April 8, 2019
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, April 8, 2019, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Andre’ led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:
Mayor: Scot Rhodes
Council Members: Rusty Daigle, Joanne Bourgeois, Shane Andrè, Terry Richard
Town Attorney: Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent: Don Neisler
Recognitions & Commendations: None
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of March 11, 2019, as written, was made by Council Member André and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of March. There were 1.6 inches of rainfall in the month; 1 alarm SCADA sounded; the Street Overly Project has been handed over to Owen & White for bid process; Open bids on April 16, 2019. No personnel incidents were reported in the Maintenance Department; no “out of compliance” test results were noted at the sewer treatment facility. Two culvert program projects, one on Live Oak and one of Richard St.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of April 8, 2019. The extra trash pickup will be Friday, April 26, 2019.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Attorney Acosta explained in detail the process to issue a zoning code to the newly annexed property for the new Brusly High School. A motion was made by Council Member Bourgeois and Seconded by Council Member Richard to issue R-1 zoning to match the existing high school property. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Recreation Committee: None
Personnel Committee: Hire two part time Police Officers. Chief Lefeaux recommended Mr. Sylvester Oubre, $15 per hour A motion was made by Council Member Richard and Seconded by Council Member Andre’ hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. Retroactive three weeks to pay for training time. Chief Lefeaux then recommended Mr. Stephen Wallis at $15 as part-time officer. A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ and Seconded by Council Member Richard to hire Mr. Wallis at $15 per hour. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee:
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances:
Introduction of Ordinances: Council Member Bourgeois introduced Ordinance 1 of 2019- General Funds 2018/2019 Budget Adjustments.
Council Member Daigle introduced Ordinance 2 of 2019-Sewer 2018/2019 Budget Adjustments.
Council Member Richard introduced Ordinance 3 of 2019 – Rezoning of 731 E. Main from C1 to C2.
DEQ Self Audit. Question was raised in reference to the detailed audit not physically being attached to each Council Members copy of the resolution. No action was taken.
Surplus Item, Police Unit. Attorney Acosta advised cooperative endeavor agreement was needed. It was suggested that no action be taken until the agreement is prepared.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of March was given by Lt. Fontenot. There were five (5) alarms, twelve (12) warrant arrests, three (3) civil complaints, ten (10) miscellaneous complaints, four (4) disturbance calls, one (1) DWI, forty-seven (47) no insurance tows, seven (7) crash reports, one (1) damage to property, one (1) battery, three (3) unlock calls, four (4) traffic complaints, two (2) harassment calls, one (1) drug related call, two (2) theft calls, three (3) suspicious persons, two (2) medical calls, and one (1) animal at large. For the month, there were 110 total complaints, 229 total citations and 318 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes reported that we had a lot of rain recently without major issues.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois attended the new Brusly High School ground breaking. Parish Council Member Kershaw reported info from the Parish Council; Sid Richardson road is nearly complete, enabling a new route between Addis and the Plaquemine area. Water System, new test wells to be dug by the end of the month. Parish officials held several meetings with DOTD about recent traffic issues. Parish is Considering establishing an early voting location somewhere on the south end of the parish, committee to be formed. Parish elections are this fall elected officials will take office in January 2020. Parish may consider adding a zoning for an assisted living facility.
Announcements: Landmark and Heritage Committee Monday April 15, 2019
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 6:35 PM.
Scot Rhodes, Mayor Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk