April 9, 2018
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, April 9, 2018, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Daigle 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 March 12, 2018, as presented, 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.
After a presentation by Christie Dunn, with Wright, Moore, DeHart, Dupuis & Hutchinson, LLC, explaining the findings for the 2016/2017 Audit, Mayor Rhodes recommended accepting the Town of Brusly 2016/2017 audit as presented. A motion to accept the audit was made by Council member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. After responding to questions about the cost of the audit from Mr. Chris “Fish” Kershaw, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Bourgeois, Richard, Andrè, Neisler, Daigle
Mayor Rhodes referred the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” as well as the March bills included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.
Public Works Committee:
Ms. Linda Sanders reported that repairs and improvements are being done on the house at 441 Gwin Street, as funds become available. Mayor Rhodes reported that he had viewed the progress being made on the house and recommended the Council extend the derelict hearing an additional three months. It was agreed to extend the hearing to the July 9, 2018, Town Council meeting.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes presented the Marionneaux Development plans to the Council for consideration. Mr. Court Bradford, representing Hazel M. Pourciau Marionneaux, explained the proposed subdivision of Lot SSA-1-A-1 of South Side Acres Subdivision to the Council and offered to answer any questions posed. After hearing the plan for the subdivision, Council Member Daigle offered a motion to approve the subdivision, contingent upon the completion of the drainage study and final review; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Richard, Andrè, Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois
Upon the recommendation of Public Works Director Shane Sarradet, a motion to hire John Parault as a full-time maintenance employee at the rate of $15 an hour, was made by Council Member Andrè; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comment, the motion passed unanimously.
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee: None
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud Ordinance 2 of 2018, Chapter 20 and Chapter 25, Criminal Code, for use of the Trailways. After a brief discussion, a motion to approve, with the changes discussed, was made by Council Member Richard; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Mayor Rhodes opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments from the public, a roll call vote resulted in the following results:
Yeas: Andrè, Neisler, Bourgeois, Daigle, Richard
Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member Andrè introduced Ordinance 3 of 2018- General Funds 2017/2018 Budget Adjustments.
Council Member Bourgeois introduced Ordinance 4 of 2018-Sewer 2017/2018 Budget Adjustments.
Council Member Neisler introduced Ordinance 5 of 2018 – Zoning Map.
Resolutions and Commendations:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud Resolution 2 of 2018 honoring C. Rodney “Rod” Prejean Sr., for honorably serving the Town of Brusly as Alderman for 12 years, from 1968 to 1980 and as Mayor for over 8 years, from July 1, 1980 to December 31, 1988. Upon the motion of Council Member Andrè; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois, Resolution 2 of 2018 was approved unanimously. Mr. Prejean’s family was in attendance and expressed appreciation.
Mayor Rhodes read aloud and signed a Proclamation, proclaiming the month of April 2018, Alcohol Awareness Month, following a report given by Anatole Vincent, Chairman on the WBR Healthy Community Coalition.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of March was given by Assistant Chief Southon. There were seven (7) alarms, five (5) warrant arrests, two (2) assists to other agencies, four (4) civil complaints, seven (7) miscellaneous complaints, four (4) disturbance calls, two (2) public assists, 20 no insurance tows, eight (8) crash reports, three (3) suspicious person/vehicle calls, three (3) medical, one (1) unlock call, ten (10) traffic complaints, one (1) battery, one (1) harassing phone call, one (1) animal at large four (4) thefts, one (1) natural death, one (1) terrorizing call and one (1) missing person. For the month, there were 77 total complaints, 302 total citations and 407 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes reported meeting with Perry Franklin about plans to alleviate the traffic problems. The Mayor reported that a survey crew was working on E. St. Francis Street to map out the location of the sidewalk connecting with the Trailhead.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Andrè spoke of the legacy left by Rod Prejean relative to carving the pathway to the future of the Town of Brusly.
Relay for Life will be held at Brusly High Track on Friday April 13th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Landmark & Heritage meeting will be held Monday April 16th at 6:30 pm.
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 7:27 PM.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk