Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, August 10, 2015, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Neisler led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: Scot Rhodes, Joanne Bourgeois, Terry Richard, Shane André, Don Neisler
Town Attorney: Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent: None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of July 13, 2015, was made by Council Member Andrè and seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Public Works Committee: None
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Normand read aloud a Variance Request for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.6 Servitude Encroachment for Arthur & Whitney Soma at 2610 Orleans Quarters Dr. to build a patio. The Variance having been favorably recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Rhodes. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand read aloud a Variance Request for Non-compliance – Sec. 19.31(a)(2)(a) Buffer Zones for Aaron Daniel at 409 E. Main Street to be exempt from fencing and shrubs around the buffer zones for security purposes. The Variance having been favorably recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand read aloud a Variance Request for Non-compliance – Sec. 19.23 Right-of-Way for Stonewall Plantation, LLC at 322 S. LaBauve Ave. to allow trees in a dedicated drainage & utility right-of-way. The Variance having been favorably recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand presented the Final Plat with variance request of Map Showing the removal of Lots A-4.1.B.1 & A-4.1.B.2 from Lot A-4.1.B (of the Lynn J. Pourciau Tract) Located in Sec. 14, T-8-S, R-12-E, S.E. Land District, west of the Mississippi River, Town of Brusly, Parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana for Sherry Elizabeth Lopez Pourciau with Non-Compliance to Sec. 19.8(a)(5)k – to allow more than 500 feet distance from the edge of the street right-of-way to the end of the private servitude of access. The plat was recommended contingent upon a sufficient water main being installed the entire length of Richard Street, with a fire hydrant at the end, along with a letter from the Fire Chief stating said hydrant was adequate for fire protection to the lots recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. A motion to approve the subdivision with the conditions stated was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. The Mayor opened the floor for public comment. There was a brief discussion about notes on the plat. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand read aloud a Variance Request for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.6 Servitude Encroachment for Claire Gibson at 2434 Orleans Quarters Dr. to build a fence. The Variance having been favorably recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Rhodes; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Upon the request of Mayor Normand a motion to amend the agenda to take up a variance request from Mr. Casey Moore was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Rhodes. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Bourgeois, Neisler, Rhodes, Richard, André
Nays: None
Absent: None

A motion to approve a Variance Request for Non-Compliance – Sec. 19.6 Servitude Encroachment for Casey Moore at 3016 Orleans Quarters Dr. to build a fence, was made by Council Member Richard; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand opened the Condemnation Hearing of 1146 West Main Street (Lot JW-1). Maurice Hall, the attorney representing the estate of James and Henrietta Woods, asked that 90 days be allowed for the family to demolish the house. Following a brief discussion, a motion to condemn the property, deferring any action for 90 days, was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Richard. The Mayor opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Finance Committee:
Upon the recommendation of Mayor Normand, a motion to approve the 2014/2015 Audit Compliance Questionnaire was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Personnel Committee: None
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee:
Chief Lefeaux made a recommendation to hire Ron LeRay as a Part Time Police Officer, at the rate of $12.00 an hour, staring August 12, 2015. Chief Lefeaux explained that Mr. LeRay has all the required psychological testing and firearms qualifications. A motion to approve the recommendation was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Andrè. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Governmental Affair Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois presented the following homes which have been recommended to receive Landmark Plaques:
256 Hebert Street – The Dolores Martin Bergeron Home (owned by Gaylen & Tracie Martin)
139 S. LaBauve Ave – The Octave & Birdie LaBauve Home (owned by Ryan C. Fabre)
761 W. Main Street – The Sam Thibodeaux Home (owned by BKR(Brad Fabre, Kyle Thibodeaux, Ryan Fabre))
228 S. LaBauve Ave – The Ory Hebert Home (owned by Dane & Mary Hebert)
1206 W. main Street – The Fernand Thibodeaux Home (owned by Tim & Christina Robicheaux)
1240 W. Main Street – The Edwin & Marie Hebert Home (owned by Cindy M. Jones)
1256 W. Main Street – The Original Brusly Seafood House (owned by Omer & Mary LeRay)
1256 W. Main Street – Mrs. Gauthreaux’s House (owned by Omer & Mary LeRay)
1211 W. Main Street – J.C. “Kiyi” & Geraldine Caillouet Home (owned by Omer & Mary LeRay)
539 N. LaBauve Ave – The Melancon Home (owned by Pierce & Kerri Brown)
Council Member Bourgeois also presented the following site which had been recommended by the Landmark & Heritage Commission to receive a Former Landmark Sign:
363 E. St. Francis- Former Site of the Brusly Semi-Pro Baseball Field
A motion to approve all of the Landmarks was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Rhodes. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None
Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member Andrè introduced Ordinance __ of 2015 – NFPA Fire Codes.
Resolutions and Commendations:
Resolution #10 of 2015 to declare surplus and set the minimum price at $1,000 a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria was recommended by Police Chief Lefeaux. A motion to approve the resolution was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Resolution #11 of 2015 to congratulate Ronnie Babin for 50 years of service to the community as a member of the Brusly Lion’s Club was recommended by Mayor Normand. A motion to approve the resolution was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Normand opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of July was given by Chief Lefeaux. There were three (3) 911 hang-up calls, eleven (11) alarms, two (2) animal calls, ten (10) assists to other agencies, one (1) assist to a person, two (2) area checks, three (3) damage to property, three (3) disturbances, four (4) domestic calls, two (2) fire calls, one (1) fraud, two (2) harassing phone calls, one (1) juvenile matter, one (1) information call, one (1) noise complaint, one (1) open door, one (1) private lot accident, one (1) shot fired, one (1) suicide attempt, one (1) suspicious person, three (3) thefts, two (2) traffic accidents, one (1) traffic complaint, fifty-six (56) traffic stops, one (1) vandalism call and two (2) warrant arrests. For the month’s total, there were 117 calls, 357 citations, 466 violations, six (6) driving under suspension arrests and 48 insurance tows.
Correspondence: None
Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Normand reported on meeting he attended with Mayor Toups, Mayor Lee and Parish President Berthelot in which a discussion was held about coming up with a formula to calculate the population for tax disbursement purposes. The Mayor further reported that the Town had purchased a new backhoe.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mayor Toups invited everyone to join Addis for their 100th Anniversary Celebration, starting off at the Addis Museum & Park with live music and a night parade on September 11th, celebrating all day at Myhand Park & the VFW Hall on Saturday September 12th with food, live music, exhibits and fireworks.
Parish Council Member Kershaw gave a brief update on WBR Parish projects.
Council Member Bourgeois recognized and thanked Mr. Lawrence Breaux for his efforts in cleaning the derelict property at 229 St. John Street.
Announcements:
The Town Hall will be closed Sept. 7th for Labor Day.
There will be a Landmark & Heritage Plaque Ceremony September 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Town Hall.

A motion was made by Council Member Andrè to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Richard. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.
____________________________ _________________________
Joey Normand, Mayor Debbie Berthelot, Town Clerk