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Town Meeting Minutes – February 2019

February 11, 2019
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, February 11, 2019, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Richard led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:
Mayor: Scot Rhodes
Council Members: Rusty Daigle, Joanne Bourgeois, Terry Richard, Don Neisler
Absent: Shane Andrè, Thomas Acosta, Jr.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of January 14, 2019, as written, was made by Council Member Daigle and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Recognitions & Commendations: None

Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of January. There were 3.3 inches of rainfall in the month; the Town was approved for $19,400 in LGAP Grant money; “Dead End” signs were placed on Red Oak, White Oak, Pin Oak and Black Oak streets; decorative street signs are still being erected on South LaBauve and West St. Francis Street; several alarms sounded due to a faulty valve which has been resolved; no “out of compliance” test results were noted at the sewer treatment facility; no incidents were reported in the Maintenance Department; a pump malfunctioned at the S. LaBauve Lift Station; DOTD restriped West St. Francis Street and LA 1 between southbound lane and railroad tracks.

Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of February 11, 2019. The extra trash pickup will be Friday February 22, 2019.

It was agreed, by consensus of Council Members, to include the back section of Orleans Quarters Drive, Gwin Street and various large potholes around town in the bid package for the 2018/2019 Street Overlay Project.

Finance Committee:
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.

Council Members agreed with Mayor Rhodes regarding allocating money in the approved Capital Outlay Budget from “Levee Top Lights” line item to the “Security Camera” line item.

Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud a Variance Request from Lawrence Bynum for 820 W. Main St. for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.31.1 Zoning District R-1 – Minimum Lot Size – to decrease lot size from 9600 square feet to 9216 square feet. Having been unanimously recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission and having determined that the setbacks will be in compliance with the zoning regulations, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Recreation Committee: None

Personnel Committee: None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois presented a Former Landmark Site application for 332 E. Main Street, the former site of the Eureka Central School, the first public high school in West Baton Rouge, established 1884. Having been recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Commission as a Former Landmark Site, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comment, the motion passed unanimously.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None

Introduction of Ordinances: None

Resolutions: None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of January was given by Officer Garrett Yetman. There were eleven (11) alarms, seven (7) warrant arrest, two (2) reckless operation, two (2) civil complaints, eight (8) miscellaneous complaints, four (4) disturbance calls, two (2) drug arrests, forty (40) no insurance tows, ten (10) crash reports, one (1) damage to property, five (5) battery, two (2) unlock calls, four (4) traffic complaints, one (1) harassment call, one (1) trespass, one (1) possession of stolen property, three (3) theft calls, two (2) suspicious persons and two (2) truancy. For the month, there were 108 total complaints, 202 total citations and 293 total violations.

Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Rhodes attended the Relay for Life Celebrity Waiter Event where Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux placed 3rd in total contributions to the fundraiser. The Mayor also attended the WBR Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet during which Town Clerk Blaine Rabalais received the Pride of WBR award.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that she and Council Member Neisler conducted a litter and cigarette butt survey, along the levee and in the historical triangle area, as a preliminary step in the Town’s application for Trash Receptacles, through a grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

Announcements:
Addis Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled for Saturday February 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

A motion was made by Council Member Richard to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM.

/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor

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