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Town Meeting Minutes – January 2019

January 14, 2019
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, January 14, 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, Don Neisler
Town Attorney:                          Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent:                                        Shane Andrè

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of December 10, 2018, as written, 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.

Recognitions & Commendations: None

Public Works Committee:
The Mayor referred to the Public Works Report that had been read aloud at last week’s Committee Meeting, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of December. There were 9.5 inches of rainfall in the month; the maintenance department incurred overtime managing high levels at several lift stations; several alarms sounded at sewer lift stations due to excessive rain; several roadside ditch drainage concerns during rain event of 12/27/18; no “out of compliance” test result at the sewer treatment facility; no incidents were reported in the Maintenance Department.

Mr. Gregory Sanders gave a brief update on the progress being made at 429 Gwin Street. Following a brief discussion, Council Members agreed to postpone the Derelict Hearing until the July 8, 2019, Town Council meeting.

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

Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud a Variance Request for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.31.1 Zoning District R-1 Front & Side Setbacks, reducing the front setback from 30 feet to 20 feet and reducing the side setback from 10 feet to 3 feet for Gary Tullier, 1005 Blanchard St., accompanied by a letter of no objection from the adjoining property owner. Having been unanimously recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Recreation Committee: None

Personnel Committee: None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee: None

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None

Introduction of Ordinances: None

Resolutions: None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of December was given by Asst. Chief Southon. There were eleven (11) alarms, one (1) warrant arrest, one (1) careless operation, one (1) civil complaint, four (4) miscellaneous complaints, five (5) disturbance calls, one (1) public assist, thirteen (13) no insurance tows, ten (10) crash reports, one (1) damage to property, one (1) battery, two (2) unlock calls, four (4) traffic complaints, one (1) 911 hang-up, two (2) hit and runs, two (2) medical, four (4) theft calls, one (1) improper telephone, two (2) animal at large and one (1) DWI. For the month, there were 68 total complaints, 87 total citations and 130 total violations.

Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Rhodes announced that the LMA Mid-Winter Conference is scheduled for February 19th and 20th in Baton Rouge. Mayor Rhodes reported that all Town employees attended the State mandated Sexual Harassment training class in December.

Remarks of Personal Privilege: None

There will be a Landmark & Heritage meeting January 21st at 6:30 PM.
The Town Hall will be closed Monday, January 21st for Civil Rights 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 6:46 PM.

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

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