On a recent trip, I had the occasion to sit for three days at the same table as a person from a western city. That person seemed to me to be intelligent, reasonable, and personable. On the third day, someone else brought up the subject of the conditions in the city I was visiting. At that point that reasonable, intelligent person began to tear into her Mayor, Council and every other elected official and followed that with a list of problems in her city that the elected officials were not addressing. After listening to her, I asked her if she had talked to any of them about her concerns. She said she had not “because they wouldn’t listen anyway”.
I relate this story because one of my greatest concerns is apathy. We can’t fix things unless we know they are broken. Your Mayor and council are returning for another term (except for one council member who moved out of Town). I suppose we should take that as a compliment and an endorsement for the way things are going. To do so, in my view, would be a mistake. We should not assume that all is well and that we can’t do more. We can always do more. The guidance, however, needs to come from you, the citizens. Never assume that we won’t listen or that we don’t want your opinion. We make no promises that we will always agree but we do want to know what you think. We want to know what is not working and we want to know new ideas.
I’m usually at the Town Hall and the Council members are spread all over Town and very accessible. Please help up help you by talking to us and telling us what we need to know, even if it is not what we want to hear. Then, maybe when you talk about Brusly with people from other areas, you can say that you had a concern but you told your elected officials…and they listened!
2003 Public Official Of The Year
Councilwoman Joanne Bourgeois was named “2003 Public Official of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Museums” for her support of the museums and historic sites in West Baton Rouge Parish, ensuring that the history of the area is not lost for future generations.
The award was presented at the association’s annual banquet in Lafayette on September 8th. Several Brusly residents attended the banquet.
Veteran’s Day Reception
The Town of Brusly will host its annual Veteran’s Day Reception to honor area veterans at noon on Thursday, November 11th at the Town Hall. A program, featuring music, speakers and students reading their award winning essays will precede the reception.
Area veterans and their families are invited and encouraged to attend. The public is invited to join in this show of appreciation to veterans.
For more information, call Brusly Town Hall at 749-2909
The Town Hall will be closed for the following holidays:
November 11 Veterans Day
November 25-26 Thanksgiving
December 23-24 Christmas
Arbor Day At Brusly Elementary
November 5th has been proclaimed “Brusly Arbor Day.” A ceremony will be held at Brusly Elementary School at 1:30 on Friday, November 5th to celebrate the day. Students and guest speakers will be featured culminating with planting a maple tree, a gift from the Town of Brusly, near the Pre-K playground.
The event is co-sponsored by Brusly Elementary and the Town of Brusly as part of the Town’s application to be named a “Tree City USA.” For more information, call the Town Hall at 749-2909.
The Town of Brusly is compiling a “Welcome Package” for new residents in the area. We will greatly appreciate whatever you wish to contribute toward this project. Some examples include apartment listings, houses available to rent, restaurant menus, etc. We would also welcome any information about local churches such as locations, times of services, Pastor’s name or contact persons. In other words, whatever you may offer that would be helpful to newcomers.
If you would like to include something in this package, please contact Patricia Lucas, at 749-2909.
A limited number of Brusly Centennial plates are available at $20 each. Please call the Town Hall at 749-2909 for information on ordering.
Just a reminder that in order to avoid spillage from the recycling bin, all garbage cans should be approximately 3 feet from any other object, including the recycle bin. Keep this in mind when placing your bins out on recycling collection days.
Planning & Zoning
Condolences are extended to the family of Mr. Leslie Crockett, a former member of the Brusly Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Crockett, who had served on the Commission for four years, will be sadly missed in the community.
Mr. Steve Perkins of Ory Drive has accepted the appointment to fill in the spot left vacant by Mr. Crockett. He is a new-comer to Brusly who is eager to serve the Town through this position.
The Commission is currently investigating the adoption of the Louisiana Uniform Construction Code. More information about this will be forthcoming in the near future.
Water Board News
After serving 42 years, Mr. Arlen Landry recently announced his retirement from the West Baton Rouge Parish Water Board District 1. We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Landry for his many years of dedicated service on behalf of the residents of the area.
Mr. Jimmy Rills has accepted the appointment from Mayor Normand to replace Mr. Landry.
Back Brusly Oak Bulletin Board
The Town Council recently adopted the following guidelines regarding the posting of information on the Back Brusly Oak Tree Bulletin Board:
- All notices for the Back Brusly Oak Tree Bulletin Board are to be posted on the board surface only. Nothing is to be placed on the ground.
- This Bulletin Board is to be used in a non-commercial manner. No solicitation of funds, advertising, solicitation for goods or services, nor political messages will be allowed.
- All posted messages MUST contain a date of posting, the name of a contact person and a phone number.
- Notices will be removed after two weeks, when they are no longer timely or when space is required for more current items.
- Everything posted on this Bulletin Board becomes the property of the Town of Brusly immediately. The Town of Brusly reserves the right to remove messages that deemed to be abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws or otherwise unacceptable.
Fire Dept. News
August 15th saw the first stage of the Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Ceremonies included the dedication of the Firefighter Memorial and the dedication of two fire trucks in memory of deceased members, James Woods and Albert Mayeux. Additionally, a time capsule containing memorabilia of the past 50 years was buried.
Thanks to Lion’s Club members for assistance in gathering names of past firefighters and for contributing memorabilia for the capsule.
To observe October as “Fire Prevention Month,” the Risk Watch curriculum has begun in grades pre-K through 5th. The program was initiated last year in cooperation with the WBR School Board, principals, teachers and Brusly Fire Department Volunteers. It has had immediate success, reducing total percentage of calls related to childhood injuries by 42%! This advanced injury prevention course addresses the eight most injury causing events to children in the United States, namely:
- Motor Vehicle Safety
- Fire And Burn Prevention
- Choking, Suffocation And Strangulation
- Poisoning Prevention
- Fall Prevention
- Firearms Injury Prevention
- Bike And Pedestrian Safety
- Water Safety
The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) awarded a “3” rating to the Fire District again after completing its 5-year examination. This means continued lower insurance rates for the community.
The Fire Department received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for $59,500 towards the purchase of new N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Association) required self contained breathing apparatus. This will be used to replace older air packs dating back to purchases in 1972 and 1987. These grants funds will help to keep the department in best possible shape to be ready to respond to all emergency incidents.
Check the dates on your burn permits or come by the station for your new free 5-year permit.
The Brusly Fire Department Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 5th, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. with special throws signifying the 50th anniversary.
Brush Schedule 2004
Thursday Nov 4 & Dec 2
The Town of Brusly sponsored a cleanup day in St. John the Baptist cemetery on Saturday, October 16th as a project in Cleanest City Contest competition. Adults and youth worked from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to clean headstones and graves of persons who no longer have relatives in the area. Another cleanup day will be held in the Spring.