City council adopts tire ordinance

Plaquemine Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta addresses a public speaker as councilman Oscar S. Mellion, Ralph Stassi Jr., Mickey Rivet and Timmy Martinez look on during the regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 9.

The Plaquemine City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to provide regulation for the proper storage and disposal of tires within the city limits at its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 9 in City Hall.

Mayor Mark "Tony" Gulotta said complaints about the number of tires at sites accumulating water and breeding mosquitoes was brought before the council resulting in the ordinance.

"We found out our ordinance doesn't cover tires so that is all that it is doing," Gulotta said.

The ordinance says tires provide habitats for rodents, insects and other vermin and present fire hazards. It calls for tires to be stored in covered or enclosed areas in accordance with applicable health and safety laws and sets the maximum amount of tires stacked outside not to exceed 20.

The law also states businesses must keep disposal records in the form of a transmittal manifest. Any business or hauler violating or failing to comply with the provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor by fines of up to $1,000, according to the ordinance.

In other news under committee reports, Councilman Jimmy Randall informed the council of complaints about 18-wheelers being parked in residential neighborhoods, which is not allowed under city ordinances, according to Gulotta.

"We are going to review it at our next committee meeting so that we can have better enforcement on that," Gulotta said.

The council also motioned to advertise the sell of six surplus properties on Allen St.

"Those are actually adjudicated properties that were given back to the city for taxes," Gulotta said. "We are just trying to sell them to get them back into commerce."

The council also received an update from the city's civil engineering firm, Professional Engineering Consultants.

Gulotta said all existing projects have been completed including road improvements that included every street in the City of Plaquemine, a two-year project that wrapped up over the summer.

"That was the biggest one over several phases," Gulotta said.

The council also recognized Glen Patrick of Bo Fabricators for maintaining the city's steam plant during Hurricane Isaac, which provided electricity through nearly the entire storm, Gulotta said.

"He didn't have to come out there and do all that work in the storm," Gulotta said.

Lastly, the council canceled special meetings on Nov. 27 and Dec. 25 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and approved Halloween Trick or Treat hours on Oct. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m.