The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 9th day of May, 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 Attorney Leslie Daniel, Main St Manager, Laurie Walsh, Police Chief Scott Ford and Town Clerk, Shannon Sturgeon

Absent: none

The pledge was led by Howard Arceneaux .

Approval of the Minutes from the last regular meeting April 25, 2017, Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully. All in favor, motioned carried.


Public Comment – Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for any public comments. No comments presented.

Introduce Ordinance 2017-3 an Ordinance granting a new cable franchise agreement to Bailey Cable TV, Inc. Attorney Leslie Daniel received a voice mail from Bailey Cable owner, David Bailey saying that the ordinance is different and he did not want to sign it. Attorney Leslie Daniel advised that the agreement is exactly the agreement that Bailey Cable currently has with the town and that the only thing changed was the length of the franchise. Mr. Bailey will be sent a copy of the original agreement and be asked to advise what he is not in agreement with in writing. No action taken. Item moved to the next agenda.

Introduce Ordinance 2017-4 an Ordinance to adopt the millage rate for tax year 2017.
Motion made to introduce Ordinance 2017-4 an Ordinance to adopt the millage rate for tax year 2017. Seconded by Bryan Kelley. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse

• Burnett Bridge – The Parish started demolishing this week. Estimated completion is Friday May 12th. The boxes have been cast and are currently curing. Expect to ship in the next week or two.
• Water Well – we received a credit for the old motor and will be submitting the contract change order for the upgraded motor.
• DEQ Compliance Order – we have addressed their letter, met with them in person and are now analyzing the process to see what we can do to improve the box sample process.

US61 Landscape Project
Bianca Hillhouse of PEC advised that there appears to be a conflict regarding DOTD right-of-way VS space required for the proposed project. She will research further and update the board at a later date.

US 61 Signage Update
Item will be addressed at a later date once the Board of Alderman have done a planning & zoning training seminar on the existing sign ordinance.

Discuss and/or Approve Parker Park Wedding Rules
This item was tabled until the next meeting.

Approve Purchase of Speed Trailer for Police Department
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Gigi Robertson to approve purchase of a SAM-R Rotatable Speed Alert Monitor from Stalker Radar for $6,995.00. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded Susie Tully to declare the existing speed trailer that is no longer in working condition surplus property. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor D’Aquilla shared an email requesting approval and support for oversize loads to be hauled to the St. Francisville Industrial Park. However, the load requirements are more than what the roads can withstand.

Alderman Gigi Robertson left the meeting at 6:18 pm.

Entergy has schedule an upgrade of their area transmission system on Monday, May 22nd. The planned outage will commence at 1:00 am and conclude no later than 2:00 am. This outage will impact Energy customers within the greater St. Francisville area.

Louisiana Municipal Association Annual Convention will be held July 27th – 29th in Shreveport, LA.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford
Bailey Cable Company has cleaned up outside their business as requested.
Officer Clarence “Rip” Roberts received multiple compliments on his professional service while working a recent tragic accident on Ferdinand.

Permitting & Planning Updates – Building Official Eric Parnell
No new updates.

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh

• A new business, Magnolia Wellness is moving into 3V.
• Paint & fence for Nick & Megan D’Aquilla has been approved by Historic District Commission.
• McGinnis Construction’s plans were approved by Historic District Commission.
• Paint colors for Matthew Rodriquez has been approved by Historic District Commission.
• Cleave & Alyson Coats have opened a new business, West Feliciana Antique Mall, behind Audubon Café.
• The movie Back Roads has been filming in the area.
• Zoning Workshop tomorrow at 4:00 will cover Administration & Enforcement and Subdivision Regulations.
• Anne Butler and Helen Williams will introduce their just released book on the history of Bayou Sara at a book signing May 25th on the porch of town hall from 5 pm to 8 pm. The event will also feature a reception at Backwoods Gallery honoring local artist Murrell Butler as he introduces a new series of paintings of Bayou Sara creek scenes. Andy Green, of Bayou Sara Kayak Rental will also be on hand to discuss the recreational opportunities available on Bayou Sara.

Motion by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R Leake, to adjourn the meeting at 6:42 p.m. All in favor, motion carried.

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