December 11, 2017 Town of Brusly Brusly, Louisiana The regular meeting of the Town of…
Town Meeting Minutes – August 2017
August 14, 2017
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, August 14, 2017, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Andrè led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:
Mayor: Scot Rhodes
Council Members: Rusty Daigle, Joanne Bourgeois, Terry Richard, Shane Andrè, Don Neisler
Town Attorney: Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Also present were State Representative Edmond Jordan, WBR Parish Council Member Chris “Fish” Kershaw, US Representative Garrett Graves, WBR Parish School Superintendent Wes Watts and Brusly High School Principal Walt Lemoine.
Mayor Rhodes presented Certificates of Congratulations to WBR Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year, Brook Falcon Harlan and WBR Parish Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Emily Webre.
Mayor Rhodes also presented a Plaque of Congratulations on behalf of the Town of Brusly Mayor and Council to WBR Parish High School Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Eckert who has also been named the 2018 State of Louisiana Teacher of the Year. State Representative Edmond Jordan presented Ms. Eckert a Commendation from the State of Louisiana House of Representatives for her contributions to the Town of Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish Community and the State of Louisiana. Representative Graves also congratulated Ms. Eckert and presented an American flag which had flown over the nation’s Capitol to her.
Mayor Rhodes also presented Certificates of Congratulations on behalf of himself and Brusly Town Council to the Brusly High School Girls’ Track Team for placing 1st at the 2017 State Championship and the Brusly High School Softball Team for placing runner up at the 2017 State Championship.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of July 10, 2017 was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Public Works Committee:
The condemnation hearing for 429 & 441 Gwin Street was continued until the September 11, 2017, meeting of the Council, upon the recommendation of Attorney Acosta, with advice to provide written notice to the property owners.
Planning and Zoning Committee: None
Finance Committee: None
Upon the recommendation of Police Chief Lefeaux, a motion to hire Robyn Ross as a full time Police Officer, at the rate of $17.00 an hour, with 40 hours of vacation, start date being August 11, 2017, was made by Council Member Richard; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois presented the following homes, recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Commission, at its July 17th meeting, to receive Landmark Plaques:
• 133 E. St. Francis St – The Lanius Durbin Home (currently owned by Eddie & Judy Whitaker);
• 626 W. Main St – The LeJeune Family Home (currently owned by Welton LeJeune);
• 325 E. St. Francis St. – The E.J. & Betty Wroten Home (currently owned by Sheila Harris Pritchett);
• 225 First St. – The Percy & Joyce Crockett Murphy Home (owned by Percy & Joyce Murphy).
A motion to approve the Landmarks was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
A motion to appoint Edward Dupuy to the Landmark & Heritage Commission , as a voting member, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Neisler. The Mayor opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Council Member Bourgeois reported that there will be a Landmark Plaque Ceremony on August 27th at 3:00 PM in the Chambers of the Brusly Town Hall.
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None
Introduction of Ordinances: None
Resolutions and Commendations: None
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of July was given by Asst. Chief Southon. There were eight (8) alarms, one (1) animal at large, ten (10) assists to other agencies, eight auto accidents, one (1) auto theft, one (1) battery, two (2) damage to property calls, three (3) disturbance calls, one (1) drug related call, two (2) medical calls, six (6) miscellaneous calls, one (1) missing person call, 17 insurance tows, 11 public assists, five (5) thefts, one (1) trespassing complaint, five (5) vehicle unlocks and five (5) warrant arrest calls. For the month, there were 88 total complaints, 248 total citations and 381 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes, Town Clerk Blaine Rabalais and Patricia Thibodaux attended the LMA Convention in Shreveport, during which the Town of Brusly received Honorable Mention in the Community Achievement Awards category for the 2016 Allene Street Sewer Force Main Project. Mayor Rhodes also attended the WBR Teacher Convocation which was held at the WBR Tourist Center.
Remarks of Personal Privilege: None
The Town Hall will be closed on September 4th for Labor Day.
The Committee Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 5th.
A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:07 PM.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk