Monroe City Council: February 26, 2019 Minutes

Monroe City Council Legal and Regular Session
February 26, 2019
6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers-City Hall
MINUTES

There was a legal and regular session of the City Council of the City of Monroe, Louisiana held this date, February 26, 2019, at the Council’s regular meeting place, 400 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, City Council Chambers/City Hall Building, Monroe, Louisiana.

The Honorable Gretchen Ezernack, Chairwoman, called the meeting to order and asked the Council Clerk, Ms. Carolus Riley to call the roll.

Council members present for roll call: Mrs. Gretchen Ezernack, Ms. Juanita Woods, Mr. Kenneth Wilson.

Council members absent: Mr. Michael Echols, Mr. Eddie Clark.

Chairwoman Ezernack declared a quorum.

The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Mayor Mayo.

COMMUNICATIONS & SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mrs. Ezernack welcomed each one present and asked that all cell phones be silenced and to refrain from having side conversations, as they can be distracting due to the acoustics in the chamber.

1. Ms. Woods welcomed and thanked each one for their attendance; she thanked the citizens of district three for the turnout of the massive cleanup, including Mayor Mayo, Mr. Greg Smith, Ouachita Green; there were so many people that they didn’t have enough grabbers and vests for everyone; she thanked Coach Washington and the Carroll High Football team who showed up in record numbers; she thanked Rev. A. B. Johnson, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church family, Pastor Ricky James, Zion Spring Baptist Church, and Ms. Gospel, of Public Works brought her youth and it was a wonderful event; the next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, the rally point will be at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church; she thanked Creed and Creed, and SEDD for refreshments; she thanked Chief Ellis and the police department for the downward spiral of crime in the city; any loss of life is not good and it is good that the crime rate is down; she acknowledged the Bengal Belles of Neville High School along with Ms. Jessica Smith’s appearance on the Today Show in New York City performing the choppa style dance.

2. Mr. Wilson welcomed and thanked all for attending; he thanked Ms. Golden and engineering for the speed controls on Texas Avenue and South 8th Street going south and look forward to having some on the north of Texas Avenue and South 8th Street. Mr. Wilson stated to the community, to SEDD and for the record, that he has always supported SEDD and have never voted against SEDD; he thanked Mayor Mayo for his text message and others for their calls and he did receive their voicemails; he said one of the things that he has a problem with is introducing something to the public without having public meetings throughout all the districts, particularly districts three, four and five; he said the public and the districts of three, four and five were so nice and kind to us a few months ago to pass a hotel tax; he said speaking as Kenneth Wilson, he thinks that if we are good stewards over the dollars that SEDD already have and the public see that you are good stewards, then you can go back for more, but right now that has not happened and do think they need to back up a little bit and think about the whole entire district, South Monroe; he said the governor was nice and knowing that it is not a new tax and understand it is a tax that is laying dormant; he asked that we should give the people a breather to have the tax off the books and that are now talking about putting it back on the books and we need to give the citizens of South Monroe, as the tax will go toward South Monroe to give them a breather and let’s be good stewards over the money that we have; he said he would be in favor of the Mayor taking the economic development fund and putting a quarter of a million dollars into the budget for five to seven years for SEDD and will support that, but will not support putting another tax and although do know it is not a new tax, but would not support putting a tax on the people until we are good stewards over the money that we have.

3. Mayor Mayo stated he would take a deep swallow with the last comment by Councilman Wilson and do appreciate them, but the bottom line is the economic development fund does not have a quarter of a million dollars in the fund, but do respect his position on this; Mayor Mayo stated concerning the Bengal Belles of Neville High School it is great and anytime you have young people from our community, city that is performing in the manner which they are, it is significant and to get national and international attention is huge and do have a god daughter that’s a part of the Bengal Belles and are very proud and it’s another reason to be Monroe Proud. He stated the State of the City address was outstanding and the crowd, do appreciate the employees and those who attended; he said there would be a series of meetings throughout the city and have identified ten meetings that he will have and are working on the dates, and have had these before with Administration, Council having them in the districts; these meetings will be administrative meetings and council if they are wanting to be there, to have an opportunity to give out information and it will be a listening meeting from constituents, having employees and department heads there to answer any questions.

Mrs. Ezernack stated the State of the City event was held and although the weather was horrendous around the starting time, but the crowd was lively, there were great exhibits from the departments; it was an opportunity to see the departments including fire, police; she asked that the community would try to attend next year; the Council’s budget hearing, a public meeting will be held on March 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers and the public is invited to attend.

Upon a motion of Mr. Wilson and seconded by Ms. Woods, the minutes of the Legal and Regular session of February 12, 2019 were approved unanimously. (There were no public comments).

PRESENTATION: None.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.

PROPOSED CONDEMNATIONS: Public Comment:

1. 518 Hilton Street (D1) (Owners – Joseph C Varino II, et al c/o George Varino; Rountree Law Office; Joseph C. Varino; Varino & Varino Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to remove from the agenda.

Comments: Ms. Robinson stated it was being removed due to an error in the file and it will be brought back as soon as possible; Mr. Jim Rountree stated he represented Mr. Varino and they are trying to straighten out the title and they will pay for the demolition when they get the 3/18th interest. Ms. Robinson asked that he would contact her in the morning.
2. 2918 Seal Street (D3) (Owners – James E. Lawson; OPPJ) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mrs. Ezernack and unanimously approved for property owner to be given 30 days or March 27, 2019, in which to bring the structure into compliance with the code or demolish the structure and clean the lot. (There were no public comments)

Comments: Ms. Robinson said it has been before environmental court and code enforcement has spoken to Ms. Lawson and it is blighted property, has been boarded up and it is breaking apart with a collapsed roof. Ms. Woods asked how can the property owner who doesn’t have funds have it demolished; Ms. Baldwin said a lien would be placed on the property; Ms. Woods asked what happens then if she has other property that she needs to pay property taxes on; Ms. Baldwin said it would not affect that property. Mr. Wilson asked how the property owner could apply for the demolition grant. Ms. Downs said they received funding last week and will work with her to see what they can do and it’s the fiscal year 2018, CDBG and Home money.

ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF BIDS: Public Comment

(a) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Accept the proposal of Tyler Technologies for Imaging Software for the Information Technology Division of the Administration Department Ref#2019-00000047 as recommended by the Director of Administration as meeting the specification for this proposal. Funds will be derived from the MIS Maintenance and Rental Account. The Tax & Revenue Division has confirmed that this bidder is tax compliant. (There were no public comments).

RESOLUTIONS AND MINUTE ENTRIES:

Council: Public Comment: None.

Department of Administration: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Consider an Application by Marquita Whitfield dba Treasure’s Bar & Lounge LLC, 1010 Winnsboro Road, Monroe, LA 71202 for a Renewal 2019 Class A Alcoholic Beverage Permit. The Monroe Police Department has no disqualifying records and Sales Tax has been Cleared, CO-Cleared, Distance Report Cleared. (There were no public comments).

Department of Planning & Urban Development: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7375, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a contract by and between the City of Monroe and BJ Washington Complex in the amount of $56,580.00 from CDBG b-17-mc-22-0005, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Comments: Mr. Wilson thanked Ms. Seletta McClinton for her work and the work of the staff for an outstanding job at BJ Washington.

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7376, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter and execute a memorandum of understanding (contract) by and between the City of Monroe and United Way in the amount of $25,000.00 from CDBG b-18-mc-22-0005, and further providing with respect thereto.

Comments: Mrs. Janet Durden thanked the city for the CDBG funds, and the efforts of United against Homelessness is a community collaborative effort of nonprofits, faith based and governments to address homelessness in Northeast Louisiana. Mrs. Ezernack thanked Ms. Durden and United Way for taking the lead in this effort; Ms. Woods thanked her for the efforts.

(c) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7377, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a change order#1from housing rehabilitation contract by and between the City of Monroe and 1501 South College Avenue (Wilson Enterprise) in the amount of $1,595.00 from CDBG b-16-mc-22-0005-e-409, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(d) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7378, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a change order#1from housing rehabilitation contract by and between the City of Monroe and 1603 South 8th Street (Bright Construction) in the amount of $1,884.00 from CDBG b-16-mc-22-0005-e-409, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(e) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7379, rescinding resolution #7357 authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor to enter in a housing rehabilitation contract by and between the City of Monroe and 4308 White Street (Bright Construction) in the amount of $30,371to from CDBG b-17-mc-22-0005-e-408, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(f) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7380, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute a housing rehabilitation contract by and between the City of Monroe and 4308 White Street (Bright Construction) in the amount of $36,000.00 from CDBG b-16-mc-22-0005-e-405, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Comments: Ms. Woods stated information was sent to her and she received a call from the family; she asked if the family had been notified and if they knew that this was taking place; Ms. Downs said they are fully aware as of November when they initially met with them and they were continuously contacted about the update and progress of where they need to be; Ms. Woods said the family will call her back; Ms. Downs said they can contact their office and they are in constant contact with the homeowners. Mr. Wilson asked in reference to the CDBG funds to United Way, how could other nonprofits apply for the funds; Ms. Downs said they have a pre proposal conference they offer every year, and an ad is placed in the paper and do contact interested nonprofits so that they can apply; Mr. Wilson asked that she send him an email so that he could notify nonprofits. Ms. Woods asked when the process was done; Ms. Downs said the communication to nonprofits are done every fiscal year before receiving funding and last week they received funding for fiscal year 2018, HUD is working a year behind.

(g) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to add to the agenda a Resolution authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to piggyback off of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury for the purchase of health and safety equipment (Four) (4) life Pak 15 V4 monitors) by and between the City of Monroe (The fire Department) and Physio-Control, Inc. in the amount of $156,159.62 from CDBG B-17-MC-22-0005, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to adopt Resolution No. 7381, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to piggyback off of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury for the purchase of health and safety equipment (Four) (4) life Pak 15 V4 monitors by and between the City of Monroe (The fire Department) and Physio-Control, Inc. in the amount of $156,159.62 from CDBG B-17-MC-22-0005, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Comments: Ms. Hill explained the CDBG funds remained from fiscal year 2017 and have been notified from HUD they were still there and are buying the fire department something they need and this equipment is making the fire department compatible with the new ambulance service; Chief Williams explained the equipment was cardiac monitors and they don’t have any currently on their trucks and the monitors will give them the ability to perform to their skill level.

Legal Department: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7382, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Brilliant Efficiencies for Implementation of Services related to the Statewide Energy Efficiency Program and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Mayor’s Office: Public Comment: None.

Department of Public Works: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7383, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute a Professional Services Agreement with LJA Engineering Inc. relating to Storm Water Management Program Implementation Services and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(b) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to add to the agenda a Resolution authorizing James Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute an agreement between the City of Monroe and Eagle Airport Markings, Inc. for the removal of rubber on runway 4/22 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Comments: Mrs. Ezernack asked for an explanation of each add on; Mr. Ron Phillips, Airport Director explained the first item was for removal of rubber on the runway; the second is for restriping the runway; the third is for contracting service to assist with the debt program and the FAA grant applications; the fourth is for extending the secondary runway and will advertise.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7384, authorizing James Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute an agreement between the City of Monroe and Eagle Airport Markings, Inc. for the removal of rubber on runway 4/22 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(c) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to add to the agenda a Resolution authorizing James Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute an agreement between the City of Monroe and Eagle Airport Markings, Inc. for the restriping of runway 4/22 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7385, authorizing James Mayo, Mayor, to enter into and execute an agreement between the City of Monroe and Eagle Airport Markings, Inc. for the restriping of runway 4/22 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(d) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to add to the agenda a Resolution authorizing Monroe Regional Airport to advertise for bids for the professional on-call planning consultant services at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7386, authorizing Monroe Regional Airport to advertise for bids for the professional on-call planning consultant services at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(e) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to add to the agenda a Resolution authorizing Monroe Regional Airport to advertise for the bids of runway construction of runway 14-32 phase 2 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7387, authorizing Monroe Regional Airport to advertise for the bids of runway construction of runway 14-32 phase 2 at the Monroe Regional Airport, and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Department of Community Affairs: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7388, authorizing the acceptance of a donation of a Mobile Library Receptacle from Amelia Campbell and further providing with respect thereto.

Comments: Ms. Amelia Campbell, donor explained her donation was a portable book mobile to be placed in Charles Johnson park to provide free books to the community. Mrs. Ezernack and Council members thanked Ms. Campbell for her generosity.

Police Department: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Consider request from the Monroe Police Department for Council approval to purchase five (5) Ford vehicles off state contract. The State Contract vendor is Courtesy Ford and Bill Hood Ford. The estimated cost of five (5) vehicles and equipment is $111,448.28. Funds for this purchase will be derived from the Police Department Capital Account. (There were no public comments).

Fire Department: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7389, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to apply for and accept a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation on behalf of the Monroe Fire Department for funding to pay for ten (10) complete sets of firefighter personal protective equipment. (There were no public comments).
Engineering Services: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Mrs. Ezernack, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7390, authorizing the Purchasing Manager to advertise for bids on Pargoud Lift Station Force Main Relocation Project. The estimated cost of this project is $253,726.00. The DBE goal is 7.27% and source of funds Capital Infrastructure Funds & DEQ loan funds. (There were no public comments).

(b) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7391, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Change Order No. Two (2) to the City Street Striping Phase III Contract, between the City of Monroe and Stripe-A-Zone, LLC, for an increase in the contract time of thirty (30) days and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

(c) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Adopt Resolution No. 7392, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute Change Order No. One (1) to the Various Bridge Repairs Phase III Contract, between the City of Monroe and C W & W Contractors, Inc., for an increase in the contract amount of $87,036.30 and an increase in the contract time of sixty (60) days and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES: Public Comment: None.

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES FOR SECOND READING AND FINAL ADOPTION
AND SUBJECT TO PUBLIC HEARING: Public Comment:

(a) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,917, adopting and amending the Zoning Map for the City of Monroe, Louisiana to rezone a ±6.3 acre tract of land, more or less, from B-4, Heavy Commercial District to R-4, High Density Multi-Family Residential District, presently located in Ouachita Parish and more particularly described as follows: Lots 1-20, Square 8, Commerce Realty Resubdivision of Square 1, 8 & 9 Roselawn Addition #2. And otherwise known as 1201 Stubbs Avenue – APPLICANT: Prime Time Family (MA 103-19) (P&Z)

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

(b) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,918, authorizing James E. Mayo, Mayor, to execute a Lease Agreement with Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc and the City of Monroe and further providing with respect thereto. (MFD)

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

(c) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,919, declaring an Emergency necessitating immediate repair to the #3 high service motor and pump at the Water Treatment Plant, and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks.)

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

(d) Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,920, declaring the failure of Influent Pump #3 at the Water Pollution Control Center an Emergency necessitating immediate repair and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks.)

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

(e) Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,921, declaring the repairs to the diesel engine at the Hawes Storm Water Station an Emergency necessitating immediate repair and further providing with respect thereto. (Public Wks.)

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

(f) ADD-ON: Upon a motion by Mr. Wilson, second by Ms. Woods and unanimously approved to add to the agenda an Ordinance declaring the break in the 20” water main located at Louberta Street and emergency necessitating immediate repair and further providing with respect thereto. (There were no public comments).

Upon a motion by Ms. Woods, second by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved to Finally adopt Ordinance No. 11,922, declaring the break in the 20” water main located at Louberta Street and emergency necessitating immediate repair and further providing with respect thereto.

Chairwoman Ezernack opened the public hearing and seeing no one come forward, the hearing was declared closed.

Ms. Woods thanked Mr. Benton and his group for responding very timely and working diligently to get the water and pressure restored for the Louberta Street area.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION:

1. Adam Parker, Attorney, works with SEDD and stated he wanted to address and answer any questions there may be about a resolution that was offered on Friday; he thanked the city attorney for their help. He recounted the history of where they were and why the resolution approval was requested from the City Council, stating in 2001 Senator Jones introduced legislation creating the Southside Economic Development District, originally the governing board was the Monroe City Council and it was changed to the Board of Commissioners of SEDD and for a number of years it sat dormant; a few taxes were introduced including the hotel tax as referenced by Councilman Wilson, and it was passed in 2018 and moved on to a sales tax after renewing the clean penny that fell off from the state legislature, fifty five one hundredths of a cents sales tax election was attempted to be called in December and it was withdrawn before consideration by the bond commission and then moved on to the May election because that was the next feasible timeframe; he said approval of the council is not legally required under the statutes and the law creating the district, and it was discussed with the attorney general’s office, the bond commission staff and in doing research on the citizens input and the council is of value; he said their discussions with the state bond commission on last Thursday were they considered the item, recommended that they get approval of the city council to call the election and to say nothing about whether you are for or against the tax, but to simply call the election and allow the voters to decide whether or not they want the additional sales tax for the projects that the district is pursuing; and there is a March 11 ad hoc meeting and there are a number of folks that may yield their balance of time to him for questions and will be happy to keep it short, it’s your prerogative obviously, you’re the council. Mr. Parker stated, they were required to get a city council approval prior to the March 11, 2019 ad hoc meeting and would be added on to the ad hoc meeting and still make the May election date, if get the city council approval and there are only two ways to do it, today if there is a unanimous action by the council to add the resolution to the agenda or if an emergency meeting or special meeting is called by the Mayor. Mr. Adams stated it is an eight year tax and there are a number of items that the district has identified that are based on the comprehensive master plan; it is access to interstate 20, there are some projects associated with that and Charles Theus, Executive Director can speak more about some changes to the conference/community center that the southside is interested in constructing, changes and improvements to pedestrians sidewalk and bridge, the lending program, purchase of land for an entertainment district that the southside is interested in developing; the way that the call of the election is written is fairly broad and it’s designed to give the southside flexibility after community input, if the tax isn’t passed through voters and they decide they don’t want it, then ultimately there will be no revenue stream and there will be no bonds issued to fund some of the projects and this is done intentionally so that if the southside could pursue projects and have some flexibility and consultation with council and it’s community members; he said he wanted to be present as a resource to answer questions council may have and to walk through the procedures they have gone through to get it to this point. Mrs. Ezernack asked if any one had any questions and thanked him.

2. Charles Theus, SEDD, asked everyone who was in support of Southside to stand up; he said he wanted to make sure that you guys understand that we just didn’t do this out of a whim, wanted to make sure and it’s not necessary that we come before you, but out of respect for Brother Kenny and others, Ms. Woods and wanted to make sure that you guys have a say; he said this is the reason he was here the last time and asked if you had any questions; he said he has had public meetings with Ms. Woods and have invited others, but having a delay and are having some public meetings out of respect for Mr. Wilson, who told Ms. Gladys yesterday; he said he want to start having some public meetings and the first one is scheduled and do have a flier designed and will probably give it out because Councilman Wilson’s support is vital and necessary and do respect him and he has voted with them 100 per cent and then if there is anything else, would like to meet with you and talk with you about your concerns because definitely can’t lose Councilman Wilson; and will ask that you reserve your opinion until they start having public meeting and getting the public out and will do as asked and will try to meet everything that has been asked and without delay, thank you.

3. Mr. Charles Jones, (additional time was yielded from Mr. Earl Davis to Mr. Jones), Mr. Jones stated it was the first time anyone has yielded anything to him, and thanked him; he stated, this has been a long time coming and began the process that was mentioned and believe it was back in 2001, to attempt to try to empower the southside of Monroe from an economic development perspective; he said when he was in the Senate, they voted to create the Armand District, voted to create the I-20 District, voted to create all of the economic development districts over the last 30 years and the creation of the Southside Economic Development District was designed to create an opportunity, the nexus of it was to create an opportunity for economic development in the southside of the city and asked that it be supported.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:01 p.m., upon a motion of Ms. Woods and seconded by Mr. Wilson. (There were no public comments)

Mrs. Gretchen Ezernack
Council Chairwoman

Ms. Carolus S. Riley
Council Clerk

Ms. Jacqueline Benjamin
Council Secretary

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