicial Court through Judges Henry Sullivan and Steve Windhorst. She pointed out that it was
anticipated that the program should be implemented by May 19, 2008. In addition, she reported that
Councilwoman Beevers had been meeting with Miss Darlene Ribando of Second Parish Court in regards
to community service workers as well. She hoped that the city could use Second Parish Court
community service workers also. She concluded and stated that she believed that the Community Service
Program could be an asset to the city due to the shortfall of the city’s labor force.

        Miss Susan Percle, CAO stated that it was discussed at the meeting that May 19, 2008 would be
date to get the paperwork processed, but the individuals would not begin work until May 27. The
program would be operated through the Police Department, which would satisfy the paperwork and the
jobs that had been put on hold such as litter pick up, grass cutting, painting and police department
paperwork. The list of jobs would be given to the police department for assignment and they would work
out of the Public Works Department. The city would have to be very careful on the job assignments
because the community service workers could not be assigned motorized equipment. In addition, Miss
Percle advised that any individual with special skills would be put to use.

     Councilwoman Beevers stated that Judges Cascio and Greffer had expressed an interest in the
Community Service Program for some of those individuals that fit a particular need.

       Chief Lawson stated that he met with the two judges who indicated to him, that they could only
provide 50 community service workers weekly from 24th Judicial Court District.
                                                  

        Councilwoman Beevers welcomed Miss Dianne Lee a recently hired employee and expressed to
her that she looked forward to working with her.

        Mayor Harris also welcomed Miss Dianne Lee. He informed everyone that Miss Lee formerly
worked with the Shreveport City Council. He advised that she would be working in his office for a while
and at tax season; she would transfer to work with the City Clerk/Tax Collector.

                                                  

        Mayor Harris informed the Council that two months ago the Council they adopted a resolution,
sponsored by Councilwoman Constant, requested by the Administration relative to the future of water
borne transportation (ferries). He explained that he had made a presentation to the Regional Planning
Commission on yesterday and they approved the concept of having a meeting between the Parishes, the
City of Gretna and the Crescent City Connection to discuss what was occurring at this time with water
borne transportation. More importantly, the Regional Planning Commission passed a study appropriation
so that a consultant could conduct a study on the future of water-borne transportation for metropolitan
New Orleans. This study would include the city’s concerns with the connection of Canal Street as one of
the city’s request.

        Mayor Harris also informed the Council that at next month’s meeting there would be a resolution
for consideration relative to the implementation of a Cultural District. This would allow the tax-exempt
status for sale of original work of art. The Lieutenant Governor had been going throughout the state
creating such cultural districts and the concept was adopted by the State Legislature in 2007. He stated
that he would like to see the City of Gretna be one of the first districts to be implemented. This would
also entail the ability for buildings to access the Historic Tax Incentive Program. If the city overlay on its
Historic District, it would not provided any added firepower, other than the exception of a Tax Exempt
Status on the sale of work of art.

       Mayor Harris informed the Council of his interest in the World Cultural Economic Forum. He
suggested discussing the possibility of the City of Gretna partnering with the Lieutenant Governor’s
Office. This forum would entail 52 Council Generals from around the world who had association with
New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. The Lieutenant Governor would bring those Council Generals
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together to establish a cultural exchange that could lead to economic development and a better
understanding of the different cultures. He suggested that with the upcoming Gretna Heritage Festival in
October, there could be a possibility that international musical groups could come and participate in
either the Festival or the Concert Series, as well as the World Bazaar that could take place in the City of
Gretna. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office had expressed an interest in discussing with the City of
Gretna what it had to offer. He pointed out that possible grants were involved and believed this could be
great exposure for the City of Gretna.

                                                 <:><:><:>

       Mayor Harris requested the Council to consider resurrecting the pre-Katrina concept regarding
the possibility of establishing housing on blighted properties. He reported he had been in discussion with
the manufacturer of modular homes that were net zero energy. Aspects for the pre-approved designed
homes could be offered to the public, which could speed up the building process on private properties
and be environmentally friendly. In addition, these homes would not have to go before SBC because
they were pre-approved. He believed that these were exciting projects for the city to work on and
wanted to bring it to the Council’s attention.

                                                 

      On motion by Councilman Cox and seconded by Councilwoman Constant, IT WAS
RESOLVED to adjourn the May 14, 2008 City Council regular meeting at 8:05 p.m., and the same was
unanimously approved.

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CITY CLERK                                            MAYOR
CITY OF GRETNA                                        CITY OF GRETNA
STATE OF LOUISIANA                                    STATE OF LOUISIANA




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