February 8, 2021 Town of Brusly Brusly, Louisiana The regular meeting of the Town of…
March 8, 2021
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, March 8, 2021, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Daigle led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Rhodes asked for a moment of silence in recognition of recently deceased former Water Board Member Arlen Landry. 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.
Recognitions & Commendations: None
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of February 8, 2021, as written, 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 February. There were 5.8 inches of rainfall in the month; no drainage issues; 4 SCADA alarms; street overlay project has gone out to bid; repaired sewer drain issue at 811 E. Main; no personnel incidents to report for Maintenance Department; 2 “out of compliance” test results on the Sewer Treatment Facility; south entrance Town of Brusly sign was completed on LA1 Northbound.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of March 8th. The extra trash pickup will be March 26th.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” for February was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the variance request of Joseph Richardson at 2120 Ory Dr. for non-compliance of Sec. 120-145(3), R-1 Single Family Residential, Side Depth, to reduce the side setback from 10’ to 7’ to build an accessory structure. Having been recommended by the Planning & Zoning Committee and having a letter of no objection from the adjoining neighbor, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council member Neisler. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Rhodes presented the final plat of the Boulanger Subdivision on Bourgeois Street for the Council’s consideration. Mayor Rhodes assured the Council that the subdivision is in compliance with the Town of Brusly Ordinance Code. After discussion, a motion to approve the final plat, contingent upon adding a table with all the distances for L1 through L16, was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Upon the recommendation of Chief Lefeaux and assurances that all requirements have been met, a motion to hire Keagan Allen as a part time officer at the rate of $15 an hour, was made by Council Member Tassin; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Upon the recommendation of Chief Lefeaux, a motion to credit the school resource officer, Lt. Jason Fontenot, the stipend of $2000 from the WBR Parish School Board to be included in his annual salary, was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Council Member Bourgeois recommended that the written terms of the agreement with the WBR Parish School Board be placed in Officer Fontenot’s personnel folder. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee: None
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances:
Ordinance 3 of 2021, to amend and reenact the Town of Brusly Code of Ordinances, Part II (“Land Development Code”) to add Chapter 124 (“Telecommunications”) to establish standards for “Small Wireless Facilities” in the Right-of-Way of the Town of Brusly, was read aloud and opened for Public Hearing by Mayor Rhodes. Following comments from Attorney Acosta explaining some terms of the ordinance, a motion to adopt Ordinance 3 of 2021, as discussed, was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes closed the public hearing. A roll call vote was had with the following result:
Yeas: Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois, Tassin
Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member Daigle introduced Ordinance 4 of 2021, School Zone Speed Limits.
A motion to approve Resolution 4 of 2021, the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit, with changes discussed, was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of February was given by Assistant Chief Southon. There were four (4) alarms, two (2) suspicious persons, one (1) warrant arrest, three (3) drug related incidents, thirteen (13) miscellaneous complaints, thirteen (13) disturbances, one (1) fire, nine (9) no insurance tows, six (6) crash reports, three (3) traffic miscellaneous, two (2) medical, one (1) theft of a motor vehicle, one (1) security checks, one (1) theft, one (1) assist to other agency, two (2) animals at large, one (1) trespassing, four (4) unlocks, one (1) assault and seven (7) storm related assists/incidents. For the month, there were 76 total complaints, 271 total citations and 351 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes briefly summarized status of some nuisances being addressed around Town. Mayor Rhodes reported that La Hwy 1 overlay project from Plaquemine moving north will begin. Mayor Rhodes gave a brief update on the Venzule Drainage project. The Mayor announced that he would be out of Town the week of March15th and Mayor Pro-Temp Bourgeois would be available in his absence.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois requested an update on the new Occupational License renewal program that the Council had approved for this year. Mayor Rhodes responded that a report would be ready for the next Council Meeting.
Mr. Joey Normand expressed concern about a tree on North LaBauve that looks ready to fall. Mr. Normand requested that a copy of the budget to actual report be included in the meeting packets for the public.
A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:42 PM.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk