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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, May 13, 2002

May 13, 2002

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date at 6:30 p.m. at the Brusly Town Hall with the following present:

Mayor:
Joey Normand

Council Members:
Daryl Babin
Ronda Perrault
Joanne Bourgeois
Shane Andre’
Chris Kershaw

Council Member Babin led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Normand recognized Jennifer Prejean for her achievements in State and Regional championships in powerlifting.

A motion was made by Council Member Kershaw to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 8, 2002, seconded by Council Member Andre’. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Council Member Bourgeois to approve the minutes of the special meeting of April 11, 2002, seconded by Council Member Perrault. The motion carried unanimously.

Council Member Babin led the discussion on the recommendation of Herman “Butch” Leger as the Building Official. A motion was made by Council Member Babin to approve Herman “Butch” Leger as the Building Official, seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. The motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Normand gave the report on the Planning and Zoning Committee. He also gave an update on the Orleans and Brusly Oaks subdivisions and the Swab property. Mayor Normand stated that Carroll Fontenot’s term on the Planning and Zoning Commission will expire soon and nominated him for another term. A motion was made by Council Member Bourgeois to accept the nomination of Carroll Fontenot to the Planning and Zoning Commission, seconded by Council Member Andre’. The motion carried unanimously.

Council Member Kershaw led the discussion on the possibility of a tax millage increase to 2.56 mills. After some discussion, a motion was made by Council Member Kershaw to advertise for a public hearing to consider raising the property tax to the ceiling of 2.56 mills, seconded by Council Member Babin. The motion carried unanimously.

Council Member Kershaw led the discussion on an official journal for the Town’s legal publications. A motion was made by Council Member Kershaw to accept the West Side Journal as the Town’s official journal, seconded by Council Member Perrault. The motion carried unanimously.

Council Member Bourgeois gave the Recreation Committee report. She reported on winning the District and State Cleanest City Contest and thanked the Town citizens, Town staff, and all those who helped make it happen. Council Member Bourgeois also thanked the sponsoring agency, West Baton Rouge Parish Garden Club, for their support and providing refreshments; the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information Center for providing the van and driver to tour through the town; and many others for their support. Mayor Normand also thanked BFI for a great job with trash pickup services. Council Member Bourgeois stated that the Brusly Centennial Committee was recognized as the Pride of West Baton Rouge winner by the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce.

Police Chief Emmett Worley reported that the new officer, Sean Donohue, began employment on May 17. He also recommended the termination of an officer, Avery N. Banks. He stated that upon being tested, Officer Banks failed one section of the exam that is required for liability insurance. After some discussion, a motion was made by Council Member Kershaw to go into executive session, seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. A roll-call vote was taken with 5-Yeas and 0-Nays. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Council Member Bourgeois to end the executive session, seconded by Council Member Andre. A roll-call vote was taken with 5-Yeas and 0-Nays. The motion carried unanimously.

Officer Avery N. Banks stated that he is submitting his resignation to the Police Department. Chief Worley stated he accepted the resignation of Officer Banks and withdrew his termination recommendation.

Police Chief Worley gave the Police Department report for the month. He stated there were 7 wrecks, 1 bench warrant, 2 DWI arrests, 5 disturbing the peace, 3 thefts, 1 burglary, 3 alarms, 8 assist other agencies, 1-911 call, 27 drug arrests, 19 traffic arrests, 60 escorts, 300 traffic violations, and 4 miscellaneous calls for a total of 141 calls.

Mayor Normand gave the Mayor’s report for the month.

A motion was made by Council Member Bourgeois to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Babin. The motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Joey Normand, Mayor
Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk

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