Legal Notices
last updated: 09-18-2014
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
AS REQUIRED BY LAW, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT I HAVE CERTIFIED MY 2014 ASSESSMENT LIST TO THE UNION PARISH POLICE JURY AS THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR A PERIOD OF 15 DAYS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, AND ENDING OCTOBER 1, 2014.
THE BOARD OF REVIEW SHALL RECEIVE ANY WRITTEN OR ORAL COMPLAINTS FROM TAXPAYERS WHO WISH TO PROTEST THEIR ASSESSMENT AS DETERMINED BY THE ASSESSOR, THE APPEAL DEADLINE FOR THE TAXPAYER TO FILE A WRITTEN APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW BY CERTIFIED MAIL OR HAND DELIVERY WILL BE SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, AT THE END OF THAT BUSINESS DAY. COMPLAINT OF TAXPAYERS MUST COMPLY WITH ACT 1976 IN ORDER FOR THE BOARD TO CONSIDER ANY PROTEST.
DURING THIS PERIOD THE POLICE JURY WILL CONVENE FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE POLICE JURY MEETING ROOM, TO HEAR APPEALS IF THERE BE ANY AND WILL CONCLUDE ITS FINAL HEARING AT 4:00 P.M., SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.
LANCE FUTCH, CLA
ASSESSOR OF UNION PARISH
9/11/14 9/18/14

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
Pursuant to the provisions of a resolution adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Farmerville, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of the Town of Farmerville, Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the "Town"), on April 14, 2014, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special election will be held within the Town on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014, and that at the said election there will be submitted to all registered voters in the Town qualified and entitled to vote at the said election under the Constitution and Laws of the State of Louisiana and the Constitution of the United States, the following proposition, to-wit:

TOWN OF FARMERVILLE PROPOSITION
Shall the Town of Farmerville, Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the “Town”), continue to levy under the authority conferred by Article VI, Sections 30 and 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, the applicable provisions of Chapter 5, Chapter 6-A and Chapter 6-B of Title 18 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and other constitutional and statutory authority a tax of seven and ninety one hundredths (7.90) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the Town (an estimated $190,724.64 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2014 and ending with the year 2023, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating fire protection facilities and for purchasing fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment for said Town?
A portion of the monies collected from the tax shall be remitted to certain state and statewide retirement systems in the manner required by law.
The said special election will be held at the following polling places situated within the Town, which polls will open at six o'clock (6:00) a.m., and close at eight o'clock (8:00) p.m., in accordance with the provisions of La. R.S. 18:541, to-wit: 
POLLING PLACES
Ward/Pre¬cinct Location
00/07 (In Part) Farmerville Fire Station #5, 5459 Highway 15
00/11 (In Part) C & W Tire Store, 7710 Highway 33
00/12 (In Part) Cooperation Ext. Auditorium, 210 E. Water Street
00/13 Parish Health Unit Building, 1002 Marion Highway
00/14 Cooperation Ext. Auditorium, 210 E. Water Street
00/15 (In Part) Parish Health Unit Building, 1002 Marion Highway
00/17A (In Part) Holmesville Voting Building, 518 Pint Road
The polling places set forth above are hereby designated as the polling places at which to hold the said election, and the Commissioners-in-Charge and Commissioners, respectively, shall be those persons designated according to law.

The said special election will be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 5 and Chapter 6-A of Title 18 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and other constitutional and statutory authority, and the officers appointed to hold the said election, as provided in this Notice of Special Election, or such substitutes therefore as may be selected and designated in accordance with La. R.S. 18:1287, will make due returns thereof to said Governing Authority, and NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Governing Authority will meet at its regular meeting place, the Town Hall, 407 S. Main Street, Farmerville, Louisiana, on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014, at FIVE O'CLOCK (5:00) P.M., and shall then and there in open and public session proceed to examine and canvass the returns and declare the result of the said special election. All registered voters of the Town are entitled to vote at said special election and voting machines will be used.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Farmerville, Louisiana, on this, the 14th day of April, 2014.
ATTEST: /s/ M. Stein Baughman, Mayor
/s/
Gay Nell Pepper, Clerk
9/18/14 9/25/14 10/02/14 10/09/14

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Notice is hereby given under LA R.S.33:406 by the Town of Farmerville that on
September 9, 2014 Ordinance #04-14 was proposed, to-wit
GRANTING CLAIBORNE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., ITS SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS, THE RIGHT TO ERECT, MAINTAIN, EXTEND AND OPERATE A SYSTEM OF WORKS, POLES, WIRES, UNDERGROUND CONDUITS, CABLES AND ALL NECESSARY APPARATUS AND APPURTENANCES UNDER, ACROSS, ALONG AND OVER CERTAIN STREETS, ALLEYS AND OTHER PUBLIC AREAS IN THE TOWN OF FARMERVILLE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF GENERATING ELECTRICITY AND/OR FOR THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF SAME TO THE SAID TOWN AND TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL OCTOBER 13, 2039, WITHIN ONLY THE LIMITS AND AREAS HEREINAFTER SET FORTH.
There will be a public hearing and the Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the Farmerville Town Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. October 13, 2014, Farmerville Town Hall. ____________________________________
GAY NELL PEPPER
FARMERVILLE TOWN CLERK
9/18/14

D'Arbonne Storage, LLC 1106 Sterlington Hwy, Farmerville, LA will have a lien sale Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Unit to be auctioned off as follows: James Sutton #411 (10 x 10). Items listed are furniture, mattress and box spring, boxes. Cash only to highest bidder.
Arrive 10 minutes before auction to sign up. Call day of sale to be sure we have not cancelled.
318-368-7201.
9/18/14

PUBLIC HEARING, UNION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
September 8, 2014
A public hearing was held on September 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Union Parish School Board Office in Farmerville, Louisiana.
President James opened the hearing on the Annual Operating Budget for the 2014-2015 school year and allowed for public comments. There were none. President James closed the public hearing.

REGULAR MEETING, UNION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
September 8, 2014
The Union Parish School Board met in Regular Session at the Union Parish School Board Office in Farmerville, Louisiana, on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. Members were present as follows: Mr. Robert C. James, Jr., Mr. Jimmy Hollis, Mr. Frankie Futch, Mrs. Judy Mabry, Mrs. Shannon Barkley, Mr. John Ellis, Mr. Jeremy Hobbs, and Mr. Clyde Hays. Absent from the meeting was Mrs. Challana Dean.
President James called the meeting to order and Brent Manning gave the invocation.
On motion by Mr. Hollis, seconded by Mrs. Barkley, the Board approved the agenda for the September 8, 2014 Regular Board Meeting as printed.
On motion by Mr. Futch, seconded by Mr. Ellis, the Board approved the minutes for the August 11, 2014 Regular Board Meeting as printed.

Mr. Glen Slater, with Volkert, presented to the Board a master plan for the proposed capital project to build a new Union Parish High School and Union Parish Junior High School instead of renovating the current facilities.
Mr. Ellis presented to the Board a report on implementing an employee dress code for the 2014-2015 school year.
Megan Wiens, Chief Financial Officer, reported to the Board on the Finance Committee meeting held on Monday, September 8, 2014 which included the following items:
2014 – 2015 Annual Operating Budget
2013 – 2014 Final/Amended Operating Budget
2014-2015 Salary Schedule
The following message concerning the 2014-2015 Annual Operating Budget was presented to the Board:
To the Citizens of Union Parish, Louisiana:

The 2014-2015 Annual Operating Budget for the Union Parish School Board is hereby submitted. This document was prepared by the UPSB Superintendent and UPSB Business Office.
The elected school board members will be asked to approve the 2014-2015 budget on September 8, 2014 at its regularly scheduled meeting.

Before the budget is adopted and the resolution formally adopting the budget is signed, the Board must receive public comments and recommendations from the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee will review the budget on August 11, 2014 as well as September 4, 2014 and a public hearing will be held at the Board Meeting on September 8th prior to a vote being taken.

The development, review, and consideration of the 2014-15 Operating Budget was completed with a detailed and exhaustive review of every revenue and expenditure item within the context of the Board’s mission, goals, and financial policies.

The administration is required by state law and board policy to submit a balanced budget. A balanced budget is defined as, “a budget with total expenditures not exceeding total revenues and monies available in the fund balance within an individual fund.” The Union Parish School Board’s 2014-2015 Annual Operating Budget has met these requirements.

A summary of the General Fund and Special Revenue Funds are as follows:


General Fund (Including Sales Tax Funds) Special Revenue Funds (District “A” & Child Nutrition) Total Combined Budget
Revenues & Other Financing Sources $25,853,566 $2,396,373 $28,249,939
Expenditures & Other Financing Uses $24,145,847 $2,438,823 $26,584,670
Excess Revenues (Expenditures) $1,710,719 ($42,450) $1,668,269
Beginning Fund Balance $1,093,654 $670,129 $1,763,783
Ending Fund Balance $2,801,373 $627,679 $3,429,052

General Fund
UPSB’s General Fund is the primary fund used to account for most of the school board’s educational, instructional and transportation services. It is funded by State and Local funds, Sales Tax and Property Tax revenues.

Property Taxes (General Fund millages)
o School Dist Regular (Constitutional) 3.550
o School Dist #1 Consolidated (MO) 2.980
o School Dist #1 Consolidated (SP) 15.000

Sales Taxes
o Sales Tax # 1 (1979) 1%
• Salaries and benefits
• Maintaining and operating school buildings
o Sales Tax #2 (2001) 1%
• 85% salaries & benefits
• 15% Constructing, Improving, Maintaining and Operating Public Schools
o Sales Tax # 3 (2014) 1%
• Salaries and benefits
• Instructional improvement
• Maintaining and operating school buildings

Special Revenue Funds
UPSB’s Special Revenue Funds account for and reports the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are restricted or committed to expenditures for specific purposes other than debt service or capital projects. The school board has 2 special revenue funds, District “A” and the Child Nutrition Program.

District “A”
Funded by
• 1.64 mill Property Tax
• 15% Transfer from Sales Tax #1 & #2
Expenses Paid From District “A”
• Property Insurance
• Building Maintenance
• Salaries & Benefits of Maintenance & Janitorial Staff
• Utilities

Child Nutrition Program (CNP)
Funded By
• National School Lunch Program (Federal)
• Local Revenues/Extra Sales

Expenses Paid from CNP
• Cost of Food
• Utilities at Cafeteria site
• Salaries and Benefits of CNP staff

Closing
We would like to thank the members of the UPSB staff, members of the Board as well as community members for their support, input, and recommendations in preparing the 2014-2015 Union Parish School Board Annual Operating Budget.

Dr. George Cannon, Superintendent
Union Parish School Board
Megan Wiens
Chief Financial Officer / Business Manager
A motion was made by Mr. Ellis, seconded by Mr. Hobbs, for the Board to approve the 2014-2015 Annual Operating Budget and Resolution as follows:
A resolution adopting, finalizing and implementing the General Fund and the Special Revenue Fund Budgets of the Union Parish School Board for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.
WHEREAS, Dr. George Cannon, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of the Union Parish School Board prepared, with the assistance of Megan Wiens, Chief Financial Officer, a proposed General Fund and Special Revenue Fund Budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, which was accompanied by a budget adoption resolution; and
WHEREAS, the proposed General Fund and Special Revenue Fund Budgets as shown in the Annual Operating Budget document after the budget adoption resolution shows the revenues itemized by source and the expenditures itemized by function as required by Louisiana R.S. 39:1305; and
WHEREAS, the accompanying budget adoption resolution have been submitted to this School Board for review and consideration; and
WHEREAS, notice of a public hearing on the proposed General Fund and Special Revenue Fund Budgets, notice of the availability of the proposed budgets for review at such hearing and a general summary of the proposed budgets have been timely published in The Gazette and The Bernice Banner; and
WHEREAS, a public hearing on the proposed General Fund and Special Revenue Fund Budgets has now been reviewed and considered; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board that the proposed General Fund and Special Revenue Fund Budgets is hereby approved, adopted, and finalized subject to the following changes.
1. NONE
2. NONE
3. NONE
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary-Treasurer of the School Board, Dr. George Cannon, or his successor, is hereby authorized and in his sole discretion, to make such changes within the various budget classifications as he may deem necessary provided that any reallocation of funds affecting in excess of five percent (5%) of the projected revenue collections must be approved in advance by action of the School Board at a meeting duly noticed and convened.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of the School Board, Dr. George Cannon, or his successor, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of the School Board, is hereby directed to advise the School Board in writing when:
1. Total revenues collections & other sources plus projected revenues & other sources for the remainder of the year, within a fund are failing to meet total budgeted revenues & other sources by five percent (5%) or more.
2. Total expenditures & other uses plus projected expenditures & other uses for the remainder of the year, within a fund, are exceeding the total budgeted expenditures & other uses by five percent (5%) or more, or
3. The actual beginning fund balance, within a fund, fails to meet the estimated beginning fund balance by five percent (5%) or more, and the fund balance is being used to fund current year expenditures.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary-Treasurer of the School Board, Dr. George Cannon, or his successor, shall certify completion of all actions required by Louisiana R.S. 39:1306 by publishing a notice of the minutes of the meeting in The Bernice Banner and The Farmerville Gazette.
President James called for a roll call vote on approving the 2014-2015 Annual
Operating Budget and resolution as presented. The vote was as follows:

Yeas: Mr. Hollis Nays: None Absent: Mrs. Dean
Mr. Futch
Mrs. Mabry
Mr. James
Mrs. Barkley
Mr. Ellis
Mr. Hobbs
Mr. Hays

On motion by Mrs. Barkley, seconded by Mr. Hays, the Board approved the amended 2013-2014 Annual Operating Budget.
On motion by Mrs. Mabry, seconded by Mr. Ellis, the Board approved the financial statements for July 2014.
On motion by Mr. Ellis, seconded by Mrs. Barkley, the Board adopted the 2014-2015 Salary Schedule as presented to the Finance Committee in detail.
On motion by Mrs. Mabry, seconded by Mr. Hays, the Board granted approval to enter in a contract agreement with Jamieson, Wise and Martin, a professional accounting corporation, to complete the management review and disclosures once the 2013-2014 audit is complete.
On motion by Mr. Hobbs, seconded by Mrs. Barkley, the Board approved the purchase of student health insurance from Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for the price of $ 5,737.22. This policy will cover all athletes participating in school sport(s) and all students in physical education classes, as well as cheerleaders, dance lines, etc. that may also participate in school activities. This includes all students in activities that are sponsored by the schools with a five million dollar limit on health services.
The Board received sealed bids on janitorial supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. On motion by Mrs. Mabry, seconded by Mr. Hobbs, the Board accepted the low bids on janitorial supplies as bid and specified.
The Superintendent agreed to poll Board Members in order to schedule a work session to receive a presentation by the Superintendent and staff on a multiyear plan for school improvement.
On motion by Mrs. Mabry, seconded by Mr. Futch, the Board approved the addition of the following two new transfer bus routes, effective August 11, 2014:
1. From Spearsville to Farmerville, Bus Driver Elaine Sims
2. From Marion to Farmerville, Bus Driver Edwin Hunter
On motion by Mr. Futch, seconded by Mr. Hays, the Board approved the following policies at their first viewing:
Prohibition of Tobacco Use Policy
Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act
Student Privacy Policy
The Board was informed of the following resignations:
1. Xavier Frazier - Union Parish High School, Teacher
Effective: August 20, 2014
2. Jessica LaGrone - Union Parish High School, Teacher
Effective: May 23, 2014

3. J. N. Williams - Union Parish Schools, Maintenance Worker
Effective: September 1, 2014

The Board was informed of the following employment:

1. Jennifer Tubre - Union Parish High School, Teacher
Effective: August 11, 2014

On motion by Mr. Hollis, seconded by Mr. Hobbs, the Board approved the following personnel matters:
Employee transfer and reduction of hours
1. Lydia Farrar - From Spearsville Elementary School
To Union Parish High School
As Child Nutrition Technician
Hours reduced from seven to six per day
Transfer effective: August 11, 2014
Reduction of hours effective: September 1, 2014

Employee transfers, effective August 11, 2014

1. Lisa Cochran - From Bernice Elementary School
To Union Parish Elementary School
Special Education Resource Teacher

2. Dewanda Mack - From Bernice Elementary School
To Union Parish Elementary School
Child Nutrition Technician

3. Debbie Foster - From Bernice Elementary School
To Union Parish Elementary School
Child Nutrition Manager

4. Melvin Smith - From Bernice Elementary School
To Union Parish High School
Child Nutrition Technician

5. Bettie Miller - From Spearsville Elementary School
To Union Parish High School
Child Nutrition Manager

6. Juanita Lopez - From Spearsville Elementary School
To Union Parish Elementary School
Child Nutrition Technician

7. Villa Gray - From Spearsville Elementary School
To Union Parish Elementary School
Janitor

8. Monique Jones - From Bernice Elementary School
To Union Parish High School
Janitor
Medical leave/extended medical leave
1. Veronica Hausley -Union Parish High School
Child Nutrition Technician
Effective: August 12, 2014 –
Until released by her doctor
Employee entering the deferred retirement option plan
1. Sandy Brantley - Union Parish Junior High School
Special Education Paraprofessional
Effective: November 1, 2014
On motion by Mr. Hollis, seconded by Mr. Hobbs, the Board approved the personnel actions taken by the Superintendent of Schools and stated on and/or attached to the agenda of September 8, 2014.
The Board, having set it next Regular Meeting for Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to be held at the Union Parish School Board Office in Farmerville, Louisiana, adjourned on this the 8th day of September, 2014.
________________________ ________________________
George Cannon, Secretary Robert C. James, Jr., Principal
Union Parish School Board Union Parish School Board
9/18/14