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Minutes of the Brusly Historic District Study Committe Meeting – January 9, 2007

Members present: Rose Jackson, Margaret Canella, Arlene Triche, Shirley Jordan.

Members absent: Shane Sarradet, Jim Rills.

Others present: Marianne Berthelot, Secretary, Tom Acosta, Town of Brusly Attorney, Council Members Chris Kershaw, David Rodrigue, Joanne Bourgeois, and approximately ten citizens from the community that own property in the proposed district.

A meeting of the Brusly Historic District Study Committee was held on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 in the Council Meeting Room, Brusly Town Hall, Brusly, Louisiana. The meeting was called to order by the Mrs. Margaret Canella at 6:30 PM. Upon roll call, it was determined that the committee did not have a quorum to conduct an official meeting.

In consideration of the citizens who took their time to attend, Mrs. Joanne Bourgeois brought them up to date on the results of the “Open House” meeting held in December. In addition, the erroneous information contained in a letter circulated by an “anonymous” person or persons was addressed and discussed during this time.

Member, Shirley Jordan arrived for the meeting and since the committee now had a quorum, Mrs. Canella proceeded with the agenda.

The first item was to elect officers. Mrs. Arlene Triche nominated Mr. Shane Sarradet for Chairperson. There were no other nominations and Mr. Sarradet was elected Chairperson by unanimous vote of those members in attendance. Mrs. Rose Jackson nominated Mrs. Margaret Canella for Vice-Chairperson. There were no other nominations. Mrs. Canella was elected as Vice-Chairperson by unanimous vote of those members in attendance.

The discussion on the comments and questions received at the December meeting continued. Mrs. Joanne Bourgeois was recognized. She advised the members that based upon the results; the main concern of most of those who had property in the proposed district was the restrictions that could be put on their property. She advised that several owners and “future heirs” to property in the proposed district who did not want to be included in a historic district contacted her to voice their opposition.

Because of the concern for restrictions other options were discussed. One option that was discussed was “Landmark Designation” on an individual basis. With this option there would not be a set district with boundaries. Each individual historic property or area would be reviewed for recommendation as a historic landmark on its own merit with approval from the owner/owners. This would allow property owners the option to accept or decline the recommendation.

Members of the committee felt that this was worth looking into since all of the older homes throughout the town (including Back Brusly) could be included, even areas such as the “Old Oak Tree”, cemeteries and any other historic sites.

Brusly Attorney, Tom Acosta was present and he was asked to look into legal aspects of this option and give an opinion.

The next meeting was set for February 13, 2007 at 6:30 PM.

There was no other business.

Mrs. Arlene Triche made a motion to adjourn. Mrs. Rose Jackson seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

The meeting of the Historic District Study Committee adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Joanne Bourgeois announced that the Power Point Presentation of the Old Homes in Front Brusly would be shown for those who wished to remain.
Margaret Canella, Vice-Chairman

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