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ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT
*PUBLIC HEARING*

THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL HEREBY GIVES NOTICE THAT IT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 2016, AT OLD CITY MARKET LOCATED AT 131 W. BELLEVUE STREET, OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA.

THE HEARING IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOLLOWING:

5:15 PM ORDINANCE N0. 2016-010
AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO.: 2016-007; AN ORDINANCE OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH CODE OF ORDINANCES ON JUNKED ITEMS
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 2016-007, Section 8. Exceptions, (c) to read as follows:
(c) Any junked item enclosed by a (wooden) privacy fence measuring the height of 8 foot or higher where junk is not visible.

5:30 PM ORDINANCE NO. 2016-011
AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO.: 2016-002; AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2016 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016.
WHEREAS, the Parish has prepared an operating budget in accordance with LA R.S. 39:1304, the Home Rule Charter and generally accepted accounting principles.
WHEREAS, there has been a change in expenditures and revenues requiring an Amendment to the current operating budget.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
The Budget Ordinance for the fiscal year of 2016 is hereby amended pursuant to the attached detailed estimate of Revenue and Expenditures for the St. Landry Parish Government. All other provisions of said Ordinance shall remain unchanged and having the same full effect of law.

5:45 PM ORDINANCE NO. 2016-012
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017 AND ENDING DECMEBER 31, 2017.
WHEREAS, St. Landry Parish Government is required to prepare a comprehensive budget presenting a complete financial plan for the 2017 fiscal year for the general fund and each special revenue fund, pursuant to LRS 39:1305.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
SECTION 1. The attached detailed estimate of Revenues for Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as an Operating Budget of Revenues for St. Landry Parish Government during the same periods.
SECTION II. The attached estimate of Expenditures by departments for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as a budget of expenditures for St. Landry Parish Government during the same period.
SECTION III. Amounts are available for expenditures only to the extent included within the 2017 budget.

AGENDA
ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016 @ 6:00 P.M.
OLD CITY MARKET, 131 W. BELLEVUE ST.
OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & INVOCATION by Councilman Coby Clavier

III. ROLL CALL

IV. CONDOLENCES

V. PERSONS TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL

VI. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Meeting: Special Meeting:
November 16, 2016 November 22, 2016
November 29, 2016

VII. PARISH PRESIDENT’S REPORT
a) INTRODUCE ORDINANCE NO. 2017-002
An ordinance providing for the abolishment of The First Hospital Service District of the Parishes of St. Landry and St. Martin, State of Louisiana; authorizing the St. Landry Parish President to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Parish of St. Landry and the Parish of St. Martin with respect to the division of the remaining assets of said District; and providing for other matters in connection with the foregoing.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS:
*Items passed through committee.

1. Advertise for two appointments to Fire District No. 2.

2. Advertise for one appointment to Fire District No. 3.

3. Advertise for two appointment to Fire District No. 5.

4. Advertise for three appointments to Fire District No. 6.

5. Advertise for one appointment to St. Landry Parish Waterworks District No. 2(Rural)

6. Advertise for one appointment to St. Landry Agricultural Arena Authority.

7. Advertise for one appointment to St. Landry Parish Waterworks District No. 3. Mr. John Schexnayder has resigned.

8. Vote to reappoint James Keith Richard, Teddy Stelly, Donald Meche, Creighton Dugas and Kenneth Oliver to Ward 3 Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1

9. Advertise for one appointment to the South St. Landry Community Library. Mr. Ronnie Daigle has resigned.

10. Table the adoption of Resolution No. 2016-024. A resolution approving the holding of an election in Fire Protection District No. 2 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to authorize the continuation of a special tax therein.

11. Request administration provide the detailed history on Fund 52.

IX. SPECIAL BUSINESS:
None.

X. ORDINANCES TO BE INTRODUCED:
ORDINANCE NO. 2017-001
An Ordinance to set regular meeting dates for the St. Landry Parish Council Meetings for the year 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month at six o’clock pm and for the Public Works and Administrative/Finance Committees to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at six o’clock pm

Dates for upcoming Council Meetings in 2017 are listed below

Regular Meeting: Committee Meeting:
January 18, 2017 January 4, 2017
February 15, 2017 February 1, 2017
March 15, 2017 March 1, 2017
April 19, 2017 April 5, 2017
May 17, 2017 May 3, 2017
June 21, 2017 June 7, 2017
July 19, 2017 July 5, 2017
August 16, 2017 August 2, 2017
September 20, 2017 September 6, 2017
October 18, 2017 October 4, 2017
November 15, 2017 November 2, 2017
December 20, 2017 December 6, 2017

XI. ORDINANCES TO BE ADOPTED:

• ORDINANCE N0. 2016-010
AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO.: 2016-007; AN ORDINANCE OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH CODE OF ORDINANCES ON JUNKED ITEMS
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 2016-007, Section 8. Exceptions, (c) to read as follows:
(c) Any junked item enclosed by a (wooden) privacy fence measuring the height of 8 foot or higher where junk is not visible.

• ORDINANCE NO. 2016-011
AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE NO.: 2016-002; AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2016 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016.
WHEREAS, the Parish has prepared an operating budget in accordance with LA R.S. 39:1304, the Home Rule Charter and generally accepted accounting principles.
WHEREAS, there has been a change in expenditures and revenues requiring an Amendment to the current operating budget.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
The Budget Ordinance for the fiscal year of 2016 is hereby amended pursuant to the attached detailed estimate of Revenue and Expenditures for the St. Landry Parish Government. All other provisions of said Ordinance shall remain unchanged and having the same full effect of law.

• ORDINANCE NO. 2016-012
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017 AND ENDING DECMEBER 31, 2017.
WHEREAS, St. Landry Parish Government is required to prepare a comprehensive budget presenting a complete financial plan for the 2017 fiscal year for the general fund and each special revenue fund, pursuant to LRS 39:1305.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT, that:
SECTION 1. The attached detailed estimate of Revenues for Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as an Operating Budget of Revenues for St. Landry Parish Government during the same periods.
SECTION II. The attached estimate of Expenditures by departments for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, be and the same is hereby adopted to serve as a budget of expenditures for St. Landry Parish Government during the same period.
SECTION III. Amounts are available for expenditures only to the extent included within the 2017 budget.

XII. RESOLUTIONS TO BE ADOPTED:
• Resolution No. 2016- 024
A resolution approving the holding of an election in Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the "District"), adopted a resolution on December 20, 2016, calling a special election in the District on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein; and

WHEREAS, the governing authority of the District has requested that this Parish Council, acting as the governing authority of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, give its consent and authority for the District to hold the aforesaid election, and in the event that the election carries to levy and collect the special tax provided for therein; and

WHEREAS, as required by Article VI, Section 15 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, it is now the desire of this Parish Council to approve the holding of said election and in the event that the election carries, to levy and collect the special tax provided for therein;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Parish Council of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, acting as the governing authority of said Parish, that:

SECTION 1. In compliance with the provisions of Article VI, Section 15 of the constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and in accordance with the request of the Board of Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana, this Parish Council hereby approves the holding of an election in the District, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at which election there will be submitted the following proposition, to-wit:

PROPOSITION
(MILLAGE)

Shall Fire Protection District No. 3 of the Parish of St. Landry, State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a special tax of ten (10) mills on all property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $1,611,500 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2017 and ending with the year 2026, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection facilities and equipment in and for the District, including the cost of obtaining water for fire protection purposes?¬

SECTION 2. In the event the election carries, this Parish Council does hereby further consent to and authorize the District to levy and collect the special tax provided for therein.

P U B L I C N O T I C E

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL
*COMMITTEE MEETINGS*

THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL HEREBY GIVES NOTICE THAT IT WILL HOLD THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE MEETINGS LISTED BELOW ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016 STARTING AT 6PM AT THE OLD CITY MARKET LOCATED AT 131 W. BELLEVUE STREET, OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA.

TIME MEETING

6:00 P.M. Public Works Committee

Immediately following
Public Works
Administrative Finance Committee

These are important meetings and you are urged to attend.

BY ORDER OF THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL
/s/ Harold Taylor, Chairman

Laycie Alfred, Council Clerk
St. Landry Parish Council
P.O. Drawer 100, Opelousas, LA 70570

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Laycie Alfred at
337-942-6863 describing the assistance that is necessary.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL will hold a SPECIAL MEETING and will be held as stated below:

DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016

TIME: 5:30 PM

LOCATION: OLD CITY MARKET, 131 W. BELLEVUE ST., OPELOUSAS, LA, 70570

City of Opelousas Tourism Presents Lighting of the Village Holiday Event Friday, December 2nd

(Opelousas, LA) – On Friday, December 2nd watch Le Vieux Village come alive with lights for the annual Lighting of the Village scheduled from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at 828 E. Landry Street in Opelousas.

Presented by City of Opelousas, along with support from local businesses and organizations, the official lighting of the village has become a favorite holiday activity for both children and adults. Attendees can watch the historic village illuminate with holiday lights with the official pulling of the switch which will lead up to the arrival of Santa Claus and a host of exciting activities.

Lighting of the Village offers a variety of fun for the little ones, including a petting zoo, train rides, choir music, an obstacle course fun jump, a cupcake decorating station and an ornament making station where kids can design their own holiday ornaments. Special guests for the event include Buzz Lightyear, Queen Elsa, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Elmo and Balloon Man Rick Hessler. And of course, Santa Clause will be on site and holiday photos with Santa will be offered.

The annual Lighting of the Village also includes arts & craft vendors, baby items, handmade jewelry, Christmas specialties, home décor, baked goods, decorative gifts and much more. A variety of food items will also be available for purchase. Le Vieux Village, which a collection of historic buildings from around St. Landry Parish, in itself, also offers visitors a scenic attraction.

This year’s event sponsors Andrepont Printing, American Bank, Kiwanis Club of Opelousas, SLEMCO, St. Landry Bank, St. Landry Homestead, Ventura Foods, CLECO, Our Savior’s Church and Super One Foods. For more information about the event or vendor information, contact Opelousas Tourism at 337-948-5227 or visit www.cityofopelousas.com

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2016

DOWNTOWN OPELOUSAS READY TO SHINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

(Opelousas, LA) - Downtown Opelousas will shine a little brighter this holiday season as 14 live oaks on the Courthouse Square will be fully illuminated with holiday lights. In less than a month, a group of women whose daily walk includes the downtown area, raised enough donations for this year’s Courthouse Lighting Project.

Cynthia Lormand, a member of the walking group and Friends of Opelousas Main Street Committee, said she and others in the group decided to take on the lighting of the oaks in preparation of the city’s 300-year anniversary which will be celebrated in 2020. Other members of the fundraising project include Jeannine Wallace, Kathy Hebert, Susie Glowacki and Alice Morrow.

The tree lighting project also coincides with and serves to enhance the 63-year anniversary of the nativity scene lighting on the Courthouse Square. The nativity scene first made its appearance on the square in the 1940s. In 1953, a special building was made to house the nativity.
The lighting of the nativity and the oak trees will take place on November 26th at 5:00 pm. During the event, there will be a choir and refreshments. Santa will also be on site for pictures from 3 – 5 pm. Attendees can also get a first- hand look of the DECK THE SQUARE Art Exhibit, which will feature decorated oversized ornaments in storefront windows. These original works of art will be designed by aspiring Opelousas student artists.

In addition to the enhancement of the oak trees, new plants in hanging baskets will adorn the downtown area. The hanging baskets were prepped and planted by the Opelousas chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Any business or individual who would like to make a tax- deductible contribution to help with the project, please call Cynthia Lormand at 337-290-0330 or send a donation to the following:
FRIENDS OF MAIN STREET-COURTHOUSE TREE PROJECT
c/o OPELOUSAS MAIN STREET
828 East Landry Street
Opelousas LA 70570

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