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June 13, 2005
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, June 13, 2005 at the Brusly Town Hall. Mayor Joey Normand called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., and requested that all electronic devices be turned off or silenced. Council Member Bourgeois led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:
Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: David Rodrigue, Ronda Perrault,
Joanne Bourgeois, Shane Andre’, Chris Kershaw
Town Attorney: Jamie Fontenot
The Mayor presented Cody Rodriguez with a certificate for being elected Brusly High’s “Student of the Year” and West Baton Rouge “Student of the Year”. Mayor Normand then presented a plaque of appreciation to Jules Lefeaux who will retire after four and one half years as Brusly Town Clerk and Secretary/Treasurer for Fire Sub-District #2 and 25 years of public service. Lefeaux stated that working for the Town was an interesting and an enjoyable job and he enjoyed working with the Mayor, Council and the public.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of May 9, 2005, was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Perrault and passed with a unanimous vote.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Special Meeting of May 26, 2005, was made by Council Member Andre’, seconded by Council Member Rodrigue and passed with a unanimous vote.
The Planning and Zoning report included a motion by Council Member Bourgeois to reappoint Mrs. Rosa Stelly to Planning and Zoning for a seven year term seconded by Council Member Perrault and passed with a unanimous vote.
Under Finance Committee, Mayor Normand suggested a minimum price of $2,000 for the 1999 Ford police car as no bids were received at the Town’s auction and only one person answered from the internet advertisement. Motion to approve the price of $2,000 was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Kershaw and passed with a unanimous vote.
Under Personnel Committee, Mayor Normand recommended that the Town pay approximately $3,000 and $514.00 in interest to the Municipal Employees Retirement System for James R. Johnson III. Due to oversight on the Town’s part, no contribution was made into the Municipal Employee Retirement System from 1993 to 1999. The Town’s Auditor suggested the Town pay its share this year. A stipulation is included stating that Mr. Johnson must submit his share of approximately $9,000 and must sign a letter stating that he has no further claims against the Town of Brusly and/or the Brusly Police Department before the Town releases any funds. Motion made by Council Member Perrault, seconded by Council Member Rodrigue and passed with a unanimous vote.
Town Clerk, Jules Lefeaux, gave the report on the United Way Campaign. The Town once again was the top giver in its category this year. He thanked all employees who made contributions.
Recreation Committee report included comments by Council Member Bourgeois stating that the Town of Brusly won the State Competition in Category B in Cleanest City competition sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. The award will be presented Tuesday, June 14th, by Margo Racca, State Garden Club President, and Mayor of Iowa, and Mary Lou Robertson, State Chairman of the Cleanest City Program.
Under Police Committee, Mayor Normand recommended that the Mayor Pro-Tempore serve as Ad Hoc Magistrate for Mayor’s Court. Motion was made by Council Member Andre’, seconded by Council Member Kershaw and passed with a unanimous vote. In the absence of Police Chief Whaley, Officer Ned Robertson read a letter from the Chief recommending that the Mayor and Council consider hiring Amanda Daigle part-time, for the summer, at a rate of $6.00 an hour to update and organize bench warrant files. It was recommended by the Council that Ms. Daigle and her parents be required to sign a confidentiality statement. Council Member Andre’ made a motion to approve with the stipulation that Ms. Daigle work 30 hours or less, seconded by Council Member Rodrigue and passed with a unanimous vote. Council Member Rodrigue commended the Police Department on a job well done on patrols which increased their visibility in Town.
Discussion ensued on Ordinance #11, the 2005-2006 Budget. Adjustments from the previously presented 2005-2006 budget draft were read aloud. Mayor Normand opened the public hearing. There were no comments from the public. The public hearing was closed. A motion to approve Ordinance #11 was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Kershaw; the motion passed unanimously.
Discussion was held on Ordinance #12, Town of Brusly Sewer System Budget. Mayor Normand opened the public hearing. There were no comments from the public. The public hearing was closed. A motion to approve Ordinance #12 was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Andre’; the motion passed unanimously.
Council Member Andre’ introduced an ordinance addressing junk and refuse regulations within the Town.
Council Member Bourgeois offered Resolution #3 to reappoint Don DeVille as Town Auditor for fiscal year 2004-2005. The motion was seconded by Council Member Perrault and passed with a unanimous vote.
The report of the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department was given by Fire Chief Mike Alleman. In May, there were 8 first aid calls in the Town and 9 first aid calls outside the Town. There were four fire calls in the Town and three fire calls outside the Town. The Fire Department responded to 7 motor vehicle accidents, one hazmat call and answered two mutual aid calls in Addis. The total calls for the month of May were 34 and 140 calls for the year.
The Police Department report for the month of May was given by Officer Ned
Robertson in the absence of Chief Whaley. He stated that there were 4 wrecks, two bench warrant arrests, two assistance to fire department calls, one simple assault, one damage to property, four thefts, one burglary, twelve alarms, 15 assistances to other agencies, three 911 calls, one drug arrest, two juvenile matters, 5 traffic arrests and 24 miscellaneous calls, for a total of 78 calls and 355 traffic citations issued for 443 violations.
Correspondence included a letter from Cox Communications that there will be no rate increase for basic channels 2-23, but an increase of $2.16 for channels 23-73. Mayor Normand read a letter to the Arts Council regarding funding for the West Baton Rouge Library summer reading program.
Mayor Normand gave the Mayor’s report for the month. The Cottonport Bank drawings have been approved by the engineer and construction will be starting soon. Upon a request from Mark Graffeo for a recommendation of a Brusly resident to serve on the Council on Aging Board of Directors, the Mayor asked Mrs. Babs Babin to serve; she agreed to do so. The Mayor thanked Council Member Bourgeois and Town Hall staff for running the Town during his absence in May. He will be on vacation from June 24th to July 4th; Mayor Pro-Tempore Joanne Bourgeois will be in charge of Town business during his absence. The Police Department received a $7,500 grant from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to purchase equipment. The Town has granted permission to Sonic to tie into the Brusly Sewer System. The Mayor and Council Member Bourgeois attended the ground breaking of the Dow Westside YMCA last week; he also attended a meeting with Parish President Pee-Wee Berthelot and contractors to get feedback on the building permits and inspections.
Under Remarks of Personal Privilege, the Mayor stated that the public is invited
to attend the 11:00 a.m. presentation of the plaque for Cleanest City honors.
A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Perrault. The motion was passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting ended at 7:20 p.m.
/s/ Joey Normand, Mayor /s/ Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk