Parish council meets Wednesday; budgets ordinances await
Members of the St. Mary Parish Council will meet in regular session Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Items on the agenda include proposed ordinances on the 2013 fiscal year budget and five-year capital outlay plan as well as an increased salary for the council’s clerk, Lisa Morgan.
The budget includes 5 percent across the board pay raises for parish employees.
It projects $36.9 million in revenue and $38.4 million in expenditures. The deficit chips away from the $27.2 million in surplus funds for an end of the year balance of $25.7 million. The ordinance on the council clerk’s salary sets that figure at $23.63 per hour.
A public hearing on the ordinances will be called at 5:45 p.m.
Proposed ordinances to be introduced include servitude agreements with C&A Properties, Inc. and Quintana Marina Camp and Canal Owners Association, Inc., and a declaration of certain surplus property for sale purposes.
Other items on the agenda include:
—Resolutions on a contract renewal revision with Fourrier Consulting Engineering LLC on solid waste services; a change order and notice of substantial completion on the Duhon Boulevard restriping project; a change order on the Cajun Way Road project; an agreement with Archon Information Systems LLC; and preliminary approval to apply to the state Bond Commission to refinance up to $5.15 million in solid waste sales tax bonds.
—Ratification of budget/finance committee approved allocations to various entities from the 2013 fiscal year budget that include $1,000 from the general fund to St. Mary Soil and Water Conservation District; $5,000 from the general to the 16th Judicial District Children and Youth Planning Board; $1,000 from the gaming fund to the Morgan City Power Boat Association for its outboard races in 2013; $5,000 to the Morgan City Police Reserves toward purchase of radios, protection vests and insurance; $20,000 from the general fund to St. Mary Community Action Agency for the purchase of housing on Willow Street in Franklin; $1,500 from the gaming fund to CAA for the Veteran’s Day luncheon in November; $5,000 from the general fund to the Save our Children mentoring program in Franklin; and $15,000 from the general fund to Sager Brown UMCOR for its small housing rehabilitation project.
—A request from the Baldwin Volunteer Fire department for help in completing construction of its new station at the former Baldwin Elementary School. The project is 60 percent complete and still in need of $220,000 to lay concrete driveways and convert classrooms.
The meetings are held on the fifth floor of the parish courthouse at 500 Main St. in Franklin.