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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 at 5:30 P. M.

The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in regular session this 11th day of July, 2017 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, Aldermen James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Gigi Robertson, and Alderman Joseph “Bryan” Kelley. Also present were Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Main St Manager Laurie Walsh and Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon

Absent: Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully and Police Chief Scott Ford

The pledge was led by Sherrel Johnson.

Approval of the Minutes from the last regular meeting June 27, 2017. Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to approve the minutes as presented. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

PUBLIC MEETING

Proclamation Honoring Patricia Harris Gilmore
Proclamation in memoriam for Mrs. Patricia Harris Gilmore, who was a wonderful asset to our community, was read by Town Attorney, Jesse Means. Many family members and friends of Mrs. Gilmore attended the proclamation presentation. Sincere condolences were offered by the Mayor and Board of Alderman. After family and friends of Mrs. Gilmore left the meeting, Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for any public comments.

Kimberly Coulon with the LSU AgCenter / West Feliciana Cooperative Extension Office and Dan Klein updated the Mayor and Town Alderman regarding the AARP grant being submitted on behalf of the Town of St. Francisville. The grant application is due July 15th will be applying for funding to be used on improvements to the Farmer’s Market/Fair Barn located on Wilcox Street.

New Business:

Amend Agenda
Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to amend the agenda to discuss and or take action on the AARP Grant application for a replacement fair barn. All in favor, none opposed. Motion Carried.

Authorization of AARP Livable Communities Grant Application
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Bryan Kelly to authorize Kim Coulon to submit a AARP Livable Communities Grant application for a replacement fair barn on behalf of the Town of St. Francisville. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Discuss and/or Take Action on Recommendations from Architectural Design Review Board for Pizza Hut and Live Oak Centre
Motion made to provide the ADRB information to Pizza Hut & Live Oak Centre so that they have an opportunity to respond or attend the next meeting.

Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by James R. Leake to move this item moved to the next agenda. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Bailey Cable Franchise Agreement Updates
Mayor D’Aquilla provided an update regarding him contacting auditor P.J. Caballero for possible franchise audit. Mr. Caballero will notifying Bailey Cable by mail that a franchise fee audit will be conducted.

Assistant Leslie Daniel informed the Board of Alderman that Bailey Cable has a State Franchise Agreement and is therefore required to abide by State Law and pay 5% franchise fee. If the Town of St. Francisville adopts a standard franchise agreement, they will not be required to negotiate an agreement directly with Bailey Cable.


Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Bryan Kelley to authorize Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel to prepare a cable franchise ordinance to be introduced at the next board meeting. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse of PEC

• Burnette Road Bridge: The concrete bottom has been poured (7-day lab result come back at 3,370 psi and 3,000 is required). Boxes have been installed. Contractor is forming up one of the headwalls and should pour it this week.
• New Water Well #4: Contractor plans on plugging and abandoning old well next week. Still waiting on Permanent Control Panel (but the new well can run on auxiliary power).

Mayor’s Report – no additional items at this time.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford absent.
Mayor D’Aquilla presented Chief Scott Ford’s recommendation to Dwayne Finch as a full-time police officer.

Motion by James R. Leake, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to accept Chief Scott Ford’s recommendation to hire Dwayne Finch as a full-time police officer with a 6 month probation. All in favor, no opposed. Motion carried.

Permitting & Planning Update – written updated provided by Eric Parnell

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh / no new updated provided.

Adjournment
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m. All in favor, motion carried.

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

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