Sorrento councilman sworn in

Wade McIntyre
Newly elected Sorrento councilman Marvin L. Martin was sworn in Tuesday by Judge A. J. Kling.

SORRENTO – Democrat Marvin L. Martin was sworn on to the Town Council by Judge A. J. Kling during the regular meeting Tuesday.

Martin defeated Democrat Troy Braud in a November  runoff election for the seat temporarily held by Democrat Donald J. Trabaux.

In an unrelated matter, the council at the recommendation of Chief of Police Earl Theriot approved the promotion of Officer Billy Ballard to the position of Assistant Chief.

Ballard is a five-year-veteran of the town police force, and has received the Sorrento Police Officer of the Year award from the Knights of Columbus.

“He’s been with me five years and I need someone to take over when I’m out of town,” Theriot said.

In other business, the council introduced two ordinances which define and regulate sexually oriented business in town.

Town Attorney Erin Lanoux said the ordinances provide the steps that these type businesses must go through in order to operate in the town.

Sexually oriented businesses will be required to pay initial and annual license fees of $25, in addition to other town licensing fees, and be required to close for business between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, fingerprinting and background check fees will be assessed by the Police Department.

Such businesses will not be allowed to operate within 3,000 feet of private residences, public libraries, churches, shrines, chapels, mortuaries, schools and school bus stops.

Sexually oriented businesses in the town will be classified as adult bookstores, novelty stores and video stores, adult cabarets, adult motels, adult motion picture theaters and semi-nude model studios.

In other business, the council:

• Declared Dec. 5 Senior Citizens Day and announced the annual Senior Citizen’s dinner to be held Saturday at the Civic Center.

• Turned down the only bid for a 2001 Crown Victoria police car. The bid, from a New York firm, was for $500.21.