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October 11, 2021
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, October 11, 2021, 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, Blake Tassin, Shane André, 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, 2021, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member André. 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 10.9 inches of rainfall in the month; ditches and canals were full but flowing well, no reported flooding; repaired several catch basins throughout Town; 3 SCADA alarms; 2 “out of compliance” test results on the Sewer Treatment Facility; found 2 open cleanouts on in front Brusly, both were repaired; a portion of the ditch on south side of Allene St. residents was brought to grade; cleaned out a portion of E. Main cross ditch (removed culverts & debris); installed new bypass at Venzule; replaced 1 pump at Venzule.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of October 11th. The extra trash pickup will be October 29th. Mayor Rhodes reported that Republic will be picking up regular bulk trash only. Parish wide Hazardous Waste Collection is scheduled for October 30th at Alexander Park.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” for September, in the meeting packets, is available for Council Members to review.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the variance request of Clifford J. Guidry at 1826 Allene St. for non-compliance Sec. 120-145(3) R-1 Single Family Residential, Side Depth. To reduce the side setback from 10’ to 0’ to build boat port cover. Having been unanimously recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission and having received a letter of no objection from the adjourning neighbor, a motion to approve the variance was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a 4 to 1 vote, Council Member Neisler voting “No.”
Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to reappoint Ronda Perrault to the Planning & Zoning Commission was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Upon the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to adopt the COVID-19 Leave Guidelines as presented, was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously. Council members expressed appreciation to Council Member Daigle for his role in drafting the guidelines.
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee:
Council Member André offered the motion to set the Town of Brusly’s Halloween Trick or Treating time as October 31st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Landmark & Heritage Meeting will be October 18th at 6:30 pm.
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing & Final Action on Ordinance: None
Introduction of Ordinances:
Council Member Neisler introduced Ordinance 13 of 2021, Sec. 16-34 Mass Gatherings on Town Owned Property.
A motion to approve Resolution 9 of 2021 to declare Surplus Items and Equipment, as listed, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Upon the recommendation of Attorney Acosta, the resolution for the Allene Street junk car was deferred until the November meeting.
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of September was given by Lt. Jason Fontenot. There were three (3) alarms, six (6) civil incidents, four (4) damage to property, two (2) deaths, fifteen (15) disturbances, two (2) drug related, one (1) juvenile call, twelve (12) miscellaneous, twelve (12) no insurance tows, one (1) missing person, four (4) public assists, two (2) suspicious activity, one (1) theft, twelve (12) traffic incidents, two (2) unlocks and two (2) welfare checks. For the month, there were 81 total complaints, 127 total citations and 166 total violations.
Assistant Chief Tom Southon presented Council Members with cost estimates for license plate readers in consideration of future purchase.
Mayor Rhodes reported on the progress of the Joliet Trail Project funded through WBR Parish which includes sidewalks along E. St. Francis Street, crossing at Kirkland Drive, and traveling along the levee. The trail will end at the Levee Trail head, across from St. James Square Park.
Mayor Rhodes gave an update on the Venzule Drainage Plan, inviting Anita and Venzule Street residents to attend a meeting (TBA) with the drainage design engineers during which they can hear recommendations and discuss the results of the drainage study.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Mr. Carroll Fontenot, along with several Venzule residents, expressed concerns about flooding and the drainage plans that were being pursued by the Town.
Hazardous Materials Collection Day will be October 30th from 8:00 am until Noon at Alexander Park.
A motion was made by Council Member André to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk