Berwick Council passes slate of ordinances


Berwick Town Council approved five ordinances during their monthly council meeting on Tuesday.

The first ordinance passed was to amend a portion of the zoning map from R-1, single family housing to B-1, highway business.

“This is the portion next to West End Ditch going west toward Patrick Hebert’s house,” Mayor Louis Ratcliff said.

The second ordinance was a minor subdivision extension.

“This is the rear of the Nicolas Street property owners, which is part of the property of Mr. Mike Smith that he purchased,” Ratcliff said.

The third ordinance approved was for changes and amendments to an animal ordinance.

There will be two types of permitting processes. One of the permits will be for large animals including horses, mules, cattle, sheep, hogs, goats and livestock.

“You’ll have to pay a fee. You’ll have to provide a map, you’re going to have to provide notices that he is going to identify all the adjacent owners,” Town Attorney Allen McElroy said.

There is a processing fee of $250 for the permit.

The second type of permit is for small animals, including rabbits, chickens and fowls. Those types of animals will require a permit.

The fourth ordinance passed by the council was to set millage rates for 2011, which will stay the same as in the current fiscal year.

The fifth ordinance approved by the council is to set the drainage fee for 2011, which also will not change.

The council reappointed Berwick Housing Authority board members, including Lilly Rebardi (term will expire Dec. 31), Eunice Cunningham (term will expire, Dec. 31, 2012), Jacki Ackel (term will expire Dec. 31, 2013), Robert Thigpen (term will expire, Dec. 31, 2014) and James Richard (term will expire, Dec. 31, 2015).

In other news from Tuesday’s meeting:

—Council set a budget workshop for July 26 at 6 p.m.

—Approved a parade permit on Aug. 2 for the National Night Out Against Crime.

—Adopted a resolution as part of the TEP Grant process.

—The St. Mary Council on Aging will have a Health and Wellness fair at the Bayou Vista Community Center on July 23. The group will have a Remember 9/11 event on Sept. 11.

—There was an increase in speeding in June 2011 compared to June 2010. Berwick Police Department has increased patrol on River Road, Utah Street and Oregon Street, according to Police Chief James Richard.

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