February 13, 2017
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, February 13, 2017, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 P.M. Council Member Bourgeois 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.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of January 9, 2017 was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Neisler. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes gave an update on possible future projects which included security cameras strategically placed around Town, striping all Town owned streets, having a second bulk trash pickup monthly and applying for the Safe Routes to Public Places Grant to help with the N. LaBauve traffic problem resulting from car pool traffic at Brusly Elementary School.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud a Variance Request for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.13.b Servitudes for Utilities for Vance J. Normand, 615 Lyon Street, to reduce the Utility Servitude from 15’ to 10’. After a brief discussion motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Upon the request of Mr. Vance J. Normand, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois, Richard, André
Mayor Rhodes presented the Final Plat of Lot 1 Square 20 Town of Brusly into Lots 1-A, 1-B, 1-C and 1-D Square 20 Town of Brusly located in Sec. 15, Township 8 South – Range 12 East West Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana for John L. Tyler, municipal address of 240 E. Main St. Having been favorably recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve the plat was made by Council Member Andrè; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Rhodes updated the Council on a new outsourced payroll system that will include computerized time clocks and other features, estimated to cost approximately $400 monthly.
Mayor Rhodes initiated a discussion on the feasibility of the Town purchasing flood insurance. The Mayor stated that he would seek quotes for the entire complex and report to the Council.
Personnel Committee: None
Mayor Rhodes reported that, due to other funding sources for the BHS dance team uniforms, he was allocating that budgeted money to purchase BHS track equipment.
Governmental Affairs Committee: None
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 January was given by Chief Lefeaux. There was one (1) alarm, one (1) animal call, one (1) assist to other departments, one (1) assist person, one (1) civil matter, three (3) disturbance calls, three (3) damage to property calls, two (2) drug related calls, one (1) harassing phone call, four (4) miscellaneous calls, one (1) suspicious person call, four (4) traffic accidents, 26 insurance tows and eleven (11) warrant arrests. For the month, there were 61 total calls, 321 total citations and 357 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes, Town Clerk Blaine Rabalais, Council Member Bourgeois, Council Member Daigle and Council Member Neisler attended the LMA Mid-Winter Conference. Town Clerk Blaine Rabalais, along with Brusly Police Department Officers, visited the Henderson, LA Police Department to view that agency’s ticket program. The Mayor stated that the Town would be developing a Facebook page. Mayor Rhodes also reported that the Town would be changing email servers at the end of the week. The Mayor and Town Clerk attended the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mr. Vance J . Normand used the “Remarks of Personal Privilege” time to deliver a sealed certified mail envelope to Council Member Daigle. This envelope was addressed to Mr. Daigle personally, and not in his capacity as Brusly Town Council Member. Mr. Normand left without divulging the contents of the envelope.
Council Member Bourgeois reported that the Town of Brusly had been named a Tree City for the year 2016 by the Arbor Day Foundation and thanked the office staff for their help with meeting the criteria for the award. Ms. Bourgeois also stated that she had attended a ceremony honoring Rev. Johnny Johnson of Union Baptist Church for his years of service to the church, presenting a proclamation from the Town. She also reported that the electrical receptacle, near the Back Brusly Oak Tree had been replaced, having been damaged by a fallen branch last year.
The Town Hall will be closed Tuesday, February 28th for Mardi Gras.
A motion was made by Council Member Andrè to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Richard. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:06 P.M.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk