July 9, 2018
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, July 9, 2018, 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.
Mayor Rhodes thanked Mayor Pro-Tempore Bourgeois for presiding over the Committee Meeting of July 2, 2018, in his absence.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of June 11, 2018, as presented, was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Mayor Rhodes called attention to the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report,” included in the meeting packets, for Council Members to review.
Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes presented the Public Works report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of June. There were 3.2 inches of rainfall in the month; no drainage issues were reported; 3 alarms sounded at the sewer lift stations; no “out of compliance” test results at the sewer treatment facility; 4 generators were serviced, with one needing repairs following a load test failure; repairs to a sewer line at 630 Lee Drive cut through by AT&T; and one nesting alligator removed from the sewer pond. The alligator was relocated by Wild Life & Fisheries to a site in Cameron and the eggs were taken to a Wild Life & Fisheries facility. There were no personnel incidents to report.
Council Member André expressed concerns about the recent poor quality of service from Republic Services during garbage pickup throughout the Town. Mayor Rhodes stated that Town Clerk, Blaine Rabalais had attended a meeting, along with representatives from the WBR Parish, the Town of Addis, the City of Port Allen, Erwinville and representatives of Republic Services, to discuss the problems with garbage service in the parish. Republic Services representatives reported that they were conducting a study and working on a plan. Mayor Rhodes also reported 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 July 27th, the last Friday of the month.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes showed photos updating progress on the properties at 429 & 441 Gwin Street. It was decided to reschedule the derelict building hearing for the property at the August 13th Town Council meeting.
Personnel Committee: None
Recreation 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 and Commendations: None
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of June was given by Asst. Chief Southon. There were five (5) alarms, fifteen (15) warrant arrests, one (1) assist to other agencies, seven (7) civil complaints, six (6) miscellaneous complaints, six (6) disturbance calls, two (2) public assists, forty-two (42) no insurance tows, five (5) crash reports, five (5) suspicious person/vehicle calls, one (1) medical, two (2) unlock calls, six (6) traffic complaints, one (1) burglary, one () harassing phone call, two (2) animals at large, two (2) thefts, one (1) damage to property, one (1) terrorizing, three (3) drug arrests, one (1) bomb threat and one (1) drug arrest assist. For the month, there were 116 total complaints, 261 total citations and 425 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes reported that the Town had submitted applications for the LA Recreation Trail Grant and the Safe Routes to Public Places Grant. The Mayor stated that the preliminary work for the 2020 Census had begun. The Mayor also shared information stating that the
latest population estimation for the Town of Brusly is 2944. The LMA Convention will be held July 31st through August 2nd in Lake Charles. Mayor Rhodes informed the Council that 6 donation boxes, formerly located in the Oaks Shopping Center parking lot, had been removed. The one remaining box will be removed, pending property owner permission. The Mayor is drafting an ordinance to adjust permit fees. The Mayor told Council Members that Audit Questionnaires have been send and requested they be completed and returned to the Auditor as soon as possible.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mr. Kim LeMoine expressed concerns about insufficient parking spaces at the new commercial shopping center located at 309 S. Vaughan. Ms. Rosa Stelly expressed concerns about the tall grass at 2250 Live Oak Dr. Council Member André suggested the Town pay the balance of the cost of constructing the proposed park located at the Trail Head, if grant funds do not cover the entire cost.
There will be a Landmark & Heritage meeting July 16th at 6:30 PM.
A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Richard. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:03 PM.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk