The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 14th day of February, 2017 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p. m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson, Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully and Alderman Joseph “Bryan” Kelley. Also present were Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Police Chief Scott Ford and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Aldermen James R. Leake


The pledge was led by Bryan Kelley.

Public Comment: None.

Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by Gigi Robertson to approve the January 24, 2017 minutes as presented. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Executive Session to Discuss Ongoing Litigation
Item did not have to be discussed in executive session. Attorney Robert Atkinson presented the settlement agreement for Berachah, Inc.VS Town of St. Francisville regarding off premises advertising on benches in various locations in the Town of St. Francisville.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelly to approve the settlement agreement in which the town will agree to pay Berachah $11,000.00 and $1,845.72 for Berachah’s previous court cost in the litigation. Berachah agrees to remove all of its benches in the Town limits and to remove all trash and debris. All in favor, motion carried.

Approve Liability Insurance Renewals – Butler Bourgeois of Arthur Gallagher
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, second by Susie Tully to accept the renewal policy presented by Arthur Gallagher Company, add crime computer fraud and to waive the uninsured motorist coverage for a total cost of $86,340.00.

Discuss Renewal of the Bailey Cable Franchise Agreement – table until the March 14, 2017 meeting.

Introduce Ordinance 2017-1
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to introduce Ordinance 2017-1 “A Third Supplemental Bond Ordinance authorizing the issuance of the One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) Revenue Bond, Series 2017, of the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana, in accordance with the terms of a General Bond Ordinance adopted on July 27, 2010; prescribing the form, and certain terms and conditions of said Bonds; and providing for other matters in connection therewith”.

Roll Call Vote as follows:     James R. Leake Absent
                                             Abby T. Cochran Yea
                                             Gigi Robertson Yea
                                             Susie Tully Yea
                                             Bryan Kelley Yea

Motion carried.

Introduce Ordinance 2017-2
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to introduce Ordinance 2017-2 “An ordinance amending the financial reporting fiscal year end from August 31 to June 30, to be applied retroactively to the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year and subsequent years thereafter”. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Alderman James R. Leake joined the meeting at 6:10 pm.

Discuss Relocation of Sheriff Substation in Pecan Grove
Susie Tully provided general information from a meeting she and James R. Leake attended regarding the West Feliciana School Board property located in Pecan Grove they wish to sell and the WFP Sheriff’s substation relocation options. No action taken.

Update On Architectural Landscape Plan – Joey Furr of Joseph Furr Design Studio
After presentation and discussion, motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to move forward with the construction & documents and bidding of the US 61 Town Gateway South project with an estimated budget of $129,549.62 / survey not included. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to authorize Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) to conduct the required survey for the US 61 Town Gateway South project. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Discuss Old Rinaudo’s Hardward Store Property Located on Commerce Street
Attorney Stewart B. Hughes of Kilbourne & Dart provided a letter to the Board of Alderman on behalf of H & W Partnership, which owns the Old Rinaudo’s Hardware Store Property to update the Town of the status of the property and H&W’s plans. H & W has engaged an experienced commercial real estate broker to market the property, excluding the building that houses Trends, for sale, lease or cooperative developments. Further, the building that the Council on Aging occupies is a separate immovable owned by the Council on Aging and will be removed by them at the termination of their lease. H&W is excited about the prospects for developing this property and believes that it can be an economic driver for the Town of St. Francisville. No action to be taken.

Mardi Gras Parade in Audubon Hills Subdivision on Sunday, February 26th
Mayor D’Aquilla informed the Board that Audubon Hills Subdivision will be reviving their walking Mardi Gras Parade in Audubon Hill Subdivision on Sunday, February 26th. The St. Francisville Police Department and the St. Francisville Fire Department will be providing parade assistance.

PEC Update – Bia absent / update provided by email.

Burnett Bridge

• Approval & Permits have been received from the Corps of Engineers
• Advertising now – Bid opening will be March 23rd at Town Hall
• Requesting that the Parish start bridge demolition work.

US Hwy 61 Gas Line Extension Project

• Has submitted the substantial completion certificate
• Contractor is working on the punch list.
• Will apply the 15-16 LGAP grant funds towards this project

Water Well #4

• Not able to re-use the existing motor, so sizing the motor now.
• Test will not start until after the permanent motor is installed.
• We received the CWEF 15/16 grant approval so both CWEF 14/15 & CWEF 15/16 will be put towards the cost of water well.

Capital Outlay Request for Royal Street water lines has been submitted.
Take Action on the Recommendations of Planning & Zoning Board from the February 9, 2017 Meeting
Laurie Walsh told the board that Planning & Zoning had approved the site plan submitted by the St. Francisville Animal Medical Clinic. The Architectural Review Board had also approved plans for St. Francis Animal Medical Center with adjustments. Burger King tabled their request for approval until adjacent landowners can clarify their parking arrangements.

Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to accept the recommendations of Planning & Zoning’s approval of the site plan for the St. Francis Animal Medical Center. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Amend Agenda to Add Item
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by James R. Leake to add an appeal of decision of Historic District Commission to the Agenda at the request of Hal Ware. Motion to add was opposed by Susie Tully. Motions to add items to the agenda must be unanimous and therefore the motion failed and the requested item was not added to the agenda.

Mayor’s Report – no additional comments.

Building Inspector Update - Report provided by Eric Parnell

• Continued work on WFPH.

Building almost fully enclosed. Waiting skylight glass.
Interior doors and floors being installed.

• Live Oak Center in ongoing construction.
• Beckham house exterior painted.
• Ware studio framing going up.
• Hall house foundation poured.

Police Report – Scott Ford
St. Francisville Police Department will be providing assistance to the non-motorized Mardi Gras parade in Audubon Hills. The Police Department is all working on scheduling 24 hour details for the Pilgrimage starting March 17, 2017.

Main Street Report – no additional information.
Motion by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to adjourn the meeting at 7:43 p.m. Motion carried.

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Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk                                    William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor