HORNBECK – The town has decided to settle the question of where its sewer pond fence should be, if it is not in the right place.

Mayor Clarence Beebe told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night that it has been said for years that the fence is set too far back from the property line.

“After all these years, I think it’s time we set it right,” he told council members, who moved to authorize a survey.

The council went into executive (closed) session to discuss capital outlay.

Asked as he and the council prepared to enter the session which exemption to open meetings the discussion fell under, Beebe said “we want to talk about possible capital outlay projects.”

The town is pondering what work to ask dollars for in the next state capitol outlay budget, assuming there is one.

Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law allows agencies to enter executive session for several specific reasons — to discuss the character, competence, physical or mental health of an employee (often cited as “personnel matters”), to discuss collective bargaining strategy or litigation, where there is written demand or an active suit; to discuss security personnel, procedures or devices; to discuss allegations of misconduct; and to discuss extraordinary emergency.

After the council meeting, Beebe said his understanding was that agenda notice of intent to go into closed session is all that is necessary.

Town Clerk Cara McDaniel said she had been advised on a previous occasion by the Louisiana Municipal Association that the council could go into executive session for any thing it chose.

Both said they would seek clarification on the issue.

In other action, the council changed the date of its next regular meeting to Monday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. due to Beebe’s planned absence on the normal meeting date.