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Town Meeting Minutes – August 2018

August 13, 2018
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, August 13, 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.
Absent:                            None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of July 9, 2018, as presented, was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Finance Committee:
Mayor Rhodes referred to the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report,” included in the meeting packets, for Council Members to review.

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to approve the 2017-2018 Audit Compliance Questionnaire was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes delivered the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of July. There were 2.9 inches of rainfall in the month; several alarms sounded at the Live Oak sewer lift station, caused by a faulty check valve which has now been repaired; one “out of compliance” test result at the sewer treatment facility; 2 violations on the DEQ Audit with corrective actions having been implemented; a new utility vehicle has arrived for the Maintenance Department; there were no personnel incidents to report.

Mayor Rhodes stated that road side debris pickup will occur this week, which is the second full week of the month and the extra monthly pickup is scheduled for August 31st, the last Friday of the month.

Ms. Linda Sanders reported that repairs and improvements to the residence at 441 Gwin St. are progressing; remaining interior work includes installing sheetrock and flooring. Mayor Rhodes reported that Public Works Supervisor visited the home and has pictures of the progress. Council Members agreed to postpone the Derelict Hearing until the November 12, 2018, Town Council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Committee: None
Personnel Committee: None
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee:
Chief Lefeaux presented certificates of appreciation to Roadrunner West Towing, Hampton Inn & Suites, Noah’s Pharmacy, Ashley Manor Catering, J&A Camper Sales, Caffe’ Maison, State Farm Agent Brittany Weaver, Rivertown Animal Hospital, Daniel Pharmacy, LeJeune’s Body Works, La Bayou Bistro, Mary Lee Donuts and Deric’s Heating & Air for their sponsorship of informational Law Publications to be distributed by the Brusly Police Department, to Town residents and their children Chief Lefeaux recognized and thanked Josh York for his work in coordinating the sponsorships for the project.

Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois described the following homes which were recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Commission as recipients of a Certified Landmark Plaque.
1837 Allene St. – Mike & Karen Averette, home built by Emily A. & Roy André, Sr.;
524 Lee Dr. – Louis Arlen Landry
1622 Allene St. – Todd Lucas, home built by Faye T. & Jack A. Sarradet, Jr.
A motion to approve the proposed homes to receive Landmark Plaques was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

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, thirteen (13) warrant arrests, two (2) assist to other agencies, two (2) civil complaints, eleven (11) miscellaneous complaints, four (4) disturbance calls, two (2) public assists, thirty-eight (38) no insurance tows, seven (7) crash reports, five (5) suspicious person/vehicle calls, five (5) medical, three (3) unlock calls, three (3) traffic complaints, one (1) fire, one (1) missing persons, one (1) battery, two (2) thefts, one (1) damage to property and one (1) identity theft. For the month, there were 110 total complaints, 254 total citations and 362 total violations.

Correspondence: None
Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Rhodes, Council Member Shane André, Council Member Rusty Daigle, Town Clerk Blaine Rabalais and Patricia Thibodaux attended the LMA Convention. Mayor Rhodes reported that he and Public Works Director Shane Sarradet were in the process of choosing roads for this year’s Street Overlay Project. The Mayor attended the WBR Parish Schools Convocation. He reported that the Town of Brusly was beginning the process of annexing property to encompass the new Brusly High School campus. The Mayor stated that the Town will purchase “Welcome to Brusly” banners for the north and south boundaries of Town.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that a resident on S. Kirkland, near Brusly Middle School, expressed concerns about large truck exceeding the speed limit in that area.

September Committee Meeting has been moved to Tuesday September 4th due to Labor Day.
The Town Hall will be closed Monday September 3rd for Labor Day.

A motion was made by Council Member Richard to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:53 PM.

/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor                                                                        /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk

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