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Town Meeting Minutes – July 2023

July 10, 2023
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, July 10, 2023, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m., by Mayor Rhodes. Council Member Bourgeois 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 minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of June 12, 2023, as presented, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André. 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 June. There were 3.0 inches of rainfall in the month; 1 SACDA alarm; no “out of compliance” test result on the Sewer Treatment Facility; several washouts along subsurface drainage repaired throughout town; sewer camera performed on Oak Plaza, W. St. Francis & N. Vaughan; culverts were jetted & cleaned on south side of E. St. Francis from River Road to S. Vaughan; trimmed overhead trees on Gleason, East & West Main, Courtney, Lee and Irma Streets; two catch basins were completed on Bourgeois St.; Cleaned street drainage gutters along S. LaBauve; no personnel incidents to report for maintenance department for the month of June.

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

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to condemn the structure at 308 Lejeune Lane was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Planning and Zoning Committee:  None

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

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, Council Member Bourgeois made a motion to name Baxley & Associates as the Town of Brusly’s 2022/2023 Auditor; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Personnel Committee: None

Recreation Committee:
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 2023-2024 Budget.  A motion to approve was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Neisler.  The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Rhodes requested authorization to issue a special “Open Container Permit” for July 14th through July 16th at Alexander Park, as requested by Brusly High School Alumni. A motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Tassin. The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:
There will be a Landmark & Heritage Commission Meeting on July 17th at 6:30pm.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing & Final Action on Ordinances:  None

Introduction of Ordinances: None

Resolutions: None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of June was given by Assistant Chief Southon. There were three (3) alarms, three (3) assaults, one (1) civil problem, three (3) disturbances, one (1) harassment, one (1) juvenile problem, one (1) medical, one (1) mental subject, one (1) missing person, twenty-one (21) no insurance tows, one (1) obstruct justice, one (1) stolen vehicle, one (1) theft, seven (7) traffic accidents, three (3) traffic problems, one (1) warrant and one (1) welfare check.  For the month, there were 51 total events, 305 total citations and 425 total violations.

Through use of the Flock License Plate Camera System, there was 1 warrant arrest, and 2 stolen plates.

Mayor’s Report: 
Mayor Rhodes announced that the Town has entered St. James Park for consideration for the LMA Community Achievement Award. The Mayor gave brief updates on St. James Park and the Joliet Trail Projects. Mayor Rhodes thanked WBR Fire Chief Butch Browning for speaking at the Town’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois mentioned the recent death of Mrs. Doretha Crockett who worked in Food Service at Brusly High School for years and who was the widow of Leslie Crockett, Sr., who served on the Town of Brusly Planning & Zoning Commission for many years.

AnnouncementsNone

Council Member Daigle made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.

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

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