October 14, 2019
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, October 14, 2019, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Daigle 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.
Recognitions & Commendations: None
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of September 9, 2019, as written, was made by Council Member André and seconded by Council Member Bourgeois. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.
A motion to enter into executive session was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Richard. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, a roll call vote was had with the following results:
Yeas: Daigle, Bourgeois, Richard, André, Neisler
A motion to end executive session 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: Daigle, Bourgeois, Richard, André, Neisler
Public Works Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read 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; no drainage issues reported or observed; several catch basin repairs were made around town; 0 SCADA alarms sounded; one “out of compliance” test result was noted at the sewer treatment facility; radar device was installed in Brusly Oaks lift station; 362 feet of open ditches along Venzule Dr., Allene St. and N. LaBauve were cleaned and graded; 1080 feet of off-road drainage ditches were cleaned and grated; cleaned out multiple culverts on Venzule and N. LaBauve.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of October 14, 2019. The extra trash pickup will be Friday, October 25, 2019.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
There were no minutes from the September 25th meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission, due to a lack of quorum.
Mr. Greg Sanders gave a brief update on the progress being made on the home at 441 Gwin St. Following a brief discussion, the Council scheduled an update on the project for January 13, 2020.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” was included in the meeting packets for Council Members to review.
Mayor Rhodes reported that the Town would be saving $2,500 on the audit’s “Agreed Upon Procedures” due to the Town being in total compliance on the previous year’s audit.
Upon the request of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to amend the Agenda to consider the master plan proposal for the Town property located at the corner of E. Main and Kirkland, was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Neisler. 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
Mayor Rhodes reported that the Trailhead Property Committee had received quotes from DDG in the amount of $27,500 and from Tipton & Associated in the amount of $12,400 for the design of the Trailhead Property Park. Upon recommendation of the Trailhead Property Committee, it was decided to approve hiring Tipton & Associates to design a master plan for the Trailhead Property at the cost of $12,400.
Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux presented Certificates of Appreciation to Martha Mitchel and Amanda Southon for their tireless work for the last three years with the Police Department’s participation in the Relay For Life fundraiser, which resulted in donations of approximately $60,000 in that period of time.
Chief Lefeaux presented the 2018/2019 Employee of the Year Award to Daniel Mitchel for her service above and beyond the normal duties.
Governmental Affairs Committee:
A motion to set Trick or Treat hours on October 31, 2019, 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 Richard introduced an Ordinance to set Council Member Salaries for 2021-2025 term.
Council Member André introduced an Ordinance to set the Mayor’s Salary for 2021-2015 term.
Council Member Bourgeois introduced an Ordinance to set the Police Chief’s Salary for 2021-2025 term.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of September was given by Police Chief Lefeaux. There were twelve (12) alarms, five (5) public assists, two (2) violations of protective order, three (3) harassing phone calls, ten (10) miscellaneous complaints, six (6) disturbance calls, one (1) assist to other agencies, nine (9) no insurance tows, nine (9) crash reports, two (2) criminal damage to property, one (1) burglary, one (1) unlock call, two (2) traffic complaints, one (1) unauthorized use, one (1) fire call, six (6) thefts, one (1) battery call, five (5) medical, ten (10) truancy, one (1) contributing to the delinquency, four (4) physical inspections, and one (1) drug arrest. For the month, there were 93 total complaints, 222 total citations and 268 total violations.
Mayor Rhodes reported that derelict building notices will be mailed out before the end of this week. The Mayor announced that he would be out of Town next week and Mayor Pro-Temp Bourgeois would be in charge during that time.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mayor Rhodes congratulated WBR Parish Council Member Kershaw on his re-election to the WBR Parish Council.
Council Member Bourgeois reported that the trash receptacles awarded by the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant have been placed along the levee trail.
Landmark & Heritage Meeting will be Monday, October 21st, at 6:30 PM.
Veteran’s Day Breakfast will be held November 11th at 8:30 AM at the Town Hall.
Bike Share Kick off/Dow Safety Saturday will be November 16th at 10 AM at Alexander Park.
A motion was made by Council Member Richard to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Neisler. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk