The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 24th day of July 2018 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 R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran and Alderman Brian Kelley. Also present, Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Police Chief Scott Ford and Town Clerk, Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully and Alderman Gigi Robertson and Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh.

Prayer led by Alderman Abby T. Cochran.

The pledge was led by Alderman James R. Leake.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Brian Kelley to approve the minutes from the last regular meeting July 10, 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.

• Drainage Washout on Audubon Hills:

o Survey received yesterday (07/23). PEC will do some preliminary fill volume calculations based on the survey.

• Impact Fee Study:

o PEC provided requested information for the sewer system on 07/17 – awaiting direction from Mr. Villavaso for Water and Drainage components.

*Alderman Gigi Robertson joined the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

Lift Station #6 Update
Spinks has concluded all repair work. They flushed the last of the cleaner on the force main. The final pressure gauge reading showed an additional 50% improvement in the flow (beyond what we read right after the larger pumps were installed). The station is pumping at a nominal rated capacity of 800 gpm.

Future recommendations for monitoring lift station #6 to maintain efficiency should include:

• Check that all food services contributing flow to this station are properly maintaining their grease traps;
• Monitor SCADA high water alarms often. When a high-water alarm is detected, problems should be investigated as close to the event as possible to better help with trouble shooting;
• Over the long run, consider flushing the force main periodically to ensure it is not blocked.

Lift Historic District Moratorium
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to officially lift the historic district moratorium due to the new Historic District Design Guidelines Ordinance 2018-1 being in affect. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Bailey Cable Delinquent Franchise Fee Update – Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel
The certified letter mailed to Bailey Cable requesting payment of delinquent franchise fees owed to the Town of St. Francisville was returned unopened. Leslie Daniel will determine the necessary procedure required next.

Discuss Re-Zoning
Mayor D’Aquilla asked the Board of Aldermen to authorize Planning & Zoning to begin the process of re-zoning the School Board Property located behind Pecan Grove Subdivision from Institutional to R2 Residential. The process would require Planning & Zoning to set a public hearing and advertise said public hearing three times. The public would then have the opportunity to voice their opinion at the Planning & Zoning public hearing. Planning & Zoning would then have to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen who in turn would have to introduce re-zoning ordinance, then set and advertise a public hearing two times. The Board of Alderman’s public hearing would then give citizens a second opportunity to voice their opinion before the Board of Alderman can officially vote to accept or deny the re-zoning request. Mayor D’Aquilla requested that the Board of Aldermen allow the process to begin so that the public can be given the opportunity to voice their opinion.

Mr. Hollis Milton, Superintendent of West Feliciana Parish School District was in attendance. Mr. Milton stated that the school district was advised by their attorney not to officially request the property to be re-zoned because that is out of the realm of what a school district does.

After much discussion, motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Brian Kelley to authorize the Town of St. Francisville Planning & Zoning Commission to begin the process of re-zoning the West Feliciana Parish School Board property located behind Pecan Grove Subdivision from Institutional to R-2 Residential.

Votes were as follows: Yea – Gigi Robertson, Brian Kelley and James R. Leake. Nay – Abby T. Cochran.

Alderman Abby T. Cochran requested that the minutes reflect that she voted (Nay) because she does not support the Board of Aldermen taking authority to request a zoning change away from the property owner and that it has not been done any other time since she has been serving on the Board of Aldermen.

Motion carried.

Discuss Bluff’s Request for Event Sponsorship
The Mayor shared a request from The Bluffs on Thompson Creek requesting event sponsorship for a professional golf tournament during the week of September 16, 2018. The tournament will be highly publicized on television, radio, social media and print providing an anticipated economic boost to St. Francisville & West Feliciana Parish. Mayor D’Aquilla requested an opinion regarding sponsorship from the town’s auditors Postlewaite & Netterville. The auditors determined NO – Donations of public funds are expressly prohibited by the Louisiana Constitution.

The Mayor & Board of Alderman enthusiastically support this effort, but the Town of St. Francisville is unable to provide sponsorship. However, the Town of St. Francisville encourages individuals and business who wish to inquire about opportunities to promote and advertise their business or organization to contact the Bluffs on Thompson Creek directly to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for this event.

Departmental Updates
Mayor’s Comments – presented by Mayor

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Brian Kelly to accept Police Chief Scott Ford’s recommendation to hire William Bankston as a full-time police officer. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Permitting & Planning Updates – update provided by Mayor.

Main Street Report – Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh was absent. Mayor D’Aquilla reminded everyone that Polo’s & Pearls will be held August 18th from 5 – 9 pm.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

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