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					                                                          City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana
                                                                 March 25, 2008
                                                                      7:00 p.m.

       There was a legal and regular session of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Louisiana
held this date at the Council’s regular meeting place, the Council Chamber, City Hall Building,
Monroe, Louisiana.

        The Honorable Robert Stevens, Chairman, called the meeting to order. He then asked the
clerk to call the roll.

       There were present: Council members Marx, Katz, Gilmore, Stevens and Johnson.

       There were absent: None

Chairman Robert Stevens announced that a quorum was present and that the Invocation and Pledge of
Allegiance will be lead by Mr. Gilmore.

Mr. Stevens welcomed the concerned citizens who are here observing and thanked them for coming
out. He then recognized the presence of the Mayor and the department heads as well as other city
employees and citizens who have taken time out to be here for the meeting.

Mr. Stevens asked if any council member had any communications or special announcements.

Mr. Johnson was please to say that the 7th Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny that was
conducted on Saturday in the 5th District was a success with over 250 kids along with their parents.
Everyone had a great time and Councilman Gilmore was there.

Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Marx, the minutes of the Legal and Regular Session
of March 11, 2008 and the Legal and Special Session of February 19th, 21st and March 4th, 2008 were
approved as presented.

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Katz and unanimously approved an application by
Austin Little dba Austin’s Bistro, 311 Hudson Ave., Monroe, LA for a new 2008 Class A Alcoholic
Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has
been approved. (Distance Report Cleared, Cert. of Occupancy Cleared)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved an application by
BA & BA dba Foxhole Lounge, 3331 Sterlington Rd., Monroe, LA for a new 2008 Class A Alcoholic
Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has
been approved. (Distance Report Cleared, Cert. of Occupancy Cleared)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Katz and unanimously approved an application by
Prescription Referral Services dba PRS LLC, 2300 Louisville Ave., Monroe, LA for a new 2008
Class B Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records
and Sales Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Order, Cert. of Occupancy Cleared)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Stevens and unanimously approved an application by
Shital H. Patel dba Tobacco & Liquor, 1416 N. 18th Street, Monroe, LA for a new 2008 Class B
Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales
Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Order, Cert. of Occupancy Cleared)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson and unanimously approved a request to set
date and time for a Public Hearing to be held for a Certificate of Convenience to Reginald Kindrick
dba Kindrick Coach Cars LLC, a Limousine Service within the City of Monroe, as recommended by
the Director of Administration. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records. The
vehicle will be inspected by the City once the application is approved by the Council.

(A Public Hearing to be held April 8, 2008 at 6pm during the Pre-Council Meeting for a Certificate of
Convenience to Reginald Kindrick.)



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Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Katz and unanimously approved an application by
Sookhan Dhilion dba Now & Save #15, 701 Sterlington Rd., Monroe, LA for a new 2008 Class B
Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales
Tax has been approved. (Distance Report Order, Cert. of Occupancy Cleared) (Upon motion of Mr.
Marx, seconded by Mr. Gilmore and unanimously approved this item was added to the agenda during
Pre-Council.)

Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Gilmore a request to appeal the Planning Commission
decision denying Faith Tabernacle Church’s request for utilization of 1905 Auburn Avenue, Monroe,
LA was unanimously passed over until May 13, 2008. (The Public Hearing was held December 11,
2007.)

Resolution No. 5219 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Marx was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution appointing two new members to the Capital Infrastructure Commission Dr. Gene Tarver
and Mr. Joseph Miller and further providing with respect thereto.

Resolution No. 5220 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Katz was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution of the City of Monroe approving the application for grant funds from the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Mr. Gilmore wanted to know if the City has received this grant or is it just for an application.

Mr. Rod Guy, Grant Division, explained that this is just an application.

Mr. Gilmore noted that this says to build a boat dock and ramp on the Ouachita River and he wanted
to know what location.

Mr. Guy explained on the river where ever the Council chooses and he further noted that DEDD is
working with him on this and they are looking at behind Howard Griffin. The Council will choose a
definite location.

Mr. Gilmore noted that the application says $450,000 with a 50/50 match and if approved where will
City’s match come from.

Mr. Guy explained that DEDD has a minimum of $250,000 of Capital Outlay that they can match to
this, so they can match a 50/50 split on this, which is $225,000.

Mr. Katz wanted to know who did the estimate for this project, the cost and talked to contractors to
verify this.

Mr. Guy explained that he did talk to contractors and did the estimate. The contractor has a boat dock
contractor that does these kinds of projects and he gave Mr. Guy the cost estimate on the breakdown
of what each part of the facility would cost.

Mr. Katz asked Mr. Guy if he was satisfied that the City’s expenses are sufficient to do the work.

Mr. Guy replied yes.

Resolution No. 5221 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr.
Gilmore was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution granting an exception to the Open Container Ordinance to the Northeast Louisiana Arts
Council pursuant to Monroe City Code Sec. 12-231 D. (Open Container Ordinance), and further
providing with respect thereto.

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson a Resolution of the Monroe City Council and
the Mayor urging the United States congress to implement the Homeowners and Bank Protection



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Action of 2007 was unanimously rejected and failed from lack of votes. (Mr. Marx, Mr. Katz and Mr.
Gilmore voted against this action.)


Resolution No. 5222 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution of the City of Monroe approving the application for grant funds from the Department of
Culture Recreation and Tourism/Office of State Parks, the Land Water Conservation Fund.

Resolution No. 5223 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Johnson and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Gilmore was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution accepting the bid of Ouachita Builders Inc. in the amount of $58,950.00 for the
construction of a new metal roof and trusses on the Forsythe Avenue Fire Station #6 and further
authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a contract for said work.

Resolution No. 5224 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Change Order No. One (1) to Contract
044-2 between the City of Monroe and D & J Construction, Co., in the amount of a $13,388.35
increase in the contract amount of said project and further providing with respect thereto.

Resolution No. 5225 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a contract with Denmon
Engineering for Engineering Services, for the preparation of plans and specifications for various
sidewalk and lighting improvements to Louisville Avenue between Riverside Drive and North 6th
Streets, and further providing with respect thereto.

Resolution No. 5226 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, to enter into and execute an agreement by and between the
City of Monroe and Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. for grant and project administration,
scoping and amending the City of Monroe’s Hazard Mitigation Plan as per the terms of the Louisiana
Planning Pilot Grant Program Application, and further providing with respect thereto.

Resolution No. 5227 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Marx and on his motion seconded by Mr.
Katz was unanimously approved and adopted.

Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Change Order No. Two (2) to the Forsythe
Park Pro Shop and Restroom Project between the City of Monroe and Ray Anding Construction Inc.,
for an increase of $550.00 of said project.

Upon motion of Mr. Katz, seconded by Mr. Gilmore an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo to
enter into an Intergovernmental Construction, Use and Maintenance Agreement with respect to the
Interstate 20 Frontage Road east and further providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed
and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be
offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being
offered for final adoption thereto. (Admin.)

Mr. Johnson noted some date typos in the agreement that need to be addressed; he further noted that
in the second to last page of the agreement it states “it shall finally be understood and agreed that
upon that if it is determined, this agreement with DOTD will assume ownership and or maintenance
of the roadway etc”. Mr. Johnson’s question after that; is ownership and maintenance of the roadway
from the point of the project initiation until its conclusion or the entire frontage road.

Mrs. Summersgill noted that she would think where the project starts, but she further explained that
this is an agreement that’s already been accepted. The City is already into this agreement and that the


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project is on going. When this was initially submitted the City was asked to hold up on it because
there were some problems with something from the State; and that is why it was not submitted to you
earlier. Mrs. Summersgill further noted that certain parts of that frontage road are parish roads.

Mr. Johnson questioned if that would only cover the addition and not cover the pre existing roadway;
just the roadway that’s covered under this agreement from that point forward to the race track. Mr.
Johnson further noted the project costing $2.6 million plus the City’s contributions etc.

Mr. Barnes explained that the cost would still be in that range.

Mr. Johnson noted this is to build 1.4 or 7 miles of roadway at $2.7 million.

Mr. Barnes added plus the bridge.

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo to
enter into an agreement with the Louisiana State Police Troop F Headquarter on La. Hwy. 594 for the
acceptance of sewer effluent and further providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and
placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered
for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered
for final adoption thereto. (Admin.)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson an Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo to
enter into a lease with Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation, Inc., for golf course mowing equipment and
further providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City
Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is
open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption
thereto. (Comm. Affairs)

Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Gilmore an Ordinance amending section 4-24 of
chapter 4 of the City of Monroe Code, Entitled “Alcoholic Beverages” and further providing with
respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in
her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the
public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption thereto. (Legal)

Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Gilmore an Ordinance accepting the donation of a
parcel of real estate into the City of Monroe from the Brentwood Apartments Partnership, and, further
providing with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and
will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and is open to the
inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption thereto. (Legal)

Mr. Marx noted that to his understanding there is a lift station on this piece of property and that the
City might as well own it.

Mrs. Summersgill replied right and added they have made substantial repairs to it and they have
wanted to bring it into the City for some time.

Mr. Katz noted that he didn’t know if that lift station has a monitor on it that feeds back to the sewer
station to know when there is a problem; and if you don’t when you loose power the sewer backs up
and it is drained into the woods. There have been some violations and Mr. Katz wanted to make sure
that there is some type of monitoring system if power is lost.

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Johnson an Ordinance authorizing the City of Monroe
to sell to Pat and Lana Hezekiah all rights, title and interest that the City may have acquired to Lot 16,
Square 72, Unit 11, Booker T. Washington Addition, Monroe, Louisiana, by adjudication at tax sale
dated July 18, 1996, and further with respect thereto was introduced, discussed and placed on file
with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final
adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final
adoption thereto. (Legal)

Upon motion of Mr. Gilmore, seconded by Mr. Marx an Ordinance adopting a Capital Improvements
Program for the City of Monroe and providing for a detailed statement of the contents for a five (5)
year period from May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2013 was introduced, discussed and placed on file with the


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City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final adoption and
is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final adoption
thereto. (Admin.)

Upon motion of Mr. Marx, seconded by Mr. Johnson an Ordinance amending and adjusting the City
of Monroe Operating Budget for the fiscal year 2007-2008 was introduced, discussed and placed on
file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it will be offered for final
adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior to being offered for final
adoption thereto. (Admin.)

Upon motion of Mr. Marx, seconded by Mr. Katz an Ordinance adopting a Budget of Revenues and
providing for an estimate of items and expenditures for the fiscal year 2008-2009 was introduced,
discussed and placed on file with the City Clerk and will remain in her office in the form in which it
will be offered for final adoption and is open to the inspection of the public as the law requires prior
to being offered for final adoption thereto. (Admin.)

Ordinance No. 10,791 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Katz, was unanimously approved and adopted.

The Chairman opened the Public Hearing and seeing no one come forward the hearing was declared
closed.

Ordinance revoking Mount Zion Street from the south right-of-way line of the Arkansas, Louisiana,
and Mississippi Railroad to the north right-of-way line of Flynn Street and further providing with
respect thereto.

Ordinance No. 10,792 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson, was approved and adopted. (Mr. Marx and Mr. Katz voted against the action.)

The Chairman opened the Public Hearing and seeing no one come forward the hearing was declared
closed.

Ordinance amending Chapter 10.5-23(H) of the City of Monroe Code pertaining to the location of
Electronic Video Bingo Operations, and further providing with respect thereto.

Questions: Mr. Gilmore noted that in view of the one license out there and the person who has
obtained a premise in which to operate, but has not began operating; he wanted to make this
ordinance to where if it is passed to be effective beginning the fiscal year May 1st. This will give 6
weeks more or less to get busy and Mr. Gilmore motioned to adopt the ordinance.

Mr. Johnson noted that if by May 1st they are not operational he would assume they would be
governed by this act should the Council pass it tonight; which would mean they would have to
comply with the 1 mile radius.

Mr. Gilmore replied that is correct.

Ordinance No. 10,793 was offered for final adoption by Mr. Gilmore and on his motion seconded by
Mr. Johnson, was unanimously approved and adopted.

The Chairman opened the Public Hearing.

Mrs. Gloria Walker, 2912 Georgia Street, Monroe, LA came forward and wanted to know if the City
already assists with the Booker T. Community and if it comes under the Housing Authority any kind
of way.

Mayor Mayo explained that initially a contribution through Planning and Urban Development by way
of the Community Development Block Grant.

Seeing no one else come forward the hearing was declared closed.




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Ordinance authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with
the Booker T. Community Outreach Program to assist with providing services for the low to
moderate income elderly and further providing with respect thereto.


Chairman Stevens announced that the Council had concluded the regular portion of the agenda, and
was now at the Point of Citizens Participation. He then asked if anyone had any comments/questions.

There was no one present wishing to speak during this time.

There being no further business to come before the council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.,
upon motion of Mr. Johnson, and seconded by Mr. Gilmore.


Robert Stevens
Chairman

Carolus S. Riley
Council Clerk


For extended details on the council meeting please call the Council Clerk Monday-Friday at 318-329-
2252 to schedule an appointment to listen to the minute tape.




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