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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, November 13, 2006

November 13, 2006

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, November 13, 2006, at the Brusly Town Hall. Mayor Joey Normand called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Kershaw led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: David Rodrigue, Ronda Perrault,
Joanne Bourgeois, Chris Kershaw
Absent: Shane Andre’
Town Attorney: Thomas Acosta, Jr.

Mayor Normand introduced the Town’s Auditor, Donald Deville, who gave the 2005-2006
audit report. The Town had a clean report with no new reportable findings.
The Mayor congratulated Town Clerk, Debbie Berthelot, for a job well done on her first audit.
Council Member Kershaw made a motion to accept the 2005-2006 audit report; seconded by
Council Member Bourgeois. The motion passed with all members present in favor.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of October 9, 2006 was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Perrault; motion passed with all members present in favor.

Public Works: None

Planning and Zoning: None

Finance Committee: None

Personnel Committee: None

Recreation Committee: Council Member Bourgeois reported that the Veteran’s Day Essay Contest winners are: Brennon Curry, 3rd Place; Brennan Smith, 2nd Place and Claire Gauthreaux, 1st Place; all are students in Gary Soniat’s American History class at Brusly High.
The Mayor commended Council Member Bourgeois for her dedication to this event for the Veterans.

Police Committee: Police Chief Jamie Whaley made a recommendation to hire Mr. Brandon Mellion immediately as the part-time Nuisance Enforcement Officer, at a rate of $20 an hour. He will not be required to take the Matrix exam because he is classified as a reserve officer who will not carry a weapon. Council Member Perrault made a motion to accept Chief Whaley’s recommendation to hire Mr. Mellion immediately as the part-time Nuisance Enforcement Officer. The motion was seconded by Council Member Rodrigue and passed with all members present in favor.

Grant Committee: None

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None

Introduction of Ordinances: Council Member Kershaw introduced Ordinance #8- to adopt Louisiana Uniform Building Code.
Council Member Perrault introduced Ordinance #9-Animals.

Resolutions and Commendations: Council Member Bourgeois made a motion to adopt Resolution #9, Enabling Reimbursement for Emergency work per FEMA requirements; seconded by Council Member Perrault and passed with all members present in favor.

Fire Department: Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Hunts gave the Fire Chief’s Report for October. There were 17 first aid calls outside the Town and six first aid calls inside the Town. There was one motor vehicle crash inside Town and two motor vehicle crashes outside Town; one mutual aid call to Addis; two fire calls outside the Town and no fire calls inside the Town. There were two vehicle fires and two grass fires. Total calls for the month were 34 and 253 total calls for the year.

Police Department: Report for the month of October was given by Chief Whaley. He stated that there were five wrecks, nine assistances to other agencies, 14 traffic arrests, two damages to property, three alarms, four disturbing the peace, one 911 call, one domestic call, one bench warrant and 14 miscellaneous calls. There were five juvenile matters, for a total of 60 calls and 237 citations for the month.
Chief Whaley stated that he and Council Member Bourgeois will develop a litter abatement program to present to 5th graders at Lukeville Upper Elementary School.

Correspondence: Shintech will host a job fair on December 2nd from noon until 8 p.m. at the Carl Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine.

Mayor’s Report: The Mayor attended a School Board meeting to review the WBR teachers’ salaries in comparison to other school systems.
The Mayor and Parish President Peewee Berthelot attended a meeting in LaPlace regarding a Cargo airport in White Castle.

Remarks of Personal Privilege: Fire Department personnel responded to a vehicle crash at the newly installed red light in front of Wal-Mart. Council Member Bourgeois thanked Town Hall office personnel for all their help with the Veteran’s Day reception.
Council Member Perrault announced that the newsletter should be completed the week after Thanksgiving.

Announcements: The Planning and Zoning Commission’s November and December meetings will be Wednesday November 29th and December 20th at 6:30 p.m.
The Town Hall will be closed November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving.

A motion was made by Council Member Perrault to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Rodrigue. The motion passed with a unanimous vote; the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

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Joey Normand, Mayor Debbie Berthelot, Town Clerk

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