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Town Meeting Minutes – October 2018

October 8, 2018
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, October 8, 2018, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member André led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor:                        Scot Rhodes
Council Members:      Rusty Daigle, Joanne Bourgeois, Terry Richard, Shane Andrè, Don Neisler
Town Attorney:          Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent:                       None

Upon the request of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to amend the Agenda to include “Consideration of Liquor Licenses for Walk-Ons Restaurant” under Finance Committee, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:

Yeas:               Richard, André, Neisler, Daigle, Bourgeois
Nays:               None
Absent:           None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of September 10, 2018, as written, was made by Council Member André and seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Finance Committee:
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.

Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to approve the Liquor Licenses for Walk-Ons Restaurant, was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Richard.  Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Public Works Committee:
The Mayor presented the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of September. There were 6 inches of rainfall in the month; a washed out catch basin was repaired in Brusly Oaks; three alarms sounded at sewer lift stations; no “out of compliance” test result at the sewer treatment facility; a root cutter attachment for the sewer Jetta was acquired; drainage South of Riverside Village Apartments was cleared; one incident was reported in the Maintenance Department (broken windshield on Bobcat); installed a meter at the sewer ponds to monitor dissolved oxygen levels; acquired additional decorative chains and post for area at St. James Square marker. New decorative street signs will be installed along S. LaBauve and West St. Francis Street, as time permits following grass cutting season.

Mayor Rhodes reported that road side debris pickup will occur this week, the second full week of the month, and the extra monthly pickup is scheduled for October 26th, the last Friday of the month. Council Member Daigle noted the end-of-the month pick up did not occur even though Public Works Director, Shane Sarradet, contacted Republic following the October 1st Committee Meeting. Council Member Daigle inquired whether Republic had Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mounted on their trucks to aid in auditing whether the town was appropriately serviced.

Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes presented the Preliminary Plat Showing the Subdivision of a 16.562 Acre Tract of Land into Lots MT-1, MT-2 and MT-3 Located in Section 55, T8S-R12E Town of Brusly for Mark Tassin, along with a variance request for Sec. 19.10(d), to the Council for consideration and opened the floor for comments. Following a brief discussion, a motion to approve the preliminary plat with a variance for Section 19.10(d)-Dead-end Street, eliminating the requirement for a turnaround, was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member André. Hearing no further comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Recreation Committee: None

Personnel Committee:
A motion to defer consideration of the addition of “Sick Leave Donation” to the Personnel Manual was made by Council Member Richard; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Hearing no further comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:

A motion to set Trick or Treat hours on October 31, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Richard. The Mayor opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances: None

Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member André introduced Ordinance 8 of 2018 regarding annexation relative to construction of the new Brusly High School.

Resolutions and Commendations: None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of September was given by Asst. Chief Southon. There were three (3) alarms, fourteen (14) warrant arrests, two (2) assist to other agencies, one (1) civil complaint, twelve (12) miscellaneous complaints, five (5) disturbance calls, two (2) public assists, thirty-eight (38) no insurance tows, twenty (20) crash reports, four (4) suspicious person/vehicle calls, two (2) medical, two (2) unlock calls, three (3) traffic complaints, one (1) trespassing, two (2) unauthorized use of movable, one (1) burglary, six (6) theft, one (1) improper telephone call; six (6) truancy; two (2) drug arrests; one (1) indecent behavior and one (1) fireworks call. For the month, there were 129 total complaints, 240 total citations and 344 total violations.

Correspondence: None

Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Rhodes attended the Walk-Ons ribbon cutting. The Mayor reported that the final GIS software had been received on the sewer system. Public Works Director, Shane Sarradet, is working to add sewer cleanouts to the map.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mr. Carrol Fontenot expressed concerns about the welfare of a horse tied, in an apparently confined and unacceptable manner, on Anita Street.

Mr. Danny Kane addressed the Council with serious concerns regarding speeding vehicles on River Road. He suggested that the speed limit be lowered and a speed camera installed on the River Road to deter the unsafe traffic practices that he observes.

Announcements:
Landmark & Heritage Commission Meeting will be October 15th at 6:30 pm;
Hazardous Material Collection Day will be October 27th from 8am to 12pm at Myhand Fire Station in Addis;
Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be Saturday, November 10th at 9am, at the Brusly Town Hall.

A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Richard. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:03 PM.

/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor                                               /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk

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