Sorrento council recognizes Vicknair, OKs budget

Councilman Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair fought back tears as he accepted a plaque commemorating his 37 years of combined service as a town councilman and as a member of both the Ascension Parish Council and the former Ascension Parish Police Jury.

“I love this,” Vicknair said during Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. “I love representing people. That’s our job ... to take care and do what we think is right. ...”

Vicknair, who served as town councilman for 12 years, will step down June 30 after failing to win re-election to the council last spring.

Town Councilman Randy Anny praised Vicknair for his work.

“None of us councilmen can touch you because you are the hardest-working elected official in the state of Louisiana,” Anny said.

The meeting was the last regularly scheduled Town Council meeting before Mayor-elect Mike Lambert and new council members Wanda Bourgeois, Don Schexnaydre and Patti Poche are sworn into office July 2.

In addition to Vicknair, only Councilmen John Wright and Anny attended Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. and Councilmen Marvin Martin and Jason Adams were absent.

Wright and Adams will also not return as councilmen after losing their respective bids for council and mayor.

In other business, the Town Council:

Voted 3-0 to approve the town’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget with several last-minute adjustments that Anny said would save the town approximately $77,000, including the reduction of the town’s police force from six to five officers.

The revised 2013-14 fiscal year budget calls for spending about $905,700 and gaining $1,033,200 in revenues.

Jacob Waguespack, accountant for Faulk & Winkler LLC, told the council he would make the required adjustments and send each council member a copy.

Voted 3-0 to set the town’s 2013 property tax millage rate at 6.07 mills, the same rate as last year, officials said.

Voted 3-0 to establish procedures to appoint a zoning administrator. Town officials said there is already a zoning administrator in place but wanted to establish procedures for the future.