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Town Meeting Minutes – October 2020

October 12, 2020
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, October 12, 2020, 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 André, Don Neisler
Town Attorney:            Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent:                         None

Recognitions & Commendations: None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of September 14, 2020, as written, was made by Council Member Bourgeois and 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:

Mayor Rhodes read the Public Works Report, as prepared by Public Works Supervisor Shane Sarradet, for the month of September. There were 2.6 inches of rainfall in the month; no drainage issues; several catch basin repairs were made around Town; 0 SCADA alarms; 1 “out of compliance” test result on the Sewer Treatment Facility; installed new chlorine system at sewer pond;  installed Landmark marker on E. Main St.; visited with Gateway Sign installer for Brusly South entrance on LA1.

Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of October 12, 2020.  The extra trash pickup will be Friday, October 30, 2020.

Mayor Rhodes presented an estimate from Design Fab Inc. for the Brusly Gateway Sign for LA1 North bound City Limit, at the south Town entrance.  Mayor Rhodes informed the Council that he and Town Clerk, Blaine Rabalais were working on getting more estimates for the Council’s consideration.

Planning and Zoning Committee:

Mayor Rhodes read aloud the variance request of Gary Tullier at 1005 Blanchard St. for non-compliance of Sec. 18.13 (c) Accessory Structures, to allow a shower in an accessory structure.  Mr. Gary Tullier explained his request, assuring the Council that the structure will not be used as a dwelling.  Having been unanimously recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission, a motion to approve the variance was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Neisler.   Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Mayor Rhodes presented the River Mill Reserve 3rd Filing final plat for the Council’s consideration.  Mayor Rhodes assured the Council that the subdivision is in compliance with the Town of Brusly Ordinance Code.  After a brief discussion, a motion to approve the final plat was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André, contingent upon installment of electrical service and issuance of addresses by 911 Office. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment.  Hearing no comments, a role call vote was had.  The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Finance Committee:

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

Personnel Committee:  None

Recreation Committee: None

Police Committee: None

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 Richard; seconded by Council Member André.  The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Council Member Bourgeois thanked Billy Hebert, Debbie Berthelot, Blaine Rabalais, Shane Sarradet, Jamie Loupe, Henry Soniat and Brian Falcon for their help with the Landmark & Heritage Plaque Ceremony held on Sunday, October 11th.

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances:  None

Hearing and Final Action on Ordinances:  None

Introduction of Ordinances:   None


Mayor Rhodes read aloud Resolution No. 3 of 2020, to request the introduction by our local legislators to introduce at the forthcoming session of the Legislature of Louisiana, to be convened on April 12, 2021, a bill relative to the Town of Brusly; to Authorize the Governing Authority of the Town of Brusly to pay members of the Brusly Planning Commission a per diem.  A motion to approve Resolution 3 of  2020, was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Neisler.  The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.

Police Department Report:

Police Department Report for the month of September was given by Chief Lefeaux.  There were twelve (12) alarms, three (3) suspicious persons, one (1) warrant arrest, four (4) unlocks, sixteen (16) miscellaneous complaints, six (6) disturbances, one (1) fire, nine (9) no insurance tows, five (5) crash reports,  one (1) hit and run, two (2) harassment, one (1) illegal use of weapons, one (1) remaining after being forbidden, two (2) thefts, five (5) public assists and one (1) animal at large.  For the month, there were 70 total complaints, 269 total citations and 329 total violations.

Mayor’s Report: 

Mayor Rhodes reported due to Hurricane Delta included several fallen trees in Town and that the roof of the Town Hall Office building suffered damage. Mayor Rhodes stated that the Town had applied for another round of Cares Act reimbursement money.  The Mayor reported that WBR Sales Tax revenue for the month of September had arrived and the amount is higher than the previous year’s revenue.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:

Council Member Bourgeois reported that the annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast has been canceled this year, due to COVID-19.  Mayor Rhode gave a brief update on the Trailhead Park plan.  Council Member Daigle thanked the Public Works Director, Shane Sarradet, and his maintenance crew for putting up the traffic mirror on Orleans Quarter Dr.  Council Member Daigle reported that several citizens have complimented the effectiveness of mirror in aiding in the safety of the area.  Mayor Rhodes wished good luck to those who are seeking reelection in the upcoming election.


Household Hazardous Material Collection Day is October 31st, 8:00 am – noon at Alexander Park.

Landmark and Heritage Committee Meeting will be October 19th at the Brusly Town Hall.

A motion was made by Council Member Richard to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Daigle.  Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 6:58 PM.

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

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