SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
MARINGOUIN TOWN HALL
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen met in Public Hearing
with the following members present: Mayor
Maurice Harris, Alderman Sam Watson, Alderwoman Cherise Gougisha, Alderman
Clarence Wiley, Alderman Jerome Martin and Mayor Pro-Tempore Veronica Hill. Also
present were, Police Chief Hosea Anderson, Jacob Waguespack of Faulk &
Winkler, David Colson of PEC and Town Attorney Gerard Morgan.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Harris followed
by a roll call.
Prayer and Pledge was led by Mayor Harris.
A motion was made to amend the Agenda to add Ordinance
for raise of the Police Chief and Town Clerk
By Alderman Watson, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously
approved by the Board.
Audience member questioned the out of control grass at
the location next to her home.
Another complaint was made concerning grass not cut at
the Community Center before their family reunion.
The Public Hearing for the 2020 Budget was opened to the
audience for their comments by a motion from Alderman Watson and seconded by
Alderwoman Gougisha. Motion was
unanimously approved by the Board.
CPA Jacob Waguespack outlined the three changes to Capital
Outlay: $5,000 was added for PD cameras,
$5,000 was added for technology upgrades, and the
appreciation allowance for the gas was reduced.
The amount of lighting for the walking trail and lights
for the street were questioned.
Alderwoman Gougisha requested $25,000.00 be added for
A motion to close the Public Hearing was made by
Alderwoman Gougisha, seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Randy Sexton spoke before the Board outlining
his candidacy for re-election as Assessor.
He advised everyone that Iberville is in good shape this year thanks to
the growing industry. He stated that the
elected officials of Iberville have a good working relationship. He asked everyone for their support.
MINUTES: A motion was made by Alderman Watson, seconded by Alderwoman Hill
and unanimously approved by the Board to approve the minutes from last meeting
of August 12th.
A motion was made by Alderwoman Gougisha to go into Executive
Session with the Fire Chief, motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and
unanimously approved by the Board.
A motion to return from Executive Session was made by
Alderman Watson, seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the
A motion to adopt the 2019-2020 Budget with the increase
of Fire Chief’s salary was made by Alderman Watson, seconded by Alderwoman
Gougisha and unanimously approved by the Board.
A motion was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the
Resolution authorizing the Town of Maringouin and Iberville Parish Council to
prepare and submit a pre-application to the Statewide Flood Control Program for
assistance in the implementation of a project for the purpose of reducing
existing flood damages. Motion was
seconded by Alderman Martin and unanimously approved by the Board.
Attorney Demi Vorise was present as Mr. Vosper’s legal
representation. She advised the Board
that they believed the building was not condemned. Attorney Vorise requested written packet of building’s
condition. It was discussed and decided
that they will proceed with condemning building.
Alderwoman Goughisa made several corrections to the
proposed personnel handbook. A motion
was made by Alderman Watson to adopt the revised handbook. Motion was seconded by Alderman Martin and
approved by all but Alderwoman Goughisa.
A motion was made by Alderman to adopt the Sexual
Harassment Ordinance. Motion was
seconded by Alderwoman Hill and unanimously approved by the Board.
Mr. Waguespack presented the Financial Statements to the
Board for July. He explained all
departments are in budget. Sales taxes
have continued to increase.
David Colson of PEC updated the Board on the pending
projects for the Town. He advised
everyone that the automatic meter project has been completed. He also advised that we did not get our
letter of approval on the Block Grant.
He informed everyone that we can now apply for the LGAP and CWEF grants.
Mayor Harris presented the Board with the old listing of
properties for Ordinance Violations, he asked everyone to complete a new
listing for the next meeting.
Chief Stanley Washington reported 17 calls for the month. He advised everyone that the fire hydrants
are now being serviced. It was discussed
and decided that the Fire Ordinance be revised and adopted at next meeting.
Public Director Lee Butler informed the Board his department is short-handed
and need two more workers. It was
decided that we will advertise to fill these positions
POLICE: Chief Anderson had to leave before his
Hill had nothing new to present to the Board.
PERSONNEL: Alderman Watson informed the Board that we
will hire 2 for the Maintenance Department.
UTILITIES: Alderwoman Gougisha reported the problems
with the meters. She advised everyone
that collections are being made on the high bills.
& DRAINAGE: Alderman Martin advised the Board that the culvert machine
works great. He informed everyone that
Entergy should have lights up by the end of the week.
GROUNDS: It was suggested an updated list be prepared for letters to be
Plans are being made for the Fall Festival, November 1,2
and 3. Also plans are being made for a
Gospel Fest, October 19th and 20th.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business a motion was
made by Alderwoman Goughisa to adjourn.
Motion was seconded by Alderman Watson and unanimously approved by the
Maurice Harris, Mayor Carolyn