The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 25th day of July, 2017 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:36 p. m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Aldermen James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson and Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully. Also present were Town Attorney Jesse Means, Police Chief Scott Ford, Main St Manager Laurie Walsh and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon

Absent: Alderman Joseph “Bryan” Kelley and Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel
The pledge was led by Alderman Abby T. Cochran

Approval of the Minutes from the last regular meeting June 27, 2017. Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by James R. Leake to approve the minutes as presented. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.


Public Comments:
Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for any public comments.

New Business:

Water Well Update by Griner Drilling
Joe Loftin of Griner Drilling Service, Inc. spoke to the board regarding the status of Water Well #4 replacement. The control panel will be installed in 2-3 weeks. The old water well has been plugged. Griner will get the fence installed and begin clean up. If the town does not proceed with the liquidated damages, Griner will give an additional year of warranty for a total of two years warranty.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC

• Burnett Road Bridge – Remaining two concrete pours will be completed this week (weather permitting). Then, next steps will be to backfill and build road and sidewalk. The contractors will not be completed by July 31st and they will submit an extension request for adverse weather days, but construction has been progressing well.

• New Water Well #4: - Contractor was given a letter which does not say that the Town will assess Liquidated Damages, but says that the Town of St. Francisville may assess damages and it’s putting the contractor on notice.

Discuss and/or Take Action on Recommendations from Architectural Design Review Board for Pizza Hut and Live Oak Centre
The Architect for Mr. Lancaster addressed concerns the Board had regarding roof screen for the new Pizza Hut. After discussion, the Board of Alderman requested that the alternative solution presented be submitted to the ADRB for re-review. The ADRB will then have the opportunity to revise their recommendations and submit them for the next board meeting. Item moved to the next agenda.

Introduce Uniform Franchise Fee Ordinance 2017-6:
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby Cochran to introduce Ordinance 2017-6 an ordinance adopting a Uniform Franchise Fee, Franchise Fee Audits and Dispute Resolutions, for providers holding a state certificate under the Consumer Choice for Television Act, LA. R.S. 45:1361, et. seq. All in favor, motion carried.

Discuss Upcoming Renewal of Cooperative Endeavor Lease Contract #2558 with State of Louisiana for Parker Street Property
Town Attorney Jesse Means has an appointment scheduled with Mr. Lee Russo. Mr. Russo will be coming for a site visit on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Mayor’s Report – no additional items at this time.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford
Chief Ford requested that his recommendation for moving part-time police officer Change Lemoine to a full-time position be approved.
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to accept Chief Scott Ford’s recommendation for part-time police officer Chance Lemoine to go to full-time police officer. All in favor, motion carried.

Motion by James R. Leake, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to accept Chief Scott Ford’s recommendation to hire Dwayne Finch as a full-time police officer with a 6 month probation. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Permitting & Planning Update –no new updated provided.

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh
• Working with the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office to clean up the river front.
• The American Duchess inaugural stop will be August 16th.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Susie Tully to adjourn the meeting at 6:41 p.m. All in favor, motion carried.

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