The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 26th day of June 2018 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. 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 Susanne “Susie” Tully and Alderman Brian Kelley. Also present, Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Police Chief Scott Ford, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh and Town Clerk, Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: none

Prayer led by Town Attorney Jesse Means.

The pledge was led by Alderman Susie Tully.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Brian Kelley to approve the minutes from the last regular meeting June 12, 2018. All in favor, motioned carried.


Open Floor for Public Comment
Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for any public comments before commencing with the new business. No public comments made.

New Business:

PEC Report –Bianca Hillhouse of Professional Engineering Corporation (PEC) was unable to attend and provided the following update to Mayor D’Aquilla.

SCADA System Addition for Sewer Lift Stations: the contractor is in the process of adding the sewer lift stations to the monitoring system.

Discuss and/or Take Action on PEC’s Recommendation for Drainage Washout at Audubon Hills Subdivision
The survey that was authorized at the last meeting has been ordered and we are awaiting that information. No further action taken.

Mayor D’Aquilla informed the Board of Alderman that we are having some water discoloration issues that may be due to old cast iron pipes in the historic district. Mayor D’Aquilla emphasized that town’s water is continually tested and is safe to drink. Also, the water department has been and will continue to flush the water lines to help alleviate the discoloration. Mayor D’Aquilla is bring in water specialist Thornton, Musso & Bellemin, Inc. to conduct a water analysis and make recommendations to the Town.

Request an Attorney General’s Opinion on the State Enabling Legislation Concerning the Historic District Commission.
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R. Leake, to authorize Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel to draft a letter requesting an attorney general’s opinion regarding municipalities jurisdiction over parish owned historical building residing in municipalities corporate lines. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Take Action on the ADRB Recommendation Concerning the Professional Square Renovation Located at 5229 Commerce Street
The following recommendation from the Architectural Design Review Board was submitted to the Town Council for final approval.

The ADRB met on Monday – June 18, 2018, to review the exterior materials and elevations for
the renovations to the Professional Square Shopping Center. A motion was made by Peggy Gammill and seconded by John Fournet to make the recommendation to the Town Council on the approval of the materials as well as the exterior elevations with the landscaping and signage to be determined at a later date for each tenant, there will be no signage for the complex. Motion carried.

Motion made by James R., Leake, seconded by Brian Kelley, to accept the recommendation of the Architectural Design Review Board as submitted. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Departmental Updates
Mayor’s Comments – presented by Mayor
Police Report – Chief Scott Ford.
Permitting & Planning Updates – no update.
Main Street Report – Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Brian Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 6:08 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

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