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MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 at 5:30 P. M.

The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in public hearing/regular session this 13th day of June, 2017 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, Aldermen James R. Leake, Alderman Abby T. Cochran, Alderman Susanne “Susie” Tully and Alderman Joseph “Bryan” Kelley. Also present were Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel, Main St Manager, Laurie Walsh, Police Chief Scott Ford and Town Clerk, Shannon Sturgeon

Absent: Alderman Gigi Robertson

The pledge was led by Alderman Susie Tully. .

Approval of the Minutes from the last regular meeting May 23, 2017. Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to approve the minutes with the following clarification as submitted by James R. Leake. “We do not currently have a contractor on retainage but we will negotiate a cooperative agreement with the Parish to use the same contractor retained by the Parish.” All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING

The Public Hearing for Ordinance 2017-5 An Ordinance Amending an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning September 1, 2016 and Ending June 30, 2017 and Also Adopting an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2017 and Ending June 30, 2018 was open at 5:35 p.m.

Mayor D’Aquilla called for any public comments. No comments made.

The public hearing was closed at 5:36 p.m. and the regularly scheduled public meeting began.

PUBLIC MEETING

Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for any public comments. No comments made.

New Business:

Adopt Ordinance 2017-5
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to adopt Ordinance 2017-5 Amending an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning September 1, 2016 and Ending June 30, 2017 and Also Adopting an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2017 and Ending June 30, 2018. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Select an Official Journal for the next year starting July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The bid for the Official Journal was opened. The bid quoted was $4.80 per square of 100 words set in eight-point over nine (8/9). On motion by Abby T. Cochran and seconded by Bryan Kelley to appoint the St. Francisville Democrat as the Official Journal for the next year beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. All in favor, none opposed. Motioned carried.

Resolution 2017-7
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to adopt Resolution 2017-7 approving the two (2) year appointment of William H. “Billy” D’Aquilla as a director to the Board of the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority (LCDA). All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Discuss and/or Approve Parker Park Wedding Rules
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to approve the proposed rental fee schedule with guidelines for use of Parker Park as presented except with the additional note of restrooms being available for all rental levels for a deposit of $50.00. This rental fee schedule will supersede all preceding guidelines and go in to effect in 30 days (July 13th, 2017). All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Discuss Bailey Cable Franchise Agreement and/or Introduce Ordinance 2017-3 an Ordinance granting a new cable franchise agreement to Bailey Cable TV, Inc.
Multiple attempts to contact Bailey Cable to finalize the franchise agreement have been made and thus far no adequate participation has been made on the part of Bailey Cable. After discussion, it was decided that Mayor D’Aquilla will contact P.J. Caballero, CPA, who has conducted previous Bailey Cable audits on behalf of the Town, to discuss audit options.

Update on Claude Barron Property Located on Leonard Street
A copy of a letter mailed to Mr. Claude Barron by Eric Parnell, Building Official for Town of St. Francisville, requesting the temporary supports be replaced immediately and a schedule for the project be submitted to Town Hall. Mayor D’Aquilla shared photos showing work done on the temporary supports. Eric Parnell will continue working with the contractor to obtain a project schedule.

PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse

• Burnett Bridge Replacement – Contractor mobilizing equipment to the jobsite now and the box culverts are scheduled to be delivered next week.
• Replacement Water Well – health samples to be pulled and tested Monday or Tuesday of next week. Permanent electrical power to be installed by July 12th.

Mayor’s Report

• We have had contact with the Department of Transportation and the DOTD Road Transfer Money should be received by the Town soon.
• The office will be changing over to the new accounting system July 1st.

Police Report – Chief Scott Ford

• The new speed trailer will be in soon.
• The police department provided traffic details for Walker Percy and is currently working with local churches to provide signage and traffic assistance as requested for Vacation Bible School.
• Two full time police officers turned in resignations this week.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Bryan Kelley to allow Mayor D’Aquilla to hire a full time officer on temporary basis if a worthy applicant is received before the next scheduled board meeting. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Permitting & Planning Update – copy of report by Building Official provided to Alderman.

Main Street Report – Laurie Walsh

• The Big Chill will be held at the Sports Park Saturday, July 1st.
• The American Duchess Steamboat will begin their boat stops in August.

Executive Session to Discuss New Life Worship Center Possible Litigation
Motion made by Abby T Cochran, seconded by Bryan Kelley to enter in executive session to discuss possible litigation by New Life Worship Center. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

The meeting room was cleared and the executive session began at 6:08 pm.
Executive session was exited at 6:38 pm and the public meeting resumed.

Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by Susie Tully to uphold our ordinances as written. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried.

Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to have Assistant Town Attorney Leslie Daniel write a letter to New Life Worship Center informing them that after discussion, the Board of Alderman voted to uphold the ordinance as written.

Adjournment
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Susie Tully to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 p.m. All in favor, motion carried.

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

Minutes - Town Aldermen