Legal counsel to serve as parliamentarian for St. Martinville City Council tonight

ST. MARTINVILLE — The St. Martinville City Council will hold its first meeting with its legal counsel serving as parliamentarian tonight.

At its May 20 meeting, the council voted to have City Legal Counsel Allan Durand serve in the role to bring some order to what have become raucous, argumentative gatherings.

Durand has asked to officially consider adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as the basis for the council’s meetings. He also will present the council with a revised public speaker form to give the council more control over its public comment periods during its meetings.

Durand will also update the council on issues that have arisen in updating electrical service to the Evangeline Mobile Home Park. Park owner Mark Brignac has requested the city reimburse some of his expenses at the park, which also will be discussed.

Mayor Pro Tem Craig Prosper is asking the council to authorize the mayor pro tem to sign documents for actions the council has authorized but the mayor refuses to sign. The issue arose after the council asked for letters to be sent to Zoning Administrator Shedrick Berard and his assistant, Shekinah Hines, to appear before the council to discuss their job duties, possibly in executive session. According to Prosper, Mayor Melinda Mitchell refused to sign the letters.

Under the city’s charter, employees must be notified 24 hours prior to a meeting if the council wishes them to appear.

Prosper also has asked for updates on the city’s time card procedures and public records requests pending to the administration. He also has requested a discussion of extensions given to city electric utility customers who have been given payment extensions over the last six months.

District 1 Councilman Mike Fuselier has requested a discussion of an insurance claim from an accident on Main Street on Feb. 19, when a crew from Lafayette Utilities was called to assist with a power outage in the city.

He also asked to discuss a grass cutting notification that was sent to 220 Church Street as well as consider moving the responsibility for sending those notifications to the St. Martinville Police Department.

Additionally, he is returning to the issue of daily logs for carpenters, mechanics and street grass crews. A discussion of the work logs several weeks ago determined that no logs were being kept or any reports being generated on the work done.

The council also will consider a resolution to allow Mitchell to sign a contract with David Wattigny for a skate park addition at Magnolia Park and approve payment of an invoice for $5,000.

Mitchell has requested the council discuss the hiring of a security guard for City Hall. She also requested a discussion of the city police’s new taser policy, adding a requirement for officers to use the tasers only if the officer’s body camera is functioning.

In other business, the council will discuss:

  • A variance to place a mobile home on the property of Nancy Theriot on North Main Street.
  • A request for a donation for the New Day boys’ summer league basketball program.
  • A zoning variance for Ryan Sonnier.
  • Discussion about the corner of Highway 96 and Highway 347.
  • Installing “slow down” signs at the city limits.
  • A request to use Adam Carlson Park for a Father’s Day party and car show on June 16.
  • Police Chief Ricky Martin is also scheduled to discuss hiring a new reserve officer.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the city council meeting room of the St. Martinville City Hall, 120 New Market St. in St. Martinville.

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