MORGAN CITY — The City Council reinstated owner James LeBeouf’s liquor and beer license at LeBeouf’s Oyster Bar and Grill on Front Street Tuesday after his license had been suspended since December 2011 for serving alcohol to underage people.
The council had originally adopted a resolution in April 2011 to suspend LeBeouf’s liquor and beer license for a similar violation, former Mayor Tim Matte said at the December 2011 city council meeting.
LeBeouf’s liquor and beer license had been suspended for a year, which expired in December 2012. LeBeouf had been given a temporary liquor and beer permit by former city chief administrative officer Lorrie Braus at that time.
“To Mr. Jimmy’s credit, he has gotten the green light by the state ATC (Alcohol, Tobacco and Control) board. He’s also got the green light by his landlord,” Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.
Several councilmembers expressed their beliefs in giving second chances, but LeBeouf was also asked what he will do differently to make sure more violations do not occur.
“I couldn’t get accountable no better than my two daughters being behind the bar, so the problem wasn’t behind the bar. The problem was in the street and outside,” LeBeouf said. LeBeouf will oversee the business to ensure it is run properly, he said. “My other businesses … 22 years I ain’t had no trouble there,” LeBeouf said.
The council also voted to approve a resolution requesting authority to seek special counsel concerning potential BP recovery funds relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
“We’re a community that’s really on the tail end of that. They had a deadline on (Jan. 19) so really my first day in office was to sign it to really get on board. It doesn’t mean we’re going to get any money from BP. It just means that we put ourselves up with every other community, school board and municipality that has jumped on board,” Grizzaffi said.
The council accepted the three newly built lake houses at Lake End Parkway as substantially complete.
“We’re still waiting on AT&T right now to install the final phone lines and give us a dial tone, so we can connect the fire alarm system,” architect Carl Blum said. “As soon as that dial tone is in place and the fire alarm system can be connected to the fire department, then we’ll be ready to occupy it.”
Councilman and Mayor pro-tem Louis Tamporello said, “Just make sure you tell them the longer it takes them … the longer it takes us to rent it. And that’s lost revenue to us.”
The council also authorized Grizzaffi to submit an application for a grant to replace outdated operating equipment at the city’s water treatment plant to the Office of Community Development in the amount of $43,569. State Sen. Bret Allain, R-Jeanerette, and state Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, have endorsed the city’s grant application as is required, Grizzaffi said.
The council accepted a substation material bid of $43,600 to furnish all materials for the addition of two 69 kV circuit breakers at the East Boulevard substation. “We have one more piece of the puzzle in our utility substations that needs to be addressed to complete a loop. That’s two 69 kV breakers and materials,” Grizzaffi said.
In other business, the council:
—Approved and adopted a Systems Survey and Compliance Questionnaire as required by the Legislative Auditor of the State of Louisiana.
—Authorized an archives contract for $12,000 to hire Gil Besse to process records from Norman & Breaux Lumber Company.
—Approved the appointment of Grizzaffi as alternate director to represent the city of Morgan City on the board of directors of the Louisiana Municipal Gas Association.
—Approved the lake houses change order for an increase of $2,921.78 and increase of 108 days under the contract between the city of Morgan City and LA Contracting Enterprise LLC.
—Declared a fire truck, which went out of service several months ago, surplus property.
—Approved the appointments of Diane Martin, Ronald Berry, Sherman Marcantel, Cindy Cutrera, Charles Bergeron and reappointed Sylvia White to the planning and zoning commission.
—Approved the appointment of Luke Manfre to the wharf commission.