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The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Public Regular Meeting this 14th day of January 2020 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson and Alderman Susie Tully. Also, present, Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Police Chief Scott Ford, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

Absent: Town Attorney Jesse Means and Alderman Bryan Kelley.

Prayer led by: Gigi Robertson
Pledge led by: James R. Leake

Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by James R. Leake to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of December 10, 2019. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Open Floor for Public Comment

Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for public comments before commencing with new business.
No public comments submitted.

New Business:

1. Professional Engineering Consultants Update – Bianca Hillhouse was absent. Update provided by Mayor D’Aquilla.

PEC provide an price quote of $4,500.00 for ELOS to conduct a Preliminary Environmental Assessment of a potential site for the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Susie Tully, to approve the quote for $4,500.00 for ELOS to conduct a Preliminary Environmental Assessment. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

2. Accept Planning & Zoning’s Recommendation Report for Chill Mill/Patio Addition. *Board Approval is Required.

Planning & Zoning met December 19, 2019 and January 9, 2020 for a Major Site Plan review for addition to The Chill Mill as required by Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance – Section 8.1.F.ii.

A motion was made by Pat Vince and seconded by Larry Daigle to offer a recommendation of approval with conditions to the Board of Alderman of the Town of St. Francisville for the addition of the patio for The Chill Mill. The conditions are that the final plans are reviewed and approved as required by the Building Official and Fire Marshall to meet the building and safety code.

The vote was passed unanimously: yeas: 5 neas:0
Members present: Sara Wilson-Rogers, Al Lemoine, Wayne Slater, Larry Daigle and Pat Vince.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R. Leake, to formally accept the recommendation report for Major Site Plan Review for addition to The Chill Mill from Planning & Zoning. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

3. Discuss and/or Take Action on Recommendation Report from Planning & Zoning on Chill Mill/Patio Addition.

Alderman Tully asked why was a structure build without the permitting and inspection processed being followed. She also questioned if the conditions set by Planning & Zoning had been met.

Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by James R. Leake to table this item to the January 28th meeting so that documentation showing the conditions listed by the Planning & Zoning have been met and approved by the Building Official; and that the unpermitted & unapproved patio addition at the The Chill Mill be shut down effective January 15, 2020. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Mayor D’Aquilla stated that the board is not business friendly and instructed Police Chief Scott Ford to go shut The Chill Mill down. Then Alderman Cochran clarified that the council was not shutting down The Chill Mill they only asked that the unpermitted structure be shut down until Planning & Zoning conditions are met, proper permits approved and inspections are completed.

Alderman Cochran asked the following statement to be reflected in the minutes:
The council is not against businesses, however, they are required to follow the guidelines set forth in the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance when making these decisions.

4. Departmental Updates;

a. Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla

• The Town received an $85,000.00 granted for the purchase of a Case Loader/Backhoe from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.
• Budget update provided to aldermen for review.

b. Police Report- no updates

c. Legal Update – Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein

d. Permitting & Planning Updates – Written report by Building Official, Don Simmons.

e. Main Street Report – Main Street Manager, Laurie Walsh

5. Adjournment
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to adjourn the meeting at 6:11 p.m. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

/s/ Shannon Sturgeon                       /s/ William H. D’Aquilla
Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk                 William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor
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Minutes - Town Aldermen