Port Allen Mayor Implements Zoning and Planning Fee Member Absence Coverage | New
Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee informed members of the Planning and Zoning Fee he would take away any fee member who misses two conferences in a letter he delivered to them on Friday, August 21. .
Since Could, the seven-member fee has failed to attain a quorum, requiring the attendance of no less than 4 members. There has not been a totally attended assembly this 12 months.
The push for an attendance coverage comes as builders at Nolan-McKay search to current ultimate plans for the primary submitting of a 200-acre residential growth within the annexed metropolis in 2019. These plans are to be reviewed by the Fee of planning and zoning, which gives a advice to metropolis council earlier than a ultimate vote.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a number of members have expressed their intention to keep away from face-to-face conferences so long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the letter learn.
Walter Braud, a fee member for 11 years, known as the mayor’s determination to carry in-person conferences regardless of empty agendas irresponsible as a result of a number of fee members are in high-risk teams to be extra significantly affected by COVID-19. Of the seven board members, 5 are over 60 years previous.
Mayor Lee stated digital conferences will not be technologically possible and that he doesn’t imagine they meet the necessities of the Open Conferences Act. The mayor proposed to carry conferences in a bigger location, probably the Port Allen Neighborhood Middle, to permit for larger social distancing than can be doable at Metropolis Corridor.
In response to state regulation (RS 33: 101), committee members serve on the discretion of the mayor, which implies that the absence coverage won’t must be permitted by metropolis council.
If a committee member misses two of the 9 conferences inside a one-year interval, the mayor will take away that member. These conferences should not have to be consecutive.
The members of the Planning and Zoning Fee are appointed by the mayor for a time period of seven years.
Fee President Liz Holmes declined to remark.
The August Planning and Zoning Fee assembly scheduled for Wednesday August 26 has been canceled as a result of menace of Hurricane Laura.