Everywhere I go, people stop me to tell me what a great place Brusly is. They especially note the quality growth in the area. I always tell them that we have a great community because the people insist on it. There are no secrets to why a community like ours is as good as it is, it is the people.
There are many people behind the scenes who contribute to making Brusly what it is. The growth in our area is quality growth because of our strong Planning Commission. They scrutinize land use in our town and insist on the right kind of growth. Our water system is the result of another Board of dedicated people who want the same quality we expect. An equally dedicated unit of the Parish provides our own sewer system, maintained by our maintenance department. Our Fire Department, the bulk of which are volunteers, provides fire protection and first response for accidents and other emergencies. They are the ones who get up in the middle of the night to help, and they do it only for the satisfaction they get. When I see and hear what other areas have to pay for these services, I am thankful for the people we have doing those things for us.
We always get help from our Parish government. All we do is ask and they oblige. Our Sheriff is always willing to provide inmate labor for anything we need. I find that our elected officials work very well together, especially in emergencies.
Our Town employees, including administrative staff, maintenance and police, work hard for your benefit and should be appreciated for what they do.
The Town Hall will be closed for the following holidays:
May 31 Memorial Day
July 5 Independence Day
Sept 6 Labor Day
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 26-26 Thanksgiving
Dec 23-24 Christmas
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
June 3 Aug 5 Oct 7 Dec 2
July 1 Sep 2 Nov 4
LATASHA MARTIN was selected from a field of 23 applicants to become a Clerical Specialist 1. She and Dezaray Delmore recently exchange wedding vows.
PATRICIA LUCAS earned an “A” in Database Management in a 3-Semester hour course at BRCC.
“BUTCH” LEGER attended two asphalt roads classes at LSU.
Essay & Poster Contest
Eighth grade students at Brusly Middle were invited to participate in essay and poster contests in conjunction with Brusly’s participation in Cleanest City competition this year. The winners are as follows:
Essay Contest Winners:
1st – Taylor Robnett
2nd – Kristi Guerin
3rd – Kaila Martin
1st – Kelsey Gauthe
2nd – Megan Robnett
3rd – Jaime Mack
The Town of Brusly placed 1st in District VI, Category B of Cleanest City competition following judging on April 2nd and placed 2nd in Category B judging on May 11 in state competition. THANKS to EVERYONE who helped our Town look great…Brusly residents who gave extra attention to their yards and gardens, all who helped with organized clean-up efforts and our magnificent Maintenance Crew, Supervisor Butch Leger, Curtis Allen, Horace Lee, Anthony Scott and Brad Dupont who worked “above” and “beyond” their regular duties to prepare public areas of the town. Special thanks also to all who helped with the reception which followed the judging and the Brusly historic marker dedication ceremony.
Another Succesful Auction
After advertising our surplus equipment, Town Clerk JULES LEFEAUX grabbed an auctioneer’s gavel and proceeded to sell the Town’s 1976 Ford Tractor for $3,900. The bidding was serious, with one buyer coming from Alexandria with his trailer!
Police Dept. News
OFC. DEXTER WALKER recently completed the LSU Basic P.O.S.T. Academy.
SGT. JONATHAN LEFEAUX and OFC. JERRY ROUBIQUE attended a seminar in Accident Investigation.
CAPT. BRYAN VIATOR recently completed Detective Training.
Police Chief EMMETT WORLEY participated in the Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice.
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.
Welcome to the Town
To new police officer DONALD VALLET, JR.
The Brusly Police Department would like to thank all of the citizens for their support with the scooter issue. With the help of parents, our calls from concerned citizens have decreased tremendously.
With children out of school for the summer, we would like to remind parents to speak with them concerning bicycle safety Issues. Remember that bicycles must follow the same rules and regulations as cars when traveling on the town streets.
Free Gun Locks
The police department is now offering free gun locks for the residents of Brusly in conjunction with Project Child Safe. These locks can be picked up from either the police department or Town Hall.
A ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 11th at the Brusly Town Hall to dedicate a State of Louisiana Historic marker recognizing Brusly as the oldest settlement in West Baton Rouge Parish. The marker is a gift from the West Baton Rouge Historical Association to the Town of Brusly. The text of the marker is written in French on one side and in English on the other. Sylviane Finck, French Teacher at Brusly High School, participated in the ceremony by reading the French version of the text. Others who participated in the ceremony included WBR Historical President Ellis Gauthier, Mayor Joey Normand, Father Matt Dupree’, former Mayor Rod Prejean, Mrs. Claudette Purnell and Councilwoman Joanne Bourgeois. A public reception followed the ceremony.
50 Years For Brusly Lions
Brusly Lions celebrated 50 years of service to the community with a party on Sunday, April 25th. Lion President, Andrea Normand, chaired the program which featured a presentation showing work of Lion’s club members through the years. Descendants of charter members were special guests at the program. Congratulation to this organization and a big “THANKS” for their gifts to our community.
You will soon see the “fog” trucks making their evening rounds in order to fight the mosquito population in our area. A representative of the West Baton Rouge Parish Government Mosquito Abatement Program will be at the next Town of Brusly Committee meeting on June 7th to discuss the program.
Interested citizens are welcome to attend the meeting to ask questions and obtain more information on what can be done to protect themselves.
Some Mosquito Facts:
All mosquitoes start their life cycle in water. The simplest way to prevent mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate all standing water.
Protecting yourself from getting bit is as easy as wearing a mosquito repellent.
Besides West Nile Virus, mosquitoes can carry and spread encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria and Equine Infectious Anemia.
For more information, visit www.FightTheBiteLouisiana.com or call 1-888-246-2675.
Fire Dept. News
All residences in the area should have recently received a letter from the Fire Department containing news updates.
The year 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the Brusly Fire Department. More information will be forthcoming.