MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 at 5:30 P.M.

The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 26th day of February 2019 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Susie Tully and Alderman Bryan Kelley. Also present, Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Police Chief Scott Ford, and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Alderman Gigi Robertson and Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh .

Prayer led by Jesse Means.

Pledge led by Bryan Kelley.

Motion made by Abby Cochran, seconded by Susie Tully to approve the minutes from the last regular meeting February 12, 2019. All in favor, none opposed. Motioned carried.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to approve the minutes from the special meeting February 18, 2019. All in favor, none opposed. Motioned carried.

Alderman Gigi Robertson joined the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

Open Floor for Public Comment
No public comment submitted.

New Business:
Item #1 PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC provided an update.

Item #2 Property & Liability Insurance Renewals
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Bryan Kelley to approve the insurance liability and property renewal package with the addition of $450.00 Cyber Deception Coverage for a total of $99,228.00 and to authorize Mayor D’Aquilla to sign insurance renewal package documents on the Town of St. Francisville’s behalf. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Item #3 Resolution 2019-1
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Bryan Kelley to approve Resolution 2019-1 RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE TO REJECT UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED MOTORIST BODILY INJURY COVERANGE AND TERRIORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE; AND TO AUTHORIZE MAYOR D’AQUILLA TO SIGN ON THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE’S BEHALF. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Item #4 Magnolia Café Appeal Historic District Commissions Denial of Sign Permit
A request to delay this item again was received by Skye Willis before the meeting. It was the third time Ms. Willis as requested this item be moved to another agenda.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to uphold the Historic District Commissions denial of the sign permit and to notify Magnolia Café by certified letter that the appeal was denied. Vote was as follows:

Yeas: James R. Leake, Susie Tully, Gigi Robertson, Bryan Kelley.
Nays: Abby T. Cochran

Alderman Cochran stated for the record that she preferred that we would notify Magnolia Café that they had to attend the next council meeting or be automatically denied.


Item #5 Accept the Recommendations of the Planning & Zoning Board for Rezone of 4839 Feliciana Street. Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to accept Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation to approve the rezoning request for the property belonging to Denise Smith and Thomas Scarborough located at 4839 Feliciana Street from zone RS2 Medium Density Single Family Residential to BMX Business Mixed Use. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.



Item #6 Introduce Ordinance #2019-1
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to introduce Ordinance 2019-1 - AN ORDINANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE 2013-1 OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE, PER SECTION 8.1.H., ZONING MAP AMENDMENT, TO REZONE 4839 Feliciana Street, from RS-2 Medium Density Single Family Residential to BMX Business Mixed Use. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried. The public hearing will be advertised for March 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Item #7 Preliminary Site Plan Presentation by Dan Fordice
Dan Fordice of Fordice Construction presented preliminary site plans for property he is considering purchasing that is located above the Mat Field and currently zoned LI Light Industrial. Mr. Fordice would like to purchase the property to house his equipment and employee housing. In previous years, during flooding he temporarily moved equipment and employee housing to the Pecan Grove School Board property. That is no longer an option since the Pecan Grove School Board property is now listed for sale. After much discussion, it was decided that Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel be given a chance to review the zoning ordinance, consult with Villavaso & Associates to determine the pros and cons of a variance vs a zoning text change and present her findings at the next meeting. This item shall be moved to the next agenda. No further action taken.

Item #8 Departmental Updates
Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford.

Permitting & Planning Updates – A written report was provided by Building Official Don Simmons.

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh was absent. Written report provided.

Adjournment
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adjourn the meeting at 6:50 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.


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