I often draw a laugh when I repeat one of my favorite lines, “the West side is the best side.” Those who laugh think I am joking. I know I am not, but I let them laugh anyway. Our response to hurricane Katrina and Rita only confirmed what we already knew, this is a great place to live.
In the days following the hurricanes, I was glued to the television as I’m sure many of you were. There is no disputing the fact that these were horrible disasters. The images of Louisiana and the actions of a few of our citizens distorted what was really happening in Brusly and many other places. The evacuees have been welcomed with open arms and they have responded with heartfelt thanks and gratitude. The negative images scared us all, but the reality is that it did not result in a negative impact of our community. In fact, every time I visited a shelter, I came away with a feeling of exhilaration and pride. The volunteers and civic organizations have come out in force to make sure the evacuees have been cared for as best as possible.
Now we enter the next stage. This one will be more difficult. Having seen the Brusly way of life and the people who make it that way, many of the evacuees will not return to their homes. As a result, the need for services such as jobs and education will increase. We can provide those things but it won’t be easy. We already see changes in traffic and a general increase in activity. Things will never be the same but we have to deal with it and adjust to it. We have a way of life that we like and it works well for us. We should welcome others into it with the understanding that they must adapt to our way because we like it the way it is and we don’t plan to change it.
My contact with the evacuees tells me that most are people with the same basic philosophy we have, they want to work, raise their family and live in peace. That’s all they want and that’s all we want. It should work if we make it work. It won’t be easy but we can do it. The West side was, and will remain, the best side, and that’s no joke!
Brusly Is Beautiful!
In spite of the debris piled up in the wake of Katrina and Rita, we know we have a beautiful town. Brusly won Cleanest City in Category B during competition and judging in May. At the end of June, West Baton Rouge Garden Club members forwarded information regarding awards sponsored by Keep Louisiana Beautiful. We completed the necessary paperwork which included a written description and photos of our efforts to prepare for Cleanest City judging. The Town of Brusly won 2nd Place in state competition in the Beautification and Community Improvement category. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley, Councilwoman Joanne Bourgeois and LaTasha Delmore attended the Keep Louisiana Beautiful conference in New Orleans on August 25th and 26th and accepted the award at the closing luncheon.
Thanks To All Brusly Residents For Their Efforts To Keep Our Town Clean. Special Thanks To The Maintenance Department For Their Willingness To Do Whatever Is Necessary To Help Eradicate Litter!
Seeking Old Photographs
Several Brusly residents have expressed interest in compiling a photographic history of our Town. We are asking for your help in gathering pictures which relate to the history of Brusly. We would like for you to search through scrapbooks, boxes, etc., to find photos dating from the early 1900s through the 1960s. These can be of people, structures, events, etc. If possible, please place a label on the back of the photo to identify the persons, structure or event; if you do not have a label, please write the information on a sheet of paper. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE ON THE BACK OF THE PICTURE, JUST WRITE THE INFORMATION ON THE LABEL. On a separate sheet, please indicate if the picture is an original to be returned to the owner or if it is a copy which we can keep; if it is to be returned, please clearly print the owner’s name, address, phone number and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if photos are to be returned by mail. Place photos in an envelope or Ziploc bag and bring them to the Town Hall during regular business hours.
We are in the very beginning stages of this project and have no specific date to give for completion; hopefully, the book will be ready sometime next year.
The regulations regarding trailers in the Town were recently modified to clarify the ordinance. When a trailer is replacing an already existing trailer, the trailer must be five years old or less, must be skirted but will not require another “no objection” certificate. The replacement trailer must be in place within six months of removal of the old trailer. In addition, any trailer unoccupied for six months or longer will require a new “no objection” certificate before occupancy. It is always recommended that any questions regarding trailers be asked before purchase of the trailer since the process may take longer than expected.
The Town ordinance relative to junk and refuse has been changed as of the September meeting. Previously, only junk cars and tall grass were addressed. With the passing of the new ordinance, any property determined by the Town Council to be in such a condition as to be considered unacceptable, shall be declared in violation of Town ordinances and ordered to be cleaned up. If not cleaned up, the Town will be authorized to do so and bill the owner. Although not a big problem at this time, this change will allow the Town to address the few eyesores we do have.
From Chief Whaley
First, I would like to welcome all new residents to Brusly. The Brusly Police Department is undergoing many new and exciting changes. Within the next month, we will be changing to a new color for uniforms, creating an exciting new image for the police department. We have many new faces on the force, all of whom are excited to be working in our town.
We would like for you to be aware of new services offered by your Police Department. All units are now equipped with power packs to jump start your vehicles in the event that you are stranded. We are also equipped with ‘lock out” kits to unlock your vehicle in the event that you lock your keys in your vehicle. Additionally, the Brusly Police Department will conduct security checks of your residence while you are on vacation. Security checks can be initiated by simply coming to Brusly Police Department and filling out one form; your residence will be checked until you return.
Active Neighborhood Watch program: We will have quarterly meetings with instruction on topics such as computer crimes, identity theft, crimes against the elderly and many more. If you have any topic you would like to see discussed, please feel free to come to the office and share your idea.
As always, we have an open door policy at the Brusly Police Department. We are open from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have an officer on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Please feel free to drop in and address your concerns or just to visit and remember, we are here to help in any way that we can.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, most residents have had piles of brush, yard waste and other debris set out for BFI pick-up. Now seems to be the perfect opportunity to remind everyone of key points to consider when placing material at the curb, regardless of the circumstances:
- place piles of unbundled, unbagged brush at the curb;
- place bagged yard waste BESIDE (not in) unbundled brush piles;
- place trash can and recycle bin AWAY from the pile;
- do not block a ditch; call Butch at the Town Hall and he will advise you on the best course of action;
- consider the location of cable lines, power lines, telephone poles and tree limbs; the boom truck has a difficult time avoiding these obstacles if materials are placed directly under them;
- consider the view of traffic; a pile of limbs easily obscures the view of a vehicle when backing from a driveway or pulling out onto a street.
BFI Pick-up Dates 2005
(First Thursday of Month)
Calendar Of Events
Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Place: Brusly Town Hall
Date: Friday, November 11th
Time: 12:00 Noon