Several exciting initiatives are coming together at the same time in our Town. The two major residential developments, Brusly Oaks and Orleans Quarters, have started construction. Both expect to complete their first filing construction around New Year. A joint effort of the Town, the West Baton Rouge Parish Council, Harry L. Laws & Co., Inc. and the Brusly Oaks developers will result in the widening of the St. Francis St railroad crossing and the widening to four lanes of West St. Francis St. Our annual street overlay program is under way and should be completed soon.
We have a new idea we call our “culvert program”. It will be a cooperative effort between the Town and homeowners, the goal of which is to fill in some of our open ditches with culverts. It will kick off in November. Check our new and improved website (bruslyla.com) for more information on this program along with other news of your Town.
We are excited about what is happening. There will be more to come, so give us your opinion so that we can continue to make improvements in your Town.
Mobile Library Stop
The West Baton Rouge Parish Library has scheduled a mobile library stop at the Brusly Town Hall. The “bookmobile” will be parked on Tuesdays from 3-5:30 in the parking lot of the town hall. Stop by and check it out!
Beginning in October there will be other stops at Lukeville Upper Elementary and Brusly Elementary. For more information, please call the library at 342-7920.
Self Defense Classes
Beginning October 2nd, the Brusly Police Department will start the first of several R.A.D. (Rape Aggressive Defense) classes. This is a 12-hour course offered free of charge to females fifteen years and older. Females 15-17 years of age must have a parental form signed. You may sign up at the Town Hall or call Debbie at 749-2909 or Lt. Viator at 749-2970. Classes are limited to 12 students per class, so you are encouraged to sign up early. Each student will receive a certificate upon completion of the class. Classes are Wednesday & Thursday 6-10 p.m. and Saturday 8-12 at Lynndale Station.
The police department was successful in obtaining a grant from Dow USA for the funding of this project.
New Face on the Force
Please welcome our newest officer, Shawn Waters. He was previously with Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Department. Shawn has been in law enforcement since 1998 and served in the U. S. Army prior to that. Take the opportunity to meet him, introduce yourself and make him feel welcome.
Police Dept. Commendations to:
Officer Sean Donahue for professional effort in arresting a burglary suspect;
Captain Don Ash, Officer Sean Donahue and Officer Jerry Roubique for alertness in responding to a burglary call and apprehension of a suspect.
From Chief Worley
Chief Worley announced that pepper spray is available through the police department. The spray is available at a cost of $8.00. Stop by or call Corporal Lefeaux to place an order.
Officers will be visiting the elementary schools in the next few weeks to hand out trick-or-treat bags and safety information to the students.
Neighborhood Watch Program
WBR Parish Sheriff’s Office is re-initiating the Neighborhood Watch Program. For information on how your neighborhood can join, please contact Leon Parault at 749-3852.
Natchitoches Christmas Lights
The West Baton Rouge Museum has a bus trip scheduled for Saturday, December 14th to the annual Christmas Lights in Natchitoches Historic District. Cost is $45, but seating is limited. For more information call 336-2422.
Hats Off To:
Babs Babin on her Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA. She was recognized for community service including her participation as an essential member of Brusly’s Centennial Committee.
Fire Dept. News
The fire department is cranking up the October Fire Prevention Month with the annual school fire drill and safety program. This year the poster campaign entries will be judged on October 11th. Brusly Elementary and Lukeville Upper Elementary will participate in the poster contest. There will be a winner from each grade and an overall winner from each school. Good luck to all participants!
The annual Christmas Parade/Celebration will be held Sunday, December 8th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Alexander Park. This year’s theme is “Cajun Christmas”. The parade will roll at 1:00 PM and end at the park. More beads will be thrown due to the overwhelming response of last year’s float riders.
Events at the park include a 50/50 ticket drawing benefiting MDA, children’s entertainment, games, food, drinks, arts and crafts, Santa pictures and of course, the PARADE. A silent auction will be held with all proceeds going to MDA.
As you can see, there will be lots to see and do, so bring the family and enjoy the celebration. Look for signs announcing the parade and parade route free parking.
For more information on ticket purchases, arts and crafts booths and food/drink booths, call Kenny Hunts at 749-3233.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the sub-district for the numerous letters of support over the last 6 months. These responses have strengthened our drive to bring you one of the best fire and EMS responses in the state.
Trick or Treat Safety
- Always walk together in groups;
- Wear bright colored clothing;
- Use flashlights;
- Adult supervision means a safe Halloween;
- Examine all candy and treats closely before consuming;
- Come by the fire station on East St. Francis for fire department treats!!!!!
Guidelines for Burning
- All fires should be monitored by adults;
- A connected 1/2 in. or larger garden hose should be turned on and have the capability to surround the fire;
- NO burning should take place if the wind speed exceeds 10 MPH;
- Fires should not exceed 6 ft x 6 ft wide and 6 ft tall;
- There should be approximately 50 feet proximity limit to any house, fence, shed, carport, etc.;
- Fires must burn clean and not emit noxious smoke;
- Larger fires should have one course of cinder blocks surrounding the fire.
The fire department offers these guidelines to ensure safe burning. Questions regarding fire guidelines, as well as the parade, Halloween hours and safety can be answered by calling 749-3233.
November 11th Ceremony
The historic marker recognizing Charles P. Adams, Brusly native who founded Grambling State University, and the marker commemorating the first site of Brusly High School which opened in 1911 will be dedicated at ceremonies on November 11, 2002. Activities will begin at the Brusly Town Hall, then move to Brusly Middle School grounds for the school marker dedication. Following a Veterans’ remembrance ceremony in Port Allen at 11:00 a.m., we will return to Brusly Town Hall for a brief ceremony to remember all who served. A reception inside the Town Hall will follow. Everyone is invited to join in the activities of the day, whether to attend a specific activity or each of the events. More information will be published in area newspapers. For specific details, call Brusly Town Hall at 749-2909 after October 15.