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Town Meeting Minutes – August 2021

August 9, 2021
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, August 9, 2021, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m.  Council Member Tassin led the Pledge of Allegiance.   A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor                         Scot Rhodes
Council Members:         Rusty Daigle, Joanne Bourgeois, Blake Tassin, Shane André, Don Neisler
Town Attorney:            Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent:                         None

Recognitions & Commendations:  None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of July 12, 2021, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Tassin.  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 6.1 inches of rainfall in the month; Parish canal levels are back to normal; Owen & White have completed drainage study for Venzule Basin; Street Overlays of E. St. Francis and a portion of Margaret St., St. Luke and Lejeune have been completed; Issues with S. LaBauve Lift Station; Repaired catch basin in Brusly Oaks; 1 pump is being serviced at Venzule Lift Station; 1 “out of compliance” test result on the Sewer Treatment Facility; Cleaned all culverts on South side of Ory with sewer jetter; no personnel incidents or injuries in the Maintenance Department.

Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of August 9th.  The extra trash pickup will be August 27th.

Finance Committee:
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” for July, in the meeting packets, is available for Council Members to review.

Planning and Zoning Committee:  None

Personnel Committee:  None

Recreation Committee:  None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member Joanne Bourgeois narrated a slide presentation accompanying Landmark Plaque applications for the following homes:

  •  515 LA Hwy 1 N – built in 1961 (currently owned by Erline Hebert);
  •  449 LA Hwy 1 N – built in 1944 (currently owned by Landess Hebert);

Having been recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Committee, a motion to approve the Landmark Plaques was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances:  None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances:
Ordinance 12 of 2021, to amend and reenact Chapter 8, Criminal Code, Sec.8-3 Fireworks was read aloud and opened for Public Hearing by Mayor Rhodes for consideration.  A motion to adopt Ordinance 12 of 2021, as discussed, was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Tassin.  A roll call vote was had with the following result:

Yeas:                Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois, Tassin, André
Nays:                None
Absent:            None

Introduction of Ordinances:   None

Resolutions:  None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of July was given by Chief Lefeaux.  There were nine (9) alarms, one (1) assist to other agencies, four (4) animal calls, one (1) assault, two (2) civil complaints, four (4) drug related, two (2) disturbances, one (1) harassment, five (5) medical, six (6) miscellaneous, fourteen (14) no insurance tows, eight (8) property crimes, three (3) unlocks, one (1) public assist, three (3) suspicious persons/vehicles, eleven (11) traffic accidents, five (5) thefts,  seven (7) traffic accidents, eight (8) traffic complaints, one (1) trespassing,  one (1) unlock and one (1) warrant arrest.  For the month, there were 98 total complaints, 382 total citations and 526 total violations.

Mayor’s Report: 
Mayor Rhodes reported that the Town won an Award at the LMA Convention for the Christmas Decorations displayed throughout the Town.  Mayor Rhodes stated that the Census results were slowly being tabulated; depending on results, there could be some redistricting. The bid opening for the St. James Park project will be held on August 17th. The Mayor reminded everyone of the mask mandate, asking everyone to comply.  Mayor Rhodes also announced that there was a search in progress for a fulltime WBR Fire Chief.  The Mayor reported that Shane Sarradet was working on an additional grant for upgrades and additions to the Sewer System.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mr. Carol Fontenot expressed concerns about the drainage plans for the Venzule Basin and asked for an explanation of the plan.  Following a brief discussion, Mayor Rhodes offered to schedule a meeting with the engineers and the Venzule residents to discuss the project.

Council Member Neisler announced that the worlds largest steam locomotive, The Big Boy, will be passing through Brusly, stopping in Addis, August 20th, on its 150th Anniversary Tour.

The Mayor, along with the Council, sent out condolences to the family of the recently deceased Jerry Cronin who served for 35 years with La. Municipal Risk Management.


A motion was made by Council Member Tassin to adjourn; seconded by Council Member André.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

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

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