Berwick council tackles ordinances

BERWICK — Ordinances were center stage at the Berwick Town Council meeting Tuesday. The council set drainage fees and millage rates were adopted and two new ordinances were introduced.
Ordinance 684 and Ordinance 685 established the drainage fees and millage rates for the 2017-18 fiscal year introduced at the April 11 council meeting. Ordinance 684 was adopted setting the drainage fees for the next fiscal year at $25 per acre. Ordinance 685 was adopted setting the millage rates to 18.12 mills for the next fiscal year.
Two ordinances, Ordinance 676 and Ordinance 683, were introduced at the city council meeting.
Ordinance 676 was introduced as a way of establishing regulations and standards for wildlife-resistant containers. According to the Ordinance, citizens that are in areas in Berwick that are designated for the use of specified wildlife resistant containers must keep the containers secure at all times.
Also, the use of squirrel, bird or critter feeders will be prohibited in designated areas. Violations of Ordinance 676 will result in a warning on the first offense, a $150-$250 fine and summons on the second offense, and a $250- $1,000 fine for third and subsequent violations.
Mayor Louis Ratcliff stated that the resistant containers are generally paid for by the state, and the only way to get the containers replaced is to have an establish ordinance in place as the one introduced. Ordinance 676 is a replica that St. Mary Parish and the city of Patterson have already adopted.
Ordinance 683 was introduced to establish the docking or mooring fees on designated portions on the town’s public wharves. Council member Duval Arthur stated that as a result of construction on the Morgan City wharf, a lot of people dock their boats on the wharf in Berwick. Arthur said that at the completion of the Morgan City wharf, Morgan City will begin to charge for docking.
In an effort to keep people from occupying Berwick wharf by avoiding the fees to pay to dock in Morgan City, Ordinance 683 was established. According to the ordinance, any vessel with the written approval of the Mayor or his designee shall dock for a daily rate of $25 or a yearly rate of $400 for commercial shrimp vessels.
Any vessel that is allowed to dock must not exceed 75 feet in length, and the owner remains responsible for the condition of his or her vessel.
Both ordinances will be voted on during the June 13 council meeting. For more information, contact the Town of Berwick at 985-384-8858.

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