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Town Meeting Minutes – January 2022

January 10, 2022
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, January 10, 2022, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 7:00 p.m.  Mayor Rhodes waived reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as that was previously led by Council Member Tassin at the 6:30 Committee Meeting.  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 December 13, 2021, was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. 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 December. There were 5.4 inches of rainfall in the month; no drainage problems were reported; 3 culvert program installations; 3 SCADA alarms; a new front door was installed at the Town Hall; zero “out of compliance” test results on the Sewer Treatment Facility; no incidents to report for the Maintenance Department for the month of December.

There was a total of 86.4 inches of rainfall for 2021, an average of 7.2 inches per month. It was the wettest year in 12 years, with records being kept since 2010. The sewer treatment facility operated at 56% of its total capacity for the year.

Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of January 10th. The extra trash pickup will be January 28th.

Planning and Zoning CommitteeNone

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

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion, to authorizing Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $2,809.00 to remove two light poles and replace with 12 tree up-lights & Change Order No. 2 to allow 37 more days to complete the St. James Square Park project, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment.  Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:

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

Personnel Committee:  None

Recreation Committee:  None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:  None

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing & Final Action on Ordinance:  None

Introduction of Ordinances:  None

A motion to approve Resolution No. 1 of 2022, the 2021 West Baton Rouge Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan, with changes discussed, was made by Council Member Neisler; 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:                Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois, Tassin, André
Nays:                None
Absent:            None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of December was given by Lt. Jason Fontenot. There  was one (1) agency assist, eight (8) alarms, four (4) burglaries, two (controlled substances, two (2) damaged property, one (1) death, eight (8) disturbances, one (1) family disturbance, two (2) fraud, two (2) juvenile problems, three (3) medicals, one (1) miscellaneous, two (2) no insurance tows, one (1) obstruction of justice, one (1) robbery, one (1) stolen property, five (5) suspicious activity, two (2) theft, eleven (11) traffic accidents, three (3) traffic problems, four (4) unlocks, two (2) warrants and one (1) weapons offense.  For the month, there were 568 total events, 269 total citations and 346 total violations.

There were 3 stolen vehicles recovered using the new Flock License Plate Camera System.

Lt. Stephen Wallis presented a Certificate of Excellence to Sgt. Jeremy Thompson for his part in apprehending an armed suspect and solving four burglary cases.  Lt. Wallis also presented Certificates of Excellence to Lt. Jason Fontenot and Corp. Brett Portier for recovering a stolen vehicle and a weapon which was used in a carjacking on the LSU Campus, along with apprehending three suspects.

Mayor’s Report: 
Mayor Rhodes reported that he and Public Works Director Shane Sarradet were working on the servitude agreements with residents to begin work on the Venzule Drainage Project.  The Mayor announced that the tentative date for the St. James Square Park Grand Opening is set for May 6, 2022.  Mayor Rhodes reported that he is still working on an accurate count for the 2020 Census. The Mayor reported that he was in contact with the State Highway Department about the repairs to the crossings along LA Highway 1 in Brusly being completed as soon as possible.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that the family of Mr. Albert Kidd, former Brusly High Educator and later the Principal at Lukeville Elementary, donated 13 Brusly High School year books dating back to 1952.

The Town Hall will be closed Monday, January 17th for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
The Landmark and Heritage Meeting will be Monday, January 24th.

A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Daigle.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

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

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