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The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 24th day of January, 2017 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, Aldermen James R. Leake, 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 and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Police Chief Scott Ford


The pledge was led by Damon Dawson.

Public Comment: Sara Wilson Wright informed the Mayor and Alderman that they are planning on doing some work on the Benevolent Society Building located on Commerce Street and wanted to know what permits are required. Mayor D’Aquilla told her that any changes to the outside of the building would require Historic District Commission approval as well as a building permit. The Town would waive any building permit fees and the application can be picked up at Town Hall. The Mayor and Alderman advised Ms. Wright to seek grant funding opportunities before any construction begins and provided names of a few individuals and organizations that could possibly provide assistance.

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 James R. Leake, seconded by Joseph B. Kelley to approve the January 10, 2017 minutes with the grammatical corrections offered by Alderman Susanne Tully. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Audit Report for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year / Mike LeBlanc of Postlethwaite & Netterville
Mr. LeBlanc presented a draft of the 15/16 audit report because Postlethwaite & Netterville is still waiting for details about the town’s pension liabilities which due to a new State law must be incorporated in the Town’s audit. He said that the town is in good shape financially and there was one small finding that had already been corrected.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby T. Cochran, to accept the draft 15-16 audit report as presented. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to amend the agenda to retain Postlethwaite & Netterville as auditor for the 16-17 fiscal year. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Gigi Robertson to retain Postlethwaite & Netterville as auditor for the 16-17 fiscal year. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Appointment of Mayor Pro-tem
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded Gigi Robertson to appoint James R. Leake as Mayor Pro-Tem. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC

• US 61 Gas Line Extension

o Close to completing the gas line installation.

• Water Well #4 Replacement

o Should begin pulling test soon.

• Burnett Bridge

o Waiting on Corp of Engineers for approval.

• New Capital Outlay Request

o The 17-18 Capital Outlay Request for funding to replace the water lines on Royal Street has been submitted.

Special Permit Request for West Feliciana Historical Society Event – Audubon Pilgrimage Saturday Night Soiree’
Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by James R. Leake, to approve the special permit request for the West Feliciana Historical Societies Event – Audubon Pilgrimage Saturday Night Soiree granting them a 3 day alcohol permit for March 17 -19 and permission to close Prosperity Street in front of the courthouse all day Saturday March 18th. All in favor – Abby T. Cochran, Susie Tully, James R. Leake and Brian Kelley. Abstained – Gigi Robertson. Opposed – none. Motion Carried.

Bailey Cable Franchise Agreement
The cable franchise agreement with Bailey Cable expired February of 2016 and a renewal needs to be discussed. Mayor D’Aquilla will send a certified letter notifying Bailey Cable that this item will be moved to the next agenda and requesting a representative of Bailey Cable attend the next meeting.

Mayor’s Report - Mayor D’Aquilla
Mayor D’Aquilla spoke with the Department of Transportation and Development regarding the ongoing road overlay project. The contractor advised that the project is not yet complete. They still have to install reflectors, stripping on the roadway and continue leveling the shoulders of the road. In addition, the contractor will be adding reflective chevron signs on the curvy portion of the roadway and pedestrian caution signs at Hwy. 61 & Commerce Street.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford absent.
No update.

Permitting & Planning Updates
No new update.

Main Street Report – Mayor D’Aquilla
USA Today featured the most picturesque small towns in the United States and St. Francisville was selected for the State of Louisiana.

Motion by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m. Motion carried.

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

Minutes - Town Aldermen