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Town Meeting Minutes – September 2022

September 12, 2022
Town of Brusly
Brusly, Louisiana

The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, September 12, 2022, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Tassin led the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call determined the following officials present:

Mayor                         Scot Rhodes
Council Members:         Joanne Bourgeois, Blake Tassin, Shane André, Don Neisler
Town Attorney:            Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Absent:                         Rusty Daigle

Recognitions & Commendations: None

A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of August 8, 2022, 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 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 August. There were 11.7 inches of rainfall in the month; repaired catch basin on Gleason; there were 2 SCADA alarms; 1 “out of compliance” test result on the Sewer Treatment Facility; the $3.6 million water sector program grant application has been submitted; edged curb on State Hwy 989-2 from levee to Brusly Elementary; removed large tree from cross canal at E. Main St. behind Post Office; repaired several potholes around town; installed 1 Landmark Plaque at 2101 Allene Street; decorative banners were installed at north & south ends of Town; flags were put out for Labor Day & 9/11; no personnel incidents to report for Maintenance Department.

Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of September 12th. The extra trash pickup will be September 30th.

Mayor Rhodes briefly updated progress of work on the St. James Park Project.  The Mayor set a tentative date of October 13, 2022, as the grand opening of St. James Park.

Planning and Zoning Committee:  None

Finance Committee:
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” for August, in the meeting packets, is available for Council Members to review.

At the recommendation of Mayor Rhodes, a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign a contract with LinkIntegration Group to upgrade the Council Chamber’s video/audio system, without purchasing the extra warranty, was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Personnel Committee:
After some discussion, it was decided to defer consideration of the travel and expense policy until further editing could be completed.

After a brief discussion, a motion to approve the Ethics Policy with changed discussed, was made by Council Member André; seconded by Council Member Tassin.  Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comment. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Recreation Committee:  None

Police Committee: None

Governmental Affairs Committee:  None

Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None

Hearing & Final Action on Ordinance:  None

Introduction of Ordinances: None

Resolutions: None

Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of August was given by Chief Lefeaux. There were four (4) agency assist, nine (9) alarms, three (3) assaults, one (1) civil incident, one (1) civil problem, one (1) controlled substance, one (1) damaged property, four (4) disturbances, one (1) fire, one (1) harassment, one (1) juvenile problem, seven (7) medical, five (5) miscellaneous, ten (10) no insurance tows, one (1) obstructing police, one (1) property, one (1) property watch, one (1) stolen property, two (2) suspicious activity/vehicle, ten (10) traffic accidents, four (4) traffic problems, one (1) trespassing, one (1) unlock, six (6) warrants and two (2) welfare checks.  For the month, there were 83 total events, 337 total citations and 442 total violations.

Through use of the recently installed Flock License Plate Camera System, there were 5 stolen cars recovered, 8 NCIC Warrant arrest, 1 assist to other agencies, 11 stolen plates and 4 felony arrests.

Mayor’s Report: 
Mayor Rhodes reported that work is continuing on the Joliet Trail sidewalk project on East & West St. Francis Streets. He also stated that a drainage study has begun on the Allene Street area.

Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that the WBR Parish Council approved a Library budget adjustment to enable the WBR Library Board to purchase the old Fred’s store building on LA 1 South as a Library Branch south of the Intracoastal Canal. She explained that Representative Edmond Jordan has secured $200,000 in State appropriations for renovations to the building.

Hazardous Materials Collection Day will be October 29th, at Alexander Park.

Council Member Tassin made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Council Member André. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

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

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