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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, April 10, 2006

April 10, 2006
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, April 10, 2006, at the Brusly Town Hall. Mayor Joey Normand called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Andre’ led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:
Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: David Rodrigue, Ronda Perrault, Shane Andre’,
Joanne Bourgeois, Chris Kershaw
Town Attorney: Jamie Fontenot

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of March 13, 2006, was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Perrault and passed with all Members Membersin favor.

Public Works: Mayor Normand explained the circumstances surrounding the problems with the Brusly Oaks sewer system which resulted in the Town filing suit on the Contractor’s Bonding Company and others. Since all repairs have been completed by the professionals from Japanese auto repair and the system is working well, he and the Town Attorney recommended acceptance of the settlement. Council Member Perrault made a motion to authorize Mayor Normand to sign the Brusly Oaks Sewer Settlement in the amount of $90,000. The motion was seconded by Council Member Andre’ and a roll vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Rodrigue, Perrault, Bourgeois, Andre’, Kershaw
Nays: None
Absent: None

Planning and Zoning: There will be a public hearing April 26th regarding subdividing Donnie Jarreau’s property behind the Brusly Oaks Shopping Center.

Finance Committee: A motion to approve the Blue Cross Health Insurance Renewal was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Rodrigue. The motion passed with a unanimous vote. Despite the constant increases in health care costs, there was no increase in premiums this year for the Town and Fire Department. The Mayor pointed out that this was made possible because the Town employees were willing to modify the plan and they controlled the plan usage.

Personnel Committee: None

Recreation Committee: Council Member Bourgeois stated that the Town won 1st Place in District VI Category A in the Cleanest City Contest. She thanked everyone who helped with preparationscleaning for the Cleanest City Contest.
The 2006 Poster Contest Winners are as follows:
Brusly Elementary-1st Place went to Camryn Comeaux, Alexandra Dexter 2nd Place and Quinn Ducote 3rd Place.
Lukeville Upper Elementary- Anna Rogers1st Place and Landon Blank 2nd Place; there was no 3rd Place winner.
Brusly Middle-Te’Keyah Harris and Ben Rogers tied for 1st Place, Christy Smith 2nd Place and Connor Alleman and Ashley Marionneaux tied for 3rd Place.
The Essay Contest Winners were 1st Place Amanda Landry, 2nd Place Boston Hock and 3rd Place Randy Patrick (Eighth Graders at Brusly Middle).

Police Committee: The Mayor asked authorization from the Council to remove junk cars from residences where homeownersresidents who have been notified but havehas not taken any action, nor responded to certified letters.
A motion was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois to remove the junk car located on Anita Street. A roll call vote was had with the following result:
Yeas: Rodrigue, Perrault, Bourgeois, Andre’
Nays: Kershaw
Absent: None
Since a unanimous vote is required, the motion failed with four Council Members in favor and one member against.
No action was taken on the car located on E. Main Street.

A motion was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois to remove the junk cars located at West Main Street and Elaine Street. A roll call vote was had with the following result:
Yeas: Rodrigue, Perrault, Bourgeois, Andre’, Kershaw
Nays: None
Absent: None
The motion passed with the required unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois to remove the junk cars located on West Main Street. A roll call vote was had with the following result:
Yeas: Rodrigue, Perrault, Bourgeois,
Nays: Andre’, Kershaw
Absent: None
Since a unanimous vote is required, the motion failed with three Council Members in favor and two members against.

Grant Committee: None
Consideration of vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and final action on Ordinances: None
Introduction of Ordinances: None
Resolutions and Commendations: None

Fire Department: Fire Chief Mike Alleman gave the Fire Chief’s Report for March. There were 22 first aid calls outside the Town and seven first aid calls inside the Town. Inside the Town, there was one motor vehicle accident and three outside the Town. There was a diesel spill at Brusly High School. There was one mutual aid call to Addis. There were no fires inside the Town and two fire calls outside the Town. There was one false alarm and one grass fire. Total calls for the month were 39 and 103 total calls for the year.

Police Department: Report for the month of March was given by Chief Whaley. He stated that there were nine wrecks, six assistances to other agencies, 14 traffic arrests, two damages to property, four bench warrants, five batteries, two disturbing the peace, one theft, one robbery, one domestic call and 25 miscellaneous calls. There was one juvenile matter, for a total of 71 calls and 417 citations for the month.
Chief Whaley made a recommendation to hire Mr. William Starnes as a full-time officer. Mr. Starnes is P.O.S.T certified but will have to take a refresher course. A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ to hire Mr. William Starnes, contingent upon his passing the psychological exam at an hourly rate of $10.15 effective April 24th. Council Member Rodrigue seconded the motion and a roll call vote was had with the following result:
Yeas: Rodrigue, Perrault, Bourgeois, Andre’, Kershaw
Nays: None
Absent: None

Correspondence: None

Mayor’s Report: There was a flag ceremony held at Brusly High School to acknowledge the achievements of the local schools; Superintendent and Mr. Corona gave statisticsstats on how the Brusly schools scored on state level.
The prom after party was a success for its first year.

Remarks of Personal Privilege: Mr. Skipper Grady voiced his concern about the Brusly Oaks Sewer Settlement and asked that the Town reconsider the settlement. The Mayor asked the council if they wished to return to the earlier item to reconsider the settlement. There was no motion by the Council to reconsider the settlement.
Fire Chief Alleman thanked Town citizens for helping clean up a tree that fell on LaBauve. He gave a very special thanks to Police Chief Jamie Whaley for helping escort an unconscious victim of a snakebiteman to the hospital that was bit by a snake.
Mayor Normand acknowledged Cody Ash who is a USA Wrestling State Champion.
Announcements: Town Hall will be closed for business on April 14th observing Good Friday.

A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Kershaw. The motion passed with a unanimous vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.
Announcements: Mayor announced that a ceremony will be held at Lukeville Upper Elementary School to dedicate the State Historic Marker on November 16th at 10 a.m.. Planning and Zoning rescheduled meeting dates are November 17th and December 21st.
A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Perrault. The motion passed with a unanimous vote; and the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

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Joey Normand, Mayor Debbie Berthelot, Town Clerk

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