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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, November 9, 2009 at the Brusly Town Hall. Council Member Hebert led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor: Joey Normand
Council Members: Thomas Olinde, Joanne Bourgeois, Landess Hebert,
Shane André,Chris Kershaw
Town Attorney: Thomas Acosta Jr.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of October 12, 2009, with additions as stated, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Olinde. Motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Public Works Committee: None

Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Normand read aloud a request by Dr. Brian Higgins for a variance on sign regulations at 402 N. Vaughan Dr., as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. A motion to approve was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Olinde. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Normand read aloud a request by Aaron Daniel for a front setback variance at 220 Gleason St., as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission. A motion to approve was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André. The motion passed unanimously.

Finance Committee: None

Personnel Committee: None

Recreation Committee: None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affair Committee:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that at the October 19, 2009 meeting of the Landmark and Heritage Commission, the following properties were recommended to receive Certified Town of Brusly Landmark Plaques: Nadine Dupuy for the Guy & Julia “Tan” Dupuy Home; Kim & Julie S. Lemoine for the Beatrice & Lawrence Thompson Home; Chad & Calista Daigle for the Wilma Courtade Home; Sherry L. Pourciau for the Lynn Pourciau Home; Edwin “Bub” & Cecile T. LeJeune for the Edwin & Cecile LeJeune Home; Tommy Daigle for the Clifford Landry Home; Sara M. Grady for the McDempsey Home; Lisa & Roger Daggett for the Lockmaster’s Home; Jeremy Landry for the Ermine & Omer Allain Home; Anita Thibodeaux for the Larry & Anita Thibodeaux Home; and Harry L. Laws Corporation for the Stonewall House. A motion to approve the recommendations was made by Council Member Hebert; seconded by Council Member André. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None

Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member Hebert introduced an ordinance to amend and reenact Chapter 4, Personnel.

Resolutions and Commendations:
Resolution #13 of 2009- DEQ Environmental Audit was recommended by Mayor Normand. A motion to adopt was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. The motion passed unanimously.

Fire Department Report:
Fire Chief Alleman gave the Fire Chief’s report for October. There were eight (8) first aid calls inside the Town and eleven (11) outside of Town. There was one fire call inside the town and no fire calls outside the Town. There were three (3) natural gas leak investigations, and one (1) trash fire. There were two (2) motor vehicle crashes. There was one (1) Addis EMS mutual aid call, two (2) Addis MVC mutual aid calls and one (1) Port Allen MVC mutual aid call. The total calls for the month were thirty (30). Total calls year to date are three hundred twenty (320).

Police Department Report:
Report for the month of October was given by Chief Whaley. There were four (4) wrecks, fifteen (15) bench warrant arrests, three (3) damage to property, four (4) theft, three (3) burglary, eight (8) alarms, nine (9) assists to other agencies, two (2) 911 calls, five (5) juvenile matters, three (3) traffic arrests and thirty one (31) miscellaneous calls. For the month’s total, there were 87 calls, 211 citations and 242 violations.
Correspondence: None

Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Normand attended a Brusly High School Pep Rally, Red Ribbon functions at the Brusly Schools, and a Bobby Jindal function. The Mayor was appointed to and attended a meeting of the Emergency Advisory Board. Mayor Normand witnessed an impressive display of patriotism while arriving at the Ontario Airport. He described the scene at the airport’s terminal full of people applauding the off loading of United States soldiers returning from abroad. He watched and participated as the crowd applauded continuously until the last soldier of at least 300 had left the plane.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois announced the winners of the 2009 Veteran’s Day Essay Contest, students in Gary Soniat’s AP Civics class at Brusly High:
1st – Ashley Marionneaux
2nd – Tiera LeBlanc
3rd – Aaron Guillot
Council Member Bourgeois thanked Mayor Normand, Council Member Hebert and Council Member Kershaw for judging the 2009 Town of Brusly Veterans Day Essay Contest. Council Member Bourgeois commended the Water Board for their prompt service in getting the water pressure back up to normal during the previous weekend. Mr. Darrell Jones commented on outstanding participation at the annual Brusly High School Gumbo meal.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Wednesday, November 11 at 12 noon
Planning & Zoning Meeting changed to November 18, 2009
No garbage pickup on Nov. 26, 2009
Town Hall closed Nov. 26 & 27, 2009
Landmark Plaque Ceremony Dec. 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM

A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Kershaw. The motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:52 PM.

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Joey Normand, Mayor Debbie Berthelot, Town Clerk

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