The start of 2004 will be noteworthy because it represents the culmination of several initiatives in the Town. With the recent ribbon cutting and opening of the Family Dollar store in ““The Oaks”” shopping center, what once was a cane field is now Brusly’s first major shopping center. Look for several other businesses to be opening in the first half of the new year. The ““Brusly Oaks”” residential development is now open and construction has started on several homes. This is the second major residential development (the other being Orleans Quarters) to open in 2003. We expect the demand for new housing in these developments, and other smaller ones, to continue to be high. The additional traffic generated by area growth is being addressed with the widening to four lanes of West St. Francis Street and the widening of the railroad crossing. The work is expected to be finished by early 2004. As that work nears completion, the Hwy. 1 project will be starting. Besides repair and overlay of the highway, turning lanes will be added at Main, St. Francis, Brusly High and Riverside. These will certainly make it safer and will also aid in traffic flow. By springtime, the Town will have installed culverts in sixty more residences in the Town, meaning over one mile of culverts will have been installed in the last two years. We expect to do it again next year, so call the Town Hall to get your name on the list for next year.
The year 2003 was a good year. Thanks to the Council, staff, Police and Fire departments for making it so. We look forward to 2004.
Relay For Life
This year, the Town of Brusly has the honor of being the host for the American Cancer Society’s ““Relay for Life.”” It is the major fundraiser for the Society and is really a fun event! There will be booths, bands, food, entertainment and more. The highlight of the event is the survivor’s walk. The walk is for all cancer survivors and is a very moving and uplifting event.
If you think for a moment, everyone at one time or another has been touched by cancer. Relay is a way to support the survivors and fight the disease. Brusly was selected because the people in this area are always willing to support events such as Relay.
This year’s Relay will be held on Friday, April 2, 2004 at Brusly High School. For more information or to borrow a tape with more information about Relay, call the Town Hall at 749-2909.
Income Tax Forms
Internal Revenue Service tax forms for 2003 are available without charge at the Town Hall. As a public service, the Town has obtained a full set of tax forms from the IRS and we will copy whatever a citizen needs to do their 2003 Federal Income Taxes. (Sorry, the forms are not available in commercial quantities). Simply visit the Town Hall and ask for the forms and instruction books you need!
The Town Hall will be closed for the following holidays:
Jan 19 Martin Luther King Day
Feb 24 Mardi Gras
Apr 9 Good Friday
WBR Waterworks District #2 Customers
It is with great pleasure that the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Water District wish to announce the opening of our new office!
Our new office is located at 158 E. St. Francis Street, between the Brusly Lions Club and the Fire Station – and directly in front of the Town of Brusly Maintenance Barn. In addition to having more office and storage space, our new building is much more accessible by our customers with close, convenient parking and a drive-up window.
Please remember that Water District #2 follows the WBR Parish Council holiday schedule.
We look forward to serving our customers even better from our new offices. Our regular office hours will remain the same – 9:00am through 4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center Visit
Dr. Betty Monroe Kennedy, Instructor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, recently made a presentation to the Mayor and Council concerning a study she is conducting on heart disease risk factors in African-Americans. Dr. Kennedy is seeking participants for this study, entitled Get Readi.
Information on Weight Loss Maintenance (WLM) Study was also presented. Volunteers are also needed for this study. For more information, you can call Dr. Kennedy at 763-2596 or 7632597. You may also receive information by logging on to www.pbrc.edu
She will be back at a later date to sign up participants. Call the Town Hall for further information.
If you plan to trim your trees or bushes, please plan your work so BFI can pick up your “brush” in a timely manner. BFI considers “brush” any vegetation that cannot be disposed of in a regular garbage pickup.
“Brush” pickup begins on the first Thursday of each month. It may take two or three days to complete. The Town asks that you wait until the weekend before the first Thursday to pile your “”brush”” for pickup. If your brush pile is such that it will block a ditch, contact Butch at the Town Hall (749-2909). He will advise you on the best course of action.
Brush Schedule 2004
Jan 1 Mar 4 May 6 July 1 Sep 2 Nov 4
Feb 5 Apr 1 June 3 Aug 5 Oct 7 Dec 2
New Town Tractor
A State Rural Development Grant provided $19,023 for a new Holland 57 HP tractor for the Town Maintenance Department. It features four-wheel drive of culvert work and moving ditches and an aluminum roof for relief from the scorching summer sun.
Addis Mardi Gras Parade at 11AM, Sunday, February 15th
Police Dept. News
Promotions & Retirement
Chief Worley announced the promotion of Corporal Jonathan Lefeaux to Sergeant and Lieutenant Bryan Viator to Captain based on their job performance, dedication and willingness to take on any assignment requested by the Chief. Congratulations!
Congratulations also to Captain Don Ash on his retirement. Captain Ash has given 11 years of service to the Town of Brusly Police Department. His position as School Resource Officer will be assumed by Sergeant Lefeaux.
R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is coming back. As our officers, who are in training, complete their courses, we will once again offer our R.A.D. program. We home to begin the first one in early spring and offer a class which will consist of mother/daughter teams. Any female age twelve and above will be able to participate along with her parent. As we get closer, we will announce more information. Sign up begins January 2, 2004 by calling the Town Hall.
New Laptops on Patrol
The Brusly Police Department recently purchased six portable lap top computers to be placed into the patrol units. This purchase will allow the officers to spend more time patrolling the town instead of in the office preparing paperwork. The lap tops are equipped with all forms and documents needed by the officers to perform their duties. They should be installed and in full use by January 15th.
Chief Worley says that motorized scooters are a major concern and he is asking parents to monitor their children in the use of the scooters to ensure their safety. Further, he asks that all motorists be aware of the scooters until we receive further information from the Legislature on this matter. (Editor’s Note: This issue was recently addressed in several news articles in The Advocate. Chief Worley was interviewed for one article as to the impact the scooters are having in the Town of Brusly and how the Police Department is dealing with them.)
Brusly Soldiers – Hear Their Story
After 5 years of intense research of diaries, letters and memoirs, Dr. Thomas H. Richey has written a book entitled Tirailleurs: A History of The 4th Louisiana and The Acadians of Company H.
Hear about the 4th Louisiana Infantry, CSA from Brusly Landing with Acadian surnames of Landry, Hebert, Aillet, Babin, Dupuy, LeBlanc, Doiron, Allain, Daigle, Longuepee, Tullier and many more. They were mostly Acadians and fought gallantly for the Southern cause. Relive their stories and lives through the “Tirailleurs” (TEE-ray-your), a French word meaning “rifleman”.
Dr. Thomas H. Richey will discuss the Tirailleurs on…
Sunday, February 1, 2004
Brusly Town Hall
Copies of his book will be available for signing and purchase.
The cover of Dr. Richey’s book features a picture of Trasimond Landry. Mr. Arlen Landry, a descendant of Trasimond Landry, will have his genealogy chart set up to share with those who attend. WBR genealogy books will also be made available by the West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society for participants who wish to obtain a copy for their research.
Dr. Richey would like to encourage anyone attending to bring pictures of relatives who fought in the Civil War and to share their stories.
This program is sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.
Fire Dept. News
The Brusly Fire Department’s Christmas celebration was a big success. The parade was also a big hit with the children who got to see Santa riding on the fire truck. The Fire Department would like to thank all who made it such a huge success.
A new burn permit program has been received very well by the citizens of the fire sub-district. For those interested in a permit to burn, please call the fire station Monday thru Friday to get your free burn permit. These permits are one year permits and come with a set of rules and requirements for burning. If you have any questions, please call us for details at 749-3233.
The year 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the Brusly Fire Department. We are in the process of scheduling events of celebration for the year. Some of the events will include dedication of fire trucks to firefighters as a memorial for their contributions to the department, dedication of The Fallen Firefighter Statue in front of Station #1 and a special presentation to the present firefighters of Brusly. Future newsletters and mail-outs will have all details.
Cleanest City Contest
It’s time to think about Spring yard work in preparation for the Cleanest City Contest. This will be the Town’s third year to participate and with the Maintenance Crew and citizens hard work and help, we expect to take all the honors. Judging will be in March or April, but no dates have been decided. Further information will be provided at a later date.