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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, May 12, 2003

May 12, 2003

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, May 12th, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brusly Town Hall. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Member Babin. A roll call by Town Clerk Jules Lefeaux determined the following officials present:

Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: Daryl Babin, Shane Andre’, Ronda Perrault,
Joanne Bourgeois, Chris Kershaw

A motion to amend the agenda to act on Commendations items (Numbered 7A, 7B, 7C, and 7D) at this time was made by Council Member Bourgeois, and seconded by Council Member Babin. The motion passed with no opposing votes.

Mayor Normand recognized Vernon and Joyce Caffarel by presenting a copy of the text of an engraved plaque for the Sugar Kettle, which they donated for the Memorial Plaza.

The family members of the late Roy Hebert were called forward to be presented a certificate of appreciation for his artwork; many of his paintings of Brusly homes are on loan, and displayed proudly in the Town Hall.

Several art students from Lukeville Upper Elementary School were honored and presented Certificates of Appreciation for their work; they had made large posters with the theme of cleaning up Brusly (in preparation for the annual judging for the Cleanest City Contest). Their posters were on display at the meeting, and Mayor Normand thanked them for their work, as it helped beautify the Town for the State competition.

A Certificate of Commendation was presented to Mr. Isaac Gay for bringing honor to the Town of Brusly and Brusly High School for being named the Most Valuable Player in Class 3A Basketball at the State level.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of April 14, 2003 was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Babin, and passed with no opposing votes.

Council Member Babin reported that the culvert program was completed for this fiscal year with 25 installations; Mayor Normand advised that names are being taken for next year’s program. A utility pole still needs to be removed so that the E. Saint Francis St. / River Road intersection work can be completed.

Under Finance Committee business, Mayor Normand presented his Budget Message to Council Members, and advised the public that copies of the budget are available. Budgets will be discussed at the Committee Meetings on June 2nd. The Mayor also presented the Sewer System budget. He also advised that direct deposit of Town employee paychecks is now available.

Under Recreation Committee business, Council Member Bourgeois showed the plaque that the Town of Brusly had won in competition for the Cleanest City Contest for District 6, Category “B”. It will be displayed in the Town Hall.

Council Member Andre’ wished Police Chief Emmett Worley and Corporal Jonathan Lefeaux speedy recoveries from their recent surgeries. There was no other Police Committee business.

Council Member Bourgeois reported on the Rural Development Grant for the purchase of a new tractor. Another arborist will be needed for an opinion on what should be done for the Brusly Oak Tree.
Council Member Kershaw introduced an ordinance for the Town of Brusly budget. Council Member Babin introduced an ordinance for the Sewer System budget.
A resolution to authorize the Mayor to sign the proposed agreements with the Fire Subdistrict No. 2 regarding use and maintenance of two fire stations was made by Council Member Bourgeois, and seconded by Council Member Perrault. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
The report of the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department was given by Fire Chief Michael Alleman. In April, there were 12 first aid calls in the Town and 16 first aid calls outside the Town. There was one fire call in the town and two fire calls outside the Town. There were eight mutual aid calls answered. The total calls for the month of April 2003 was 39, and 141 calls for the year.

Police Chief Emmett Worley sent a letter to the Mayor, Council, and citizens advising that he is recuperating slowly, and was able to participate in an arrest scene involving a rape on Mother’s Day. He thanked Council Member Babin for his assistance in that incident, and deeply appreciates the help of the Addis Police and Deputy Sheriffs. He commended Lieutenant Brian Viator, Officers Jerry Roubique and Dexter Walker, and part-time Clerk Gail Alleman for their extra efforts in covering the work while the Police Department is short-handed. Lieutenant Brian Viator gave the Police Department report for the month. He stated that there were six wrecks, seven arrests on bench warrant cases, three battery cases, two assaults, one illegal discharge of a firearm within the Town limits, three damages to property, one disturbing the peace incident, four thefts, three alarms, four assistances to other agencies, two 911 calls, two drug arrests made in Brusly by Brusly Officers, 13 traffic arrests, two domestic violence calls, two juvenile arrests, 21 miscellaneous calls, and one cruelty to animals, for a total of 77 calls and 186 traffic citations issued.

Mayor Normand gave the Mayor’s report for the month. He announced that he participated in the Relay for Life in Port Allen. A bid will soon be awarded by the State DOTD for repair of Highway 1, to local contractor F. G. Sullivan Co. He graduated from the Leadership West program, and also reported that the Assessor’s Office has a good computerized mapping system, for property lines and other needs. Mapping of the sewer lines would be very desirable, but seems costly. Mayor Normand also invited everyone to Brusly Night at the River Bats Baseball game at Pete Goldsby Field on June 21st; tail-gating is encouraged.
Under Remarks of Personal Privilege, Parish Council Member Jeff Kershaw announced completion of a sidewalk at Alexander Park, and proposed storage and lighting projects at the ball fields. The Brusly Oaks contractor will do boring for the sewer line, to avoid problems with the ball park. Council Member Andre’ thanked Lt. Viator for his many hours of work recently.

A motion was made by Council Member Andre’ to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Kershaw. The motion was unopposed. The meeting ended at 7:02 p.m.

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Joey Normand, Mayor Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk

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