MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, JULY 28TH, 2020 at 5:30 P.M.

The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Public Hearing/Regular Meeting this 28th day of July 2020 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA.

THE FOLLOWING NOTICE WAS INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA:

THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We will practice safe distance measures and allow up to 50% occupancy including Mayor, Aldermen, staff and members of the public. As a courtesy to those not comfortable attending in person, you may view the meeting through Facebook Live on the town’s Facebook page - TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE. For those unable to attend, public comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a letter in the night drop located at townhall. Public comments must be received no later than Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. Your comments will be read aloud in the meeting during the Public Comment section. In your email, please indicate the agenda item, your first and last name, your address, and your comment. Should you wish to speak at the meeting in person, please contact Shannon Sturgeon, Town Clerk at 225-635-3688 no later than Monday, July 27, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. to coordinate your request. In these extraordinary times we are trying to provide the most access within the bounds of keeping our community, elected officials and employees safe as possible.

The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson and Alderman Susie Tully. Also present, Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon and Deputy Clerk Stacy Orr.

Absent: Alderman Bryan Kelley, Town Attorney Jesse Means and Police Chief Scott Ford.

Prayer led by: Susie Tully
Pledge led by: Ben Klein

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of July 14, 2020. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING
Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-4 opened at 5:35 p.m.

1. Open Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-4 (Sewer Moratorium) AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE; FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OR DEVELOPMENT OF ANY LOTS WHICH ARE PART OF A MAJOR SUBDIVISION AND/OR RESUBDIVISION OF LAND.

a. Public Comments for Ordinance 2020-4
No public comments submitted.

b. Close Public Comment for Ordinance 2020-4


Close Public Hearing and Enter Regular Meeting at 5:35 p.m.


Open Floor for Public Comment

Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for public comments before commencing with new business.
No public comments submitted.

New Business:

1. David Bailey of Bailey Cable / Equipment Relocation – Did not attend.


2. PEC Report – Written report provided by Bianca Hillhouse of PEC

Cast Iron Water Main Replacement: PEC is continuing with the design of the east side of Prosperity Street.
Water and Gas Meters Upgrade and Automation: Under Review.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation: Preliminary analysis for the plant’s relocation is continuing, including research of potential plant sites and force main routes. Town is continuing to pursue funding avenues for the project.
Commerce Street Drainage Improvements: Preliminary plans have been completed. Improvements on the east side of the road consist of upsizing three culverts and some ditch grading. The cross culvert conflict box issue has been resolved. It was determined that the cross culvert box was previously installed as an erosion prevention measure due to the elevation differential between the east and west roadside ditches.

3. Ordinance 2020-4 (Sewer Moratorium) - AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE; FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OR DEVELOPMENT OF ANY LOTS WHICH ARE PART OF A MAJOR SUBDIVISION AND/OR RESUBDIVISION OF LAND.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adopt Ordinance 2020-4.

Yeas: James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson and Susie Tully
Nays: none
Absent: Bryan Kelley
Abstained: none
Motion passed.

4. RESOLUTION 2020-10 - A Resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana on Saturday, December 5, 2020, for the purpose of authorizing the levy and collection of a one-half of one percent (1/2%) sales and use tax for a period of fifteen (15) years, beginning April 1, 2021, for the purposes of (i) constructing, acquiring, extending, expanding, improving, maintaining, operating, and decommissioning sewerage facilities (including but not being limited to sewerage treatment facilities) serving the Town of St. Francisville, and acquiring immovable property, servitudes, and equipment related thereto; and further making application to the State Bond Commission for consent and authorization to hold the aforesaid election; and further providing for other matters in connection therewith.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to adopt Ordinance 2020-4.

Yeas: James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson and Susie Tully
Nays: none
Absent: Bryan Kelley
Abstained: none
Motion passed.

5. Departmental Updates – Mayor D’Aquilla

a. Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla
*Budget update provided to Aldermen for review.

b. Police Report- Chief Scott Ford absent / no report provided.

c. Legal Update – Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein

d. Permitting & Planning Updates – Written report by Building Official, Don Simmons.

e. Main Street Report – Main Street Manager, Laurie Walsh


6. Adjournment
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adjourn the meeting at 5:55 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

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