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MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 at 5:30 P. M.
The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 10th day of January, 2017 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:38 p. m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Aldermen James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully and Joseph “Bryan” Kelley. Also present were Attorney Jesse Means, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Police Chief Scott Ford and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.
Absent: Alderman Gigi Robertson
The pledge was led by Alderman Bryan Kelley.
Public Comment: none
Mayor D’Aquilla welcomed newly elected council members Susie Tully and Bryan Kelley to their first official meeting and congratulated returning board members James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran and Gigi Robertson.
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R. Leake to approve the December 13, 2016 minutes as presented. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Add Item to The Agenda / Purchase of Police Vehicle
Mayor D’Aquilla requested that the agenda be amended to discuss authorization to purchase a new police vehicle to replace police unit that was hit from behind and totaled.
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to add authorization to purchase a new police vehicle to the agenda. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Alderman Gigi Robertson joined the meeting at 5:47 p.m.
Authorization to Purchase New Police Vehicle
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Bryan Kelley to approve the purchase of a new police vehicle for a cost of $28,900.00 to be financed through Ford Municipal Financing. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Appointment Town Clerk, Police Chief and Town Attorney
Mayor D’Aquilla recommended the following appointments: Shannon Sturgeon, Town Clerk and Scott Ford, Police Chief. In addition, he recommended Jesse Means as Senior Town Attorney and Leslie Daniels as Assistant Town Attorney. Jesse Means has been the Town Attorney for nearly forty years and Mayor D’Aquilla would like him to begin sharing his town knowledge.
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Susie Tully to appoint Shannon Sturgeon as Town Clerk. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby T. Cochran, to appoint Scott Ford as Police Chief. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Abby T. Cochran, to appoint Jesse Means as Senior Town Attorney and Leslie Daniels as Assistant Town Attorney. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC
• US 61 Gas Line Extension
o Contractors have now made it to the end of the existing 2” line.
o Deer Haven Lane servitudes have been completed.
o Will discuss with Maintenance Superintendent Wallace Neal and the contractor the recommendation to proceed with addition road bores to allow for future growth of the gas line system.
• Water Well #4 Replacement
o The contractor will begin pumping water in 3-5 days to clear the water so they can begin pulling samples for testing. The contractor estimates that they will begin pulling the samples for testing in approximately two weeks.
o The estimated completion date is March 24th with the new well to be pumping 1,000 gallons per minute.
• Burnett Bridge
o The re-design of the Burnett Bridge utilizing two 10’ x 10’ box culverts will be submitted to the Corp of Engineers for approval next week.
o We need to officially declare Burnett Road Bridge Replacement an Emergency.
• New Capital Outlay Request
o We will be submitting a request for the replacement of the water lines on Royal Street. The existing water mains are cast iron and are very old. Any time the system has to be flushed, rust and deposits from these lines spread throughout the system. The more the lines are flushed to clear the water, the more the rust flakes off into a continuous process. The scope of the work will encompass constructing new pipes in the historical area, abandoning the old line and reconnecting the services.
Declare Burnett Road Bridge Replacement an Emergency
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to declare Burnette Road Bridge Replacement an Emergency. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Attorney Jesse Means will prepare the official emergency declaration for the public notice and it will be published in the official within 10 business days.
PEC is working with the town to complete missing resolutions that are are required documentation for the town’s sewer systems. The below resolutions need to be approved and a copy kept in the files.
– St. Francisville Sewer Treatment Plant 2014 Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report Resolution.
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Susie Tully to adopt Resolution 2017-1. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
– St. Francisville Sewer Treatment Plant 2015 Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report Resolution.
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to adopt Resolution 2017-2. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
– St. Francisville Sewer Treatment Plant 2016 Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report Resolution.
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to adopt Resolution 2017-3. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
– A resolution providing for the incurring debt and issuance, execution, negotiation, sale and delivery of the not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) Revenue Bond, Series 2017, of the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana; providing for the employment of Bond Counsel, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to adopt Resolution 2017-4. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
- Mayor D’Aquilla
• Town Hall will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
• Mayor D’Aquilla shared a handout with the 2016 Tax Assessment showing how much the residents of the Town of St. Francisville will pay in ad valorem taxes.
o The taxable value for the Town of St. Francisville is $24,364,523.00.
o The Parish’s millage rate is 73.67 mills and town residents pay the Parish $1,794,934.41
o Town’s millage rate is 5.66 mills and town residents pay the Town $137,903.39
– Chief Scott Ford
• The recently purchased police unit is in the process of getting decaled and we are waiting on the lights.
• Patrol officers will continue monitoring music at The Francis now that outdoor music schedule is resuming.
Permitting & Planning Updates
– report provided by Eric Parnell
• Continued work on WFPH.
o Building almost fully enclosed.
• Live Oak Center in ongoing construction.
o Still waiting on several items requested by boards to fully move forward.
• Beckham house has gypsum board installed.
Main Street Report
• Meeting with architect for St. Francisville A.M.C. (veterinarian hospital).
• Fence installed at Sydney Walker business on Ferdinand.
• CLG, Cultural District and Main Street certifications have all been re-approved.
• Historic District Commission approved the following:
o Matt Rodriquez’s door replacement
o Roberg’s replacement light fixtures.
• Architectural Design Review Board approved curb cut back request for Patrick’s Jewelry and Elliot’s Pharmacy parking lot at the Live Oak Centre from 18’ to 9’. Elliot’s permit will remain on hold until landscaping details have been submitted for review.
Executive Session to Discuss Legal Matter/Possible Litigation
• Planning & Zoning has scheduled a Major Site Plan Review for February 9th to review plans for the new Burger King and St. Francisville A.M.C.
• Filming for Blaze will be at the Shade Tree tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. and the police department will be needed for traffic control.
• Laurie provided a copy of the 2017 Steamboat Schedule. There are four boats with a total of 91 dockings. There are some boats requesting to dock on the same date and some are requesting to remain docked overnight. We will need to reach out to Parish Government to see what plans are being made to provide docking facilities to accommodate the increased dock usage for steamboats as well as residents.
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to close the meeting and to enter into executive session. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
The executive session is estimated to last approximately 30 minutes. Mayor D’Aquilla requested Laurie Walsh to remain. The rest of the room was cleared and executive session began at 6:48 p.m.
At 7:10 p.m. executive session was closed. The compromise agreement offered on behalf of New Life Church regarding their non-compliant signage was discussed however, no official action or vote was taken in executive session. The regular public meeting was resumed.
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby Cochran to refuse the compromise agreement submitted on behalf of New Life Church regarding the non-compliant signage. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.
Motion by Gigi Robertson, seconded by James R. Leake to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 p.m. Motion carried.
Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor