September 12, 2017
Village of Dixie Inn
September 12, 2017
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the Village of Dixie Inn met in regular session on September 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Village Hall, Dixie Inn, Louisiana with the following members present: Mayor Kay Hallmark-Stratton, Aldermen Nell Finlay, Donna Hoffoss and Judy McKenzie.
The meeting was called to order and the invocation and pledge of allegiance were given.
There were no public comments for the agenda items.
A motion was made by Donna Hoffoss and seconded by Nell Finlay to adopt the minutes of the regular session of August 8, 2017. Vote on the motion was unanimous.
Financial statements for August were adopted on a motion by Judy McKenzie and seconded by Donna Hoffoss. Vote on the motion was unanimous.
Mike Chreene reported he has not heard from the tank inspection company. He will contact them to see when they may plan to come. A new flow sensor is to be installed soon.
Chief James Edwards reported there were 18 documented service calls from August 8th to date. Report given of an accidental shooting, rash of counterfeit bills, thefts, arrest for alcohol violation, drug arrest, business alarm, disturbances, parking lot accident, resisting an officer, several calls such as unlocking car doors, 911 hang ups, harassment, etc. The new police unit is being built, will have all equipment needed, and cost is under budget. Chief Edwards announced there will be a Sex/Human Trafficking Awareness Class for the Dixie Inn area held on October 3rd, 6:00 p.m. at the Fire District 7 Station 5 between Wildlife and Fisheries building and Dixie Inn on Highway 80. Pre-registration with the Village Hall would be appreciated as heavy attendance is expected. Chief Edwards said Dixie Inn Police Department will be hosting a ‘How to Stop Hemorrhaging and Applying Tourniquets to Self’ class for local law enforcement officers on October 4th, 2:00 p.m. at the Fire District 7 Station 5 between Wildlife and Fisheries building and Dixie Inn on Highway 80.
Nell Finlay asked why road repair had been needed on Stanley Street. The repair needed was due to a gas leak.
Mayor Kay Hallmark-Stratton is trying to set a date for an ‘open to the public’ workshop to discuss understanding and having knowledge of our budget. The Rural Water Board will be preparing an analysis for our water department in order for the Village of Dixie Inn to decide on new water/sewer rates.
A motion was made by Nell Finlay and seconded by Judy McKenzie for approval of the purchase of a new backpack leaf blower needed for the maintenance department. Vote on the motion was unanimous. A motion was made by Nell Finlay and seconded by Judy McKenzie for the purchase of a headache rack, toolbox, and lights for the new maintenance truck at a cost of $2137.83. Vote on the motion was unanimous. Chief James Edwards and other local police chiefs are preparing a mutual aid agreement which will enable neighboring officers to assist each other when requested for emergencies and with public service activities. The agreement will include agencies of Village of Dixie Inn, Dubberly, Minden, Doyline, Heflin, and Sibley to better protect and serve. A motion was made by Nell Finlay and seconded by Donna Hoffoss allowing Mayor Kay Hallmark-Stratton to approve and move forward with a resolution for the mutual aid agreement. Vote on the motion was unanimous. A motion was made by Judy McKenzie and seconded by Donna Hoffoss to allow transfer of funds each month from the general fund account to the Village saving accounts with amounts being at discretion of Mayor Kay Hallmark-Stratton. Vote on the motion was unanimous.
Mayor Stratton reported that the Village did not receive the 2017 and 2018/2019 LCDBG grants applied for but we are continuing to apply for any available grants.
There being no further business, a motion to adjourn was made by Donna Hoffoss and seconded by Nell Finlay. Vote on the motion was unanimous.