MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2020 at 5:30 P.M.
 
The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Regular Meeting this 28th day of April 2020 at 11936 Ferdinand St., Town Hall, St. Francisville, LA. 
 
THE FOLLOWING NOTICE WAS INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA:
 
THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  However, in accordance with Proclamation JBE 2020-33, there is a 10-person limitation on gatherings, therefore, the total attendance at the meeting will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, including the Mayor, Alderman and support staff.  Therefore, the 10-person limit does not provided opportunity for members of the public to physically attend the entire meeting. However, in accordance with the guidance issued by the Attorney General, members of the public may view the meeting through facebook live on the town’s facebook page - TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE. Please email public comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a letter in the night drop located at townhall.  Public comments must be received no later than Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. Your comments will be read aloud in the meeting during the Public Comment section.  In your email, please indicate the agenda item, your first and last name, your address, and your comment.  Should you wish to speak at the meeting in person, please contact Shannon Sturgeon, Town Clerk at 225-635-3688 no later than Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. to coordinate your request.  In these extraordinary times we are trying to provide the most access within the bounds of keeping our community, elected officials and employees safe as possible.  
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 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,  Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Police Chief Scott Ford, Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon and Deputy Clerk Stacy Orr.
 
Absent: Alderman Gigi Robertson, Town Attorney Jesse Means and Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh.
 
Prayer led by: Susie Tully
Pledge led by: Abby T. Cochran
 
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of March 10, 2020.   All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
 
*Alderman Gigi Robertson joined the meeting at 5:34 P.M.
 
Open Floor for Public Comment
 
No public comments were submitted via email or letter.
 
Mayor D’Aquilla opened the floor for public comments before commencing with new business. 
No public comments were submitted via email or letter.
 
Former Town of St. Francisville Alderman, Robert (Bobee) Leake, announced that he is running for Mayor.
 
New Business:
 
1.     PEC Report – Bianca Hillhouse
 
Cast Iron Water Main Replacement:
Ø  Town received additional funding from FY 2020 LGAP and CWEF Grants.  PEC has commenced work on water line project design.  The Town may need to obtain servitudes.
Water and Gas Meters Upgrade and Automation:
Ø  Still under review.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation:
Ø  The preliminary plan sketch has been prepared.
Ø  The property boundary survey has commenced.  This will assist in best route for force main and selecting plant location.
 
Ø  Started researching funding opportunities.
 
Commerce Street Drainage Improvements:
Ø  Currently re-evaluating the plan to accommodate overall area drainage.
 
2.     Approve Resolution 2020-4 – St. Francisville Sewer Treatment Plant 2019 MWPP Resolution
Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by James R. Leake to approve Resolution 2020-4 as presented.  All in favor, none opposed.
 
RESOLUTION 2020-4
St. Francisville Sewer Treatment Plant 2019 MWPP Resolution
 
Resolved that the Town of St. Francisville informs the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality that the following actions were taken by the Town of St. Francisville:
 
(1) reviewed the 2019 Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report;
 
(2) in order to maintain permit requirements contained in the Louisiana Pollution Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permit Wastewater Treatment Facility, LPDES No. LA003299, the Town of St Francisville will take the following actions:
 
·      Investigate options for potential relocation of the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant
 
The Resolution having been submitted to a vote; the vote thereon was as follows:
 
YEA:               James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson, Susie Tully & Bryan Kelley.   
NAY:             none                                                                 
ABSTAIN:     none
ABSENT:       none
 
And this Resolution was legally adopted on this 24th day of March 2020.
 
3.     Hire Full-Time Police Officer
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Bryan Kelley to accept the recommendation of Police Chief Scott Ford and Mayor Billy D’Aquilla to hire Daniel Franks as a full-time police officer.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
 
4.     Declare Police Unit Surplus Property
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, second by Susie Tully to declare 2011 Crown Vic, Vin #2FABP7BV2BX129308 surplus property and to sell said surplus vehicle thru an authorized municipal auction service.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
 
5.     Departmental Updates – Mayor D’Aquilla
 
a.     Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla
·      Budget update provided to aldermen for review.
 
b.     Police Report- Chief Scott Ford.
 
c.     Legal Update – Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein
 
d.     Permitting & Planning Updates – Written report by Building Official, Don Simmons.
 
e.     Main Street Report – Written report from Main Street Manager, Laurie Walsh
                        
6.     Adjournment
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby Cochran to adjourn the meeting at 6:05 p.m.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
           
_____________________                                                      _________________________
Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk                                                        William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor

Minutes - Town Aldermen