August 8, 2022 Town of Brusly Brusly, Louisiana The regular meeting of the Town of…
July 11, 2022
Town of Brusly
The regular meeting of the Town of Brusly was called to order this date, July 11, 2022, at the Brusly Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Council Member Neisler 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
Absent: Town Attorney Thomas Acosta, Jr.
Recognitions & Commendations:
Mayor Rhodes recognized Amanda Gros from the office of WBR Parish Clerk of Court. Ms. Gros stated that there will be 5 new precincts in the parish which will require hiring more election workers. Ms. Gros also reported that the State of Louisiana was researching purchasing new voting machines.
A motion to approve the minutes of the Town’s regular meeting of June 13, 2022, was made by Council Member Bourgeois; seconded by Council Member Daigle. 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 June. There were 4.4 inches of rainfall in the month; 3 SCADA alarms at our Wastewater Lift stations; 1 “out of compliance” test result on the Sewer Treatment Facility; road overlay project was executed and substantial completion payment was made; Joliet Trail has begun construction; Town Hall has begun a front façade facelift, new columns and paint; several washouts along subsurface drainage were repaired throughout town; trimmed live oak tree limbs above Orleans Qtrs. Entrance; no personnel incidents to report for Maintenance Department.
Regular bulk trash will be picked up the week of July 11th. The extra trash pickup will be July 29th.
Mayor Rhodes reported that slope issues causing the road to hold water in Orleans Quarters were being addressed on the Road Overlay project.
Toby Fruge with Owen & White Engineering gave a brief update on the Venzule Drainage Project. See attached report.
Planning and Zoning Committee:
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the variance request of Kandel Bynum, 2823 Orleans Qtrs.-Non-Compliance Sec. 120-52, Servitude Encroachment of 12’9” to build a pool & accessory structure. Mr. Bynum presented the Council with a letter of approval from his HOA. After a brief discussion, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Neisler; seconded by Council Member Daigle. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Rhodes read aloud the variance request of Kandel Bynum, 2823 Orleans Qtrs.-Non-compliance Sec. 120-145(3) R-1 Single Family Residential, Side Depth to reduce the side setback from 15’ to 7’6” to build an Accessory Structure. After a brief discussion, a motion to approve was made by Council Member Daigle; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Mayor Rhodes opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Rhodes noted that the “Budget to Actual Comparison Report” for June, in the meeting packets, is available for Council Members to review.
Mr. Brian Hume of Tipton and Associates gave an update on the St. James Park Project. After some discussion, it was decided to delay considering a “Time Change Order” for St. James Park until more information was obtained.
Personnel Committee: None
Recreation Committee: None
Police Committee: None
Governmental Affairs Committee:
There will be a Landmark & Heritage Meeting July 18th. Council Member Bourgeois reminded those present that owners of homes 50 years old and older, in compliance with Town ordinances, can request an application for Landmark Plaques.
Consideration of Vetoed Ordinances: None
Hearing & Final Action on Ordinance: None
Introduction of Ordinances: None
Police Department Report:
Police Department Report for the month of June was given by Lt. Fontenot. There was one (1) agency assist, eight (8) alarms, one (1) animal problem, one (1) assault, one (1) burglary, one (1) controlled substances, five (5) disturbances, one (1) fraud, one (1) juvenile problem, two (2) miscellaneous, ten (10) no insurance tows, two (2) non UCR reportable, two (2) obstructing police, one (1) robbery, seven (7) suspicious activity/vehicle, five (5) traffic accidents, four (4) traffic problems, one (1) unlock, three (3) warrants, one (1) weapons offense and one (1) welfare checks. For the month, there were 59 total events, 340 total citations and 489 total violations.
Through use of the recently installed Flock License Plate Camera System, there were 3 stolen cars recovered, 4 NCIC Warrant arrests, and 2 assists to other agencies.
Mayor Rhodes reported that the Town has rented an excavator and is working on cleaning out the Ton Ton Canal to improve drainage. Mayor Rhodes will be attending the LMA Convention in Lafayette at the end of the month.
Remarks of Personal Privilege:
Council Member Bourgeois reported that the WBR Parish Library Board is considering purchasing property across from the WBR Community Center in Addis for a South branch of the WBR Library.
Mr. Philip Callais requested that the Town Council consider creating an ordinance to prohibit planting invasive species on or near a property line. Mr. David Simpson expressed his opinion that we do not need to be creating ordinances to settle squabbles between neighbors.
Council Member André made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Council Member Tassin. Hearing no comments, the motion passed with a unanimous vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
/s/Scot Rhodes, Mayor /s/Blaine Rabalais, Town Clerk