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Town Meeting Minutes – Monday, October 11, 2004

October 11, 2004

Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was held this date, October 11th, 2004 at the Brusly Town Hall. Mayor Joey Normand called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., and requested that all electronic devices be turned off or silenced. He called for a moment of silence in remembrance of Mr. Leslie Crockett, a former member of the Planning and Zoning Committee, who recently passed away. Council Member Andre’ led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call by Town Clerk Jules Lefeaux determined the following officials present:

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

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s Regular Meeting of September 13, 2004 was made by Council Member Perrault, seconded by Council Member Bourgeois, and passed with no opposing votes.

Under Public Works, Mayor Normand reported on three bids received for culvert pipes, and recommended that the contract for this year’s program be awarded to Louisiana Utilities, Inc. The prices are less than last year’s. A motion to accept the low bid of Louisiana Utilities was made by Council Member Kershaw, seconded by Council Member Andre’, and passed with no opposing votes. There is budget money for all participants this year, so no lottery drawing is needed, the Mayor said. The Town had checked with the Attorney General’s office about Council Members Bourgeois and Perrault being eligible to participate in the program, and that office said there was no problem, as long as they are treated the same as other participants.

Minutes of the September 22nd Planning and Zoning Committee meetings were reviewed. A motion to approve the resubdivision of the East half of Lot 3, the North 35 feet of Lot A and Lot C into Lots 3E-A & A-1 (in accordance with the map dated September 20, 2004 by Patin Engineers and Surveyors, Inc.) was made by Council Member Bourgeois and seconded by Council Member Perrault. These properties are on the North side of East Main Street, and formerly the Ethel’s Seafood House area. Iberville Bank had requested the resubdivision. All Council Members present voted in favor.

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Normand, a motion to appoint Mr. Steve Perkins to the Planning and Zoning Committee was made by Council Member Andre’ and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. The motion passed with all Council Members present voting in favor. He will serve the remainder of the term of Mr. Leslie Crockett.

Mayor Normand led the discussion on the Back Brusly Oak Bulletin Board Guidelines, which the Council had reviewed. A motion to adopt the Guidelines was made by Council Member Bourgeois, seconded by Council Member Perrault, and passed with no opposing votes. The Guidelines are effective immediately, and will be posted under glass on the Bulletin Board. Enforcement will not begin until the public has been notified of the Guidelines.

Recreation Committee business began with Mayor Normand’s recommendation to appoint Mrs. Helen Thibodeaux to the Tree Board. A motion was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Andre’. The motion passed with all Council Members present voting in favor. The Mayor also recommended Maintenance Superintendent “Butch” Leger to be appointed Urban Forester. A motion to approve the appointment was made by Council Member Perrault, seconded by Council Member Kershaw, and passed with no opposing votes.

A motion was made by Council Member Perrault and seconded by Council Member Kershaw to set Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on October 31, 2004. The motion passed with all Council Members present voting in favor.

The Grant Committee announced that the Town of Brusly had obtained an $1,100 grant from Entergy, Inc. for preservation of historical Town records. It was reported that fencing and electrical work on the Back Brusly Oak Tree would be finished by October 15th.

The report of the Brusly Volunteer Fire Department was given by Fire Chief Mike Alleman. In September, there were 7 first aid calls in the Town and 12 first aid calls outside the Town. There were four fire calls in the Town and one fire call outside the Town. There were four motor vehicle accidents that the Fire Department responded to, and five mutual aid calls answered. The total calls for the month of September 2004 was 33, and 247 calls for the year. Chief Alleman advised the public to be careful with candles at Halloween, as fires often start when burning candles are left unattended. The annual Christmas Parade will be on December 5th.

The Police Department report for the month of September was given by Ms. Gail Alleman, Police Department Clerk. She stated that there were 10 cars impounded, 7 wrecks, 15 bench warrant arrests, one assist with a fire, one arrest of a fugitive, one simple battery, two damages to property, 9 disturbing the peace incidents, two thefts, four alarms (all were false), four assistances to other agencies, three 911 calls, two juvenile matters, two traffic arrests, one prowler, three NSF check recoveries, two vicious dog calls, and 8 miscellaneous calls, for a total of 76 calls and 178 traffic citations issued for 212 violations. She also reported that four officers will attend a class on investigations at the District Attorney’s Office. Mayor Normand reported that Chief Worley is scheduled for major surgery later this month.

Correspondence received included two letters from Dow LA; one regarding underground water contamination and their willingness to monitor in the area, and the other describing a forum to be held for the four Louisiana Senate candidates on October 22, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.

Mayor Normand gave the Mayor’s report for the month. A presentation was made at the Town Committee Meeting by three young ladies of the “Bat Brigade”: Misses Dawn Jason, Katie LeBlanc, and Lindsey Tassin. The Mayor attended the first meeting of the Parish Land Use Committee that will build a parish wide policy on land use. He attended the “Teacher of the Year” banquet hosted by Cox Communication, honoring three outstanding teachers; including one from Brusly High School and one from Brusly Middle School. The Mayor and Council Member Bourgeois attended a reception at the former Cohn High School, which was placed on the National Register of Historical Places. He was impressed by a mentoring program now in the school, to guide the children and provide role models.

Under Remarks of Personal Privilege, Council Member Bourgeois said she attended a conference sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission with LaTasha Delmore. Council Member Kershaw recognized Police Chief-Elect Jamie Whaley and Council Member-Elect David Rodrigue, who are looking forward to serving.

Mayor Normand announced that the St. John the Baptist Cemetery Clean-Up would be held October 16th, and Council Member Kershaw urged citizens to come to it, even for only two hours of enjoyable work. The Mayor announced an Arbor Day Program to be held at Brusly Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. on November 5, 2004, and issued a Proclamation for Arbor Day. Mayor Normand announced the annual Veteran’s Day Reception to be held at the Town Hall at noon, November 11, 2004.

A motion was made by Council Member Perrault to adjourn, seconded by Council Member Kershaw. The motion was unopposed. The meeting ended at 6:58 p.m.

/S/ Joey Normand, Mayor /S/ Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk

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