August 12, 2019
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, August 12, 2019, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Richard 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.
Recognitions & Commendations: None
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of July 8, 2019, as written, 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.
Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of July. There were 7.7 inches of rainfall in the month; Hurricane Barry produced 6.5 inches over 3 day span; over 500 sandbags were given out; no drainage issues; 2 SCADA alarms sounded; no “out of compliance” test results were noted at the sewer treatment facility; approximately 450 feet of ditch and 425 feet of culverts were graded/cleared; a small beaver dam was removed from the Ton-Ton Canal; no personnel incidents were reported in the Maintenance Department.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of August 12, 2019. The extra trash pickup will be Friday, August 30, 2019.
Mayor Rhodes reported that the drainage ditch on Venzule will be dug out to grade during the week of the 26th of August. Venzule Street residents, Carroll Fontenot and Bob Benoit, asked that consideration be given as to where the water would flow following the ditch work. The Mayor also reported that all information requested from the Town’s Engineer had been submitted and a drainage study was being complied by Owen & White Engineers.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to reappoint Gary Soniat to the Planning & Zoning Commission was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. The Mayor opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.
Mayor Rhodes requested authorization to sign a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with WBR Parish School Board for the purpose of allocating budgeted recreational funds, as previously approved by the Town Council in the 2019-2020 Budget. A motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Richard. The Mayor opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Personnel Committee: None
Upon the recommendation of Police Chief Lefeaux, Council Member Richard made a motion to hire Ronald Tetzel as a Part Time Police Officer at the rate of $15.00 an hour, effective August 12, 2019; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Bourgeois, Richard, André, Neisler, Daigle
Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois presented a Landmark Plaque application for the house at 407 Gwin Street, currently owned by Richard and Paula Soniat. Having been recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Commission as a Former Landmark Site, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council member André to award a Landmark Plaque. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comment, the motion passed unanimously.
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None
Introduction of Ordinances: None
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of July was given by Asst. Chief Tom Southon. There were eighteen (18) alarms, four (4) warrant arrests, one (1) rape complaint, six (6) civil complaints, eight (8) miscellaneous complaints, seven (7) disturbance calls, four (4) assist to other agencies, forty-one (41) no insurance tows, six (6) crash reports, two (2) criminal damage to property, one (1) burglary, four (4) unlock calls, nine (9) traffic complaints, three (3) fireworks calls, six (6) drug related arrests, two (2) thefts, one (1) DWI, two (2) medical calls, three (3) public assists, five (5) suspicious persons, one (1) death, two (2) harassment and one (1) fire call. For the month, there were 137 total complaints, 205 total citations and 292 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes reported that a meeting was held to discuss ideas about the Trail Head Property Project. Attendees included Anatole Vincent, Drew Massey, Warren Lejeune, Council Member Shane André, Council Member Bourgeois and Mayor Rhodes.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois stated that Household Hazardous Waste collection will be held at Alexander Park on September 28, 2019 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
A motion was made by Council Member Daigle to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Richard. 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