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The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in public hearing & regular session this 27th day of September, 2016 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p. m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James Davis, Aldermen James R. Leake, Alderman Robert P. Leake and Alderman Abby T. Cochran. Also present were Attorney Jesse Means, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Police Chief Scott Ford and Alderman Gigi Robertson


The pledge was led by Alderman Abby T. Cochran.

Public Comment: Mayor D’Aquilla presented an email from Stephanie Ferguson regarding a noise complaint regarding music at The Francis Southern Table Bar & Grill and her wish for the noise ordinance to be changed. After discussion, the board requested that Attorney Jesse Means research to see if a State noise ordinance exist.

On motion by Robert P. Leake and seconded by James R. Leake, the minutes of September 13, 2016 were approved as submitted. Motion carried.

Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by James Davis to approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire as presented. All in favor, motion carried.

Alderman Gigi Robertson joined the meeting at 5:46 p.m.

Resolution 2016-5
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adopt Resolution 2016-5 to support the preparation and submittal of the 17/18 LGAP application for funding through the Office of Community Development for a grant of $35,000.00. All in favor, motion carried.

Declare Police Car (with damaged transmission) as Surplus Property and Advertise for Bids
Motion made by James Davis, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to declare 2007 Ford Crown Victoria (with damaged transmission) as surplus property and to advertise for bids. All in favor, motion carried.

Architectural Landscape Plan Update – Joey Furr
Mr. Furr is running late – move this item to the end of the agenda.

Burnett Bridge Update – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC
Working with FEMA to try and use repair funds to go towards the new bridge.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC
• The water well has been logged and we have received the log data and the driller's recommendation. We are evaluating it to be able to move forward with developing the permanent well.
• We received the 15/16 LGAP contractor award for $35,000 that could be used for the US 61 Gas Line Extension project.
• 17/18 LGAP application is due October 4th.

Hwy 61 Gas Project
The bid package for phase one, installation of a 4” gas main to the Catalpa area, is ready for Superintendent Wallace Neal to review for any final comments. The bid notice will be advertised October 6th and the bidding opening will be November 3rd. Letters will be mailed out to residents on Trails End Road to see how many residents would be interested in connecting to the Town’s gas system for phase 2 of the project.

Mayor’s Report - Mayor D’Aquilla
• Mayor D’Aquilla & Representative Kenny Havard have a meeting scheduled with Jay Dardenne to discuss funding needed for the Burnett Road bridge replacement.
• The water tower was washed out and cleaned this week. No problems reported.
• Town workers drained and cleaned the Booster Station at Villa Rose and reported no sediment.
• The painting of Town Hall is progressing quickly and really looking good.
• The security system at Town Hall that was damaged during the storm has now been replaced.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford / absent

Permitting & Planning Updates
Update provided by Eric Parnell, Building Official
• Moving along with WFPH interior wall being sheet rocked
• Occupancy granted to Greg Ferris
• Lea Williams renovation continuing
• Johnathon Beckham residence moving forward
• Laurie Walsh training to utilize MyPermits for her reports

Main Street Report - Laurie Walsh, Main Street Manager
• A free, one-day seminar, Culture 2020, hosted by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, 1st Lady Donna Edwards and the Office of Cultural Development will be held Thursday October 13th to develop plans for the next four years for arts and cultural development in Louisiana.
• Visit BR Film Commission, was hosting a stakeholders meeting at Celtic Studios on September 30th to discuss state tax credit for movies and the impact it has had on our area.
• The American Queen Steamboat will send a presentation regarding the economic impact in St. Francisville.
• Movie in the Park will be held October 14th
• Women’s Service League Event – Feliciana Fright Night will be held Saturday, October 29th.
• Christmas in the Country will be December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The American Queen Steamboat will be docked Friday December 2nd for the kick off of Christmas in the Country weekend and we will have a special Christmas Market set up for the boat visitors.

Joey Furr presented detailed renderings of the architectural landscaping and wayfaring signage used to guide travelers to points of interest in our area and provide beautification for three Hwy 61 locations. The cost estimate provided for all three locations is $623K. This plan will be used to search out grant funding opportunities. Mr. Furr is also preparing invitations for residents in the Royal Street area to attend a meeting to discuss traffic and beautification needs in their neighborhood. The first set of meetings will be by invitation only for those area residents and a general public meeting will follow. Joey Furr will work with Laurie Walsh to obtain addresses and set meeting dates.

Motion by James Davis, seconded by Gigi Robertson, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried.

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