The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 28th day of August 2018 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Gigi Robertson and Alderman Bryan 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: Alderman Susie Tully and Alderman Abby T. Cochran.

Prayer led by Town Attorney Jesse Means.

The pledge led by Damon Dawson.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to approve the minutes from the last regular meeting August 14, 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.

Ms. Sara Wilson-Wright expressed her appreciation for assistance she received from the Town of St. Francisville, the West Feliciana Historic Society and especially Alderman Susie Tully for helping get the Old Benevolent Society Building added to Louisiana’s 2018 Most Endangered Historic Places List.

The following information is an excerpt from the press release issued by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation: “Benevolent societies played an important role in black communities following the Civil War. Originally formed to cover the expenses of medical care and burial, they also provided union and fellowship, especially to the sick and weak. Use of the Old Benevolent Society Building ceased in December 2016, due to needed repairs to the foundation and exterior. “

“Since 1999, the Louisiana Trust has highlighted endangered historic sites and advocated for their preservation and protection. Listing these sites acknowledges their importance to Louisiana’s history and culture and draws attention to the forces affecting these and similar historic sites statewide. The list is generated from nominations made by the public and aims to attract creative approaches and resources to see the sites saved and rehabilitated.” The designation was formally announced at a press conference on August 27, 2018 at the Louisiana Old State Capital.

New Business:

PEC Report –Bianca Hillhouse of Professional Engineering Corporation (PEC) met with Mayor D’Aquilla earlier in the day provided the following update.

1. Drainage Washout on Audubon Hills:

• Survey and potential proposed cross section attached. Volume of fill required is approximately 5,000 Cubic Yards to achieve a 5:1 slope. At a location with normal access we could expect to see the cost for fill material at $25/CY, which translates to $125,000. Including clearing and grubbing to get access to the site or the erosion control, the project may run in the order of magnitude of $200,000.

2. Old Hwy 66 Gas Line Replacement:

• PEC will prepare letter to Mr. Tip Pace stating that existing line has been abandoned. We should receive the as-builts this week and should be able to complete letter this week.
• Spinks Construction has submitted retainage payment request (final) in the amount of $4,549.50.

4. Cast Iron/Transite Water Main Replacement:

• Need to start preparing for Capital Outlay request or seek other funding sources to begin replacing lines in the historic district.

5. Impact Fee Study:

• PEC provided requested information for the sewer system and is awaiting further direction from Mr. Villavaso.

Mayor D’Aquilla asked Becky Hillard to speak to the Board of Alderman regarding and issue she is having on her property in Audubon Hills. Mrs. Hillard requested that the Town look in to an erosion issue behind her home that she believes came from Mr. Dick Lancaster's commercial development on the land next door. She stated that Mr. Lancaster was supposed to install fencing behind the subdivision that would have helped prevent erosion. Mayor D’Aquilla told her the Town would look into the issue.

Review Mock-Run Video for the Transformer Transport Through St. Francisville.
Representatives of Burkhalter & Fracht companies who are tasked with delivering a shipment of transformers from the ferry landing to a local substation that supports our electric grid; gave a detail presentation from the mock run. The mock run was previously requested by the Board of Alderman to check for clearance issues to the oak trees on historic Ferdinand Street. Company representatives answered questions and provided additional details. A licensed arborist will do light trimming in areas that have been approved in advance. A total of four transformers will be moved on Sunday afternoons between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Francisville Police Department will provide traffic control assistance and the public will be notified of the moves in advance.

Discuss and/or Take Action on Request for Permission to Transport Transformers Through St. Francisville
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Gigi Robertson to grant permission for Burkhalter Lifting, Rigging and Transport to haul transformers up Ferdinand once a hold harmless agreement has been signed and a bond provided. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Departmental Updates

Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla

• Mayor D’Aquilla approved The Women’s Service League’s request for special permission to serve alcohol for their “Feliciana Fright Night” event to be held Saturday, October 27th, 2018. In addition, permission to close Royal Street from 7-9 pm for house tours and to close Prosperity Street in front of the courthouse for a DJ and dance party from 9-12 pm with alcoholic beverages to be served. A letter notifying The Women’s Service League that their request has been approved will be mailed out this week.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford.

Permitting & Planning Updates – Building Official Don Simmons

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh, Main Street Manager

Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Bryan Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 6:12 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

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