St. James Parish Council Meeting Agenda February 7, 2024

Published 3:03 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

AGENDA

ST. JAMES PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Courthouse – 5800 Hwy 44, Convent, LA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2024

6:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING
I. CALL TO ORDER & ROLL CALL
II. PRAYER & PLEDGE
III. MINUTES
1. Approval of the January 17, 2024 regular meeting minutes
IV. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
V. PUBLIC COMMENT on any agenda item requiring a Council vote in accordance with La. R.S. 42:14.
VI. PRESENTATION
1. Presentation of drainage on the East Bank (Louque)
2. Senecca Boudreaux, Update of Special Olympics (Long)
3. Krewe of Mac, Update of Mardi Gras events (Long)
VII. APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS –
1. Resolution affirming reappointments to the District 3 Recreation Board (Louque)
2. Resolution affirming appointments to the District 5 Recreation Board (Jasmin)
3. Resolution appointing members to the St. James Parish Planning Commission (Louque)
4. Resolution affirming the appointments to the St. James Parish Coastal Zone Advisory Board
(Louque)
5. Resolution reappointing Ken Guidry to the Keep St. James Parish Beautiful Board as a
Representative of District 3 (Louque)
6. Resolution reappointing Leo McQueen to the St. James Parish Housing Authority Board
(Louque)
7. Resolution amending the expiration date of members of the St. James Parish Housing
Authority (Louque)
8. Resolution appointing Donald Arbuthnot to the Gramercy Recreation Board of
Commissioners (T Poche)
9. Resolution appointing Heidi Poche to the St. James Parish Economic Development Board as
a Representative of District 1 (T Poche)
10. Resolution reappointing Wilbur Reynaud to the St. James Parish Hospital Board of
Commissioners (Louque)
11. Resolution reappointing Veda Baily to the St. James Parish Library Board (Etienne-Steib)
VIII. OLD BUSINESS
1. Update of drainage study from Forrestal Street to Pool Lane (Nash)
2. Update of Multi-Purpose Building (Etienne-Steib)
IX. NEW BUSINESS
1. Resolution to approve disbursement of payroll numbers 142 and 143 for the month of
February 2024 (Louque)
2. Resolution to approve disbursement of funds to pay pending current invoices and payables
(Louque)
3. Resolution proclaiming the Month of February 2024 as Black History Month in St. James
Parish (Dufresne)
4. Resolution authorizing the Parish President’s Office to advertise for and accept bids for
drainage culverts (Dufresne)
5. Resolution amending the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with South Central Planning and
Development Commission for implementation of the South Central Regional Construction
Code Compliance Program (Dufresne)
6. Resolution authorizing St. James Parish President Peter Dufresne to sign a Cooperative
Endeavor Agreement with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (Dufresne)
7. Resolution authorizing the St. James Parish President to amend an existing professional
services contract with Desire Line LLC for program management services to increase the not
to exceed amount by $205,000 for a total not to exceed contract value of $455,000 to reflect
the $2,945,264.40 increase in the Office of Community Development Resilient Communities
Infrastructure Program Grant award being managed by such program management services
(Dufresne)
8. Resolution authorizing the St. James Parish President to enter into a contract with
Compliance Envirosystems, LLC for storm drain evaluation services (Dufresne)
9. Resolution authorizing the St. James Parish President to sign and execute a professional
services contract with Gulf South Engineering and Testing, Inc. (Dufresne)
10. Resolution authorizing the Parish President to apply for funding from the Louisiana Office of
Community Development, Local Government Assistance Program for two digital fuel
dispensers and pumps (Dufresne)

11. Resolution to authorize the Parish President to apply for funding from the Louisiana Office of
Community Development, Community Water Enrichment Fund Program for funding towards
a variable speed motor drive for the Vacherie Water Plant (Dufresne)
12. Resolution authorizing the St. James Parish President to enter into a contract with Crescent
Engineering and Mapping, LLC for the 2024 Roadway Rehabilitation Program (Dufresne)
13. Resolution authorizing the Parish President and/or the Director of Human Resources to sign
funding applications, supplements, and one-time funding applications for the St. James Parish
Department of Human Resources LIHEAP program funds including appropriate assurances,
agreements, contracts, amendments, and revisions in order for St. James Parish to administer
LIHEAP program funds for FY24 for the contract period of 10/1/23 – 9/30/25 (Dufresne)
14. Resolution authorizing the office of the Parish President to advertise and take bids for meal
trucks for St. James Parish Government (Dufresne)
15. Introduction of Ordinance, an ordinance amending Chapter 82, Article II, Section 82-20 (a)
Membership; Compensation; terms of office (Louque)
16. Introduction of Ordinance, an ordinance amending Section 114 of the St. James Parish Code
of Ordinances to increase water rates for the users of the St. James Parihs Water Districts 1
and 2 (Dufresne)
17. Introduction of Ordinance, an ordinance amending Chapter 114, Article II, Natural Gas, of
the St. James Parish Code of Ordinances to provide for changes in fees charged (Dufresne)
18. Introduction of Ordinance, an ordinance amending Chapter 114, Article III, Water, of the St.
James Parish Code of Ordinances to provide for changes in fees charged (Dufresne)

X. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
XI. COUNCIL MEMBER’S REPORT
XII. MOTION TO ADJOURN

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