Council members take 2nd stab at amending charter
Members of the St. Mary Parish Council will meet in regular session Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Items on the agenda include:
—Introduction of four ordinances amending the Home Rule Charter. The same four ordinances were introduced in 2010 but failed to pass, according to Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange. They all apply to the council and include setting three consecutive term limits regardless of holding single member or at-large seats; a deduction in pay for missing more than three meetings in a year without viable excuses; an increase in single member pay from $450 to $750 a month and at-large pay from $800 to $1,100 a month; and an increase in the parish president’s salary from $12,000 per year to $36,000. The ordinances require passage by two-thirds of the council. If passed by the council the ordinances would be placed on a ballot for voter approval and if passed would go into effect after the following election.
—An appearance by Bill Frey and Kuchonnie Lewis of Progressive Waste Solutions to update the council on efforts to improve garbage collections.
—Introduction of ordinances adopting the Unified Development Code and Zoning Map and declaring certain real property as surplus in the Parish of St. Mary.
—Resolutions on a local service agreement with Morgan City on the use of a dump truck; amendment of the engineering agreement with Miller Engineers & Associates, Inc. on the Franklin Drainage, Yellow Bayou and Hanson Canal Floodgates and levee improvements projects; a purchase agreement with Louisiana Wetlands, LLC; professional service agreements with LJC Planning & Design, LLC on the Atchafalaya Basin Program and at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport; endorsement of participation in the Enterprise Zone Project by LAD Services LLC; and their Project No. 20131311 to participate in the benefits of the Enterprise Zone Program.
The meeting will be held on the fifth floor of the courthouse in Franklin and is open to the public.