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Category: Board of Aldermen - Minutes
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, MAY 26TH, 2020 at 5:30 P.M.
The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Regular Meeting this 26th day of May 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. However, in accordance with Proclamation JBE 2020-33, there is a 10-person limitation on gatherings, therefore, the total attendance at the meeting will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, including the Mayor, Aldermen and support staff. Therefore, the 10-person limit does not provide opportunity for members of the public to physically attend the entire meeting. However, in accordance with the guidance issued by the Attorney General, members of the public may view the meeting through Facebook Live on the town’s Facebook page - TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE. Please email public comments to
or drop a letter in the night drop located at townhall. Public comments must be received no later than Monday, May 25, 2020 at 5:00 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, May 25, 2020 at 5:00 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 5:37 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson, Alderman Susie Tully, and Alderman Bryan Kelley. Also, present, Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon and Deputy Clerk Stacy Orr.
Absent:, Town Attorney Jesse Means, Police Chief Scott Ford and Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh.
Prayer led by: Gigi Robertson
Pledge led by: Abby T. Cochran
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of May 12, 2020. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.
Open Floor for Public Comment
Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for public comments before commencing with new business.
No public comments were submitted via email or letter.
1. PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse via written update.
1. Cast Iron Water Main Replacement
Town received additional funding from FY 2020 LGAP and CWEF Grants. PEC has commenced work on water line project design. Will likely not need servitudes based on abstracts found.
2. Water and Gas Meters Upgrade and Automation:
3. Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation:
Preliminary analysis for the plant’s relocation is continuing, including research of potential plant sites and force main routes. All abstract work has been completed. Waiting on property survey. The Town is continuing to pursue funding avenues for the project. A State Capital Outlay application was submitted, and other potential grants/loans are being vetted, such as but not limited to, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Rural Development Program, and State-Wide Flood Control Program. Preliminary draft report is being prepared.
4. Commerce Street Drainage Improvements:
Re-evaluating the plan to accommodate overall area drainage. All survey field work has been completed.
2. Sewer Project Update
– See information provided in Item 1 - #3.
3. Introduce ORDINANCE 2020-2
An ORDINANCE Amending an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2019 and Ending June 30, 2020 and Adopting an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2020 and Ending June 30, 2021.
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to introduce Ordinance 2020-2 and to set a public hearing for June 23, 2020. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.
4. Discuss and/or Take Action on Request for Annexation on Property from Lawrason and Bryant Parcels located on North Commerce.
Representatives for Point Prospect, LLC attended the meeting. After discussion, the Board of Aldermen requested the following additional information be provided. (1) A list of Pro’s & Con’s of Annexation from Steve Villavaso of Villavaso & Associates & Bianca Hillhouse of Professional Engineering Consultants. (2) A drawing showing the proposed annexation in relation to the complete section of property purchased; including the portion in the parish that is currently being developed. (3) Request a site visit for the Aldermen be set up with the developers.
5. Review Aldermen & Mayor Salary Survey
After reviewing a salary survey of similar sized municipalities in our area and discussion, a salary was proposed of $2,000.00 per month for Mayor and $500.00 per month for Aldermen. The new salary would not go into effect until after the next election. Attorney Ben Klein will prepare an ordinance to be formally introduced at the next meeting.
6. Departmental Updates – Mayor D’Aquilla
a. Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla
b. Police Report- no update.
c. Legal Update – Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein
d. Permitting & Planning Updates – Written report by Building Official, Don Simmons.
e. Main Street Report – Written report from Main Street Manager, Laurie Walsh
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R. Leake to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.
Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor