City Council address issues, view reports

By Lisa Soileaux ~ Assistant Editor

During Tuesday’s April meeting of Rayne’s City Council, a number of issues were discussed, action taken, and programs reviewed during a lengthly session held at City Hall.

An ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinance of the City of Rayne to provide a new article of the Identity Theft Prevention Program was introduced and passed by the Council.

Under resolutions, four were considered and passed by the Council as follows:

• Adopted a resolution for the Assist Agency concerning Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), providing the City of Rayne as a sponsor of LIHEAP and Weatherization Program in Acadia Parish in time of crisis.

• Adopted a resolution for Mayor Jim Petitjean and the City Council request LADOTD to proceed with the next stages of project development, including survey, design, right-of-way acquisition and construction of the new I-10 at LA 98 (Grand Praiaire Highway). If the remaining funds are acquired ($600,000), the project will be vaulted into the middle of stage two of six including plans and specs for the long-term project.

• Authorized Mayor Jim Petitjean to sign an agreement with the Department of Social Services of Acadia Parish to allow the Rayne Civic Center or other sites of the city to be used as a site for administrating disaster foodstamps when the need arises.

• A motion was approved and accepted by the City Council of a very positive audit report provided by Brupbacher and Associates, Inc. for the 2008 fiscal year. Congratulations were also extended to Bobby Hebert on his 31st audit as Rayne’s City Clerk. Of special note was an increase in the ity’s assets versus liabilities, along with a $4 million 10-year street improvement bond purchases that will be paid up in 2010, a high-end project for the city providing new and improved street surfaces at no cost to the Citizens of Rayne.

A number of demolition projects were brought before the Council by City Inspector Donnie Ousse, with the following actions taken by the Council:

• 408 West Edwards, 45 days to complete repairs.

• 318 West Edwards, 30 days to sell, repair or demolish.

• 316 West Edwards, 30 days to clear or demolish.

• 800 South Adams, noncompliance with city ordinance - case forwarded to City Attorney Larry Richard to fully pursue the problemed property to sue for abatement.

• 610 West Branche, noncompliance with city ordinance - case forwarded to City Attorney Larry Richard to fully pursue the problemed property to sue for abatement.

• Corner of West Branche and Patricia, noncompliance with city ordinance - 30 days to demolish or remove two mobile homes off said property; case forwarded to City Attorney Larry Richard to fully pursue the problemed property to sue for abatement concerning said property.

City engineer Tim Mader presented the following items:

• Pending application for new sidewalks between the four ballparks within the existing loop near Gossen Park was not approved under the Recreational Trails Program. The mayor was authorized to have he application prepared and submitted again.

• Water Well No. 9 passed warranty inspection and now complete.

• Construction planned to begin in May 2009 of a new Backwash Treatment System at the Water Plant.

• Submitted report concerning the rate of subsidence of Rayne and the Acadia Parish area.

• Project 100% complete - culvert crossing Section Street north of West Oak Street, along with realignment of existing culvert across city property between The Boulevard and Section St.

• Council’s approval for mayor to execute contracts for the La. Dept. of Transportation and Development for the restoration and installation of pavement marking within the City of Rayne.

The agenda was ammended for the Council to allow the displosal of a small bucket truck and declare as surplus.

Introduced during the meeting was Miles Boudreaux, the new interim director of the Rayne Chamber of Commence.

Announced by Petitjean was the 14th-straight district award claimed by the City of Rayne for the 2009 Cleanest City Contest. The state contest is slated for Friday, May 1, at 11 a.m.

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