We are beginning the 2003-04 fiscal year with new challenges. This year we anticipate approximately $100,000 less income than the previous year. Having to do more with less money is no different from situations that most businesses and families face daily. So, the Council and I made cuts in some areas and streamlined others. We are aggressively seeking grants to make up for some of the income shortage. We have already been awarded a $20,000 Rural Development Grant with which we will by a new maintenance tractor. We think that by year’s end we will be able to make up for more of this income shortage.
Even with the decreased income, we will continue our aggressive public works program. The very popular “Culvert Program” will be funded as it was last year. We will continue our street overlay program since it has proven to be a savings to the Town by preventing road problems before they occur. In addition to continuing programs, this year we will begin grading ditches to their original grade. This will provide for better drainage and also lessen the instances of ponding in ditches, thus reducing possibilities for mosquito breeding areas. We have other smaller projects budgeted, but we will address those later.
Brusly won the district “Cleanest City” contest for the second consecutive year. However, we did not win the state judging even though the Town looked great. Thanks to everyone for their efforts. I asked the judgeswhat we could do to improve for next year’s contest. They said “nothing”. Does that tell you something?
Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!
The first Town Vehicle Auction was held on the front porch of the Town Hall on June 18th. Jules Lefeaux, Town Clerk, borrowed Mayor Normand’s big gavel and stepped up to the table as auctioneer. The auction was seen as a way to get the most value from used Town equipment and confiscated cars. There was a good interest from area citizens, so a used police car sold for $4,000; a Dodge pickup from maintenance went for $875; and four confiscated cars fetched almost $300 each! Patricia Lucas, Traffic Clerk, assisted with the transactions and sacked $5,775 to add to the Town Treasury.
New Water Board Office
You will soon see the beginning stages of construction on a new Water Board office on East St. Francis Street, in front of the Maintenance Barn. This office will be built on Town property through a cooperative agreement between the Town and the Water District whereby the Water Board will occupy that area as long as a Water Board office is there. The new office will have a drive-in window to accommodate customers wishing to pay their bills without getting out of their cars. Both the Town and the Water Board are taking this step in efforts to better serve customers. Local contractor, Mr. Frank Williams, was low bidder who was awarded the contract. Water Board Chairman Arlen Landry, members Addie Crochet, Mary Williams, Grayson Brewer and Fire Chief Mike Alleman along with the Brusly Town Council and the Mayor have worked together to make this a reality and a convenience to the customers who will be served.
Mayor Normand recognized Isaac Gay for being named Class 3-A Basketball MVP.
Blake Dayries received a Certificate of Commendation for placing second in the 2003 Division 3, Class 3A Golf Championship.
Rachel Bourgeois was commended on being named Valedictorian of Our Lady of the Lake College Class of May 2003.
The Town Maintenance crew received Certificates of Appreciation for their efforts in preparing the Town for Cleanest City judging.
The Roy Hebert Family also received a Certificate of Appreciation for the loan of Mr. Hebert’s many paintings displayed in the Town Hall.
Vernon and Joyce Caffarel were also honored with a plaque in the Memorial Plaza in thanks for the donation of the sugar kettle that serves as the centerpiece for the landscaping of the Memorial Plaza.
New Police Officer
Please make our newest police officer, Darren Hernandez, feel welcome to our Town. Officer Hernandez was approved for the hire at the July 14th regular meeting. Good to have you on board!
Arlen Landry recently accepted reappointment to the Water Board for another term. Mrs. Claudette Purnell was also reappointed as commissioner on the Brusly Planning and Zoning Commission to serve another term. Thanks go out to them for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the citizens.
4th Committee Meetings
7th BFI Brush Pick-up
11th Town Meeting
14th 1st Day of School
20th BMS Open House
21st Water Board Meeting
23rd BMS Athletic Physicals
25th Traffic Court
27th Planning & Zoning Mtg
Charles P. Adams Society
Members of the Charles P. Adams Society, a chapter of the Grambling State University Alumni Association, met at the Brusly Town Hall on Saturday, July 26, 2003 for a ceremony in honor of the Brusly native who founded the school which became Grambling State University. Mayor Normand, Councilwoman Joanne Bourgeois, Charles Givens, a Brusly native and Grambling alumni, Lucy Landry, Fire Chief Mike Alleman and Gail Alleman greeted guests as they entered the Town Hall.
The ceremony was organized by Ava Brewster-Turner, President of the Charles P. Adams Alumni Chapter who made brief opening remarks. Following the Invocation by Yvonne Byrd and remarks by Adolph Byrd, Mayor Joey Normand read a proclamation in honor of the day and presented the copy to James Bradford, President, Grambling University National Alumni Association. Dr. Neari F. Warner, Acting President, Grambling State University, addressed the group and included quotes of Charles P. Adams from the book Brusly, A Place to Call Home published in 2001 in conjunction with the Town’s Centennial celebration. The ceremony concluded with comments from Mr. Bradford and his presentation of a football autographed by former Grambling football Coach Eddie Robinson and present coach Doug Williams.
Approximately 80 alumni members journeyed by chartered bus and private cars to Brusly from Baton Rouge where they were attending their annual national convention. Following lunch in Brusly, they returned to the convention site.
Culvert Program Update
The Town is once again taking applications for the popular culvert program. Last fiscal year there were more than 60 applicants, with over 20 property owners getting their culvert work completed. We have again allocated money in the budget for the program and will continue down the list of property owners according to the order at last years drawing. New applicants well be added to the list and completed on the basis of available budget money for the fiscal year. You may obtain more information and an application by either visiting this website any time at bruslyla.com or the Town Hall between the hours of 8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri.
Fire Department News
The Brusly Fire Department is working harder than ever to insure public awareness to fire and home safety. Fire prevention month is October, and we will be doing large-scale fire prevention projects with you, the public, in mind. The school children will be training their families on fire prevention. We will also be showing a new training aid made available to the Fire Department by the Ruston Fire Department.
The organization of our 50th anniversary celebration will soon start. The Brusly Fire Department was officially organized in 1954 with the purchase of its first apparatus. This celebration will feature events such as erection of a firefighter’s memorial statue, dedication of fire trucks as memorials to firefighters who served and died while they were still firefighters or in reserve status and a celebration weekend featuring a parade and town officials as reluctant firefighters. We anticipate lots of fun, laughs, history and, like every other celebration in South Louisiana, plenty of food!
The support of the district has been overwhelming. We would like to thank the citizens for the kind words, letters and financial backing they have given. The firefighter membership is at an all time high with 28 members and 3 new training members due to start rookie training right away. If you or someone you know would like to join us, please feel free to contact us at 749-3233 or stop by and talk to Kenny Hunts, President of the volunteers.
The Fire Department will be receiving delivery of the new 2003 Ford F-550 Minipumper Service Unit on Monday, August 11th. This unit is the pride of the department because it updates the department by 45 years by replacing the 1985 GMC Service Unit. The 1985 GMC Service Unit will replace the 1958 American Lafrance Reserve Unit. The Lefrance will be sold to Pollack Fire Department.
The 2003 Christmas Parade and Celebration will once again benefit Muscular Dystrophy. There will be plenty of advertisement for the event. The date is December 7th. Events will be going on the whole day so bring the family and come enjoy yourself.
Students from local elementary schools were recognized for their participation in a poster competition for Cleanest City judging. For this news, as well as other in-depth news and information, visit the websites Community Page.