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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, November 10, 2003

November 10, 2003

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, November 10th, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brusly Town Hall. Mayor Normand announced that all cell phones should be turned off or silenced. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Member Kershaw. A roll call by Town Clerk Jules Lefeaux determined the following officials present:

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

A motion to amend the agenda, so that Item 10.1, Teacher of the Year Certificates, could be presented at this time, was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Perrault, and passed with no opposing votes. Mayor Normand called Ms. Melissa Hunt forward to receive a Certificate of Congratulations for Middle School Teacher of the Year. The Mayor also presented a Certificate of Congratulations to Mrs. Diane Tonkovich, the High School Teacher of the Year.

A motion to amend the agenda, so that Item 7.G.1, Back Brusly Oak Tree Status, could be presented at this time, was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Andre’, and passed with no opposing votes. Mr. Luke Fontenot of Baton Rouge Tree Service advised on the grants from DOW USA and the State of Louisiana. They will provide for beautification and aesthetics, proper care and maintenance for preservation of the tree, and education of the citizens, using seminars to increase their understanding and appreciation of trees. Pruning, mulching, and protective barricades are planned.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of October 13, 2003 was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Perrault, and passed with no opposing votes.

A motion to amend the minutes of a Special Meeting of the Town Council held March 12, 2003 to show 17 variances were approved instead of 14, was made by Council Member Perrault. The motion was seconded by Council Member Babin, and passed with no opposing votes.

Under Public Works, a motion to give the Mayor authority to sign contracts for the overlay of three Town streets (Bourgeois, Julien, and St. Mark Streets) was made by Council Member Perrault, seconded by Council Member Bourgeois, and passed with no opposing votes. Mayor Normand announced that the railroad crossing signals on West Saint Francis Street had been moved, and the widening of that intersection is proceeding rapidly. Also, the Culvert Program has started, and all participants should have their work completed within one year.

A motion to appoint Mr. Shane Sarradet as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Babin, and passed with no opposing votes.

A grant will be requested to purchase a speed limit warning radar, to enable area motorists to be more conscious of their speed in Brusly.

Mayor Normand described Ordinance No. 14 and read its heading; it provides for required maintenance on mechanical sewer systems installed by citizens. He opened a public hearing on the proposed ordinance, and asked for comments from the audience. After hearing one comment, he closed the public hearing, and opened the discussion by the Council. Upon motion by Council Member Kershaw, and second by Council Member Babin, the ordinance was enacted with a unanimous vote.

Under Commendations, Mayor Normand announced that Town Clerk Jules Lefeaux has completed the educational requirements of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and is awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk. He presented Mr. Lefeaux the framed diploma.

The report of the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department was given by Fire Chief Michael Alleman. In October, there were 7 first aid calls in the Town and 20 first aid calls outside the Town. There were no fire calls in the town and three fire calls outside the Town. There were two mutual aid calls answered. The total calls for the month of October 2003 was 32, and 311 calls for the year. The Annual Christmas Parade will be on the first Sunday in December, and Council Members and their families can ride on a ladder truck. The activities that morning will be expanded a great deal. Chief Alleman also informed everyone that all volunteers receive at least 108 hours of firefighting training each year, as well as driver training, in order to preserve our good Class 3 insurance rating.

Lt. Bryan Viator gave the Police Department report for the month. He stated that there were 7 wrecks, 25 arrests on bench warrant cases, one DWI arrest, two simple batteries, one assault, one case of criminal mischief, two damages to property, four disturbing the peace incidents, five thefts, one robbery, five alarms, four assistances to other agencies, three 911 calls, one drug arrest in Brusly by Brusly officers, 12 traffic arrests, one sex crime, one attempted murder, one crime against the elderly, for a total of 77 calls and 165 traffic citations issued.

Mayor Normand gave the Mayor’s report for the month. The Relay for Life will be held at Brusly High School on April 2nd in support of cancer victims, and the Mayor is chairman. There was a large attendance at the Corporate Cup, with the Town entering a team of runners. It was held at the Tourist Commission Building in this parish; the Mayor described the facility as a wonderful place to hold meetings and events. The Orleans Quarters Subdivision won a major award, the “Good Growth” award. Mayor Normand announced that Town Clerk Jules Lefeaux spearheaded a very successful United Way campaign for Town employees, and they increased their pledges by 43%. Lefeaux said he was very proud of our Town employees, as 70% of them gave the “Fair Share”. In other business, Mrs. Debbie Berthelot is working hard on finishing the tax refund project. The Mayor announced that the Bahama Grille is a restaurant, and continues with the license held by Pat’s Restaurant.

The floor was opened for Remarks of Personal Privilege. Fire Chief Michael Alleman complimented the Council for the way we worked together last year, and how they provided for the Fire Department’s needs. He also said he was proud to work with the Police Department, and how they treated the citizens with respect; he thanked them for all the hard work they have done. Council Member Chris Kershaw thanked all veterans for their contribution, and invited everyone to the Veterans’ Appreciation Reception to be held tomorrow.

Under announcements, Mayor Normand invited all to the ceremony at the veterans’ monument at the Court House in Port Allen at 11 A.M. November 11th, and the Veterans’ Appreciation Reception at 11:45 AM, at the Brusly Town Hall.
He reminded everyone to vote on Election Day, November 15th. Following an excellent suggestion by Richard Dayries, the Town web site will have a link to the Secretary of State’s Office, so citizens can have instant access to voting totals on election night.
A motion to adjourn was made by Council Member Kershaw, seconded by Council Member Andre’, and approved without opposition. The meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

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Joey Normand, Mayor Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk

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