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D THE TIMES, APRIL 20, 2017 PAGE 8 , Legals FROM PAGE SIX -- SOUTH TANGIPAHOA PARISH PORT COMMISSION TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017- 12:00 NOON MINUTES - REGULAR MEETING President Don Boihem called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at the office of the South Tangipahoa Padsh Port Commission, 163 W. Hickory Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Helen Muller gave the invocation and Commissioner Brumfield, fol- lowed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioners Present: Don Boihem, Chery Brumfield, James Dan- iels II, Ernie Drake III and Lucas Watkins Commissioners Absent: Daryl Ferrara and Win. Joubert Others Present: Patrick Dufresne, Director; Helen Muller, Adm. Sec- retary; Gary LaGrange, Bryan McMahan, The Ponchatoula Times and Don Ellzey, Hammond Daily Star. All visitors were introduced and welcomed. _ It was moved by Commissioner Drake III and seconded by Commis- sion Brumfield that the March Agenda be approved, as presented. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert --- APPROVAL OF MINUTES: It was moved by Commissioner Brumfleld and seconded by Commis- sioner Drake III that the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission adopt the minutes, as presented, of its February 14, 2017. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert TREASURER'S REPORT: Treasurer Watkins presented the Financials for the period ending February 28, 2017. He reported on the Income Statement - reporting that the total Revenues were $30,765.94 total Expenses were $40,968.25 !earing a negative net Income of $10,202.31 o: It was moved by Commissioner Drake III and seconded by Commis- sioner Brumfield that the Commission approve the financials, as present- ed, for the month ending February 28, 2017. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Eerrara and Joubert ~: OLD BUSINESS: :~ 1. DOTD- Port Priority State Project: SPN 578-53-00113 .- Phase It-Floodwall, Lay-down Area & Paving :': a) Resolution rfp Patrick Dufresne, port director, reported that the additional boring, as part of the Bulkhead Phase II for port improvements regarding the Floodwall project, under the Port Construction and Development Priority Program, was completed In addition, the engineer is in the process of ~esearching a load capacity design plan/drawings relative to the Flood- Wall project. An invoice requesting payment was presented for services tendered, by URS/AECOM on that project. Another update will be forth ~oming at the next Commission meeting. : Secretary Drake Ill introduced the resolution relative to request for invoice payment. = It was moved by Commissioner Drake Ill, seconded by Commissioner Brumfield that the Commission accept the services performed by Eustis [Engineering geo technical services and approve Task Order No.. 9, Pay- ment No. 2 from URS Corporation/AECOM relating to Bulkhead Phase 11, on the LA State Project SPN 578-53-0012/H.003600 (322), Port Im- provements at Port Manchac for services rendered January 14, 2017 - February 10, 2017 in the amount of $4,071.00. Motion passed. Call vote: Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert i 2. Prospective Tenant (s) Project Research Update A brief update was provided by the port director, Patrick Dufresne. He reported that the marketing research efforts remains on-going, seeking polymer Pellet manufacturing company to ship their products at the Man- ~hac terminal. In addition, he is also working with Associated Terminals and the CN railroad on a potential prospect regarding a bulk product and/ or Polymer pellet shipments at the terminal. He will keep the Commission [~osted if something develops. : 3. Invoice Payment Approval Treasurer Watkins presented the March, 2017 invoices for the Com- missioners' review and payment approval. ' 1. M&R Resources, LLC Service Rendered (Whse 2 Repairs) Inv. # ~378 Amt. $1,693.78 2. Cashe Coudrain & Sandage -Feb. Services Rendered Matter. # 4623-1 - Inv. # 107560 Amt. $600.00 3. URS- (Service Rendered 111412017 ---2/14/17) Task # 9 Floodwall- invoice #37875667 Amt. $4,071.00 4. Dynamic Specializes Inc. Vegetation Inv. NO. TR-001- Amt. }14,520.00 *5. Ready Power, Inv. # 3674 (FEMA 1603-DR-LA-0079- rfp # 9) Job 161201 Amt. $65,115.00 ** ( To be Paid upon receipt from FEMA) It was moved by Commissioner Drake III and seconded by Commis- Sioner Daniels II that the Commission approve the March invoices for }ayment, as presented, by Treasurer Watkins. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 [:errara and Joubert = 4. Small Vessel Dock Project Update = Since the last meeting the Port director Patrick Dufresne reported that ~e successful bidder for the Small Vessel Dock Project,, Foundation Ma- [erials, Inc., submitted their contract documents and related insurance. The company started the project and measurements were taken for the ~,ood that will be processed/machined by a local cypress firm for the proj- }ct. A slight delay in the project was noted because of tide water levels. 5. FEMA Emergency/Stand-by-Generator Project Update :: a) Resolution rf# #9 b) Resolution rfp-Pile Driving c) Resolu- ~on rfp Entergy : Photographs were forwarded to the Commissioners for their review ~f the progress being made on the Generator project by the contrac- [or, Ready Power, Inc., relative to the FEMA Stand-By Generator project. One of the platform foundations for Building 2 was completed and the contractor's plans are to pour the slab for the platform later in the week. ~k change was requested by the contractor/engineer relative to data on lome pile testing matters regarding load capabilities. The Commission ~vould be required to pay 50% of the additional pile boring cost for the ~roject change. The port director requested/recommended approval to Convert the electrical system from overhead to underground and have Entergy provide their services for the work to be done. : Secretary Drake III introduced Resolution (a) regarding the Stand-By- ~enerator Project : It was moved by Commissioner Drake III seconded by Commission- ~r Brumfield that the Commission approves~authorizes the Request for Payment relative to Invoice 3674 associated with the Standby Genera- tor for the Amount of $65,115.00 for services rendered by Ready Power Construction Company, 4809 Clio St, New Orleans, LA 70125, regarding the Stand-By- Emergency Generators Project. FEMA-1603-Dr-LA-0079 (Amount of Award is $265,500.00.) URS/AECOM Engineering will ex- ecute and coordinate any and all documents pertaining to the requested payment.. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake Ill and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert Secretary Drake III introduced Resolution (b) regarding the additional PDA Testing "' Moved by Commissioner Brumfield, seconded by Commissioner Dan- ~is II that the Commission approves/authorizes the Request for 50% of Payment relative to cost associated with the required (PDA) pile ddving test at Port Manchac. The associated cost is in the amount of $2,352 for the pile testing services by Ready Power, Construction Company regard- ing the Stand-By-Generator Project. FEMA-1603-DR-LA-0079. URS/ AECOM Engineering will execute and coordinate any and all documents ~ertaining to the Requested PDA Test Payment. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Eerrara and Joubert Secretary Drake III introduced Resolution (c) regarding Entergy It was moved by Commissioner Brumfield, seconded by Commis- sioner Daniels II that the Commission authorizes Patrick Dufresne, Port ~)irector, to approve and execute payment for Invoice #2214281, dated 3/14/17, from Entergy. Cost of labor/material to convert from overhead to underground at the Port Manchac Terminal relative to Entergy's Work I~equest # WR 675640. Invoice amount, $4,595.62, is valid 30 days from d, ate of invoice. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert : 6. Vegetation Maintenance & Enhancement Project Update :. The port director gave a brief summary on the Vegetation Maintenance Project reporting that Dynamic Specialties, Inc. had moved forward with the project since the last Commission meeting. The company removed ~nwanted trees and vegetation between Highway 51 and the Interstate 55 and alongside of the railroad track on the Port owned property. Her- bicide spraying was done after the removal of trees to prevent unwanted vegetation. Some tree areas had standing water and were not able to be cut or sprayed. The project will make Port Manchac more visible. The port director extended thanks to the Tangipahoa Parish Public Works De- I~artment and Commissioners Watkins and Boihem for their assistance ~,ith disposal of trees in the permitted area on northern area of the Port. ~he port director wilt keep the Commissioners posted with a follow-up re- port regarding the sprayed areas that may have been overlooked/missed due to recent rains and standing water. An invoice was also presented for payment approval for a job/project well done. It was moved by Commissioner Drake III and seconded by Commis- sioner Daniels II that the Commission approves for payment Invoice No. TR-001 in the amount of $14,520.00, submitted by Dynamic Specialties, Inc., for work performed on the Vegetation Maintenance & Enhancement Project. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert. 7. Lighthouse Project An update .was given by the port director and he reported that after meeting with Representatives Broadwater and Pugh that the process of re-installing the lighthouse fixture on Port property remains active. Dis- cussed were the steps to activate rights to getting access to the light- house, that is now stored at the Madisonville Maritime Museum. It was suggested that there may be possibilities of filing a Bill in the next legis- lative session this Spring in regards to acquiring ownership of the light- house. 8. Land Acquisition Update - 10 Acre Parcel It was reported by the port director that the land acquisition for a 10 Acre Parcel, within the 100 donated acres, remains on-going. The Com- mission have been wanting to acquire this parcel of land for quite some time but had not heard from the State land office. After discussing the matter with area legislators there may be a possibility to add this to a proposed Bill along with acquiring the lighthouse top for the Commissions project. New Business: 1. IDIQ ProjectApplications ( Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) Since the last meeting the port director met with a representative from an engineering company associated with the Ports Association of Loui- siana organization in reference to potential IDIQ applications information for Homeland Security Grants. The IDIQ is a U.S. Federal Government contract type Grant program for related secudty issues. Discussed were the many secudty related projects items regarding potential IDIQ projects applications. A list was submitted by the port director, on behalf of the STPPC, mentioning the many security items on the list that would be beneficial to the port such as the following: security cameras, lighting, fire suppression, land mitigation, fencing, and a wide range of other security related items. The approved applications for projects are 100% funded with no match. The director will explore the potential opportunity for sub- mitting an application. 2. Master Plan Proposal Discussed was the updating of the Ports Master Plan that was origi- nally done ten years ago by LSU Economics' Professor Dr. James Rich- ardson. With the Commissions authorization, the port director would like to move forward with the update to include natural gas; targeting the con- tainer industry, and the 100- acres land development. Dr. James Rich- ardson, Economic Consultant, submitted his proposal for his services to update the 2007 Master Plan. The cost would be a fixed fee of $6,250 upon completion of assigned work. It was moved by Commissioner Watkins seconded by Commissioner Brumfield that the Commission authorize Patrick Dufresne, Port Director to moved forward with updating/developing the STPPC Master Plan, and approve hiring Dr. James A. Richardson, Economic Consultant according to his proposal of February 28, 2017 for his services rendered. The consultant fee of $6,250 is a fixed amount and to be paid upon completion of the assigned work. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert 3. Consulting Services a) Resolution Port director Patrick Dufresne introduced Mr. Gary LaGrange, retired and former port director at the Port of New Orleans, who shared/provided some impressive information, to the Commission, in regards to his past experiences in the port industry/business. The port director suggested/ recommended, upon Commission approval, that the Commission con- sider hiring Mr. LaGrange, as a marketing consultant, to represent the STPPC in their future marketing and port economic development re- search activities. Secretary Drake III introduced a resolution relative to hiring a con- sultant It was moved by Commissioner Drake III, seconded by Commission- er Watkins that the Commission authorizes/approve Patrick Dufresne, Port Director, to enter into a professional service agreement with Gary LaGrange, Principle owner of Gary LaGrange and Associates, LLC, as an independent Marketing Services Consultant, for research services and marketing support functions relative to the future potential/contain- er industry and related trans-loading and storage projects for the Port Manchac Inter-modal Terminal. The consultant will provide port container industry marketing research of the barge, rail and trucking industries for and the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission. His responsibili- ties for services rendered/provided will include: Contacting prospective clients that could utilize Port Manchac for storage and trans-loading ser- vices, research of barge, rail and truck rates and assist with the STPPC Master Plan Marketing Study update for 2017. The consultant services will include a monthly report of marketing efforts. The compensation pay- ment for these services will be $750/per month, not to exceed the sum of $10,000. This agreement becomes effective for the period beginning March 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert REMARKS: Executive Director Patrick Dufresne expressed his thanks to all those who were in attendance and also expressed thanks to Mr. LaGrange for his presence and interest in Port Manchac. He announced/reminded the Commissioners that the PAL- Ports Association of Louisiana Annual Con- ference will be held in Baton Rouge, LA. April 17-19, 2017. President Boihem added his thanks and appreciation for everyone for their interest and dedication and also the media coverage relative to the Port's activities. Having no further business, a motion for adjournment was made by Commissioner Drake III, seconded by Commissioner Daniels I1. Motion passed. Yeas: 5 Boihem, Brumfield, Daniels II, Drake III and Watkins Nays: 0 Absent: 2 Ferrara and Joubert Meeting adjourned at 12:50 P.M. Ernie Drake III, Secretary REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission - Port Manchac gives public notice that it is requesting proposals for its annual insurance portfolio that will provide coverage for FY June 2017- May 2018. The comprehensive proposal package should contain the following cover- age's including: 1) Property/Inland Marine, 2) General Liability (including addition of 100 acres), 3) Non-Owned & Hired Auto, 4) Employee Dishon- esty, 5) Directors & Officers Liability, and 6) Workman's Compensation. The proposals shall be submitted and reviewed in strict accordance with all state of Louisiana public bid law rules & regulations. All interested vendors may obtain additional information by contacting the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission-Port Manchac @ 163 W. Hickory St. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 - Attn: Patrick J. Dufresne, Execu- tive Director/CEO - (985) 386-9309 or email: portmanchac@i-55.com All proposals must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. Publish Dates: April 20,27 and May 4 Town of Inde endence Town of Independence Ordinance #2017-1007 SICK LEAVE SHARING The Town of Independence at a Regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Independence, Independence, Louisiana in- troduced Ordinance #2017-1007 which is an amendment of Ordinance #09-199, the employee handbook. This ordinance pertains to all fulltime employees who are suffering from an illness, injury, impairment or physi- cal or mental condition which is of an extraordinary or severe nature. This illness, injury impairment or physical or mental condition must cause or is likely to cause the employee to either be in a leave without pay status or to terminate employment. If these two conditions are met, the full-time employee with Independence may, subject to the provisions of this section hereto, be permitted to request donations of leave from other fulltime employees. Leave shadng requests must be based on a docu- mented medical or mental condition that is unrelated to an active worker's compensation claim. Before any full time, employee working for the Town of Independence are allowed to request donations of leave from other employees, they must submit a written request to the appropriate depart- ment head for permission. Furthermore, that written request shall be supported with certified medical records from a treating physician. There- after, the department head will then make a written recommendation to the Board of Aldermen if he/she finds the totality of the facts submitted deem appropriate for leave sharing requests. The Board of AIdermen will decide by majority vote if the employee will be granted the right to request donations of leave time or leave sharing Robin Dagro Town Clerk Town of Independence Special Meeting March 28, 2017 6:30 P.M. 1. Mayor Mannino called meeting to order. 2. Roll call by Town Clerk Robin Dagro. Present was Larry Cardaron- ella, Luke Suarez, Jim Paine, Jimmy Gregory, Calvin Batiste. 3. Prayer was led by Calvin Batiste. 4. Pledge was led by Jimmy Gregory. 5. Public Input ~ None 6. New Business a. A motion was made by Larry Cardaronella, seconded by Luke Su- arez to approve the signing of the Resolution of support for CDBG pro- gram. Voting was as follows: YEAS: Calvin Batiste, Larry Cardaronella, Jim Paine, Jimmy Gregory, Luke Suarez NAYS: None ABSENT: None ABSTAINED: None Motion to approve was passed unanimously. b A motion was made by Jimmy Gregory, seconded by Calvin Batiste to allow Mayor Mannino to sign an agreement with Millage Management. This company would complete the millage process for this tax year for a fee of $1500.00. Voting was as follows: YEAS: Calvin Batiste, Larry Cardaronella, Jim Paine, jimmy Gregory, Luke Suarez NAYS: None ABSENT: None ABSTAINED: None Motion to approve was unanimous. c. A motion was made by Calvin Batiste, seconded by Jim Paine to approve the Occupational License for Bravo Auto Sales, located at 370 E Railroad Ave. Voting was as follows: YEAS: Calvin Batiste, Larry Cardaronella, Jim Paine, Jimmy Gregory, Luke Suarez NAYS: None ABSENT: None ABSTAINED: None Motion to approve was unanimous. d. A motion was made by Calvin Batiste, seconded by Larry Cardaro- nella to approve the razoning of the lots requested on the corner of 2nd Street and Oak pending Atty. Malnar checks at the Clerk of Courts office to be sure everything is in order. This re-zoning has been requested of Tonja Wright whom wishes to build a community center on the property. Voting to approve was as follows: YEAS: Calvin Batiste, Jim Paine, Jimmy Gregory, Luke Suarez, Larry Cardaronella. NAYS: None ABSENT: None ABSTAINED: None Voting to approve the re-zoning was unanimous. e. The matter of grass cutting for the town owned property was dis- cussed. In order to go out for bids in the near future, a spec. sheet will be compiled with the requirements that are needed and then this will be pre- sented to the board and then we will advertise for bids for the services. f. The matter of the contract for garbage services. The can count was an issue on the last audit. When Mayor Mannino took office on July 1, 2017, the town was only billing for approx. 650 cans on the utility bills. We were being billed for 781. We now have all cans accounted for except for approximately 20 cans. We have an idea where these cans are and we will be going out and collecting these cans and returning them to Waste Connections. A motion was made by Calvin Batiste, seconded by Jim Paine to approve the signing of the contract for waste services. Voting was as follows: YEAS: Calvin Batiste, Larry Cardaronella, Jim Gregory, Jim Paine, Luke Suarez NAYS: None ABSENT: None ~, ABSTAINED: None Motion to approve was unanimous. REMARKS: Calvin Batiste: Expressed his concerns over the safety of our work- ers. He said he witnessed some of our workers almost get hit on High- way 51 in front of Piggly Wiggly. This matter will be further discussed with Chief Edwards. Jim Paine: Also stated his concerns over the safety of our town work- ers while on the job. He suggested that next time we had street repairs, we get a police car or an officer out there to direct traffic. Jimmy Gregory: None Luke Suarez: Suggested that the town purchase safety equipment for our workers while on the job on the streets. Larry Cardaronella: Discussed the grand opening of"Cutting the Pat- tern" on Thursday night at 6:00 P.M. Mayor Mannino: Thanked all the street workers on the recent repairs on Highway 51. The amount of the repairs on that job was in the amount of $35000.00. Angelo Mannino Mayor Robin Dagro Town Clerk Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23 (C) of the Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of the Town of Independence will be held at the regulal meeting place, the Independence Town Hal] at 473 W. Railroad Ave, Independence, Loui- siana, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rate after re- assessment and rolling forward to rates not te exceed the prior year's maximum. The esti- mated amount of tax revenues to be collected for 'General Alimony' in the next tax yea= from the increased millage is $52,850.55, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable lhe millage increase is $254.50. The estimat- ed amount of tax revenues to be collected for 'Police & Fire Departments' in the next tax year from the increased millage is $84,832.34, and the amount of increase in taxes attribut- able to the millage increase is $508.99. [] [] Times Internet Edition --www. )onchatoula.com/3times E-Mail: editor@ponchatoula.com or timesofinde )endence@gmail.com Jl